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Indian weightlifter Ajay Singh makes India proud

first_imgWeightlifting as a sport has caught a lot of attention recently. It is about an athlete’s discipline in which he/she attempts to lift maximum weight of a barbell loaded with plates of different weights. The two competition lifts in order are snatch and clean and jerk. Each athlete receives three chances to lift, the total of the highest two lifts are combined and that determines the result in a particular category. The categories can vary for male and female.More on Ajay’s winIndian athletes now take up this sport and also succeed in it. A recent example is Ajay Singh. Singh won a bronze medal in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship 2017. This championship was held at Kathmandu, Nepal.He bagged the third place in 77 kg men’s junior by lifting 143 kg in snatch and 172 kg in clean and jerk. India’ tally was coming out to be two in the championship and his victory increased the count by one and made it three.Other winnersApart from Ajay there were many more athletes that made India proud earlier in this international championship.S Nirpupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kg women youth category and Konsam Ormila Devi from Manipur had won gold medal in the 44 kg category.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more

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ONE INJURED IN SOUTH DAKOTA ACCIDENT ON I-29

first_imgTRAFFIC IS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL ON I-29 SOUTH NEAR ELK POINT.AN S-U-V AND TOW TRUCK COLLIDED AROUND 1:45PM AT MILE MARKER 12 BETWEEN JEFFERSON AND ELK POINT.ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN THE SUV AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.THE NAME OF THE VICTIM AND SEVERITY OF THE INJURY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG/KPTHlast_img

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OSU Defensive Power Rankings: Linebacker Could be Strength of Defense

first_imgYesterday we looked at the offensive side, and now it’s time to break down the defensive performance so far this season. This includes all games played (which obviously at this point is just one).5. Defensive End (Previously: 4)Triston Grant had the most solo tackles of any defensive end Thursday night, and he isn’t even on the depth chart.The defensive ends got little pressure on Tulsa’s inexperienced quarterbacks and flushed them out of the pocket time after time, which, while it wasn’t exclusively their fault, led to a few conversions on third and long.For a position where its proclamation was depth, the defensive ends’ strength in numbers looked took a while to take shape (and never really did in the pass rush). PBU1100002 Total Tkl2220006 Pen Yds001500015 INT0000000 TFL2111005 DTD. OsborneE. Smith Jr.D. DanielsT. CarterT. BakariC. MurrayTotal TDs vs.0000000 4. Cornerback (Previously: 5)No one is a bigger critic of the OSU cornerbacks than I am, but they did better than I thought they might.Here is the play that summed up the corners’ play best from Thursday. Tulsa was clearly trying to get after A.J. Green early and often (see his targets below).If other guys complete that ball, so be it. That would have to be a flawless toss, but 9-of-10 times, you will take that from an inexperienced corner in his first test as a starter. Improvement should be imminent. Yds vs.56200150091 Solo Tkl5011119 TFL0000000 PBU0000000 Pens0010001 FF0001001 Total Tkl5011119 Yds vs.3404119058 Total Tkl54221115 TFL0110002  LBC. WhitenerK. HenryK. E-McGruderJ. PhillipsC. BundageA. Og…K. TuckerD. HarperG. AkemTotal Comp4011107 Solo Tkl2110004 Solo Tkl65432321026 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Total Tkl83322220 Solo Tkl53322217 3. Safety (Previously: 1)This group is only so low because all of the others did particularly well.The play OSU got from its safeties, particularly Ramon Richards in his first start at the position, was not bad at all. In fact, I’ve heard and seen nothing but positive reviews of Richards’ play, especially his eyes in surveying the field and checking his reads and the quarterback.He looked solid, and as he said Monday, there wasn’t ever any grace period he needed to get acclimated.“I was already settled in from the jump,” Richards said. “I’ve been settled in. I’m ready.” Pens1000001 Comp3302008 Total Tkl76553322033 QBH1000000012 TDs vs.0000000 1. Linebacker (Previously: 2)The addition of Kenneth Edison-McGruder is such a game-changer. Calvin Bundage took a knock to the head and didn’t play for the second half, but through the first, they were flying around everywhere.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer called a variety of fronts, including a 3-3-5 and 4-2, which allowed both guys to be on the field at once. Scary. Especially when Edison-McGruder picks up a fumble and rumbles home for an 82-yard score.They weren’t all that was good at this spot. Chad Whitener, Justin Phillips and even some of the depth players looked nice at what could end up being the defense’s best position group. Sacks0000000 Sacks0000000 2. Defensive Tackle (Previously: 3)The FOX guys in the studio after the game took a few shots at the Cowboys’ defensive line, but their take only told half of the story. DeQuinton Osborne looked like Vincent Taylor at times Thursday, and Darrion Daniels played well, too.One guy who caught my eye more than most others though was Enoch Smith Jr., a junior college transfer who was signed in the 2017 recruiting class. He played and performed better than I would venture to guess anyone expected.PFF Week 1 Big 12 Team of the Week – Defense pic.twitter.com/kTIrAcrajN— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 5, 2017This group looked far more potent than its friends to the outside, and that might be a redeeming factor for the Cowboys’ front four. TFL0110000002 DET. GrantJ. BrailfordV. LeveniJ. OwensC. WalterscheidT. WebberTotal ST. FlowersR. RichardsJ. MorrowD. CurryT. MwanikiZ. GreenTotal Solo Tkl34211011 INT0000000 Pen Yds150000015 Tgt91421017 Sacks0010000001 Tgt58220017 QBH0100001  CBA.J. GreenR. WilliamsM. HarperM. KearseB. BalousB. BrownTotal QBH0000000 TFL0000000last_img read more

