Toronto stock index up in first trading since holiday US indexes down

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up sharply in the first trading following a two-day holiday, while U.S. markets plunged again after shooting upward on Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 260.01 points at 14,040.20 in the first 30 minutes of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange following the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 295.83 points at 22,582.62. The S&P 500 index was down 31.13 points at 2,2,436.57, while the Nasdaq composite was down 84.56 points at 6,469.80.On Wednesday, the Dow and S&P 500 were up nearly five per cent while the Nasdaq rose 5.8 per cent.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.30 cents US, down compared with an average of 73.59 cents US on Monday The January crude contract was at US$45.42 per barrel, down 80 cents from Wednesday but up from 42.53 on Monday while the January natural gas contract was at US$3.41 per mmBTU, down 4.8 cents from Wednesday but up one cent from Monday.The February gold contract was at US$1,277.80 an ounce, up $4.80 from Wednesday and up $6 from Monday, while the March copper contract traded at US$2.67 a pound, down three cents from Wednesday and one cent from Monday.  Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada Post strike hits Montreal with 6000 workers walking off the job

MONTREAL — About 6,000 Canada Post employees in Montreal have walked off the job, along with postal workers in several other cities as ongoing rotating strikes continue across the country.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Montreal walkout began at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, joining several other cities participating in the 24-hour strikes.CUPW says walkouts are being held in five B.C. cities, including Fraser Valley West, Prince George, Squamish and Royal City.Workers are also out in Weyburn, Sask., and seven Ontario communities, including Cobourg, Deep River, Fort Frances, Peterborough and Kapuskasing.Canada Post rotating strikes spread to Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba on MondayCanada Post’s rotating strike virtually shut down plant that processes two-thirds of country’s parcel deliveryCanada Post strikes to shift east to New Brunswick on FridayLast week, 9,000 workers in the Toronto area walked off the job for two days, forcing delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.In a statement, Canada Post warns the Montreal walkout will have a significant impact on operations, since it is an important processing hub.“Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” the Crown corporation said.CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences. read more

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Last mile of Ebola struggle may be most difficult Ban says in

“Our Marathon effort has been a success,” Mr. Ban told a special high-level event on Ebola convened as part of the World Bank’s annual spring meetings in Washington, D.C. However, “too many lives have been lost. Families, communities and nations have been devastated,” he said. “When we reach zero cases, we must maintain our response capacity for at least a year.”In connection with the event, the World Bank announced that it would provide at least $650 million during the next year and a half to help the most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – recover from the social and economic impact of the outbreak. The new pledge brings the World Bank’s total financing for Ebola recovery to $1.62 billion. “Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let’s show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries – and the rest of the world – for the next pandemic,” said World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim. Echoing that sentiment, Mr. Ban called on the international community to continue strengthening surveillance and community engagement. He commended Presidents and governments of the affected countries for showing leadership and communities for adopting safe and dignified methods of caring for the sick and burying the dead.“We have seen multilateralism at its best. I thank the many governments, local and international NGOs and, in particular, the brave doctors and nurses working on the front lines,” the UN chief said. As a result, there has been a significant decline in new Ebola cases. Liberia has only recorded one case in the past two months. And the outbreak has “shrunk considerably to a narrow belt” along coastal Guinea and Sierra Leone. “These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development,” continued Mr. Ban. Women, men and children need to have safe and affordable access to clinics, hospitals and schools. People need jobs and access to markets. Affected communities, the bereaved and orphans need support. People’s faith in their governments’ ability to serve them must be reinforced. “These are our building blocks to repair the fabric of communities, economies and societies torn apart by this terrible disease,” the Secretary-General added. Later at a press conference, Mr. Ban thanked the President of the World Bank for organizing the gathering, and commended the leadership of the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “This is multilateralism at its height,” he said. “Just as we helped the affected countries when the outbreak was at its height, we have to stand by them as the outbreak now ebbs.” That means providing essential services to these countries – health care systems, education, jobs and markets. Mr. Ban said he will convene a high-level pledging conference in New York in July to mobilize resources, financial and technological resources, to help the economic and social recovery in the affected countries. “Looking forward, I count on the international community to continue to demonstrate generosity and unity of purpose,” he emphasized. “In the meantime there is the urgent unfinished task of getting to zero cases and staying there. I think we can make it.” According to the latest data from World Health Organization (WHO), some 25,826 people have been infected and 10,704 have died from the Ebola virus. read more

