KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 6 north to Hants County, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 14. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 902-424-4670 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Upper Leitches Creek Road Traffic on sections of Upper Leitches Creek Road is reduced to one lane to allow for repaving from the intersection of Leitches Creek Road for about five kilometres until Monday, Oct. 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnenfant Road: Bonnenfant Road, Church Point, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Oct. 14. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Oct. 15. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Smith Road, Amherst Beginning Tuesday Oct. 11, a section of Smith Road between Trunk 2 and Southampton Road will be closed to replace a culvert. Work will take place until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Drivers should use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-3801 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sheet Harbour Trunk 7, Sheet Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31 to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the lower south river bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Road Cambridge Road, from Trunk 1 north to Brooklyn Street, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4166 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area will be reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Monday, Oct. 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road, will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Arisaig Point Road, west for about 3.5 kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, culvert work and paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, from Moosehead to Moser River, will be reduced to one lane for drain improvements and repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control workers are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of on and off ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Meander Run Bridge on Route 202 will be closed from Tuesday, Oct. 11 until Saturday Oct. 15 for deck replacement. Detour routes: east and westbound traffic on Trunk 1 take Ardoise School Road, and east and westbound traffic on Trunk 14 take Route 202 to Ardoise School Road. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road, but it will be open during construction. The work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 4 The off ramp at Exit 4, westbound on Highway 125, will be closed to complete twinning construction until Wednesday, Oct. 26. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 3. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8, from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge, also known as Surettes Island Bridge, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 19, for repairs on weekdays from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Throughout the repair period a reduced load limit will be required on the bridge. This will affect large trucks but not standard passenger vehicles or school buses. The weight restrictions will be removed once repairs are completed. These restrictions will allow the repair work to be carried out quickly and minimize the inconvenience for bridge users. Local Office – 902-742-2416 -30-
October 22, 2019October 22, 2019
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to 8.4 kilomesters west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Welsford Bridge Welsford Bridge, 100 metres from the West Branch Road on the Old Pictou Road, will have day closures until Friday, May 4, to repair steel through truss. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour structure is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Construction is expected to be finished Thursday, May 31. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control consist of a signs and control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. CONTINUING WORK
Weve accepted all demands request junior doctors to rejoin work CMWeve accepted all demands request junior doctors to rejoin work CM
October 20, 2019October 20, 2019
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the junior doctors on Saturday to end their strike and resume work at the earliest as hundreds of patients await medical treatment, including children and the elderly.Claiming that the government has taken all measures for their safety and security, she reiterated that no action like promulgation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be taken against the agitating doctors. The reaction of the Chief Minister came after a representation from the junior doctors from NRS Medical College & Hospital did not turn up for talks at Nabanna on Saturday despite the former giving them time for a meeting with her. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”Healthcare is an essential service that cannot be stopped. I will appeal to them on behalf of the government to please join work on humanitarian grounds and restore normalcy by lifting the strike. I will not take any action against them. Let good sense prevail,” Banerjee said. She also reiterated that “one must show respect to the constitutional body”. “I have cancelled all my programmes and waited for them on Friday. I did the same today (Saturday) as the government is keen to resolve the impasse. I think the state Secretariat, Nabanna, is the highest place for holding talks on such matters. We have shown enough patience and have already adhered to all their legitimate demands. We are open to any other additional demands that may be put forth… But we want an amicable solution to this problem. I have spoken to the Governor and he is convinced,” she maintained. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister referred to a number of instances where other governments had taken strong action against the agitating doctors. “The BJP government under Narendra Modi in 2009 had imposed ESMA and arrested 150 doctors while they were on strike. The Tamil Nadu government had increased internship of the doctors from one to two years. However, I believe in democracy and my government is extremely sensitive to their demands. I don’t want to take any stern action against them as it will be a blot on their careers forever. Some junior doctors met me today (Saturday) and have said they want to join work. I am hopeful that soon more and more doctors will resume their duties,” she added. Banerjee mentioned that she had felt humiliated when the agitating doctors refused to speak to her the very next day when they had started their cease-work. Reacting to the Ministry of Home Affair’s advisory and demand of an urgent report on doctor’s strike in Bengal, she challenged the Centre to send an advisory to Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “First ask Modi government to send MHA advisory to Yogi’s government [on] how many people have been killed there in encounters”, she said. Five senior doctors led by Dr Sukumar Mukherjee who had mediated in opening a dialogue between the state government and the junior doctors went to Nabanna on Saturday and met the Chief Minister. “We have submitted a status report to the state Chief Secretary that we have been unable to bring the junior doctors to the discussion table,” Mukherjee said. This team of doctors had met Banerjee on Friday as well in an effort to resolve the impasse and a call was made to four members of the agitating NRS doctors to come for talks. The junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital stuck to their stand that the Chief Minister will have to come down to the hospital and listen to their grievances. Earlier in the day, Indian Medical Association president Santanu Sen held a meeting with the agitating doctors and administrative authorities and urged them to hold talks with Banerjee at Nabanna. Though the Out-Patient Departments remained closed, the Emergency services in all the state-run hospitals, including NRS, were functional on Saturday.
