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first_imgNew Delhi: India’s largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea Ltd Friday narrowed its consolidated loss to Rs 4,873.9 crore for the June 2019 quarter. The company had registered a loss of Rs 4,881.9 crore in the fourt quarter of 2018-19, Vodafone Idea Ltd said in a regulatory filing. The merger of the India unit of Vodafone Group and Idea Cellular was completed on August 31, 2018, and the numbers of June quarter are not comparable with those in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe revenue of Vodafone Idea for the June 2019 quarter fell to Rs 11,269.9 crore as against Rs 11,775 crore logged in the January-March 2019 quarter. Established operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Ltd are in the midst of a bruising tariff war following the entry of Reliance Jio, backed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani. Vodafone Idea said the first quarter revenue “declined by 4.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter primarily due to churn of customers who recharged with ‘service validity vouchers’ in the fourth quarter as well as ARPU (average revenue per user) downtrading”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe filing added that the company has closed its rights issue, raising Rs 25,000 crore. “We are delivering on our stated strategy although the benefits are not yet visible in our topline. As we continue to integrate our networks, our customers’ data experience is significantly improving in most service areas…” Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma said. He added that the company is well on track to deliver its synergy targets by the first quarter of FY21. The company said its capex spend for the first quarter was Rs 2,840 crore, and its gross debt as on June 30, 2019 was at Rs 12,044 crore. The company’s subscriber base declined to 320 million from 334.1 million in the fourth quarter. Jio’s free voice and dirt-cheap data offering have dented the financial metrics of older operators, deepening the impact of regulatory decisions like cut in termination charges, even though the voice and data usage have been growing at a scorching pace. Last week, Reliance Jio – which is now India’s second largest telecom operator in subscriber base – posted 45.6 per cent rise in net profit for June quarter of 2019-20 to Rs 891 crore.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: INDOCHINO’s new casual button up shirts are their latest offering that will revolutionize the way men shop for their casual wardrobe, with short sleeve and casual fit options that can be worn tucked or untucked. (CNW Group/Indochino Apparel Inc.) Twitter As with all INDOCHINO garments, custom casual shirts are tailored and personalized to fit any style. Each of our high quality cotton shirts can now be transformed into a short sleeve button up and can be worn tucked or untucked. Customers have the option to choose from hundreds of customization options to create their one-of-a-kind shirt that will offer more wearability than ever before.“We’re constantly innovating and evolving to make the customer experience better. And we knew casual shirting that can be worn untucked was where we had to go to do that,” said Drew Green, President and CEO of Indochino. “We’ve now made it simpler for all men to find their signature style and perfectly tailored fit, all for an exceptional price.”Spring/Summer 2019INDOCHINO’s eye catching Spring/Summer 2019 Collection includes key suiting fabrics like Chiswick Micro Check Blue Suit, Conway Prince of Wales Light Gray Suit and Coalville Micro Houndstooth Light Brown Suit. Patterns include plaids, herringbones, and birdseyes in a variety of colors like vivid aquamarines, stoney grays, and rich browns. The campaign, shot in Palm Springs, CA, is broken down into three color stories:Bright, Brilliant Blues:A fresh line of blue fabrics that are vivid and detailed. Colors and patterns include deep ceruleans, light blue plaids, navy windowpanes, and other sapphire suits that are designed for an undeniably sharp look.Shifting Sands:This selection of brown and tan suits are deeper, richer, and more diverse than ever before. Fabrics include bold earthy plaids and sophisticated pale tans that are perfect for sunny climates.Desert Day Grays:Smoky grays in warm weather hues are the inspiration for this color story. These versatile fabrics include an array of bolder patterns such as pinstripes and more subtle micro checks, and are designed to give your ensemble an unmistakable edge.“For Spring/Summer 2019, we’re introducing a line that’s both versatile and on trend, in a variety of colors and patterns that our customers can personalize to create their one-of-a-kind suits, dress shirts, blazers, chinos and now casual shirts,” said Dean Handspiker, VP of Design. “Palm Springs was the perfect backdrop for this shoot and truly made the collection come to life.”Casual Shirts are now available online and in showrooms at a price of $79 USD / $99 CAD, as are dress shirts and chinos. Suits are from $399 USD / $529 CAD.About IndochinoAs the global leader in made to measure apparel, Indochino has developed the shopping experience of the future. Born out of the belief that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a custom wardrobe, we were the first company to disrupt the retail sector by making perfect-fitting, personalized apparel on a mass scale.Customers take on the role of designer, picking out every minute detail of their suits and shirts to make them truly one-of-a-kind. These garments are made to their precise measurements and shipped directly to their door, hassle free. Our omnichannel approach allows them to shop online or in person at any of our showrooms. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook VANCOUVER – INDOCHINO, the global leader in custom apparel, is launching its Spring/Summer 2019 Collection today—with an exciting new addition to its product line. The company’s new casual button up shirts are their latest offering that will revolutionize the way men shop for their casual wardrobe, with short sleeve and casual fit options that can be worn tucked or untucked. The new collection of custom suits, blazers, vests and shirts, shot in Palm Springs, is called ‘Chasing Daylight’ and is inspired by the longer, brighter days that follow the dark winter months.To view the look book, visit here.Casual Shirts Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsEveryone agreed the priest raped the child, the only question was whether it happened before or after the Spanish Boys Indian Residential School, near Spanish, Ont., closed in 1958.The federal government’s lawyers held documented proof the rape happened before the school closed. The official tasked with determining the legitimacy of the claim and compensation—the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) adjudicator—also possessed a person interest report  that referred to the same document.Yet, the adjudicator rejected the claim in a January 2012 hearing after determining the boy was raped following the school’s closure in a decision based on a “perverse finding of fact.”  The decision was upheld twice in successive IAP appeals in rulings based on “myopic logic,” according to an Ontario judge.The man who filed the claim, identified only as “M.F,” took his case before the Ontario Superior Court after the IAP losses. This past July Justice Paul Perell sided with M.F. in a ruling that eviscerated the reasoning of the officials involved in the multi-tiered IAP adjudication process that rejected M.F.’s claim.The ruling has also raised concerns among some who have been watching the IAP process with increasing alarm following several cases of lawyer corruption and revelations Ottawa’s adversarial and overly-legalistic tactics aimed at limiting payouts to residential school survivors.When Indian residential school survivors reached a multi-billion dollar settlement agreement with Ottawa and the Churches it led to the creation of a compensation process led by adjudicators who determined the legitimacy of claims and compensation amounts based on documents and arguments provided by federal lawyers and submissions from Indian residential school survivors.The adjudicators are required to follow criteria set out in the settlement agreement when making decisions. Survivors can appeal the decisions of adjudicators before a review adjudicator and then a re-review adjudicator, according to the settlement agreement.M.F. was approaching 62 years-old by the time of his initial IAP hearing and his memory of the “horrific events he experienced over 50 years ago” was fragmented—he couldn’t quite remember the exact age when “Father B” violated him in the chapel storage room of the Spanish Boys Indian residential school.M.F. is a “non-resident claimant” because he didn’t attend the school. He often visited the school where his aunt worked as a cook, according to a description of the narrative outlined in Perell’s ruling. It was during these visits that Father B met M.F. and recruited him to be an altar boy. The priest raped M.F. while he was in altar boy training, according to the ruling.