5 fashion fads you need to follow in 2018

first_imgIt’s Sequins SeasonTHE ’80S are back in more ways than one this 2018, with sequins set to be a major hit for both evening and day wear. Brands like Versace, Gucci, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Dior have sworn by the plastic embellishment in their upcoming collections, and have used it on everything from garments to accessories of every shape and size.Richa Chadda. Photo: Yogen Shah AMRITA ARORA has already picked up on the trend, with quite a few options of the lust-worthy sequins look–this full-length red gown with a thigh high slit has been styled perfectly with a simple red lip, silver Louboutins and a big diamond ring. Another dressy version can be seen in RICHA CHADDA’s jacket.Amrita Arora. Photo: Yogen Shah However, this is not to say that the style is only restricted to eyes-on-me kind of evenings. Incorporate the trend in your day looks with lighter coloured sequins in more opaque versions and bigger sizes. Balance this with solid-hued jackets, shoes and bags, and keep jewellery to a bare minimum.Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor to Mouni Roy, watch out for the fashion-moments these celebs have to offer in 2018Such Solid StatementsGO BIG or go home this 2018, especially when it comes to wearing a single colour from top to bottom. Saturated hues are the gutsiest trend to sport this year, as seen in collections by Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.Fashion’s front runner SONAM KAPOOR showed us the way last year itself, when she #slayed in this emerald green gown by Fouad Sarkis. The dramatic silhouette is accentuated by the rich hue, and she teamed it well with medium sized jewellery. The trick here is to keep the look classic–take a cue from her faux bob, soft smokey eyes and bold red lipstick.advertisementPadma Lakshmi. Photo: Yogen Shah Additionally, PADMA LAKSHMI illustrated how the trend can be upgraded for sexier outcomes, with this risque bandage gown by J Mendel. She sleeked her hair back with a slightly messy flair, but here again, the jewellery was limited so that it didn’t compete with the dress. Plain, strappy heels, smokey eyes and a nude lipstick complete this look to perfection.In The Pink Of Style”BANISH the black, burn the blue and bury the beige… From now on, think pink,” is what editor of ‘Quality’ magazine, Maggie Prescott said in the movie Funny Face. And honestly, we couldn’t agree more.The brighter, the better is the mantra for 2018, just like Tom Ford and Valentino Resort have showcased on the runway.PRIYANKA CHOPRA nailed it in the head-to-toe pink suit by Sergio Hudson, which juxtaposes the feminine colour with a boss lady appeal. But not just for the ladies, pink will also be gender-neutral this year as was seen at the Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2018.AAMIR KHAN proves that the colour is the truest expression of confidence, as he paired his pink Tshirt with grey joggers and rugged boots.Sonam Kapoor. Photo: Yogen Shah Make sure you incorporate the shade in your wardrobe this year – either in your clothing, accessories, or even in your makeup with a peppy hue on your pout.Also Read: Kareena Kapoor in this hot, black gown is giving us fashion goals for 2018Pretty Pale PromisesGIVE THE year a fresh start with light, pastel shades that are all the rage on the runway with major international labels like Victoria Beckham, Celine, Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta.The best part is, the muted shades aren’t restricted to summer wear this year. In fact, KANGANA RANAUT gave us major winter style goals with her pastel airport look this week–a belted sheath dress by Dior, paired with a coat from Prada and bag by Miu Miu. Take note of how she has kept the colour palette within the same family range, and added black for balance in small measures.Similarly, NEHA DHUPIA has worn her baby pink suit by Vero Moda with a black lace camisole and watch, but continued the pink palette in the choice of shoes.Aamir Khan. Photo: Yogen Shah As far as make-up is concerned, stick to foundation, a light blush, basic eyeliner and light lipstick in nude and soft shades. However, if you’re in the mood to shake things up, try a bright red with orange or pink undertones for a contrasting statement.Why not go baggy chicCOMFORT clothing that looks like it belongs to someone twice your size is what’s going to be big this 2018, as we have already seen in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga.advertisementNeha Dhupia. Photo: Yogen Shah The look was nailed at the airport twice recently–JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ was a happy vision in her baggy orange culottes, worn with a knot front shirt and a casual sling bag. What works here is the fact that the style looks casual and carefree, which is what you need to aim for when putting it together. This means you can play with colour, size and style, but most importantly, keep your hair and make-up simple–try to resemble something you’d wear at home on a good day.Alia Bhatt. Photo: Yogen Shah Meanwhile, ALIA BHATT’s oversized stripe jacket is another good example of how to style this trend. She smartly paired it with a plain white t-shirt, fitted jeans and sneakers, in keeping with the overall theme of oversized chic. Here again, the makeup is next to nothing and her hair looks simple and cute. Remember to keep accessories to a bare minimum as well.Another major trend to look out for this 2018 is the ‘fringe’ – tasselled details on shirts, skirts, jackets, bags and boots. Yup, it’s mainstream once again.last_img read more