October 20, 2019October 20, 2019
New Delhi: Shares of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) fell by 1 per cent on Friday ahead of its quarterly results to be announced later in the day. The scrip declined 1.01 per cent to close at Rs 1,249 on the BSE. During the day, it fell by 1.48 per cent to Rs 1,243. On the NSE, shares went lower by 0.70 per cent to close at Rs 1,253. In terms of the traded volume, 3.22 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 74 lakh units on the NSE during the day. The company had informed BSE on July 10 that a meeting of the board of directors is scheduled to be held on Friday July 19 inter alia to consider and approve the standalone and consolidated unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30 2019.
October 18, 2019October 18, 2019
New Delhi: After rising for five consecutive days, gold prices on Tuesday held steady at Rs 39,670 per 10 gram in the national capital, according to the All India Sarafa Association. Gold had touched its all-time high mark of Rs 39,670 on Monday. Silver gained Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Globally, gold was trading higher at USD 1,531.40 an ounce in New York, while silver was up at USD 17.78 an ounce. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Globally, gold prices remained firm despite recovery in global equity indices amid easing worries about trade war, HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said. “In a recent development, the US and China have agreed to restart the trade talks,” Patel said, adding that investors are awaiting more clarity on the talks. On the domestic front, “the spot rupee was trading 30 paise stronger against dollar which has limited the gains in gold prices,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity held flat at Rs 39,670 and Rs 39,500 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold held steady at Rs 29,500 per eight gram. Silver ready advanced Rs 190 to Rs 46,740 per kg, while weekly-based delivery declined Rs 164 to Rs 45,127 per kg. Silver coins were in good demand and traded higher by Rs 2,000 at Rs 96,000 for buying and Rs 97,000 for selling of 100 coins.
Citing fraud LL Bean imposes limits on its return policyCiting fraud LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
FREEPORT, Maine – L.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.The outdoor specialty retailer said returns of items that have been destroyed or rendered useless, including some purchased at thrift stores or retrieved from trash bins, have doubled in the past five years, surpassing the annual revenue from the company’s famous boot.“The numbers are staggering,” CEO Steve Smith told The Associated Press. “It’s not sustainable from a business perspective. It’s not reasonable. And it’s not fair to our customers.”L.L. Bean announced Friday that it will now accept returns for any reason only for one year with proof of purchase. It will continue to replace products for manufacturing defects beyond that.The company is also imposing a $50 minimum for free shipping as part of a belt-tightening that includes a workforce reduction through early retirement incentives and changes in workers’ pension plans.The Freeport-based company joins a list of other retailers that have been tightened return policies. Outdoors retailer REI, which was once jokingly dubbed Rental Equipment Inc. and Return Everything Inc. because its unlimited returns policy, imposed a one-year restriction five years ago. Other retailers have been narrowing the window for returns or imposing new conditions.L.L. Bean’s announcement in a memo to employees and in a letter to customers represents a seismic policy shift for a 106-year-old company that used its satisfaction guarantee as a way to differentiate itself from competitors.Leon Leonwood Bean, the company’s founder, is credited with launching the policy when 90 of his first 100 hunting shoes were returned. He earned goodwill by returning customers’ money, and he came back with a better boot. Thus the satisfaction guarantee was born.But the merchant never intended for his satisfaction guarantee to become a lifetime replacement policy, company executives said. Abuse of the generous return policy with no time limit has accelerated thanks to people sharing their return stories on social media, they said.The family-owned company is prepared for a backlash, but the changes honour the spirit of the founder’s original guarantee, said Shawn Gorman, L.L.’s great-grandson and the company’s chairman. Internal surveys indicate 85 per cent of customers are OK with the new return policy, he said.“There is no one in this family who would’ve allowed this to happen if they thought that L.L. would be upset with us, like, if he would be rolling over in his grave,” Gorman said.The news drew a mixed reaction on social media, with some excoriating the retailer and others saying the change is justified.Maine native Justin Franz recalled that virtually all kids returned to school each fall with a brand-new backpack from L.L. Bean when he was a kid. He said he learned later in life that some of those backpacks were being returned every year for the latest model.“It was bound to happen,” the Montana resident said of the end of unlimited returns. “It doesn’t change my opinion of the company at all. I understand why’re they’re doing it.”Over the past five years, the company has lost $250 million on returned items that are classified by the company as “destroy quality,” said L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem.“Destroy quality” items are destined for the landfill. First-quality products are returned to store shelves and “seconds” are sold at outlets or donated to charity.It’s not uncommon to hear stories of people clearing out basements of used or unwanted L.L. Bean products, sometimes decades after their purchase. Some customers replace the same items year after year to get the latest outdoor gear. Some even head to thrift stores, yard sales or junkyards to retrieve L.L. Bean items that they then return.Gorman knows firsthand: He said a shirt that he had donated to Goodwill, with his name printed in it, was once returned to a store.On a recent day in the returns department, Dawn Segars recounted the story of a family that cleared out their grandfather’s attic and returned a pile of 20- to 30-year-old clothes. They ended up walking away with a $350 gift card.Behind her, in the next room, an unpleasant odour wafted from a bin containing returned items, including well-worn boots, ripped bedding, dog cushions and other items.Unlimited return policies are fraught with peril, said Edgar Dworsky, consumer advocate and founder of ConsumerWorld.org.“I consider a one-year limit to be very pro-consumer. It’s not as good as unlimited, but still good,” he said. “Frankly, unlimited returns open the door to abuse.”___This story has been corrected to show the web address is ConsumerWorld.org, not ConsumerWorld.com.
