Industrials sector weighs on Toronto stock market US markets mixed

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was lower in late-morning trading as the key industrials sector lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 23.14 points at 14,571.93.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 43.1 points at 24,057.41. The S&P 500 index was down 0.69 of a point at 2,599.26, while the Nasdaq composite was up 8.13 points at 6,918.80.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.73 cents US compared with an average of 74.74 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 67 cents at US$50.80 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 16.7 cents at US$3.66 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.90 at US$1,246.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 2.70 cents at US$2.74 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Drake Josh reboot in works

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Drake Bell has teased that reboot of popular Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh” is in the works. At the iHeart Radio Music Awards, Bell said his co-star Josh Peck will be joining him for the new show. “We’re working on something. I’m excited. I think we have a great idea,” Bell said. According to People magazine, Bell and Peck are “in talks with several networks” about the project, which a source said will “be more adult and really funny”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “This is going to be way more creative, way cooler than just, you know, the college years or something like that. We knew that if we were ever going to come back, it’s got to be something cool. I’m excited to see what the fans think,” Bell added. “Drake & Josh”, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007, followed Bell and Peck as stepbrothers with clashing personalities as they tried to navigate their new life together, with many comedic misadventures along the way.last_img read more

Centrale Danone Loses MAD 150 Million in First Half 2018 Due

Rabat – The ongoing boycott against high prices has caused Centrale Danone a major loss in revenue. Centrale Danone announced today that it has suffered a net loss of MAD 150 million in the first half of 2018 due to the boycott of its milk.Centrale Danone added that it had made a profit of MAD 56 million in the same period last year.The dairy firm published a statement today, in which it shared the “significant” consequences of the boycott, which also targets high prices of two other companies: Sidi Ali mineral water and Afriquia gas. “The company experienced, since the start of the campaign on April 20, a contraction of production and a consolidated revenue drop estimated at 50 percent,” the statement added.The statement t recalled that the boycott has pushed Centrale Danone to reduce its order of milk by 30 percent from its 12,000 partner farmers since May 29. The company has additionally terminated the contract of its temporary workers. Centrale Danone shallow promisesSince the launch of the boycott on April 20, Centrale Danone promised to meet customers’ demands. While boycotters have urged the company to lower its prices, Danone has denied that it has increased dairy products since 2013. Instead, the company has also chosen to terminate its contracts with nearly 1000 farmers to overcome the crisis, according to Minister of General Affairs and Governance Lahcen Daoudi. The company has not yet given any indication that it would decrease its prices. In its latest statement, Centrale Danone promised customers that it would “continue to take all actions necessary to satisfy” them. The statement added that the company will also make necessary decisions to “mitigate the effects of the boycott on its profit.Government backs Centrale DanoneGovernment officials have urged Moroccans to end boycott on milk. Last Thursday, the government released a statement, expressing concerns about the “damaging consequences” of the boycott singling out Centrale Danone.The government called on boycotters to end the campaign, which “negatively affects the 120,000 farmers who work for Centrale Danone and who support approximately 600,000 family members.The government also warned that the boycott will make Morocco lose foreign investment, which according to the cabinet, will have a negative impact on the national economy.The supporters of the boycott, however, are still resisting, emphasizing that the boycott will end only when the company lowers its prices.The chief executive of Centrale Danone, Didier Lamblin, admitted last week that the impact of the boycott is “very significant.” read more