“There was no dispute that Father B sexually assaulted M.F. in the sacristy beside the chapel used for the Spanish Boys IRS,” said Perell, in the ruling.The issue was whether M.F. was raped before or after the residential school closed on June 30, 1958. According to a document in possession of Ottawa’s lawyers, and referred to in a file held by the adjudicator, Father B boarded a train to Winnipeg the day after the school closed “never to return to Spanish.”This was the evidence needed to confirm the assault happened while the residential school was in operation, meaning M.F. qualified for compensation. M.F. believed he was about eight years-old when he was raped.Ottawa’s lawyers never submitted the evidence during the hearing and M.F. said he did not know the document existed until he filed his court action challenging the rejection of his claim, according to Perell’s ruling.The adjudicator, however, concluded the assault happened after the school closed and rejected M.F.’s claim. In a bizarre deduction exercise, the adjudicator determined M.F. must have been 10 when the incident occurred, roughly two years after the school’s closure.The adjudicator based this determination by comparing the age of her Catholic nieces and the religious steps leading to the role of altar boy, according to a portion of the hearing transcript excerpted in Perell’s ruling.The Adjudicator:  Grade 2 is your first communion, that’s right. I’m just trying to think of my nieces because they’re Catholic and they’re going through this right now.M.F.: Oh yeah?The Adjudicator: So, yeah, they—and the one is in Grade 2, she’s getting her first communion this year, supposedly, I don’t know. And then confirmation comes after communion.M.F.: M’hmm.…The Adjudicator: Right? So I think you’re a little older than eight when you’re confirmed. Like nine or 10.M.F. I’m not sure.M.F. then appealed the rejection to a review adjudicator and the re-review adjudicator, losing both times.Perell found the adjudicator, review adjudicator and re-review adjudicator all committed serious errors in handling M.F.’s case.Perell ruled that the IAP adjudicator on the case made an “inconsistent, discordant and…perverse finding of fact.”The judge found that the review adjudicator’s “deference” to the adjudicator’s initial ruling was “an abdication of the review adjudicator’s responsibility” under the Indian residential school agreement.Perell determined the re-review adjudicator also failed to follow the guidelines set out in the settlement agreement through an erroneous and restrictive interpretation that led to the “myopic logic that caused the grave injustice done in the present case.”In the end, Perell refused to refer the case back to the IAP process for another hearing and instead ordered the parties to negotiate a settlement for M.F. If the parties failed to reach a settlement Perell ruled he would make the final determination on the award.NDP MP Charlie Angus, who has been an increasingly persistent critic of the IAP process, said Perell’s ruling reveals a deeper systemic failing with an IAP more concerned with protecting the system than providing justice to survivors.“In cases where the adjudicators have failed we have never seen the IAP willing to stand up for the survivor, they are protecting their own, they are protecting a failed system,” said Angus. “What about all the other cases where the IAP shrugged when evidence was suppressed or when justice officials lied?”Angus said he no longer trusts the IAP process and believes it is time to take cases like these out of the system.“If this happened in a court of law there would be legal and professional consequences,” he said. “A credible judicial process would have consequences. So far there have been no consequences for this behaviour.”M.F.’s lawyer David Schulze was not available for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Addressing the Preparatory Committee for the UN General Assembly’s special session on children in September, Ms. Fréchette cited “real and significant” progress in a number of areas since the landmark 1990 World Summit for Children. Child mortality rates were down, immunization levels were up, and more girls and boys were receiving an education than ever before. “Clearly, children now have a much higher profile on the national and global political agendas,” said Ms. Fréchette, introducing We the Children, a report by the Secretary-General which reviews progress since the 1990 Summit. “Yet much more needs to be done.” She noted that over 10 million children still die each year “often from preventable causes,” while an estimated 150 million others suffer from malnutrition. Conflicts took the lives of approximately 2 million children over the past decade, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left more than 13 million orphans in its wake.The General Assembly’s special session on children “must aim at regenerating political will and commitment in order to address the remaining challenges and emerging issues affecting the well being of our children,” Ms. Fréchette told the final preparatory session, which opened today and runs through Friday.Calling for a “decisive shift” in national investments to favour the well being of children, the Deputy Secretary-General said leaders attending the special session must exert the necessary political will to bring about that transformation.”We have the knowledge, the resources and the strategies to act,” she said. “It is no longer a question of what is possible, but of what is given priority, and there is no issue more important than the survival and harmonious development of our children.” read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2012 10:15 am MDT Ontario Teachers Pension Plan gets controlling stake in clothing firm AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is dressing up its investments, gaining a majority stake in Norwegian clothing designer Helly Hansen Group AS.Teachers is acquiring roughly 75 per cent of Helly Hansen from Altor Fund II, which is keeping a quarter stake in the company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in Friday’s announcement.“Helly Hansen is an iconic brand with a long heritage and a strong commitment to innovation and design,” said Teachers Private Capital vice-president Jo Taylor, who heads the pension plan’s London office.“We see excellent opportunities to continue growing revenues and international awareness outside the core European markets.”Helly Hansen is headquartered in Oslo and designs and markets outdoor apparel. It employs 500 people.CEO Peter Sjolander says Helly Hansen is happy to have Teachers as a long-term owner.The fund’s strong financial backing and established global footprint will be invaluable as we look to expand the Helly Hansen brand internationally, particularly in North America,” said Sjolander.Teachers has $117.1 billion in assets and is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada.It invests the pension fund’s assets and administers the pensions of 300,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario.Last month, the fund invested US$400 million in Kyobo Life Insurance Co. Ltd., the third-largest insurance company in South Korea.Teachers recently sold its stake in the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment franchise to Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B), Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) and Larry Tannenbaum of Kilmer Sports. read more

