BC mayor wants provincial money backing proposed Highway of Tears shuttle

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt has been six years since the British Columbia city of Prince George hosted the Highway of Tears symposium.It was an event organized for family members and loved ones to meet with police and discuss recommendations to help prevent any more women from going missing along the infamous highway of tears.Now a mayor is pushing the provincial government to act on one of the recommendations.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: July ’17 $5.60 lower $511.70; Nov. ’17 $5.70 lower $484.00; Jan. ’18 $5.70 lower $490.00; March ’18 $5.80 lower $495.60; May ’18 unchanged $503.60; July ’18 unchanged $504.90; Nov. ’18 unchanged $491.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $491.20; March ’19 unchanged $491.20; May ’19 unchanged $491.20; July ’19 unchanged $491.20.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.

Asian shares mixed following broad rally for US stocks

TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Friday as investors bought back stocks following gains on Wall Street, although worries about a trade dispute between the U.S. and China remained.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.4% to finish at 20,684.82. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.3% to 6,584.80. South Korea’s Kospi added 1.1% to 1,941.95. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 0.2% to 26,073.32, while the Shanghai Composite edged down 0.6% to 2,778.82.Data on Japan’s economy for the April-June quarter better than expected and added to the optimism. The Cabinet Office reported Japan’s gross domestic product, or the total value of a nation’s goods and services, grew at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1.8% during the three months ended in June, compared to the previous quarter.Technology companies powered stocks broadly higher on Wall Street on Thursday, driving the S&P 500 to its best day in more than two months and erasing its losses for the week.The rally, which pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up by more than 370 points, followed an early rise in bonds yields after a weekly government report on unemployment claims came in better than economists had expected.The absence of new worrisome turns in the U.S.-China trade tussle may have also helped keep investors in a buying mood.The S&P 500 index rose 54.11 points, or 1.9%, to 2,938.09. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 371.12 points, or 1.4%, to 26,378.19. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, vaulted 176.33 points, or 2.2%, to 8,039.16. It also had its best day in more than two months and was on track to end the week with a gain. The Russell 2000 index picked up 31.45 points, or 2.1%, to 1,532.13.President Donald Trump spooked the markets last week when he threatened to impose 10% tariffs on all Chinese imports that haven’t already been hit with tariffs of 25%.Beijing lowered the trading band for its yuan again Friday but the currency was trading above the low point hit earlier in the week.The Chinese central bank rattled financial markets when it allowed the yuan to fall to an 11-year low against the U.S. dollar on Monday in what economists said was a “warning shot” to Washington in the midst of a tariff war.On Friday, the People’s Bank of China set the starting point for trading at 7.0136 to the dollar, down from 7.0039 on Thursday. The yuan was trading at 7.0474 at midday, above Wednesday’s low of 7.0662. Investor anxiety has eased following central bank statements promising sharp declines will not continue and the exchange rate will be kept stable.“Share markets are at risk of further short-term volatility and weakness on the back of the escalating U.S.-China trade war, Middle East tensions and mixed economic data,” said Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP Capital.ENERGYBenchmark crude rose 2 cents to $52.56 a barrel. It rose $1.45 to $52.54 a barrel Thursday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, was unchanged at $57.38 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar fell slightly to 105.86 Japanese yen from 105.97 Thursday. The euro was unchanged at $1.1197.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Promise of Bombardiers new CSeries to be put to the test in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier celebrated the first flight of its CSeries commercial jet in 2013, but the success of the world’s first new narrow-body design in nearly 30 years is riding on the test results.Customers will be watching closely to see if data from years of computerized simulations and hundreds of hours of flights validate the promised savings on fuel and the reduction in noise and engine emissions needed to prompt orders.The head of the Montreal-based company’s aerospace division acknowledges that some potential buyers are “on the sidelines” waiting for the results. But Guy Hachey said testing has been solid so far.“It’s very challenging to bring an aircraft to market but there’s no big surprise that we’ve seen so far in the CSeries,” he said.The US$3.4-billion CSeries program is expected to generate US$5 billion to US$8 billion in annual revenues as it seeks to capture about half of the global sales for this size of plane.The newly designed aircraft, built partially with lightweight composite materials and powered by Pratt & Whitney’s fuel-saving engines, is targeted at established carriers looking to replace older, inefficient planes, and new airlines launching in developing countries, such as China, to service the growing middle class and airport expansion.“This is an aircraft that is designed first and foremost for worldwide demand and not just for current fortress markets,” Hachey told a recent aviation conference.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is aiming to secure 300 firm orders – or about four years of production – from about 20 customers by the time the CS100 is released in about a year. So far, it has just 182 — 63 for the CS100 and 119 for the larger CS300 — with very few being added of late.September’s first CS100 flight was supposed to propel new orders, but only Iraqi Airways stepped forward as a new customer, ordering five planes.A series of potential buyers are circling. Among them is Indonesia’s Lion Air which is interested in about 50 planes, and Air Canada which is expected to decide over the next six months whether to select the local product over Embraer’s E2 jets.Delivering the 110- to 160-seat CSeries on schedule will be the main challenge. The flight test program for the CS100 is supposed to last 12 months, but most industry observers believe Bombardier will miss that date, just as it missed the maiden flight target by about nine months.They believe the first delivery of the smaller of the two CSeries commercial jets will be made in the first quarter of 2015, about six months behind schedule. That would still be an achievement compared to protracted delays by Boeing and Airbus in bringing their new 787 and 380 airplanes to market. Delivery of the CS300 is expected to start about six months later.Hachey said it is waiting for data from its second test airplane before determining if the date will be pushed back.“It will all depend what we discover here as we have more than one aircraft in the air, but right now it’s going according to what we would have expected,” he said.David Tyerman, of Canaccord Genuity, said the first flight was a milestone but gauging the program’s success is difficult because Bombardier has refrained from releasing many details about its test schedule and the plane’s initial performance.Tyerman said there’s little doubt that the CSeries CS100 will be late.Early spring could be a crucial period, when the company accumulates sufficient data to validate the plane’s promise of burning 20 per cent less fuel and reducing operating costs.“At that point, presumably, they should know how the program’s going,” he said in an interview. “If they’re materially behind and don’t know that information, then that’s going to be an issue.”Karl Moore, of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, has little doubt that the CSeries will propel Bombardier forward, despite concerns about its order book.He said the first flight and test flight data will help to calm some marketplace anxieties.“I think it’s superior to its competitors…and it’s something where, in the medium to long term, it’s going to be a very considerable success,” he said.Moore said Boeing and Airbus are trying to mitigate the CSeries advantage by selling their retrofitted narrow bodies at discounted prices.He believes Bombardier will achieve its targeted 300 sales by first delivery, but said it would be a bonus to have some big name customers, including Air Canada.“It’s an impressive airline and, if you don’t win the people literally right across the street, that may be seen negatively by some as well.”CSeries skeptic Richard Aboulafia, of the aviation consultancy Teal Group, expects Air Canada will avoid “economic patriotism” and not order the plane.He said losing the contract wouldn’t be a big blow to Bombardier, but the manufacturer needs to attract a network carrier other than Lufthansa to demonstrate the plane’s attractiveness to airlines. Lufthansa has firm orders for 30 CS100 and 30 options on behalf of Swiss Air Lines that would use the planes, in part, to link Switzerland to banking centres such as London and its city airport.Aboulafia said Bombardier has not been aggressive enough to secure orders in the face of intense pressure from its larger rivals. He said Bombardier has “superior product syndrome,” a dangerous affliction in which a company convinces itself that customers will be lured by the attributes of the product.“I think it’s in jeopardy of being marginalized and staying marginalized,” the U.S. analyst said from Phoenix.Bombardier said it has avoided selling too many planes at launch discounts to prevent being saddled with years of making planes at low margins.Aboulafia says the company could be proven right or it could have “grossly underestimated what they need to break into this market.” Promise of Bombardier’s new CSeries to be put to the test in 2014 by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 12:20 pm MDT read more