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CCOVI adviser to be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame

Donald Ziraldo, who was instrumental in establishing CCOVI, will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in November. Donald Ziraldo, an adviser to Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), is one of four individuals announced as the latest inductees into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.Ziraldo is a pioneer of the Canadian wine industry, putting domestically produced wines on the map in Canada and around the world. He is being recognized as the co-founder of Inniskillin winery, the driving force behind the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) program and for his instrumental role in establishing CCOVI. He is a member of CCOVI’s executive and advisory committee and also co-chaired the capital campaign that founded the wine institute.“It’s a great honour,” said Ziraldo, “and an acknowledgement to an agriculture sector – viticulture – that takes a product from the soil, through the processing stage, packaging and creates a value-added finished product: wine.“I believe this value-added concept will be important to the future success of agriculture and it respects the provenance of the food farmers grow, which is very important to the consumer,” Ziraldo added.The Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 3, 2013 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.“This is a well-deserved honour for Donald,” CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis said. “It recognizes the pivotal role he played in shaping the current Canadian wine industry and his foresight in seeing the value research plays in developing an industry by establishing CCOVI.”Ziraldo was also recognized earlier this year with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. The award recognized 60,000 extraordinary Canadians on the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s ascension to the throne. read more

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Gallery OSU vs Rutgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Coach Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Former equality chief attacks Liverpool over Kelvin MacKenzie race row

first_img“I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo.”MacKenzie went on to say it was therefore “no surprise” to him that the Everton star had been attacked in a nightclub.”He is an attractive catch in the Liverpool area, where the only men with similar pay packets are drug dealers and therefore not at nightclubs, as they are often guests of Her Majesty,” he added.Labour councillor Mr Anderson had told BBC Sport: “Not only is it racist in a sense that he is of mixed-race descent, equally it’s a racial stereotype of Liverpool. It is racist and prehistoric.”A News UK spokesman said: “The Sun’s columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended from the paper with immediate effect. “The views expressed by Kelvin Mackenzie about the people of Liverpool were wrong, unfunny and are not the view of the paper.”The Sun apologises for the offence caused. The paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended.”Mr Mackenzie is currently on holiday and the matter will be fully investigated on his return.” Liverpool is “wallowing in victim status”, a former equalities chief told Kelvin MacKenzie after the newspaper columnist was criticised for comparing the Everton footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla.Trevor Phillips sent a text to Mr MacKenzie saying he “had no idea Barkley was a brother”, adding: “Sad to see a great city wallowing in victim status. Unbelievable.” Trevor PhillipsCredit:Jeff Overs /Getty Images  Trevor Phillips  Ross Barkley  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He wrote: “Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.” Mr MacKenzie, who was suspended by The Sun over his remarks, said he had expected the one-time chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to claim he was racist.Mr Phillips’s support was mirrored by MPs, including one Conservative who sent a text saying: “On behalf of all  gorillas, I’d like to make a complaint.”Writing in the Spectator magazine, Mr MacKenzie defended his Sun column, claiming he was not aware that Mr Barkley’s grandfather was half-Nigerian.He said: “I and every football fan I had ever met  believed Barkley to be white. Unluckily for me, but luckily for my enemies in the North West, that was not entirely true.” Mr Phillips declined to comment.News UK announced Mr MacKenzie had been suspended from the Sun following the controversy over the article, saying he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool.The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, had reported the columnist to police over an article he claimed contained “a racial slur”.The comment, in MacKenzie’s column, centred on Mr Barkley after the footballer was punched in a Liverpool city centre bar in the early hours of Monday.  Ross Barkley Credit:PAlast_img read more