Kerr hits out at haters after Matildas miracle

first_imgThe Matildas have bounced back from a shock 2-1 loss to Italy in their World Cup opener with an incredible come-from-behind win over Brazil and captain Sam Kerr savoured the chance to silence the side’s ‘haters’.Critics came out in force after Australia’s defeat against Italy but the Matildas dug deep on Friday morning (AEST) to claim a 3-2 win against Brazil having trailed 2-0. The result was particularly special for Kerr, who couldn’t resist hitting back at those that questioned her side’s credentials.  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? “I’m so proud of the girls, I knew we were in it at half-time,” Kerr said post-match.”There was a lot of critics talking about us but we’re back so suck on that one! It’s just outside noise, we don’t listen to the haters.”The reaction from the girls, you can see what it means to us. We were so disappointed after the first game.”Australia’s win leaves them in a good position to reach the Round of 16 ahead of a final group match against Jamaica.Matildas coach Ante Milicic couldn’t be prouder of his side’s spirit against Brazil and believes they answered their critics in the best possible way. “It’s a big result and we needed it today,” Milicic said post-match.”It was a real Australian performance from these girls and I’m very proud of them.”I think to come from 2-0 down, if anyone questioned the character of this team they answered in the best possible way.”Delighted for the girls because they really deserved that.”last_img read more

CMES’ 2015 Profit Skyrockets

first_imgzoom Driven by strong tanker shipping market tailwinds, the Chinese state-owned shipping operator China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) posted an almost fivefold surge in its 2015 net profit.Namely, compared to a net profit of RMB 200.26 million (USD 30.7 million) seen in 2014, CMES reported a 476 percent jump in its 2015 annual net profit reaching RMB 1.15 billion (USD 176.6 million).The Chinese government’s subsidy, received in September to boost the company’s efforts to dispose of the aging vessels and replace them with new tonnage, also contributed to a positive net profit.The company’s revenue for the full year stood at RMB 6.15 billion, a 136 percent increase over RMB 2.6 billion revenue reported in 2014, mainly contributed by CMES’ joint venture China VLCC, which expanded its fleet and increased its carrying capacity.While the tanker market pushed the company into the black, CMES’ dry bulk shipping business remained sluggish due to the market downturn in 2015.The company’s financial announcement was followed by CMES’ latest order of ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs) at three Chinese yards.The new vessels, which will feature 400,000 dwt each, are valued at USD 850 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Researchers ponder why new dinosaur species had feathers but could not fly

