Police investigate after trailer full of beer worth 155000 stolen in Delta

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – Police in Delta, B.C., are investigating the theft of a trailer full of nearly 2,600 cases of Coors Light beer.The Delta Police Department says in a release that surveillance footage shows a red semi-truck entering a lot before someone hooks up the trailer just before noon on Jan. 20.Police spokeswoman Cris Leykauf says based on the company’s GPS tracking system, the trailer arrived at an address in Richmond about half an hour later.She says the trailer was discovered empty the next day and the theft was then reported to police.Leykauf says it’s definitely an unusual theft and anyone who may be aware of some odd circumstances around the sale of beer should contact police.The alcohol is valued at about $155,000.last_img

Toronto Sets Midnight Madness Docs Lineup With James Francos The Disaster Artist

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook READ MORE Twitter The Toronto International Film Festival continues to round out its slate for the 42nd event which runs September 7-17, setting today the Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs and Short Cuts sections. Notably, Peter Kuplowsky has unveiled his inaugural Midnight Madness roster as the strand’s new programmer.Opening the section is the world premiere of Bodied from Joseph Kahn, a comedy starring Anthony Michael Hall. James Franco will bring The Disaster Artist to Toronto, based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film The Room and starring Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron and Bryan Cranston. It had a work-in-progress screening back at SXSW.The TIFF Docs slate includes Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, a new battle with the food industry in its world premiere. Also premiering is the Matt Tyrnauer-directed Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood about Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after WWII and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male – and female – stars. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Petronas said to possibly be looking to buy Chevrons stake in Kitimat

first_imgTORONTO, O.N. — Petronas could possibly be looking to get back into the Canadian LNG game after sources said that Chevron is exploring options including selling its minority stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project.According to Reuters, three unnamed sources said that Petronas is among the parties in talks with Chevron for a possible stake in Kitimat LNG, after it scuppered plans to build the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July because of unfavourable market conditions. Speaking anonymously, the sources told Reuters that it was not guaranteed that Chevron would sell its stake. They said that Chevron is considering selling a stake in Kitimat LNG to a financial investor such as a Canadian pension fund or a private equity firm.The sources added that Seven Generations Energy Ltd and Tourmaline Oil Corp are also in discussions to supply natural gas to Chevron’s project, and that Seven Generations may also consider buying a stake in the project by partnering with other gas producers. Kitimat LNG, a 50/50 joint venture with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd, has a 20-year, 10 million-metric-tonne-per-year export license for LNG and is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars to build. Story courtesy The Globe and Mail/Reuters: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/chevron-in-talks-to-sell-stake-in-canadian-lng-project-sources/article38211025/?utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail:+Newsletters+/+E-Blasts+/+etc.&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Linkslast_img read more

Gitgaat add to list of court challenges to Northern Gateway recommendation

VANCOUVER — The Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia has filed a court challenge to the federal review panel recommendation in favour of the Northern Gateway pipeline, bringing to 10 the number of applications filed in Vancouver against the project.The small community centred around Hartley Bay on the north coast said its way of life would be severely threatened by the bitumen-laden tankers that would navigate Douglas Channel on their doorstep.In applications filed this week with both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, the band asks for a judicial review of the joint review panel’s decision.“We’re talking about hundreds of ships passing by basically our front door… and the impact that that’s going to have on our way of life and the cultural identity of the Gitga’at people,” Cam Hill, an elected band councillor, said Wednesday.“We are a sea-going people. Our life is on the sea.”The band wants the court to declare that the panel “breached the honour of the Crown in its dealings with the Gitga’at” and failed to fulfil the Crown’s duty to consult aboriginal peoples.They’re asking the court to quash the report and recommendations or, failing that, to refer the report back to the panel for further consideration.The joint review panel issued a report last month recommending approval of the 1,200-kilometre pipeline from the Edmonton area to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C. — with 209 conditions.Ivan Giesbrecht, spokesman for Northern Gateway, said the company anticipates the court will deal quickly with the legal issues.“We’re confident the court will agree that the JRP process was thorough, fair, and based on sound science,” he said.“In the meantime, we are focusing on the important task of meeting the conditions set forth by the province of British Columbia.”The Haisla Nation, the Gitxaala and several environmental groups also filed applications to both courts for a judicial review within the 30-day deadline.The reasons for the court challenges vary, including that the panel erred in law by considering the economic benefits of the project to the Alberta oilsands, but ignoring the adverse effects of the development.Opponents also said the panel made its decision despite gaps in the evidence, such as the absence of a federal study of diluted bitumen and how it behaves in water. That study, which found the heavier, molasses-like product sinks when mixed with sediment in salt water, was quietly released by Environment Canada after the panel wrapped up hearings.The panel also didn’t get to consider a federal recovery strategy for humpback whales or a draft strategy for caribou, both published by Environment Canada after the hearings ended and years overdue under the federal Species At Risk Act.All say the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, which conducted the review for the agency and the National Energy Board, made legal errors in arriving at the opinion that the pipeline should be built.Mr. Hill said the Gitga’at felt their voices really weren’t heard during the panel process.“Court is not an avenue that we really wanted to go down,” he said.The band did not accept any money from Northern Gateway Pipelines to fund its participation at the many months of hearings, but he declined to say where the money came from for panel participation or for a court fight.The federal cabinet has 180 days from the time it received the report, released in December, to make a final decision.The Canadian Press read more