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Arrested Development season 4 Netflixs execution was flawless

first_imgThere has been more than a couple of people excited about the release of the fourth season of Arrested Development. For those who have enjoyed the show so far, Netflix’s new “semi-original” series is everything we could have hoped for.When Netflix announced that the company was going to begin original programming, the internet immediately produced a series of requests to resurrect television shows that were cancelled before their time. Some wanted to see another season of Firefly, while others were hoping Futurama would find a more permanent home. Finally, the announcement came down that Arrested Development would see a fourth season exclusively on Netflix. There’s been a lot of hype, and a considerable amount of nervous hand wringing after the not-so-great Hemlock Grove, but at long last AD is here.First off, it’s clear that Netflix doing a sufficient amount of promotion for Arrested Development. When the company released their first homegrown show, Lilyhammer, it was difficult to find and it wasn’t made clear that the show was new or made by Netflix. The company got better with House of Cards and Hemlock Grove though, and promoted both internally and externally.With Arrested Development Netflix went all out — Bluth Banana Stands  were put in public places and prime real estate announcing the show popped up all over the Netflix.com and its apps. There was no way the public, let alone Netflix subscribers, were going to be unaware of the show’s release.Like everything else released by Netflix, the entirety of season four was made available at once. When the clock struck midnight this past Sunday, Netflix flipped the switch and sat at the ready while tens of thousands of simultaneous streams began watching. All of the characters you remember from the show, and a few new faces show up to walk you through a whole new season. Instead of picking up immediately after the last episode of season three, there’s a bit of exciting confusion as it appears Michael Bluth’s life has all but fallen apart. The episode even starts by explaining that this is “Michael’s Arrested Development” in what will become a new theme for the season.Director Mitchell Hurwitz has put together a season that is uniquely suited to the Netflix crowd. In fact, it’s likely that this season would be poorly received in a traditional weekly release, due to how many subtle tie-ins and running gags there are. If you absorb the show all at once (or, more reasonably, over the course of a week or two) the season is an exciting ride through the perspectives of each major character. Hurwitz took advantage of what he knew about Netflix user habits, and made a season tailored to that audience.Like the rest of the show, this season of AD isn’t afraid to make fun of itself. There’s a watermark in flashbacks labeled “Showstealer Pro – Trial Edition” (see above), as well as a modified opening explanation that reminds the viewer that the show was cancelled and is now back. Many people find these constant jabs amusing, while others have mentioned how it gets tired after few episodes. Provided the show makes it to season five, I doubt it will be quite so heavily paraded in the future.Season four features plenty of the humor you’ve come to appreciate as a fan of the series, though after five episodes in I realized G.O.B. had yet to call anyone a chicken. Even so, the story has progressed without removing any of the elements that made it so great in the first place. All of the characters maintain their classic attitudes while facing their personal dilemmas in new ways. There’s even some new backstory featuring a young George Sr. and Lucille that will give some a new excuse to go back and re-watch some of the original episodes for new laughs.All in all, if you’re a fan of Arrested Development, and you’re used to consuming shows rapidly on Netflix, this new season is a great addition to the series. Here’s hoping for a fifth season, as well as more televisions shows that take advantage of this format to produce a tailored experience.last_img read more

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Preview for tonights 1127 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+ Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Blisscenter_img How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Sasha Banks Videos Articles Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury The following is scheduled for tonight’s 11/27 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* Finn Balor vs. Tyson Kidd* Tyler Breeze vs. Marcus Louis* NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons vs. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger* Carmella vs. Blue Pants (Leva Bates)* Also appearing: Hideo Itami, Bayley, The Ascension, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, The Jersey BoysCheck back later this week for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 68.32%0:06Remaining Time -0:22 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 Pinterest Alexa Bliss Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

