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  • Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

    first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Poloz in the UKBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will give a speech to the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce in England on Monday. Soft wage growth numbers from Statistics Canada on Friday have some economists predicting a slower rise in interest rates.Housing numbersCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to release its fall 2018 housing market outlook on Tuesday. The agency is also expected to release preliminary housing start data for October on Thursday.Manulife earningsManulife Financial Corp. expected to release its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday. The insurer announced last week that it is reinsuring some of its businesses and boosting the company’s quarterly dividend by 14 per cent.Back to the internetCanadian Tire Corp. Ltd. releases its third-quarter financial results on Thursday. The retailer recently relaunched home delivery for its e-commerce business across the country, after abandoning e-commerce almost a decade ago.Magna earningsMagna International will hold its third-quarter conference call on Thursday. The earnings come in the wake of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement which includes changes for the auto sector including new rules for auto parts.last_img read more

  • OTT platforms increase TVs outreach

    first_imgThe rising popularity of web platforms might steal away the television audience. Do you fear that?No, I don’t fear that at all. In fact, the increasing popularity of web platforms has blurred the line between traditional linear TV and online TV programming; as a result of which viewers are no longer slaves to the TV sets. Now, they are free from the obligation of watching their favourite show at a specific hour, within the four walls of their home. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis flexibility has, in turn, increased the popularity of TV actors. So it is true that TRP of the television is going down, but the audience is just getting bigger. ‘Web platform gives artistic freedom to actors’. Being a television actor, do you agree that the statement doesn’t stand true for the TV industry? I feel, the content available on the web is unique and interesting, but as an audience, I won’t be comfortable watching many of those web shows with my family. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraOn the other hand, television offers you more filtered content – which some people might find boring, engaging or even cliché sometimes – but can surely watch it with family (including me). Moreover, I believe every platform has its own audience. Web shows target a specific section of audience and not the general public. Therefore, we as television actors (or TV show makers) come forward to cater to the demands of other sections of the audience who are willing to watch family shows. You are at the peak of your television career. At this point would you be willing to step out of the comfort zone of television and explore other mediums? When you do something for a long time and are aware of the fact that audience has accepted you and love you in that particular way, it becomes a little difficult to step out and try something else. There is a risk involved in it. But I am the kind of person who loves taking challenges. I always try to break the stereotype and do something which nobody else is doing. I don’t want the tag of a TV actor, film actor or web actor. I am an actor and I want to explore each and everything. So right now if you ask me, I don’t mind taking any risk. Nowadays it’s comparatively easier to make a career in acting. Does that create pressure of getting replaced by the emerging talents? Acting has always been an intensely competitive field. It is as difficult to create your niche in the industry as it was a few years back. Definitely, there are a lot of talented people coming in the industry because of which the competition is high, but at the same time, there are a lot of new things coming up, a lot of new mediums emerging. So there is a place for each and every one. Having said that, I believe every actor has their own area of interest. Now, after a few years, I have discovered mine and I know that my only competition is myself. I’m not competing with anyone in the industry.last_img read more