Deported Lankans questioned at airport

Officials of the UK Border Agency accompanied the Sri Lankans back to the country and handed them over to officers at the airport. All those who arrived on the flight were deported from Britain after their asylum requests were rejected by the British government. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) later recorded statement s from the returnees for several hours and then released them, an official at the airport told Xinhua.The British media reported on Friday that around 40 others who were also to be deported had their deportations suspended by a British court. A group of Sri Lankans who were deported from Britain arrived in the country today and were questioned by officials at the airport.The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration department said that 36 Sri Lankans including 28 minority Tamils arrived in the island on a special chartered flight. International human rights group Human Rights Watch had said this week said that the United Kingdom should immediately suspend deportations of ethnic Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and review its policies in assessing these claims. read more

Muslims in Colombo protest against video

U.S. should apologize to Muslims.” They chanted, “Hang the producer and director of the film.” Hundreds of Muslims in Sri Lanka protested against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, calling for its creators to be hanged.About 300 protesters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, on Wednesday, carrying signs and banners that read, “Ban anti-Islamic film all over the world. Protesters also spit on and walked on U.S. and Israeli flags during the demonstration, which was organized by an Islamic group called Sri Lanka Thaweed Jamath. Abdul Razeek, a spokesman for the group, demanded the U.S. ban the film and said the protests would continue until the film is completely removed from YouTube. He said protesters were “ready to sacrifice our lives for this.” (AP)

Intel offering affordable overclocking insurance

first_imgFor all that it has changed over the years, overclocking still has its risks. You are, by definition, pushing processors past their intended operating point and while that generally won’t do any harm there is always the chance something could go wrong. Some individual chips can go further than other ones that are the same model, but happen to have been produced at another time, in another facility, or with a different stepping, so even if you do your research and cool properly, things can happen. Intel understands this and has enthusiasts covered, that is if they want to pony up the cash and pay for insurance. Intel‘s new pilot program for this is known as the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. Using this Intel-owning overlockers can pay between $20 and $35 to insure their enthusiast-level CPU — from the Core i5 2500K on the low end and the Core i7 3960X on the high end. This covers X and K processors on LGA2011, Sandy Bridge (second generation Core architecture) or newer. The chip’s standard three year warranty will still apply, but this plan will offer protection for times when the chip is running outside of normal circumstances. Basically, Intel’s normally warranty doesn’t cover your 5GHz LN2-cool weekend project rig, but the PTPP does. Despite the availability of the PTPP Intel has not changed their official stance on overclocking. The company will offer no support or advise on pushing chips past their intended performance targets or recommended operating conditions. The PTPP simply augments the buyer’s existing three-year warranty with extra protection. It’s a way for Intel to support enthusiasts while getting in on the lucrative extended warranty business, something every retailer understands quite well at this point (many savvy consumers avoid). Right now it’s just a six month pilot project, after which Intel will reevaluate the program, so we’ll see how it does. If you are doing any major overclocking you might want to considering signing up.More at Intellast_img read more