Safety drills planned as part of Fire Prevention Week

Brock will be putting the spotlight on safety next week as the University observes Fire Prevention Week on campus.The theme for the national initiative, taking place Oct. 8 to 14, is Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out, which highlights the importance of being familiar with escape routes and emphasizes how precious time is during an emergency evacuation.The University will be co-ordinating several fire drills on campus as part of Fire Prevention Week and to comply with the Ontario Fire Code.The locations and times of the drills are being intentionally withheld. During drills, the alarm system will be activated and Brock officials will observe the actions of occupants in order to compile drill reports.Typically, members of the St. Catharines fire prevention division are also onsite to assess efficiencies and address any concerns during the drills.All occupants are required to:Adhere to standard evacuation procedures (the Occupant Emergency Procedures guideline can be reviewed on OneBrock)Be familiar with procedures for Persons Requiring AssistanceFollow directions provided by emergency wardens and or supervisorsThere’s no need to wait for a fire drill to become familiar with exit routes. It is a best practice and suggested that all departments and divisions across campus review their areas and walk exit routes a few times annually. This ensures everyone is familiar with routes and designated meeting points.Emergency wardens are reminded that an emergency warden training module is available on Sakai. This module is also available to all active staff and faculty. The safe and efficient evacuation from areas/buildings is critically important. Information on proper evacuation procedures is available on OneBrock and the Brock website.For more information, contact Rick Fraser, Manager of Emergency Management and Life Safety, at ext. 3130 or rfraser2@brocku.ca or Brian Dzurban, Health, Safety and Wellness Co-ordinator, at ext. 3284 or bdzurban@brocku.ca. read more