Riot police clash with taxi drivers and street sellers during a demonstration, in Rome, Tuesday, February 21, 2017. A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-hire services. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP) ROME – A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favour Uber and other car-hire services.The strike has stranded tourists at Italy’s main airports and train stations, complicated commutes and raised alarm about the Wednesday start of Milan fashion week, when cabs are in demand to shuttle fashionistas from show to show.Riot police were keeping the peace outside parliament Tuesday and later lined a protest route through downtown Rome. The drivers say the legislation would help Uber’s “irregular” inroads into Italy’s rigidly regulated taxi industry. Supporters say Italians want greater choice in ride-sharing options.Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi lent her support by visiting the protest Tuesday. Rome mayor supports taxi drivers striking against Uber by The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 5:53 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Then-redshirt junior guard Kam Williams slams home a dunk against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 3, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 70-62. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe first question to Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams at Thursday afternoon’s media availability was simple: How’s the new guy?“Which one?” Williams quipped, in response.The question, of course, was referring to men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann, who was hired a little less than a month ago to replace Thad Matta, the winningest coach in program history.Since he arrived in Columbus, the former Butler coach and his assistants – Ryan Pedon, Mike Schrage and Terry Johnson – have worked individually with many of the players, getting to know them. Williams has sat down and met with Holtmann on several occasions.“They’re very eager to get to work. Very hungry to get everything rolling so I’m very excited about that,” Williams said of Holtmann and his assistant coaches. “Everything around here is, obviously, different. I just see it as, like, a new challenge.”The players and coaches are still going through the feeling-out stage, according to Williams. But Holtmann isn’t afraid to get in the guard’s face.“Yesterday we were doing a little defensive drill. I didn’t close out the way I should’ve closed out and he kind of got into me a little bit,” Williams said. “The defensive side is where I want to make the most strides in so hearing that every day, I could mess up 99 times, but hearing that is just motivation to get better and get it the hundredth time if that’s what I’ve got to do.”That isn’t a unique situation. Williams said that although it wasn’t necessarily an issue prior to Holtmann’s arrival, he appreciates and enjoys his new coach’s blunt style of coaching.“He tells you what you need to hear. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear,” Williams said. “ If you’re messing up, he’s going to let you know immediately; no beating around the bush.”The roster has experienced much turnover this offseason. Gone are sophomore guard Jaquan Lyle, junior forward Trevor Thompson, redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk and incoming freshman guard Braxton Beverly. The only additions to the roster are freshmen forwards Kyle Young and Kaleb Wesson, which leaves the Buckeyes with just nine scholarship players, including walk-on guard Joey Lane.Williams made clear he isn’t worried about that, and neither are his teammates.“We have supreme confidence in the seven, eight guys we have and we feel like, if we all can gel, we don’t need anybody else to come in the circle,“ Williams said when asked if he was concerned about a lack of depth.Williams and junior C.J. Jackson are the only non-walk-on guards on the roster, as currently constructed. The duo averaged 9.4 points in 30.7 minutes per game and 5.6 points in 19.1 minutes per game, respectively, last season.Both guards will be called into action early and often in the upcoming season. But Williams, espousing confidence, believes they’ll be up for the task, suggesting he and Jackson would be dangerous to their opposition even if they had to play the entire game. Williams has even moved over to the other guard spot, spending much of the summer working to improve his point guard skills.In his final season playing for Ohio State, Williams is willing to do anything for his team.“We want to turn up. We want to get lit. We want to lay it all out there because it’s no tomorrow for me and (senior forward Jay’Sean Tate),” Williams said. “I feel like if we bring that energy every single day, it’ll trickle down to every single person on our roster. It’s now or never, that’s how I look at it every single day.”More than anything else, Williams just wants to have fun. He battled mononucleosis his first year at Ohio State and has seen his team’s record worsen each year he’s been on the team.“The thing with me, I just get caught up in going to work every single day, but I don’t really take into account the fun aspect of the game and that’s something that I’ve been doing a lot lately,” Williams said. “Just taking a step back and thinking about everything I’ve endured here and just having fun with the last go-around.” read more