  • Modi running communal campaigns for political gains says Abhishek

    first_imgKolkata: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he accused of running an unabashed communal campaign to gain political dividends in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.While addressing a rally at Aatghora High School Ground in Baduria under Basirhat Parliamentary constituency, Banerjee alleged that Modi has been trying to divide people on religious lines only to win the polls. He, however, asserted that the Prime Minister will suffer a humiliating defeat in the ongoing elections despite his tactically plotted communal cards. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Modi has been trying to polarise the voters by creating a rift between the people belonging to various religious communities. His main objective is to trigger communal tension across the country. People here in Bengal are peace loving and they would thwart any attempt made by him or his party,” Abhishek added. Attacking the Prime Minister, he said: “He failed to deliver on all the promises he had made during the previous Lok Sabha elections. He promised ‘Achhe Din’ for the people by creating two crore jobs every year. Not a single person has benefitted from him. Instead of carrying out development projects, a party office in Delhi has been built at the cost of Rs 1,200 crore. The Modi government has not given a single penny to the Bengal government in the past five years.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAbhishek also criticised Mukul Roy without naming him and said: “All the thieves have taken refuge in the BJP. In the same breath, he also added: “If Madan Mitra had been put behind bars for three years only for taking photographs with Saradha group owner Sudipta Sen, why would Modi not go to jail despite having clicked photographs with Nirav Modi.” Sitting Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour, Abhishek urged the people of Basirhat to vote for Trinamool Congress so that party chief Mamata Banerjee can play a decisive role in the formation of the government at the Centre. Abhishek is contesting from Diamond Harbour seat. “Don’t cast your vote in favour of CPI(M) or Congress as they would strengthen the hands of the BJP. Help TMC to win in all the 42 seats so that a new government comes to power with Mamata Banerjee playing a crucial role. You have come to the rally in large numbers braving almost 40 degree Celsius which shows that you are with the TMC. This has to be reflected on the day of the election result,” he maintained. Abhishek was campaigning in favour of actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan who is contesting from Basirhat on a TMC ticket. He also took part in a road show in his own turf in Diamond Harbour.last_img read more

  • Ban welcomes positive steps towards ending conflict in northern Niger

    “He views these developments as significant and encourages the parties to continue the dialogue in order to resolve all outstanding issues,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued today.“The United Nations stands ready to support such efforts in any ways that the parties would deem appropriate,” the statement added. According to media reports, the President offered an amnesty if the rebels – who have been fighting for a greater share of Niger’s uranium wealth – laid down their weapons. 4 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed recent positive developments in Niger, including yesterday’s meeting between President Mamadou Tandja and Tuareg rebel leaders, as part of efforts to end the conflict in the northern part of the country.

  • Six countries enjoy a cleaner way to chill out with help of

    28 July 2009The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching a project in six African countries to replace ageing refrigeration systems with more energy-efficient versions and cut down on the consumption of ozone-depleting chemical compounds. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching a project in six African countries to replace ageing refrigeration systems with more energy-efficient versions and cut down on the consumption of ozone-depleting chemical compounds.The €5.3 million project aims to replace the existing chillers – the refrigeration systems that produce chilled water for cooling air in commercial, residential and industrial processes – which use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) with newer, cleaner models.More than 460,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions could be saved every year as a result of the programme, according to a UNIDO press release issued today, and there will also be a direct phase-out of about 80 tons of CFCs needed for servicing the chillers annually.Hundreds of chillers in Cameroon, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan will be overhauled under the project, which is being co-financed by the French Global Environment Facility.Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO’s Director-General, said the scheme “will help remove relevant barriers and includes the transfer of green technology, the creation of a working fund mechanism, the management of CFC stockpiles, and the dissemination of awareness to chiller operators and end-users, as well as to the governments of the countries involved.” read more

  • PM confident of China Russia India support

    Countries like China and Russia have said they will only support a resolution which favors a domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka.The Prime Minister also agreed to debate the UN report on Sri Lanka in Parliament as well the draft resolution once it is adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. Wickresmsinghe also urged Parliament to embrace Tamil political parties like the Tamil National Alliance who are supporting the democratic process in the country.He said that to ensure permanent peace, the Tamils must be given a political solution and this will be done through constitutional reforms.The Prime Minister insisted that the Government is not ready to take the country back to the dark ages, nor is it ready to let the future generations suffer. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickresmsinghe today briefed Parliament on the latest developments taking place in Geneva with regards to Sri Lanka and said that he had urged the United States to obtain the support of all countries for the resolution which will be tabled this week.The Prime Minister said that while countries like China and Russia are likely to support a resolution which will favor Sri Lanka, he had also discussed the matter with India and expects their support as well. Wickresmsinghe said that he and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had talks with the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap recently with regards to the resolution and added that it was the responsibility of the US to obtain the support of all countries for the final text of the draft resolution. The Government has already raised concerns over the first text of the draft resolution saying it will not help the reconciliation process. read more