Delta says CSeries deliveries may be delayed but not killed by duties

MONTREAL — Delta Air Lines says its deliveries of Bombardier CSeries aircraft may be delayed next year but that ultimately it won’t be forced to pay the 300 per cent preliminary duties recently announced by the U.S. Commerce Department.“We’re not going to be forced to pay tariffs or anything of the ilk,” CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday during a conference call about its third-quarter results.He said the U.S. government’s decision is disappointing and doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that it’s still early in the process, which is triggering lots of political debate.“We intend to take the aircraft,” he told analysts. “I can’t tell you how this is going to eventually work out. There may be a delay in us taking the aircraft as we work through the issues with Bombardier, who is being a great partner in this.”Bastian added that he thinks Delta will get the planes at the agreed contractual price, which has not been disclosed.Delta signed a deal for up to 125 CS100s in 2016. The firm order for 75 aircraft had a list price of US$5.6 billion, although large orders typically secure steep discounts. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in the spring.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) declined to comment on the delivery schedule to Delta, saying it’s confidential.“Delta has been supporting Bombardier throughout the process and its CEO, Ed Bastian, reaffirmed the airline’s intention to take possession of its CSeries aircraft,” spokesman Simon Letendre wrote in an email.He noted that the Department of Commerce decisions are preliminary and only take effect if supported by the U.S. International Trade Commission.“We remain confident that the ITC will reach the right conclusion given that Boeing did not compete for the Delta order and has not been harmed,” he added.The comments from the largest CSeries customer come a day after U.S. aerospace giant Boeing launched a public relations campaign to remind Canadians of its economic contribution to the country and century long partnership starting with the world’s first international mail service.The Chicago-based company (NYSE:BA) said its multimedia efforts, which got underway on Tuesday, include traditional and digital media including television, radio and other digital platforms.Boeing Canada managing director Kim Westenskow said the company contributes about $4 billion annually to Canada’s economic growth and development. That represents almost 14 per cent of Canada’s entire aerospace economic impact.Boeing said it works with 560 Canadian suppliers that support 17,500 jobs, along with 2,000 people it employs.“Today, Boeing is the largest non-Canadian aerospace manufacturer in Canada,” Westenskow added, pointing to both commercial and military activities.In response to the trade challenge to Bombardier, the federal government has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Bombardier Inc. last week accused the Trump administration of overreach by siding with Boeing in its bid to shut the CSeries commercial jet out of the world’s largest airline market by effectively quadrupling the price of any of the planes sold in the United States.The U.S. Commerce Department added 79.82 per cent in preliminary anti-dumping duties to 219.63 per cent in preliminary countervailing tariffs once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Boeing said it welcomed the decision affirming its view that Bombardier sold the CSeries to Delta at prices below production cost to illegally grab market share in the single-aisle airplane market.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the 100- to 150-seat CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Meanwhile, WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said Wednesday it has become the first commercial carrier in Canada to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.The 174-seat aircraft is expected to officially enter service on Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has also placed orders for 33 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 28 of the larger MAX 9s, with deliveries starting this year. read more

California regulatory judges recommend 14B penalty against PGE for deadly gas line

SAN FRANCISCO – California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighbourhood.The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges over the San Bruno pipeline explosion reflected nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal law, regulations and standards by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the operation of its gas pipelines.The penalty is meant to “send a strong message to PG&E, and all other pipeline operators, that they must comply with mandated federal and state pipeline safety requirements, or face severe consequences,” Timothy J. Sullivan, one of the two judges, wrote in the order.The largest share — $950 million — of the penalty is a fine to be paid directly to the state. That amount drew objections from city officials in San Bruno, the utility and a private ratepayers-advocacy group that the overall penalty should be focused on spending for the safe operation of the aging pipeline network.“We are accountable and fully accept that a penalty is appropriate,” the utility said in a statement.Asked whether PG&E would appeal, utility spokesman Greg Snapper said, “We’re reviewing the decision and believe that any penalty should go toward pipeline safety.”The recommended penalty requires approval by members of the state utility board. PG&E and other parties in the case have 30 days to lodge an appeal.The commission previously ordered PG&E to pay $635 million for pipeline modernization in the wake of the Sept. 9, 2010, blast in the suburb of San Francisco. The explosion destroyed more than three dozen homes and was California’s deadliest utility disaster in decades.The blast occurred when a 30-inch natural-gas transmission line installed in 1956 ruptured. At the time, survivors described the heat of the blast burning the back of their necks like a blowtorch as they ran away.The $1.4 billion penalty also includes $400 million for pipeline improvements, and about $50 million to enhance pipeline safety. PG&E cannot recover any of the money from customers, including the earlier $635 million penalty, although a ratepayers’ group called The Utility Reform Network maintained PG&E could raise rates in other rate cases to indirectly offset the penalty.Sending $950 million to the state’s general fund, with no strings attached, means it could be spent in any way the governor and Legislature see fit, said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance.The public utility commission staff recommended in July that the utility pay at least $300 million in fines.San Bruno city officials were just beginning to study Tuesday’s decision but on first read believed the overall judgment fell short of what was needed to ensure PG&E upgraded pipeline safety as much as necessary, city manager Connie Jackson said.The penalty was historic in terms of financial charges levied against utilities on safety violations, said Britt Strottman, a lawyer for San Bruno. However, “a lot of the utilities do not cause the same amount of devastation and destruction that was a result of the PG&E explosion in San Bruno,” Strottman said.A 2011 investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded the rupture occurred in a weak weld in a pipeline that PG&E records had shown as being smooth and unwelded. Among other safety failings, PG&E let 95 minutes go by before shutting off the natural gas that was fueling the fire, the federal investigators said.That same 2011 federal investigation also faulted what it called the California Public Utilities Commission’s weak oversight of the utility, which serves customers in the northern two-thirds of California.The San Bruno blast prompted congressional hearings on pipeline safety and recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and other government bodies that utilities intensify their oversight of decades-old natural gas lines.This year, federal prosecutors separately indicted PG&E on 27 counts alleging the utility violated pipeline safety requirements.PG&E faces additional fines of more than $1 billion if convicted of the federal charges, which are separate from the state financial penalties. PG&E has pleaded not guilty to the counts.Separately, PG&E was hit with about 160 lawsuits from people who lost family members, suffered injuries or had property damage.___AP writers Garance Burke and Donald Thompson contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2014 1:03 pm MDT California regulatory judges recommend $1.4B penalty against PG&E for deadly gas line blast read more

