Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trailer Features Lana Del Reys

first_img Lana Del Rey’s haunting vocals and creepy clips come together for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’s latest trailer, which debuted on YouTube on Monday.The trailer, which features Lana Del Rey’s cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch,” shows the movie’s main characters encountering creepy creatures, figures, and more ghouls after finding a cursed book, ComicBook.com reported. Based on the popular book series of the same name, Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal explore dark horror tales in the film, which hits theaters on Aug. 9.“I have admired Lana’s music for a while now and felt in my gut that she would run with ‘Season of the Witch’ – that she would use her alchemy to transform it,” Guillermo del Toro said in a statement. “She is a great artist and has been an amazing partner with us in this adventure. It is an honor for me to have met her.”Something sinister has been unleashed. Experience #ScaryStoriesMovie in theaters this Friday.Don’t miss your chance to get tickets: https://t.co/VNSD4ITY9d pic.twitter.com/qWWvZTq4CV— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (@ScaryStoriesMov) August 5, 2019The movie, which is set in 1968, takes place two years after Donovan’s hit track debuted in the U.S. It is set in a small town in the middle of America, where the Bellows family remains part of the community’s eerie folklore for generations. When a group of teens discovers a girl’s terrifying book of scary stories, the plot of each one becomes real life scenarios for all of them.“When you’re a kid, you’re curious about two things: sex and death. The rest you can figure out in a manual. A lot of parents shy away from those things,” Guillermo del Toro told ComicBook.com. “But we live in the real world. When we live in a great world, we can avoid these things. But we need to know the darkness to know the light.” Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetcenter_img More on Geek.com:‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Film Trailer Teases Bone-Chilling Tales On Luke Perry and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a Characterlast_img read more

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Researchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel

first_img Researchers at Rice University developed a way to recycle carbon dioxide into liquid fuel in the form of purified concentrations of formic acid.The latest team working to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere, they built an electrocatalysis reactor to repurpose CO2 in a cost-effective, energy-efficient way.“Formic acid is an energy carrier,” according to Haotian Wang, an assistant professor at Rice. “It’s a fuel-cell fuel that can generate electricity and emit carbon dioxide—which you can grab and recycle again.“It’s also fundamental in the chemical engineering industry as a feedstock for other chemicals, and a storage material for hydrogen that can hold nearly 1,000 times the energy of the same volume of hydrogen gas, which is difficult to compress,” he said in a statement. “That’s currently a big challenge for hydrogen fuel-cell cars.”The modern method for producing formic acid is expensive and energy-intensive.Rice University’s approach, however, is not.An electrocatalysis reactor built recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Using a two-dimensional bismuth catalyst and solid-state electrolyte from postdoctoral researcher Chuan Xia, researchers were able to generate formic acid continuously for 100 hours.Even better: They can be made in bulk.“Currently, people produce catalysts on the milligram or gram scales,” Xia said. “We developed a way to produce them at the kilogram scale. That will make our process easier to scale up for industry.”Wang suggested the reactor could be easily retooled to produce higher-value products like acetic acid (used to treat infections) and ethanol or propanol fuels (used in internal combustion engines).In tests, the new electrocatalyst reached an energy conversion efficiency of about 42 percent, meaning nearly half of the electrical energy can be stored in formic acid as liquid fuel.“The big picture is that carbon dioxide reduction is very important for its effect on global warming as well as for green chemical synthesis,” Wang said.“If the electricity comes from renewable sources like the sun or wind, we can create a loop that turns carbon dioxide into something important without emitting more of it,” he explained.The team’s findings are detailed in a paper published by the journal Nature Energy.More on Geek.com:NASA Spacecraft to Use ‘Green’ Fuel For First TimeLondon Buses, Like People, Fuel Up on CoffeeBritish Airways to Fuel Flights With Household Waste Minneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-ThrusSelf-Healing Material ‘Grows’ Through Reaction With Carbon Dioxide Stay on targetlast_img read more

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How long Daniel Bryan is under contract Booker T files lawsuit against

