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first_imgVijayawada, Mar 15 (PTI) Eleven people, including four medical students, were killed and at least 40 injured in two separate accidents in Andhra Pradesh, police said today. Four MBBS students of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad were killed in an accident on NH65 at Surayapalem on the outskirts of Vijayawada as the private Volvo bus they were travelling in rammed into a tree.As many as 31 other students were injured in the mishap last night. Driver of the bus, who the injured students alleged was in an inebriated state, was also killed in the incident.The students were returning to Hyderabad in the specially-hired bus from Amalapuram in East Godavari district when the accidents took place around midnight.In all, there were 48 medical students in the bus, who were returning after taking part in a sports meet in Amalapuram.The deceased students have been identified as M Pranay and Rajaram (fourth year) and Giri Laxman and M Vinay Teja (house surgeons).”We suspected that the driver was drunk and we called the bus operator to change the driver. The operator assured us that the driver would be changed at Vijayawada but that did not happen. The drunk driver was driving the vehicle at a high speed when it rammed into a roadside tree,” some of the injured students, who were being treated in a private hospital in Vijayawada, said.Telangana State Health Minister P Laxma Reddy rushed to Vijayawada to visit the injured students. He said the Telangana government would bear the medical expenses of the injured students.advertisement “We will take necessary action against those responsible for the accident after an inquiry,” the minister said at the hospital. Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, expressed grief over the accident. Naidu directed the officials to immediately submit a report on the causes for the accident. He also directed state Transport Minister Sidda Raghava Rao to study the reasons for the series of road accidents and take urgent steps for their prevention. (MORE) PTI DBV DK DV RYSlast_img read more

first_img felipe-lavratti says: January 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm Continue Reading Previous Can we trust the cloud for video analytics?Next Go play outside (with your outdoor displays) 1 thought on “Requirements for OTA software updates for connected embedded devices” The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of implementing security before bringing your embedded devices online. (A more recent strain of Mirai caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers). A secure and robust deployment approach for software updates to your connected device fleet is clearly one of a myriad security considerations that have to be taken into account before you go into production. This article covers specific requirements on deploying software updates to mitigate growing security risks.In Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction , Steve McConnell states that there are 1 to 25 bugs and vulnerabilities per 1,000 lines of code. The ability to deploy new features over-the-air (OTA) without having to recall the entire device fleet can save manufacturers substantially on costs. A good example of the problems associated with not having this capability was demonstrated by Fiat Chrysler recalling at least 1.4 million of their vehicles in 2014 in order to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering, and other systems. Since Fiat Chrysler did not have the capability to deploy this software update OTA, the vehicles had to be updated “by hand” via USB drives.Deploying updates could help avoid serious breaches, such as the large DDOS Mirai botnet attack, by securing devices remotely once a vulnerability has been found. Specifically, in the case of the Mirai botnet attack, video camera and digital video recorder devices had simple default passwords and many of them had the password hardcoded into the firmware. Thus, the only way to change them was to deploy an update and install a patch.There are two primary approaches to updates. One is an image-based approach in which the entire image is updated, including the root filesystem. The other is package-based, which allows the user to implement changes at the file-level.We conducted a survey of embedded developers and found that 45.5% preferred image-based updates, while 18.2% preferred the package-based approach. The remaining 36% were indecisive as to their preferred technique.The most cited reason image-based updates were chosen was the confidence in device consistency: It helped lower the risk of device downtime and the developers claimed they were certain that what was being evaluated in their test environment was exactly the same as the code being deployed to devices in the field. This approach also eases the design burden for atomic installations as many use a failover partition if there is a problem mid-update such as a power loss or a network connectivity issue.Package-based updates have the benefit of being more targeted, only modifying the small part of the device software that has actually changed with the update. This helps save bandwidth consumption and minimizes