Merriam police looking for suspects in early morning robbery at motel

first_imgMerriam police are looking for five suspects in connection with an early morning robbery that occurred at a Merriam motel.Police say they received the call at 4:30 a.m. to a motel in the 6400 block of East Frontage Road. Extended Stay America is at 6451 Frontage Road. Other reports also placed the incident at the Extended Stay and said it is popular with contractors for Google Fiber installation.The victim, a 45-year-old male, told police that he had answered the door to his motel room earlier in the morning for a female who he knew as “Crystal.” When he opened the door, he was attacked by several males who knocked him to the ground and tied him up with a sheet. They took cash and his electronic cable locating equipment, according to a press release from Merriam police.The suspects left the motel in a white Ford F-150 extended cab truck. The suspects are described as “Crystal” a white female approximately 31 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, 115 pounds with brown hair, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt.The four male suspects are described as a white male, six feet two inches tall, 240 pounds, bald, wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt; a hispanic male, five feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt; a white male, five feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, long sandy blonde hair wearing blue jeans; a white male, six feet, 180 pounds wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black baseball hat.Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Merriam police at 913-322-5560.last_img read more

WWE SmackDown LIVE Review; November 27, 2018

first_imgAdvertisement 91xNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs22Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E83r5m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zabeWould you ever consider trying this?😱cbhxqCan your students do this? 🌚4i6cdRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement This week, SmackDown LIVE kicked off with the return of SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch. Without wasting much time, The Man went straight to the point and called out her former best friend, Charlotte Flair.The two superstars engaged in a war of words before General Manager Paige stepped in to calm things down and ultimately, rewarded Charlotte with a Women’s Championship opportunity at TLC.Advertisement The Usos vs The BarAdvertisement The Bar took the upper hand in the first half of the match before Jimmy Uso tossed Sheamus over the top rope and gave himself some breathing room to tag in Jey Uso.Jey was on a roll and came close to sealing the pinfall victory with the Superkick but Sheamus kicked out at two. The Bar managed to evade a series of strikes until the Usos took out Sheamus and launched a 2 on 1 attack on Cesaro to secure the win and a future SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity.Shinsuke Nakamura vs RusevShinsuke Nakamura attacked Rusev prior to the match and struck him on the back of his neck. The United States Champion then followed it up with a couple of Kinshasa strikes firstly, inside the squared circle and later, outside the ring.AJ Styles addresses Daniel BryanAJ Styles made his first appearance in two weeks after losing the WWE Championship to Daniel Bryan. The Phenomenal One called out the WWE Champion and said that they did not have to wait till TLC to face each other.However, to AJ’s disappointment, Bryan wasn’t in the building and later, remarked that his opponent’s newfound attitude was probably because Daniel was watching Monday Night RAW and he must have been getting his ideas from thereKofi Kingston vs The MizFollowing their backstage encounter, The Miz battled New Day’s Kofi Kingston. The A-lister took control but was unable to avoid the outside interference of Xavier Woods and Big E at ringside.Miz exposed the turnbuckle while the referee was checking on Kofi however, his plans were spoiled by Big E. He then tried to use a steel chair while the official was distracted by Big E but once again failed as Woods snatched it away and further allowed Kingston to land the Trouble in Paradise for the three count.Randy Orton attacks Rey MysterioRandy Orton stated that his actions last week wasn’t meant to disrespect the Lucha culture but instead, it was meant to embarrass Rey Mysterio. The Viper’s promo was cut short as Mysterio interrupted and made his way down to the ring in a neck brace.However, Rey’s bravery didn’t last long as Orton took advantage of his injured neck and tried to rip the mask off his head again. The former World Heavyweight Champion regrouped and attacked Randy with a series of strikes on his left leg.Mysterio was then able to deliver a couple of 619 to The Viper but his attempts of using the steel chair proved to be unsuccessful as Orton landed the Snake Eyes DDT and continued the vicious onslaught on his enemy. Jeff Hardy’s 20th anniversary celebrationThe entire SmackDown roster paid their tribute to Jeff Hardy which was further, capped off by a resounding ovation from the WWE Universe. The celebration was cut short by Samoa Joe, who had some very harsh things to say about Hardy and made references about his dark past.After listening to Joe’s words, the Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy was only in the mood for a fight. Samoa Joe momentarily obliged to his counterpart’s challenge but turned his back and exited the arena.Women’s Battle Royal – Winner joins SmackDown Women’s Title TLC MatchZelina Vega was the first to be eliminated by Lana until the Ravishing Russian was then sent over the top rope by The IIconics. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce’s teamwork didn’t withstand much longer as the duo was eliminated by Asuka.Naomi, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Asuka and Carmella were the final five competitors remaining until the latter was taken out by The Empress of Tomorrow. Deville avenged her partner’s elimination by sending out Naomi.Sonya and Asuka remained as the final two. Following a close bout on the apron, Asuka eliminated Deville to win the Battle Royal and made her entry into the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at TLC. Advertisementlast_img read more