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Pinterest Facebook During last week’s edition of “Total Divas”, WWE Champion Daniel Bryan addressed signing a new deal with WWE and revealed how long it will last.Bryan stated his new deal with WWE runs through 2021.He reportedly agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE back in September.Source: F4WOnlineBooker T files lawsuit against ActivisionThe Verge is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has filed a lawsuit against Activision over his likeness being used in “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.”Booker T claims, Prophet the character in Call of Duty video game, looked too similar to his “G.I. Bro” comic book character adding, “They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T’s ‘G. I. Bro.”The complaint describes Huffman’s character, which is based on his old alter ego, as “a retired special operations soldier, fighting an old enemy he thought he had finished off years before, with the support of his old military friends.” Prophet, a multiplayer “specialist” character in Black Ops 4, is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who eventually replaces most of his body parts with mechanical upgrades. While the two men sound almost nothing alike, at least a couple of Redditors have commented that Prophet looked like Booker T.center_img Google+ WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

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Organizations WSUV to host MLK Day events

first_imgIn 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders organized the Poor People’s Campaign on Washington, D.C. that aimed to force the government to deal with poverty. This was supposed to be a “new phase” of the civil rights movement. But, weeks before the march was scheduled to happen, King was assassinated. Although thousands of people still attended the march, some considered the movement a failure.“The momentum behind it never got moving,” said James Tolson, director of Concerned Humans Against Poverty (CHAP).In the spirit of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Vancouver-based organization is holding a Unity March Against Poverty in front of Vancouver City Hall on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s one of many local events happening on the holiday.This is the first time the organization has held a march on MLK Day. The main message is to acknowledge that we’re all together in the problem of poverty.When you see a homeless person lying on the street, “that’s a reflection of our humanity,” Tolson said. “That is what we are and we have to do better.”People slated to speak at the event, which starts at 11 a.m., include city councilors Ty Stober and Anne McEnerny-Ogle, County Chair Marc Boldt, Carmen McKibben with the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Bridgette Fahnbulleh with the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).last_img read more

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Southbound I5 reopened between Kalama and Woodland

first_imgThis rainy winter is taking a toll on Southwest Washington’s roadways. Interstate 5 is still recovering from Thursday’s mudslide and pavement problems. One lane of northbound Interstate 5 outside of Woodland will remain closed through the weekend as crews continue to clean up the mud. In the Columbia River Gorge, state Highway 14 will have significant speed reductions in certain areas until permanent repairs can be made after the weather improves. The biggest traffic impacts Friday were on I-5 between Woodland and Kalama.“We assessed the hillside and determined we can start removing debris (from the right lane) and no additional stabilization is needed at this point,” said Bart Treece, spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation. “We’re shooting for Monday to have it reopened.” The northbound freeway was closed Thursday afternoon and evening after muddy debris covered all three lanes; two of the three lanes reopened later that evening.Just north of the slide area, all lanes of southbound I-5 between Kalama and Woodland were open, but speed limits will be reduced to 60 mph from this weekend through the foreseeable future due to damaged pavement.On Friday, WSDOT crews closed two southbound lanes and made emergency repairs to the roadway after emergency officials responding to the slide discovered large areas of pavement had been damaged.last_img read more

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Proposed fix would leave Washington with twotiered license

first_imgWhen federal identification standards take effect for air travel in January, Washington residents, like others across the country, will need an enhanced driver’s license or a passport to board a domestic flight. That could be a problem if Washington doesn’t soon comply with federal standards.Washington state, heavily reliant on a migrant labor force, is the only state in the country that doesn’t verify applicants’ legal residency status when issuing standard driver’s licenses and identification cards. As such, Washington is among five states – Montana, Minnesota, Missouri and Maine are the others – out of compliance with the federal Real ID act, which establishes national standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and personal identification cards.Under the act — approved by Congress in 2005 — states are required to verify that an applicant is in the U.S. legally before issuing a driver’s license or identification card. Unlike Maine and Montana, which have extensions for compliance that expire in January, Washington, Minnesota and Missouri have exhausted their extensions.But a bill making its way through the Legislature could change that, giving Washington an opportunity for a potential extension. The bill, SB 5008, would reduce fees for obtaining enhanced driver’s licenses and identification cards, and possibly grant residents two years to comply. It also would roll back the $108 fee the state charges for enhanced driver’s licenses and identification cards to $66 and require standard licenses and identification cards – which cost $54 – to be clearly marked as noncompliant with the Real ID act.Not having standard driver’s licenses and ID cards marked as noncompliant with the Real ID act is a federal requirement and the only hurdle the state faces in becoming compliant.last_img read more

