Chinese GP: Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for 1000th F1 race, Vettel grabs 3rd spot

first_imgChinese GP: Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for 1000th F1 race, Vettel grabs 3rd spotValtteri Bottas, who won the season opener in Australia and leads defending champion Lewis Hamilton by one point in the standings, was the third different driver to take pole this season in three races.advertisement Next Reuters ShanghaiApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 16:12 IST The Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday will be the 1000th Formula One race (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe pole was a first for Bottas since Russia last SeptemberHamilton sounded happy just to be on the front row, despite six previous poles in ShanghaiRed Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly fifth and sixthValtteri Bottas will start Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race from pole position after leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in a front row lockout at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, ahead of 21-year-old Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc who was unable to repeat his Bahrain Grand Prix pole of two weeks ago.Bottas, who won the season opener in Australia and leads defending champion Hamilton by one point in the standings, was the third different driver to take pole this season in three races.”The lap was OK, not completely how I wanted. Luckily it was good enough for pole,” smiled the Finn, who pipped Hamilton by 0.023 seconds after setting a best time of one minute 31.547.”Lewis also managed to improve a lot during the qualifying and it was super-close.”The pole was a first for Bottas since Russia last September and the seventh of his career. It was also his first in China where Mercedes have won five of the last seven races.Hamilton sounded happy just to be on the front row, despite six previous poles in Shanghai, after looking out of sorts in practice.”I didn’t give up, I kept pushing right to the end. Big congratulations to Valtteri, he’s been stellar all weekend and I’ve been struggling and fighting the car,” said the Briton.”To be as close as we are at the end is fantastic. An incredible result for the team. There was a little bit more time left on the table there but that’s cool, I’ll try and get it tomorrow,” added Hamilton.advertisementUNHAPPY VERSTAPPENFerrari had arrived in China as favourites after showing their speed in Bahrain, particularly on the straights, with Leclerc on pole and leading until a loss of engine power in the closing laps.While unable to match the quick-cornering Mercedes cars for overall pace in Shanghai, Vettel hoped to be closer on Sunday thanks to the track’s main straight being more than a kilometre long.”I think there was maybe a little bit more but overall not enough to beat these guys today,” said the 31-year-old German, a four times world champion.”If we get close we could have an advantage in a straight line.”The top 10 positions went two-by-two in team order, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly fifth and sixth and ahead of the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg the Australian just 0.004 ahead of the German.With the field of cars bunching up, Verstappen was unable to cross the line to start his final run before the clock ran down, which prompted a frustrated outburst over the radio from the 21-year-old Dutchman.”I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I’m not happy about that,” he said. “It’s annoying because we could have fought for third today.”Everyone in front of me is starting with the same tyres so we’ll see what happens in the race. For sure we’ll try to get a podium.”Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 qualifiers.Kimi Raikkonen, the former Ferrari driver and 2007 world champion, failed to make the final phase of qualifying for the first time since 2016 and will start 13th for Alfa Romeo ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.Raikkonen’s Italian team mate Antonio Giovinazzi failed to set a time due to engine problems and starts 19th and last on the grid.Thailand’s Alexander Albon did not take part in qualifying after a crash in final practice left his Toro Rosso mechanics with plenty of work to do. The rookie will start from the pit lane on Sunday.”I am OK. More angry and disappointed than anything else. It was a big one and silly one,” said Albon. “We had a good chance of being in Q3 (the top 10 shootout). We had a good car.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vatteri BottasFollow Lewis HamiltonFollow Sebastian VettelFollow Chinese GPFollow F1Follow Formula Onelast_img read more

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Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clash