Good News Warriors Fans Every Cliché About The NBA Playoffs Is True

Note how stratified the regular season coloring is: For any given level of margin of victory, having 10 more wins only affects the odds of winning a (theoretical) series by 5 to 10 percentage points. In the playoffs, on the other hand, the ranges are staggering. If team A is a net of 2 points per game better than team B, its chances of winning the series may vary by as much as 30 percentage points depending on the teams’ relative win-loss records.3. Champs gonna champChampionship experience matters. A lot. And recent champs win way more than similarly situated non-champs.Winning an NBA championship is really hard. And surprise: Teams that pull it off and then keep playing at a high level are likely to do well in the playoffs.Indeed, having demonstrated an ability to win a championship continues to be a strong indicator of a team’s ability to compete for another for several years. Below is a chart that shows all teams since 1984 that finished within five games of the best record in the regular season arranged by their winning percentage and how many other teams finished within five games of the best record as well (our proxy for competition). The differences between those that had won a title within the previous five years (our proxy for championship experience) and those that had not are withering: SeriesElo difference, win difference and championship experience94.2 How much you weight each one depends on the amount of data you have and what you’re trying to predict.In the NBA playoffs, the skill of winning is especially important because — and this is seriously one of my favorite things in all of sports — being good at “winning” manifests both in playoff games and playoff series. “Winning” teams not only win playoff games more than their margin of victory implies, but they win playoff series even more often than that.Thus, seemingly unlikely things like the Warriors’ coming back from 3-1 to beat the Thunder in seven games happen significantly more often for teams with a demonstrated knack for winning.Overall, here’s how the chances of winning a seven-game series change when you adjust the relative weight of win rates and margin of victory to account for playoff dynamics: SeriesElo difference78.1 The model that projects series results directly tends to add 8 to 10 percentage points to the better team’s chances (though of course this diminishes a bit as the gap between teams gets larger). Coming into the Finals, the Warriors are 64 Elo points ahead of the Cavs, making that difference 9 percentage points — a fairly significant boost to Golden State’s outlook.2. Winning is everythingOr, more shockingly for stats-types: Margin of victory is useless.Virtually any model worth its salt long ago abandoned uncouth metrics like wins and losses in favor of more nuanced metrics like margin of victory. But such proxies are only valuable so long as they’re a more reliable predictor of winning than winning itself. In contexts like baseball (where results are fairly close to a random walk) or football (where sample sizes are always small), looking predominantly at differentials in runs or points may be a sound analytical strategy. But in many sports — and especially basketball — winning is a demonstrably discrete and valuable skill independent from scoring and allowing points. This is why, as I’ve written before, a good model for predicting outcomes should account for both a team’s winning percentage AND its margin of victory. SeriesChampionship experience and win difference95.0 SeriesElo difference and win difference90.2 GameElo difference — regular-season dynamics69.0% Nine of the 10 teams that had the best record free and clear (no teams within five games) won the championship (including all five with championship experience). That leaves 22 seasons in which no such team existed. In 12 of those 22, the title was won by a team with championship experience (out of 29 such teams “competing”, or 41 percent); in seven, the title was won by a team with no championship experience (out of 50 such teams competing, or 14 percent). Only three seasons had champions that finished more than five games back (of 273 such playoff teams in those years, or ~1 percent).Of the 16 teams that had the best record in the league, at least one challenger within five games and no championship experience, only two won the title — and both times it was the San Antonio Spurs.All clichés consideredTo show how much these clichés potentially affect real predictions, I’ve created a series of models to predict the outcome of the NBA Finals series between the Warriors and the Cavs using different methods and sets of variables discussed above (for championship experience, I introduced a “has more recent championship experience within past five years” variable2So a team gets 1 if they have the most recent championship within five years, -1 if their opponent does and 0 if neither has won a championship in five years.). Here are the results, with methods ordered from least to most predictive:3By adjusted r-squared. For the statistically oriented, base concepts like “clutch” and “momentum” generally aren’t a thing. Instead, a different sort of conventional wisdom rules the day: Margins of victory mean more than wins; results are largely random walks of possessions; series are largely random walks of games; and playoff games are like regular games between stronger teams. Despite encouraging overt oversimplification, these ideas remain compelling because metrics built with them in mind have been pretty good at making predictions in many contexts across several sports and in the NBA’s regular season.But the NBA playoffs are a different beast entirely. There, many of the traditional ways of thinking — like the philosophy that the playoffs are where winners win and where champions win championships — turn out to be true.A few years ago, I came up with a heuristic for picking NBA champions that I call the “Five by Five” method: Of teams that are 1) within five games of the best win-loss record in the NBA and 2) have won a championship within the previous five years, pick the one that won a championship most recently. If no team at the top has a ’chip, pick the team with the best record.1Ties go to the team with the higher margin of victory. This correctly picks the eventual NBA champion in 21 of 32 seasons (66 percent) since 1984 (including three of four since I came up with it).The Golden State Warriors, of course, entered these playoffs with a better résumé than the typical favorite. Defending champions? Check. Best record in NBA history? Check. No teams within five wins in the regular season? Check. Yet, playoff models that rely heavily on margin of victory and game-by-game simulations — like ESPN’s Basketball Power Index and FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections — gave the Warriors less than a 45 percent chance of repeating.The Cavs beating the Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals would be an upset no matter how you look at it. FiveThirtyEight’s projections give the Warriors a 69 percent chance of winning the series. But if we factor in the conventional wisdom — not something we say here very often — the Warriors look even stronger.In particular, I believe there are three clichés about the playoffs that the conventional wisdom gets right and the unconventional wisdom gets wrong — and they’re all good news for Warriors fans:1. The playoffs are a whole different ballgameThe obvious problem with using models built predominantly on regular-season data to predict postseason games is that the playoffs have demonstrably different dynamics. For one thing, both teams try very hard to win each game. When it’s win or go home, there’s no more jockeying for better playoff (or lottery) position, no more using throw-away games to experiment with new lineups, the best players tend to get more minutes per game and no one’s resting on the second night of (non-existent) back-to-backs.For the most part, this has one inescapable effect: The better team wins more often. For example, modeling playoffs separately suggests that a team that is projected to win a regular home game against a particular opponent 66 percent of the time under our Elo model is likely to win an equivalent game 69 percent of the time in the playoffs. Over a seven-game series, those small differences add up: The odds of that team with home-court advantage winning a seven-game playoff series against the same opponent rise from 57 percent to 63 percent.But that’s just the beginning. Better teams win individual games more often, but they also win series more often than their game-winning rate suggests. In other words, there is skill to winning playoff series, and better teams are better at this skill. We can see this by tweaking how we make our projections. Normally, to project a series, we first model how much of a favorite a team is in each game (either sequentially or all at once) and then calculate its odds of winning four out of seven. But an alternative, less granular method is to take the same inputs (like team strength), ignore individual games and just model the odds of each team winning each series. The fact that this method produces very different — not to mention more accurate — results tells us something about NBA series dynamics. Here are the projected series win rates for teams with home-court advantage using three different Elo-based methods: GameElo difference — playoff dynamics74.0 PROJECTION BYUSINGCHANCE OF WINNING Different ways to determine the Warriors’ chance of beating the Cavaliers Obviously, this doesn’t account for particulars like the Cavs turning it on or that a twice-injured Steph Curry has looked shaky at times. And as of this writing, betting lines seem to agree with the standard models, generally installing the Warriors as a slightly better than 2-1 favorite. But if history is any kind of guide this year, the unconventional wisdom may be significantly understating the Warriors’ chances.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

