Israelis vote in second general election in five months

first_imgJerusalem: Israelis voted on Tuesday in their country’s second general election in five months, a contest that is being widely seen as a referendum on incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership. Netanyahu, 69, called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition with a viable majority after April’s vote. About 6.3 million eligible Israeli voters started voting Tuesday morning in the unprecedented repeat polls. Polling booths opened at 7 AM and voters can cast their votes till 10 PM to elect the 22nd Knesset (Israeli parliament) necessitated by the inability of Netanyahu to cobble a coalition of 61 members in a house of 120 following the April 9 elections. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USVoting for Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers began Saturday evening at bases around the country, and Israeli diplomats abroad have also already cast their ballots. In the short period that has passed since the April 9 elections, the number of eligible voters has grown by almost 1 per cent,” the CEO of the Central Elections Committee, Orli Adas, said. The election is being seen as the toughest political challenge for Netanyahu, something akin to a referendum on the continuity of his more than ten years of uninterrupted leadership at the helm of affairs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe polls pit Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud party and Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, against his toughest opponent in years – former military chief Benjamin “Benny” Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party. Netanyahu voted alongside his wife in Jerusalem. Gantz while casting his vote called on the country to reject corruption and “extremism”. “We want new hope. We are voting today for change,” Gantz said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a video message on Tuesday morning vowed to “do everything I can to get an elected government in Israel as soon as possible and to avoid another election campaign”. Rivlin said that if the Knesset fails to form a government, or if the proposed government is rejected, he would task someone else with the role. “The second option is to inform the Knesset speaker that there is no possibility of forming a government, and there is no escaping a third election campaign,” Rivlin said. In the event that both scenarios don’t work, the President said he would seek tasking someone who has the support of a majority of 61 lawmakers with the role. The final opinion polls put Likud party neck and neck with its main challenger, the centrist Blue and White party. Smaller parties could therefore have a big say in the final outcome.last_img read more

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Teenage girl dead after Alberta collision between semi truck and school bus

first_imgREDWATER, Alta. – An Alberta school superintendent says the death of a teenage girl in a collision between a school bus and a semi truck north of Edmonton has devastated the small community.Police and paramedics responded to the crash that happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday in Thorhild County near Redwater.“EMS pronounced one teenage female deceased at the scene,” said Kirsten Goruk, a spokeswoman for Alberta Health Services in Edmonton.Fourteen patients were assessed by paramedics and no one else was transported to hospital, she said.Police said the preliminary investigation has determined the school bus had just turned southbound on to a road when it was rear-ended by the semi.The bus was carrying 13 students on the way to Thorhild Central School. The driver declined to comment when reached by phone.“This is an immeasurable loss and tragedy for our entire community,” Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Mark Francis told The Canadian Press. “Thorhild is that small Alberta town where everyone knows everyone so a tragedy like this impacts the entire community.“We have a grieving mom and dad and family, grieving neighbours and community, and grieving staff and students — this is a tragedy that impacts our community to its soul.”The girl’s name has not been released, but Francis said she was a well-loved student.“A whole school grieves for her,” he said.About 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 attend the school.Francis said counselling is being offered to staff and students, including the other students who were on the bus at the time of the collision.Police said they continue to investigate the crash.“It was foggy, very foggy conditions reported this morning during the time of the collision and even for a couple hours after,” Cpl. Ronald Bumbry of the RCMP said Wednesday afternoon. “We look at all contributing factors … definitely weather may have played a factor in this one.”No charges have been laid in the collision, he said.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmontonlast_img read more

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SOS Mediterranee and MSF Announce New Rescue Campaign for Mediterranean Migrants

Rabat – The NGOs Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee announced on July 21 that a new vessel, the Ocean-Viking would be used for their rescue operations in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya.“We are returning to sea because people are drowning,” said MSF President Dr Joanne Liu in a press release. “In 2019, one person dies for every 10 who arrive in Europe by sea,” she explained. “We are determined to continue to provide humanitarian assistance with Ocean Viking and our partner, SOS Mediterranee,” she added.The boat will patrol in the central Mediterranean, the source of the greatest number of distress calls, without entering the Libyan territorial waters,  explained Frédéric Penard, director of operations of SOS Mediterranee.MSF and SOS Mediterranee ceased their rescue operations in December 2018, after their vessel, the Aquarius, became the center of a legal and diplomatic crisis on the reception of migrants making their way to Europe from Libya.The Aquarius had assisted over 30,000 migrants since 2016. It was the last rescue boat operating off the coast of Libya when the NGOs announced the end of its operations, for what they described as a “smear campaign” by European governments.Legal and diplomatic battleIn November, the Italian government sought a seizure of the Aquarius over the alleged dumping of potentially toxic waste in its ports. MSF called the move “unfounded and sinister,” reported the Guardian. In June 2018, Italy refused its permission for the Aquarius to dock, leaving it stranded in the Mediterranean carrying 629 migrants. In September, Panama removed its maritime flag from the vessel, due to “non-respect” of “international legal procedures” relating to migrant rescues in the Mediterranean, reported the AFP. For the NGOs the revocation was in fact due to political pressure from Italy. Unable to sail without a flag, the Aquarius was laid up in the Marseilles port.MSF and SOS Mediterranee will now resume their operations on board the Ocean-Viking.“In the past months, we have not only strengthened our operations on land and reinforced our observance of the Law of the Sea, but also sought a new ship,” announced SOS Mediterranee in a press release on June 21.The  69m long cargo left port in Poland on July 18, and will take approximately two weeks to reach the Mediterranean, said Louise Guillaumat, the director of SOS Mediterranee. The vessel is Norwegian-owned, with a Norwegian flag. It costs approximately $15,703 a day to run. SOS Mediterranee has launched a fundraising campaign to help meet the costs. read more