first_imgManchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashIndia and Pakistan face off at World Cup 2019 takes place on June 16 at the Old Trafford. Manchester is amongst the six English cities that will receive internationals teams for the showpiece event that begins from May 30.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 17:15 IST Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and India skipper Virat Kohli at Champions Trophy 2017. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrafford Cricket Ground will host the India-Pakistan World Cup group matchIndia and Pakistan will face each other at World Cup 2019 on June 16World Cup 2019 begins from May 30 in England and WalesBeginning of May, on a sunny yet chilly day with freezing breeze, the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, home of Lancashire Cricket Club, seems more than peaceful.Not a sound anywhere, except a few Indian tourists, most probably cricket fans, here and there, who managed to visit the place barely six weeks before the most awaited match in the World Cup 2019 takes place on June 16 when arch rivals India and Pakistan face off at the the Old Trafford.Manchester is amongst the six English cities that will receive internationals teams for the showpiece event as well as thousands of fans from around the world.”It is definitely going to be huge. Last year when India played against England in a T20 match here, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the crowd was predominantly Indian. The stadium was painted with Indian colours and the Bharat Army was very noisy. It was a great game of cricket and India was far too good and the atmosphere was amazing and it’s going to be even louder for the India-Pakistan Game,” said Dan Whitehead, Corporate Sales and Business Development Manager at Cricket Lancashire.According to Cricket Lancashire, 70 per cent of the enquiries for the India-Pakistan match have come from India and the tickets were sold-out within 48 hours. “Because of the huge demand, we created more packages and at this very moment, we have only 200 packages left for those who would like to still make it for the big game,” said Whitehead.Besides the India-Pakistan Match, Manchester will also host the India-West Indies match. For nearly a year, the city has been preparing to receive the Indian fans for the big event. They hope that though they may be here for the game, they would take the opportunity to explore not just Manchester city but also the surrounding areas.advertisement”For the India-Pakistan game, there will be a special fan zone in the city. It’s actually an area dedicated to cricket fans and has been organised by ICC. It will move from one city to another and during the weekend of June 16, it will be in Manchester. We will have big screens to watch the India-Pakistan game and other matches. We have also created a special website for visit Manchester, that’s a guide to what Indian visitors will particularly want to see around. It also gives information about where to get Indian or vegetarian food,” said Tim Manley, Marketing Manager in-charge of India at Marketing Manchester.The World Cup in the UK will indeed have an enormous impact on travel budgets as well as advertising budgets; and is slated bag the lion’s share of outbound travel from India this summer, added Amit Kishore, co-founder of Eastbound Group, one of India’s leading travel conglomerates.”Sports tourism from India has been growing as the Indian fans of football, Formula 1 car races and other sports have started making the trips to watch these events around the world. But, for cricket, the demand is of course the biggest. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), there were over 400,000 enquiries for the tickets for the June 16 India-Pakistan match. And, of course, yes, I am going to be there as well, cheering on,” Kishore added.Visit UK India expects anywhere between 50,000 to 80,000 additional visitors to come during the world cup, and this forecast is particularly boosted by the MICE segment that is one of the fastest growing one from India to the UK.”About six to eight months back, a lot of incentives schemes had been developed by corporates in India. The total number of people who are coming as part of an incentive group is close to 10,000. Also, an average MICE visitor from India spends an average of GBP 1800 per visit versus a leisure visitor that spends GBP 900 per visit,” said Shuja Bin Mehdi, B2B manager India at VisitUK.Even if the demand was huge, amongst the difficulties faced by travel agencies was the limited capacity of both the stadium and airlines. “As compared to the last cricket world cup held in Australia, we have less people travelling to the UK, not because there is lesser demand. On the contrary it is very strong. But the tickets have been sold out very quickly only because the stadiums here have lesser capacity than in Australia. Also, obtaining the British visa is more difficult. But nonetheless, we are seeing a huge demand from India for sports tourism in general, not only for cricket but also for football in Europe,” said Vicky Gupta, Deputy General Manager at FCM Mice India.advertisementTroubled airline Jet Airways also recently stopped the only direct flight to Manchester from Mumbai, but according to the travel trade, it had no particular impact on travel to the cricket world cup. “There are other ways to get to Manchester, notably with Emirates, Oman, Gulf, Swiss Air, Finnair, Ethiopian etc. Moving ahead I am sure that all the big airlines in India are talking to Manchester about launching a new direct route between India and Manchester and we are sure that it will happen sometimes this year or next year,” adds Mehdi.And even if many won’t be amongst the lucky 26,000 who will get a seat at the stadium for the India-Pakistan match, many will certainly come to the city to watch the game from as close as possible to the India team and feel the vibrancy of that night.The night before the big match, a huge concert will notably be organised in the city by Bharat Army with noted Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa. It seems Manchester will shift from its vibrant red to a wave of blue in the month of June.Also Read | IPL 2019: I feel your pain, Virat Kohli thanks RCB fans after consolation winAlso Read | IPL 2019: Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Old Traffordlast_img read more

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Visitors Spend US$1.33 Billion between January and July

first_imgThe Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that the country earned some US$1.33 billion in foreign exchange from expenditure by visitors to Jamaica, between January and July this year. According to PIOJ Director General, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, this represents a 3.6 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year. Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing (July to September), on November 20, at the Institute’s New Kingston offices, Dr. Hutchinson said “provisional” visitor expenditure available for July this year, showed a seven per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2011, to yield approximately US$225.3 million. He pointed out that the July to September quarter saw an estimated 3.5 per cent increase in air passenger movement. He informed that passenger movement through Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport increased 5.2 per cent, while Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport recorded a 2.5 per cent increase.  In this regard, he said the hotels and restaurants sector, one of the two recording the largest increases during the quarter, went up 2.3 per cent. “This was influenced mainly by an estimated growth in the hotel component reflecting increases in total arrivals, up five per cent, with stop-over arrivals up three per cent, and cruise ship arrivals, up 9.4 per cent,” he indicated. The other sector which recorded a relatively significant increase during the period was finance and insurance, up 0.8 per cent, Dr. Hutchinson said. “This increase was due largely to an increase in net income on loan stocks at deposit taking institutions and higher fees and commission income. The stock of loans and advances, outstanding at commercial banks, amounted to $298.6 billion, an increase of $15.1 billion, compared with the end of September 2011. Of this amount, credit to the private sector accounted for $272.8 billion, representing an increase of 19.2 per cent at the end of June 2012,” he outlined. The wholesale and retail trade, and repair and installation of machinery sectors also recorded increases, going up 0.4 per cent. “This was due to an increase in consumer and business confidence, which led to an increase in domestic demand. Higher sales were recorded, mainly for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, up 6.7 per cent; other manufactured goods, up 10.8 per cent; textiles, clothes and shoes, up 16.5 per cent; and automobiles, commercial and transport equipment, up 16.8 per cent,” he explained. Noting that all other industries declined during the period under review, Dr. Hutchinson said the overall performance of the economy was impacted by the continued slowdown in the global economy, which tempered the demand for local goods and services. This, he added, was compounded by the onset of drought conditions.  He pointed out that as a result, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 0.6 per cent resulting from a decline of 2.4 per cent in the goods producing industry as the services industries remained flat. The Director General  informed that within the goods producing industry, declines were registered in agriculture, down 0.5 per cent; mining & quarrying , down 10.4 per cent; construction, down 3.5 per cent; and manufacturing, down 0.6 per cent. Dr. Hutchinson pointed out that the estimated contraction recorded in agriculture, represented the sector’s first quarterly decline since the October to December 2010 period, when the industry was severely impacted by tropical Nicole. “During the (current) review quarter, traditional export crops fell by 6.1 per cent, while other agricultural crops declined by 0.5 per cent. However, increases were recorded in animal farming, which was up 3.3 per cent and post harvest activities, up 60.5 per cent. “The downturn in the industry reflected drought conditions in some of the major agricultural producing parishes, particularly during June and July; and the relative early ending of the 2011/12 sugar crop season, which resulted in the absence of sugar production during the review quarter,” Dr. Hutchinson said. The Director General said inflation for October stood at 0.9 per cent, mainly reflected in costs associated with food and non-alcoholic beverages, which increased by 1.1 per cent, and housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels, up 2.8 per cent for the period. He advised real GDP for the October to December quarter is projected to contract within the range of 0.5 to 1.5 per cent.last_img read more