October 13, 2019October 13, 2019
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of the digital file storage company Dropbox soared Friday in their stock market debut.The stock rose $7.48, or 35.6 per cent, to close Friday at $28.48 in its first day of trading on Nasdaq. It had climbed as high as $31.60 during the day.The San Francisco company offered about 26.8 million shares of stock at $21 apiece, while selling shareholders were offering about 9.2 million shares. It had expected to price the shares in a range of $18 to $20.The company, founded 11 years ago, boasts about 500 million users. It provides services for backing up documents, photos and video. It competes with smaller rival Box Inc., which went public two years ago, as well as technology behemoths Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
UN commission seeks to ensure food safety protect consumer healthUN commission seeks to ensure food safety protect consumer health
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
2 July 2007A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has begun examining new measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production in a bid to improve food quality and safeguard consumer health. A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has begun examining new measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production in a bid to improve food quality and safeguard consumer health. Representatives from more than 100 countries and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are meeting in Geneva this week for the annual session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint venture of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission, which runs until 7 July, will be examining the 1981 standard on infant formula, which was based on scientific knowledge from the 1970s. The revised standard is based on the latest scientific understanding of the composition of breast milk. “It is important to support breastfeeding and promote its benefits to infants and young children,” said Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, Director of the WHO department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Food-Borne Diseases, adding that in cases when breastfeeding is “either not possible or not appropriate,” powdered formula is a dietary option. But he warned that powdered infant formula is not a sterile product and can be contaminated with life threatening bacteria. “It is extremely important that these formulae are safe and properly labelled,” he stressed. “The proposed standard will help save many infant lives in countries around the world.” The Commission will also be looking at a revised code of hygienic practice for eggs and egg products. While a major source of food in all countries, eggs and egg products are a significant contributor to salmonellosis, a major food borne disease. Adoption of the revised code will improve safety, FAO said. Among other items on the agenda of the meeting is a draft code to prevent or reduce Ochratoxin, a contaminant in wine that is known to be toxic to the kidneys, as well as new quality standards for three food products from the Middle East – canned tehina, a sesame seed paste; hummus with tehina, a sesame seed and chickpea mixture; and canned ful medammes, a popular bean dish.
SC determines 20A inconsistent with the ConstitutionSC determines 20A inconsistent with the Constitution
October 8, 2019October 8, 2019
The Supreme Court (SC) has determined the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is inconsistent with the Constitution.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament today that the Supreme Court had determined that some clauses of the 20th Amendment require a 2/3rd majority in Parliament and a referendum.
New car registration growth sustained in solid JuneNew car registration growth sustained in solid June
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
‘At the half point of the year, June is traditionally the time to take stock of one’s performance – and so far in 2007, things look encouraging,’ says Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT. ‘However, while total new car registrations for the first six months are up on the previous year, they are still below the average since we moved to the twice-yearly plate change. Cost-conscious motorists will surely have one eye on the showroom and the other on the Bank of England’s rate announcement due later today.’ For more, please see the attached documents. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New car registration growth sustained in solid June § Total year-to-date registrations up two per cent to 1,267,299 units§ Year-to-date diesel registrations rise by 5.9 per cent to 490,283 units§ June total new car market was 222,863 units, up 1.5 per cent on previous year
Jeremy Corbyn in new antiSemitism row over links to group supported byJeremy Corbyn in new antiSemitism row over links to group supported by
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
A pro-Palestinian lobbying group championed by Jeremy Corbyn is supported by Holocaust deniers and 9/11 conspiracy theorists, a report has claimed. The study prompted calls for Mr Corbyn to quit as a PSC patron after two decades closely associated to the group. Activists with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) are accused of harbouring “hardcore anti-Semitic ideology”, according to the study. Mr Corbyn is reeling from accusations he has turned a blind eye to anti-Semitic views held by his keenest supporters within Labour… It suggests that at certain PSC branches, some activists were found to have promoted “Holocaust denial”, “global Jewish conspiracies” and “classic anti-Semitic tropes”.
September 25, 2019September 25, 2019
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops probing another US visa scam, 19 persons allegedly connedJanuary 6, 2016In “latest news”US Embassy reprimands Kaieteur News for “irresponsible” articleApril 1, 2015In “Politics”Haitians scammed in U.S. visa schemeMarch 31, 2017In “latest news” The United States (US) Embassy is warning the public of an ongoing tender scam using its name to fraudulently obtained monies from local businesses for alleged contracts.According to the Georgetown-based embassy on Thursday, it has been made aware of the scam whereby an individual going by the name of Ronnel Fisher is using the embassy’s name and logo to target businesses for the provision of solar generators and equipment.To this end, the foreign mission is urging businesses that if they receive a tender request from a “Ronnel Fisher, Tender Section of the Embassy of the United States” from the following email addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com,” DO NOT ACT on this request.According to the statement, the US Government’s procurement procedures follow strict regulations outlined in the US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).“If you receive an email from any company or individual claiming to represent the US Embassy Georgetown, be cautious. If you get an email from a company or individual asking you to contact them and pay them money, be cautious. These messages are not from the Federal Government. There is NO FEE to register for publicly advertised tenders by US Embassy Georgetown,” the embassy said.The US Embassy is also asking anyone or companies receiving such emails to notify the Embassy via email at: GeorgetownRSO@state.gov.