first_imgEDMONTON – The discovery of a new species of bird-like dinosaur is raising questions about the creature’s evolution and why it had feathers when it couldn’t actually fly.Researchers studying a fossil found in China have determined that Jianianhualong tengi had large feathers associated with aerodynamics, but there’s no evidence that it could get off the ground.Philip Currie, a University of Alberta paleobiologist, said the species is a missing link between birds and dinosaurs.“Every time you find a missing link between two animals, you create two new missing links,” Currie said. “We’re looking for the answer as to why there’s a combination of primitive and advanced features.”The findings of the international research team were published Tuesday in the open-access journal Nature Communications.An artist’s rendering of the species suggests the metre-long dinosaur resembled a large pheasant with short wings.The scientists say Jianianhualong tengi lived during the Early Cretaceous period, roughly 125 million years ago, in an area of northeastern China famous for its feathered dinosaurs.Currie said the fossil demonstrates mosaic evolution in which parts of an animal’s skeleton changes without simultaneously affecting other parts.He said more research is needed to better understand why the dinosaur would have had feathers if they weren’t used for flight.“The only way to answer these questions is to find more animals to fill in the gaps.”Currie estimates that only one per cent of one per cent of all the world’s dinosaurs have been identified to date.last_img read more

Search for small plane missing in southern BC will resume Wednesday

first_imgVICTORIA – Searchers say they’re still looking for new clues three days after a small plane with two people on board vanished in southeastern British Columbia.Lt. Melissa Kia with the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says rescuers scored an area about 18 kilometres north of Revelstoke again on Tuesday with aircraft and ground crews, including search dogs.She says the searchers saw no signs of the aircraft before shutting down the search for the night on Tuesday.The rescue centre’s spokeswoman, Katelyn Moores, says the search grid has been refined based on more complete information from radar and the cellphone tower that picked up a signal from the pilot’s phone at about the same time the plane was reported missing on Saturday.The plane was on a flight from Penticton, B.C., to Edmonton when it disappeared.CTV News is reporting the pilot’s name is Dominic Neron, a 28-year-old journeyman electrician from Spruce Grove, Alta., and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault, who is 31.Moores says the search area is mountainous and densely forested, and that combined with the heavy snow was making the search challenging.It is an area Eldon Gjesdal, a pilot who sold Neron’s plane to him in the spring, said is also challenging to navigate.“It’s just very rugged. The valleys are very closed in and if it’s the Rogers Pass in the Revelstoke area, it’s rough terrain,” Gjesdal said.Gjesdal said Neron bought his 1963 Mooney from him after flying for about two years. He eventually wanted to get his commercial licence.The search is expected to resume again on Wednesday morning.(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Mental Health Association of NYC Raises 516625 to Support Mental Health at