BBC journalists to teach children how to identify fake news

first_img“This is important at a time when the UK is seeking to redefine its relationship with the world.”The plan will outline ways in which the BBC plans to invest in new content, with commissions “that no other broadcaster would make”. 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. BBC journalists are to visit schools to teach children how to identify fake news.The initiative has been designed to tackle false information that the corporation says “threatens fact-based public debate and trust in journalism.”Details of the scheme, which will involve up to 1,000 schools, will be outlined in the BBC’s annual plan on Wednesday.It will includes BBC journalists such as Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan.The details come after Ofcom, the communications regulator, warned that children were being increasingly exposed to fake news, with nearly half of 12 to 15-year-olds finding it difficult to tell fact from fiction on social media.The annual plan, which sets out priorities for the year ahead, will also focus on the BBC’s role in society and the ways it could be used to unite politically estranged communities.“When the country is increasingly being portrayed as fragmented and divided, the BBC will maximize opportunities to bring the country together,” it said.center_img It also intends to improve iPlayer, admitting that it need to provide a more personalised service for subscribers with more content and “reinvent” itself for a new generation.But the BBC said it faced continued financial challenges, highlighting the frozen licence fee and noting that investment in British content across the television industry was falling.Another area of focus believed to be in the plan involves maximising the BBC’s global reach, with “BBC World Service undergoing its biggest expansion since the 1940s”.A BBC source said: “The BBC can and will do more for Britain at an important time. Our aim will be to bring the public together while challenging fake news and false facts.”The world is changing fast and Britain’s media sector is still the envy of the world. We need to enhance and protect that against new global challenges.”It was announced by the Government in February that the annual TV licence fee will increase to £150.50 from £147 from April 1.last_img read more

Army renders safe third historic grenade in last seven days

first_imgTHE ARMY HAS rendered safe its third historic grenade of the week today after being called to a commercial premises in Ardnanagh, Roscommon, this afternoon.The ‘Mills Type Grenade’ dates back to the early 20th century and was found by a worker while carrying out excavation work. The bomb disposal team arrived at 12.30pm where they examined the grenade in situ and then moved it to a secure location for a controlled explosion.The scene was declared safe at 1pm. This is the 18th call out for bomb disposal teams this year and the third involving historic grenades in the last seven days. Just yesterday, the same type of grenade was found in Balyshannon in Donegal.A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told TheJournal.ie that these types of devices usually date back to the War of Independence, hidden in gardens or ditches.“It’s reasonably common but they’re still quite dangerous,” they said.Read: Stormy weather washes ashore early 20th century grenade in Donegal>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>last_img read more

3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros 2 available today

first_imgThe 3DS XL launched today in the US, almost a month after Japan and Europe with New Super Mario Bros. 2 also putting in an appearance.From today you can upgrade your 3DS to a bigger 3DS XL for $200, but you’re not just paying for bigger screens. The whole design has been re-thought, the buttons are bigger and thicker for easier use, the start, select and home buttons have been redesigned, the screen now has an anti-glare coating applied — meaning you can see the screen easier when playing your 3DS XL outside, and even the battery life has been extended giving you one and half hours worth of extra game time.A recent survey showed that Japanese gamers were happy to pay the extra for the larger version of the handheld, and it has been a big hit for Nintendo in its home territory. In the first first week of release in Japan, nearly 200,000 3DS XL’s were sold. Worldwide, the old 3DS has surpassed 19 million sales and it seems likely the XL is going to pick up where its predecessor left off.New Super Mario Bros. 2 also launched in the US today alongside the new handheld. Again, it’s had great success in Japan. Mario lovers can either buy the game in store or download it online via Nintendo’s e-Shop, although you will be paying more if you choose to download it.Consider you’re only paying $30 extra for a bigger handheld, better battery, and all-round improved feature set, the 3DS XL is worth it. Will you be picking one up today?last_img read more