SDCC Announcement The Stakes Are Raised For Supergirl Season 3

first_img A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life Saturday, July 22nd at San Diego Comic-Con featured the first of CW’s DC Superhero shows panels; Supergirl. On hand at the panel were Melissa Benoist, Chris Wood, Jeremy Jordan, Mehcad Brooks and many more! They even introduced Odette Annabelle who’s playing the latest big bad; Reign, the Kryptonian Worldkiller.Needless to say, the stakes are higher this season. While the trailer doesn’t go much into the character of Reign, it does give us a good idea of where Supergirl is now after the events of season 2. Here are some takeaways from the trailer and the panel:A darker Supergirl. One of the most chilling lines in the whole trailer is when Supergirl says, “Kara Danvers was a mistake.” Supergirl is doing a lot of self-reflecting and claims she isn’t human. Expect her character arc in season 3 to delve deeply into what it means to be human.Mon-El returns! Chris Wood confirms on the panel that Mon-El will be making a return this season. It was not confirmed which episode Mon-El would make his reappearance, but we can be sure that things are not going to be the same between him and Supergirl.More Cat Grant! Calista Flockhart hasn’t been a regular since the first season, but she did appear sporadically in season 2 including the last two episodes. It was also confirmed that she will not only appear this season, but she’ll be in the very first episode of the season!National City ain’t big enough for the both of us. Lena Luthor actress Katie McGrath gets bumped up to a regular cast member and getting highlighted in the trailer. However, Floriana Lima who plays Alex Danvers’ love interest Maggie Sawyer, will be taking on a diminished role. Many fans were excited to see Alex and Maggie get engaged at the end of season 2 and the Supergirl team promised us that we will still be getting some more Maggie and they will continue the storyline.More Martians! J’onn J’onzz is not alone! Actor Carl Lumbly will be playing J’onzz’s father, M’yrnn J’onzz, this season. Carl actually played Martian Manhunter in the Justice League cartoon. We don’t know yet if this will be a warm welcome or not, but this will certainly disrupt J’onn J’onzz dynamic as a father figure type.All of this and so much more will be hitting the CW in just a few months! Watch the trailer and keep an eye out for news as it comes in. We can already tell that this season is going to push the envelope for Supergirl far more than we’ve ever seen before.Supergirl returns to the CW October 9th at 8:00 PM.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police are looking for help in identifying the suspect who murdered Lori

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Investigators are hoping to shed new light on a cold case murder from 1991. A 29-year-old Lori Ann Mooney was shot and killed in a Clairemont park. No one was ever arrested for her murder.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with Lori Ann’s family in this special report.Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. January 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 9, 2019 Updated: 7:12 PMcenter_img Ginger Jeffries, Police are looking for help in identifying the suspect who murdered Lori Ann Mooney Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