Shed loads of safety

first_imgNIMBLE-bodied shedders showed off their athletic talents as part of the recent annual South and West Gippsland Men’s Shed cluster…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists

first_imgYvonne Mamothusi Harvey – Three women.(Image: Art Bank Joburg) Art Bank Joburg, the only initiative of its kind in South Africa, is providing a much-needed platform for emerging local artists to showcase their work.Art Bank Joburg owns some of South Africa’s best art by upcoming and established local artists, proving that the country can be proud of its outstanding artistic talent.The initiative is now in its fourth year, and in spite of a tough economic climate, and declining corporate budgets for art, it continues to provide exposure for South African artists.“We have such a diversity of talent in South Africa – there are people from so many walks of life and this situation produces great variety in South African art,” says Vishnu Singh, GM of Creative Industries for the City of Joburg.The initiative was the brainchild of Ben Ngubane, the former minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Ngubane was introduced to the Canadian Art Bank concept on a visit to Ottawa in Canada, and decided that a similar project in South Africa could support local artists.Art Bank Joburg was established by the City of Joburg to buy art from emerging and established artists in the city, and then lease it to public and private sector clients. The art finds a temporary home in corporate reception areas, offices, and government departments in the city, such as the Johannesburg High Court, the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Metro Police and the Office of the Speaker. Monash University leases one of the largest collections.The bank was established in Newtown, Johannesburg’s arts and culture hub, but has since also opened a satellite branch just off Nelson Mandela Square in the business district of Sandton, north of the city centre.Real benefits for emerging artistsOne of the biggest difficulties for local artists is earning a sustainable income from their art. However, through the Art Bank initiative, artists benefit directly.Prospective works are assessed by a committee of respected members of the art community, who then decide if the Art Bank should purchase the piece. If the committee agrees that it is a valuable addition to the collection, Art Bank Joburg buys the art at its current market value and the artist receives payment immediately.Artworks are leased to clients at a fee of 20% of market value, and are reevaluated annually.Singh says that the bank’s main focus is sourcing art from emerging artists. “We want to take their work and give them exposure and access to the market,” he says.The team has never struggled to find good art, either. “The artists usually find us,” he says.On Wednesdays, Art Bank Joburg hosts an open day where artists can present their works. This gives them the confidence of knowing that there is a place where they can take their art for consideration.If a particular piece has potential, Art Bank Joburg takes a photo of it and registers it on its database for later evaluation. Some of the art also comes to them through workshops and incubator projects in and around Johannesburg.If an artist can’t make it to the open day they may make an appointment to visit at a more convenient time.Emerging and established artistsThe bank houses art from both emerging and established artists, in a variety of media including paint, sculpture, photography, wire art, mosaics, print-making, mixed media and craft. Singh says just about any art medium is welcome, as long as the work is not created from biodegradable materials.Work by well-known artists such as William Kentridge (a donation to Art Bank Joburg), Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Koloane, Penny Siopis and Pat Mautloa is also available.Leasing art can be a form of corporate social investment. It also contributes to cultural development in Johannesburg and provides good market exposure for local artists.Some of the leased art has led to private sales – if a client likes the art, Art Bank Joburg puts them in contact with the artist for further commissions. Singh says that artists such as John Vusi Mfupi, who specialises in collage art, first received exposure through the Art Bank Joburg and went on to receive international recognition for his work.According to African Colours, a website that promotes contemporary African art, most of Mfupi’s work has been purchased by corporate companies and the South African high court. He has also exhibited abroad in Scotland, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, Brussels and in the Netherlands at The Hague.For many people, the arts remain a highbrow affair but as more art is leased from Art Bank Joburg, it becomes more accessible. In a corporate or public space, people who would usually not show an interest in art, or do not have access to it, have the opportunity to engage with high quality artwork.“As people are exposed to art, they learn to appreciate it,” Singh says.last_img read more