Trump confirms that son and heir of Osama bin Laden killed in

first_img File photo. Hamza bin Laden Image: Balkis Press/ABACA/PA Images US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States.Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death last month, saying it was “his understanding” that Bin Laden was dead, but Trump and other senior officials had not publicly confirmed the news.“Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” Trump said in a brief statement issued by the White House.“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.”The statement did not specify the timing of the operation.The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019 – perhaps after his actual demise.Sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad,” he had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the department said.That work made him important in attracting a new generation of followers to the extremist group that carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, which left nearly 3,000 dead.Heir apparentOsama bin Laden’s death and the rise of the more virulent Islamic State group saw Al-Qaeda lose currency with younger jihadists.But the proliferation of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad, Pakistan suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership.US forces also found a video of Hamza’s wedding to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran.In 2017, Hamza was placed on the US terror blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Ayman al-Zawahiri.- © AFP 2019  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo. Hamza bin Laden 36 Comments Image: Balkis Press/ABACA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4809782 Trump confirms that son and heir of Osama bin Laden killed in counter-terror operation Trump said the killing “deprives Al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father”. center_img 29,338 Views Sat 3:20 PM Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 3:20 PM By AFP Short URL Share1 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

31 of Our Favorites From Inktober 2016

first_imgOne of my favorite things about October is getting to see all of my very talented pals participate in Inktober. Inktober is a wonderful time of year where artists all over the world challenge themselves to create a new piece of work every day in October. Originally it was created as a way to help improve skills, develop good habits, promote positive growth in the community. But really all can participate, “Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.”The rules are simple:1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).2) Post it online3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober20164) RepeatHere are 31 of my favorites from this year!View as: One Page Slides1. Lydia Deetz, BeetlejuiceSibylline Meynet – @Sibylline_Msibylline-art.blogspot.com2. K2SO, Star Wars: Rogue OneNick Brokenshire – @NickBrokenshirenickbrokenshire.co.uk3. Wolf & ArtistJeff Stokely – @JeffStokelyjeffstokely.com4. Puppy PilotJames Harren – @JamesHarren1felixcomicart.com5. Black WidowChris Jonson – @ChrisJInFictionchrisjohnsoninfiction.tumblr.com6. This Island EarthWilfredo Torres – @mightyfinelinewilfredotorres.bigcartel.com7. CatwomanPaulina Ganucheau – @PlinaGanucheaupaulinaganucheau.tumblr.com8. Donatello, TMNTMaxim Simic – @maximsimicmaximsimic.tumblr.com9. Luchador WerewolfJonah Lobe – @Jonahlobejonahlobe.com10. Cats & the TARDIS, Doctor WhoStaypee – @drstaypeestaypee.tumblr.com11. SheHulkKevin Wada – @kevinwadakevinwada.tumblr.com12. CoralineNan Lawson – @NanLawsonnanlawson.bigcartel.com13. Ms. White, ClueMonica Gallagher – @eatyourlipstickeatyourlipstick.com14. Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13thAdam Gorham – @AdamTGorhamaprincelydreadful.blogspot.com15. Zero, The Nightmare Before ChristmasTaryn – @taryndrawsetsy.com/shop/taryndraws16. BatmanPaul Gori – @PaulGorigoriart.storenvy.com17. Viv Vision, The VisionMichael Walsh – @Mister_Walshmisterwalsh.tumblr.com18. Lil WerewolfClare Forrest – @idrewthestarsclareforrestillustration.com19. Dog Negan, The Walking DeadNaomi Romero – @NaomiRomeroArtnaomiromero.carbonmade.com20. Shaun & Ed, Shaun of the DeadErin Hunting – @ErinHuntingerinhunting.com21. Otter Warrior: Bertrude the BoldBen Rankel – @benrankelbenrankel.com22. Kirk & Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanBlain Hefner – @hefnatronhefnatron.com23. Gandalf, Lord of the RingsRuth Hammond – @scribblyblueruthhammond.co.uk24. Margot Tenenbaum, The Royal TenenbaumsJulia Bereciartu – @_juliabejuliabe.com25. Tina Belcher, Bob’s BurgersGrey White – @_GreyWhitegreywhiteart.com26. Eleven, Stranger ThingsEric Merced – @eric_mercedericmerced.com27. WolverineDerek Laufman – @laufmandereklaufman.com28. HellboyShane Hillman – @shanehillmanshanehillman.com29. Warrior & WolfMiquel Rodriguez – @pollomuertopollomuerto.com30. Fauno, Pan’s LabyrinthFilip Ivanovic – @hellsbanditflatbathtub.com31. Creature from the Black LagoonKelly Willaims – @TreeBeerdtreebeerdstuff.comlast_img read more

VIDEO Sting joins the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016

first_img The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Dwayne Johnson Gene Okerlund Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR People Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Twitter Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Pinterest Video from the 1/11 RAW officially introducing Sting as the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016 set for WrestleMania 32 weekend in Dallas. WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThe Rock Honors Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