first_imgFull House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor’s appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.Download AudioAPRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is there with them right now. Hello, Alexandra.Hello, Lori.Has any progress been made on the education bill?The Senate just finished their debate and passed their version 16-4, with Anchorage Democrats opposing the legislation. The bill before them was introduced by the governor and is a major priority for him. It’s a pretty sprawling piece of legislation, and it includes provisions to that make it easier to establish charters school, gets rid of the high school exit exam, all sorts of things. But the big hang-up has been the education funding question.The governor started the session with an $85 increase to the base student allocation in it, with future increases promised. That’s the amount of money a school gets for each student, and every $100 increase is worth about $25 million. The House more than doubled that number, with an education package worth about $250 million over three years. The Senate went even higher – up to $330 million — but they offered that money as one-time funding.That’s where things blew up.Many education advocates have been screaming for that money to be put into the base student allocation because it gives schools a lot more security. If the money is a one-time thing, there’s no guarantee the school districts won’t have to come back and ask for it again to help make up their budget gaps and avoid teacher layoffs.The debate that happened in the Senate is kind of a pro forma thing. Democrats offered amendments to the bill, but none were adopted. The real fight will happen when the bill gets sent back to the House, because it could trigger a pretty unusual negotiating process called a free conference committee.Can you explain what that does?Last night, as everyone was kind of slaphappy and it was clear that the Senate and House just did not see eye to eye on education funding, I heard one legislator describe it as a committee with super powers. The House will send a few of their people, the Senate will send theirs, and then they hammer out their differences in a way that hopefully works for both bodies. In a normal conference committee, you pick and choose the bits that each side like. But in free conference, you have the power to add completely new stuff and dramatically change the bill. It’s something that’s really only used when there’s a major impasse. But because the committee has the power to add entirely new language to the bill, there’s a risk for things to get messy.Are there any other hang ups beyond funding?There are a few. The House doesn’t like that the Senate took out language that lengthens the probationary period from three years to five years before  urban teachers can get tenure. They also don’t like that the Senate version requires municipalities to take on a bigger burden in funding education. That provision could result increased property taxes in some communities, which doesn’t really play well in an election year.So, how long can session go at this point?Even though voters put a 90-day limit on the legislative session a few years back, the Legislature can meet up to 121 days without running afoul of the Constitution. Obviously, people want to get out as quickly as possible, but since they’ve already blown the deadline, they may as well try to get things done as best they can and finish work on other bills that were at risk of dying.How much work is left unfinished, aside from education?Well, the two other big priority bills did pass this weekend. At the beginning of session, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the Legislature to put a few billion dollars toward the pension system and to pass a bill that allows a massive natural gas pipeline to be built. The Legislature did that. That’s done. That’s off their plate.But there are still dozens of lawmakers’ personal bills that got close to passing, but were then held up either as leverage in negotiations or were just caught up in the logjam as things fell apart this past week. Those cover everything from a popular crime reform bill to legislation allowing the DMV to offer license plates with bears on them.last_img read more

Boeing Tata Advanced Systems to make Apache fuselage in Hyderabad

first_imgBoeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday formally announced that a centre to manufacture aerostructures for AH-64 Apache helicopter will come up in Hyderabad.The announcement was made by the officials of the two companies in the presence of Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on the sidelines of suppliers’ meet of Boeing here.The state government agreed to allocate land and provide all other support required for the unit, which is coming up near aerospace Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Adibatla on the outskirts of the city, where TASL already has four joint ventures with global companies.The announcement came as a follow-up to the joint venture the two companies announced last month.Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India, said they were making a beginning with manufacture of aerostrucures for Apache and would take this partnership forward to develop advanced systems.The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US Army and defence forces of other countries. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since 1984, according to the information on the company’s website.Though the state government officials had earlier estimated that the project could entail an investment of about Rs.200 crore, Kumar declined to give any figure. “We don’t make the investment figures public,” he said.”The first step is fuselage manufacturing. We are now starting with the process and it may take three to four months to get all approvals,” he told IANS when asked about the timeframe for the JV.Sukaran Singh, CEO and managing director of TASL, said this joint venture would be a big push for make in India programme.Rama Rao said the addition of marquee name like Boeing would be a big value addition for Telangana and would boost the state government’s efforts to make Hyderabad a hub of aerospace and defence.”There is no bigger name than Boeing in aerospace and defence and this joint venture will be help attract more companies,” he said.He recalled that the beginning for this partnership was made in May when he met Boeing officials during his visit to the US.The minister said Boeing setting up a shop would also bring several suppliers to the city and create employment opportunities.”We already have 1,000 SMEs in this sector in and around Hyderabad. The challenge before us is to expand this SME base and upgrade the tier III suppliers to tier II and tier II,” the minister added.He assured all the support in creating the entire ecosystem for the sector and also promised that if required the state government on behalf of the companies investing in the state will take up their issues with the central government.The minister said three more aerospace and defence parks would come up in the city. An aviation academy is also proposed to be developed in collaboration with Aerocampus Aquitaine, France.Pratt & Whitney, a leader in aircraft engine manufacturing, is also looking to expand its base in the city and set up something in human resource and training sectors, he added.last_img read more

Markets cautious ahead of election results Hero MotoCorp declares 2750 interim dividend