  • BBB releases top complaints and inquiries in 2015

    by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jan 7, 2016 10:32 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 10:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How was customer service last year in Southern Alberta?The Better Business Bureau has released a list of the top 10 types of complaints it received in 2015.Spokesperson Leah Brownridge says the highest amount of complaints was with car dealerships.“They can be anything to do with customer service, they can be high pressure sales tactics, faulty repairs on their vehicle,” she explained.Coming in second was utility contractors, and at number three, airlines.“It could be maybe an airline didn’t honour an online voucher, or a discount or a deal, or it simply overbooked a flight, and now they have to wait for another one,” she said.Brownridge says the list is a checkpoint for consumers.“These are some of the industries they need to look out for, and they just need to be extra cautious. It doesn’t mean that they will necessarily come across a scam, it’s just to have that heightened sense of awareness,” she said.Business owners can also take the opportunity to review their practices, to see if and where they need to improve.“Really examine, okay, how are we doing when it comes to complaints, do we have a lot of complaints, and if we do, is there any way that we can improve?,” she said.Brownridge says the BBB helped more than 1.4 million people last year, just in Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. BBB releases top complaints and inquiries in 2015 read more

  • Balanced Bearcats flatten UAPB 10549

    CINCINNATI — Justin Jenifer scored 13 points, Keith Williams added 12 and six Cincinnati Bearcats reached double figures as they set a season high for scoring while flattening Arkansas-Pine Bluff 105-49 on Tuesday night.Trevon Scott and Cane Broome each scored 11 points for Cincinnati (6-1), which easily extended its winning streak to six games before a crowd of 8,513.Cincinnati guard Jarron Cumberland, who went into the game averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game, finished with 10 points and a team-high six assists before sitting out the second half.Rashawn Fredericks also scored 10 for the Bearcats, who reached triple figures for the first time since scoring 107 against Savannah State and 102 against Western Carolina in the first two games of last season.Trevor Banks, Terrance Banyard and Cameron Posey each scored eight points to lead UAPB (2-5). Golden Lions’ guard Martaveous McKnight, who went into the week ranked fourth in the country with an average of 28.0 points per game, finished with a season-low seven, going 2-for-11 from the field.Cincinnati took control with a 10-0 run for a 13-3 lead less than four minutes into the game. Cumberland sparked the run with back-to-back 3-pointers.The Golden Lions went 10 minutes, 19 seconds between their first and second field goals and they had more turnovers than points until McKnight broke free for a layup on a give-and-go with 8:21 left in the first half, cutting the Bearcats’ lead to 35-12.BIG PICTUREUAPB: The Golden Lions saw their winning streak snapped at a modest two games.Cincinnati: After scoring just 56 points in their opener, the Bearcats have reached at least 71 in each of their next six games.UP NEXTUAPB: At Texas Tech on December 5.Cincinnati: The Bearcats play on an opponent’s home court for the first time all season at UNLV Saturday.The Associated Press read more

  • Mens Hockey Topseeded Ohio State falls handedly in Big Ten tournament semifinal