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Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Trump reportedly mulling order paving the way for Huawei ban

first_img Security Phones Huawei may be facing an executive order this week that lays the groundwork for US companies being barred from working with the Chinese telecom company. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as this week that could pave the way for banning US companies from using equipment from Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Reuters reported Tuesday.The order, which has been under consideration for more than a year, won’t name specific companies or countries, the news agency reported, citing unidentified sources described as familiar with the plan. The order still could be delayed further, they say.The order is expected to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a federal law that authorizes the president to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency in response to an extraordinary threat to the US. Huawei is the world’s second-largest phone manufacturer by volume, but it has struggled to make a dent in the US, partly because of concerns expressed by the government, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, the Federal Communications Commission and House Intelligence Committee. The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The CIA has reportedly warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.In January, the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran. One 10-count indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile beginning in 2012.The White House and Huawei declined to comment. Share your voice Comments Tags Huawei Donald Trump 2last_img read more

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Gadwal police hear grievances

first_imgGadwal: Police, as part of their pro-active initiative to resolve the people’s problems in the district conducted a Prajavaani on Monday.As many as 6 persons came up to the Additional Superintendent of police office and lodged their complaints and grievances with ASP K Krishna. Most of the cases were related to land disputes and a few were concerning the domestic violence. “We have received six grievances on Monday, after giving a hearing to their problems, we have directed the concerned police officials of their respective areas to take action and help them resolve the issues, “ASP said.last_img read more

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Take your problems to PM Modi Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy lashes out at

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy slept on the floor during his stay in Chandraki village.TwitterKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s Grama Vaastavya (village stay) programme witnessed ugly scenes after he lashed out at the villagers at Raichur district as they questioned him on unemployment. The incident took place near Karegudda village of Manvi taluk on on Wednesday, when the workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested in front of the KSRTC bus in which CM Kumaraswamy was travelling.#WATCH Raichur: Workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested before the bus of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy over wages and other issues & raised slogans of ‘Shame! Shame!’, while he was on his way to Karegudda for his ‘village stay prog’. The CM got angry on protesters. pic.twitter.com/FK3OI4limx— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019The protesters raised concerns over wages, unemployment and other issues to the CM. The angry protesters raised slogans against HDK which made him lose his cool. “When you have problems you come to me but when it is time to vote you vote for Modi,” an angry Kumaraswamy told the protestors.HDK also threatened to lathi charge the villagers for questioning him. He believes that the village stay programme will help the Janata Dal (Secular) have a better future by paving its way to the villagers’ hearts.last_img read more

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Man Sued Over Deadly Fire in Secret Tunnels Under his Home