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New search in Baker Lake Nunavut locates body of missing father

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN News A month after RCMP and the local search and rescue stopped looking, a community led search in Baker Lake has located the body of Solomon Tulurialik.The search for Tulurialik, 29, started on July 31 and stopped on Aug. 13 after police and volunteers failed to find him.The community fundraised and brought in Crossman Consulting, an American sonar team.On Sept 13, the second day of searching, the team found Tulurialik’s remains in 30 metres of water, and roughly 500 meters from shore.Nunavut RCMP’s investigation led them to believe that Tulurialik had tried to swim to shore from a boat that had run out of gas.Following the recovery, Nunavut’s coroner will now investigate the cause of death.Tulurialik was a popular figure in the central Nunavut community of roughly 2,000 residents.He coached local Midget age hockey, and many of his players wore their uniforms to his memorial service.He also worked for Agnico Eagle Mines as a long haul truck driver and as a truck driver for Arctic Fuel.Family say he was a gifted singer and musician.The initial search involved 200 volunteers, 70 boats, 50 all-terrain vehicles, drone flights, boats with sonar and dragging teams.In 2018, Tulurialik received an award for bravery from the Commissioner of Nunavut.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

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Canada adds 66800 net new jobs in January but unemployment rate ticks

OTTAWA — Canada saw a rush of 66,800 net new jobs in January in a gain fuelled by a surge in the private sector.Statistics Canada’s labour force survey says more people also searched for work last month, which pushed the unemployment rate to 5.8 per cent, up from its 43-year low 5.6 per cent in December.The number of private-sector employee positions climbed by 111,500 in January for the category’s biggest month-to-month increase since the agency started collecting the data point in 1976.The report says the services sector saw a gain of 99,200 positions, led by new work in wholesale and retail trade, while the goods-producing industries experienced a net loss of 32,300 jobs.Year-over-year average hourly wage growth in January for permanent employees was 1.8 per cent, which was up from December’s reading of 1.5 per cent, but still well below its May peak of 3.9 per cent.By region, Ontario and Quebec had the biggest job gains, while Alberta shed jobs for a second-straight month and saw its jobless rate rise to 6.8 per cent, up from 6.4 per cent.The Canadian Press read more

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Ban urges Member States to rally behind Chilean quake relief efforts

10 March 2010United Nations Member States must play their part to help Chile rebuild after last month’s deadly earthquake and tsunami, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he announced he has tasked senior UN officials with ensuring coordinated support for the emergency and recovery phases in the wake of the disaster. Briefing an informal plenary meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban noted that Chile had been extraordinarily generous in helping Haiti during its time of need when a catastrophic earthquake struck that Caribbean country in January.The Secretary-General said that now is the moment for the UN and the international community to stand with Chile and its people.Hundreds of people were killed and numerous buildings and roads were destroyed or damaged after one of the most powerful earthquakes in history, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale, struck the South American country on 27 February. A subsequent tsunami inundated part of the coastline.Mr. Ban, who visited Chile last weekend to assess the situation first-hand, said today that as the magnitude of the devastation becomes clearer in the days and weeks ahead, the UN should be ready to increase its engagement with the Chilean Government to help with relief and reconstruction efforts where required.He said he has asked John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to ensure there is coordinated support both in the emergency phase after the quake and in terms of longer-range disaster management.Mr. Ban has also tasked Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to work closely with the Chilean Government, the World Bank and others to launch a post-disaster needs assessment.Meanwhile, in an address yesterday to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy in New York, the Secretary-General said the recent experiences of Chile and Haiti demonstrated the worth of disaster risk reduction and national capacity. Far fewer lives were lost in the Chilean quake, even though the tremor was much stronger than the one in Haiti.He added that he hopes that the international outpouring of support for Haiti following its disaster will continue “long after the media focus shifts elsewhere – and in other places that don’t attract such attention.”In a related development, a UN expert panel in Geneva earlier this week stressed that the rights of the displaced must be “an essential component” of Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction processes.An estimated 1.9 million Haitians are internally displaced persons (IDPs), two months after the quake struck, and the panel said those people’s rights “should serve as benchmarks for all recovery efforts.”The panel included Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the Human Rights of IDPs, and Michel Forst, the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti. read more

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Twentyfour Indians employed in Sri Lanka arrested