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Vancouver port granted 485000 for trail

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is making strides at its own waterfront project this month.A 1,200-foot path that would span the port’s 10-acre property, known as Terminal 1, was granted $485,000 by the Southwest Regional Transportation Council on Wednesday.The path connects the Waterfront Renaissance Trail, which stretches east to Wintler Park, to new trails crossing the other waterfront development, The Waterfront Vancouver, to the west.Commissioner Jerry Oliver, who serves on the council’s 14-member board, said in a statement that the grant was an important step for the port’s waterfront plans.“The port is building on its vision for the waterfront, and this grant from RTC will help us reach that vision,” he said.Terminal 1 is a mixed-use project, designed for shops, restaurants, offices and more along the port-owned property along the Columbia River, at the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.The funds are the first steps for the Terminal 1, said project manager Jonathan Eder, after it was endorsed by Vancouver City Council in June. The grant will help pay for security lighting, landscaping, benches, public art and signs.last_img read more

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Study sees little cost in removing Snake River dams

first_imgIn the debate over the survival of endangered Columbia River salmon and the sustainability of dams in the Pacific Northwest, a new study suggests four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Eastern Washington could be removed and effectively replaced with clean energy resources at little cost to taxpayers.“Although the subject matter is really complicated, the story is really pretty simple,” said Sean O’Leary of the NW Energy Coalition, the clean energy advocacy group that commissioned the study. “For years, this problem has been presented as a dilemma: We can have fish restoration or reliable power — we can’t have both. But this study demonstrates that’s false.”The Lower Snake River Dams Power Replacement Study concludes that balanced portfolios of solar and wind energy production, combined with energy efficiency and storage, can replace the power provided to the Northwest by the four Lower Snake dams and at a cost of about $1.28 per month for residential customers in the year 2026.The study also claims no new natural gas power plants are needed to meet regional energy demands. “Replacing the dams with clean and renewable resources provides superior or equal results to replacing them with natural gas for cost, carbon emissions, system reliability, and ability to meet peak load requirements,” states a fact sheet on the study.However, existing gas facilities would play a role in the power portfolios. Also, while the study addressed energy production, it didn’t address the shipping of goods the dams enable.last_img read more

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Herrera Beutler hosts senior resources fair

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler made it about three steps through the door of the Community Room at the Luepke Center in Vancouver before she was approached by a constituent. Then another, then another.There the Battle Ground Republican stayed planted for the next hour, answering questions about everything from sea lion population control to a Mexican border wall to the recent report on the president’s conduct from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. She didn’t make it any farther into the room until it had nearly cleared out.It wasn’t an explicitly political affair — the senior resource fair, hosted by Herrera Beutler’s office and featuring booths from 37 senior-focused organizations, was designed to connect the older residents of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District to various medical, recreational and employment services.But much of the conversation veered toward the political. And while many of the 400-odd attendees came for information on local senior services, for others, an audience with the congresswoman herself was a big part of the draw.“This wasn’t a partisan event, so that surprised me a little bit,” Herrera Beutler said, speaking just outside the venue after the event wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

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Charges dismissed against former Vancouver teacher in child porn case

first_imgA former Vancouver Public Schools teacher who was accused of possessing child pornography has escaped prosecution a second time.Jay E. Michaud, 65, of Ocean Park was charged in Clark County Superior Court with six counts of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The charges stemmed from when Michaud was a teacher on special assignment in the school district’s administrative offices in July 2015.He was originally charged in federal court for allegedly downloading child pornography from a hidden website, called Playpen, operated on Tor — a network that provides users anonymity by routing communication through numerous computers around the world. But federal prosecutors dropped the charges in March 2017 after the U.S. Department of Justice refused to disclose classified information about the hacking techniques used to gather evidence against Michaud.The case was then pursued in April 2018 in superior court. However, earlier this spring, the case against Michaud was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be re-filed at a later date, because the defense’s motion to suppress evidence — specifically, evidence seized by federal authorities — was granted, court records show.Judge Scott Collier found that the prosecution had not established that the evidence in the case was lawfully obtained. Furthermore, he found it was seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment — “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”According to the judge’s findings, the FBI in February 2015 sought a search warrant in the Eastern District of Virginia. An IP address seized through that search led investigators to Michaud.last_img read more