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Amid concerns over security in Afghanistan UN extends international force

After holding an extensive discussion on the latest developments in Afghanistan, particularly what a UN official described as a “worrying” security situation, the United Nations Security Council today decided to extend the authorization of an international force currently deployed in Kabul. Acting unanimously, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing States participating in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to take all necessary measures to fulfil its mandate, and called on countries to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources to the effort.Briefing the Council at the outset of the debate that involved representatives from some two dozen countries, Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, cautioned that in the absence of an expansion of ISAF beyond Kabul, the UN and the Interim Administration felt the international community should address legitimate security issues as quickly as possible.Mr. Prendergast referred in particular to the “worrying situation” in Mazar-i-Sharif, despite a separation of forces agreement between rival warlords brokered by the UN. He said the same was true for “the overall security environment in other parts of the country, in particular in the East and South of Afghanistan.” “I am sure that the international community is fully aware that all its political and financial efforts in support of a new Afghanistan would be seriously compromised by a lack of tangible progress in the security environment,” Mr. Prendergast observed. “For example, we cannot expect a sustained reconstruction process to be launched in Afghanistan without real improvements in security outside Kabul and its environs.”Reporting on the “Loya Jirga” process, he noted that the first phase of this key component of Afghanistan’s political transition had been far from perfect, citing reports of numerous cases of intimidation by local military and political leaders. “Many of the obstacles in Phase I of the Loya Jirga were caused by the uncertain security situation,” he said. “It is clear that different parts of the country remain under the sway of different commanders.”At the same time, Mr. Prendergast noted that in many ways Phase I had been better than expected. “For example,” he said, “turnout at most assemblies was in the thousands. Often, this compelling popular support was sufficient to resist intimidation or successfully to contest pre-rigged outcomes.” During the Council’s debate, numerous speakers echoed Mr. Prendergast’s concern over the security situation in Afghanistan, and highlighted the importance of ensuring the smooth conduct of the upcoming Loya Jirga, or tribal council. There were also calls for international support for reconstruction and recovery in Afghanistan, with a number of participants pledging their countries’ financial backing for this goal.Video – Security Council meeting read more

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UN food agency announces winners of its Rice is Life photo contest

Vu Nguyen of Viet Nam won first prize in the Professional Photographers Category and Liu Meizi Ninon came first in the Amateur Photographers Category, the Rome-based agency announced today. They were selected from some 500 contestants who were invited to capture the “Rice is Life” theme in photographs, highlighting its crucial importance to world agriculture, food security, society and culture. The prize, a Nikon digital camera, will be presented on the occasion of World Food Day 2004 at a ceremony at FAO headquarters on 14 October. In the professional category Alessandro Tosatto of Italy won second prize and Ko Zin Min of Myanmar third, while in amateur photographers Chang Ching-Weng of China came in second and Md Rashid Un Nabi of Bangladesh third. The best works will be displayed later this autumn in an exhibit in Rome. read more

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JPMorgan Chase sues FDIC for more than 1 billion over claims stemming

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JPMorgan Chase sues FDIC for more than $1 billion over claims stemming from Washington Mutual by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 7:09 am MDT JPMorgan is suing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to recover more than $1 billion tied to its purchase of Washington Mutual when that bank failed in 2008.In a federal court complaint, the biggest U.S. bank said that the FDIC failed to honour obligations under the Washington Mutual agreement, and that has subjected JP Morgan to massive liability.The FDIC became the receiver for Seattle-based Washington Mutual when it collapsed during the height of the financial crisis in September 2008. It was the largest bank failure in U.S. history. The FDIC brokered the sale of Washington Mutual’s assets to JP Morgan for $1.9 billion. JPMorgan said the FDIC made promises to indemnify or protect the bank against liabilities if it stepped in.New York-based JP Morgan Chase & Co. said in a court filing Tuesday that the FDIC later declined to acknowledge that government and investors’ claims against JP Morgan for sales of Washington Mutual’s risky mortgage-backed securities should have been claims against the receivership, not the bank.Most of JPMorgan’s mortgage-backed securities came from Washington Mutual and the investment bank Bear Stearns, which it also acquired in 2008.The FDIC did not immediately return calls seeking comment from The Associated Press early Wednesday. The FDIC has said that JPMorgan should be responsible for any liabilities regarding the Washington Mutual acquisition.The Washington Mutual receivership’s assets are about $2.75 billion, according to JPMorgan.JP Morgan has entered into a series of legal settlements over its sales of mortgage-backed securities in the years preceding the financial crisis. As the housing market collapsed between 2006 and 2008, millions of homeowners defaulted on high-risk mortgages. That led to billions of dollars in losses for investors who bought securities created from bundles of mortgages.Last month, the bank agreed to pay $13 billion in a civil settlement with the Justice Department and state regulators over its sales of the mortgage-linked bonds. It was the largest settlement ever between the Justice Department and a corporation.In addition, JPMorgan reached a $4.5 billion settlement in November that covered 21 major institutional investors.The bank said in October that it set aside $9.2 billion in the July-September quarter to cover legal costs.Shares of JPMorgan rose 7 cents to $55.79 in trading Wednesday morning. The shares have climbed nearly 27 per cent so far in 2013. read more