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. Mr Doyle said that Twitter’s ban of his account is what helped to make it popularCredit: Fiona Hanson Doyle When a former Oxford University postgraduate student set up a satirical Twitter account in April 2018 under the name of Titania McGrath, he had no idea of the social media storm that was to follow.Aiming to poke fun at the “identitarian left” who use “vicious tactics to push identity politics above all else”, the parody account quickly amassed over 180,000 social media followers.After months of speculation, the individual behind it can finally be revealed – as a 40-year-old former private school teacher with a doctorate in Early Renaissance Poetry from Wadham College, Oxford.Dr Andrew Doyle created the account to mock today’s “woke culture” that is obsessed with gender fluidity, identity politics and hates freedom of speech.Describing Titania McGrath as “a militant vegan who thinks she is a better poet than William Shakespeare”, Mr Doyle told The Telegraph: “Woke is the concept that everything must be inclusive, inoffensive, that you always use the correct language and that you must be hyper aware of other people’s sensitivities. “The majority of people are desperate for this culture to be mocked. The account has become so popular because people are sick of feeling that they can’t say what they want. It used to be the case that if someone spoke out of turn, you would say that’s a bit much, apologise and everyone would move on. Now you post a screenshot on Twitter and try to get someone fired.“Titania is staying the stuff that most people want to say.”The satirical account has become so popular that it landed Mr Doyle a book deal. ‘Woke: A Guide to Social Justice’ is published tomorrow and has received so many pre-orders that it is already in the top 100 books on Amazon.  Named after Titania, the queen of the fairies, in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr Doyle drew on his academic thesis when setting up the parody Twitter account.“She is named after the queen of the fairies because I think all of this ‘woke culture’ is an utter fantasy world,” he said. “The people who promote this hyper inclusive culture are fantasists.“They believe that racial boundaries must be strictly policed, so any cultural appropriation is completely off bounds. But gender is totally 100 per cent fluid and you can pick and choose as you please. This stuff is completely incoherent and the stuff of fantasy. So I think it’s quite appropriate that she is named after the queen of the fairies.” “This social justice movement is full of people who are arrogant, narcissistic and very certain in themselves. The very idea that they could be wrong doesn’t even cross their mind. That to me is incredibly funny. I thought Titania could embody all of that. Titania McGrath’s jokes are often labelled as offensive by Twitter and have resulted in the account being banned four times. read more