Investigations had revealed that the Indians did not have valid visas to be employed in Sri Lanka.The Indians were employed in a factory with another group of Indians but it was found that the 24 Indians did not have valid visas to be employed in Sri Lanka. Twenty-four Indians who were employed in Ingiriya have been arrested by customs officers.The Customs Department said that the Indians were arrested following a raid last evening. They were taken to the Mirihana immigration detention centre last night as further investigations continue. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2013 5:34 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,844.08 up 2.46 points):Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 68 cents, or 9.33 per cent, at $7.97 on 4.43 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.39 per cent, at $5.15 on 3.95 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up four cents, or 1.54 per cent, at $2.63 on 3.65 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up six cents, or 0.73 per cent, at $8.28 on 3.14 million shares. The smartphone company posted a US$965-million loss in the June-August period, in line with its warning last week, while revenue plunged 45 per cent to US$1.6 billion.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down eight cents, or 2.16 per cent, at $3.62 on 3.01 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (952.86 up 4.72 points):Madalena Energy Inc. (TSXV:MVN). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 4.49 per cent, at 46.5 cents on six million shares.Donner Metals Ltd. (TSXV:DON). Miner. Unchanged at half a cent on 4.66 million shares.Company reporting major news:Resolute Forest Products Inc. (TSX:RFP). Forest products. Up seven cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $13.86 on 1,556 shares. The largest newsprint supplier in North America is looking to cut more than a quarter of its workforce at its newsprint mill in Baie Comeau, Que., to trim costs due to falling demand from overseas customers. read more

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UN chief hopes for new agreement after Israel concludes international observation mission

Noting a joint statement issued by the Foreign Ministers of the TIPH’s contributing countries – Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey – the Secretary-General conveyed his hope on Friday “that an agreement can be found by the parties to preserve the TIPH’s long-standing and valuable contribution to conflict prevention and the protection of Palestinians in Hebron”.The UN chief said that he is “grateful” to them “and the service of their respective observers over the past 22 years”.According to news reports, hundreds of Jewish settlers guarded by thousands of soldiers live in the heart of Hebron, which has a population of over 200,000 Palestinians.The TIPH was established pursuant to the provisions of the 1995 Interim Agreement, known as the Oslo II Accord, between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.  Mr. Guterres said that he continues to engage with relevant Member States and the parties on the ground “to ensure the protection, safety, and wellbeing of civilians”.He also reiterated his “commitment to the two-State solution” and to safeguarding the principles and vision enshrined in the Oslo framework, relevant UN resolutions, and other applicable agreements. read more

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Caterpillar talks up future battery electric vehicle offering

first_imgIn the latest edition of its customer magazine Viewpoint, Caterpillar has provided an update on its development programme for battery electric vehicles.Following a successful proof-of-concept programme that saw a R1300G LHD test unit shipped to a mine in Canada, the company is now looking to move to its product development phase for LHDs and trucks.While Caterpillar admits it wasn’t the first to look into developing battery electric vehicles underground, it feels its expertise integrating electric drivetrain technology and components in a number of surface machines stands it in good stead to make a big impact on this fast evolving side of the market.Jay Armburger, Product Manager for Underground Technology, said the company had recently wrapped up its field and operational evaluation as part of its battery electric vehicle development plan, with the results proving beneficial as it moved into its next stage.“We ran it (the results) through performance analysis, duty cycle testing and all that for both the machine and the charging system. We collected a wealth of data and now the team is analysing it,” he said.“This is going to be very valuable as we launch our product development phase for LHDs and trucks.”Armburger says underground electrification will bring with it substantial benefits, not just a reduction of greenhouse gases.“Mining operations are going deeper and deeper in search of larger reserves and higher-grade ore,” Armburger said. “With that depth comes significant challenges with ventilation and temperature management. It takes a lot of capital investment to put in the infrastructure for ventilation systems and air conditioning systems. Battery electric machines really bring significant cost savings to these customers.”One customer working with Caterpillar on this solution estimates a $40 million or more saving on capital expenses by reducing the volume requirements of ventilation shafts, he said. “Their vent reduction requirements can be reduced by 40%, and inlet and return shafts can be reduced up to 24%.”Opex costs could also fall, according to Armburger.“It’s very expensive to maintain the fans and reduce the heat,” he said. “Heat becomes a big issue underground, and diesel engines create a lot of it. So this is really a way to attack a couple things — emissions and heat — that add to significant costs. From an operation standpoint, customers are looking at $7-$8 million in potential savings annually.”Caterpillar will bring its surface mining knowledge to this underground task but the underground charging system the company plans to use, based on proven microgrid technology, is something new.“We don’t want to lose sight of the importance of the charging system. When you’re using energy storage or batteries to power machines, there’s a whole additional programme involved with developing the charging system,” Armburger said.Caterpillar believes its battery electric vehicles will differ from the existing solutions on the market, in regards to its all-encompassing production focus.Steve Rich, who now leads all underground sales and support for Caterpillar’s underground mining division, said: “I think it’s pretty clear when we hear the feedback from customers who may have tried other solutions that they’re still not satisfied. They want a true production machine that can go out, survive a whole heavy-duty cycle on the performance side, and live up to their expectations — and they’re still not getting it. They’re quite excited over the Cat solution coming.”And, the company’s Commercial Mining Manager for Technology, Randy Schoepke, is not concerned about undeground electrification eradicating the automation business case, expecting electrification to be a step toward making machines easier to automate.In fact, the first battery electric machine to be introduced will be equipped for Command for underground, Cat said. This is the Cat® system for semi-autonomous and remote operation of underground loaders.last_img read more