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Football Defense gave OSU offense a shot at a comeback

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack againstr Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes were doomed for defeat against rival Michigan. Everybody could see it. Everyone could feel it throughout the stadium. The signs were present.Through much of the game, the OSU offense failed to string together consistent drives to put the Wolverine defense on its heels. Almost a replica to how the offense looked in its only loss of the season at Penn State, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was erratic with his throws and the running game was stopped for minimal gain against a ferocious Michigan defense.However, there were a couple signs of a possible OSU comeback, all of which began with the defense.In the second quarter, a theme was developing. The OSU offense was unable to move the ball past its own 35-yard line in the quarter and only accumulated two first downs. A booming 60-yard punt pinned Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight at his own 6-yard line.OSU blitzed junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker, but it was McMillan who got to Speight and forced an errant throw that landed in the hands of Malik Hooker. The redshirt sophomore safety returned it to the house for his third pick-six of the season, breaking a school record.In the third quarter, an unproductive offense became the story of the game. Barrett wasn’t connecting with receivers in the passing game and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel were being stalled in the run game.Michigan led by 17-7 nearing the fourth quarter and it was clear that the defense needed to make a play to boost the offense or the Wolverines were going to roll to victory. Like it had so many times before, the defense stepped up.Baker intercepted a pass from Speight and returned it 22 yards to the Michigan 13. Two penalties later, OSU had the ball on the 4 where Barrett carried for three yards, then Weber punched it in to trim the deficit to three.“We just do our job. I got it in there, did what I can do,” Baker said. “Raekwon, (Chris) Worley, Joe (Burger), all those guys kept my head up.”Again in the fourth quarter, following senior kicker Tyler Durbin’s second missed field goal that would’ve tied the game, the Silver Bullets took the field needing to stop the Wolverines for the offense to have another chance to tie, or possibly win the game. A couple first downs likely would’ve put the nail in the coffin of OSU.Three plays later, the defense was off the field and the offense marched 77 yards to send the game to overtime.“Our defense kept hanging in there, hanging in there, and they provided sparks,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “And the offense kind of took over in the fourth quarter and overtime.”It was the third time in the biggest game of the year that the defense saved a lackluster offensive performance, and was one of several games that the defense gave the offense a chance for redemption. A walk-off sack against Wisconsin in overtime, an early pick-six in Norman, Oklahoma, a game-saving interception on a Michigan State two-point conversion and a game-clinching interception against the Spartans are all plays that have defined this 2016 defense as opportunistic. They are all plays that can bail out an offense. The two interceptions on Saturday were primary examples of something that has been a staple of co-defensive coordinators Greg Schiano’s and Luke Fickell’s defense.Michigan running back De’Veon Smith gained 158 yards and score two touchdowns in the previous game against Indiana. On Saturday, McMillan, Baker and the rest of the defense halted Smith to just 60 yards on 21 carries. The two linebackers combined for 31 tackles — 16 and 15, respectively.“At times we need (the offense) to help pick us up. At times, they need us to pick them up,” McMillan said. “We needed them toward the end and they needed us toward the beginning. The brotherhood at the beginning, they just keep us going.” read more

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FLSmidth appoints NonFerrous Division Operations Vice President

first_imgMark Fielder has been promoted to Operations Vice President of FLSmidth’s recently formed Non-Ferrous Division. The division provides advanced minerals processing technologies, systems and solutions to the global mining industry. “Mark has earned this promotion due to his proven operational excellence and relent-less focus on our customers,” said Peter Flanagan, Non-Ferrous Division Executive VP. “We are confident in his ability to drive best practices globally as we continue to grow through acquisitions and be the one source provider for miners and minerals processors.” Fielder, a naturalised US citizen who is originally from the UK, has worked in a number of senior operations positions in the mining and minerals processing, oil and gas and aerospace industries. Previously, he served as Operations Director and was responsible for the integration of several acquisitions. He has been employed by FLSmidth for some 18 years. In his new role, he will work out of the FLSmidth minerals technology centre headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will be responsible for the processes and procedures that support the global execution of customer orders. Fielder is an engineering graduate of Guildford College of Technology in the UK.“FLSmidth has clearly identified operational excellence as one of the key elements of our growth strategy,” said Fielder. “I’m excited to be able to be part of the team that will continue to focus on delivering excellent products and solutions to the global minerals customers.”last_img read more

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Remote operation of small loaders