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters fileHero MotoCorp rewarded shareholders with a bonanza: 2,750 percent interim dividend or Rs 55 per share. However, the news did not have any impact on the share price of the two-wheeler maker. The share, which has a face value of Rs 2, actually closed in the red at Rs 3,299, down 0.65 percent.The company has fixed March 8 as the record date for determining entitlement of members for the purpose of paying the bonanza.Hero MotoCorp sold 5.24 lakh units in February, down 4.75 percent in comparison to 5.50 lakh two-wheelers sold in February 2016.The BSE Sensex closed 49 points lower at 28,999 on Tuesday while the NSE Nifty closed 16 points lower at 8,947. Investors are apparently cautious ahead of the outcome of the Assembly polls, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.”The markets are keenly awaiting the outcome of the exit poll announcements that are expected in the next few days and the street has already factored in a BJP win in the key state of Uttar Pradesh,” Mayuresh Joshi, fund manager at Angel Broking, said in a note.”Any disappointment however on this front can cause significant volatility and disruption in the positive momentum that has been created and can have a short term negative impact in the way the markets react,” he added.Top Sensex losers included Tata Steel, Lupin, Infosys and Axis Bank. Adani Power closed 4.8 percent higher at Rs 40.The rupee gained 4 paise to end at 66.67 to the US dollar. Gold and silver prices also fell on Tuesday, with the yellow metal losing Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,550 per 10 gm while silver ended Rs 300 lower at Rs 42,500 per kg.last_img read more

AL men obstruct Oikya Front motorcade

first_imgMadanpur intersection blocked by setting fire on Dhaka Chittagong highway in Narayanganj on Friday afternoon. Photo: Hasan RajaJatiya Oikya Front leaders’ motorcade has been obstructed in Madanpur intersection of Narayanganj on their way to an election rally in Bandar Sonakanda.A group of ruling Awami League men allegedly intercepted the motorcade carrying BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Oikya Front leaders Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, around 3:30pm on Friday, according to witnesses.This led to a halt on Dhaka-Chittagong highway for around half an hour, they added.The locals also said the AL activists led by Madanpur union parishad chairman Abdus Salam and AL’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Madanpur vice president Ohidul blocked Dhaka-Chittagong highway for around 30 minutes by setting fire to wood and bamboos on the highway to intercept the motorcade.Asked about this, Abdus Salam told Prothom Alo that he does not know about this. “But, the locals might block the road over their internal feud,” he added.The Oikya Front leaders, however, managed to reach the rally venue with the help of police.last_img read more

Survivors Ask Texas AG To Take Action Against Owners Of Karolyi Ranch

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraAutumn Blaney, a teenager who says she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the Olympic women’s gymnastics team, speaks at a press conference in Austin on May 10, 2018.The Texas Attorney General’s Office should take the steps of the Michigan attorney general in aggressively pursuing charges against the men and women who enabled Larry Nassar — the former doctor for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team — to sexually assault more than 200 young female athletes, a group of survivors and their lawyers said at a press conference Thursday morning.Standing in the sunshine and wind outside the office of Texas’ top attorney, five women who say they suffered abuse at the hands of Nassar asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to take action against the couple they say allowed that abuse to continue — action Paxton’s office has said it does not have the power to take.The women and their lawyers claim that Martha and Bela Karolyi, owners of the famed Texas Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, knew about the abuse at the longtime official training site of the team but took no steps to prevent it from continuing. They point to a May 2017 deposition in which Martha Karolyi answers “yes” after being asked whether she was aware of molestation accusations against Nassar.The Karolyis have said through their lawyer that “Martha misunderstood the question and misspoke.”Nassar has been charged with multiple counts of abuse and was sentenced earlier this year to decades in prison. Meanwhile, in Texas, the women and their lawyers said, no action has been taken against those implicated in his crimes.“I can’t understand why this is not taken seriously in Texas right now,” said Jamie Dantzscher, one of the survivors.The Texas Rangers, in consort with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, have been investigating Karolyi Ranch since January at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott. That investigation is ongoing, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday.Lawyers for the women called that investigation insufficient, saying there have been no search warrants or charges yet issued. And there’s no indication that that probe is “seriously looking into the Karolyis,” said California attorney John Manly, who’s representing more than 100 survivors in the Nassar case.Michelle Tuegel, a Waco attorney representing many of the Texas survivors, said a case of this scope requires action from the state’s top attorney — and, perhaps more importantly, the resources his office brings with it.But in a statement shortly after the press conference, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office said the investigation is “outside of our jurisdiction” but that the office would “gladly and immediately assist with this investigation and prosecution” if asked by local law enforcement.“We are confident that the Texas Rangers, in coordination with the Walker County District Attorney and Walker County Sheriff’s Office, will complete a thorough investigation that will achieve justice for the victims of these alleged crimes,” spokesman Marc Rylander said.Manly countered that “the Texas Attorney General can take over any case they choose.” And Tuegel said immediate action from Paxton is necessary because some of the relevant statutes of limitations are set to expire in the coming weeks.“They’ve done it in Michigan. I think Texas needs to step up,” Tuegel said.The Karolyis, who have publicly denied having any knowledge of the allegations, including in an emotional interview last month with NBC, have also launched their own lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking for damages for the canceled sale of their facilities to USA Gymnastics. In that lawsuit, the couple seeks “stigma damages” for the ranch’s market devaluation.last_img read more