← Previous Story THW Kiel wins friendlies in Plock -Jicha 20 goals in two matches! Next Story → Carlos Prieto joins Kadetten Schaffhausen franceJerome FernandezOlympic handball gold Members of French and Swedish NT shared different type of energies after the Olympic Final in which France repeated fantastic success from Beijing:Coach Claude ONESTA (FRA): “BEIJING 2008 was about us winning the Olympic gold after years of trying and people expecting us to add that gold medal to our collection. It was the only one we had not won. So it was relief to get it four years ago. This triumph here in LONDON is totally different. It was a situation where we had an old team of players who wanted to show everyone who doubted them that they were still able to be Olympic champions. That they still had the ability and skills to win an Olympic gold. And, I am delighted to say, they certainly did just that. They showed they were not too old or finished.”

”We had a poor European championships where we could not find any rhythm or form. Therefore people started to doubt us. But the whole team worked so hard in preparing for this competition for months and months. “I always believed in my players. I always believed that they still had one more excellent big competition in them, and that they could rise to the occasion here. So I am so happy for all of them, and the fans who came here to support us so noisily.”Player Jerome FERNANDEZ (FRA): “This is the most beautiful day in my life. But now it is so hard to think how we can ever repeat this. How will be follow this up and do it again in four years time? I am so proud of my team because for eight weeks we have worked really hard and prepared so well to give our best effort here. We have won another title and it feels
so fantastic.”Coach Ola LINDGREN (SWE): “I am disappointed. We fought all 60 minutes with strong defence and active attack. It’s hard to lose the final with just one goal difference. Yet we are proud about our team. Everybody expected France to play in the final but hardly anybody thought of us as potential finalists.”Player Tobias KARLSSON (SWE): ”We fought well as we have been doing in all games of the Olympic competition. We were close to success but didn’t have enough power to accomplish our winning task at the end.”text: ihf.infoPHOTO: UROŠ HOČEVAR (IHF) read more

first_img By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3310696 Western Force deny reports they are to be cut from Super RugbyLancaster maintaining phaseplay focus to help Leinster overcome Wasps Follow us: the42.ie 20,888 Views Share21 Tweet Email1 EPCR HAVE CONFIRMED the possible semi-final venues for this season’s Champions Cup, with Munster set to play at either the Aviva Stadium or Murrayfield if they beat Toulouse in Saturday’s quarter-final. Munster may have a home semi-final at the Aviva. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLeinster, meanwhile, face a trip to Matmut Stadium de Gerland in Lyon to clash with Clermont or a visit to the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice to meet Toulon, depending on how this weekend’s ties go.If Saracens beat Glasgow in their quarter-final on Sunday and Munster win against Toulouse, then the southern province will host Sarries at the Aviva Stadium on the weekend of 22/23 April.However, if Glasgow beat Saracens away on Sunday and Munster win against Toulouse, then the Scottish side will have home country advantage and Rassie Erasmus’ men will travel to Murrayfield for the semi-finals.Leinster will definitely have to head to France for their semi-final if they beat Wasps at the Aviva on Saturday.If Toulon beat Clermont, then Leo Cullen’s squad will head to Nice for their semi-final, but if Clermont are victorious in that all-French quarter-final, then Leinster face a trip to Lyon.Listed below are all the possible semi-final fixtures and venues:EPCR say that the format for the semi-finals “recognises performances by clubs during the pool stage, as well as the achievement of winning a quarter-final match away from home.”The Champions Cup organisers worked with the IRFU, SRU, Premiership Rugby and LNR to settle on each of the possible venues.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Munster’s Champions Cup SF will be in the Aviva or Murrayfield if they get through Meanwhile, Leinster face a trip to either Lyon or Nice if they can get past Wasps this weekend. Short URL Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 12:08 PM Mar 28th 2017, 12:08 PM 14 Comments last_img read more

first_imgHot weather and dry conditions have prompted the Ilani Casino Resort to cancel its Labor Day weekend fireworks show, which was scheduled for dusk on Sunday.“The safety and well-being of our guests and our community is our priority, so we have decided to cancel the fireworks show,” said Kara Fox-LaRose, president and general manager.All other Labor Day Weekend activities and entertainment will continue as scheduled.last_img

first_imgHow sweet it is!Delightful summer weather will unfold today with highs about 80 degrees before temperatures climb close to 90 degrees on Sunday.The Fourth of July dawned on the chilly side, with morning lows in the 40s and even a few upper 30s in the higher elevations. The official low for Vancouver was 47 degrees but I had 42 degrees here in Salmon Creek with a touch of shallow fog. Brrr!On Wednesday morning, Astoria, Ore., tied its record low for July 4 of 45 degrees, which was set just last year.I had many emails asking me about the extreme heat back east and if it is tied to global warming My answer, of course, is that weather occurs in cycles as variances in climate. My question would be: If 100 -year temperature records are being broken, what caused it to be so hot say 100 years ago? Many of those old records occurred way before the industrial revolution of the early 1900s.Moving right along, we have a very nice extended forecast setting up with no rain in sight and warm temperatures. We’ll go from about seasonal temperatures Thursday to way above for a few days and then back down to seasonal highs in the upper 70s later next week. Couldn’t ask for anything better, could we?We always hear that summer weather begins after the Fourth of July and many times it rains on the Fourth. That is kind of a myth if you look at the long-term records. The state climate office had this to say about July rainfall: “Why is early July so much wetter and cooler than late July across much of the state? This transition in the weather is linked to evolution in the regional atmospheric circulation, mostly in the form of a pole ward shift.”Don’t know why, it just is.Enjoy the rest of your glorious week, get out the sunblock, fill the kiddies’ wading pools and grab a cold one. Enjoy our 40-day summer. Ha-ha!Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.last_img read more