first_imgThe Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) raised $516,625 to support programs and services that improve the lives of people impacted by mental health challenges in New York City and across the United States.Kimberly Williams, President of the MHA-NYC with the 2017 MHA-NYC Gala honorees: Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City; Brandon & Michi Marshall and the Zirinsky FamilyCredit/Copyright: Sean SimeThe organization’s 25th Anniversary Gala, which was held at Gotham Hall in Manhattan and themed “Just Talk About It: Stories of Recovery and Success,” focused on the power of “just talking about” mental health concerns and celebrated people whose public words and deeds have helped thousands find hope and care.• First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray was honored for her unprecedented leadership and commitment around her ThriveNYC initiative and her introduction of NYC Well, the City’s comprehensive call, text, and chat hotline for mental health support. • New York Giants Wide-Receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi Marshall were recognized for their passionate mental health advocacy since 2010, when Brandon disclosed his lifelong struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder and became an inspiration and role model to fans everywhere. • The Zirinsky family was recognized for over 50 years and 3 generations of continuous Board membership and unwavering commitment to improving mental health services. Cynthia Zirinsky, founder of Gracie Square Hospital and the Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar Disorder at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, was honored along with her daughter, legendary CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky; her son-in-law, TV news innovator, Joe Peyronnin; and her granddaughter, Morgan Stanley executive Cynthia Eckes.“It’s gratifying to see the wide range of support shown at our Gala to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing,” said Kimberly Williams, President of MHA-NYC. “Not only did we exceed our fundraising goal, but we brought the conversation about mental health issues into the open and demonstrated how simply talking can lead others to take action and achieve wellness.”More than 300 leaders in business and government attended the event, which was hosted for the second year in a row by Bill Ritter, Co-Anchor of WABC’s Eyewitness News, who lent his support to underscore the prevalence of mental health conditions and the importance of sharing our stories.With less than 40% of people with mental health conditions receiving treatment, MHA-NYC is a leading provider of innovative mental health services, advocacy, and education in New York City and across the country. Monies raised at the Gala directly support these efforts and the millions of people who benefit from them every year.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the South Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgIn the North Peace, we could see the same thing as late afternoon rain turns to snow.  Fort St. John could see only 5 to 10 cm of snow.  A special weather statement also remains in place for the North Peace, Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and the Alberta Peace.  The weather statement says those regions could see 5 to 10 cm of snow.Below is the full warning for the South Peace.Warnings4:57 AM PDT Tuesday 11 September 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A cold front will drop southward out of the Northwest Territories today bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to northeastern BC. Rain will develop this afternoon over the BC South Peace as the front approaches and quickly change over to snow this evening as the front passes.Snowfall accumulations of about 10 centimetres are expected tonight across the BC South Peace and along Highway 97 between Pine Pass and Chetwynd. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace.The forecast calls for up to 10 cm of snow as a cold front moves through the region Tuesday afternoon.  As the front moves into the area, rain will develop Tuesday afternoon and turn to snow by Tuesday night.Environment Canada says the South Peace and Pine Pass could see up to 10 cm of snow by Wednesday. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Sri Lankan boat found abandoned at Rameswaram