Griezmann expecting difficult return leg

first_imgAtletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann paid tribute to the club supporters in their 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon, but insisted that the tie is not overFormer Chelsea player Diego Costa managed to take advantage of a mistake by the Sporting defense to assist Koke for the opening in just one minute. Then later on Griezmaan added a second, after another mistake from their Portuguese opponents.Speaking after the match, Griezmann hailed the impact of the club’s supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano and believes that they had a role in Koke’s early opener.“The fans wanted the victory and they pushed us,” said the 26 year-old, according to the club website.“I think that’s why we scored in the first minute. We wanted to pressure up top and then we worked hard to keep a clean sheet.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…While happy with their victory, the French international warned that they still had a difficult second leg against Sporting to play for.“I’m happy with the result, but we have to be on our toes because they’re a tough team and we’re going to have a difficult time in Lisbon.” warned Griezmann.On the Sunday Atletico will have local rivals Real Madrid in the famous Madrid derby. While acknowledging the importance of the encounter, Griezmaan was nevertheless confident that his side are ready.“We’re not going to be relaxed,” he said.“We need to prepare the match in a good manner and we need to think about Sunday’s match.”last_img read more

Southgate says England have reconnected with the fans

first_imgGareth Southgate, manager of the England international team, has voiced his opinion that his team have reconnected with their supporters and are creating excitement amongst them.The England boss seems to think so as it is contrasting to their relationship in the past, which has been quite problematic on different occasions, but are now on the better side as the team is optimistic for reaching the quarter-finals.“The players have been able to change perceptions of how an England team might play. We mustn’t lose sight of that,” Southgate said, according to BBC.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Ten months ago we qualified for the World Cup by beating Slovenia and people were throwing paper aeroplanes on to the pitch at Wembley. We were driving back to our hotel after beating Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters.”“I feel like we’ve started to connect the team with the public again. I feel like we’ve created excitement like we’ve played in a style that has really shown an expression of what young English players are capable of, and I want us to continue doing that,” Southgate went on to add.last_img read more

Selectmen To Create A Town Economic Development Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Spurred by a conversation led by Selectman Greg Bendel, the Board of Selectmen appear to be on the verge of creating an economic development committee.“The hope is we can take a proactive approach and put together, in the near future, a task force made up of town officials (including the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Planning Director and, perhaps, a designee from the Selectmen) and members of our community (Chamber of Commerce members, small business owners, and residents who show interest and have lots of ideas),” said Selectman Greg Bendel.Bendel pointed to the town’s Substance Abuse Coalition and Bylaw Committee as examples of groups where town officials and residents are working side-by-side for the betterment of the town.“However it’s assembled, and whatever it’s called, this group would look at the best economic development practices of our neighboring communities, and also what things we can avail ourselves to, such as the North Suburban Planning Council,” added Bendel. “It makes perfect sense to start assembling this group now because the Planning Department is going to be putting together a market study of a section of Route 38 together in July. We’ll need folks to take a look at that data” pointed out Bendel. The ultimate goal of the committee is to help put businesses in current vacancies, which would strengthen the town’s commercial tax base and lessen the burden on residents.Selectmen ReactThe current and past Boards of Selectmen have been talking about establishing such a committee.  It’s lead proponent has been Selectman Chair Mike Champoux.“The Town hasn’t been in the business of attracting specific businesses, like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but maybe we could be a little bit; maybe that’s an activity that the Economic Development Committee could be a part of, working in collaboration with some of the other regional associations and Chamber of Commerce to construct a way to communicate the awesomeness of Wilmington to the greater business community, help full some of our vacancies, and help improve the quality of life for residents,” said Selectman Chair Mike Champoux.“No one is looking to increase traffic or density or the strain on existing town resources. The Committee won’t change the look and feel of the town. All zoning changes would still have to happen at Town Meeting and go through the full vetting process,” added Champoux.  “The Committee, rather, is intended to be a focus point for what ways the town can be more proactive in economic development…. It’s about a marketing message – we all know how awesome our town is, we just need to get the word out.”“This committee is definitely needed,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “We need to look at the bylaws and streamlining the permitting process.”Loud noted, for example, that the current zoning bylaws restrict buildings in the highway districts (Ballardvale Street and Fordham Road) to be taller than 40 feet. Looking to other neighboring communities, like Burlington, Loud argues raising that maximum to 100 feet, which would allow companies to redevelop and increase the values of their properties. The former Fire Chief told Loud his department is equipped to handle such buildings.Selectman Mike McCoy said he’d be willing to take a look at establishing an economic development committee, but cautioned that any new development would need to be done in an orderly way. Selectman Kevin Caira agreed the idea was worth exploring.  He did question, however, whether a committee was actually needed, pointing out that existing landlords, the Planning Director, Town Manager and any Selectman could help recruit new businesses to town.Town Manager Jeff Hull pointed to the town’s pending TIF agreement with Analog Devices as a recent example of economic development.Bendel hopes that a vote to establish the Economic Development Committee will be placed on the agenda at a Selectmen’s Meeting in the near future.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”Selectmen Wants Town To Do A Better Job Attracting New BusinessesIn “Government”last_img read more