first_imgASTORIA, Ore. — Ships drop more than just their anchors when they settle into the Astoria Anchorage, giving the economy a boost as crews hit dry land for supplies.Exact numbers are hard to determine, but water taxi drivers say it’s a vibrant sector of the economy.Alan Brann, known better as Kiwi, ferries passengers and cargo to and from the big ships aboard his boat, Miss Molly. In addition to himself and one crew member, he can carry 18 passengers below or 10,000 pounds of cargo on deck.While he does more than haul crew and cargo to the ships in the anchorage, that’s his main business. He takes shipping agents, sub-agents, surveyors, Customs officers, inspectors and crews to and from the ships.The trips add up. And the effects go well beyond the money Brann makes carrying passengers back and forth. For one thing, crews need ground transportation once they hit dry land, he said.“Cab companies make a killing off these guys,” he said.A lot of shopping business goes to Warrenton.“They’ll be at Fred Meyer for six to eight hours,” Brann said. “They love going to shopping malls. They love computers. Filipinos like Levi’s, vitamins, beef jerky, computers and cameras.”last_img read more

first_imgA woman shops in the Health & Beauty section of a Whole Foods in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 15, 2018. Picture taken February 15, 2018.REUTERS/Maranie StaabUS consumer prices rose marginally in May amid a slowdown in increases in the cost of gasoline and the underlying trend continued to suggest moderate inflation in the economy.The Labor Department inflation report was published ahead of the start of the Federal Reserve two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. Steadily rising inflation and a tightening labour market are expected to encourage the U.S. central bank to raise interest rates for a second time this year on Wednesday.The Consumer Price Index increased 0.2 percent last month, also as food prices were unchanged. That followed a similar gain in the CPI in April. In the 12 months through May, the CPI increased 2.8 percent, the biggest advance since February 2012, after rising 2.5 percent in April.Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the CPI rose 0.2 percent, supported by a rebound in new motor vehicle prices and a pickup in the cost of healthcare, after edging up 0.1 percent in April. That lifted the year-on-year increase in the so-called core CPI to 2.2 percent, the largest rise since February 2017, from 2.1 percent in April.Annual inflation measures are rising as last year’s weak readings fall from the calculation. Last month’s increase in both the CPI and core CPI was in line with economists expectations.The Fed tracks a different inflation measure, which is just below its 2 percent target. Economists are divided on whether policymakers will signal one or two more rate hikes in their statement accompanying the rate decision on Wednesday.The dollar .DXY held gains versus a basket of currencies immediately after the data before falling to trade slightly lower. U.S. Treasury yields were trading lower while U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher.FOOD PRICESThe Feds preferred inflation measure, the personal consumption expenditures price index excluding food and energy, rose 1.8 percent on a year-on-year basis in April, matching March’s increase.Economists expect the core PCE price index will breach its 2 percent target this year. Fed officials have indicated they would not be too concerned with inflation overshooting the target.Last month, gasoline prices increased 1.7 percent after surging 3.0 percent in April. Food prices were unchanged in May after rising 0.3 percent in the prior month. Food consumed at home fell 0.2 percent amid declines in the cost of meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables.Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence, which is what a homeowner would pay to rent or receive from renting a home, rose 0.3 percent in May after a similar gain in April.Healthcare costs gained 0.2 percent last month after nudging up 0.1 percent in April. Prices for new motor vehicles rose 0.3 percent after sliding 0.5 percent in April.Prices for used cars and trucks fell 0.9 percent after tumbling 1.6 percent in April. Airline fares declined 1.9 percent in May after dropping 2.7 percent in the prior month. Prices for apparel and recreation were unchanged in May. Source: Thomson Reuters Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Paul Simaolast_img read more

Python selfie puts Indian forest ranger in tight spot

first_imgPhoto: Collected from twitterAn India forestry ranger found himself in a bind after a python briefly strangled him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake.Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40-kilogramme (88-pound) python swallowing a goat alive.Instead of placing it safely inside a bag, the ranger wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures with stunned villagers.But panic spread as the huge snake wound itself around Dutta’s neck, forcing him to struggle to free himself from its vice-like grip.He escaped unscathed, but a little red-faced.The Indian rock python is a non-venomous species, but it can quickly kill its prey by constricting blood flow and can grow up to 10 metres (33 feet) long.West Bengal’s forest department has launched an official inquiry into the ranger’s conduct and flouting of safety protocols.But Dutta said he only wanted to save the reptile from the villagers who were readying to club it to death with sticks.“My first instinct was to rescue the snake. I carried it on my shoulders and held its mouth firmly,” Dutta told AFP.“I was not scared for even a moment (when the python tightened its grip) because had I panicked, it could have been fatal.”Dutta said he did not have a bag to carry the snake, which he transported to a safe location in his car and released into the wild.last_img read more