first_imgBy MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated PressSILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A wealthy stock trader’s negligence led to a deadly fire that killed a young man who was helping him build a network of tunnels for a bunker beneath a suburban Washington, D.C., home, a lawsuit alleges.The parents of 21-year-old Askia Khafra sued 27-year-old Daniel Beckwitt and his father on Monday, the anniversary of the fire that killed Khafra in the basement of the Beckwitts’ house in Bethesda, Maryland.In this Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, Dia Khafra, father of Askia Khafra, holds a photo of his son in his Silver Springs, Md., home. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)Daniel Beckwitt is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Khafra’s death. His criminal trial is scheduled to start in April 2019.The “hoarding conditions” in Beckwitt’s home made the fire spread more quickly and created a maze of junk and trash that hindered Khafra’s ability to escape, the parents’ wrongful death lawsuit says.Beckwitt didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and text message seeking comment on the lawsuit, which the parents filed in a Montgomery County court. An attorney who representsBeckwitt in the criminal case has called Khafra’s death a tragic accident, not a crime.Investigators found Khafra’s charred body in the basement, where a hole in the concrete floor led to a shaft that dropped down 20 feet (6 meters) into tunnels that branched out roughly 200 feet (60 meters) in length.During a hearing in May, Montgomery County prosecutor Douglas Wink described Beckwitt as a skilled computer hacker who had a paranoid fixation on a possible nuclear attack by North Korea.Beckwitt’s lawyer, Robert Bonsib, described his client as a successful “day trader” who has made millions trading stocks.Khafra, who lived with his parents in Silver Spring, had met Beckwitt online and agreed to help him dig the tunnels in exchange for Beckwitt’s investments in an internet company Khafra was launching.Dia Khafra, Askia Khafra’s father, said during a recent interview that he and his wife, Claudia, tried to persuade Askia to stay away from Beckwitt’s tunnels.“I always feared something dangerous would happen to him,” the elder Khafra said.Beckwitt went to elaborate lengths to preserve the secrecy of his tunnels, tricking Askia Khafra into thinking he was digging them in Virginia, not Maryland, according to authorities.Beckwitt told investigators he would rent a car, pick Khafra up and drive him to Manassas, Virginia, where he had the younger man don “blackout glasses” before driving him around for about an hour, a police report said. Khafra spent days at a time working, eating and sleeping in the tunnels. He had his cellphone with him, but Beckwitt used internet “spoofing” to make it appear he was in Virginia, according to Wink.The tunnels had lights, an air circulation system and a heater powered by a “haphazard daisy chain” of power strips that created a fire risk, Wink said.“These extension cords and power strips created a clear and substantial risk of fire, exacerbated by the piles of paper and garbage throughout the house, and the storage of dangerous chemicals,” the parents’ lawsuit says.Wink said Beckwitt ignored “obvious signs” of danger before the fire broke out Sept. 10, 2017. Hours before the fire, Khafra texted Beckwitt to warn him it smelled like smoke in the tunnels.Beckwitt flipped a breaker that turned off lights in the tunnels but turned the power back on after Khafra said he couldn’t see, Wink said.County officials sued Beckwitt over the property’s condition, calling it unsafe and a “public nuisance.” Beckwitt’s father, David, owns the Bethesda property but lives in Burke, Virginia, according to the wrongful death lawsuit.last_img read more

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Award for exposing poor quality food

first_imgKolkata: Determined to put a leash on the sale of inferior and adulterated food by a section of unscrupulous businessmen, the South Dum Dum Municipality has decided to award people who would come up with evidence of such unfair practices in the area of the municipality, thereby helping the civic body to take action against them.”We have been conducting regular drives against bad quality food to ensure that it is not compromised by any means. However, we have to admit that it is impossible for the municipality alone to keep an eye on every nook and corner of the 35 wards. Hence, we want to involve the citizens in this social cause. People, who will lodge complaints of such unfair practices with the municipality with evidence, will be awarded by us,” Debasish Banerjee, Chairman-in-Council (public health) said. Complaints can be lodged through calls, text messages or WhatsApp messages on 9831221665. It may be mentioned that a team from the municipality led by its chairman Panchu Gopal Roy raided a prawn processing unit at ward 21 on Friday and found that some sort of reddish colour was being added to prawns. The team from the municipality also conducted a drive at a multi-shopping complex which has a food court. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSamples were collected from as many as 12 restaurants and the officials have come across several irregularities in the way they deal with the food. French fries were found stored in refrigerators.The meat at some of the restaurants emitted a foul smell. Leftover food, stored in the refrigerator, was sent for tests. The hotel authorities, when asked about these irregularities, failed to provide any satisfactory answer. “We are sure that most of these businessmen associated with food business are using inferior quality food, posing serious health hazards to the consumers. We are waiting for the test reports of the samples that we have collected. They have been sent for examination at the state food laboratory in Entally. We will take strong action against the offenders as per law,” a senior municipality official said.last_img read more

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Madrid chosen for EuroVegas gambling resort