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Olivier Giroud in Olympique Marseilles radar

first_imgOlivier Giroud could be on his way out of Chelsea just six months after joining the west Londoners from rivals Arsenal, according to reportsGiroud, 31, won the World Cup this summer with France and could be sold to Marseille to fund a move for Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain.Atletico Madrid were previously linked to the former Montpellier forward but finally settled for another option making the French forward available in the market.But, with the French giants still on the lookout for reinforcements at centre-forward, Reports from France suggest that Giroud is now once again being targeted, following problems in the club’s attempts to secure a deal for Mario Balotelli.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.However, it is also believed that Chelsea are unlikely to give up Giroud without a fight, despite rumours that Maurizio Sarri is on the lookout for a new centre-forward.According to inside reports at Stamford Bridge, Sarri is not a big fan of Giroud and would prefer to work with Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more

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Roma boss Give Justin Kluivert time to adapt

first_imgAS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco feels that it is imperative Justin Kluivert is given time to adapt to his new surroundingsTo the surprise of many, the Netherlands international chose to leave boyhood club Ajax this summer in favour of a €17m switch to the Italian capital following reported interest from Barcelona.Being the son of Dutch great Patrick Kluivert comes with a price and expectations will likely be high on the 19-year-old’s shoulders heading into his debut campaign at the Stadio Olimpico.However, speaking after Roma’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at New Jersey, Di Francesco insisted that his side is more than a mere one-man squad.“I want to make it clear that I know perfectly well which ones will be the starters for certain games,” said the Italian, according to Football-Italia.“But you can’t just have one player when you have so many games over the course of the season. This goes for all the positions.“For example, there is Kluivert, who really has talent but will also clearly need some time to adjust to the new system and the new surroundings.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“But I really hope that I will have 22 or 23 players that I can fully count on over the course of the season.”Although the Giallorossi have yet to reach peak fitness levels, Di Francesco was pleased with the efforts of his men on the club’s US tour.“I think that a good approach to all the games, even against Tottenham,” he said.“Tonight we started well today and then made a big mistake, and this allowed Real to play on the counter-attack a bit more.“In the first half we won the ball back a lot high and created some chances.“As for our fitness, perhaps we were not brilliant but that is normal at this stage of pre-season.”Roma will face Torino next weekend for their first game of the new Serie A campaign.last_img read more

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West Ham boss praises Rice performance

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praises on Declan Rice after his impressive performance against Everton gave the club their first league win of the season.The midfielder is currently in the midst of an international battle between the English National team and the Republic of Ireland national team for his services, impressed as the anchor in West Ham’s midfield during their away win at Everton last Sunday.The Hammers have struggled so far this campaign, with only one win in five Premier League games but Rice’s performances have been a bright spark in an otherwise poor season so far.However, the player faces a sterner twat when he comes against N’Golo Kante and high-flying Chelsea this weekend.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The Blues have a perfect record so far in the Premier League and will be chasing their sixth consecutive win in the league this season when they host West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.“Players always have an opportunity to play, and when they have the chance they must take that chance,” Pellegrini said, according to Sky Sports.“Declan did very well in the last game. He is a very young player, and he must know a lot of different things, learning about different players, and of course Kante is one midfielder that must be an example to him.”“Chelsea is a team that moves the ball very quickly, so we are going to try to do the same thing, and of course the midfield have a very important role in that.”last_img read more