Addressing General Assembly UN expert warns of impact of judicial corruption on

“The pervasiveness of corruption in the judiciary and the legal profession, whether one off or endemic, is very worrying because it directly undermines the rule of law and the ability of the judiciary to guarantee the protection of human rights,” the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, told the General Assembly while presenting it with her latest annual report.“A judiciary that is not independent can easily be corrupted or co-opted by interests other than those of applying the law in a fair and impartial manner,” she said. “Strengthening the judiciary from within, as well as providing all the safeguards for its independence vis-à-vis other public officials and private actors, is essential in combating and preventing instances of judicial corruption.”Ms. Knaul noted that corruption in the judiciary has the potential to victimize those that do not have the means to play by the informal rules set by a corrupt system. “Corruption in the judiciary discourages people from resorting to the formal justice system, thereby diverting dispute settlements towards informal systems that more than often do not abide by the basic principles of impartiality, fairness, non-discrimination and due process,” she said.Mechanisms of accountability, the Special Rapporteur underlined, should be put in place to investigate acts of corruption and they should be developed with the full participation of the actors concerned. “I strongly believe that the existing international principles and standards on human rights and corruption provide adequate guidance on how to tackle judicial corruption while respecting the independence of the justice system and human rights,” she said.Ms. Knaul also emphasized that judges, prosecutors and lawyers are in a unique position to tackle the wider phenomenon of corruption in other instances of the public and private sectors, and that “anti-corruption bodies should be established or developed to effectively assist judicial actors to combat corruption and to implement and strengthen transparency within the public sector.”Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

UN rights panels outline States obligation to prevent harmful practices on women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released today the Joint General Recommendation/General Comment, which also highlights other harmful practices such as virginity testing, binding, widowhood practices, infanticide, and body modifications including fattening, neck elongation and breast ironing. “Harmful practices are frequently justified by invoking social or religious customs and values often embedded in patriarchal cultures and traditions” said Violeta Neubauer, from CEDAW, the UN expert body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, known informally as the “CEDAW convention.”“[These acts] are deeply rooted in attitudes that regard women and girls as inferior to men and boys. They are also often used as a means of ‘protecting’ the honour of women, children and their families and as a way of controlling women’s choices and expressions, in particular their sexuality,” Ms. Neubauer added. The objective of the General Recommendation/General Comment is to clarify the obligations of States parties to CEDAW and to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by providing authoritative guidance on legislative, policy and other appropriate measures that must be taken to ensure full compliance with their obligations under the two Conventions to eliminate harmful practices.The Committees also pay attention to practices such as women and girls undergoing plastic surgery to conform to social norms of beauty. “Harmful practices are found across the world. They have become increasingly common in some countries where they did not used to exist, mainly as a result of migration, while in some regions, especially those affected by conflict, they had declined but are now re-emerging,” said Hiranthi Wijemanne from the Committee on the Rights of the Child. “It is time to examine harmful practices from a human rights perspective. Children have a right to be protected from practices that have absolutely no health or medical benefits but which can have long-term negative effects on their physical or mental well-being,” said Ms. Wijemanne. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child both contain provisions under which harmful practices constitute human rights violations and obliging States to take steps to prevent and eliminate them. “Prevention is vital, and that requires the design of measures aimed at changing existing social norms and patriarchal cultures. Very often, the parents who decide to marry their girl-child or agree to female genital mutilation being performed on her do so in the belief that they are doing what is best for their daughter in a given community,” said Ms. Neubauer. “We also need to recognize that boys also suffer from harmful practices and men and boys have a key role in eliminating them,” Ms. Wijemanne said. The Committees’ recommendations to States on ensuring their full compliance with their legal obligations detail the criteria for determining the causes and manifestations of harmful practices. They call for a holistic approach, backed by appropriate legislation, political will and accountability, to tackling them. Strategies should be coordinated at local, regional and national level and across sectors such as education, health, justice, social welfare, law enforcement, immigration and asylum. Communities, including traditional and religious authorities, should be involved in challenging and changing attitudes that underlie and justify harmful practices. The joint General Recommendation/General Comment reflects the common effort to ensure respect for the rights of women and children, and has been adopted as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women marks its 35th anniversary and the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the relevant treaty mark their 25th anniversary. read more