Woman found safe and well following missing person appealWoman found safe and well following missing person appeal
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Updated Friday 3 May at 3.10pmA WOMAN MISSING from her home in Waterford has been located following an appeal. Gardáí issued an appeal yesterday for help in locating Angela Butler last seen in Waterford city on Monday. Gardaí today said the 36-year-old was found safe and well. “Gardaí wish to thank the public for their assistance in the matter. No further assistance is needed,” a Garda spokesperson said. Image: Sam Boal 44,144 Views Woman found ‘safe and well’ following missing person appeal Angela Butler – also known as Angela McGrath – was last seen in Waterford City. By Cormac Fitzgerald 7 Comments May 2nd 2019, 8:26 PM Share174 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4617689 Image: Sam Boal Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 2 May 2019, 8:26 PM
County partners with local shelter puppies to serve in Valentines weddingsCounty partners with local shelter puppies to serve in Valentines weddings
September 17, 2019September 17, 2019
Categories: Local San Diego News County partners with local shelter, puppies to serve in Valentine’s weddings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 11, 2019 February 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Several orphaned puppies will be pressed into service as ring bearers for Valentine’s Day weddings at the county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office.The Helen Woodward Animal Center announced a partnership with the county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office Monday to have a group of orphaned puppies serve as ring bearers for Valentine’s Day weddings.The four Havanese puppies will be put up for adoption on Thursday, but will first be part of the busiest wedding day of the year, under a partnership with the Helen Woodward Animal Center.According to county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, more than 100 couples got married at his downtown office on Valentine’s Day last year.“We are happy to share the love at the county making everyone’s wedding ceremony more memorable while helping these adorable Valentine’s Day puppies find a forever home,” Dronenburg said.The Helen Woodward Animal Center took the puppies’ mother into foster care in December, when one of the shelter’s partner organizations found her as a pregnant stray. The shelter nicknamed them the “Valentine Puppies” and subsequently saw increased social media traction from their “fans.”“We’ve never experienced anything quite like this,” said Christina London, the shelter’s online marketing specialist. “I’ve been here for years and people are always excited to look at new puppies, but these puppies have truly stolen the hearts of everyone who sees them. They just radiate love.”The puppies will act as ring bearers for weddings between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Residents interested in adopting the puppies can meet them afterward at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, located at 6523 Helen Woodward Way. The puppies will be available to meet prospective adopters from noon to 5:15 p.m. Updated: 10:56 AM FacebookTwitter
Israel gains as Jewish entrepreneurs give up on FranceIsrael gains as Jewish entrepreneurs give up on France
September 16, 2019September 16, 2019
TEL AVIV, Israel — With a degree from the prestigious HEC Paris business school, five years at a global consulting firm, and a three-floor “dream apartment” in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, Mickael Nadjar had a comfortable and prosperous life in his native France.Four years ago, he left it all behind and headed for Tel Aviv. While he initially came to lead a business project in Israel, Nadjar ended up staying because he was tired of the daily frustrations and slights endured by practicing Jews in France. After the Paris attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket this month, Nadjar says, more friends have started contemplating a similar move.“I would not raise my children in France,” said Nadjar, 32, who now lives in Tel Aviv’s gentrifying Florentin neighborhood. “When I was growing up, to say you’re a Jew in France wasn’t a problem. Now, I’m not so sure.”Since his move, Nadjar has obtained Israeli citizenship and launched a technology startup that employs six people. His trajectory indicates an expected influx of French Jews to Israel may have an economic impact that goes beyond better baguettes and increased imports of Bordeaux grands crus.Some 7,000 French citizens emigrated to Israel in 2014, more than people from any other nation. The Jewish Agency expects that number to roughly double this year due to a sluggish French economy, high taxes on top earners, and increasing anti-Semitism.
