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Third bus accident in five days

THE THIRD traffic accident in five days involving bus transport was recorded on Sunday, February 18 on the Inter-American Highway, at San Carlos. According to early reports, the head-on collision occurred when the driver of a car crossed into the opposite lane and collided with a minibus. At least two people were taken to hospital .
 

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

The company will send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S. The Associated Press. MENLO PARK, Calif. Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.

New 315-room luxury resort set to open at Oyster Bay, Trelawny

The Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts is set to open its newest luxury resort at Oyster Bay, Trelawny on June 1. Ground was broken for the US$110 million, 315-room property last March. With the opening, the Excellence Group will join Royalton Resorts, which owns the Royalton White Sands and....

Marchers demand better gun-control measures in wake of Florida school shooting

Dion McGill panicked when his phone lit up Wednesday with a news alert about a school shooting in Florida. His daughters go to school in the Sunshine State — two hours from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — but the alert didn’t say where the shooting happened.

Why Nigerians Are Reluctant to Pay for Electricity

By Obinna Chima. Nigerians are not willing to pay estimated electricity bills by the power distributing companies (discos) because they do not trust the estimates. This formed part of the findings by Renaissance Capital, in a report on their visit to Nigeria’s policy makers and development finance institutions in Abuja earlier this month.

AACSB Celebrates LBS Alumni as He Gets International Appointment

AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, has celebrated Lagos Business School’s alumnus Mr. Paul Orajiaka on the positive impact business school graduates are making in communities around the globe as part of the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge.

NAICOM, Insurance CEOs Brainstorm on Road Map for Sector Growth

By Ebere Nwoji. The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), at the weekend, engaged all the Chief executive officers of insurance firms in a major brainstorming session targeted at developing a road map that will enable the sector operators optimally harness opportunities existing in the sector for....

LEAP Africa Appoints New Board of Directors

LEAP Africa has announced the appointment of Mr. Udeme Ufot MFR, the Co-founder and Group Managing Director of MD, SO&U as its Board Chair. Before his appointment as the Board Chair, Ufot had served as a non-executive director on the board since 2012. He succeeds Dr.

Afro-Metis musicians hope to inspire others to learn more about heritage

A group of Halifax musicians of black and Indigenous ancestry showed off its work to a packed recording studio Sunday, hoping to inspire others to find out more about their heritage. The group calls itself the Afro-Metis Nation, and includes members such as Toronto-based musician Shelley Hamilton,....

Former Trump aide Rick Gates to plead guilty, will testify in Russia probe

Rick Gates, left, with his lawyer Tom Green, depart Federal District Court, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) By Tribune News Service WASHINGTON - A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days -- and....

Patrick Brown says Ontario PCs must be united heading into election

Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown says the party cannot afford to start over as the provincial election approaches. “You cannot make policy on the fly this close to an election, it is a recipe for disaster,” the Simcoe North MPP told a room full of supporters at the Hilton....

Road transport industry concerns for cyclists and motor cyclists

Behaviour by a small number of cyclists and motorbike riders is concerning National Road Carriers Association, the country’s largest organisation representing the road transport industry. Incidents between motor vehicles and cyclists or motor bikes usually see the cyclist or motorbike rider come off second best.

Twyford kicks tyres on New Lynn redevelopment

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford visited the New Lynn project of Hill Crescent, an example of 100+ redevelopments underway or planned under the Auckland Housing Programme. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford took time out during a fabulous Auckland afternoon to....

Lord Mayor of London visiting NZ this week

The Lord Mayor of London, an ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services industry, is visiting New Zealand at the head of a business delegation this week with the aim of strengthening trade links with the City of London. Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor, will meet government and....

Work starts on final stage of Hamilton ring road

Work on the final section in Hamilton’s arterial ring road, linking Wairere Drive and Cobham Drive (State Highway 1) is underway. When complete, Cobham Drive will be raised to allow the four-laned Wairere Drive to pass beneath it, accompanied by extended shared walking and cycling paths.