A fibreglass boat with a Mannar district registration number in Sri Lanka was found abandoned at the seashore in Rameswaram, the Rameswaram police said on Thursday.The police said they were investigating as to who had come in the vessel which has been seized, the Press Trust of India reported. There were two oil cans and some wires in the boat, they added. (Colombo Gazette)

Developing Your 2019 Cyber Security Checklist

Angry employees who deliberately seek to sabotageEmployees who have left the organization but their access credentials were not terminatedUsers accessing websites that download malicious codePoor password creation and management that lead to unauthorized access by malicious partiesUser mistakes/negligenceUsing unsecure networks when not on the organization’s networkInstalling unauthorized applications on the user’s computer, tablet, or smartphone Evaluate existing IT investment expenses and compare them to the sum of attack response IT costs and non-IT costs. network_security_774.png Cost to ITThe tools and staffing required to mitigate these attacks are a cost to IT, but the protection techniques benefit the whole organization. There are two main cost elements: what you are now paying for, and what you need to pay when an attack occurs. The IT costs include: Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. Cost to Non-IT UnitsThe various units in the organization have to quantify their costs if an attack occurs. This quantification can be used to determine the IT budget for cyber security. When an attack occurs, there will be costs associated with the organization’s response to the attack. Non-IT expenses will include: Cyber security attacks threaten your organization. To determine what is vulnerable, how vulnerable it is, and how much to budget for cyber security questions, you need to get some answers. All of these costs are part of the IT budget. Add up these costs and divide them into existing costs and costs directly related to the attack. The second group of costs that are due to the attack (probably a range, not an absolute number) are penalty costs due to insufficient security investment by IT. Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. The objective of an externally generated cyberattack is to collect credentials that allow the attacker to move throughout the network and applications. Once attackers are inside your infrastructure or your cloud services, they can steal confidential data and/or use your IT resources. You implement technology to increase productivity, grow market share, hold onto your market, improve customer loyalty, and comply with regulations — among other reasons. When it comes to cyber security investments, however, things can quickly become complicated. Hardware and software for attack detection and preventionPrivileged access control and monitoringSecurity staffIncident response teamSecurity consultantsNew security toolsWorking with cloud service (where applicable)Increasing security audits Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. Investing in cyber security is like buying insurance. You will know when you have too little insurance. You may never know if you bought too much insurance. Cyber security investment is a business decision — evaluating risk prevention vs. risk response. Comparing costs is a way to quantify what the risk vs. investments mean to an organization.Tags:Best Practicescyber securityITrisk assessmentincident responsecostsSecurityConsultant PerspectivesEnterprise NetworkingMonitoring, Management and SecurityOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like Most of these costs will have to be determined by non-IT departments. It’s likely that you will be provided with a range of costs — not an absolute number — because many of the costs will be estimates. How could a cyber security attack affect the functions of your organization such as your business, your providers, contractors, public relations, reputation, and even your human resources?Since cyber security threats pursue information, what trade secrets, customer data, or other information is critical to your organization’s operation?Are there regulatory requirements your organization must comply with, such as GDPR, PCI, CCPA, and HIPAA?How was the risk assessment performed, what did it cover, and what was not analyzed for risk?How can your organization deliver a long-term resilient IT infrastructure to minimize cyber security risks?Are there any information sharing practices that your organization has or is considering adopting in the future that could make you vulnerable?What are the financial liabilities, internal and external, if an attack occurs?How many of your organization’s departments and their resources are protected by the security efforts? (e.g. customer database, finance but not HR)What is the threshold for notifying CXOs when an attack has been detected?How does the organization measure security, and are these measures meaningful?How thorough are the incident response and business recovery plans?How much is the organization willing to pay for cyber security? Loss of organization productivityMarketing and sales efforts to rebuild reputationUnsold product and/or service revenue lossesMarketing and sales efforts to regain revenue and profitCustomer notificationsHuman resources work due to employee turnover in response to attackRetraining users in security best practicesLegal fees to evaluate the organization’s liabilitiesFines and penalties for non-compliance with regulations Existing IT investmentAttack response IT costsNon-IT costs Attack Risk/ImpactAssessing the risks and impact of attack can be challenging. In doing so, you may find that there are vulnerabilities in areas of your organization that you never considered. Some of the questions you should be able to answer for your CEO are: Log in or register to post comments Possible CausesThere are many possible sources and causes of cyber security attacks. Some attacks come from external perpetrators. There is an arsenal of advanced attack tools that can be continuously and repeatedly launched at an organization. Although there are tools to detect and prevent these attacks, there will always be pressure on security teams to combat sophisticated cyberattacks that they’ve never seen before. Don’t forget that IT employees may solve a problem by tweaking software and can turn off security functions without knowing it. Budgeting for Cyber SecurityThe big challenge with security investments is determining how much is enough. Too little and your organization is open to attacks. It’s hard to determine when you spend too much. Budgeting for security should start with quantifying the potential cost of an attack. IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. There are also internal attacks; some are malicious, some are negligence, others are related to poor employee behavior. Several surveys have concluded that as much as half of cyber security incidents are due to internal user behavior. These include: See All in Security » Separate the cost ranges into: read more

Indonesian military says air force plane crashes in residential neighbourhood of Medan

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 12:06 am MDT Indonesian military says air force plane crashes in residential neighbourhood of Medan city AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JAKARTA, Indonesia – An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed Tuesday into a residential neighbourhood of Medan city in Sumatra.There was no immediate word of casualties but a local radio station, El Shinta, reported that the plane hit houses.Indonesian television broadcast images from the city of a downed aircraft in flames.Air force spokesman Dwi Badarmanto said the crash occurred a few minutes before midday after the plane took off from a Medan airport.He said a rescue effort was underway. read more

UN officials urge Israel to halt plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouins expand