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El Tri’s Gold Cup group perfection worth plenty

first_imgMexico didn’t have the strongest close to its group stage.El Tri manager Tata Martino was fuming after his team topped Martinique by just a goal. That’s understandable. The manager holds his team to a higher standard than simply results. The performance on the field wasn’t up to par for what we usually see from Mexico and certainly not what the team has shown early in the Martino era.A team with a mix of professional players and amateurs pushed El Tri nearly to the brink, putting a scare in the region’s biggest power. While fans aren’t necessarily at their panic stations, morale is suddenly at the lowest point it has been since Martino took charge in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Yet, getting out of the group with three victories is nothing to sneeze at. Mexico has done it just once before at the Gold Cup, with Chepo de la Torre guiding the team past a tough group that included the base of a Costa Rica team that would go on to the World Cup quarterfinals three years later and an El Salvador squad not yet rocked by a match manipulation scandal.It’s not common for Mexico or any other team to roll through the group with only victories. Before Mexico this year, the United States was the last team to do it. That was back in 2013, ages ago for a tournament contested every two years. In addition to El Tri, Jamaica also got through its group unscathed in 2011. The Americans also got three wins in 2007, the second tournament in which Concacaf used four-team groups.The historic accomplishment may be diminished with the fact that Concacaf expanded the tournament, adding four more teams for this edition. After all, the door also is open for Panama or the United States to also go through with nine points on the final day of group play.  But Mexico’s group featuring Canada, a former champion, Martinique and Cuba are hardly Gold Cup newcomers and it’s the only one in which every team will take part in League A of the Concacaf Nations League. The other thing to consider is how Martino was able to use the group stage to prepare his team well for the knockouts. In the build-up to the tournament, it looked like Mexico would reach the knockouts with a team hard-hit by injuries. Now, with the exception of Erick Gutierrez, it seems everyone is fresh.Martino has a healthy group and a well-defined starting XI that also can lean on players to come in as substitutes and make a difference after big performances in the group stages. No player is a better example of that than Uriel Antuna, who scored four goals and had an excellent assist in the group stage after nearly missing out on the roster. It’s not just the LA Galaxy attacker, though. Carlos Rodriguez and Jonathan dos Santos are essentially even at the right interior midfielder slot. Fernando Navarro proved himself a capable back-up at right back. With Rodolfo Pizarro and Hector Moreno back to full fitness, they should slot into the lineup and bring their skills and experience to a Mexico team that already includes plenty.That said, the margin for error is now slim. Lay a dud against Costa Rica on Saturday, and the tournament is over. “This isn’t something we might have hidden since before starting the tournament. We’ve always said it, and nothing changes,” Martino said of the team’s goal to win the entire tournament. “The important thing is characteristics and the form the team will have in matches where when it’s over you go or you stay. We’re going to see it from the quarterfinals. Nothing that happened today has to do with what can happen in the future in any way.”Well, in some ways it does. Mexico has built up toward the knockout stage with good results. It has continued to add to its winning streak. It has seen things it needs to correct and has nearly a week to correct those things.Martino is right that none of that will matter if Mexico doesn’t lift the trophy. The 2011 team is remembered for its pressure-packed win in the final at the Rose Bowl, not anything that happened while it was jockeying for knockout round positioning. But it’s worth taking a step back from the nail-biting finish against a Martinique team Mexico should’ve had an easier time against to recognize that as a whole the grop stage was what Mexico needed. Now it needs to move on to the next stage and prove it’s the team to beat in the region.last_img read more

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LNJP doctors call off strike as govt agrees to their demands

first_imgNew Delhi: Patients at the Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital faced hardship as doctors at the facility went on strike on Monday over an alleged assault on a postgraduate medical student by a patient’s attendant, demanding adequate security.Resident doctors did not work in both regular and emergency wards, affecting patients at the biggest Delhi government-run hospital, Medical Superintendent Kishore Singh said. The strike was called off in the evening as the government agreed to their demands. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We have immediately agreed to their demand of deployment of marshalls in the hospital, including in emergency ward. Other demands like installation of CCTV cameras at other places, we are looking into those aspects, and areas are being identified,” Delhi Health Secretary Sanjeev Khirwar said. As many as 48 marshalls will be deployed eventually, 16 in each of the three shifts across the hospital campus, he said. CCTV cameras are already installed at some places in the hospital and 10 of the marshalls were deployed Monday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderResident Doctors’ Association (RDA) representatives and hospital authorities had met Delhi Health Secretary in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, the RDA of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital claimed the stir was triggered by an alleged assault on a third-year postgraduate student of Maulana Azad Medical College, who was on duty last night in the emergency department, around 11 pm. “A patient was brought to the ER department and later died of some complications. An attendant then assaulted a person on duty, who is a third-year student of MD at the college,” RDA president Saiket Jena alleged. “In the last few days, several such incidents of attack on doctors have taken place in the hospital premises. So, we have gone on a strike,” he said in the morning.last_img read more

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Feds to unveil supercluster winners that will get slice of 950M funding