Father of one of two British medics kidnapped in Congo speaks of

Rachel Katumura was killed in Friday’s ambush  “For the rest we are still trying to assess exactly what happened as part of that investigation. Clearly this is an incident that demonstrates that there is risk. “Risk has to be managed. Because this incident happened we are suspending tourism and we’ll keep it suspended until we’re confident that we can assure the security of visitors.He said that it will hit the park “very hard” financially. A spokesman said that they expected the closure to last at least a month. More than 175 rangers have died protecting Virunga, the oldest park in Africa and a Unesco world heritage site. Ms Baraka was one of the park’s 26 female rangers and the eighth to be killed this year. One of the drivers said that Dr Davies, 29, and Dr Jesty, 28, both specialists in intensive care at King’s College Hospital, were terrified when they first met emerged from the bush a few kilometers from the point where they were kidnapped 48 hours earlier.   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. As they were driven toward the border they eventually began to relax and called their family to say: “We are free, we are free”. The driver, who asked not to be named, said that they did not see the captors and the couple were largely unharmed. A funeral service was held on Monday for Rachel Baraka, the 25-year-old ranger who was shot dead as she tried to protect the couple during Friday’s ambush, before she was laid to rest in the park. Emmanuel de Merode, the British educated Belgian Prince who runs the park – one of the most dangerous in the world – has said that they would be now be closing it to visitors until they can guarantee safety. Mr De Merode said: “We are extremely relieved that the release has happened, they are now on their way home to their families, which is obviously what we were all hoping for. “We are also extremely sad and in grief in respect to Rachel our Ranger who was killed. She had followed 7 months training. She was one of the first women to be trained as a ranger in Congo. “She was extremely dedicated and was specifically trained for protecting visitors in this sort of situation. Unfortunately the attack was more serious then could have been predicted, but we do know that there were a number of armed men who ambushed the vehicle.  The father of one of two British medics kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo spoke of his relief last night as the pair prepared to return home. Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty emerged “terrified” and “shaking” from the bush more than 48 hours after they were kidnapped in an armed ambushed which left their ranger dead, rescuers have revealed. Speaking outside the family’s  £1.1 million home in Winchester, Hants, Dr Jesty’s father Jonathan, 58, today said that he and his family could not be more relieved with the outcome of his son’s escape.He said: “We are very pleased and thankful of the outcome and we could not be more relieved, but it is also incredibly sad about the ranger. It [kidnapping] is a horrible business.”Mr Jesty, an accountant, then handed out a statement on behalf of himself and his family, which read: “We are very relieved that there has been a positive outcome to the kidnapping and are very grateful for the excellent support we have received.”We extend our sincere sympathies to the family of the ranger so tragically killed in the incident.”The couple were rescued from the Virunga National Park on Sunday in taxis which raced them to the Rwandan border, where it is understood that they were met by British officials. Rachel Katumura was killed in Friday's ambush  read more

Man gets fouryear sentence for setting a motorbike on fire on a

first_img Short URL By Sonya McClean Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 6:25 AM Westland Row (file photo) Image: Google Maps A MAN WITH an alcohol problem who set a motorbike on fire on a busy Dublin street causing a passing woman and her child to run for safety has been sentenced to four-and-half-years in prison.James Kennedy (34) of Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson on Westland Row on 12 September 2015.His 40 previous convictions include criminal damage, theft, public order and violent behaviour in a garda station.Judge Melanie Greally said the “consequences for the people in the immediate vicinity could have been very, very severe indeed” describing the incident as “senseless but highly dangerous”.She accepted Kennedy had alcohol problems and he didn’t even recall the incident but said “ultimately people have to take responsibility for their actions”.The judge had adjourned the case after hearing evidence last November to allow for the preparation of a probation report and for Kennedy to be assessed for a residential treatment.Yesterday she accepted that the report indicated that the Probation Service felt it could assist Kennedy in the future.She suspended the final two years of the four-and-a-half year term on strict conditions including that he attend for treatment and liaise with the Probation Service for 18 months on his release.Engulfed in flamesThe court heard at the previous hearing that Kennedy could be clearly seen on CCTV footage trying to move the bike before he got off it and interfered with the petrol tank.Liquid can be seen coming out of the tank before he went into a shop and returned with lottery slips which he put under the petrol tank.He can then be seen searching his pockets before going into a nearby cafe, returning and setting the lottery slips on fire.Garda John Paul Keohane told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that the bike was completely engulfed in flames and a woman and child who were passing by had to run away due to the ferocity of the blaze.Kennedy was instantly recognised by gardaí on the footage and arrested a few months later. He initially denied any involvement but accepted responsibility when the footage was shown to him.He said he didn’t know why he had done it and said he was “full of alcohol” having drank a bottle of vodka that day.Garda Keohane said the bike, which was valued at €3,000, was totally destroyed.He agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending that Kennedy had a significant drink problem at the time and both he had his partner have been homeless.He accepted that Kennedy had no connection to the bike or its owner and had no reason to offer as to why he set it alight.Le Vert said Kennedy’s father was a severe alcoholic and introduced him to alcohol at 11 years old.“He later slipped into very significant drink and drug abuse,” counsel said but added that he is on a methadone programme since his remand in custody.Read: Why KBC is thinking of cashing out of Ireland – and why it’s being tipped to stayRead: ‘No exceptions’: Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points 27 Comments Man gets four-year sentence for setting a motorbike on fire on a Dublin city street The court heard that the man, who has an alcohol problem, could not recall the incident. center_img 13,892 Views Westland Row (file photo) Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share19 Tweet Email Feb 9th 2017, 6:25 AM last_img read more