TxDOT Says It Hopes To Quickly Wrap Up Repairs At 610 Ship

first_img Listen Right now three right mainlanes on I-610 E. Loop SB from the Port of Houston to Manchester are closed to facilitate repairs of the Houston Ship Channel Bridge. One NB lane closed as well. Seek alternate route to bypass closure. Closure will remain in place until further notice. pic.twitter.com/xnTICDIqhO— TxDOT- HOU District (@TxDOTHouston) December 17, 2018 X Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) found out about a problem at the Houston Ship Channel Bridge during a routine inspection over the weekend.It’s an inspection they do every two years. TxDOT spokeswoman Deidrea George said crews found some corrosion on a localized portion of the bridge.“The assessment was to go ahead and make those repairs,” explained George. “So we shut down two southbound lanes from the Port of Houston to Manchester to assess the bridge and the corrosion.”George said TxDOT also decided to close a third southbound lane.“That actually is simply so the crews can get up under the bridge in that area and make those repairs,” she added.George told News 88.7 they hope to reopen those closed lanes by Tuesday afternoon. But until then, southbound traffic remains heavy and commuters may want to find another route. 00:00 /00:36last_img read more

The end of Disk Cleanup Free Up Space Now appears in Windows

first_imgThe end of Disk Cleanup? Free Up Space Now appears in Windows 10 Settings by Martin Brinkmann on April 04, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: April 15, 2019 – 19 commentsDisk Cleanup is a handy system utility that is built-in to Windows. It can be used to delete temporary files, some logs, the Recycle Bin, and previous Windows installations.The latter is extremely useful, as it allows you to free up Gigabytes of disk space after upgrades. Windows keeps a copy of the previous version of Windows on the disk after upgrades to provide rollback functionality.Microsoft introduced the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows 7. Disk Cleanup was never as good at freeing up disk space than third-party solutions such as CCleaner, but the built-in nature of the tool made it useful in situations where third-party programs cannot be used.Windows 10: Free up space nowWindows 10 Version 1803, the Spring Creators Update version of the operating system, comes with a new “free up space now” option in the Settings application that replicates the functionality of Disk Cleanup.Here is how you open the new tool:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to System > Storage.Activate “free up space now” on the page.The utility runs a scan when you open it and displays its findings in the interface. This works similarly to how Disk Cleanup handles this but with the difference that system files such as previous Windows installations are included by default.Tip: You can run Disk Cleanup in clean up system files mode automatically as well.Some file locations are selected by default, others are not. The list of locations and descriptions appear to be identical for all supported file locations. A minor difference between both tools is that Free up disk space omits locations with 0 bytes.Disk Cleanup is still part of Windows 10 version 1803. You can run it just like before, and use it or the Settings application.Closing WordsMicrosoft revealed back when it released Windows 10 that it had plans to move all Control Panel items to the Settings application, and that it wanted to migrate tools to Settings as well.The process is still ongoing and if the company keeps the current pace, it will probably take a decade or more before all Control Panel items are moved to the Settings app.As for Disk Cleanup, it is unclear if Microsoft plans to remove the program from Windows 10. Considering that it moved the functionality to the Settings app in the Spring Creators Update, it seems likely that this is going to be the case.Now You: Do you use Disk Cleanup or third-party tools?Related articlesHow to clean up the Windows Program Files folderPatchCleaner: remove orphan Windows installer files to free up disk spaceWindows 10 Disk Cleanup includes file compression optionSummaryArticle NameThe end of Disk Cleanup? Free Up Space Now appears in Windows 10 SettingsDescriptionWindows 10 Version 1803, the Spring Creators Update version of the operating system, comes with a new “free up space now” option in the Settings application that replicates the functionality of Disk Cleanup.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Up in the oaks a different sort of Costa Rican getaway