the time required to transfer and install. However, critics to this approach say the risk is too high for device inconsistency and it can be an enormous challenge to properly test with many moving pieces that increase the likelihood of errors.A common embedded environment will have one or more of the following challenges that should be considered when choosing your update strategy:Difficult and/or expensive to reach/access physically.A long expected lifetime of 5-10 years.Unreliable power.Intermittent network connectivity.These factors should be put into context with the aforementioned update approaches in order to choose which method makes the most sense.Additionally, we have found there are four key considerations for one’s software updater as follows:Being robust and secure.Integration into existing environments.Ease of getting started.Bandwidth consumption and downtime during updates.Being robust and secure is an obvious requirement, which includes having an atomic and consistent deployment and installation; also, ensuring that the test environment is equal to the production environment. There also needs to be a “sanity check” after the update has taken place to ensure another update can be applied; “It boots” is not good enough. This also means that custom checks are required, such as the devices can reach the servers, the services are running, etc. Finally, there needs to be a way to verify the authenticity of the update. This can be achieved by utilizing digital signatures and RSA or elliptic curve cryptography (ECC).The updater needs to integrate into existing environments as few projects have the luxury of starting from scratch; instead, they have existing development tools and build/test environments. Other aspects of this include the hardware (e.g., storage type(s), network type(s)) and operating systems (e.g., Yocto Project based, FreeRTOS), as well as potentially having devices already deployed in the field.In order to integrate with existing deployments, the updater solution should offer a standalone mode where it supports updates via USB/SD. This is because the transition to remote updates may take time given there are many existing installations lacking connectivity.Extensibility is another important consideration. The updater should allow custom update actions, as well as sanity checks and pre- and post-install scripts. What types of embedded systems will you have to support in the future?A generic workflow for an embedded system update (Source: The ease of getting started is also important. How long does it take to test the updater on a reference board. Is the updater of high quality, well-tested, and well-documented? Campaign management is another consideration, as performing 1:1 software updates to each individual embedded system is too painful and error-prone of a process. Is there a way to group devices easily and a way to obtain reliable reports on device health.A good measure to consider is how successful is the adoption of the updater by one’s peers. Also, if the person responsible for the updating process leaves the team, will the process be easily executed by other team members? It is also important to consider whether the updater technology is a community-backed (open source) project or proprietary software and the implications that come with each.For both bandwidth and downtime during the update, lower is clearly better, but requirements can vary widely between embedded systems. In the case of a safety-critical embedded device, does that system need to always be up? What about the maintenance window, and how long and frequent will be the updates? The network type — WiFi, cellular, SigFox, etc. — also needs to be taken into account.Delta-based updates are an easily understood requirement, given the savings of bandwidth and related costs, as well as the time taken to perform the actual update. We have seen some interesting approaches to this, including using containers such as Docker to safely deploy delta-based updates. Container technology in the embedded world is still in its infancy, and most embedded developers we’ve spoken with are unfamiliar with this approach and are hesitant in deploying containers to devices.Security is fast becoming the top concern when it comes to deploying IoT devices, and the software update process is a critical component of this. It’s 2017 — there must be a way to efficiently and safely deploy software updates to remote devices. This article presented some high-level points, but there are many more aspects to consider and we’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this.Eystein Stenberg has over eight years of experience in security and systems management as a developer, a support engineer, a technical account manager, a product manager, and now CTO at He has been in the front lines of some of the largest production environments in various roles and has in-depth knowledge of the challenges in systems security in a real-world context. Eystein has spoken at various conferences, including the Embedded Linux Conference, the Embedded Systems Conference, the Automotive Linux Summit, and the Internet of Things World. He holds a Master’s degree in cryptography and his writing credits include Distributing a Private Key Generator in Ad Hoc Networks. Log in to Reply “I’ve seen OTA Updating to cause a mess in the development teams. It is an important and sensitive subject, thanks for this nice article.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Industry, Medical, Security Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