    Junior goalkeeper Tommy Nappier (37) looks down the ice in the second period of game one during Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan State on March 1. Ohio State won 5-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State knew it was Penn State’s offense that it had to worry about coming in.The Nittany Lions averaged an NCAA-leading 4.59 goals per game, while their 3.65 goals against per game was fourth-worst in the country.But on Sunday, it was both the defense and the offense that gave the Buckeyes troubles, falling to Penn State 5-1, eliminating Ohio State from the Big Ten tournament.The loss is Ohio State’s fifth in its past seven games.“I’m nothing but disappointed right now,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We got a good hockey team in that locker room, we’ve played some really good hockey this year, we certainly weren’t at our best tonight.”The Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes 36-32, putting four past sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier, who came in with the No. 2 save percentage in the country.The second period was where the game was ultimately decided.With 2:24 to go in the period, junior forward Tanner Laczynski put the Buckeyes back within one with 2:24 remaining. But the goal was reviewed and overturned due to an offsides call, keeping Penn State up three heading into the third period.“It was a big time goal at the end of the period,” senior forward Mason Jobst said. “We would’ve had a little bit of energy going into the third, but it’s part of the game, and that’s just the way it goes.”The three-goal lead ended up being more than enough for the Nittany Lions to move forward to face Notre Dame in the Big Ten championship game.Already down two from the opening period, Ohio State senior defenseman Sasha Larocque was given a major penalty and game misconduct for a hit to the head of sophomore Adam Pilewicz.On the ensuing Penn State power play, which ranked No. 3 in the NCAA coming in, junior defenseman Kris Myllari found junior forward Brandon Biro on the back post of the Ohio State goal for an easy tap in with 10 seconds remaining on the man advantage, giving the Nittany Lions a 3-0 lead.“That was a big blow to lose our captain,” Jobst said. “If we could have just got that last little bit killed off, it would have gave us a little boost of energy when you kill a five-[minute penalty] like that, and that was pretty disappointing.”The third period started with more of the same for Penn State. Junior forward Nate Sucese slipped a puck passed Nappier’s five-hole to extend the lead to 4-0. Senior forward John Wiitala scored with less than five minutes remaining in the final period to cut the lead back to within three, but it was not enough to mount the comeback.Sucese also scored an empty-net goal with 46.8 seconds remaining to make the score 5-1.Nappier finished the game with 31 saves, allowing the tied-most goals against this season, most recently allowing four, again, to Penn State on Jan. 19. Junior goalie Peyton Jones made 31 saves in the game for the Nittany Lions.The scoring was opened up by Penn State junior forward Liam Folkes, who was the hero for the Nittany Lions in their previous series against Wisconsin. After scoring nine points and earning NCAA Second Star of the Week against the Badgers, Folkes scored the opener on a wide-open move in the middle, giving Nappier no chance to make a play.It appeared that Penn State would hold a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but with less than a second to go in the period, sophomore forward Alex Limoges narrowly beat Nappier to the left side, with the puck trickling past the sophomore goalie to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead early.“I think we had a good start, and I think once they scored the first goal, I think we had a disappointing end of the first period,” Rohlik said. “That’s a good hockey team there that’s gonna capitalize, and they did.”Ohio State will now wait to see if it will earn an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. read more

  • LED hazardous location pedestal light

    first_imgLarson Electronics’ has released a LED hazardous location pedestal light designed to provide high power illumination in an easily deployed package. The HAL-PM-2X150-LED-100 dual LED portable lamp provides protection in atmospheres where flammable gases and vapours may occasionally be present while offering the durability and longevity of LED solid state technology. This pedestal mounted hazardous location light is designed to provide operators with a quickly deployed source of illumination that has all the safety and performance of dedicated permanent mount units. With lamp housings constructed of powder coated non sparking aluminium, 30 m of SOOW abrasive and oil resistant cord, and a wet area approval rating, this unit is built to stand up to the demanding conditions of the industrial workplace.  The LED lamps mounted to this unit are rated at 150 W each and produce a total of 29,580 lumens. The lamp housings are constructed of aluminium with a durable powder coat finish, have hinged tempered glass doors, and allow operation with voltages ranging from 120 VAC to 277 VAC. The rugged pedestal base on this unit provides a secure platform for easy light placement and includes an integral carrying handle with ergonomic grip for easy carrying from one location in the workplace to another. Included with the light is 30 m of abrasive and oil resistant SOOW explosion proof cord ending in an ECP 1523 5-15P Class 1 Division 1 explosion proof straight blade plug which provides ample cord length for deployment in large work areas. This pedestal mounted work light is UL rated Class 1 Division 2 Groups C and D is approved for use in wet areas and marine environments, making it an ideal lighting solution for hazardous locations where water resistance is an important requirement.  “For Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location lighting, the HAL-PM-2X150-LED-100 light provides 300 W intense LED illumination in a very portable form factor,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larson Electronics.  “This hazardous location flood light was designed for ease of operation; operators can easily take this light up scaffolds or other elevated areas for tank cleaning and preparation.” Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of explosion proof lights, hazardous location lights, intrinsically safe lights, oil rig lights and explosion proof tank lights.last_img read more