first_imgGuests who want to take a quetzal tour with Dantica will have better luck than I did that afternoon: Wilms claimed that his birding tours have a 95 percent success rate. Other wildlife, like the eponymous tapir that gives the lodge it’s name in Tico Spanish, “little tapir,” mountain lions and owls also roam the valley.Besides the wildlife and hiking offered both onsite and throughout the valley, Dantica’s Le Tapir restaurant is its own destination. Wilms said that their idea for the lodge was to bring people as close to nature as possible and that goes for the restaurant, too, a cozy jewel box extending over the hillside with 270-degree views of the valley.We started our dinner with a salad of chopped olives and pineapple (trust me, it was great) and moved on to the main course: cloud forest trout with hearts of palm in a white wine sauce. The fish was a standout dish, moist and flaky, if not a little heavy for the sauce it came with. For dessert, the panna cotta was cool and creamy and had a nice crunch from the seeds of the fresh passion fruit on top.Dantica also offers one of the most generous complementary breakfasts I’ve ever had, complete with fresh baked rolls, locally grown coffee, and a choice of omelet, pancakes or gallo pinto, a mix of black beans and rice, with scrambled eggs.The lodge’s seclusion makes it an attractive choice for a rugged couple’s getaway but some of the amenities were less than ideal for lovebirds. Our apparent queen size bed was actually two twin beds pushed together, landing a cuddle attempt in the sinkhole between the mattresses.While the size of the bathroom — especially the size of the sink — was a rare treat for the rugged setting, the shower was unruly and oscillating water temperature between too hot and freezing was a rude awakening in the morning chill of the mountains.After breakfast, I took a hike down the hill to the river. Following the path with the aid of a crumpled map I kept in my back pocket, I walked, climbed and slid down the trail, following the rushing sounds of the river.When I reached the water a noise caught my attention. There, just a head of me perched in the trees was a pair of Black Guan, large black birds with blue-tipped beaks. I stopped and watched the birds until my not-so subtle attempt to see them better startled them deeper into the woods. They might not have been resplendent quetzals, but for those minutes I stood there watching them, I felt a million miles from the city.  No related posts. Over breakfast one recent Saturday, a friend of mine bemoaned how despite his best intentions of getting out of the city, work or pure exhaustion from the week usually sidetracked his plans of escaping San José.Feeling like I too needed an escape from belching buses and the claustrophobia of the capital, my partner and I headed out to Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota. Just two to three hours south (depending on whether you get stuck behind a semi) on the Inter-American highway away from San José, it was the perfect distance to get out of the city.After checking in at reception, a see-through office attaching to an art gallery, we walked along a winding path cut through a dewy forest to our bungalow.As soon as we opened the door, I knew why the place had such a good reputation: floor-to-ceiling windows composed an entire wall of the cabin, and tellingly, the couch faces the windows, not the room’s small television. The wall of glass afforded guests an uninterrupted 180-degree view of the valley, yet the bungalows are perched at angles where occupants can’t sneak a peak at other travelers. Ribbons of clouds wove in and out of the primary oak forests that blanket the valley’s dark green slopes, like an idyllic scene from an ink painting hanging in a Chinese restaurant. The folds of the mountains faded from dark green to ever-lighter shades of white, disappearing into the clouds that poured into the valley like tributaries into a river.IKEA-inspired furniture outfitted the room, complete with blond wood dresser, low-backed slate-colored couch, and a sleek white table with two chairs. A quirky metal fireplace hung on the wall next to the bed. After pouring in a bottle of ethanol — yes, ethanol — into the grill and lighting it from a safe distance, a tall flame sprung up and gave the room a warm feeling, even if it didn’t produce much heat.I gazed out over the balcony, half-heartedly looking for a resplendent quetzal in the late afternoon, wondering if I could recognize its emerald plumage in the fading light.The valley’s reputation for the long-tailed bird is what brought co-owner and biologist Joost Wilms to San Gerardo for the first time more than 20 years ago. The Dutch scientist studied the birds there for years and fell under the valley’s spell, eventually prompting him to open the hotel with his wife, Colombian textile designer María Luisa Castro. Zach Dyer Zach Dyercenter_img Dantica Lodge brings guests back to nature.  The view from Dantica’s bungalows.  Going there:From San José, take the Inter-American highway to Cartago. Just a few kilometers before reaching Cartago, after the Delta gas station and some traffic lights, there is a sign: San Isidro and Paso Canoas (Panamá). Veer right and wind into the mountains. After about 30 kilometers you reach the gasoline station at El Empalme (last place to fill up your car!), stay on the road for another 30 kilometers and then turn right at Kilometer 80 to San Gerardo de Dota. Follow the dirt road (partly asphalted) for 4 kilometers downhill until you see the lodge at your right hand site. Rates range from $136 to $192 (plus the requisite 13 percent tax) depending on the accommodation and the season.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican art dealer receives yet another probation sentence for deceptively selling