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Klopp believes critics will never be silence

first_imgAccording to the Liverpool manager, not even winning a title like the FA Cup could silence the critics of his managing time with the Reds.Liverpool has not won an English Premier League since 29 years ago.And for many, this means criticizing the team every chance they have.For the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp, not even adding silverware like the FA Cup will be enough to silence critics.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is always when people talk to me about silverware it always looks like we have to get each little thing,” he said according to Goal.“If we won the FA Cup then people would say that we didn’t win the Premier League for so many years. We cannot change what other people think.”“We have to try our best in every game we play and so far, not only this season but especially this season, that’s what the boys did – and that’s what we will try again and again and again and we will see what happens,” he explained.“I would say we had the toughest draw together with Chelsea in the first round of the League Cup. I don’t know all the others, but [other than] Bournemouth versus Brighton there is not a lot of all-Premier League ties.”last_img read more

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Gerrard shuts down promising Rangers January transfer report

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard has dismissed reports that his side were considering a move for Wigan Athletic midfielder Nick Powell this window.There were reports on Sunday that the Gers were ready to offer him a pre-contract deal, competing with the likes of Celtic and RB Leipzig for his signature.However, the Rangers gaffer claimed not to know about it as he told Sky Sports via Rangers vital football: “It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Signing Powell will be ideal for Rangers who look to end the season on a high as the midfielder has been impressive for Wigan scoring 15 goals from midfield last season to help his club gain promotion to the English Championship.Despite having injury concerns this term, the versatile midfielder has managed to contribute with four goals and five assists to his side’s campaign.It is yet unclear what manager Gerrard is up to but time will tell.last_img read more

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People are scared of another Liverpool dominance Thompson

first_imgLiverpool legend Phil Thompson believes fans are scared of another era of Liverpool dominance as they bid to end their wait for a Premier League titleThompson won seven league titles, three European Cups and the FA Cup with the Reds as a player during the Merseyside club’s golden age of the 1970s and 1980s.Jurgen Klopp has placed the Reds in a good position to win their first league title for 29 years this season.But Thompson revealed ahead of Sunday’s showdown against bitter rivals Manchester United that Premier League rivals are frightened.“A lot of fans are worried about the cycle coming around again, not just Manchester United,” Thompson told Sky Sports News.“They are frightened. That’s why they are starting to get nervous of Liverpool winning the Premier League again.“A lot of people don’t want it like the ’70s and ’80s again and a lot of people wouldn’t want Manchester United to do it again.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Thompson who became Liverpool’s assistant manager under Gerard Houllier highlighted the importance of ending the League title hoodoo.“It’s been far too long. The Premier League has become the holy grail and maybe even the burden for too many years.Phil Thompson with the European Cup. pic.twitter.com/9BSMyAwaW3— When Football Was Better (@FootballInT80s) January 9, 2016“But it would be the pinnacle, and if Jurgen Klopp was able to pull it off in these days of the big money Manchester City and Chelsea have thrown at it, it would be quite unbelievable.“Yes, we got to the Champions League final last year – we didn’t win, but what a wonderful occasion it was – and we remember 2005, but give me and most Liverpool fans the Premier League any day.”last_img read more

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Nine neighbourhoods with water woes in Grand Turk Vandals strike again

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Vandals have caused at least nine communities in Grand Turk to be with limited to no water supply until the problem is fixed.   Again, a completely thoughtless person or group of people are believed behind the destruction of the water main, which is located in the Breezy Brae district.The damage caused is characterized as major and this was not the first time.  While Public Works says it will fix the issue, there is less clarity on whether there is security in the area especially as this was not the first time for vandals to strike.Vandalism of government property in islands like Grand Turk has been a problem in recent years; extremely expensive to the public purse – delaying the South Caicos Airport; forcing vehicle repairs and replacements and in arguably the worst case, the intentional torching of HJ Robinson High school is costing us $2 million to rebuild after a fire ravaged the Principal’s block in January. Related Items:last_img read more

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Relief supplies distributed in North and Middle Caicos by country leaders