  • McIlroy showing further signs of improvement McDowell trails Tiger

    first_imgWoods put his tee shot at the par-3 fourth two feet from the cup to set up a birdie and followed with a birdie at five, then followed with two more back-to-back birdies at the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth and par-5 10th and par-4 11th.At the 10th, Woods was in a bunker but blasted out and sank a 10-foot birdie putt. After his birdie at 11, he followed by making his first birdie at Doral’s par-3 13th hole since 2006.After a bogey at the 14th, his lone blemish of the round, Woods made a clutch eight-foot par-saving putt at 15 and followed with a birdie at the 16th.“I bounced right back and I’m right back where I left off,” Woods said.Woods closed his rounds with back-to-back pars, missing birdie putts from 20 feet at the 17th and 26 feet at the last hole. He has made only one birdie putt from beyond 20 feet in the first two rounds, a testimony to his approaches.“Some holes we’re allowed to flatten it out and roll the ball,” Woods said. “Other holes you have got to just hit moon balls. It’s a tough track.“If the wind blows with the greens this firm, it becomes very difficult. They are going to push us and test us.” McDowell joined Jacobson, Watson, Woods and Sergio Garcia as co-leaders on day one and followed with four birdies on the front nine and another at 17.“I’m hitting it pretty well off the tee,” McDowell said. “I’ve controled my iron play well. I’ve chipped and putted when I’ve had to but I’ve really done well on the greens. They are in some of the best condition I’ve seen.” WORLD NUMBER ONE Rory McIlroy has finished with a bogey at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship today.After lipping out from two feet for par, he birdied the five prior even-numbered holes and opened with a birdie on his way to a 69, his first sub-70 round of the year.McIlroy ended the day 11 shots off the lead, tied for 32nd with eight others.Meanwhile, Tiger Woods fired eight birdies on Friday to complete a personal-best PGA run of 17 birdies in his first 36 holes and seize a two-stroke lead.World Number 2 Woods, seeking his 17th WGC victory and 76th career triumph, fired a seven-under-par 65 in the second round to stand on 13-under 131 after the second round of the $8.5 million event at Doral’s Blue Monster course.Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell fired a 67 to finish 36 bogey-free holes on 133, one stroke ahead of Americans Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker with Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson on 135.While Woods has produced lower scores over his first 36 holes at a PGA event, he has never fired so many birdies in the first two PGA rounds.Woods, who won earlier this year at Torrey Pines, showed the form that has made him a 14-time major champion with his next chance to close the gap on the record 18 majors of Jack Nicklaus only a month away at the Masters.“I probably hit the ball better at Torrey but I’m putting better here,” said Woods. “With forecasts of wind on Sunday, hopefully I can feel my way around and get it done.”Woods has three career triumphs at Doral and six in this WGC event which has been hosted by several courses, but he has not won a WGC event in his past 10 attempts. Mickelson opened with three birdies in a row on his way to his second 67 in a row.“The key for me is I’ve driven the ball well and given myself a chance on the greens,” Mickelson said. “The greens are as fast and as firm as I’ve ever seen them.”- © AFP, 2013Rory McIlroy shows resilience with workmanlike first round in Miami>16 signs you’re a sports fan from Cork> After nine birdies and three birdies in Thursday’s first round of 66, Woods shared the lead with four rivals. But as the second round wore on, no one could match Woods for putting consistency or approaches that put him within 10 feet.“I played better today,” Woods said. “The first couple of holes weren’t very good at all. My first good shot was at four. Once I hit that shot at four, I felt pretty good about it.”last_img read more

  • Viewer numbers for 93 WWE Smackdown new low for Syfy

    first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Last night’s 9/3 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 1.98 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.20 million viewers.It ended up as one of the lowest audiences for the show since it moved to Syfy.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

  • Turnquest Speaks on Priority of Ministry of Finance

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Kevin Peter Turnquest has laid out the agenda for the Ministry of Finance. Speaking with Magnetic Media, Turnquest says that first on the list is to get the country’s finances in order.“We’re struggling with 7 billion dollars in debt. Despite what the (former) government says about the recurring deficit, we know that it is much higher than the number that they put out.”, he stated.He continued, saying “Our initial priority has to be getting a financial plan in place; looking at areas where there is money being wasted and opportunities to control our expenditure a little bit more. We have to look at our revenue collection to ensure that we are maximizing the tax available to us and ensuring that once it is collected, it won’t be used through the backdoor.”The Finance Minister has also promised the people of Bahamas financial control and accountability and added that this government is not here to “collect taxes.”“Our job is to provide services to the Bahamian people that they need, that they, because of the nature of it, cannot provided for themselves. We have to make sure that we rationalize our taxes and spend it wisely.”#magneticmedianews#financeministrypriority Related Items:#financeministrypriority, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