first_imgRelated posts:Spanish court acquits Tico accused of smuggling pre-Columbian art Police seize $1 million collection of pre-Columbian art in Santa Ana Actor Sean Penn secretly interviewed ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in hideout before capture Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over meeting with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán A German civil court in Munich on Friday sentenced Leonardo Patterson, a Costa Rican art dealer living in Germany, to three years probation for “deceptively selling a piece of recent manufacture as an archaeological artifact of Mexican origin to a German citizen.”Patterson, 73, also was ordered to return two ancient wooden figures to Mexico after determining they were improperly obtained and taken out of that country. The court’s ruling states that Patterson must pay court costs because he was unable to prove ownership of the figures.A witness testified Patterson told him the pieces had been taken by a tomb raider from an archaeological dig in El Manatí, Mexico, a sacred site of the Olmec people, and that Patterson bought them from a dealer.The court estimated the artifacts’ value at €50,000 euros ($53,000) each.Patterson must periodically check in with the court and pay a fine of €1,000 a month during the three-year probation. If he fails to comply, he could face imprisonment of one year and three months.A polemic dealerPatterson’s problems with the law began in 1984 when he was charged by the FBI with attempting to sell a forged Maya fresco to an art dealer in Boston. At the time, he was sentenced to probation.One year later he was arrested in Dallas for smuggling a pre-Columbian figurine and 32 endangered sea turtle eggs into the United States. He told customs officers he brought the eggs because “they are delicious and nutritious, and I didn’t know that eating them is a federal offense in the U.S.” He was again placed on probation.In 2010, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported that a collection of supposed pre-Columbian artifacts seized from Patterson in Germany contained many fake pieces.INAH officials said most of the larger, impressive pieces seized by German authorities were modern copies of ancient artifacts. Experts determined 252 of the collection’s 1,029 sculptures, pots and figurines were fakes.A number of legal cases have followed including the ordering of the return of smuggled items to Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.In 2013, a criminal court in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, acquitted him of the crime of art smuggling after he moved from that city 1,400 pieces of pre-Hispanic art to Germany without a permit from the Culture Ministry.Judge María Elena Fernández Currás at the time said that according to Spanish law, “the smuggling offense punishes those who, without authorization, take Spanish heritage out of Spanish territory.” Patterson was acquitted because the pieces do not belong to Spain but to various Latin American countries.Born to Jamaican parents, Patterson was raised in the Caribbean province of Limón and currently lives in Munich. He began working as an apprentice jeweler, moving on to work as an antiquities middle-man as he gained exposure to a wider range of objects. Eventually, he graduated to the role of international dealer and collector.He served as adviser of Costa Rica’s diplomatic mission at the United Nations from November 1994 to January 1995 during José María Figueres Olsen’s administration, and his diplomatic credentials were renewed in 1998 during Miguel Ángel Rodríguez’s administration, in spite of not being appointed to any official post.Questions about his past led to his resignation, and shortly after he moved to Germany. Facebook Commentslast_img read more