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is poised to unveil the winners of a competition to form technology “superclusters” — a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding.Thursday’s announcement will close out a nine-month contest central to the Liberals’ so-called innovation agenda. The project, which will name up to five government-designated superclusters, was designed to encourage academia and businesses to work together on strategies to boost fast-growing sectors.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will announce the winners at an event at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.Last fall, the government narrowed a field of about 50 applicants to nine finalists that are made up of groups pitching projects in many different areas, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and clean technology.The money will be distributed over five years to the winners, which will have to match the federal funding they receive, dollar for dollar.Ottawa has faced some criticism over its plan, including concerns that it would see government picking winners and losers. But Bains has defended it by saying it will result in the superclusters being led by industry.The government is hoping the leverage from its $950-million commitment will help unlock business investment in research and development as a way to lift the economy.Bains has said he was looking for bids that would promote research, create high-quality jobs and feature intellectual property strategies structured to keep benefits for Canada.Here’s a list of the finalists, which represent different parts of the country:— AI-powered supply chains supercluster. The Quebec-based proposal is focused on defining a global supply-chain platform that will boost AI and data science in Canada, particularly in the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.— Advanced manufacturing supercluster. The goal of this Ontario-based bid is to drive collaboration between the tech and manufacturing sectors — using technologies like Big Data, intelligent machines and the so-called “internet of things” — to scale-up production and improve efficiency.— Digital technology supercluster. This British Columbia-based consortium aims to boost competitiveness in precision health, manufacturing and resource and environment technologies by advancing data collection, analysis and visualization.— Clean growth through mining supercluster. The bid promises to make Canada a global leader in clean resources, clean tech and responsible sourcing of metals by using technology to address issues such as energy and water use. It’s based in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.— Mobility systems and technologies supercluster. The proposal seeks to leverage technologies to improve Canada’s leadership in mobility products and services. It will also focus on serving market needs in aerospace, ground transportation and manufacturing. It’s based on Quebec, Ontario, B.C. and Atlantic Canada.— Ocean supercluster. This Atlantic Canada-based finalist aims to maximize the potential and sustainable development of the ocean economy. It would invest in digital technologies for industries such as aqua culture, fisheries, offshore oil and gas and clean energy.— Protein innovations supercluster. The Saskatchewan bid would harness technologies to help Canada become the world leader in supplying plant-based proteins and related products.— Smart agri-food supercluster. The Alberta-based applicant has an objective to make Canada the preferred global supplier of sustainable, high-quality, safe food. To get there, it would build information technologies, such as data analysis and quality control platforms.— Smart, sustainable and resilient infrastructure supercluster. This Alberta finalist pledges to revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure to make Canada a leader in the use of advanced digital communications and interconnected applications and services. read more

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Singapore to source construction workers from Sri Lanka

The BCA hopes to bring in skilled construction workers from Sri Lanka and Philippines to boost supply and diversify the source for foreign labour. “So for resilience perspective, we are working with the industry to open up new sources to locate skilled workers, notwithstanding our efforts to reduce the numbers of foreign workers overall through the adoption of technology as well as better building designs.”Demand for foreign construction workers in Singapore is expected to remain strong in the years ahead, as the government is ramping up infrastructure development such as expanding the rail network and building more flats and health-care facilities.In a recent report, the National Population and Talent Division expects the demand for foreign construction workers on low-skilled work permit holders to increase from some 250,000 in 2011 to about 280,000 in the next two to three years. The main sources of foreign construction workers in Singapore are from China, India and Bangladesh. The authorities want to be less reliant on these countries.Mr Neo Choon Keong, BCA’s group director of manpower and strategies policy, said: “What we are seeing now is that the major sources like China, India, because of the fast development the number of workers is actually coming down over time, because there are plenty of jobs there. Sri Lanka and the Philippines have been identified as new source countries for construction workers.The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) told MediaCorp that two test centres will be set up in Sri Lanka. After the training, potential workers have to go through a five-hour practical test on essential craft skills as well as a one-hour theory test on trade knowledge.Currently, there are 26 overseas testing centres in China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar.Potential workers can choose to be tested in 29 construction skills.Construction company Progressive Builders will be operating one of the two new test centres in Sri Lanka.Its managing director Ng Yek Meng said for a start, workers will be tested in 12 construction skills such as steel reinforcement work, tiling and plastering.He said these tests are to ensure workers coming to Singapore are of a certain standard and quality, and could in turn help raise productivity.Mr Ng said: “Some of the workers, especially if they come from agriculture (background), don’t even know how to operate certain equipment. The test is quite stringent not only in Sri Lanka but for all source countries. Whoever can pass the test, I think they are of a certain quality. So this is how we can sieve the good ones and the bad ones.”The test centres in Sri Lanka are expected to be operational in six months’ time.Besides bringing in better quality construction foreign workers, the BCA also has a comprehensive training framework to continuously upgrade them.Some 12,000 foreign construction foreign workers have upgraded their skills through these various programmes. (CNA) The BCA said most workers in Sri Lanka and Philippines speak English and this will help improve communication on the construction site. Approval is also being sought from the Philippine authorities to establish test centres there. Construction workers who want to work in Singapore have to go through a rigorous training regime in their country.They have to stay in the training centre and undergo a full-time programme lasting between three and six months.Only seven out of 10 of these workers would eventually pass the test. read more