Avengers Endgame Fat Thor nickname no more with official Marvel namingAvengers Endgame Fat Thor nickname no more with official Marvel naming
September 10, 2019September 10, 2019
Thor Comments 7 Photos Share your voice 3 Avengers: Endgame breakdown of Thanos’ fate Fat Thor sparked controversy. Marvel Along with its second run hitting cinemas, Avengers: Endgame is gearing up for its Blu-ray and digital releases. Wednesday’s announcement of the timings of those brought another tidbit: what Marvel has named Thor’s overweight post-Infinity War snap self.Bro Thor.The name comes via the title of one of the extras featured in the movie’s home-viewing versions. The mini-documentary, titled Bro Thor, explores Thor’s Big Lebowski transformation after he faced off with Thanos and misaimed his axe Stormbreaker to disastrous consequences.”His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created,” the featurette’s description reads.Thor’s radical new belly sparked criticism over fat shaming and the mean-spirited jokes Rocket slings his way. Others applauded the decision to have Thor stay in his larger shape for the final fight scene, instead of reverting to his earlier Norse god self.You can check out the featurette and many other extra features on digital as of July 30, and Blu-ray on Aug. 13. TV and Movies Tags
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Jennifer Aniston went topless for a photoshootHarper’s BAZAAR(@harpersbazaarus/Instagram)Jennifer Aniston is currently enjoying single life after parting ways with her second husband Justin Theroux.Claims of her getting back together with her first husband Brad Pitt, who also ended his decade-long affair with Angelina Jolie were made earlier. But contrary to those, Jen and Brad are not dating. In fact, the Murder Mystery actress has reportedly started casually dating again.Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced the separation after two years of marriage last February. Following this, several reports claimed that she is having a secret child with Brad Pitt. As we reported in the past, those were nothing but fake news.But it looks like Jennifer is now getting the support of Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox when it comes to dating again.As per a report by Entertainment Tonight, after celebrating her 50th birthday earlier this year with Brad Pitt and several others, Jennifer has been spending most of her time with her former co-stars Lisa and Courteney, who have encouraged her to start dating again.”The support she has had from women in her life has truly helped her move on and upward and, with lots of encouragement from friends, she finally has started dating,” a source revealed to Entertainment Tonight.”Lisa [Kudrow] and Courteney [Cox] and Jen are really close and have encouraged her to date and get out there,” the source added. Brad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesThe casual dating claims are not verified by Jen’s reps.The source went on to claim that Jennifer is also in touch with her former husband Brad Pitt. The former couple occasionally talks but nothing is going on between the two. According to the source, the duo has seen everything and they are mature enough to stay friends.At the same time, it is not yet revealed who Jennifer Aniston is casually dating at this moment.”I’m at a place now where I actually feel like I’ve grown up and entered into who I am creatively,” Jennifer revealed in past. “It’s taken me this long to know what I’m capable of. I didn’t always know. I think I used to put a lot of that in the hands of other people.”Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston has several major projects lined up for 2019-20.
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
High-CourtA writ petition was filed with the High Court on Wednesday challenging the legality of the schedule for the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral post, and election to 36 new wards of the DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) without resolving the demarcation disputes, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition which might come up for hearing at the bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Shohrowardi on Sunday, the petitioner said.The writ petition sought an HC rule seeking explanation as to why the election schedule announced by the election commission on 22 January for holding elections to the DNCC mayoral post and councillor posts in the 36 new wards of the two city corporations without resolving the demarcation disputes should not be declared illegal.He sought the HC directive to make the chief election commissioner, EC and LGRD secretaries among others respondents to the rule.Earlier on 16 January, the HC lifted its previous order that had stayed the process for holding the elections clearing the way for DNCC by-election and polls in the 36 new wards.The election in the newly added 36 wards and 12 reserved women wards was scheduled to be held on 26 February last year. But it was stayed by the HC following three writ petitions.
HoustonArea Home Sales Extend Recovery To 10 MonthsHoustonArea Home Sales Extend Recovery To 10 Months
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:53 X Flickr/Mark MozHouston-area home sales chalked up their tenth consecutive month of growth in July, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. A total of 7,440 single-family homes sold over the month of July, 5 percent more than in July of last year.Sales of luxury homes drove the market as they have throughout 2017, luxury meaning homes priced at $750,000 or more.Meanwhile, the average home price rose by 2.4 percent over the past year to $299,131. Shad Bogany, past chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, says that’s because new home construction continues to lag.“Builders are primarily building to suit,” Bogany says. “We’re not seeing many builders building any inventory to sale, and so that continues to put pressure on the resale market.”Inventory is a rough measure of how long it would take to sell out the entire listed supply of housing. Greater Houston’s inventory rose to 4.5 months in July. That’s up from just 4 months in July of last year. But it’s still considered a seller’s market. Listen Share
UPDATE Austin Police Bombing Suspect Left Taped ConfessionUPDATE Austin Police Bombing Suspect Left Taped Confession
September 2, 2019September 2, 2019