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Barcelona’s plan would include a casino, six large tourist complexes with 20,000 hotel rooms, shopping centers, a theater and offices, all on land with no planning modifications required. But financing for the resort has not been signed yet.Regional sustainability counselor Lluis Recoder said that project has an advantage over Madrid’s in that it would be built on land that already has street lighting and roads, and be located in one of Spain’s major tourist regions.Adelson’s announcement was not welcomed by Spain’s opposition politicians who said gambling attracts crime and that jobs such as hotel attendants, waiters and blackjack dealers are low paying and a threadbare option for Spain’s many young unemployed citizens.One opposition group, EuroVegas No Platform, said it plans a rally in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square on Saturday.Gaming investors have sniffed out Spain before. Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. _ now known as Caesars _ explored the idea of building a Las Vegas-style casino-hotel near the picturesque medieval city of Ciudad Real, 190 kilometers (120 miles) south of Madrid in 2005.Although an airport was built there and the site was reachable in less than an hour by high-speed train from Madrid, nothing came of the plan. Through its majority-owned subsidiary Sands China Ltd., Las Vegas Sands also owns the Venetian Macao and Sands Macao casino resorts, the Plaza Macao hotel, restaurant and shopping complex, and the Sands Cotai Central resort with three hotels and two casinos.The company’s entry into the casino market in the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong spawned legal battles in Macau and Las Vegas.A Hong Kong businessman won a $43.8 million verdict in a civil lawsuit filed in Nevada in 2004 claiming he was denied a $5 million “success fee” and 2 percent of net casino profits for helping the company win its Macau gambling license. The Nevada Supreme Court in 2010 ordered a retrial. That case is pending.A bruising lawsuit filed in 2010 by Sands Macau’s former top executive, Steven Jacobs, has drawn interest in the company from U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigators for possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.The law bars U.S. companies from paying foreign officials to “affect or influence any act or decision” for commercial benefit.Adelson and the company deny wrongdoing and are vigorously defending the case. No charges have been filed. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories Associated PressMADRID (AP) – The decision by Las Vegas Sands to choose Madrid for a big “EuroVegas” casino project was welcomed by city officials Saturday, but potential obstacles include the company’s decision to fund only 35 percent of the resort and to demand changes in local laws.Ana Isabel Marino, Madrid’s counselor for planning and environment, said the regional government received the news “with contained satisfaction, given that this is the first step.” Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson announced the decision to choose Madrid over Barcelona for the multi-billion dollar gambling resort project on Friday night.With Spain in recession and considering a bailout, raising 65 percent of the cost could be difficult. And there is no guarantee officials would agree to change Spanish laws to let gamblers smoke inside the casinos and the new buildings to soar above the skyline.Analyst Ramon Zarate said, “I see capitalization by banks as being very complicated.”Zarate of the EMASI think-tank said banks were currently de-leveraging construction projects, so Adelson would need to “pool foreign venture capital funds, but it’s complicated.”The Las Vegas Sands statement left some wiggle-room by saying resolution of “current economic challenges” in Europe is still a major consideration.Adelson’s plans had left Madrid and Barcelona _ Spain’s two largest cities _ vying against each other for the casino resort. One official even warned that regional squabbling some 20 years ago had led to EuroDisney being located in France, not Spain.But Barcelona was not to be undone by Vegas.On Friday, the capital of the debt-ridden region of Catalonia unveiled its own plans for a 4.8-billion euro ($6 billion) “Barcelona World” resort situated beside the existing Port Aventura theme park near the Mediterranean Sea. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Oil does not spill Florida tourism