Indias natural choice is Bimstec

first_imgBimstec natural choice for India’s Act East. Photo: IANSIndia on Friday said that that the Bimstec regional bloc was a “natural choice” to fulfill New Delhi’s key foreign policy priorities of Neighbourhood First and Act East.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her address at the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) here, also said that the grouping is collectively working on strategies to counter the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism.“Peace and security are essential for development to take place,” she added.She referred to the first meeting of Bimstec national security chiefs in New Delhi in March 2017 and said that it “adopted a holistic approach to tackle traditional and non-traditional security challenges, that threaten our region”.“We worked out collective strategies to counter the scourge of terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes, as also to strengthen our maritime and cyber security cooperation,” she stated. “Specific follow-up measures in these areas are now under progress.”Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.With the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) virtually rendered ineffective as a bloc, largely due to non-cooperation on the part of Pakistan in a number of areas, India has been giving more importance to Bimstec in recent times.The bloc brings together 1.5 billion people or 21 per cent of the world’s population.India is the lead country for cooperation in four priority areas: counter-terrorism and transnational crime, transport and communication, tourism and environment, and disaster management.Sushma Swaraj said that for India, Bimstec was a natural choice to fulfill New Delhi’s key foreign policy priorities of Neighbourhood First and Act East.Stating that enhanced connectivity was vital to achieving Bimstec’s common goals of growth, employment and prosperity, she said: “To achieve smoother cross-border flows of trade and people, we need to put in place the enabling soft infrastructure such as the Framework Agreement on Transit, Trans-shipment and Movement of Vehicular Traffic and the Agreement on Coastal Shipping, at the earliest.”She said that intra-regional tourism got a boost with the launch of the Bimstec Network of Tour Operators recently in New Delhi which brought together industry and stakeholders from across the region.“Promotion of intra-Bimstec tourist circuits, joint marketing strategies, and Bimstec specific tourism products, notably the Buddhist circuit, would allow tourists to experience our rich and shared civilizational heritage,” she outlined.As for disaster management, Sushma Swaraj said that the Bimstec region was vulnerable to a variety of disasters due to its geo-climatic conditions.“To build regional capacities, India is hosting the first Bimstec Disaster Management Exercise in October 2017,” she said.“This will help us develop quicker, coordinated and comprehensive responses to disasters, and provide timely relief and rehabilitation.”Describing energy as the engine of economic development, she said: “I am happy to note that cross-border exchange of power between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh is on a rapid upswing. The Bimstec MoU (memorandum of understanding) on Grid Interconnection, which has been finalised, would further facilitate regional energy trade.”The Indian Minister also referred to her country’s ambitious programme to harness renewable energy and called for building a strong renewable energy partnership among the member states of Bimstec “to tackle climate change together, for a greener world tomorrow”.Pointing out that Bimstec has a combined GDP of over $2.85 trillion, Sushma Swaraj said: “There remains however an immense unfulfilled potential for deeper economic integration. Along with the work on Bimstec FTA (Free Trade Agreement), the Bimstec Trade Facilitation Agreement and the Bimstec Agreement on Mutual Assistance on Customs Matters would fasten trade, and must be concluded at the earliest.”In the area of public health, she said that India’s premier medical institute, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer), has launched the Bimstec Tele-medicine Network that brought together 10 top hospitals and medical institutes in the region to provide cutting edge tele-medicine services.“The Bimstec Task Force on Traditional Medicine would be meeting in India in October 2017 to strengthen the role of traditional medicine for holistic health care,” she added.last_img read more

Gas cylinder blast burns couple

first_imgA man and his wife sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out from a gas cylinder explosion in the city’s Mohammadpur early Tuesday, reports UNB.The injured Saiful Islam Rubel, 28, and his wife Sajena Akhter, 18, were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).Sub-inspector Bacchu Miah, in charge of DMCH police outpost, said the fire broke out at their tin-shed house on Road No. 13 in Nabinagar Housing after a cocking gas cylinder exploded around 5:00am, leaving the duo injured.They were admitted to the hospital around 6:30am, he added.last_img

Overwatch Celebrates its OneYear Anniversary With New Moon Map

first_imgStay on target It has been a year since the launch of Overwatch. The massively popular online shooter has done a great job of keeping people’s attention by constantly delivering new content. For the one-year anniversary, Blizzard has released a brand-new map that will surely keep players entertained during the summer.The Horizon Lunar Colony map wasn’t just randomly inserted into the game. It is actually tied to Overwatch‘s lore and is where the genetically modified gorilla Winston hails from. The colony was the home of several human and ape test subjects. Contact between the base and Earth was lost after a simian uprising that left most of the humans dead. Winston would, of course, leave the lunar base and head to Earth to join the Overwatch organization.Get ready to journey to Horizon Lunar Colony—our new Assault map coming soon to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! pic.twitter.com/RVEaivl152— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) May 31, 2017At the moment, the Horizon Lunar Colony map is only available to PC players on the Public Test Region (PTR). The PTR is a set of servers that are used to test out new content before being released to everyone on PC and consoles. Players can expect the new assault map to provide options for high ground and low ground attacks. And like every other map in the game, expect the moon base to have lore hidden throughout. Blizzard is also teasing another ape character named Hammond could be coming in the next few months.In addition to the Horizon Lunar Colony map, Blizzard has also released three new maps for Overwatch‘s small-team and 1v1 arena modes. There are also a variety of new event-themed character skins and other goodies. As for when the moon map will be available, it shouldn’t be too long. These updates generally take a few weeks to roll out to all Overwatch players. If you’re on PC and want to try the map out now, you can learn how to enter the PTR by following this link. Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys last_img read more