11YearOld Charged in Connection With Babys Death

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAn 11-year-old girl was charged with first-degree child abuse and is in custody after one-year-old Paxton Davis was severely injured after being left in her care.According to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD), approximately 3:25 p.m., police responded to an area hospital after reports of an injured baby on Sunday, Feb. 24.  By Thursday, Feb. 28, baby Davis was dead.11-Year-Old Charged in Connection With Baby’s DeathDavis stayed overnight in Suitland, MD at the house of an adult family member of the 11-year-old girl.  When the adult family member left on Sunday to run an errand, Davis was left in the care of the 11-year-old.  The 11-year-old admitted to assaulting Davis, which led to his untimely demise and detectives are investigating her motive for hurting the baby.Commander of PGPD’s Criminal Investigation Division Maj. Brian Reilly told WUSA9 that authorities are working to deal with the distinctive, tragic incident, involving a minor.“We’re trying to deal with a unique situation involving a juvenile that’s been charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in the death of someone,” said Reilly according to WUSA9.The situation gets even harder to assess and examine fault as the age for children caretakers was called into question.“I believe it’s 13 years old you have to be in the state of Maryland to watch another child, but I believe it’s 10 years old to be by yourself and obviously in this situation those ages don’t match up,” Reilly said.The 11-year-old is now in a juvenile facility according to Prince George’s County police.As the investigation is ongoing, police are asking anyone with further information to come forward by calling 301-772-4925. Those who desire to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target It’s cool to like Star Trek again. Three fun but disposable reboot movies got people clamoring for a proper Trek TV series, and it looks like we’re getting one at the end of the month. We also got The Orville, a sci-fi comedy from Family Guy-creator Seth MacFarlane that does a decent impression of Trek. MacFarlane’s reverence for the source material is all over the series premiere. It might be the most earnest, and positive show he’s ever done. It’s also his most serious. Though the script is filled with jokes, the hour-long show almost comes across as more of a drama. It’s a genre MacFarlane doesn’t have a ton of experience with, and it shows.MacFarlane plays Ed Mercer, a cocky officer in the Planetary Union. He’s given command of a vessel, even though the admiral, played by Victor Garber, is hesitant to trust him with one. In the year since he caught his (now ex) wife cheating on him, he’s been slipping up at work, coming in hungover and generally doing a poor job. We’re quickly introduced to his crew, and the ship sets off for adventure. On the way, he picks up his first officer who, it turns out, is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson. The 1970s-style sitcom dynamic isn’t quite as funny as MacFarlane wants it to be. They go back and forth between bickering and bantering with each other so fast it’s hard to tell what kind of relationship the show wants them to have. They’ll joke around about a demonstration involving a banana when he belittled her about their marriage seconds ago. Then, as soon as the next cut happens, it’s back to petty sniping.Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)Thankfully, there wasn’t as much of that as the trailers for the show made it appear. In fact, there weren’t nearly as many jokes as you’d expect going into this series. It’s not that none of the jokes were funny. There were a couple that fell flat, but I’ll admit the show got a few chuckles out of me. It’s just that The Orville is still figuring out what balance it wants to strike between comedy and earnest sci-fi. It’s not an easy problem to solve. You need to fully commit to both sides of the equation no matter which you lean on more. Galaxy Quest, for example, leans much harder into comedy than it does sci-fi, but it commits to the sci-fi once it gets there. By the time you reach the ending, it’s basically a Star Trek movie, and a really good one at that. By comparison, this year’s reboot of The Tick goes all-in on creating a self-serious superhero show and finds the comedy in that. The Orville doesn’t fully commit to its sci-fi premise or comedy. The result is a competent, muddled, kinda-funny-but-who-cares premiere.At its best, The Orville feels exactly like a classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. It’s obvious MacFarlane spent a lot of time watching the series. It’s even paced like old Trek, with musical stings accompanying surprise attacks and deaths right before a commercial break. The Device that serves as the pilot’s MacGuffin is a time ray. It creates a small temporal distortion field rapidly accelerating time for everything in it. The device’s creator wants to use it to grow crops in an instant, putting an end to starvation overnight. The Orville certainly shares its optimistic view of humanity’s future. Of course, the device could also be used as a weapon, as we see when one of the bad guys pushes a woman under it. That rapid-aging effect is exactly the kind of futuristic death that would have scared the crap out of young me catching an early-90s TNG episode.THE ORVILLE: L-R: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Halston Sage, Penny Johnson Jerald, guest star Brian George and guest star Christine Corpuz (Cr: FOX)As you’d expect, there’s an evil alien species called The Krill, who want the device, and they’re willing to destroy the Orville to get it. What follows is a standard evil alien Star Trek plot with some pretty exciting visuals for what I’m guessing was a modest budget. The part where the helmsman avoids enemy fire by “hugging the donkey” looked cool and made for an especially tense sequence where he had to catch the captain’s pod in mid-flight. I guess they haven’t figured out Beaming in this version of the future. They even solve the problem in a way that feels both quintessentially Kirk and MacFarlane. They give the Krill commander the device, but with a genetically modified redwood seed attached. When the aliens try it out, the tree grows to full size, destroying the ship. Then, the crew makes a boner joke, because it’s still Seth MacFarlane.The characters, though not nearly sketched out enough in the premiere, are all interesting enough at first glance that you can imagine a great show around them. Alara is only 23 years old, but has been made security officer because of her species’ super strength. Gordon Malloy is the helmsman, and Captain Mercer’s best friend. In his spare time, he programs games for the holodeck. Yes, there will almost certainly be holodeck episodes on The Orville. Can’t wait to see what MacFarlane has in mind for those. Lt. Commander Bortus comes from an all-male species and is the show’s resident no-nonsense/emotionless alien. Dr. Claire Finn is the ship’s multi-talented medical officer who is so good at her job she makes the captain feel insecure. Navigator John Lamar Jokes around with Scott. The two have good chemistry together, so they should add a fun, lighthearted dynamic to the show’s most serious moments. Finally, there’s Isaac, an android who thinks all biological life-forms are inferior. The show went to great lengths to introduce him as a “crazy racist,” but immediately drops the idea, making him just another crew member. As the series goes on, the characters will probably become more fleshed-out, but it was pretty disappointing to see them all introduced only for the pilot to do almost nothing with them.Peter Macon and Chad Coleman (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)They’re going to need to be a bigger part of future episodes if The Orville is going to improve. The arguing parents dynamic between Ed and Kelly is going to get old fast, and watching all these different characters bounce off each other will save it. As it is now, there are a couple of good jokes in here, mostly revolving around the fact that Ed is outclassed by pretty much everyone under him. “I loosened it for you” after Alara knocks down a steel door is an old joke, but it’s still a funny one. On the sci-fi side, it’s been just long enough since we had any kind of Star Trek-like thing on TV that I’m willing to stick with The Orville and see where it goes. It’s cribbing from TNG so heavily it might as well be a remake, but there are definitely worse shows to crib from. It just needs to figure out what kind of show it wants to be. If it’s a comedy, it needs to be a lot funnier. If it’s a sci-fi adventure, it needs to do more than rehash old TNG plots. As of now, it’s… fine. And fine gets boring real fast.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC last_img read more