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The forgotten story of IrishAustralians after the 1916 Rising is getting an

first_img By Sean Murray Image: Imaging Studio Jan 25th 2017, 2:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/3203801 21,689 Views 5 Comments A DOCUMENTARY WHICH delves into the story of how the 1916 Rising affected Australia has been picked up a national broadcaster in the country and will be made available across Etihad Airways’ international fleet.‘Michael, they’ve shot them’ tells the story of how the events of the Easter Rising inspired the Irish Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Corkman Daniel Mannix, to take a very public stance against the conscription that Australians faced.The strong Irish heritage at the time in Australia also inspired thousands to support the cause for Irish independence in the country, and the story is explored in this film from Flight of the Cubs Productions.Its director, Eoin Hahessy, told TheJournal.ie that the documentary helped to tell “an untold story” that helped to forge a really strong Irish Catholic force in Australia.“In some ways, a lot of Irish Australian history has been forgotten,” he said. “This was one of the bitterest chapters in Australian history.”When the news reached the country that the leaders of the Easter Rising had been executed, Archbishop Mannix waded strongly into Australian politics where the British had traditionally dominated the pillars of power.He reportedly wept “Michael, they have shot them” to his caretaker in Melbourne when the news reached him.“He put it to the British establishment,” Hahessy explained. “He became a hero in the fight against conscription. The Australian government tried to introduce it in World War One.”This fight from a Catholic bishop meant that disagreements then fell upon sectarian lines, a conflict which Hahessy describes as “bitter”.“Irish Catholics were seen as disloyal, but plenty of them joined up to fight for the British in the war,” Hahessy said.Mannix mobilised sentiment to such an extent that conscription was twice defeated in Australian parliament, leading the Prime Minister to send a cable to his British counterpart David Lloyd George to say that the Irish “killed conscription”. A poster from the time in Australia encouraging young men to join the war effort. Source: Flight of the Cubs ProductionsThe Irish-Melbourne community’s solidarity with the Irish campaign for independence culminated in a St Patrick’s Day march in the city in 1920, which saw over 100,000 people lined the streets of the city.Archbishop Mannix’s work helped to lay foundations for the modern Australian Labour Party, who are currently leading the opposition in the country’s parliament.The documentary on this “forgotten” bit of history about Australia, and that of the 1916 Rising, will be broadcast this St Patrick’s weekend on national broadcaster SBS, and Hahessy is hoping for a similar reaction to the film, after it received a positive reception following an RTÉ broadcast.The film will also be rolled out on Etihad Airways fleet of international flights from February.“There’s not a parish back home that hasn’t seen a son or daughter come to Australia,” the director added. “We’ve gotten generally good feedback here from the Irish community so far. They’re all very social media savvy so the word has gotten round very well.“There’s a really young Irish community here and, after this film, we’re now looking at new ways to tell the other forgotten stories from Irish-Australian history and bring them to the fore.”Watch: This amazing short film recreates the 1916 Easter Rising entirely with LegoRead: Here’s how the world’s media saw our 1916 Rising celebrations Share35 Tweet Email7 center_img Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 2:30 PM Soldiers marching down Collins Street in Melbourne Image: Imaging Studio The forgotten story of Irish-Australians after the 1916 Rising is getting an international audience The film explores the support for the Rising in Australia, and the Irish community formed in the country. Soldiers marching down Collins Street in Melbourne Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Minnis regains confidence of Butler Turner

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – A plan to remain steady and unperturbed seems to be working for the Free National Movement and its leader, Hubert Minnis who now has regained the confidence it appears of Loretta Butler Turner, who in December saw him ousted as the leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Assembly.First reports were that the likes of Neko Grant, MP for Central Grand Bahama had left the ‘rebel’ fold; then Andre Rollins of Ft Charlotte told the Speaker and by extension the public that he would do just about anything to get back in league with the FNM and now, the member for Long Island, Butler Turner has turned tail and says she too would realign with the FNM in order to defeat the PLP.Butler Turner said the FNM, the DNA, the United People’s Movement and the Gatekeepers are not enemies and that if calmer heads could prevail, then a dialogue could happen.  Loretta Butler Turner was speaking to media outside of the House of Assembly yesterday when she explained that she has spoken to all of the parties, but has not had formal talks with the FNM.The member for Long Island said the Free National Movement is however aware of her interest in an amalgamation of some sort and that if there is a unification of the parties, each can clearly keep their brand of politics.  Even Butler Turner agrees that the division will result in the PLP being returned to power.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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TOWN SAVES TAXPAYERS 53000 Wilmington Earns Insurance Premium Credits Through MIIA Rewards Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington has received a $52,798 credit to its workers compensation and property casualty insurance costs for Fiscal Year 2019 thanks to an incentive program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), its insurance provider.The Town earned the credits through proactive and voluntary participation in loss prevention and risk management activities throughout the year, conducted in partnership with MIIA. In fiscal year 2018, which concluded on June 30, MIIA awarded over $3.5 million of premium credits collectively to its membership of the Rewards program, which has resulted in a 16-year total of $32.7 million dollars.Committed to keeping the community safer and fiscally stronger, Wilmington implemented loss control and safety measures as well as administrative procedures that reduce the risk of accidents and property damage. In addition, local employees participated in training programs that promote effective management and safe operations. MIIA offers these no-cost programs as a benefit to help member communities reduce their risks as well as insurance premiums.“Due to the efforts of the Town’s safety committee, led by Jamie Magaldi, Operations Manager in DPW, and comprised of managers representing all Town and School departments, the Town remains committed to implementing and following best safety practices across the organization,” said Assistant Town Manager Denise Casey.“Wilmington has worked very hard over the past year to promote safety in the workplace and mitigate risk,” said Stanley Corcoran, Executive Vice President of MIIA. “As a result, they have helped lower their own insurance costs and earn these Rewards funds.  We commend Wilmington for its efforts. We also look forward to continuing to work in partnership with local leaders to ensure employees are well trained and prepared, to help avoid unnecessary risks and losses, and to help save local taxpayer dollars.”The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.  As a member-based organization, MIIA’s only focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management solutions to Massachusetts municipalities and related public entities. Municipal insurance its only business, MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Receives MIIA Excellence in Loss Control AwardIn “Government”Wilmington Receives MIIA’s “Risk Management Best Practices” AwardIn “Government”Wilmington DPW Receives Award; Also Praised For Superior PlowingIn “Government”last_img read more