first_imgTORC Robotics and Caterpillar now offer the RemoteTask™ remote control system for Cat® D-Series skid steer, multi-terrain and compact track loaders. The RemoteTask system enables operators to precisely control the machines from outside the cab—as far away as 300 m and at a safe distance from potentially hazardous tasks and environments.“Providing customers a solution to remove the operator from harm’s way while operating Cat compact loaders in certain applications further supports Caterpillar’s commitment to safety,” stated Jeff Griffith, Sr. Market Professional for Caterpillar. “TORC Robotics and Caterpillar have teamed up on the development of this solution for SSLs, MTLs, and CTLs and have an exclusive marketing agreement to distribute and support RemoteTask through Cat dealers.”The RemoteTask controls feature virtually no lag in machine response time. So, the remote operator’s performance is as fast and smooth as in-cab operation. The intuitive remote control interface is designed to closely mimic in-cab machine controls, creating an easy operator transition from manual to remote operation.“When using the RemoteTask controller, the machine response is instantaneous,” said Bob Shoop, Product Demonstrator/Instructor for Caterpillar. “The feel and response mirrors the operator controls of the machine itself. Remote controls I’ve tested previously often had a delayed response.”Transforming a machine is simple. It only takes about an hour for a Cat dealer to install the RemoteTask system. With the system installed, the machine can transition from manual to remote mode at the turn of a key switch. The system is completely transferable between units. The portable yet durable console allows the operator to move as needed for good lines of sight. RemoteTask can be integrated into 16 models of Cat D Series Skid Steer, Multi-Terrain and Compact Track Loaders and can control more than 200 work tools with all hydraulic functions controlled via the remote system. TORC Robotics is a leading provider of unmanned and autonomous ground vehicle solutions for  mining and other industries. TORC components and technology have been integrated on over 100 unmanned and autonomous ground vehicle platforms ranging in size from 5 lb to 240 t. TORC’s robotic systems provide customers with rapid solutions by leveraging proven commercial-off-the-shelf technology.last_img read more

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Value creation and local development – linkages investment and diversification in mining

first_imgThe Africa Mining Vision is the guiding continental compass working towards structural reforms that are meant to build viable linkages, through the creation of value around the mineral sector, essential to foster sustainable and broad-based development.The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) are hosting an information session during the Mining Indaba this week discussing concrete opportunities in value creation; linkages and diversification. It will be on Wednesday February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Place: Roof Terrace, Cape Town International Convention Centre.The economic landscape of resource-rich African countries has been historically shaped by the exploitation of mineral resources. In recent years, many have undertaken substantial reforms to capture more benefits at the domestic level. While many effort was made to maximize revenue and to improve transparency and governance, the paradigm is yet to shift towards more structural reforms to build viable linkages, through the creation of value around the mineral sector. To support countries’ efforts in moving towards sustainable value creation, the African Union Heads of States endorsed the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) in 2009.The AMV is the guiding continental compass that defines the aspiration for the extractive sector to catalyse broad, transparent, equitable and sustainable growth and socio-economic development. It needs to be systematically mainstreamed and translated at the country’s level.Given the imperative to move forward to broaden and deepen mineral-related value chains, this meeting will engage key experts on:Africa’s interests, potentials and challenges to deepen linkages, promote investment and pursue diversification for broader structural transformationKey areas of opportunities in the short-to medium, term to develop or deepen those linkages. The case of Ghana will be discussedThe potential to put in place initiatives to support the development of local suppliers and the setting up of economic clusters around the mining industry and beyond.Discussions will be informed by a study that is currently being conducted jointly by the AMDC and BGR.Shown here,  Azumah Resources’ Community Relations Team meets regularly with local leaders, traditional and government authorities, and community groups to provide them with information on our work and to listen to feedback from them.last_img read more

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Police say four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of

first_img 7,602 Views MALAYSIAN POLICE SAID today that they believe five North Koreans were involved in the murder of the half-brother of leader Kim Jong-Un, with four having fled the country on the day of the killing.South Korea said the announcement proved Pyongyang was behind the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, who died after being squirted in the face with an unidentified liquid at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday.The case has also sparked a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur, after Malaysia rejected demands quickly to hand the body over to the North.Four North Korean men were being sought over the killing, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim told a press conference, in addition to their 46-year old compatriot Ri Jong Chol who was arrested in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.Suspects Ri Ji Hyon, O Jong Gil, Ri Jae Nam and Hong Song Sac, aged between 33 and 57, entered Malaysia in February or late January, the police chief said.Three more North Koreans were wanted for questioning, he said. A picture of an unidentified man believed to be a suspect in the case shown at a police press conference Source: Vincent Thian AP/Press Association ImagesOfficers have already arrested one North Korean, an Indonesian woman and her Malaysian boyfriend, as well as a Vietnamese woman.“Considering that five suspects are North Korean nationals, we view that the North Korean government is behind the incident,” Seoul’s unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee said immediately after today’s announcement.The deputy police chief refused to comment on any political motive for the killing, saying only that investigations were ongoing.Pyongyang has demanded Jong-Nam’s body be returned but Malaysia has said it must remain in the country until it is identified through a DNA sample from a family member.“We are trying very hard to get the next of kin to come and assist us in the investigation,” Noor Rashid said, but added no such family member had yet come forward.Police were still waiting for the results of an autopsy conducted on Wednesday, he said. Police Chief Noor Rashid speaking at the press conference Source: Vincent Thian AP/Press Association ImagesThe drama erupted on Monday as Jong-Nam prepared to board a plane to Macau, where he has been living in recent years. Malaysian police say the 45-year-old was jumped by two women who squirted liquid in his face.He suffered a seizure and died before arriving at hospital.He was once thought to be the natural successor to his father, the then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.But after Jong-Il’s death in 2011 the succession went instead to his younger half-brother Kim Jong-Un.Reports of purges and executions have emerged from the current regime as Jong-Un tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his nuclear and missile programmes.South Korea has cited a “standing order” from Jong-Un to kill his sibling, and a failed assassination bid in 2012 after Jong-Nam criticised the regime.© – AFP 2017Read: North Korean antics aside, poison has been a hugely popular killing agent through the agesRead: North Korea says it ‘categorically rejects’ autopsy results before they’re even released Short URL 3 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3247684 Feb 19th 2017, 11:45 AM Police say four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia on the day of high-profile assassination South Korean authorities have said that Kim Jong Un gave the order to assassinate his half-brother. A TV screen showing a picture of Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated last Mondaycenter_img By AFP Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 11:45 AM Share18 Tweet Email A TV screen showing a picture of Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated last Monday Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images Image: Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Community was devastated by teen joyrider court told