first_imgUnitas are working at the scene (Image: Kieran Birchall) A full road closure was not in place by 3.30pm, however later in the afternoon, it was extended across the entire road and a diversion was put in place. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The cordoned off premises “We are currently on site with specialists to look at the properties’ safety. Drivers, particular those using the route to commute to and from work should be prepared for diversion and possible delays.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe city council has cordoned off a Stoke-on-Trent street due to several buildings being in a ‘dangerous condition’. Shortly before 3pm this afternoon, part of Newcastle Street in Burslem, heading towards Longport, was blocked off and tape was put across the front of four buildings. The commercial premises are seen to be in a state of disrepair. center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window A Stoke-on-Trent City spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a number of properties on Newcastle Street, Burslem, which are in a dangerous condition. “Because of the severity of their condition, we have put a full road closure and a diversion in place until further notice. Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

first_imgCosta Rican voters got whiplash Saturday afternoon as the Social Christian Unity Party’s (PUSC) presidential candidate, Rodolfo Hernández, said that’s he staying in the race barely 24 hours after announcing his resignation Thursday.Hernández said he was retaking the reins of the PUSC’s presidential bid outside his home in Sabanilla de Montes de Oca, east of San José, after party supporters carrying signs reading, “Dr., Costa Rica needs you,” marched to his residence from the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro, reported the daily La Nación.“I have gotten to know a Costa Rica that has felt more pain than I have in these last days, I’ve known the indifference and anxiety that exists in Costa Rica where some have thrown Costa Rica away and left the poor without money,” the doctor told supporters, according to the online Spanish-language daily CRHoy.com.Hernández threw the PUSC into disarray Thursday when he released a statement saying he was stepping down just one day into the official 2014 election season. In his resignation statement, the doctor painted a picture of a campaign fraught with “backstabbing.”In an interview with Telenoticias Channel 7 on Friday, PUSC campaign manager Humberto Vargas accused three top party leaders – Rolando Laclé, Gonzalo Fajardo and Jorge Guardia – of sparking internal clashes that led to the candidate’s brief departure.CRHoy.com reported that the candidate would restart his campaign Tuesday.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more