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AfricanAmerican soldiers who helped build Alaska Highway honored

first_img96-year-old Leonard Larkins, one of more than 3,000 African-American soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway is honored at Ft. Greely. Credit: Tim Ellis/KUACFort Greely and Delta Junction celebrated the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary Saturday – and one of the soldiers who helped build it. Gov. Bill Walker and other state and local leaders attended a tribute to 96-year-old Leonard Larkins, one of more than 3,000 African-American soldiers who helped build the highway.Listen nowLeonard Larkins says he vowed to never return to Alaska 70-some years ago, after serving two grueling tours of duty up here.“I can’t remember way back when, because I actually tried to put all this behind me at one time, after I left the service,” Larkins said. It was pretty rough here.”Larkins and 11,000 other soldiers had to carve a 1,500-mile road out of wilderness in just over eight months to open an overland supply route to deter or repel a Japanese invasion. Larkins and about 3,500 African-American soldiers serving in segregated units had to build their sections of the road with little support and under hardships like enduring months of winter weather while living in tents.“The cold – y’know, that was the biggest thing, the cold weather,” Larkins said.But after a five-day whirlwind tour of Fairbanks and the Delta-Greely area over the past week, Larkins’ son, Bert, says his dad was feeling a lot better about coming back to Alaska.“The people here in Alaska – I mean, it’s so nice, Bert Larkins said. “They have been so wonderful here.”Among those offering tributes to Larkins at Saturday’s ceremony on Fort Greely was Gov. Bill Walker, who felt personal connections with him based on his parents having shared related wartime experiences.“Meeting Mr. Larkins is like meeting a member of my family,” Governor Walker said. My mother came to Alaska to work with the (Army) Corps of Engineers on building the Alcan Highway. ”Alcan is a contraction of “Alaska and Canada,” and it’s the name by which many refer to the Alaska Highway. Walker says his father also served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, as did Larkins, who was sent there with his unit after they’d completed work on the highway in October 1942.“Building the Alcan Highway was not enough for Mr. Larkins,” the Governor said. “He stayed in Alaska, went on to the Aleutians, in Attu and Kiska. And my father was in the Aleutian Islands at Attu and Kiska, as part of the Alaskan Scouts, part of Castner’s Cutthroats.”The Alaskan Scouts, a.k.a Castner’s Cutthroats, were a small covert unit of Army intelligence soldiers whose reconnaissance and guerrilla tactics helped forced the Japanese to retreat from the Aleutians in 1943 — a year after they’d invaded and occupied three islands.Walker said the Alaska Highway promoted development of Big Delta Army Airfield, later re-named Allen Army Airfield, and Fort Greely itself, where Walker went to grade school for several years while his family lived in the area.The service rendered by Larkins and his fellow African-American soldiers not only helped win the war; it also helped end segregation in the U.S. military and promoted civil rights nationwide in the years that“We don’t have African-American regiments, or Mexican-American units, or all-white battalions,” Greely garrison commander, Lt. Col. Michael Foote said. “We don’t have those anymore because men like Mr. Larkins served their country and demonstrated the value of every American fighting man.”At the end of the ceremony, Foote and Delta Mayor Pete Hallgren presented Larkins with a key to the city and framed proclamation thanking him for his service.last_img read more

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J Mahendrans death His rare and unseen pictures with Rajinikanth and Vijay