first_imgGovernment is planning to invest more than $600,000 in upgrades at the popular Five Islands Provincial Park near Parrsboro, Cumberland Co. The upgrades are part of a multi-year parks improvement plan and include a group-use building, road improvements, electrical upgrades and new signs. This year, the provincial park saw about 3,000 campsite bookings, an increase of 1,051 campers or 56 per cent over 2015. The park offers 87 open and wooded campsites, cliffs overlooking the Minas Basin and great opportunities for hiking, beachcombing, rock collecting, clam digging and other outdoor activities. “It’s been an exceptional year for Five Islands and all of Nova Scotia’s provincial parks,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “We are committed to creating a better park experience for Nova Scotia families and individuals who use our parks, and for visitors who come from out of province.” Provincial parks enjoyed record participation this year. About 70,000 campsite bookings have been made in provincial parks this year, a 24 per cent increase over 2015. The parks system saw many improvements and popular new programs this year, including: Nova Scotia has 130 camping, day-use, and beach parks. More information about provincial parks is available at a new, more user-friendly parks reservation website making online campsite reservations easier, resulting in the busiest opening day ever two free nights offered to Grade 4 students in the form of a coupon that was used by 825 families a discounted campsite rate for veterans who served Canada or any Commonwealth country was introduced this year, and more than 10,500 of campers took advantage of either the veterans discount or the seniors discount a Learn 2 Camp program organized by Scouts Canada for first-time campers at Blomidon Provincial Park. Seven families participated, including two families who are new Canadians there were 83 campground hosts units this year, who help to make visitors feel welcome while helping campers find local events and features that match their interests. Sixteen out of 20 provincial camping parks participate in the campground host program.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday chaired the ninth meeting of the ‘Task Force on Women Safety Issues’ at Raj Niwas. Lt Governor advised Chief Secretary to monitor the installation work of panic buttons in public transport to ensure completion in a time-bound manner.According to Raj Niwas pres statement LG advised Secretary (Social Welfare) to intensify the skill development programmes in Women and Children Homes. LG directed police to intensify patrolling during the opening and closing timings of schools, colleges to ensure the safety of girl students. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”LG emphasized that all stakeholders must have a focused and coordinated strategy to make Delhi a safe city for women. Stressing on the need for a change in mindset as well, he directed the departments to keep up their efforts for generating awareness and sensitization. He urged all concerned to work towards creating a Delhi that is safe for women,” said the press statement. Special teams have been formed for inspection of women shelters. Five institutions for women with mental health issues with 658 inmates are being managed by the Department of Social Welfare. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDelhi Police informed that they have started several initiatives for women safety, which includes the deployment of police personnel at opening and closing time of girl/Co-Education Schools and Colleges, intensive patrolling of ERVs, QRTs & Motor Cycles. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Delhi, Chairperson Delhi Commission for Women, Addl Chief Secretary (Home) GNCTD, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Chairperson (NDMC) and other senior officials.last_img read more

first_imgNoida (UP): Two Bawaria gang members, wanted in multiple cases of dacoity in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, have been arrested following a gunfight with police personnel, officials said on Saturday. The accused were held late Friday night in the Dadri area of Gautam Buddh Nagar after a shootout with the Noida unit of the Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police, a senior official said. “Accused Rakhi Singh, alias Rahul, and Bhaal Singh had carried out a dacoity in a village in Mathura in 2015. They had struck a block head’s house and opened fire at an elderly woman, leaving her severely wounded. They had also shot at two brothers of the block head,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, STF, Raj Kumar Mishra said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Further, while fleeing the village, they had opened indiscriminate firing, wounding a couple of men and women too,” he said. A case under IPC sections 395 (dacoity) and 307 (attempted murder) was registered against them in Mathura and Rs 50,000 announced as reward for their arrest, Mishra said. The STF officer said besides this case, Rakhi was wanted for at least half a dozen dacoities in and around Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district. “Rakhi has been active since 2009 and has a long criminal history. But this is the first time ever that he has been arrested,” Mishra said. Two firearms, ammunition, face masks, lock cutter and surgical gloves are among other items recovered from the duo, he said, adding that they are in police custody and further proceedings are underway.last_img read more