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, James W. Rawley, and the Director of Operations in the West Bank for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) , Felipe Sanchez, released a joint statement that recalled a report of the UN Secretary-General from March this year, drawing a link between the proposed transfers and illegal settlement expansion and warning that the move would breach the Fourth Geneva Convention and violate human rights.“History has shown us that these transfers have not proven to be in the interests of the Bedouin communities,” said Mr. Sanchez. “This would represent a continuation of developments that commenced in 1997 when Palestine refugees were loaded on trucks and taken to the same urban site in Eizariya, after which an illegal settlement was constructed on their former land.”On 28 April, residents of Abu Nwar, in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel retains control over security, planning and building, were informed that some families would have to move to the Al Jabal area outside of East Jerusalem. Area C accounts for over 60 per cent of land in the West Bank and is home to an estimated 300,000 Palestinians. According to the joint statement, the plan to move the families comes amid a discriminatory zoning and planning regime that facilitates the development of illegal Israeli settlements at the expense of Palestinians, for whom it is almost impossible to obtain permits for construction. A total of 70 per cent of the land is off-limits to Palestinian construction, with heavy restrictions on 29 per cent and just one per cent zoned for Palestinian development by the Israeli Civil Administration.“Israeli practices in Area C, including a marked increase of demolitions and confiscations of donor-funded structures in the first quarter of 2015, have compounded an already untenable situation for Bedouin communities,” said Mr. Rawley.The Bedouins currently living in Abu Nwar are one of 46 Palestinian Bedouin communities – most of whom are refugees – who are slated for transfer to three proposed “relocation” sites, with the Israeli authorities claiming that Bedouin communities lack title over the land and that “relocation” will improve their living conditions.The communities are subject to eviction and home demolitions as the area in which they live has been allocated for the expansion of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement – the so-called “E1 Plan” – and the joint statement warns that the forced urbanization of Bedouin communities in the three relocation sites would destroy their culture and livelihoods.“There is also concern over the strategic implications of these plans,” said Mr. Rawley. “Many of the communities are located in areas slated for further Israeli settlement, including the E1 plan, which has long been viewed as an obstacle to the realization of a two-state solution.”Mr. Sanchez stressed the obligations held by Israel as occupying power to ensure the wellbeing of such communities and to respect international law.“We are fast approaching the point of irreparable damage,” he said. “I strongly urge the Israeli authorities to halt all plans and practices that will directly or indirectly lead to the forcible transfer of the Bedouin and call on the international community to support the Bedouins’ wish to remain where they are, pending their return to the Negev, and prevent this transfer from occurring.” read more

Independent garages demonstrate commitment to consumers

honest and fair servicesopen and transparent pricingcompleting work as agreed invoices that match quoted pricescompetent and conscientious staffa straightforward, swift complaints procedure Developed and launched in response to consumer concerns over pricing, quality of work and customer service, the Code commits subscribing garages to: Full details can be seen at www.motorindustrycodes.co.uk “The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair is an industry-wide code, demonstrating the sector’s commitment to building consumer confidence. I’m particularly excited to see our subscriber numbers boosted by so many independent garages and thank Prestige for the public commitment it has made to the scheme,” said Motor Codes director, Chris Mason. “Most UK garages already deliver the standards set out by the Code but we urge them to demonstrate this by subscribing and registering their commitment to fair and honest trading.” The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair has boosted its subscriber reach with the commitment of over 500 independent garages through Prestige Car Servicing. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “We are committed to the highest service and quality standards. Enrolling our network in the Motor Industry Code of Practice scheme will enable Prestige Car Servicing to deliver an unrivalled national network of service centres. Our vision is to have a national network that brings our customers an unsurpassed reputation for quality, reliability and professionalism,” Craig Archibald, Fleet Sales Director, Prestige Car Service.      ·         an online search facility allowing consumers to locate their nearest subscribing garage·         a free consumer advice line (0800 692 0825)·         free conciliation and low cost, legally binding arbitration And offers motorists: The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair safeguards consumer interests by helping them identify responsible garages and encourage the sector to raise and maintain a high standard of customer service. More than 5,000 garages in the UK have already subscribed to the Code which is currently progressing through the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. It has completed the first stage of the OFT’s code approval process. Prestige, the fastest growing independent car servicing network in the UK, has agreed to sign up all its sites nationwide, demonstrating its dedication to high service standards and customer satisfaction. read more