first_img#Mahendran#ripmahendran #RipMahendranSir #RIPDIrectorMahendran Legend Director #Mahendran (79) Passed Away Today Earle Morning #RIPmahendran 25 July 1939 – 02 April 2019 pic.twitter.com/dJ91aVfC8S— Kayal Devaraj (@devarajdevaraj) April 2, 2019 #RIPMahendran sir Wonderful filmmaker multi talented Went to deep sleep v got blessed u acted with #ThalapathyVIJAY in #Theri RIP Sir Indian Cinema ll miss u nd all #ThalapathyVIJAY fans ll miss u pic.twitter.com/DKPIjAcZOL— MICHAEL VIJAY (@Michael90835876) April 2, 2019 Never lose requirements & attitude RIP #RIPMahendran pic.twitter.com/xnswJYAmAH— mohamed sathak (@SathakRocks) April 2, 2019 Director of classics like “Mullum Malarum” and a good friend of #Superstar @rajinikanth , Thiru Mahendran passed away this morning . He was hospitalized few days back due to age related ailments and was in critical condition. May his soul RIP ??#RIPMahendran sir. pic.twitter.com/VKtAgKGfvi— Subramanian Suryanarayanan (Subbu) (@subbusurya) April 2, 2019 Rest in Peace Mahendran sir! #RIPMahendran pic.twitter.com/j9MdMAngQH— Thalapathy Vijay (@Actor_Vijay) April 2, 2019center_img J Mahendran and Rajinikanth’s rare and unseen pictureTwitterKollywood director J Mahendran’s sudden death has shocked and saddened the Tamil film goers especially fans of superstar Rajinikanth and Vijay, who are busy circulating his rare and unseen pictures.J Mahendran was a welknown filmmaker, screenwriter and actor in the Tamil film industry. He started his career scriptwriter for the classics like Naam Moovar (1966) and he went on to become a director with Thangapadhakkam (1974). He also became actor with Kamarajand and he played villain in Vijay’s Theri. He was seen in Rajinikanth’s Petta and Atharvaa’s Boomerang earlier this year.Mahendran had been critically ill for the past few days and was undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. But was taken home on Monday night and he passed away at his residence in early on April 2. The 79-year-old director’s mortal remains will be kept for public darshan from 10.00 am and his last rites will be performed at 5.00 pm on Tuesday.Mahendran is regarded as one of the greatest film makers of Tamil cinema and has influenced several filmmakers of the generations followed. The news about his sudden demise to many film goers, who took to Twitter mourn his death and offer condolences.Besides, some fans of Rajinikanth and Vijay paid tributes J Mahendran, by sharing the veteran filmmaker’s rare and unseen pictures with their favourite heroes. Scroll down to see their comments and photos shared on Twitter. J Mahendran and Vijay’s rare and unseen pictureTwitterLokesh Kumar‏ @LokeshpaviRest in Peace Director Mahendran sir. Ur creations will always live forever. Thank you for Mullum Malarum, Johnny n ur acting in Theri n Petta. We lost a geat soul n a wonderful human being. Condolences to the family #RIPMahendran sirMICHAEL VIJAY‏ @Michael90835876#RIPMahendran sir Wonderful filmmaker multi talented Went to deep sleep v got blessed u acted with #ThalapathyVIJAY in #Theri RIP Sir Indian Cinema ll miss u nd all #ThalapathyVIJAY fans ll miss uSivapriyan E.T.B.‏ @sivaetbLegendary director Mahendran, who brought out the actor in Rajinikanth through ‘Mullum Malarum’, passes away in #Chennai . He was unwell for some time. #tamilnadu #Mahendran #ripmahendranRajasekar @sekartweetsSad news coming in. Veteran director #Mahendran(79) passed away. Director of classics like #MullumMalarum #UthiriPookal. Acted in #Theri #Petta and #Seethakathi. #RIPMahendranAmmuAbhirami‏ @Ammu_Abhirami#ripmahendran sir We have lost one of the great director Mr Mahendran sir who has given us Epic Cult Classics such as Udhiripookal , mullum malarum etc May his soul  Rest in peaceDundu‏ @Anbu_DhanushianIt is deeply saddening to hear the demise of one of the pioneer filmmaker #Mahendran sir. You and your films live forever in our hearts sir. Rip  #RipMahendranSir #ripmahendranBalaji Nandabalan‏ @234seconds#RIPMahendran sir You’ll always be remembered for your movies as well as the bonding you share with #Superstar #Rajinikanth Thanks for the word #KaaliSubramanian Suryanarayanan (Subbu)‏ @subbusuryaDirector of classics like “Mullum Malarum” and a good friend of #Superstar @rajinikanth , Thiru Mahendran passed away this morning .  He was hospitalized few days back due to age related ailments and was in critical condition. May his soul RIP #RIPMahendran sir.ShinChan‏ @ShinChanTN#RIPMahendran U r the one fav director of our thalaivar and his fans too mine also.. thank u sir give such classic Wonders.. RIPSad news coming in. Veteran director #Mahendran(79) passed away. Director of classics like #MullumMalarum #UthiriPookal. Acted in #Theri #Petta and #Seethakathi.#RIPMahendran pic.twitter.com/Q0h0XVCVAB— Rajasekar (@sekartweets) April 2, 2019 #RIPMahendran U r the one fav director of our thalaivar and his fans too mine also.. thank u sir give such classic Wonders.. RIP pic.twitter.com/4sEEIuumCq— ShinChan (@ShinChanTN) April 2, 2019 Rest in Peace Director Mahendran sir. Ur creations will always live forever. Thank you for Mullum Malarum, Johnny n ur acting in Theri n Petta. We lost a geat soul n a wonderful human being. Condolences to the family #RIPMahendran sir pic.twitter.com/UFXm0AeEOO— Lokesh Kumar (@Lokeshpavi) April 2, 2019last_img read more

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Police Forest department join hands to distribute saplings for ecofriendly green and

first_imgKolkata: Police along with Forest department will distribute saplings as a part of the Green and Clean city project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Friday.She was addressing a gathering in connection with Van Mahotsav, organised jointly by the state Assembly and West Bengal Flower Growers’ Association at its premises on Friday afternoon. She urged people to take a pledge to save green cover so as to save the world. “Save green to save the world,” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee said life will come to a halt if green cover is destroyed and urged people to protect it. The state Forest department will plant 50 lakh saplings throughout the state as a part of the forestation programme. She said: “global warming is threatening the world as we did not show proper respect to the Mother Nature. If a tree is felled, then new tree saplings need to be planted to maintain the ecological balance.” Referring to the state government’s Sabujshree project, she said under the project a tree sapling is given to a young mother and when her child grows up, the parents can fell the tree and with the money they get, they would be able to support the child to carry on with his or her studies. Drawing a parallel between Mother Nature and Indian society, Banerjee said Mother Nature is a classic example of synthesis. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There are various types of trees, flowers and they vary in shapes, sizes and colours and this variations have added beauty to the Nature. Similarly, in India society there are different castes, creed and religion but their harmony and synthesis have made the Indian society, the most beautiful society in the world.”Indranil Sen, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs sang a song written and composed by Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

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Federal officers incinerate drugs criminal objects including cell phones

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A fire to destroy drugs and confiscated criminal weapons was set in Cancun Friday by state officials.In a public report, the Attorney General of the Republic through the Delegation in Quintana Roo, carried out the incineration and destruction of narcotics and objects of crime collected during the month of October at the Military Garrison of Cancun.The attorney general says that officials destroyed trimetoxifenetilamina, clonazepam, methylenedioxyamphetamine hydrochloride, cannabis and poppy seeds along with 27 kilos of cocaine, 59 kilos of marijuana and 45 kilos of methamphetamine.In the incineration, federal officers also destroyed 12 objects of crime including cell phones. The incineration of criminal material is a regulated event witnessed by agents of the Public Ministry of the Federation.On hand for verification are also members of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) and personnel of the Internal Control Body of the PGR.The office of the attorney general says that the narcotics and objects were seized in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Solidaridad, Othón P. Blanco and Cozumel and were related to various preliminary inquiries, criminal cases and investigation files.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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Homes needed for animals at the kennels