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IDA promises to help Bausch Lomb as workers vote for massive cuts

first_imgIDA IRELAND HAS promised to help the Bausch and Lomb factory in Waterford after workers voted in favour of massive cuts in order to keep the plant open.The agency, which is responsible for industrial development in Ireland, said it will work with the contact lens company on plans to invest in new technology at the plant and secure jobs.Barry O’Leary, the head of the IDA, said that they recognised “the substantial efforts made by staff to safeguard the future of the plant”.The company last night thanked workers for approving the plan to dramatically cut spending at the plant following negotiations between unions and management.Staff at the contact lens manufacturer accepted the proposals that will see 200 staff lose their job along with a pay cut for the remaining workforce.The agreement will see a 7.5 per cent reduction in basic pay, the elimination of some bonuses, an extra hour in work per week, and a reduction in the sick pay scheme.Unions said that the proposals were very difficult for members to accept but management said they were necessary to secure the future of the plant.“Bausch & Lomb have committed to invest in Waterford and IDA Ireland will support the company and staff in those endeavours in order to safeguard substantial employment in the south-east region,” said Barry O’Leary.Read: Bausch and Lomb express gratitude to workers for voting in favour of cost cutting measures > Read: Bausch and Lomb staff vote in favour of cost cutting measures >last_img read more

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Bruton wants to stay in jobs portfolio

first_imgRICHARD BRUTON HAS indicated that he would like to remain on as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, but accepts that he may ultimately be moved on.Speaking at the half year results for inward investment agency IDA Ireland, Minister Bruton told reporters that he thinks the current balance on industrial policy is right, with his department to the forefront of jobs announcements. Clearly I have an ambition to go on building, but clearly that’s not a decision ultimately that I take.He said:“Enda Kenny gave me a job, which was to create 100,000 jobs by 2016. That’s the job that I have been given. We have made a very good start on that but I think there’s a long way to go.”“I think the policy underpinning that has to be right over the coming years, and I’m certainly very committed to the task in hand.”The Dublin North-Central TD has been heavily linked with a move to the health portfolio at the expense of his Fine Gael colleague James Reilly in the upcoming cabinet reshuffleBruton said he felt it wasn’t necessary to more closely align the Jobs portfolio with the Department of Social Protection, saying that “creating super departments of that nature doesn’t make sense”.TaxOutgoing IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary said that a “pathway” to lower personal tax “would be helpful in winning FDI”, adding that the issue of Ireland’s level of income tax often comes up when he is trying to entice companies to set up shop here.Bruton agreed saying: “We need to be conscious of the tax wedge and the direction that it has gone in recent years, and to be competitive in that area.”Michael Noonan has clearly signalled that the ambition now would be to see relief for hard-pressed families, which I think in turn is something that from an employment perspective, clearly that is a bonus.He said that recent economic figures indicate that the full €2 billion adjustment in Budget 2015 would not be needed.“The trends are indicating that there is some greater scope for flexibility there than might have been expected.”IDA resultsIn half year results published today, IDA Ireland said that it has managed to secure commitment from 100 companies to set up shop here, 30 more than at the same time last year.Around 8,000 jobs are linked to these announcements, up from 7,000 at the same time last year.Departing IDA president Barry O’Leary said that the EU investigation into Apple’s tax deal with the Irish authorities has not caused international interest in Ireland to drop off.He said that while discussions about corporate tax take place “in practically every meeting with IDA clients around the world”, “the evidence would show…that there’s no slowdown whatsoever in FDI, that it continues to increase.”TributeBruton also paid tribute to O’Leary, saying that he had led the IDA “at an extremely challenging time for the economy”, and that there had been demonstrable results under his tenure.“That doesn’t happen by accident…the leadership that Barry has provided to the IDA has been outstanding.”Read: Here are the nine things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle>Read: This is the new guy who has to woo big companies (and their jobs) to Ireland>last_img read more

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Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds How can Ireland