Share “We…have not been able to rule out if there were any accomplices.”– Gov. Greg Abbott— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) March 21, 2018 – / 12THE LATEST on the Austin bombings (all times local):APD, local, state and federal partners provide update on Austin package bomb murder investigation. https://t.co/5w8F6lmijS— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 20186:20 p.m.Police have discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone found with bombing suspect Mark Conditt and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says he considers it a “confession.”Manley says at a news conference that Conditt talks on the recording in great detail about the differences among the bombs he built.He says that the tape is “the outcry of a very challenged young man.”Officials say the 23-year-old Conditt blew himself up in his vehicle overnight as authorities closed in on him.___4:30 p.m.An official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the agency is reasonably certain there are no other devices “out in the public,” but he urges caution.ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski made the comments at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. FBI agent Chris Combs echoed Milanowski’s sentiment, saying “we think we’re on top of this, but we just don’t know.”On Twitter, Austin police asked the public to “remain vigilant.”After bombing suspect Mark Conditt’s death early Wednesday, authorities expressed concern there may be other package bombs circulating in public.APD is asking the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious. If you come across ANYTHING that looks suspicious, DO NOT touch, handle or disturb it. Keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1 immediately. pic.twitter.com/C9OcG7Wx8g— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 2018___Friend: Suspect was assertive, “intimidating”4:15 p.m.A friend of the suspected Austin bomber says he was an assertive person who would end up being “dominant and intimidating in conversation.”Jeremiah Jensen tells the Austin American-Statesman that he was close to Mark Anthony Conditt in 2012 and 2013. Jensen says they were both homeschooled in the same Pflugerville community and he would often go to the Conditt home for lunch after church on Sundays. He says they also attended Bible study and other activities together.Jensen says, “I have no idea what caused him to make those bombs.”He says Conditt came from a good family, was athletic and a “deep thinker.” He added that Conditt was “really rough around the edges” when they met.Jensen says Conditt would “end up being kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation … He really just wanted to tell the truth. What I remember about him he would push back on you if you said something without thinking about it.”___3:40 p.m.Authorities say they’ve recovered homemade explosives from inside the home of the man responsible for planting a series of bombs around Austin.The Austin Police Department and federal authorities said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that they were “working to safely remove and dispose of” the explosives at a home on Second Street in Pflugerville, just north of Austin.That’s the home suspected serial bomber Mark Conditt shared with roommates.Authorities evacuated four blocks around the home “in an abundance of caution.”Police say Conditt built five bombs that exploded over three weeks, killing two people and severely wounding four others. He used one of his own devices to blow himself up overnight as a SWAT team closed in.___COO: FedEx gave authorities key evidenceA top FedEx executive says the company provided key evidence that helped identify the suspect in the bombings around Austin.Chief Operating Officer David Bronczek said in a note to employees that FedEx was able to give the information to law enforcement “because of our advanced security capabilities and the vigilance of our team members.”Bronczek did not describe the information that FedEx provided, and company representatives declined to comment further. But Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, said the suspect’s “fatal mistake” was mailing a package from a FedEx store because it gave authorities surveillance video that showed him and his vehicle, including the license plate number.Officials say the suspect, 23-year-old Mark Conditt, blew himself up in his vehicle overnight as authorities closed in on him. He is suspected of sending the package that blew up on a conveyer belt in a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, and another parcel with an unexploded bomb that was discovered at a FedEx facility near the Austin airport.___3:40 p.m.Police were searching the Pflugerville home of an Austin bombing suspect who died early this morning as a SWAT team approached his vehicle in Round Rock. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the 23-year-old suspect detonated a bomb as officers surrounded his vehicle; an officer also fired at him. It was unclear whether he died from the blast or from gunfire. “The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” Manley said. ___3:35 p.m.The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee says authorities seem to think the Austin bombing suspect had “above average intelligence.”Republican Congressman Michael McCaul told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the suspect matched the FBI’s initial profile suspicion that the bomber was likely a white male. But he says a psychological profile probably won’t be known until investigators go through Mark Conditt’s writings and social media postings.Authorities say Conditt blew himself up overnight in his vehicle in a hotel parking lot in another suburb as a SWAT team closed in on him.McCaul says the suspect bought nails and other bomb-making equipment at a Home Depot but bought batteries for the devices on the Internet.I gave updates about the #AustinBombings on @CNNSitRoom. https://t.co/bB1C0j6mwP #txlege— Michael McCaul (@McCaulforTexas) March 21, 2018___3:20 p.m.Bombing suspect Mark Conditt’s family says they are “devastated and broken” at the news of his involvement.The Conditt family released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing shock and grief, as well as offering their “prayers for those families who have lost loved ones … and for the soul of our Mark.”Conditt’s uncle, Mike Courtney, tells The Associated Press he doesn’t “know that anybody saw this coming.” Courtney described his nephew as a smart, intelligent and kind “computer geek.”The family’s statement says they had “no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in.”___Investigators have detained two roommates of the Austin bombing suspect. One roommate was detained, questioned and released. The other is currently being questioned. Their names will not be released because they are not under arrest at this time. APD PIO— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 20181:55 p.m.Authorities have detained two people who lived with bombing suspect Mark Conditt.Austin police said Wednesday that one roommate was questioned and later released, while the second was still being held for questioning.Authorities did not release the names of the roommates, explaining that they have not been placed under arrest.Federal and state law enforcement agencies earlier Wednesday issued a news release saying a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Tuesday night for Conditt on a charge of unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device.Officials say the 23-year-old Conditt blew himself up overnight in a suburban Austin parking lot as a SWAT team closed in on him. They say his motives remain unknown.Message from Mayor Gonzales concerning today’s events in downtown Pflugerville: https://t.co/bSpdwsZHTn— Pflugerville Police (@Pf_Police) March 21, 2018___”Federal Criminal Complaint and Arrest Warrant Filed Last Night Against Pflugerville, TX Man Prior to His Death After Discharging Bomb” https://t.co/5yU2tSS2wg #PressRelease #AustinPD pic.twitter.com/cfbsIXdy3n— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 20181:30 p.m.Authorities have publicly identified the dead Austin bombing suspect as 23-year-old Mark Conditt, of Pflugerville.Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies issued a news release Wednesday saying a federal criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Tuesday night for Conditt on a charge of unlawful possession and transfer of a destructive device.The agencies say the investigation remains open and the documents remain under seal. They also repeated their warning that members of the public should report anything that looks suspicious, as there may still be bombs that haven’t been found.Authorities say Conditt blew himself up overnight in a suburban Austin parking lot as a SWAT team closed in on him. They say his motives remain unknown.Conditt is suspected of having planted four bombs in Austin this month that killed two people and seriously injured four others.___1 p.m.A neighbor of the Austin bombing suspect’s parents says the couple homeschooled all four of their children.Jeff Reeb said Wednesday that Mark Conditt’s parents educated Conditt and his three younger sisters at their home in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville. The sisters ares 21, 18 and 13.___APD is asking the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious. If you come across ANYTHING that looks suspicious, DO NOT touch, handle or disturb it. Keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1 immediately. pic.twitter.com/Ygiw9XeGD2— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 2018ATF sought bombing suspect’s arrest Tuesday12:35 p.m.Partially unsealed federal court documents show that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were ready to arrest Mark Anthony Conditt on Tuesday on a charge alleging he had received, possessed or transferred destructive devices.A U.S. Magistrate Judge heard by phone Tuesday an ATF agent’s request to issue an arrest warrant for Conditt and signed the warrant electronically.Many of the court documents remained sealed on Wednesday, including two orders from the magistrate and the cause for the warrant.No other people are named in the criminal complaint cover sheet, which says Conditt is wanted for offenses between March 2, when the first bomb went off, and Tuesday, when the warrant was signed.___Governor Abbott says cellphone data helped crack case12:25 p.m.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the cellphone number of the Austin bombing suspect was of interest to law enforcement before he was captured on surveillance video at a FedEx store.Abbott told reporters Wednesday that authorities used cellphone traffic data to put the suspect at the site of the explosions around Austin. He says the suspect’s phone number drew the attention of investigators.Police haven’t released the suspect’s name, but a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation identified him as Mark Anthony Conditt. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.Abbott also said that among the items the suspect purchased at a Home Depot were five signs saying “CAUTION CHILDREN AT PLAY.” He says he was told a tripwire that injured two men on Sunday in southwest Austin was tied to one of the signs, which would be consistent with what authorities have previously said about how the explosive was rigged.Police said earlier Wednesday that the suspect was 24 years old, but Conditt is listed as 23 years old on his driver’s license and other official documents..@GregAbbott_TX: “We don’t know if there are any other bombs out there… So everyone needs to be remaining vigilant.” https://t.co/JBd1Rv2qN5 pic.twitter.com/ouqMXdYU1n— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 21, 2018___Lawmaker says going to FedEx store cracked case11:50 a.m.A Republican congressman from Texas says the Austin bombing suspect bought a lot of his bomb-making equipment from a Home Depot store in his hometown.U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told KXAN-TV that authorities retraced the suspect’s steps after he was caught on surveillance video at an Austin-area FedEx store. McCaul says investigators obtained the suspect’s license plate number and were able to identify him, then track what he purchased at a Home Depot.Authorities have not released the suspect’s name, but a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation identified him as Mark Anthony Conditt.Authorities say Conditt blew himself up overnight as a SWAT team approached his SUV in a motel parking lot outside of Austin.I gave updates about the #AustinBombings on @CNNSitRoom. https://t.co/bB1C0j6mwP #txlege— Michael McCaul (@McCaulforTexas) March 21, 2018 “We knew we were going to be able to apprehend him. We just didn’t know when.”– Gov. Greg Abbott— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) March 21, 2018 ICYMI: I went on @foxnews about the #AustinBombings. https://t.co/lmKkRnyBka #txlege— Michael McCaul (@McCaulforTexas) March 20, 2018___Bombing suspect’s SUV hauled away by policeThe SUV where the Austin bombing suspect blew himself up has been hauled away.Crews loaded the red vehicle and two large white vans that apparently forced the SUV off the road onto flat-bed trucks which then drove away.Bomb squads subsequently began checking the ground under where the vehicles had been parked.Authorities say the 24-year-old suspect blew himself up as a SWAT team approached his SUV, which had been parked in a motel parking lot in the Austin suburb of Round Rock.Investigators believe he made all four of the bombs that were planted around Austin this month and that killed two people and injured four others.___Pflugerville City Hall is closed. Residents have been evacuated from downtown Pflugerville west of Railroad and North of Pecan. Please stay clear of the area as agencies continue to work.— Pflugerville, TX (@PflugervilleTX) March 21, 2018Police clear area near bombing suspect’s homePflugerville police have begun evacuating the area around the home of the Austin bombings suspect and federal authorities are preparing to deploy an anti-explosives robot.Pflugerville police Cmdr. Keith Ritchie says the FBI told local police to evacuate the area late Wednesday morning. Reporters waiting nearby are being pushed back and neighbors are being evacuated from their homes.Ritchie says the order came after investigators searched the suspect’s home and surrounding area.He says he doesn’t know what prompted the order.An ATF vehicle could be seen arriving and officials were unloading an anti-blast robot.