  • Trust accepting entries for Nov 10 vets parade

    first_imgThe Fort Vancouver National Trust is accepting entry applications for Vancouver’s 26th annual veterans parade.Known officially as the Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy, it is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, rain or shine.Parade applications are available online at Fort Vancouver National Site; at the Fort Vancouver National Trust office in the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St.; or by calling the Trust at 360-992-1804. The deadline is Oct. 5.The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. With more than 120 entries and 2,500 individuals expected to march or ride, it is one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned parades on the West Coast.Past participants include veterans service organizations representing all branches of the service, local high school marching bands, several college and high school ROTC groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from throughout the region, equestrian units, and military and civilian vehicle collector clubs.The parade is one of several Celebrate Freedom programs coordinated by the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust.last_img read more

  • ExAlaska AG leads Interior office with focus on Arctic adaptation

    first_imgFormer Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes. (Photo via State of Alaska website)Former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes has a new job at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C.Listen nowRenkes is listed on the Interior Department’s website as the director of the Office of Policy Analysis, signaling a new direction for him and for that office.Renkes was attorney general under then-Gov. Frank Murkowski. He resigned in 2005 after it emerged that he had negotiated a state coal deal that would’ve benefited a company he was invested in. Renkes helped craft a state agreement to sell processed coal to Taiwan, despite owning more than $100,000 of stock in the company with the patent on the technology to process the coal.An independent investigator later said the investment was insignificant and did not amount to an ethics violation.In his new position, Renkes leads an office at Interior that deals with Arctic issues, invasive species and what the Trump administration calls “adaptation.” In the previous administration, that program was called “climate change adaptation.”The previous director of the office was Joel Clement. Clement contends he was removed in retaliation for his work helping Alaska Native villages adapt to climate change.last_img read more

  • Real Estate Tycoons See Their Wealth Erode by 90 Since 2007

    first_imgAs a slowing demand and escalating costs have hit the country’s real estate developers hard, some of them have seen a massive erosion in their wealth over the past decade.According to a report, the combined net wealth of the “country’s 12 biggest real estate barons” fell by 90% in rupee terms after touching a peak in December 2007.”The blame goes to analysts who provided unimaginable valuations to developers during the boom on projected earnings that never materialised as companies began to maximise property prices rather than revenue and profitability,” Pankaj Kapoor, managing director of Liases Foras, told the Business Standard.The net worth of major builders in the country now stands at Rs 24,000 crore ($3.8 billion), compared to Rs 2.79 lakh crore ($70 billion) at the end of December 2007. DLF’s KP Singh, Unitech’s Chandra family and the Wadhawans of HDIL figure among the top losers.DLF chairman KP Singh is the biggest loser among the individual promoters. His stake in the company is now worth Rs 15,300 crore ($2.4 billion) against Rs 1.61 lakh crore ($40.8 billion) in December 2007.On the other hand, the Chandras of Unitech have seen their wealth erode by 99%, as the stock price of the company was battered in recent years. The net worth of the Chandras declined to Rs 530 crore ($81 million) from Rs 59,098 crore ($15 billion) in December 2007. Unitech stock was also hit by the arrest of company’s managing director Sanjay Chandra following accusations of his involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan of HDIL is another big loser with his wealth declining to Rs 956 crore ($147 million) from Rs 14,152 crore ($3.5 billion) in December 2007.The Jain brothers of Parsvnath Developers, Rohtas Goel of Omaxe, Ravi Purvankara of Purvankara Projects and Hemant Shah of Hubtown are the other property developers whose wealth got evaporated significantly.”The industry landed itself in a downward spiral of higher prices, lower sales and higher costs,” Kapoor told BS.Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday said that the top real estate developers will continue to face problems over the next year due to poor demand and house prices struggling to go up.”India’s largest property developers will continue to face a challenging operating environment over the next 12 months – including weak cash flows, flat sales and stagnant prices,” the global rating agency said.last_img read more