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Erasmus who donated warm blankets to the animals at the kennels and to Mr Massyn for his donation of dog food.These kind donations will really help the animals during the cold winter months. There are many dogs up for adoption this week, including two Labradors.A Boerboel cross female was found in Diamana Road recently.If she belongs to you, please make a turn at the kennels and collect her. She is longing to go home. Four cute Poodle cross Jack Russell puppies are also looking for a loving home.last_img read more

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Novotel sets new footprint in the capital of Mongolia

first_imgNovotel, AccorHotels’ first global brand, announces its debut in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The 192-room contemporary hotel is located within close proximity to major tourist attractions including Great Chinggis Khaan Square, National Museum of Mongolian and Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery and is within short walking distance to the city’s shopping and entertainment district.“We are delighted to introduce the Novotel brand in Mongolia’s capital. With its ‘modern easy living’ philosophy, Novotel Ulaanbaatar comes at the ideal time given the surge in tourism in the city,” said Gary Rosen, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China. “The Novotel’s signature features will facilitate more business opportunities as well as attract major events and conferences.”“Today’s travellers are keen to maintain work-life balance and they will surely enjoy our recreation facilities, particularly the attractive indoor swimming pool,” said Fabian Lee, General Manager of Novotel Ulaanbaatar. “With its city centre location, Novotel Ulaanbaatar offers the latest option in town for business and leisure travellers whilst at the same time can adapt its unique facilities for local guests’ needs.”Designed in a minimalist Chinese style with a focus on nature and simplicity, Novotel Ulaanbaatar offers 192 intimate rooms including six suites with spacious living areas. Rooms from the 12th floor to the 16th floor enjoy breath-taking views of the mountain and city of Ulaanbaatar.Delicious culinary options at Novotel Ulaanbaatar include three unique restaurants and two progressive bars that are destinations in their own right. The restaurant is the only hotel dining outlet in the city that has a certified Halal kitchen.For an evening nightcap, Biere House offers guests a range of local beers with a choice of delicious finger foods while Duvin wine bar features a wide selection of wines and tempting light meals. Duvin wine bar provides the flexibility as a multi-functional celebrative space for creative cocktail functions or wine dining options.The hotel is complete with a ballroom and meeting room that can host up to 250 guests. Corporate meeting planners will find the hotel’s carefully designed function spaces and state-of-the-art technology ideal for different types of events and business gatherings.last_img read more

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Is There any Silver Lining to be Found in Ocwens 2015 Earnings

first_img February 29, 2016 601 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Ocwen Financial experienced its second straight financially difficult year, reporting a net loss of $224.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and a net loss of $246.7 million for the full year of 2015 in the servicer’s earnings statement released on Monday.Although a net loss of $224 million is bad news for any for-profit company, it is still an improvement from Ocwen’s regulatory turbulent year of 2014 in which the company reported a record net loss of $546 million following a net profit of $310 million in 2013. Ocwen posted a net loss of $66.8 million in Q3 of 2015.Revenues were also down for the Atlanta-based servicer. Ocwen’s fourth-quarter revenue of $362.5 million represented a 26.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily due to the impact of mortgage servicing rights (MSR) sales and portfolio run-off in 2015, according to Ocwen’s announcement. The company’s revenue for the full year of 2015 was $1.7 billion, a decline of 17.5 percent year-over-year. Amount of cash generated from Operating Activities for the full year was $582 million.The positive note from Ocwen’s 2015 earnings statement was the $331 million in available liquidity as of the end of 2015, which was an increase of $202 million from the previous year.“We continue to make progress in resolving legacy issues. We also continue to lower our corporate debt, ending the year with a corporate debt to equity ratio of under 0.9 to 1,” commented Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen. “We are also focused on continuous improvement in operational and service excellence, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion. We have made good progress on our cost improvement initiative announced last year, and we are committed to making further progress in this area, while continuing to focus on the borrower experience.”The pre-tax loss for Ocwen in Q4 2014 was $129.3 million, impacted by such factors as monitor costs ($22.1 million), net losses from sales of non-performing Agency MSRs ($14.0 million), and legal and other settlement costs ($13.9 million), according to Ocwen.A highlight of the fourth quarter 2015 was the launch of a new commercial lending business line, Automotive Capital Services (ACS), which makes short-term inventory-secured loans to independent car dealers to finance their inventory. As of the end of February, the ACS line had entered eight sales markets in five states and executed credit lines for $19 million in new commitments with 22 dealers , according to Ocwen.“Moving forward, our vision for Ocwen is to be a world-class asset origination and servicing company,” Faris said. “We are very excited about the formal launch of our Automotive Capital Services commercial lending business, and we continue to invest in our other lending businesses, all of which we believe will drive earnings growth in the future. We believe the successful implementation of our strategy and its initiatives can, over time, restore the Company to profitability and earnings growth.”Other highlights of 2015 included 84,488 loan modifications, with 48.2 percent of those mods completed through the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and 46.2 percent of the mods including some principal reduction; a partnership with New Residential in Q4 to execute Ocwen’s first call rights transaction on MSRs for loans with a UPB of $528 million, resulting in a gain of $3.2 million for Ocwen and retention of the transaction’s performing loans, which were about 90 percent of the loans; originating forward mortgage loans with a UPB of $813.8 million and reverse mortgage loans with a UPB totaling $173.3 million in Q4; and an estimated value of $97.7 million for the reverse mortgage portfolio at the end of the year.Click here to see Ocwen’s complete Q4 2015 and full year 2015 earnings report. Earnings Nonbank servicers Ocwen Profits 2016-02-29 Staff Writercenter_img Is There any Silver Lining to be Found in Ocwen’s 2015 Earnings Report? Sharelast_img read more