first_imgA year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Florida tourism bureau said it welcomed up to 82 million visitors as its beaches remained unaffected by the BP petroleum spill.  Visit Florida reported that its tourism numbers rose over the year compared to 2009 despite the incident and the slow economy but is aiming for a successful summer season this year to reimburse its tourism business which suffered economic losses.“There is every reason to be hopeful that this increasing trend will continue so that the businesses and their employees who suffered losses last year will be able to rebound and new businesses will be encouraged to open,” a Visit Florida anniversary message read. The Group said concern for safety of the state’s beaches should be laid to rest because as a result of diligent clean-up crews and safety officials, not one of its beaches ever had to be closed. Florida’s Department of Agriculture had also increased its level of testing and continues to confirm that seafood is safe to catch and eat. As the US state continues to promote itself as a destination for tourism over the US summer season, Visit Florida said it would continue to use it Florida Live feed launched over the past year and would utilise the live feed in any future disaster situations.After Florida was awarded up to US12 million from the oil company, the tourism Group initiated Florida Live on its bureau website, encouraging visitors and operators to upload date-stamped photos and videos showcasing that Florida was unaffected.“Florida Live on Visitflorida.com will continue as it has been and during a hurricane or other emergency Visit Florida also activated a Travel Advisory feature sharing up-to-the minute alerts as they are released from the Florida Emergency Operations Center, NOAA and local destination marketing organisations in each affected county.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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A Certain Uncertainty Fed Wary of Economic Outlook Future Rate Hikes

first_imgA Certain Uncertainty: Fed Wary of Economic Outlook, Future Rate Hikes The Federal Reserve has consistently been obscure in the details surrounding its monetary policy decisions, and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) was abundantly clear on just how unsure they are about the future in regards to their recent decision to leave rates at their current level.The minutes from the FOMC’s January meeting said, “Participants judged that the overall implication of these developments for the outlook for domestic economic activity was unclear, but they agreed that uncertainty had increased, and many saw these developments as increasing the downside risks to the outlook.”Meanwhile, most participants at the meeting “indicated that it was difficult to judge at this point whether the outlook for inflation and economic growth had changed materially, but they thought that uncertainty surrounding the outlook had increased as a result of recent financial and economic developments.”Policymakers appear to be struggling with their previous declaration to raise rates gradually four times this year due to turbulent financial markets and a bleak economic outlook so far this year. Committee members “generally agreed” that the risks cannot be determined at this point, but they also observed that “if the recent tightening of global financial conditions was sustained, it could be a factor amplifying downside risks,” the minutes said.As far as rate increases are concerned, the Fed intends to hold out on any rash decisions to see whether the economy will improve or slip into a state of turmoil.”While participants continued to expect that gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy would be appropriate, they emphasized that the timing and pace of adjustments will depend on future economic and financial market developments and their implications for the medium-term economic outlook,” the FOMC minutes showed.Paul Ashworth, Chief U.S. Economist at Capital Economics said in response to the Fed’s minutes, “Despite the increased uncertainty, officials seemed content to wait and see whether the tightening of financial conditions was sustained and, if so, whether it would negatively impact on GDP growth.”He continued, “The chances of a March rate hike are still very slim, particularly in light of the most recent comments from Fed officials, but we think the Fed will resume hiking interest rates later this year. By the middle of this year, fears of a collapse in both China and the U.S. should have faded and rising domestic price pressures will be even harder to ignore. We expect the fed funds rate to end this year at between 1.00 percent and 1.25 percent.National Association of Federal Credit Unions Chief Economist Curt Long noted that the committee is not “jumping to any conclusions” regarding volatile financial markets.“Moreover, there is some acknowledgement of the divergence between financial markets and economic data, which has been relatively solid. However, there is some sentiment among the dovish elements of the committee that tangible evidence of inflation is a prerequisite for future rate hikes,” Long stated. “That added to the uncertainty resulting from weakness in emerging markets, a strong dollar, and turbulent equity markets underlies NAFCU’s belief that the FOMC will revise down its forecast of four rate hikes in 2016 at its March meeting.”Click here to view the FOMC minutes. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Economy Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve Rate Hike 2016-02-17 Staff Writercenter_img February 17, 2016 586 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Feds Monetary Policy Song Remains the Same