first_img 23,693 Views By Cliodhna Russell Yes NoI don’t knowVoteRead: ‘There is no deterrent’: Less than a third of Dublin litter fines actually get paid> Sasuga Japan <3 MT @faizanlakhani Japanese Football fans clean stadium after #JPN vs #COL match in #WorldCup. Respect pic.twitter.com/QoQE4yy8Yj— Logan Balestrino (@LoganPayge) June 25, 2014 Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds: How can Ireland clean up its act? We look at international solutions to dirty litter habits – and whether they would be effective here. Image: Shutterstock/Concept Photo http://jrnl.ie/3255036 File Photo I don't know (65) Short URL 46 Comments Ireland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. TheJournal.ie is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?LITTER LEVELS ACROSS Ireland are undoubtedly on the rise.Walking down a street in any city, town or village anywhere in the country will indicate this but hard data confirms it.The latest survey results from IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) found just 70% of the towns and cities surveyed were clean to European norms, compared to 85% two years ago.Three urban areas were deemed to be seriously littered – Galvone in Limerick, Farranree in Cork and Dublin’s North Inner City.Meanwhile in Galway, the latest IBAL survey described dumping across the city as a ‘critical environmental issue’ – just this week thousands of empty Buckfast bottles were found after the River Claddagh was drained as part of upgrade works.Dublin City Centre and Limerick both slipped to join Galway as ‘moderately littered’ in the IBAL research.And the problem doesn’t stop in cities or, indeed, at general litter such as food wrappers and cigarette butts.Human excrement was found in a playground in Clonakilty in Co Cork this week. Disgusting, yes; unusual, perhaps not.One mother told TheJournal.ie that this is something she has witnessed in her local playground in Dublin and at a rural area in Tipperary.So what can be done about this? The cleanest countries in the world tend to top leaderboards because of certain cultures and ways of life.Japanese football fans made headlines for cleaning up rubbish in a stadium during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In Japanese culture, it’s considered appropriate to clean up after yourself at public events such as concerts, festivals and sports games.center_img However, there are exceptions and it is not always just the cultural values of a place which dictate how clean it can be.The island of Singapore has managed to transform itself from a swampy land mass to one of the cleanest places in the world.How did it do it? Strict fines. Really strict fines.A person can be fined, or even arrested, for littering, spitting or selling chewing gum.Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew introduced the severe anti-litter laws in the 1960s and they are still in force today.People can be fined up to $1,000 (€670) for dropping litter on their first conviction, going up to $5,000 (€3,355) for repeat offenders.If you’re caught a third time you could even be made to wear a sign reading, “I am a litter lout.”You can also be fined $100 (€67) for putting your chewed gum anywhere that’s not a bin and there’s a $100 fine for not flushing a public toilet. Yes, spot checks are carried out. Source: Shutterstock/joyfullWould it work here? We already have fines here so the problem isn’t a lack of laws. There is, however, a lack of implementation.Littering in a public place is an offence in Ireland that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150, or a maximum fine of €3,000 if convicted in a District Court.If a person continues this after being convicted, they are guilty of a further offence and can be fined up to €600 for each day it continues.In serious incidents, there is a maximum fine of up to €130,000 and a fine of up to €10,000 per day for continuing offences.However, while we may have the legislation around littering, very few fines that are issued are actually paid.In the years 2014 and 2015 Dublin council paid €670,000 and €640,000 respectively to collect illegally dumped litter but those who are fined for the offence simply aren’t coughing up. Source: Shutterstock/Sean PavoneOf the 6,259 fines issued across Dublin city between 2013 and 2015 – only 2,042 were paid in full with a further 77 fines being partially paid.The issue is not limited to Dublin city, less than half of all fines issued in Cork city since 2012 have been paid.What’s our problem? So why do fines work in Singapore but not here? Ireland is not alone in this. Many countries struggle with litter, and our neighbours in the UK have similar issues.Britain has carried out extensive research on the effectiveness – or ineffectiveness – of fines which found that people who have seen or heard about fines being issued through media reports are more likely to think they are effective.A report on the Effectiveness of Enforcement on Behaviour Change stated:Attitudes to enforcement are greatly shaped by the degree to which an individual sees them as a threat – and many do not think it is likely they will be fined for environmental offences.It also stated that, “A fixed penalty notice should only be issued where there is enough evidence to support a prosecution, so in the event that it is not paid, an authority will be able to follow it up in court.”Dublin councillor Ciaran Perry echoed this describing how the current system means the chance an an illegal dumper getting prosecuted is slim but said “illegal dumpers should fear getting caught”.It doesn’t look like Ireland will clean up its act as long as people feel they are able to get away with it.So would you support stricter fines for littering?  File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Concept Photo Feb 26th 2017, 7:40 AM Source: Logan Balestrino/Twitter Share Tweet Email3 Poll Results: Yes  (4199) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (209) Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:40 AMlast_img read more

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Grandmother with 31 previous convictions admits role in credit card fraud gang

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio A UK GRANDMOTHER is facing jail for her role in a gang of fraudsters who travelled to Ireland on weekends to buy high value items using fake credit cards.After her arrest Michelle Butterworth (56) readily admitted her part in the fraud and identified her accomplices after one of them nearly ran her over while trying to escape from gardaí.Butterworth has 31 previous convictions for similar types of fraud and theft offences in the UK.She also has a conviction for running a brothel. Her defence counsel Luigi Rea BL said she committed the latest offences to pay off a loan she took out to bury her husband who died in 2013.Judge Karen O’Connor remanded Butterworth in continuing custody until 10 March when she will impose a sentence.Butterworth of Stanley Street in Rochdale pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 13 credit fraud offences over the course of three weekends in September and October 2016. The offences were committed in Galway, Kildare and Dublin.Garda James Codd told prosecuting counsel Seamus Clarke BL that Butterworth and her gang used fake cards to buy €8,875 worth of goods including Sony Playstations, Gucci watches worth over €600, Samsung and Apple smartphones and a Claddagh ring.During the incident in Field’s Jewellers on William Street in Galway city Butterworth signed up for the store’s loyalty scheme in her own name and was given a €100 discount on a €765 watch.The group also targeted Field’s Jewellers in Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge, Argos in Dundrum Town Centre and Gamestop in Donaghmeade Shopping Centre.High quality fake credit cardClarke said Butterworth would buy items in the stores using a high quality fake credit card. The card didn’t have a chip and pin mechanism which meant the cashier had to enter the card number manually, bypassing several security checks in the process.The gang were caught after staff in the jewellers became suspicious of Butterworth and alerted gardaí who set up a surveillance operation. Gardaí followed their car to a petrol station where they saw Butterworth get out.When officers went to arrest the driver of the car he reversed at gardaí. He narrowly avoided hitting officers and Butterworth who was standing beside Gda Codd at the time.The driver then crashed into a wall and was arrested along with three others. Over €4,000 worth of goods was found in the car.Defence counsel Luigi Rea BL said Butterworth was “very much dispensed with” when gardaí arrived and was “very nearly run over herself”.He submitted that she was very co-operative in interview and made full admissions.Rea said his client was trying to pay off a high interest “payday loan” she had taken out to bury her husband who died in 2013.He said she has two grandchildren who she helps care for as their mother is a wheelchair user.Counsel added that as a foreign national, Butterworth would find any prison sentence particularly difficult.Comments have been closed as this case remains before the courts.Read: Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his lifeRead: Man pleads not guilty to murdering ex-partner and stabbing her brother No Comments By Conor Gallagher 20,395 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 5:28 PM Grandmother with 31 previous convictions admits role in credit card fraud gang Michelle Butterworth will be sentenced on 10 March. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Mar 2nd 2017, 5:28 PM http://jrnl.ie/3267580 last_img read more