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UNWTO SecretaryGeneral Opens ITB Berlin 2019 Tourism Offers Resilience in Uncertain Times

first_imgTourism’s coming of age puts the sector in a position of global responsibility to face up to challenges ranging from climate change to social inclusion. Furthermore, toruism’s growth unlike almost any other economic sector offers the economic and social resilience needed in times of uncertainty. This was the central message delivered by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), during the opening ceremony of ITB 2019 in Berlin, the leading travel trade show of the world.With international arrivals reaching 1.4 billion in 2018, the UNWTO Secretary-General underscored how tourism “keeps growing ahead of the world economy, which we almost doubled last year”.Addressing tourism authorities and industry leaders from around the world, Mr. Pololikashvili remined that “big numbers also entail big responsibilities”. To “grow better” has been UNWTO’s constant message over the past year, calling on the need of private sector commitment and appropriate public sector governance to ensure that tourism can deliver on its wide sustainability potential.“Tourism has a say when it comes to facing up to global challenges”, the UNWTO Secretary-General said, underscoring how tourism’s “cross-cutting nature and deep social rooting like almost no other activity provides the resilience that economies need and everybody is craving, especially true in times of uncertainty”.Mr. Pololikashvili praised the support of tourism at the highest political level in Germany, represented at the opening by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. Mr. Peter Altmaier, said that “Tourism is a key economic activity, it’s part of global economic integration and contributes to 4% of Germany’s GDP and provides hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs”. The minister ensured Germany’s support to UNWTO in supporting tourism for sustainable development.These remarks coincide with UNWTO’s special 2019 focus on education, skills and jobs, a joint task among all tourism stakeholders to “enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of tourism destinations”, the UNWTO Secretary-General said, reminding that “tourism’ cannot prosper in isolation and therefore needs partnerships and collaboration to strive, so that everybody wins”.The opening of ITB 2019 was also chaired by the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia, Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, representing this year’s ITB partner country, the CEO of Messe Berlin, Christian Göke, and the President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry, Michael Frenzel.UNWTO Communications DepartmentWhatssapp at ITB: +34 692 00 69 54Headquarters in Madrid: Tel: +34 91 567 8100 / comm@unwto.orgThe post UNWTO Secretary-General Opens ITB Berlin 2019: Tourism Offers Resilience in Uncertain Times appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Kristen AndersonLopez and Robert

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have the Oscar touch: the husband-and-wife songwriting duo won their second Academy Award for best original song.The pair picked up the honour Sunday for “Remember Me” from “Coco,” four years after winning the same honour for the massive hit, “Let It Go,” from “Frozen.”Robert Lopez dedicated the win to his late mother. His wife said she was happy to see their category include a number of female nominees.“I really want to take a minute to look at these incredibly talented songwriters tonight. Not only are we diverse, but we are close to 50-50 for gender representation. When you look at a category like ours, it helps to imagine a world where all the categories look like this one,” Anderson-Lopez said.Their song beat out Mary J. Blige’s “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”; Common and Diane Warren’s “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”; and Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name.”“We were gonna go for the jet ski but we’re from Brooklyn,” Anderson-Lopez said onstage to laughs.Singer and Golden Globe-winning actor Gael Garcia Bernal kicked off the performance of “Remember Me” with a soft version of the song, later followed by a festive and colorful performance featuring Grammy-winning R&B star Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade.The other nominated songs were also performed at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The highlight was rapper-actor Common and singer Andra Day, who gave a powerful performance of “Stand Up for Something,” earning a standing ovation from the audience.Blige, the first person to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year, was emotional and strong, backed by several singers. Keale Settle stretched her vocals as she sang “This Is Me,” even tearing up near the song’s end. She was backed by a diverse group of singers and dancers — some of whom went into the audience — while Viola Davis and Blige watched in awe. ‘Let It Go’ songwriters win 2nd Oscar for song from ‘Coco’ by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 8:36 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Vehicle registrations on the up

first_imgVehicle registrations chalked up a 25.8 per cent rise in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released by the statistical service on Tuesday.Total registrations increased by 13,002 in the first three months of the year, up from 10,334 vehicles during the same period last year.Saloon car registrations rose to 11,024, from 8,666, in Q1 2017, recording an increase of 27.2 per cent, the service said. Close to 39 per cent, or 4,250, were new and 6,774, or 61.4 per cent, used cars.Commercial vehicle and truck registrations increased by 24.3, per cent, to 1,291 in the first quarter of 2018 from 1,039 in the first quarter of last year.Light truck registrations rose by 28.4 per cent, to 1,102, while heavy trucks increased by 28.7 per cent, to 130. Tow truck registrations fell by 26.3 per cent, to 59.Mopeds under 50cc increased to 41 in the first three months of this year compared with 24 in the same period of 2017.Motorcycles over 50cc numbered 470 in 2018, compared to 471 in the first quarter of 2017.You May LikeSimpleMost41 Things You Should Get Rid Of Today For A More Organized, Clutter-Free HomeSimpleMostUndoHealthZapBurdened With Doubts; Man Got Down The LadderHealthZapUndoWikibuyThe One Thing You Should Know Before Booking Your Next AirbnbWikibuyUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more