___Neighbor says bombing suspect seemed ‘smart’10:35 a.m.A neighbor who watched the Austin bombing suspect grow up says he “always seemed like he was smart” and “polite.”Jeff Reeb said Wednesday that he’s lived next to the parents of Mark Anthony Conditt for about 17 years and that they are good neighbors.Reeb says Mark Conditt and his grandson played together into middle school and that Conditt still visits his parents regularly.The parents live a few miles from the Pflugerville home where Mark Conditt lived with roommates. Reeb says Conditt was in the process of gutting the house and remodeling it, which meant a lot of hammers and nails around frequently.He says police had an unmarked car parked near Conditt’s parents’ house overnight into Wednesday. He says Condit’s father, whom he called Pat, worked as an Amway distributor and also bought electronics on the side to resell.BREAKING: Exclusive photos of Austin bombing ‘Person of Interest’ dropping off 2 packages at Austin @FedEx store. Believed to be wearing wig. Recognize him? Contact: @FBI @Austin_Police More info: https://t.co/8bVRGToc7T @News4SA @cbsaustin pic.twitter.com/mpTxxrkYfd— Randy Beamer (@randybeamer) March 21, 2018___Bombing suspect didn’t finish community college10:25 a.m.Austin Community College spokeswoman Jessica Vess said in an email Wednesday that the suspected Austin bomber was a student there from 2010 to 2012 but didn’t graduate. Vess said Mark Anthony Conditt hadn’t attended the school since that time. She said the school is working with Austin police to provide any information they need.___.@GregAbbott_TX: “We don’t know if there are any other bombs out there… So everyone needs to be remaining vigilant.” https://t.co/JBd1Rv2qN5 pic.twitter.com/ouqMXdYU1n— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 21, 201810:20 a.m.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says that at this point, investigators believe the Austin bombing suspect acted alone.Abbott told Austin’s KXAN-TV on Wednesday that “everything that we have right now shows he acted alone,” but he cautioned that the investigation is ongoing.Abbott says the suspect had no known military experience or criminal record.He also says it is unclear if the bombs were made at the suspect’s house or perhaps at the motel where he was arrested.Abbott says investigators were watching the suspect for 24 hours, that his cell phone pinged in several different locations and that a key break in the case came when witnesses saw him at several stores wearing a blonde wig that looked odd to others.”We are completely unable to rule out the existence of any other bombs.”– Gov. Greg Abbott— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) March 21, 2018 BIG NEWS. The Austin Bomber is dead. More work needs to be done to ensure no more bombs had been sent before he died. The investigation continues to learn more information. Congratulations to the combined law enforcement effort. #AustinBombings #txlege https://t.co/ccCT6EMHx2— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 21, 2018___9:50 a.m.The Austin bombing suspect doesn’t appear to have left much of a trail on social media, but in 2012 posts on what appears to be his personal blog he expressed opinions about a range of topics, including gay marriage.A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.___A suspect in the string of bombings in Austin this month is dead. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says the suspect detonated a bomb as officers surrounded him in his vehicle in Round Rock. “The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” Manley said.Manley said the suspect was a white male. A law enforcement source told KUT his name was Mark Anthony Conditt. The 23-year-old lived in Pflugerville. He had no record of military service, as some had speculated. Officials believe he was responsible for all the bombing incidents since March 2, but are unsure of a motive. OIS https://t.co/cSvgqOv9nW— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 21, 2018“We still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left through the community,” Manley said.CREDIT JULIA REIHS / KUTInterim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says a suspect in the Austin bombings detonated an explosive in his vehicle in Round Rock this morning.Manley said surveillance teams located a vehicle linked to the suspect parked at a hotel in Round Rock. As they waited for a tactical unit to arrive, the vehicle drove away. Law enforcement pursued the suspect, who stopped in a ditch along the I-35 Frontage Road. As the APD SWAT team approached, Manley said, the suspect detonated a bomb. An officer also shot at him.“We can recognize that this is really good news. … There’s no doubt in law enforcement that this is the responsible guy,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told KUT. “[But] it’s absolutely true the investigation is continuing. We don’t know where he’s been the last 24 hours, and there are other outstanding questions. So, we’re asking the community to continue to stay vigilant.”On Fox News this morning, Gov. Greg Abbott praised federal, state and local law enforcement officials for the “quintessential example of a team effort to get to bottom of this as quickly as possible, to save as many lives as possible.”He referred to the suspect as the “mastermind” in the bombings and said he had been on law enforcement’s radar for a couple days. “I think there is a treasure trove of … digital information [in his house] that should shed light more upon who he is, what he was doing and why he was doing it,” he told Fox.CREDIT GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTLaw enforcement officials enter the Pflugerville home of Danene and William Patrick Conditt, the parents of Mark Anthony Conditt. Mark Anthony Conditt, a suspect in the Austin serial bombings, died as police surrounded his car.Conditt attended Austin Community College from 2010-2012, but did not graduate. Next-door neighbor Jeff Reeb didn’t say there was anything unusual about him.“He was a young kid that grew into an older kid, who left his parents’ house and went on, as I understood, and bought his own house and stuff – just like anyone else would,” he said.President Trump tweeted about the news this morning:AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018Five explosions have taken place across the city and in the San Antonio suburb of Schertz since March 2, killing 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injuring four others.On Tuesday, two package bombs were found at FedEx facilities – one in Schertz and another on McKinney Falls Parkway by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The first package exploded on a conveyor; the second was defused by authorities. Authorities linked the packages to a FedEx Office in Sunset Valley.