  • Locksley Returns To Maryland and Finally is First Black Coach

    first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe first time Mike Locksley was named the University of Maryland’s head football coach he was finishing the dismal era of Randy Edsall as the temporary leader of the program for the final six games of the 2015 season.  His distinction as the first African American head coach was filtered through the prism of being the interim leader of the program.Three years later Locksley had the asterisk removed from his title as the former caretaker was named head coach in College Park officially becoming the first Black to hold the full time position in the history of the football program.Mike Locksley, currently offensive coordinator at University of Alabama, was just named head coach of University of Maryland and is the first Black to hold that position. (Courtesy Photo)“Michael not only stood out for his talent as a coach, but most importantly for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career and his deep commitment to helping them grow into leaders on and off the field,” said Maryland Athletic Director Damon Evans in a statement. “On the field, Michael orchestrated one of the country’s most prolific offenses at the University of Alabama and has long been regarded for his recruiting prowess.”Locksley, a D.C. native and current offensive coordinator at Alabama, won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant by developing a prolific offense which has the Crimson Tide seeded number one heading into the college football playoffs to defend their national championship. He returns to the DMV after serving twice under coaches Ralph Friedgen and Edsall at Maryland.“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” said Locksley.  “Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes. Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program.”Locksley faces the challenge of rebuilding the football team on the field and cleansing its image also.  After the death of former offensive lineman Jordan McNair, its apparent coverup, and the series of embarrassing conclusions from an ESPN report, the program is perceived to have a “toxic culture” that will put his reputation as one of the best recruiters in America to the test.“I have been tremendously impressed at how the team came together through a difficult season and honored their fallen teammate, Jordan,” Locksley said. “We are all in this together, and I look forward to rejoining the Maryland family.”Locksley was listed as a top-25 recruiter in 2003, 2005, 2006 and was a finalist for 2007 recruiter of the year by Rivals.com. He also played a major role top-10 recruiting classes during each of his two seasons (2003-04) as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida.  Locksley has signed 21 four or five star recruits over his coaching career according to 247sports.com- fourteen hailed from the DMV area- and also coached 92 NFL Draft picks.Several of Locksley’s former recruits at Maryland later became solid contributors on NFL teams.  Stefon Diggs, Vernon Davis, and Yannick Ngakoue remain active on rosters in Minnesota, Washington, and Jacksonville respectively while Shawne Merriman, LaMont Jordan, D’Qwell Jackson, and EJ Henderson enjoyed solid careers.Locksley reportedly was selected from a group of finalists that included this year’s interim head coach Matt Canada and Michigan offensive coordinator and Howard alumni Pep Hamilton.  He inherits a team that was one victory from qualifying for a post season bowl despite all the distractions of this past season.  However, with a career mark of 3-31 as a head coach, critics are apprehensive that he was the right fit for the job.last_img read more

  • Going Gangster Samsung Reports Sustainability Efforts in Rap Video

    first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Whereas most corporate sustainability reports tend to be chock full of pie charts, head-spinning stats and other sunny commitments to greendom, for its 2014 overview, Samsung sought an approach that was downright gangster.The company enlisted the Korean rapper Mad Clown to spit a few verses about its commitment to the environment — supplemented by black and white cartoons illustrating its good works. The results, as you can expect, are both hysterical and a little cringe-inducing.While some lines vaguely rhyme, as in “Don’t have to worry after giving birth/Sit back, relax, no need to work,” others devolve into a kind of quasi-English ramble: “Sign up for Samsung software membership/Have talent for design/Go to Samsung design membership.”Related: This Awesomely Bad Jingle About Entrepreneurs Is Worth a ListenSuch gems are offset by wooden platitudes like “Samsung to the rescue/Put wings to your dreams” and “We’re just letting our dreams come true.”The video, which was released alongside Samsung’s 69-page sustainability report, seems to have been already removed from the company’s own YouTube account, but you can watch it in full right here:Related: McDonald’s ‘Sustainable Beef’ Finally Has a Definition… Sort Of. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 17, 2014center_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