Stickys Pot Shop gets a reprieve in court ruling

first_imgThe owner of Sticky’s Pot Shop, a cannabis retailer that was shuttered last year after defying Clark County’s ban on recreational weed businesses, said he will reopen the store after a recent victory in the ongoing legal conflict. On Friday, Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke issued an order allowing Sticky’s, located at 9411 N.E. Highway 99 in Hazel Dell, to reopen for business while its owner, John Larson, appeals the county’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas. The order requires Larson to file a $205,000 bond with the court before reopening the store. Mark Nelson, Larson’s attorney, said that the bond is intended to cover the $92,000 in fines the company has already accrued for defying the ban and to cover the additional penalties and costs it would owe the county if it loses its appeal. “This is an important issue that goes beyond just Sticky’s and one that will have an impact on many other licensees and business owners throughout the state,” Larson wrote in an emailed response to questions.Larson wrote that he expects to file the bond this week and that the store will be in the same location. According to Larson, it will take time to get the store running again and he didn’t have exact dates for its soft and grand openings.last_img read more

Plan for affordable housing for teachers

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Education Vice President Mark Powell has a plan to retain teachers and help them cope with soaring rent costs.California is facing a teacher shortage, brought in part by the cost of living in the state.Lack of affordable housing in San Diego seems to be exacerbating the situation.KUSI’s Logan Byrnes has more information. Updated: 7:09 PM Plan for affordable housing for teachers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 4, 2019center_img Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Millionaires to supercommittee Please tax us more

first_imgChristian group urges panel to help poor, needyWASHINGTON — Lobbyists for a day, a band of millionaires stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge Congress to tax them more.They had a little trouble getting in. It turns out there are procedures, even for the really rich.But once inside, their message was embraced by liberals and tolerated by some conservatives — including the ideological leader of anti-tax lawmakers, who had some advice for them, too.“If you think the federal government can spend your money better than you can, then by all means” pay more in taxes than you owe, said Grover Norquist, the head of a group that has gotten almost all congressional Republicans to pledge to vote against tax hikes. The IRS should have a little line on the form where people can donate money to the government, he suggested, “just like the tip line on a restaurant receipt.”One of the millionaires suggested that if Norquist wanted low taxes and less government, “Renounce your American citizenship and move to Somalia where they don’t collect any tax.”In the silence left by the private efforts of the supercommittee to find $1.2 trillion or more in deficit cuts by Thanksgiving, free advice flowed in public.And not just any advice: pie-in-the-sky suggestions from those not connected to the talks, mostly to reopen debates that have led nowhere. The millionaires want the panel to raise taxes on people who earn more than $1 million, even though most Republicans are committed against the idea. And 150 House members and senators urged a much bigger debt-and-deficit deal, even as a small-scope agreement is proving elusive.last_img read more

Robbery reported at Hazel Dell coffee kiosk

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who robbed a Hazel Dell coffee kiosk about 6:05 p.m. Monday.The robbery was reported by a barista at Revive Espresso and Tea, part of a Chevron car wash/convenience store complex at 610 N.E. 99th St.According to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian, a robber who implied he had a gun leaned through a service window and demanded money from the till.He was described as a white man in his 30s, with a reddish beard. He wore a red-and-cream flannel shirt, blue jeans and a green baseball-style cap.The barista last saw him running westbound on Northeast 99th Street.Deputies searched the area for the robber and a possibly associated vehicle.last_img

Hillsboro park closed after cougar sightings

first_imgHILLSBORO, Ore. — Officials in Hillsboro are deciding whether it’s safe to reopen Rood Bridge Park where three cougar sightings were reported this week.The park was closed Wednesday and city spokesman Patrick Preston told KGW ( ) officials are re-assessing the danger Thursday morning.The city has called in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to help.last_img

8yearold shot by Coast Guardsman father dies of injuries

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An 8-year-old girl has died of her injuries after her father, a U.S. Coast Guardsman, fatally shot his family before taking his own life in Southwest Miami-Dade.The young girl, identified as McKenna Presnar, had been receiving treatment at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for her gunshot wounds after, authorities said, 44-year-old John Presnar got into a heated argument with his wife Gretchen, Dec. 16.Related: Coast Guardsman kills wife, child in murder-suicide; 1 child left in critical conditionAt some point, investigators said, the altercation escalated into a shooting.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units rushed to the scene of the shooting along Southwest 242nd Lane and 114th Court where the body of Presnar, Gretchen and their 7-year-old son were discovered.“It’s really sad that bodies are being put in body bags,” an area resident said.The death of McKenna bumps the case up to a triple-murder suicide.On the day of the shooting, the USCG released a statement that read in part, “The Coast Guard is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family members of those who were killed. We continue to pray for and offer the full support of the Coast Guard to the young child fighting for her life.” As the investigation into this tragedy continues, neighbors said they never saw this coming.“The dad was really nice. The mom, the grandma, they were all a very, very nice family,” said resident Esteban Aguila, “so it’s very surprising to hear something like this happened.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