first_img Short URL By Tom Tuite Community was ‘devastated’ by teen joyrider, court told One of them, a priest, was seriously injured and left unable perform his parish duties. SIX PEOPLE’S LIVES were affected by a teenage car thief whose joyriding devastated a Dublin community, a court has heard.One of them, a priest, was seriously injured and left unable perform his parish duties after the teenager, who was on bail, ploughed into him, Dublin Children’s Court was told.The six people, aged from four to 57, live in the same area in north Dublin had been affected by the 17-year-old boy’s four motor thefts, which involved high-speed pursuits, collisions, children being traumatised, a grieving widow having to give evidence and cars written off.The uninsured teenager had been on bail for three of the offences, the court heard. He has pleaded guilty to theft of a ’03-reg car and dangerous driving in connection with the incident at Blanchardstown Road North on 8 November last.RobberyGarda Brian Masterson said a woman’s Honda car was stolen in Hartstown in Dublin 15.Just after 11.30pm, gardai on patrol saw the stolen car being driven at speed by the accused on the N3 in Dublin. It was alleged the teenager broke red lights and collided with a Volkswagen Golf driven by Fr Liam McClarey, 57, of Corduff Parochial House.Garda Masterson said the youth “ran from the car but was arrested close by” while Fr McClarey was taken to hospital. The court heard he suffered broken ankles and a hairline fracture to his knee. He spent six weeks in hospital and is still not fully recovered.Fr McClarey provided the court with a victim impact statement which the judge read in court. In the statement the priest explained that has been unable to officiate at weddings and funerals or visit the sick at Christmas or prepare school children for confirmation. He said he still cannot carry out his duties and is unable to play golf or visit his family who live 150 miles away.Judge O’Connor said it was a very moving impact statement and a community had been devastated. He said he was also thinking of the other people who had suffered as a result of the boy’s behaviour and it was lucky they were not killed.No convictionsThe court heard that the teenager had family members involved in crime but as of yet he has not criminal convictions. The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was warned he is facing the strong possibility of a custodial sentence and was remanded on bail to appear again in April.The teenager has complied with increased support from youth workers helping him abide by his bail terms. The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, recently got onto an educational course and tests have shown that he has stayed off drugs.He is facing sentencing for four dangerous car thefts. In one of the cases, he was found guilty of theft of a grieving widow’s car in July last year. The woman said the theft of the car, which was not recovered, meant she suffered a loss of liberty and had to rely on family members for lifts. She had to give evidence earlier on the last day her daughter was in Ireland before returning to Australia.He entered guilty pleas to hit-and-run and driving without insurance or a licence charges arising out of other incidents on 23 February last year. The court heard he had driving a scrambler motorbike on a public road in Corduff and while over-taking a Volkswagen car he collided head on with a Toyota Avensis.The car he hit was driven by a mother who had her husband and their two young children, aged four and 11, on board. Garda Brian Masterson said no one was injured but the two car owners only had third party insurance policies and are not covered for their written off cars.The children had been traumatised, the court was also told.Head onThe teen admitted stealing a car in the early hours of 17 March last year and six counts of dangerous driving as well as not having a licence or motor insurance.Garda Canice Phelan has told the court gardai spotted two cars travelling on the wrong side of the road at the Littlepace roundabout in Clonee.Gardai took up pursuit at which the two cars split up. The court heard the boy was driving a ’02-reg Honda Xtreme and drove at speed through another roundabout on the wrong side. He sped through a red light forcing a taxi to take “evasive action”.The teenager reached the N2 and crossed several lanes “without regard for other road users” said Gda Phelan, adding that the teenager did that several times.The boy nearly lost control of the Honda while he drove along a M50 slip road and when he crossed the motorway drivers had to take evasive action.The court heard that as he reached the M50 toll bridge he was “boxed in” and stopped.The teenager initially resisted arrest but then became compliant and was handcuffed before he was taken to Blanchardstown Garda station.Garda Phelan said that the owner of the hot-wired car was not aware it had been stolen. An updated probation report on the youth has been ordered. 25,680 Views No Comments Mar 24th 2017, 6:31 PM Image: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov Friday 24 Mar 2017, 6:31 PM http://jrnl.ie/3305672 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Vancouver man accused of stealing car every key from dealership

first_imgA Vancouver man is under arrest in Beaverton, Ore., after being accused of stealing every car key at Damerow Beaverton Ford.Robert L. Bourne was taken to the Washington County Jail on suspicion of first-degree aggravated theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal mischief.Beaverton police said they were called to the Ford dealership at 7:11 a.m. Thursday after the morning manager arrived to find someone had broken into the dealership overnight and stolen every car key, in addition to a 2012 Ford Shelby Mustang.The burglar broke a window in a side bay door, kicked in the door to the manager’s office and ransacked it, destroying a desk in the process. The dealership is at 12325 S.W. Canyon Road.Bourne was in custody before the crime was even reported. At 5:09 a.m., Milwaukie, Ore., police had stopped a man driving the 2012 Shelby Mustang for not having any license plates. The man fled on foot, but was captured a short distance away.The Mustang, valued at $58,000, was not damaged. Police also recovered 220 car keys and several dealer license plates, according to a police bulletin. Each key contains a microchip that corresponds to one particular vehicle. If the keys had not been recovered each car would have needed to be rekeyed, costing Damerow Ford more than $100,000 in replacement costs, police said.last_img read more