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Delaney and FAI critic Paul Cooke to become Associations next Treasurer

first_img A general view of the FAI AGM in 2014. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO A general view of the FAI AGM in 2014. Friday 3 May 2019, 4:28 PM 15 Comments By Gavin Cooney 25,193 Views https://the42.ie/4618930 Delaney and FAI critic Paul Cooke to become Association’s next Treasurer There is some considerable change coming to the beleaguered football body. center_img Share17 Tweet Email1 May 3rd 2019, 4:28 PM AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC of John Delaney and the FAI will become the next Honorary Treasurer of the Association. The FAI today confirmed that Paul Cooke, an accountant former Managing Director of The Star and the Sunday Business Post newspapers, will run unopposed for the role at July’s AGM. His election to that position is subject to the recommendations returned by the governance review committee.Cooke worked with John Delaney at Waterford United during the 1990s, and in recent years became a vocal critic of the Association. He is among few members of the FAI Council to ask dissenting questions at the AGM, and in 2009 quizzed the Board in relation to an unexplained figure of €5.2 million included in those accounts, recorded as “exceptional costs” relating to the Aviva Stadium. In an interview in last week’s Sunday Times, Cooke said that John Delaney “was given too much power”, saying that “John did do some good things for Irish football, but there was no control over him.” He will now join the FAI Board, and will be elected to the role at the FAI AGM in Trim on  27 July. The role was vacated last month by long-serving Eddie Murray, who resigned from the Board along with Honorary Secretary Michael Cody. There are two nominees for the latter role: retired army commander Gerry McAnaney and Tony Dignam, a former financial director of the FAI who stepped down in 2014. All elections are subject to the recommendations returned by the FAI’s governance review group, which is currently meeting weekly to recommend changes to how the FAI is run. The football body have two representatives on the five-person group – Niamh O’Donoghue and interim CEO Rea Walshe – with the other three appointed by Sport Ireland. They will submit their reform proposals on 21 June, ahead of the FAI AGM at which the present Board have said they will resign.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Donall Farmer/INPHOlast_img read more

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Marseille un navire à propulsion pour mesurer la pollution de lair marin

first_imgMarseille : un navire à propulsion pour mesurer la pollution de l’air marinPierre Kermen, skipper et ingénieur a annoncé à l’AFP le départ de son nouveau voilier à propulsion mis en place par l’université de Grenoble. Le navire, baptisé “Zéro CO2″ parcourra les calanques entre Marseille et Cassis afin d’effectuer une série de mesures destinée à définir le niveau de pollution de l’air marin. Zéro CO2, le voilier à propulsion de l’université de Grenoble a entamé aujourd’hui une vaste campagne en mer destiné à définir le niveau de pollution de l’air au large de Marseille. Plus concrètement, le protocole, mis au point par un laboratoire du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), consiste à récolter durant un mois une série de données sur les concentrations en oxyde d’azote (NO et NO2) et en ozone (O3).”Lors des épisodes de pollution (à Marseille) avec une situation anticyclonique, nous avons une alternance de vents entre la terre et la mer. Il y a une très faible dispersion et au contraire un phénomène de concentration en mer, la nuit, puis, sous l’action du soleil, ces polluants réagissent et la brise de mer les ramène vers la terre”, explique à l’AFP Dominique Robin, directeur d’AirPACA, organisme de surveillance de la qualité de l’air et partenaire du projet. C’est pourquoi, celui-ci estime que de telles mesures sont particulièrement “intéressantes”. Zéro CO2 est un navire de douze mètres avec en guise de moteur, une pile à combustible fonctionnant à partird’hydrogène et relâchant seulement de l’eau. Ce système, extrêmement propre permet ainsi de réaliser des mesures sans que celles-ci soient faussées par les gaz d’échappement de l’embarcation comme cela a pu être le cas “lors de précédentes expériences”, souligne le directeur.Des décès précoces causés par la pollution À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?L’objectif de la mission scientifique est “de valider ou corriger certains modèles prédictifs”, souligne Dominique Robin qui conclut encore : “On estime que 200 personnes décèdent de façon anticipée chaque année à Marseille à cause de la pollution de l’air”.Selon les plans dévoilés, Zéro CO2 a déjà réalisé une première série de mesures au début du mois, entre Fos-sur-Mer et Marseille et a commencé mercredi une seconde série dans les calanques entre Marseille et Cassis. Mais le voilier effectuera également des mesures sur les “rails maritimes”, dans le sillage des ferries, et “à 50 milles nautiques” au large des côtes. Pour en savoir plus, c’est par ici : http://zeroco2sailing.com/fr/ Le 19 juillet 2012 à 12:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Warner Bros May Tackle American Attack on Titan Remake