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Regular Council meeting on Tuesday, Councillors passed the third reading of a Bylaw that would allow for Micro Breweries, Craft Distilleries, and Cannabis Retail within the District.Earlier this year, the District had been contacted by local business investors that showed interest in developing a small scale craft brewery within the municipality.According to District Staff, after reviewing the District’s Zoning Bylaw, it was determined that the proposed use is not permitted in any of Taylor’s commercial zones. Since revising the Bylaw, it was decided that breweries and cannabis-related businesses would be allowed to operate on 100 and 100A streets along the Alaska Highway to ensure that such businesses are not near children or schools.Now that Council has passed the third reading, the Bylaw will be adopted and take effect at a later date.last_img read more

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded their meeting in Singapore by signing a statement covering issues that included a pledge from North Korea to complete the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and end its nuclear weapons programme.In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres urged the parties “to seize this momentous opportunity”.For the Secretary-General, the summit was “an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.”The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also welcomed the outcome of the talks that took place over the course of several hours in Singapore, which was the first time that a sitting US President had sat down face-to-face, with a leader of DPRK.IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the agency stands ready to undertake any nuclear verification activities in North Korea, if requested.Last September, the IAEA established a team in its Department of Safeguards to enhance its ability to monitor the country’s nuclear programme.At the time, Pyongyang had just launched its sixth and largest nuclear test since it began its programme, in 2006.The head of the commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, or CTBTO, also welcomed the statement from the two leaders on ridding the Peninsula of nuclear weapons.Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo, said that this “positive and direct dialogue should be heralded as a truly significant step forward for international peace and stability.””If invited, the CTBTO PrepCom, within its mandate, will support any verification activities for the permanent closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site,” he added. read more

Photos by Jeff BarrettAfter completing a stellar season, the Helper Merchants headed to the playoffs. They began the playoffs with a close match-up against Taylorsville on Friday.Cody Lowe started on the hill for the Merchants and gave up two runs on four hits through four innings. Rylan Hart came in and also gave up two runs on four hits all in one inning. Cayden Steele pitched three innings of relief and gave up four runs on three hits. Ty Anderson and Lowe both went 2-4 with a double while Nathan Richens drove in two and also had a double in the contest.With the game all tied up after seven innings, the teams went into extras. It was all Taylorsville in the eighth as it went on to win 9-5 and stun Helper.The Merchants returned to the diamond on Saturday but were not able to bounce back after the extra inning loss from the day before. Herriman shutout Helper and won 6-0. The Merchants only managed two hits in the match.“We struggled to find a rhythm offensively. It wasn’t our day and our effort and focus wasn’t there,” said head coach Dakota Cisneros. “I think the loss to Taylorsville stunned my guys a little. I didn’t expect us to go two and out in the tourney.”Although the Merchants were knocked out from the tournament earlier than expected after their terrific season, they should hold their heads up high. Their coach wants them to continue progressing and build on the experiences they had this summer.Cisneros concluded, “We had a great summer and accomplished a lot. I hope my guys learned enough to make themselves successful in the future and also going into next summer.” read more