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News July 27, 2016 538 Views Federal Funds Target Range Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-07-27 Seth Welborn Given the combination of June’s historic Brexit vote, economic turmoil overseas, and low inflation, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that it would not raise the federal funds target range from its current level of ¼ to ½ percent.The Fed noted in its Wednesday announcement that the labor market improved substantially in June (287,000 jobs added) following May’s dismal showing and that economic activity has been expanding at a “moderate” rate. The central bank also noted, however, that monetary policy remains accommodative, and inflation is still well below the 2 percent target—and is expected to stay low in the near term. At the same time, the Fed noted that “Near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished.”“The tone of the statement was largely positive,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist with the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “The assessments of the economy in general and the labor market in particular were more upbeat, and the committee deemed that risks had diminished. Nevertheless, there was no indication that the committee anticipates that inflation will pick up in the near term, which leaves them enough slack to maintain a cautious approach to normalizing rates.”The vote to keep rates at their current level was nearly unanimous. Voting in favor were Janet Yellen, Chair; William Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Stanley Fischer; Loretta J. Mester; Jerome Powell; Eric Rosengren; and Daniel K. Tarullo. The lone dissenter was Kansas City Fed President Esther George, who preferred to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to ½ to ¾ percent. George been the sole dissenter previously when other members have voted to maintain the current target range; in April, she cast the lone vote in favor of raising rates when the FOMC voted not to.“. . .there was no indication that the committee anticipates that inflation will pick up in the near term, which leaves them enough slack to maintain a cautious approach to normalizing rates.”Curt Long, Chief Economist, NAFCU“My concern is whether we’re creating imbalances that we can’t really see today,” George said in April. “When you have rates this low, of course money flows to interest-sensitive sectors. We saw that with commodities; you can see it with real estate. And the question is, for the long term, is that allocating capital where you should in a market economy? Right now it’s heavily influenced by very low interest rates, but that may not be the most innovative or productive uses.”The FOMC will meet three more times this year (Sept. 20-21, Nov 1-2, Dec. 13-14) and has now gone five meetings since December’s historic liftoff without raising the federal funds target range. While the Fed forecasted at the beginning of the year there would be four rate hikes out of the eight FOMC meetings in 2016, volatility in overseas markets, an up-and-down labor market in the U.S., and inflation well below the Fed’s target rate of 2 percent have kept policymakers from raising rates so far this year. Slightly more than half of 100 economists recently polled by Reuters indicated that they did not believe the Fed would raise rates before the November 8 presidential election.center_img Fed’s Monetary Policy Song Remains the Same Sharelast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kliff Kingsbury appears to be going all-in toward molding the Arizona Cardinals’ scheme into something resembling an elite college football offense.According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Kingsbury and the Cardinals are interested in Texas State head coach Jake Spavital for the team’s offensive coordinator opening.Spavital was named Texas State’s head coach on Nov. 28, 2018, and spent the 2018 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for West Virginia under coach Dana Holgorsen. The 33-year-old Spavital worked with Kingsbury on the Houston staff in 2009, when Spavital was a graduate assistant and Kingsbury was an offensive quality control coach. The Cardinals’ offensive coordinator candidate is familiar with current Cardinals and former Texas A&M products Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones and Brandon Williams.Related LinksCardinals lose director of football administration Mike Disner to LionsMcVay and friends: Rams coach endorses Cardinals’ hire of KingsburyKliff Kingsbury hire refreshes, brings life back to Arizona CardinalsArizona Cardinals hiring Kliff Kingsbury brings mixed reactionSpavital succeeded Kingsbury as Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator in 2013, directing an Air Raid offense while working under Kevin Sumlin, who is now the Arizona Wildcats’ head coach.Along with Holgorsen and Sumlin, Spavital has also coached under current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn with Tulsa as an offensive quality control coach in 2008 and Sonny Dykes as Cal’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img 22 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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