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #middlecaicos, #NorthCaicos Doctor, nurse and entrepreneur from Texas are the three drowned in Middle Caicos Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2017 – North & Middle Caicos – Door to door relief supplies were on Thursday delivered in North and Middle Caicos and among those distributing directly to residents there impacted by category five hurricane, were Minister of Education, Karen Malcolm, DDME Director, Dr Virginia Clerveaux, MP for North and Middle, Minister Ralph Higgs and the premier, Sharlene Robinson.While areas like Conch Bar in Middle Caicos and Kew in North Caicos are with electricity, television and cell phone services – Bottle Creek is still lacking communication.    A Flow team was reportedly working on that restoration effort.   Relief will come for pedestrians and motorists as water logged areas in Providenciales are still having wells being dug, to alleviate the localized flooding in Five Cays and Long Bay.The Premier in a daily report on social media explained that each new day, the hospitals are adding regular services for the general public as a sign of a return to normal life.    Grand Turk is due to see Digicel today, that telecommunications company is quickly making up for lost time and has announced services returned to several areas.Flow yesterday announced that mobile services were restored to South Caicos and power to some areas also came, thanks to the team from FortisTCI.    The Airports Authority has invited residents to recharge their phones at the airport in South Caicos.    Premier Robinson added that the relief supplies earmarked for South Caicos are being readied for distribution.#MagneticMediaNews FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizinglast_img read more

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Action taken to reduce NonRevenue water

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 22, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says advances are being made on the Kingston and St. Andrew Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Co-Management Project.“This project is supposed to last for five years.   We’re making steady progress in mapping meters and finding leaks, so we will be able to reduce non-revenue water,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at his quarterly press briefing held at his Devon Road offices in Kingston on September 21.   NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer.   Losses can happen as a result of leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies.   The project is intended to improve water supply to residents and save the National Water Commission (NWC) billions of dollars in lost revenue.President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, in a JIS News interview said the project is almost at the end of its second year, and improvements have been made in non-revenue water.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that in May this year, a Regional Water Financing Conference, hosted by the NWC in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was successful in assisting regional water and sewerage utilities in the formulation and financing of action plans.These plans will result in consumers having greater access to reliable water and sewerage services at the least possible cost, taking into consideration prevailing local conditions.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that rainwater harvesting systems have been installed in 10 schools, and “we’re moving towards the sustainable provision of water in areas where we cannot supply water using the conventional piped system”.“These will become good test cases to see how we can expand water by using water catchment areas and solar pumping as alternative solutions,” he said.Other water projects in the pipeline to be implemented by the NWC involve a partnership with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to install floating solar panels on the Mona Reservoir, and the completion of certain existing projects in Hanover, Westmoreland and Clarendon.Cabinet has also approved the NWC going to market to procure 150,000 electronic meters to be installed across the island, which is expected to begin later this year.   Further usage of technology will be employed to read metres on properties.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Jamaica Office of the Contractor General OCG receives Forensic Equipment from US

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 14, 2017 – Kingston – The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has received Forensic Recovery of Evidence Data Center (FREDC) devices and supporting equipment valued at US$134,000 to boost its operations.   The donation, from the United States (US) Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will aid the OCG in expediting its core functions of investigating and monitoring matters of national interest, thereby enhancing its investigative processes, which are critical to the findings and completed reports.Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Eric Khant, handed over the equipment to Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, at the OCG’s offices in Kingston on November 9.   Mr. Harrison, in his remarks, said the equipment will enhance the office’s overall information and communications technology capacity and investigative functions.“We at the OCG applaud the support and partnership through this very generous donation, which will cause the OCG and the new dispensation of the Integrity Commission to reach and maintain international best practices as we investigate acts of impropriety and our perceived acts of corruption,” he said.He informed that over the last 10 months, OCG staff members have received training overseas through the US Embassy, in the areas of effective interrogation statement analysis; major case management; economic crime investigations; contract and procurement fraud; and obtaining, managing and searching electronic evidence.   He added that very shortly, other members of staff will travel to Texas for training in principles of fraud investigation.Mr. Khant said the US Government spends about $1 billion annually to fight corruption and to promote good governance.“In Jamaica, the US Government spent, through the USAID, approximately $9.2 million in the last five years to fight corruption, (so) that comes to a total of $12 million that we spent under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative for Jamaica to fight corruption and to promote good governance,” he noted.He said the equipment will allow the OCG to extract data from computers and smartphones.“With this new capability, your office will be able to analyse electronic evidence more effectively.   We know you will put this equipment to good use, and, as I see it, this donation can’t go to a better organisation,” he said.last_img read more

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