All the big HDMI 21 news from CES 2019

first_img 1 61 Photos CES 2019 You’ll eventually need new cables for those high-bandwidth 8K signals, when there are sources, which there currently aren’t — but we’ll discuss that in a moment. First, here’s a rundown of everything new we found out about HDMI 2.1 connection in 2019 and beyond, after talking with TV manufactures, an HDMI cable manufacturer and HDMI Licensing themselves at CES 2019. HDMI LG Monoprice Samsung Sony The best TVs of CES 2019 What is HDMI 2.1 anyway?HDMI 2.1 expands on the current HDMI 2.0 connection standard, a collection of features and capabilities that allows source devices (game consoles, streamers, Blu-ray players, etc.) to send audio and video to TVs. For most people with current and even near-future 4K TVs, HDMI 2.1 isn’t a big deal, and HDMI 2.0 is plenty. It will handle 4K resolution at frame rates up to 60 per second, and even some varieties of 8K (24 and 30 fps). It also doesn’t require new HDMI cables.A 4K TV like LG’s rollable OLED can use HDMI 2.1 features like ALLM and VRR. Sarah Tew/CNET But for the ultimate in futureproofing — or for people who buy an 8K TV — the full version of HDMI 2.1 is worth considering. It’s also potentially worthwhile for some gamers and people who want to use Dolby Atmos via eARC. Here’s what it offers.The physical connectors and cables the same as today’s HDMI.Improved bandwidth from 18Gbps (HDMI 2.0) to 48Gbps (HDMI 2.1).Can carry resolutions up to 10K, frame rates up to 120fps.New cables required for higher resolutions and/or frame rates.AV features include Dynamic HDR, “eARC” (enhanced Audio Return Channel)Gaming features include VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (auto low latency aka game mode)For more details on all of those crazy acronyms and why they matter, check out HDMI 2.1: What you need to know.Not all HDMI 2.1 is full HDMI 2.1As we originally reported, HDMI Licensing is allowing companies to claim HDMI 2.1 compliance even if the TV can’t do all of 2.1’s features. So, for instance, a company with a TV that can do eARC and VRR, but not the 48Gbps required for 8K/60, could still say their TV is HDMI 2.1. They’re only allowed to do this if they also explain which specific features the TV supports, but if you’re thinking this will lead to confusion, so do we. The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 Home Entertainment While it’s true a 4K TV doesn’t need 48Gbps, and that same TV could take advantage of eARC and VRR, this extra level of explanation, potentially requiring some more research on your part, isn’t intuitive and is potentially confusing. We’ll discuss this more in the future for sure. hdmi-strandsSome prototype HDMI cables from CTI Cable. Note the increasing thicknesses with the longer lengths. A nearby sign also clarified that these cables will go through certification when the HDMI 2.1 certification process is finalized. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Be wary of ‘2.1 cables’There’s no reason you should be looking for Ultra High Speed HDMI cables right now. Once called “48G” and already incorrectly labeled as “HDMI 2.1” cables, they offer no benefit to your current 4K TV. You can already find some of these cables for sale on the web. The specification has been available for several months, but there is, as yet, no compliance testing. Which is to say, HDMI Licensing can’t say if any of these cables are actually Ultra High Speed. It’s possible they are, but if you’ve never heard of the brand and they have no web presence, they almost certainly are not. If you have your heart set on an 8K TV, the 2019 models won’t be shipping until later this year anyway, and perhaps by then we’ll have more info about what cables to look for. Even then, it might not be a concern because there’s nothing in 8K to watch.002-samsung-oled-8k-98-inch-tvThe beautiful 8K demo footage seen on TVs like this Samsung runs from custom hard drives. Substantial numbers of real 8K TV shows and movies are a few years off at best. Sarah Tew/CNET No 8K sources yetNo one is talking, publicly at least, about 8K sources. Yet. What 8K content that’s out there you’ll only be able to get via the web. YouTube, for instance, already has 8K videos but it’s unclear whether 8K TVs will actually be able to play it with their YouTube apps (we asked LG and they said they’d get back to us, while Samsung also hedged with its Q900). Whether you’ll have the Internet speed to stream 8K is a whole other aspect, but one best left for a different article. There’s no talk about an 8K Blu-ray format, so really there’s only streaming. On some TVs you’ll be able to play content from a USB drive, but that doesn’t seem like it will be a common option to watch 8K content. prototype-ultra-high-speed-hdmiMore prototype Ultra High Speed HDMI cables. Note the increasing thickness on the longer cables. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET However, the Olympics are in Japan next year, and China in 2022, so it’s a safe bet we’ll see a way to get 8K to the TV via something external and box-shaped to coincide with those events. But I’d be surprised if we even get a glimpse of something like that before the end of this year.  Copper limitations, optical answersI often use the analogy that bandwidth is like a pipe: big pipe, lots of water, small pipe, less water. 4K needs a big pipe. 8K needs a storm drain. HDMI cables are actually multiple smaller wires all bundled together. A handful of spaghetti, if you will, all mashed together with rubber. To keep the overall cable diameter small, so it’s bendable and not impossible to use in your house, each of the strands inside has to be kept as small as possible. Other parts, like shielding, can shrink too, but all only to an extent. The thinner these strands of copper are, the more signal gets lost over the length of the wire. Too thin, and you won’t get anything, or the cable won’t be able to transfer really high resolutions. Go the other way, and make all the parts thick, and it would be like trying to connect your TV and cable box with a garden hose, and not one of those fancy flexible ones either. prototype-uhs-cableA prototype Ultra High Speed HDMI-over-optical cable from Silicon Line. I couldn’t have had my shadow in the shot more if I’d tried, and I was trying not to. A copper cable this length, with similar bandwidth potential, would be several times thicker, likely as wide as one of your fingers. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET In talking with HDMI Licensing, and Ian Jackson from Silicon Line, there’s an expectation that it won’t be practical to do 48Gbps using traditional copper wires over longer lengths, even just a few meters. Looking at some of the cable prototypes at the show, the longer ones were exceptionally thick. Fine for some situations, certainly, but if you’re trying to run it around corners or tight spaces, it’s going to be a hassle.However, this potential limitation might not be an issue. The price of optical HDMI cables has dropped significantly in recent years. Jackson has said new chip design allows his company to be similar in price, and possibly cheaper, than copper cables. They’ll also only be 3mm thick. Despite being optical, i.e. requiring a change from electrons to photons and back again, they likely wouldn’t need any external power. They’ll pull what juice they need from the HDMI connection itself.Now that’s just one company, and it’s super-early in the HDMI 2.1 era. It’s also worth noting that in the early days of HDMI, many believed longer runs would always require super-thick cables too, and thanks to active cable tech, along with optical and other developments, reasonably thin cables are relatively inexpensive. The optical technology does seem like it will become a more viable option for long Ultra High Speed cable runs, if the prices keep dropping. To give you an idea where we are now, Monoprice’s HDMI-over-optical cables cost about twice per-foot what the comparable active long-run copper HDMI cables do. That seems like a lot, until you consider the copper cables are very cheap. The optical cables are available in much greater distances too, it’s worth noting. So while HDMI-over-optical isn’t new, its continuing reduction in price and potential for an even greater size difference compared to copper could be an interesting trend to keep an eye on as HDMI 2.1 rolls out. Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more.Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  CES 2019 marked the first time most of the world’s biggest TV makers introduced 8K TVs. And it’s good news that most will include the next-gen connection that will actually allow 8K TV shows, movies and games to get to those TVs.LG, Sony, and Samsung all confirmed that their new 8K TVs will have HDMI 2.1 connections capable of the full 48-gigabit-per-second transfer speed necessary for the highest-bandwidth forms of 8K. LG added that its high-end 4K TVs will also support the standard, and Samsung’s 4K sets currently offer some HDMI 2.1 features. Now playing: Watch this: Comment Tags 1:49 Samsung just (finally) confirmed that its 2019 8K TVs indeed have the 48Gbps input capability, along with 8K/60 and 4K/120, called for by HDMI 2.1.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) January 10, 2019 Share your voicelast_img read more