first_img The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Stay on target Our international popular culture is already inundated with Attack on Titan. There’s the manga, of course. Then there’s the anime, which is about to debut its second season, two live-action movies, a live-action TV spinoff, video games, and a high school manga AU. What’s another adaptation?According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is negotiating to get the feature rights for Attack on Titan, which could pave the way for a live-action, Western film based on the popular manga property.If the rights are secured, the plans will be handed over to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman.For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama, is a post-apocalyptic story of a group of humans who live behind walls in fear of titans–giant, humanoid beings that devour humans. The bulk of the story follows a boy named Eren as he comes to learn the secrets of the titans and learns to fight them. That’s the basic premise, anyway. The plot is dense and full of conspiracies, government corruption, deception, friendship, potatoes, and tragedy. It’s also incredibly violent, which you can imagine from the story of giant, misshapen cannibals.A film adaptation of Attack on Titan could be welcome just based on the action alone, which involves a lot of kinetic, fast-paced, acrobatic combat. A competent action director can do wonders with the material.Plus, it’s an anime adaptation that wouldn’t fall prey to Ghost in the Shell-style whitewashing, since only one of the main characters is supposed to be canonically Japanese.The problem here lies in how Attack on Titan is structured, which utilizes slow narrative pacing to drag itself out and extend its own story. This is common in serialized manga, but it doesn’t translate well to screen. The show didn’t tweak any of this, so whoever would work on the film would need to do some heavy lifting to fit any of the arcs into two hours. Who knows if it could be done at all? The first live-action film in Japan did well, but the second did not.Either way, it’s just a deal to secure the rights, which means that a movie could be a few years away. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.last_img read more

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Cosplay Gallery Ace Comic Con Arizona 2018

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ACE Comic Con Arizona debuted at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. As ACE Universe’s latest installment in their newly launched franchise of comic conventions, ACE Comic Con Arizona showcased a star-studded guest line-up (featuring Chris Evans, Stan Lee, and Tom Holland) and a circular artist alley (including Todd Macfarlane, John Cassaday, and John Romita Jr.).A notable distinction between ACE Comic Con and other comic conventions is that ACE Universe shows will exclusively take place in sports arenas, thus re-configuring the standard comic convention layout. At ACE Comic Con Arizona, the main show floor was located on the ice rink, where the larger exhibitors and vendors were selling comics, toys, apparel, and other nerdy wares. A portion of the arena was sectioned off for the featured programming, including a Captain America panel, a Spider-Man: Homecoming panel, and a panel with Stan Lee and Todd Macfarlane.Alongside the concession stands around the perimeter of the first level of the arena, artists were placed in a circular artist alley, which was a little disorientating at first, but seemed to regulate the crowd flow the entire weekend. Similarly, the perimeter of the top floor was reserved for autograph sessions, an impromptu pinball arcade, and vendors selling clothing and replicas of Captain America shields.With newer conventions like ACE Comic Con, it can be hard to gauge the cosplay turnout ahead of time, but enthusiastic attendees of all ages showed up in amazing costumes. Because of the celebrity guest list, there were many Spider-Men, Captains America, and Winter Soldiers in attendance. Since this was my first time in Arizona, it was really great meeting so many amazing costumers who were excited to show off their skill and talent this past weekend. Check out all of the great cosplay I spotted this weekend!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Cosplayed by themeechofitall (https://www.instagram.com/themeechofitall/)7. Cosplayed by imjusta.bear (https://www.instagram.com/imjusta.bear/)8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Cosplayed by Aaron Rivin (https://www.instagram.com/aaronrivin/) & Mina Kess (https://www.instagram.com/minakess/)17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. All photos by Betty Felon.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Deborah A Clark 66

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Deborah A. Clark, age 66, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died Thursday, September 5 at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.Born in Melrose on December 2, 1952 she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Lorraine M. (Surette) Coombs.Deborah was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1970. She was recruited out of high school for the FBI and spent six years there, only leaving to start her family. She and her high school sweetheart, Kevin Clark, were married in 1972 and raised their family in Malden, where they resided for 38 years. Deborah had spent her entire working career in the non-profit field. She loved to travel with her husband, visiting National Parks among many other destinations. She also loved going to concerts and had met a tremendous amount of rock stars throughout her life, leading to many interesting stories, including once giving someone a ride home. She was also a very special gust of many casinos. Above all things, Deborah’s grandchildren were the light of her life.She was the beloved wife of Kevin P. Clark. She was the loving mother Amy Duffy and her husband William C. Duffy III of Tewksbury and Matthew O. Clark and his wife Samantha of Saugus. Deborah was the adoring grandmother of William C. Duffy IV, Clark Duffy and Olivia and Amelia Clark. She was the loving sister of Sandra Cass and her her husband Richard of Wakefield, Charles Coombs of Mashpee and the late Michael Coombs.Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday from 3-6pm.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910.Deborah A. Clark(NOTE: The above obituary is from McDonald Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Anchorage Police Identify Man Killed At Busy Intersection

first_imgAnchorage police have released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed Wednesday by an SUV.Download AudioPolice say 51-year-old Russell Place was hit just after 1:30 p.m. at Benson Boulevard and New Seward Highway.The highway stretches across six lanes and turning lanes at the location.Police say the 49-year-old woman driving the SUV was northbound on the highway.Place was walking in the road when he was struck. Medics declared him dead at the scene.No citations had been issued as of Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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