first_imgAs recipient of the 2011 Newmont Africa Regional Supplier of the Year, Africa Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has been recognised for their commitment to excellence in service and project delivery. A supplier to the Newmont run Ahafo gold mine in Ghana, West Africa, AUMS has held the contract for delivery of underground mining services at the site since January 2010. The initial scope of works for an exploration decline and level development, trial stoping, raiseboring and 28,000 m of diamond drilling was brought in two months ahead of schedule.AUMS is currently operating a workforce of 150, and has been awarded Stage 3 works to take the next step into an operational 200,000 t/month production mine.Since the establishment of AUMS in 2007, the organisation has grown rapidly, which it says is “on the back of consistently exceeding client expectations and this award by one of the company’s largest clients is recognition for the hard work and dedication of the AUMS team.“Having approached the African market with a wealth of experience in underground mining developed in over two decades of operation in Australia AUMS brings unparalleled mining expertise and the highest standards in safety and equipment operation to the West African business.”Africa Underground Mining Services is a 50/50 joint venture partner with Ausdrill.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Bartcop6. Say it with us: WWOPD?Source: Crazy Funny Pictures7. He really doesSource: Picfun8. But presumably as soon as possible would be preferableSource: Pinterest 9. THE REAL ISSUES OF OUR DAYSource: Ign.com10. Can’t argue with thatSource: About.comAnd finally…He said it best.Read: 15 of the best protest signs from two decades of gay marriage protests>Read: 13 pictures of humans hugging animals that will make you feel better> DOWN WITH THIS sort of thing.Careful now.1. It’s a valid pointSource: Facebook/Marriage Equality2. Surely we can just use the light on our phone?Source: About.com3. He knows his New TestamentSource: About.com4. This is an issue we can all get behindSource: The Chive5. The ironing is deliciouslast_img

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON have arrested two men because of tweets they sent following a football game in the city on 6 October.The offending tweets made reference to Hitler and gas chambers and were described as being of an anti-Semitic nature.They were sent after West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on 6 October at White Hart Lane.Both men, aged 24 and 22, were arrested that their homes in the city yesterday and are being questioned on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.A third man, aged 48, was detained earlier this month as part of the same investigation.All suspects have been bailed to a date in late January.In a separate investigation that also dealt with anti-Semitic tweets relating to the same match, a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested and cautioned on 28 November for malicious communications.Before the game, West Ham’s chairman had sent a letter to fans advising them that a zero-tolerance approach would be taken against any discriminatory behaviour.Spurs fans have been known to use the word ‘Yid’ which is seen as derogatory towards Jewish people. However, they see it as solidarity with Jewish supporters who are often targeted by travelling fans.Elsewhere: Limerick man hospitalised with gunshot wounds to the stomachMore: German authorities use ‘Nazi Shazam’ in crackdown on far-right radio stationslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As we go into December, the stories focus on how much we’ll spend on Christmas.Looming over us this year are several factors that will probably make it a subdued affair. But that’s a good thing.While it’s easy to focus on the rate rise in November, putting a pre-Christmas dampener on spending by raising mortgage rates, there are other broader matters to look at.One of the major ones is that we’ve just been through a Global Financial Crisis. While Australia weathered this very well in terms of unemployment and economic activity, European economies are still feeling the effects and the United States has just emerged from recession.So Australia dodged a big bullet. The price to pay for the fiscal stimulus that got us through the GFC is that the Reserve Bank has to lift rates to stop that glut of money from the government triggering inflation, which would hurt us all.But it has also made me think about Christmas and the fact that many households get themselves into bad financial shape by spending too much and then borrowing to hide this mistake.There are three basic ways to do your Christmas shopping: you can use a credit card, which costs 10 to 15 percent more than a variable mortgage rate. Or you can use store cards and store finance which costs as much as 20 percent more than a variable mortgage rate.These ways will eat away at your finances months and years after the Christmas you used them for. Or you can do your shopping the best and cheapest way: use cash.I suggest that the best way to get through Christmas is to have a cash budget, make a list and stick to your plan.And don’t get carried away: Christmas is about giving, not about showing how much money you can spend.And have a look at the shops early. Many retailers are having pre-Christmas sales, so if you get in early you not only have the selection but you will find bargains. The worst way is to do your shopping at the last minute when you are forced to take whatever is on the shelves and at the full price.Also, if you start early you can spread the shopping over several trips and several weeks, preserving your cash flow.Tightening our belts may not be a bad thing – it saves financial pain and makes us focus on what Christmas really is, which is a time to be with family and loved ones and a time to give thanks.Mostly, it’s a time to help those who need it. If a small-spending Christmas helps us get back to these ideas, then it can’t be all bad.Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars a better chance to do their dirty work. Thieves love the holidays as much as everyone else because it’s an opportune time for crime. Nothing can ruin the Christmas spirit fast than becoming the victim of a crime.Burglars view the holiday season a little differently- for them, it’s a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, gifts or anything of value. From Thanksgiving to Christmas these are times of year during which many of us will be busy shopping.  We must not forget that criminals will also be out and about looking for easy targets to steal from. The following are a few strategies that will help you enjoy the festive season without incident.Protecting your home Make sure windows and doors are lockedHave locks all keyed the sameIf you have a security door, lock it by using the key when you are home.Engrave your propertyKeep trees and shrubs trimmedPut away tools, gardening equipment and ladders, thieves may use these to gain accessRemember to lock garden sheds and garages Protecting your home when you are away Use a timer to turn on lights, radio or televisionAsk a neighbour to collect your newspapers and mailNever leave a key hidden outside, leave it with a neighbour, family or friend Whilst doing your Christmas shopping Bag and purse snatching is a common crime.  It can happen anywhere.  Stop the bag snatcher by always carrying your bag over your shoulder and tucked down the arm.To discourage purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages.  Have our purchases delivered whenever practical.Do not leave your bag in the shopping trolley.Shop before dark if possible.  Coordinate shopping trips with friends.Lock your parcels and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk.Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed and ensure valuables are out of sight.Have your keys readily available in your hand before you go to your car.Avoid carrying large amounts of cashPay for purchases with credit card, or debit card when possible Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  At this time of year “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #policeholidaysafetytips, #staysafethisholiday Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more

first_imgClosing arguments in the trial of a Tanana man charged with killing 2 Alaska State Troopers, are scheduled for Friday in Fairbanks Superior Court. Presentation of evidence in the Nathaniel Kangas murder trial ended Wednesday.Download Audiolast_img

first_imgElection CommissionElection commission (EC) has decided to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in all polling centres of six constituencies in upcoming national elections amid opposition criticism, according to UNB.Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmad announced the decision in a press conference at the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban on Saturday.”After a marathon meeting, the EC decided that the voting machines will be used fully in any six of the seats in city corporation areas. The constituencies will be finalised through a lottery on 28 November in front of you (journalists),” he said.The meeting was presided over by chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda with other commissioners in presence.Replying to a query on a BNP’s claim that the EC secretary attended a secret meeting of Awami League, he said, “It’s totally a false propaganda. I strongly condemn it.”In reply to another question whether the commission will take actions against this propaganda, he said, “I’ll be placed it in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) election commission meeting, and the commission will take decision.”last_img read more

first_imgTwitter via @LarryNBC5Water rising across Lawther Rd. in Dallas.Almost two dozen homes have been evacuated in a Dallas suburb after days of heavy rains overflowed a neighborhood lake.Authorities recommend voluntary evacuations in a flooded neighborhood in southern Rockwall was ordered after runoff in Buffalo Creek overflowed Rockwall Lake, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas.Several homes have been inundated, but no injuries have been reported.The Coast Guard says more than 40 people and their pets have been rescued from flooded neighborhoods in southwestern Michigan.The Coast Guard said Thursday it is assisting local authorities in house-to-house rescues and evacuations along the St. Joseph River.In one case Thursday morning, it said its St. Joseph, Michigan, station was asked to check on two people living in a mandatory evacuation zone in Sodus Township, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of the city of St. Joseph. Fire department crews were unable to reach the two because of high water.A Coast Guard crew arrived on scene and helped the two people from their flooded home.Crews from the Michigan City, Indiana, station also have participated in the rescues. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTwitter via @KABBFOX29School bus rolls over after crash in North TexasSeven students were injured when their school bus swerved out of control on a rural road and toppled into a roadside ditch.The Northwest Independent School District said 18 students from Justin Elementary School were in the bus when the accident happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on Farm-to-Market Road 407, about 5 miles west of Justin and 23 miles north of Fort Worth.The Texas Department of Public Safety reports the students were taken to a hospital for examinations, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.The two-lane road is straight at that point, and DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel said the bus driver apparently overcorrected when the right front wheel slipped off the pavement and lost control of the bus, toppling it onto its side in the ditch.Breaking: Multiple injuries reported after school bus crash in Denton County, Texas— Porter Media News (@PorterMediaNews) May 29, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe menu had impressive range, offering everything from New Zealand mussels to creamy pastas to filet mignon. We opted for one of each of those along with round two – a couple of glasses of vino tinto. The wine came cold rather than room temp, but eventually I got over it.The mussels arrived in a sauce I never imagined could exist in Costa Rica, where chefs tend to steer clear of a challenge. The savory blend had been prepared with bacon, garlic, lime and parsley, and we sopped up every bit of it with crunchy garlic bread.Next came the penne vodka with shrimp, which was bathed in a succulent crème sauce with bacon and garlic – it was so well-conceived that I felt compelled to announce, “this does not taste like Costa Rica.”When our flavorful and tender filet arrived atop a moat of balsamic vinegar and covered in melted cheese and roasted red pepper (not to mention a side of potatoes that were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside), that was it. I wanted all my meals near an airplane.I found myself asking Fabian where the plane came from, and how it got here. It used to belong to the defunct airline Allegro, he said. Charter had gotten it from Juan Santamaría Aiport, where the wings and tail had to be removed so that airplane could be stacked into a series of trucks. Getting the whole thing to Barú took three days.Neat, I thought, taking an enormous bite out of my juicy steak.After eating every last morsel of the main course, we had no room for the only dessert on the menu – flan de caramelo. There’s no doubt in my mind, though. That thing is awesome.After our meal, I suggested we walk over and see about the plane, which was accessible by stairs. The inside was completely empty, and while my companion suggested that it looked cool and began taking pictures, I couldn’t help but think of scenes from plane crash movies when all the chairs have been blown out. Soon, that area will be a hotel, Fabian told us, and I ordered another cocktail. No related posts. Location: Barú, on the road from Dominical to San Isidro de El GeneralPhone: 2787-0172Hours: M-F: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.Prices: You’ll spend between $10 and $20 on a main course. Facebook Comments Charter’s on-site 727 airplane is being renovated into a hotel.Lindsay Fendtcenter_img I’ve always found it strange that certain restaurants and hotels conduct their business inside restored aircrafts. Yes, it’s different and seems to get people talking. But who really wants to spend the non-transit part of a vacation inside a plane, or even thinking about planes?It also seemed to me that if restaurant owners were dedicating time to being aviation-themed, they might be less concerned with whether the restaurant was any good.After dining at Charter, a new restaurant with its own Boeing 727 along the road that connects Dominical to San Isidro de El General, I must admit that it is possible for an eatery to feature both an airplane and delicious food – food that in no way reminds of eating on airplanes. This is not to say I approve of the décor.Charter’s dining area sits beneath a tall roof but is otherwise open-air, allowing for a full view of the neighboring, hollowed-out Boeing 727 that I don’t really want to talk about but simply can’t ignore.The tables are constructed of glistening, tropical tree trunk slices, and the chairs are also made of attractive wood. But on one side of the dining area, four blue airplane seats – 4a, 4b, 6a and 6b, to be exact – have been plucked from their row and recycled as an adornment, calling to mind claustrophobia, obese and/or foul-smelling strangers, vomit bags and the like.Our server Fabian was friendly, though, and I particularly liked the speed with which he brought my watermelon daiquiri. The sugary but stiff light pink concoction was delightful, as was my dining companion’s Margarita Verde. Charter has blue, green or red margaritas.Lindsay Fendtlast_img read more