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Superintendent Carranza Says NYC – Not Any Houston Issues – Driving His

first_img Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo via screen shot of Facebook’s video of New York City Mayor Bill De BlasioRichard Carranza at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio on Monday.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/08175612/HPM-Red-2018-03-08-at-5.54pm.mp400:0000:0000:28Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Why he decided to leave HISD: “The opportunity — which I did not seek, I was approached – but the opportunity to lead a school system of 1.1 million students with 1,800 schools, 125,000 employees, five times the size of HISD — at the end of the day was an opportunity to serve many more students that I couldn’t turn down … And people have been just very, very understanding. And when they understand the context – I’m not fleeing anything — they understand, ‘Wow, yeah, that’s a big system and I can understand as a superintendent, how, if it makes sense, something anybody would want to do.’” If politics with the HISD board influenced his decision: “The decision was really predicated upon the kind of conversations I had with Mayor de Blasio in New York. New York is mayoral control, so there is no school board. It’s the mayor. As he and I had our conversations, we are politically and philosophically very aligned … The (HISD) board and I have had a great working relationship. We push each other’s thinking in a lot of different ways. Again, this is decision squarely based on the alignment that I felt and the opportunity to serve 1.1 million students in America’s largest school system.”If a lack of an extension on his three-year contract -impacted his departure: “That did not factor into my decision. Quite frankly, I have a three-year contract. I know folks have talked about, you know, I’ve only been here 18 months, well, I only have 16 months left. So I was on the other side of that … Anybody who is working for a living is going to want to know if there’s some job stability and if not, they want enough time so that they can actually look at their options.”To listen to the full interview, click below. 00:00 /04:04 Xlast_img read more

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Residents Sound Off On Proposed Changes To A Busy Heights Thoroughfare

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 Share center_img – / 12 X Eleventh Street is a major artery that carries a lot of east-west traffic through the Heights. But getting across the busy street can be a struggle for pedestrians and cyclists. To cut down on speeding and weaving, Houston Public Works now wants to put a section of 11th Street on a “road diet.”Under that plan, the four-lane street between Michaux and Shepherd — about a mile and a half segment — would be reduced to one lane in each direction. There would also be a center lane for left turns along with on-street bike lanes. All the changes would be made within the street’s existing footprint.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/10105652/11th-Video-Project-Proposed-v2.mp400:0000:0001:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.City engineers are focused in particular on the intersection of 11th and Nicholson, where an off-street bike trail meets the busy street. Public Works Supervising Engineer Ian Hlavacek said plans call for a median that would create a refuge for people trying to cross.“What we’re trying to do now is come back with engineering improvements throughout the city to make it very clear, not just hope that people are familiar with what they’re supposed to do within the law, but so that the geometry of the roadway really speaks to what the safe operations are,” said Hlavacek.At a recent public meeting in the Heights, Bike Houston Advocacy Direction Jessica Wiggins was one of those speaking in favor of the project.“From the perspective of a person walking or biking it’s scary,” said Wiggins of the current Nicholson Street crosswalk. “Frankly we have a good reason to be scared. People are traveling 40, 50, even above that on 11th Street.”But some neighbors expressed concern about the proposal. Heights-area resident Bob Choate questioned whether a redesigned 11th Street could handle a growing bulk of traffic. “There are safety concerns, but there’s also the concern that traffic does need to keep moving,” said Choate. “We have people who live here, people who own businesses. And there’s concern that some of the opinions, the thoughts of the citizens aren’t really being heard.”And Kathy Roth-Choate said she’s worried about the on-street bikeways.“I understand the need for the road diet if that’s their proposal, but adding bikes in after that seems to be completely reducing the safety,” said Roth-Choate. “Adding the bike lanes so close to the vehicles and having vehicles crossing over and turning seems to me to be a recipe for disaster.”Houston Public Works is currently taking public comment on the project and could start design work a few months from now. Hlavacek said they don’t yet have a price estimate for the project, but he said most of the work would consist of restriping the roadway.last_img read more

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StreamingMovie Startup Row8 Signs Deals With Four Hollywood Studios EXCLUSIVE