Theres a seal on my doorstep Misplaced mammal sparks RNLI rescue mission

first_imgIt’s unclear why the seal headed into the townCredit:NLI / North News NLI / North News A confused seal has sparked an RNLI rescue mission after it took shelter on steps outside a block of flats.The pup was spotted on the steps of the Royal Esplanade Apartments in Redcar, Teesside on Thursday morning. After some some ‘cautious coaxing’ and the use of a dog cage volunteers managed to get the youngster back to the water.”While we were assembling to carry out a lifeboat changeover this morning, one of our crew was alerted to a seal sheltering in the doorway of the Royal Apartments on the sea front,” Redcar RNLI wrote on Facebook. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Having alerted the rescue service we were working out how to get the pup back to the water when an off-duty coastguard officer who runs a local pet shop drove past in a van. And in the van was a dog cage.”A bit of cautious coaxing got the seal into the cage and it was soon reunited with the North Sea.”center_img Rescuers used a dog cage to return the animal to the beachCredit:North News & Pictures ltd A video posted by the charity shows the heartwarming moment the “happy” pup made it back to the chilly waters.The rescuers were praised on Facebook for their “brilliant” work in rescuing the seal.It’s not known why the seal took refuge on the steps but it’s not the first time a seal has taken a wrong turn and ended up in a town – in 2013 a seal dubbed Keith swam up the River Severn as far as Worcester, to the displeasure of local anglers. North News & Pictures ltdlast_img read more

Dinosaur With One Finger on Each Hand Discovered

first_imgThe majority of therapods had three fingers per hand. The T. Rex only had two, but still managed to make due. Old Linhenykus monodactylus, on the other, um, hand, looks a little less menacing, thanks to the odd single digit construction of its arms–the first dinosaur to be discovered with that unusual feature.Linhenykus was discovered in northern China, a hotbed for fossil discovery. According to scientists, it likely dates back to around 80 million years ago. Early meat eating dinos actually had five fingers, shedding them over the intervening tens of millions of years. Linhenykus’s fingers, meanwhile, were likely used to help ferret our termites. Evolution does some weird, messed up stuff, man. Check out the Linhenykus monodactylus. It’s a therapod dinosaur–the same group that gave us such terrifying meat eaters as the Velociraptor and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. last_img read more

County mulls public defense

first_imgClark County is considering significantly reorganizing how it carries out one of its constitutionally mandated functions.Deputy County Manager Bob Stevens has proposed a measure that would create a new office in Clark County with two full-time attorneys to represent individuals accused of felonies who have been deemed too poor to afford private legal representation.Under the state and federal constitutions, indigent defendants facing misdemeanor or felony charges are guaranteed an attorney at public expense. In Washington, most counties contract out services to private attorneys, but more counties are becoming increasingly involved in directly administering public defense.Stevens’ proposal would put Clark County alongside 12 other counties in Washington that have offices of public defense. But the reorganization requires approval from the county council, which has twice delayed voting on the reorganization so councilors could question its potential costs and impacts.The county currently has 57 contracts with 46 private law firms and attorneys to provide indigent defense. However, Stevens said that seven public defense attorneys who contracted with the county have recently retired. He said the county had the lowest-ever number of firms apply last year for contracts, partially because pay hasn’t increased in 10 years. The result, he said, is the county is projecting that 300 indigent defense cases this year that won’t be covered by currently contracted law firms.“It’s difficult to put yourself at the mercy of the market all the time,” Stevens said. He added that providing county public defenders can make up for shortages of contract attorneys and the reorganization won’t affect the budget.last_img read more