Karnataka parties mull strategy for floor test

first_imgBengaluru : With the fate of the H D Kumaraswamy led wobbly coalition government in Karnataka likely to be decided on Monday, political parties are silently preparing their strategy and plan of action for the crucial floor test. While hectic parleys continued in coalition circles with leaders of both Congress and JD(S) holding meetings, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa too met party MLAs and held discussions on the plan of action when the assembly resumes on Monday. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The coalition leaders are also said to be making last ditch efforts to reach out to rebel legislators camped in Mumbai, whose resignations have pushed the government to the brink of collapse. In a face-off with Governor Vajubhai Vala, the JDS-Congress government had defied the two deadlines set by him to demonstrate its majority in the Assembly Friday itself, worsening the political logjam. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Despite the Governor’s directive to conclude the confidence motion process on Friday itself, unnecessarily time was wasted by allowing legislators to speak for hours. They don’t have majority and are committing the sin of wasting time. What action Governor will take, it is left to him,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here Saturday. Claiming that the Congress-JD(S) coalition had just 98 legislators and BJP 106 MLAs, he said after having lost the majority, Kumaraswamy has no moral right to continue as CM. Advertise With Us “Prove majority if you have or else resign and go,this is our demand. Without resigning, they are wasting time. It seems that they are in an illusion about getting relief from the Supreme Court on Monday,” he said, indicating about Congress and Chief Minister’s petition to the apex court. Kumaraswamy and the Congress have moved the apex court, accusing the Governor of interfering with assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was on and sought clarification on its July 17 order causing hindrance in issuing whip to the legislators. The court had held that the MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the Assembly proceedings.last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories “It’s sick.”It’s insane.“No, it’s not. They’re like cats.”Can’t he see the headline? Visitor Mauled by NFL Star Robert Nkemdiche’s Pet Panther.“If someone comes over and is scared, I’ll put the panther away.”But if buying a pet panther is second on Nkemdiche’s list of priorities, we can only pray that building a panther enclosure is a close No. 3 with the nearly $9 million he’ll make in his rookie season.Anyway, fellow exotic animal lover and former Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett seems on board with Nkemdiche as a draft choice. Good bet he’s on board with the panther thing, too. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche, center, poses for photos upon arriving for the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If you thought you’d heard the name Robert Nkemdiche before the Cardinals drafted him Thursday, maybe it was because you remember him falling out of a fourth-story window.Or maybe, more recently, you heard he was the guy who said he’d use his first paycheck to first take care of his family and then — in this list of priorities — buy a pet panther.ESPN’s Seth Wickersham’s profile on Nkemdiche begins with “Robert Nkemdiche wants a pet panther” before the Mountain Dew-sipping beast of a defensive lineman explains: – / 35 Good pick @BruceArians 😊!!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) April 29, 2016last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Azamara Club Cruises

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled new design plans for its suites and staterooms as part of the line’s programme to ‘Reimagine Azamara‘ while in dry dock early next year. The boutique cruise line will debut in Australia for the first time this year, when Azamara Quest arrives in late December. Sister ship Azamara Journey will then sail local waters for the 2016/17 season, fresh from her refurbishment next year.“Azamara is all about Destination Immersion and we spend more time in ports at night and stay overnight to ensure our guests can spend enough time in the destination to come away with an authentic experience. Our AzAmazing Evenings, Nights and Cool Places, Insider Access and Cruise Global, Eat Local are just a few of the programs we provide guests to make the most of their time in port,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises.“When our guests return to the ship, we recognize the importance of offering accommodations that provide a respite from their adventures and functions like a moving upscale hotel. Keeping all areas of our ships contemporary in design as well as offering services and amenities that match is paramount. This is why we are so excited to dig into every aspect of our onboard offerings during this upcoming dry dock period.”Azamara has contracted several consultants for the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, to help transform the suites and staterooms into modern oases at sea. As design teams undertake the ship project, they look to bring the style and comforts travellers look for in travel to the high seas. The result will be an overall ambiance that is comfortable as well as timeless and elegant. Authentic materials will be used, with beautiful stone and porcelain throughout and custom designed built-ins. The colours that were selected will be dusted and faded adding to the overall theme.Additionally, the bathrooms will get an overhaul making them a much more efficient use of space. Guests will enjoy all of the new amenities while relaxing before dinner or preparing for another day of touring in the next amazing destination.The Spa Suites will be two brand new additions to both ships. These suites will be built adjacent to the Sanctum Spa and will feature an elegant look with organic and muted colours. The bathroom shower and tub will have a view of the water, and guests who are staying in these suites will also have exclusive access to unique spa amenities that will be included in the price of these staterooms.The Club World Ocean and Owner’s Suites will undergo revitalizations. Coffee tables, consoles and dining tables will be replaced with modern furnishings  and the sound and lighting systems will also be updated. Additionally, the bathrooms will get an overhaul making them larger and a much more efficient use of space.The Club Continent Suites will have a top to bottom refresh that includes new drapes, fabrics and furnishings.In all other staterooms, guests will see new blackout curtains, bed linens, furniture, carpeting, lighting, and a complete bathroom modernization.Azamara Journey will enter dry dock in January 2016 in the Bahamas, so she will be completely refreshed before her maiden Australian season in February 2017. Azamara Quest will enter dry dock in April 2016 in Singapore.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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He did an honorable thing today and resigned working for a man he admired and still does” Barry Bennett the former Carson campaign manager who resigned in December had a different theory of why Parker resigned “I think Armstrong was looking for someone to blame” he said in an email to TIME referring to Carson’s advisor Armstrong Williams “I would say Armstrong has forced everyone out and now that it looks like the campaign is coming to an end he is looking for a scape goat and today it is Dean” Read More: Ben Carsons Two Top Aides Resign (After his resignation in December Bennett told TIME that “they need some psychologists to figure [out]” Carson’s relationship with Williams who does not have an official role in the campaign) Despite the loss of numerous top aides in the past few weeks Brookover who was formerly senior strategist and took over as campaign manager when Bennett left says that everything is still on track “General Dees .

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