first_img Robot Combat League Related Row8’s studio partners are rooting for the company to gain a foothold in the market. “We are pleased to be making films from Paramount’s world-renowned library available to Row8’s user base of avid film fans,” said Richard Smith, Paramount’s SVP of digital sales and distribution. “Row8 makes it easy for movie lovers to find classic and contemporary films that are immediately available to stream, simplifying the at-home viewing experience.”Row8 was founded in 2016 by entrepreneurs and investors George Christoph and Jasmina Christoph, who tapped Calkins as CEO. The company’s advisers include entertainment lawyer Ken Ziffren; Craig Kornblau, formerly Universal Studios’ home entertainment chief; and media consultant and producer Thomas Augsberger.Currently, the Row8 service is available via the web, on iOS and Android devices, Roku players and Samsung connected TVs. Comcast Technology Solutions is powering the service on the back-end, and video encoding is provided by Vubiquity. The Row8 interface was initially built by Accedo, but the startup has since taken that development in-house. “We tried to not reinvent the wheel,” Calkins said.Row8 is based in West Hollywood and has 18 staffers, including full-time employees and consultants. As for the meaning of the company’s name, Calkins said that in a theater, the optimal viewing location is two screen heights away — hence, Row8. “We wanted something that would capture the cinema experience,” he said. John Calkins Tapped as AMC Theatres President of Programming Popular on Variety center_img But how can Row8 possibly compete with giants like Apple, Amazon or Google, let alone players like Vudu or FandangoNow that have been in the transactional VOD biz for years? After all, the startup isn’t getting any advantage in terms of exclusive windowing versus any other digital retailer. While Calkins wouldn’t discuss business terms there’s no chance Row8 is getting a better deal from studios than the industry heavyweights. Row8 is offering industry-standard pricing for new-release rentals ($5.99) and with catalog titles $2.99-$3.99.Here’s one way Row8 hopes to stand out: It has a “Movie Love Guarantee,” which will let customers who aren’t happy with the movie they’ve rented “trade it in” to get a credit for another title. “It’s like sending a dish back at a restaurant,” Calkins said.In addition, the startup also is offering limited-time discounts. On Tuesdays, Row8 will knock $1 off the price of new releases. It’s also offering a $1 discount in an off-peak 15-hour window — from midnight to 3 p.m. local time — on new releases and catalog titles. The catch: For the off-peak “matinee pricing,” Row8 will give customers only a three-hour period to view the title (i.e., so people don’t purchase a rental earlier in the day to watch later in the evening).“We know it’s a discount-responsive category,” Calkins said. For now, Row8 offers only VOD rentals but expects to begin offering electronic sell-through (EST) later in 2019.Another differentiation for Row8, according to Calkins, is that the service stocks only movies — not television shows — which he claimed provides a cleaner, more simplified user experience. “We set out to design a service that would appeal with heavy, new-release fans,” he said. “It’s films in their first windows that aren’t on Netflix yet.”Still, Calkins understands that Row8 has a big marketing challenge: “It’s getting the consumer to click on that initial title.”The deals with the four studios will bring Row8 more than 500 titles. Those include “Bumblebee,” “What Men Want,” “Ghostbusters” (2016), “The Equalizer,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and “The Fate of the Furious.” Notably absent are Disney/Fox and Lionsgate but Calkins said, “We’ve had discussions with both of them and hope to get them on the service soon.” Row8, a fledgling digital movie service, is looking to take on transactional VOD players like Apple and Amazon with a focus on movies — and a few pricing twists.The L.A.-based startup has inked licensing deals with four major studios — Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. — for rights to rent and sell new releases and a selection of library titles.Row8 first launched a year ago with exclusive U.S. rights to a selection of foreign and indie films. Now, it sees the opportunity to cater to mainstream moviegoers by bulking up its selection.“We looked at the marketplace, did a lot of research, and we felt like there was an opportunity to zig where the market was zagging toward subscription VOD,” Row8 CEO John Calkins said. Calkins is an industry veteran who spent six years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as exec VP of digital distribution, and before that led digital licensing for Warner Bros. Entertainment. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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During the NFL Combine fired Browns coaches reportedly threw a party at

first_imgBest story I heard from NFL combine: A small group of former Browns coaches held a fired Browns coaches party at a local restaurant in Indianapolis.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 7, 2018It’s not clear who attended the party, but the list of fired coaches – and fired assistants – who were in Indy includes Romeo Crennel, Pat Shurmur, Mike Pettine, Rob Chudzinski, Norv Turner, Kyle Shanahan, Brian Daboll, John DeFilippo, and Terry Robiskie. Oh, and of course, the charter member, Bill Belichick.Hue Jackson should probably go ahead and RSVP for his spot at next year’s get together. No one turns out fired coaches like the Cleveland Browns. Since 1999, The Factory of Sadness has fired 7 head coaches, and many of them were in attendance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in other capacities.In an attempt to re-live memories you would think they would rather forget, a group of the ex-Browns coaches reportedly held a party during the combine at the aptly named Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.Best story I heard from NFL combine: A small group of former Browns coaches held a fired Browns coaches party at a local restaurant in Indianapolis.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 7, 2018last_img read more

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Wafer Level Packaging Market Steady Expansion Comprehensive Growth By 2022