New solutions for water conservation

first_imgSouth Africa is pressed to conserve its drinking water. (Image: Clever Green) Pupils in a Pretoria school using water. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sputnik Ratau   Spokesperson   Department of Water Affairs   +27 12 336 6813 or +27 82 874 2942  RELATED ARTICLES • Courts to protect South Africa’s water • Absa Campus generates its own power • R500m water deal for rural SA • Better water supply for SA schoolsBongani NkosiIt has become a “moral imperative” for major businesses operating in South Africa to adopt water saving schemes for their buildings, thereby helping the country sustain the declining resource.CEO of car rental company Avis, Wayne Duvenage, did not mince his words at the Sustainable Water Resource Conference and Exhibition. The event, held in Kempton Park on 16 and 17 August, was attended by leading water experts and businesspeople and supported by the International Marketing Council of South Africa – among a range of sponsors.Recycling water for reuse in buildings was the experts’ principal recommendation. Homeowners are also advised to go for recycling technologies.Avis saved 75-million litres of water in 2010 in its major centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.The Avis scheme kicked off in 2008 with a R1.9-million (US$264 000) investment, and started paying off in 2009 when the company saved 4.2-million litres.Avis has pumped an additional R1.5-million ($208 000) into the construction of underground water filtration and recycling facilities at its three main depots. The aim is to save at least 95-million litres of water each year.“We decided to recycle water because that was the right thing to do,” said Duvenage. “We’re recycling water that was going down the drain.”The company reprocesses grey water from washing machines and baths, which is then used to wash most of its fleet of 20 000 rental cars, while potable water from public sources remains available to employees for hygienic use.Harvesting rainwater is a focus of Avis’ recycling efforts. “You know how much it rains in Cape Town, so it’s nice to switch off municipal water and use rainwater,” said Duvenage.It’s always recommended for entities to study the impact of their business on the environment, he pointed out.Conserving a precious resourceSouth Africa is water-stressed, experts at the conference revealed. Reports have pointed out that the country runs the risk of facing critical shortages by 2020.“South Africa is stressed both in the quantity and quantity of water that we have,” Duvenage said.Alison Groves, a sustainability consultant at WSP Green by Design, said: “In South Africa we need to get beyond the idea that water is always going to be available.”New solutions are needed to sustain potable water availability, Groves added.Her consultancy group has established itself as an industry leader in the greening of major buildings, having helped big companies such as Absa, Nedbank and Woolworths introduce water-saving and eco-friendly schemes in their properties.Banking group Absa’s headquarters in downtown Johannesburg have been fitted with recycling and rainwater harvesting technology that allows it to save at least 43 000 litres of water every day.Retailer Woolworths’ distribution centre in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, is another facility with a large grey water reclamation system. Groves pointed out that the centre has “irrigation ensured for 10 months per year without using potable water”.Woolworths saves R1-million ($139 000) in municipal water bills per year thanks to its recycling efforts.Other companies, such as South African Breweries, are rolling out major water-saving schemes in a bid to help protect the precious resource.Duvenage pointed out that “business is starting to change its behaviour” in accordance with the green revolution, but there is room for improvement. “We believe business has to act much faster,” he said.Residences can reduce consumptionIt’s not only businesses and public entities that should assume the responsibility of saving water, but homeowners can play a major role as well.The grey water technology of Cape Town-based Water Rhapsody, a specialist water conservation company, has proven its efficiency in recent years.Its founder Jeremy Westgarth-Taylor said that water recycled and harvested through its system is suitable for irrigation, toilet flushing, cleaning and washing.Homes can reduce consumption from 280 litres to “as little as 100 litres per day” and save up to 90% of their municipal water bill by using the system.“But it’s done in such a way that you don’t change your lifestyle. You just take control of your own supply,” said Westgarth-Taylor.Water Rhapsody won the WWF Green Trust award in 1998 for product innovation. It’s helped the University of Cape Town reduce potable water consumption by over 90%.The late Kader Asmal, former Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, told Water Rhapsody, in a 2010 letter to the company, that its water recycling system helped nourish grass and shrubs in the garden of his Cape Town home.last_img read more