Refusal of fair primary recruitment payments "nonsensical" - NZEI

A Ministry of Education refusal to pay the same value "recruitment, retention and responsibility" (3R) payments to primary teachers as secondary teachers is nonsensical in the face of the current teacher shortage, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. Late last year the Government established a $1 million fund from....

Commuter routes on some key Selwyn links to stay at 100 km/h

Speed limits will remain at 100km/hr on some key arterial routes in Selwyn, following a review of speed limits in the district. Selwyn District Council last week [Wednesday 14 February 2018] confirmed it will implement a number of speed limit changes, which include extending the 50 km/hr urban speed....

Southern Cross Travel Insurance strengthens executive team

Eight months into his role Southern Cross Travel Insurance’s Chief Executive Chris White has wasted no time implementing a fresh new approach for the business. He has started with three senior appointments to support the company’s vision for growth in Australia and New Zealand.

Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

WASHINGTON – A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days –– and has made it clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

Room to Improve returned tonight and Twitter went into overdrive

Room to Improve returned to our screens tonight and it is safe to say that the people of Ireland were very happy about it, writes The fact that Daniel O'Donnell and his wife Majella were the stars of the show may have sent Twitter into overdrive but let's face it, we missed Dermot Bannon too.

Chickens finger lickin' gone Chickens finger lickin' gone Only six Kent KFCs remain open as the company's new suppliers suffer "teething problems". 4

Only six KFC restaurants in Kent remain open this evening following its deliveries nightmare. The fast food giant has been struck nationwide by running out if its essentials - chicken and chips. The company published a list its stores still open as of 5.48pm throughout the British Isles.

South Sudan: Drought and conflict shutting down schools in East Africa

90,000 children a week at risk of dropping out of school. 90,000 children a week are at risk of dropping out of school in 2018, warns Save the Children, in an appeal for education funding in emergencies across East Africa. For many this would be their second year out of school, forced to abandon their studies because of the drought.

Main party candidates formally join Mexico presidential race

MEXICO CITY (AP) � Three presidential candidates formally accepted the nominations of Mexico's main political parties on Sunday, entering what is shaping up to be a crowded, six-person race to the July 1 election. In dueling rallies in the capital, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Ricardo Anaya and Jose....

Florida students organise 'March For Our Lives' in Washington calling for gun law changes after latest US massacre

Teen survivors of the school shooting massacre in Florida are calling for a march on Washington to demand action on gun control. Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said on Sunday that they are determined to use protests to make the massacre a turning point in the American gun control debate.

After Florida school shooting, New Jersey school district moves to add police

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. A day after a deadly school shooting in Florida, a New Jersey school district agreed to have armed police officers at its schools. Superintendent Victor Valeski said in a statement that the East Brunswick Board of Education wants to work with the East Brunswick Police....

Main party candidates formally join Mexico presidential race

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three presidential candidates formally accepted the nominations of Mexico's main political parties on Sunday, entering what is shaping up to be a crowded, six-person race to the July 1 election. In dueling rallies in the capital, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Ricardo Anaya and Jose....

Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are touting their populations of people of....

Deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin, says Syrian Kurdish official

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters on Sunday. Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in north Syria, said army....

The psychic who talks to pets

For years, animal lovers have asked Susie — and, latterly, her partner, Paul Braithwaite — to help them communicate better with their pets. For example, to tell them why their dogs have separation anxiety, their cat has become incontinent, their horse is a bit down in the mouth — long-faced, even.

After Florida school shooting, New Jersey school district moves to add police

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. A day after a deadly school shooting in Florida, a New Jersey school district agreed to have armed police officers at its schools. Superintendent Victor Valeski said in a statement that the East Brunswick Board of Education wants to work with the East Brunswick Police....

Missing Orlando girl found in Georgia

ORLANDO, Fla. A girl who went missing from Orlando has been found in Georgia. The girl who went missing from the 9000 block of Eastport Terrace, was found in Macon, Georgia with an adult man Sunday. WESH 2 News spoke with the girl's mother earlier on Sunday.
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