first_imgGlobal Wafer Level Packaging Market is expected to garner $7.8 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 21.5% from 2016-2022. In the year 2015, Asia-Pacific dominated the global market and contributed over half of the market share owing to improved electronics industry infrastructure and increasing demand of electronic products such as smartphones, handheld devices, PCs and laptops among others.Wafer level packaging is growing with a notable rate owing to its competitive advantages over other conventional packaging technologies namely wire bonding and flip chip such as compact package footprints, increased functionality, improved thermal performance, and finer pitch interconnection to the printed circuit board. Wafer level packaging (WLP) can be categorized on the basis of integration type and packaging technology used in them.Download Sample Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1694Furthermore, trending Internet of Things (IoT), technological superiority over traditional packaging techniques, and impending need of circuit miniaturization in microelectronic devices are key factors expected to propel the growth of global WLP market. Thriving demand for small sizes, low costs, and high performance of packaging solutions in electronic devices is going to act as an opportunity for wafer level packaging market.In integration type of wafer level packaging, fan-in wafer level packaging (Fan-in WLP) dominated the market in 2015. This was attributed to the small, lightweight, high performance semiconductor solution of Fan-in WLP. However, Fan-out WLP is estimated to witness the higher growth rate in the market owing to its advances such as smaller form factor and thinner packaging with higher input/output (I/O) count along with improved thermal and electrical performance. In addition, it is a compelling, cost-effective solution for space constrained mobile applications and other portable consumer and industrial devices.In bumping technology, copper bumping held over 50% in the year 2015 due to its exclusive advantages of low cost, compatibility with bond pads and applications in technologies such as transceivers, embedded processors, application processors, power management, and SOCs among others. Moreover, tin-lead eutectic solder is expected to witness a highly negative growth rate due to government initiatives to ban toxic substances that have high impact on the market.Electronics industry contributed over 47% of the overall WLP market in the year 2015. Imminent need of size reduction in electronics devices, requirement of higher data transmission speed, and improvement in efficiency collectively fuel the replacement of conventional packaging with WLP in electronics industry, hence, making it dominant in the overall market. However, IT & telecommunication would be the fastest growing segment and is expected to register highest CAGR 25.2% during the forecast period. This is due to the increase in reach of telecommunication services in remote areas as well as introduction of new players in IT industry where WLP is used in large scale-inside servers, host systems, and data centers.For Purchase Enquiry@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1694Asia-Pacific dominated the market in 2015 by accounting over 50% of the total market revenue and it is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is accredited to the presence of various manufacturing facilities, high consumption, and production of electronic products where WLP is steadily replacing wire bond and ongoing R&D. Further, North America and Europe are the second and third leading regions in WLP market. These regions are expected to witness slow growth during the analysis period owing to mature electronics and IT & telecommunication industry.Wafer Level Packaging Market Key Findings:Fan-out WLP is estimated to witness the highest growth rate in the market owing to its technological advances such as smaller form factor and thinner packaging with higher input/output (I/O) count along with improved thermal and electrical performance.In 2015, copper pillar led the overall WLP market revenue, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 22.4% during the forecast period.Tin-lead eutectic solder is expected to witness comparatively slow growth rate due to government initiatives to ban toxic substances that have impacted its market heavily.Electronics industry constituted significant share in the overall WLP market in 2015 due to imminent need of size reduction in electronics devices, requirement of higher data transmission speed, and improvement in efficiency.In integration type of WLP, fan-in WLP dominated the market in 2015 owing to small, lightweight, high performance semiconductor packaging solution. .Asia-Pacific dominated the market in 2015 by accounting over 50% of the total market revenue.The key players in the wafer level packaging market are focused on expanding their business operations in the fast-growing emerging countries with new product launches through various R&D facilities. WLP manufacturing companies have been designing the most efficient packaging solutions for the electronic product manufacturers for electric vehicles, healthcare equipment, household storage and portable electronics to launch technologically advanced products in order to increase their market share.The major players profiled in this report include Amkor Technology Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co. Ltd., Deca Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., Toshiba Corp., Tokyo Electron Ltd., Applied Materials, Inc., ASML Holding NV, and Lam Research Corp. among others.About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.com Wafer Level Packaging Marketlast_img read more

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Time Magazine includes Cozumel as best global value

first_imgCozumel, Q.R. — Time Magazine Money has listed the island of Cozumel as one of the best deals globally for international travelers in search of beach destinations.In their Money report, the magazine lists the top 14 beaches in the world and how much it costs to visit them. The 14 listed beaches are a combination of American and international destinations that are based on financial value.“They include quiet sandy retreats, breaks surfers will love, lush foliage-hidden escapes, and kid-friendly options with boardwalk games. The one thing they share: All offer that ideal mix of waterfront amenities and affordability,” the magazine explains.The Money report lists Cozumel as sixth out of seven top international beach destinations based on value noting an average airfare of $435 USD and average hotel $165 USD per night with a one-week cost for two ringing in at $2,705 USD.They add, “Cancun may be one the more popular travel destinations for Americans, but you could arguably find more beautiful beaches and excursions, and slightly less crowds, at the neighboring island of Cozumel.Known for its scuba diving, Cozumel’s clear water allows for visibility of 100 to 200 feet. You can peer into the Great Mayan Reef, the second-largest reef system in the world, at Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. For just a $2 donation, you can choose from any of the park’s wide-ranging dive sites, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced divers.If you’d rather enjoy Cozumel from dry land, you can visit one of the island’s dozens of beaches. The terrain varies depending on whether you’re on the east or west side of the Island; east coast beaches tend to be rocky and unprotected, making them ideal for private travel or snorkeling, while the west coast has more developed and tourist-focused sites. If you’re venturing to the east side, take your beloved to Playa Bonita, considered one of the most romantic beaches on the island: It’s got gentle waves and powdery sand, and is nestled in a cove with its own restaurant/bar called Punta Chiqueros.”Cozumel is preceded by Bali, Indonesia, Mallorca, Spain, Crete, Greece, Jeju Island of South Korea and El Nido in the Philippines. In seventh place is The Azores in Portugal.From January to April 30 of this year, the Port Authority reports that more than 1.6 million cruise tourists have already arrived on the island.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ladysmith Gazette hits the shelves today so get your copy NOW

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport. You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about President Ramaphosa attending a forum in the Drakensberg.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including a story about the Van Reenen protests and a story about a wheelchair-bound man who died in a veld fire.You are sure to find our crime stories very interesting.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online. The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about President Ramaphosa attending a forum in the Drakensberg.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including a story about the Van Reenen protests and a story about a wheelchair-bound man who died in a veld fire.You are sure to find our crime stories very interesting.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport. You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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