Organized retail crime Local criminals on a shopping spree

first_imgA man identified by Safeway as Rick Clark leaves the Safeway store in downtown Vancouver with $380.92 in whiskey and cognac around 8 p.m. on July 21, 2012. Clark was arrested on suspicion of multiple felony liquor theft charges in Clark County, Safeway said. “John” had Alli diet pills that he needed to sell. He met a 34-year-old Vancouver man on May 22 and told him that he lifted the pills from a Rite Aid store and was chased out by security. The buyer paid and told him he wanted more.Three days later, the buyer met “John” — not his real name — in the -Hazel Dell Walmart parking lot where he bought $750 worth of items that were purportedly stolen from retail stores.The twist: “John” is a private investigator working for Safeway, and the buy was a sting. His name was withheld for his security and to protect ongoing investigations.That day, Yevgeniy Smirnov was taken into custody. His wife, Lyudmila Smirnov, was detained after detectives and private investigators served a search warrant at the couple’s home where they found “numerous amounts of different merchandise” including Crest White Strips, Rogaine and air fresheners.These episodes are all detailed in a probable cause affidavit filed by Clark County sheriff’s Detective Tom Yoder that was obtained by The Columbian in July.last_img read more

Government to consult on measures to tackle pension cold calling

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans to tackle pension cold calling.In his Autumn Statement, Hammond said that the government plans to publish a consultation on options to tackle pension scams including a ban on cold calling in relation to pensions, giving organisations greater powers to block suspicious transfers and making it harder for scammers to abuse small self-administered schemes.Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Today’s announcement of a ban on cold calling is a welcome fight-back against the criminals who try to steal investors’ retirement savings. Banning cold calling won’t eradicate the problem but it will help in two important ways: It will create a punishable offence at the outset before they have even got their hands on investors’ money. Hopefully this will deter some would-be fraudsters; it will also send a clear unambiguous message: if someone cold calls you about your pension then they are up to no good.“Additional measures being explored, such as making it harder to set up pensions in the first place and giving legitimate pension companies more latitude to block transfers when they suspect fraud are also important developments which the industry has been calling for.“This is not a complete solution; fraudsters will not stop targeting investors’ pensions. Policymakers and regulators will need to continue to listen to and work with the pension and investment industry to address future challenges.”Hugh Nolan, president of the Society of Pension Professionals, and director at Spence and Partners, added: “We very much welcome the continued efforts to protect people from unwelcome cold calls, but more importantly from pension scams, which are financially devastating for the victims.“We are delighted by the recognition that pension providers are an invaluable defence for consumers and the extra tools that will be given to the industry to help us protect our members and policyholders. Unfortunately, we are not sure that a ban on cold calling would be effective as there is an obvious risk that the scammers will simply ignore it, since by definition they aren’t exactly law abiding citizens.”last_img read more

Eating walnuts may help fight breast cancer

first_imgConsumption of walnuts may help suppress growth and survival of breast cancer, a study claims. The study, published in the journal Nutrition Research, found that consumption of two ounces of walnuts a day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers. In this first clinical trial, women with breast lumps large enough for research and pathology biopsies were recruited and randomised to walnut consuming or control groups. Immediately following biopsy collection, women in the walnut group began to consume two ounces of walnuts per day until follow-up surgery. Pathological studies confirmed that lumps were breast cancer in all women who remained in the trial. The study showed activation of pathways that promote apoptosis or programmed cell death and cell adhesion and inhibition of pathways that promote cell proliferation and migration.last_img read more

Two thieves arrested in restaurant after failed attempt to blend in

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Armed robbers who reportadly assaulted two people were arrested in a seafood restaurant in Playa del Camen.Police say that at around 1:00 p.m. Friday, two men were arrested for an assault that was reported to 911. As police neared the Ejidal neighborhood of the assault, the pair fled in a car.According to preliminary data, emergency number 911 reported an assault in process on the crossing of Juarez and 55 Avenues, for which police intervention was immediately requested. The 911 dispatcher was able to give a description of the alleged criminals and the car in which they fled.When the agents arrived at the scene, witnesses provided them with the physical characteristics of the assailants, so police set up an operation for Ejidal, finding the white Nissan Tsuru car abandoned on a nearby street.Moments later, 911 updated police that the assailants entered a seafood restaurant several blocks from where they were posted. Police responded to the call and after entering the restaurant, managed to locate the two men who tried to hide by mixing in with local diners.Restaurant patrons were surprised to witness the take down. The two men were arrested and presented to the Solidarity Public Security Directorate for the corresponding procedures.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