  • NEW YORK NY – Composer John Williams will be ho

    first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Composer John Williams will be honoured by performing rights organization BMI with an award bearing his name.BMI says The John Williams Award will be presented to the celebrated musician at the 34th annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards on May 9 in Beverly Hills, California.Williams has won five Academy Awards throughout his illustrious career, most recently for best original score for “Schindler’s List” at the 66th show held in 1994. He earned his 51st Oscar nomination this year for scoring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”The 86-year-old has received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. He has won multiple Grammys and Emmys.Composers Laura Karpman, Miriam Cutler, Lolita Ritmanis and Rick Baitz will also be honoured at the event. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2018 11:12 am PDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BMI to honour 51-time Oscar nominee John Williams with awardlast_img read more

  • Police kept busy over Easter no serious injuries recorded

    first_imgA firecracker thrown by three boys set fire to a truck in Larnaca on Monday, as the Easter festivities wound down without serious injuries but lots of public disturbance and rioting.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said no serious injuries from firecrackers had been recorded as the force cracked down on the ‘tradition’ and launched information campaigns to educate youths about the dangers.He said they had seized over 1,300 firecrackers and arrested 20 people, “a number that is smaller compared with previous years.”“What should be noted is that comparing the statistics, on average between 2005 and 2015 over 10 injuries were recorded (annually) in serious incidents including maiming, while in past years there were even deaths,” he said.Monday’s incident happened at 6.30pm while three boys, aged 12 and 13, were busy tossing firecrackers near the Kathari primary school.One of them apparently set fire to a truck parked outside a garage, causing damage to its roof before it was put out by the fire service.Questioned by police, the boys said the fire was not intentional.Police were out in force in the past few days to prevent undesirable incidents, especially on Saturday evening when youths lit the traditional bonfires and set off firecrackers.Officers patrolled sensitive areas in all districts, usually outside or near churches and schools, throughout Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.In the Nicosia suburb of Strovolos, police were informed at around 8.30pm that youths had collected a large number of car tyres, which they had planned on burning.An operation was launched, with the help of the anti-riot squad and the fire service, breaking up an assembly of around 50 individuals.Authorities seized around 200 tyres, which were transported to the district HQ. Officers also confiscated 22 firecrackers found in the possession of a youth.At a village in Nicosia, around three hours later, youths blocked a road prompting police to intervene to restore traffic.At 2am, again in Nicosia, officers were notified about a fight in a school, which ended with two men, aged 23 and 25, seeking treatment at A&E.An hour later, officers were called to disperse a group of youths setting off firecrackers. At 4am, youths torched rubbish bins in two separate incidents in Nicosia.Limassol police were also busy on Saturday. At 11.30pm police and firefighters rushed to a scene outside a church where youths set fire to an electricity pole – wasn’t clear whether it was one lying around or in situ with power lines connected. Around 70 individuals at the scene started hurling firecrackers and stones at the officers the minute they spotted them.One officer was in lightly injured and taken to hospital.At 1.15am police rushed to an area near a church were around 30 youths were hurling firecrackers and setting fire to dry grass. The blaze was put out by the fire service but not before burning plastic road signs.The youths meanwhile, hurled stones, firecrackers, and verbal abuse at the officers who arrested an 18-year-old.An hour later police were informed that youths had set tyres on fire and blocked a road near a church in Limassol.Some 30 youths welcomed officers with stones, prompting them to call for reinforcements.Police arrested two 16-year-olds and two others aged 16 and 20. Two officers were slightly injured and treated in hospital.Two 14-year-olds also detained were subsequently released in the care of their parents.  You May LikeGrand Canyon Tour | Search AdsDiscover And Compare Grand Canyon ToursGrand Canyon Tour | Search AdsUndoTymout10 Foods You Cannot Bring Into The United States! | tymout.comTymoutUndoHabit TribeThe One WD40 Hack You Aren’t Supposed To Know AboutHabit TribeUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more