How did a single InNOut burger end up on the streets of

first_img NEW YORK CITY — This is a story of how an In-N-Out burger made its way from California all the way to New York, where it lay fully intact and unattended on the streets of Jamaica, Queens.It was a major mystery that was first uncovered by 31-year-old New Yorker Lincoln Boehm, who stumbled upon the delicious-looking Double-Double on the sidewalk on July 20. He promptly took a pic of the burger, which was still wrapped in In-N-Out’s signature wrapping, and posted it on Instagram. Thursday, July 25, 2019 Travelweek Group How did a single In-N-Out burger end up on the streets of New York? Posted by Tags: Funny, New York “Finding an untouched double double on the ground in Jamaica, Queens is the most confusing thing I’ve ever experienced. Ever,” he wrote.The mystery of the In-N-Out burger quickly went viral, with many wondering whether it was a publicity stunt by the California-based fast food chain. Before long several strangers came forward to lay claim to the burger, but in an essay he wrote for Vice, Boehm said that their claims quickly fell apart after “soft interrogation”.After four days, an Instagram DM came through at 9:56 p.m. from a 16-year-old girl from Flushing, Queens who claimed the Double-Double belonged to her. In her message, she wrote that she had arrived in New York City from San Diego on a JetBlue flight that arrived at 5 a.m.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“Helen was sincere, and from the jump I knew this person may hold the answers I’ve spent the last four days searching for,” wrote Boehm.Helen’s story went like this:On the way to the San Diego airport, she stopped at In-N-Out in Encinitas, CA with her friend and her friend’s mom to pick up some snacks prior to their flight back home to New York. After telling the cashier that she was about to board a plane, she ordered two single cheeseburgers and two Double-Doubles with no sauce, thinking they would be better preserved during the long flight without it.She ate one of the Double-Doubles on the flight, and also told Boehm that she watched three episodes of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and listened to Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ (“All details are important,” replied Boehm).As for the other three burgers? “She held the bag containing them in her lap for THE ENTIRE FLIGHT!” he wrote.Helen landed at JFK around 5 a.m. and boarded the JFK-Jamaica AirTrain. She got off in Jamaica to take the Q44 bus back home to Flushing, Queens only to find the bus getting ready to leave about a block away.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe teenager ran down the street to wave the bus down, all the while clutching onto her In-N-Out takeout bag that still contained three burgers. She managed to catch the bus but at what cost?Her last Double-Double fell to the ground after the bag burst open during her sprint. The two cheeseburgers, however, managed to make it onboard.To backup her claims, Helen sent Boehm screen grabs of Instagram stories she posted at the In-N-Out and at the airport, as well as pics of her In-N-Out receipt and text messages she sent to friends of her ordeal.“Over the past four days, I’ve received a lot of messages from people claiming to be the culprit, but after soft interrogation their claims completely fell apart,” wrote Boehm. “But this one was different. This explanation stayed as intact and solid as the very burger I discovered on the streets of Queens.”So there you have it, the mystery has been solved. And hopefully, it’s also the start of a new budding friendship between Boehm and Helen. According to Boehm, he and his wife have invited Helen and her family to their home for a barbecue.Hopefully, In-N-Out will be on the menu.via GIPHY Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Putting Off Home Purchases

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Affordability Home Purchases 2017-02-01 Timothy McNally Putting Off Home Purchases February 1, 2017 626 Views center_img A survey indicated that 2016 was perceived as a poor time to buy a home, with large numbers of individuals stating that they wanted a home but believed it was not the proper time to buy.The 2017 NAR Aspiring Home Buyers Profile was released today, and the monthly data shows that each quarterly survey received increasingly negative results in regards to whether the quarter in question was perceived as being a good time to buy a home.Sixty-three percent of non-homeowners, defined as those individuals who rent or live with friends or family rent free, said in Q1 2016 that it was a good time to buy a home. Each of the following quarters saw steady declines, and the year ended with 55 percent of non-homeowners viewing Q4 2016 as a good time to buy a home. This did not cause non-homeowners desires of eventually owning a home to diminish, as an average of 86.5 percent of respondents said they planned on owning a home in the future.Homeowners viewed the situation quite differently, with 82 percent of respondents indicating that they thought Q1 2016 was a good time to buy a home. However, that figure dropped to 78 percent by the end of the year.Both groups firmly believed that owning a home was part of the American Dream. An annual average of eighty percent of non-homeowners said in 2016 that they thought owning a home was part of the dream, while 92 percent of homeowners on average said that they thought the same.But if 86.5 percent of non-homeowners stated that they wanted to buy a home in the future, and the survey shows that they so clearly believed that owning a home was part of the American Dream, what was holding them back from actually purchasing a home?An average of 53 percent of non-homeowners stated in 2016 that the largest barrier preventing them from buying a home was simply that they could not afford it. The next highest reason, with an average of 21 percent citing this as the cause of their lack of home ownership, was that they needed the relative flexibility of renting rather than being burdened with owning a home. Sharelast_img read more