Maryland Upset With Michigan For Altering Its Logo In Schedule Poster

first_imgMichigan Football’s 2016 schedule poster is out. But one of the team’s division rivals isn’t exactly thrilled with the way it looks.Michigan Football dropped its 2016 schedule poster Monday morning, and per usual, it features the logos of the 12 opponents it’ll face during the regular season this year. But one – Maryland – is a bit unhappy with some changes the Wolverines made to its mark. Maryland’s logo, for whatever reason, doesn’t feature the flag bar that typically runs below the famed “M.”Maryland called out Michigan on Twitter. The Wolverines have not responded.Coming soon. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/V18zMKMoX3— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 21, 2016Is the rest of our logo coming soon? #RespectTheFlagBar https://t.co/M5ZoE4PUSn— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) August 22, 2016For reference, here’s what Maryland’s logo actually looks like.Maryland Official LogoIt’s also worth noting that Michigan did not put Ohio State’s real logo on its poster. That’s clearly some kind of shot at the Buckeyes.We’re not sure if a logo mixup will provide motivation for the Terrapins this year – but perhaps that game is now a little more interesting.last_img read more

Tourism on Track to Become Fastest Growing Sector

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the local industry is on track to become Jamaica’s fastest growing economic engagement.This, he said, is based on the sector’s significant inflows to the gross domestic product (GDP), and on the fact that its contribution, in the last two and a half years in particular, “has grown faster than every industry in the country”.The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the 19 semi-finalists vying for the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12).Mr. Bartlett reiterated that Jamaica welcomed a record 4.31 million tourists in 2018 and generated approximately US$3.3 billion in earnings.This, he pointed out, enabled the industry to employ 120,000 people directly, and generate another 250,000 indirect jobs.The Minister further said based on preliminary figures, tourism contributed US$450 million or 22 per cent of the revenue flowing into the GDP, adding that the overall US$3.3-billion visitor expenditure accounted for approximately 50 per cent of Jamaica’s foreign exchange inflows for 2018.Mr. Bartlett, who noted that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is still putting together the final GDP figures for 2018, indicated that the equivalent 2017 out-turn showed that tourism’s contribution to the national growth figures increased by 0.6 per cent, moving from 8.4 to nine per cent.Meanwhile, the Minister said the industry’s growth prospects internationally are increasingly positive and expected to redound to the country’s benefit, in light of the fact that “Jamaica’s tourism growth mirrors the growth globally”.This, he noted, is against the background of local and global industry developments over the last five decades, and future prospects.The Minister said 50 years ago, some 200 million people travelled globally for touristic purposes and spent approximately US$300 billion.Mr. Bartlett said these out-turns skyrocketed in 2018, which saw 1.4 billion people travelling and spending US$1.6 trillion.In Jamaica’s case, he said 400,000 tourists visited 50 years ago and spent US$300 million, adding that those figures jumped to 4.31 million and US$3.3 billion last year.While noting that tourism accounts for 11 per cent of global GDP, second only to the finance and banking industry’s 19 per cent, Mr. Bartlett said the industry represents 30 per cent of trade in services across the world.“Tourism is now seen as the fastest and only industry that has grown consistently for the last 50 years… with projections for more growth in the future,” he added.The 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 30 in Montego Bay.The event will recognise and honour individuals and organisations across the industry who have distinguished themselves through service excellence. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the local industry is on track to become Jamaica’s fastest growing economic engagement. Story Highlights The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the 19 semi-finalists vying for the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12). This, he said, is based on the sector’s significant inflows to the gross domestic product (GDP), and on the fact that its contribution, in the last two and a half years in particular, “has grown faster than every industry in the country”. last_img read more

Depression over Indian Ocean intensifies likely to become cyclone

first_imgChennai: A depression over the Indian Ocean and southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified and moved further northwestwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Saturday. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said and warned fishermen against venturing into the sea on Sunday. “The depression over east Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal moved further northwestwards, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered about 870 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1210 km southeast of Chennai and 1500 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh,” it said. Also Read – Normal life remains disrupted for 64th day in Kashmir Valley”It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours,” the IMD said. Further, the system is very likely to move northwestwards off Sri Lanka coast during the next 72 hours and reach near north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts on April 30. On Sunday, gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph and very rough to high seas are very likely over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining east Equatorial Indian Ocean along and off Sri Lanka coast, the weather office said.last_img read more