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QuickStats Facts and figures about employment in Canada in May

first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at May unemployment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.8 per cent (5.8)Employment rate: 61.5 per cent (61.6)Participation rate: 65.3 per cent (65.4)Number unemployed: 1,151,600 (1,155,000)Number working: 18,596,200 (18,603,700)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.1 per cent (11.1)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.2 per cent (5.3)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.8 per cent (4.6)last_img

Privacy Commissioner says priority given to examination of Equifax data hack

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s Privacy Commissioner office says it has prioritized an examination into the massive Equifax data hack to ensure that Canadians are protected against future risks.In a posting on its website, it says it plans to work with data protection authorities in Canada and elsewhere to find out what went wrong.It says it has asked the credit monitoring company to tell Canadians as soon as possible if their information was stolen and to adopt measures to help them.Equifax said last Thursday a security breach occurred over the summer resulting in the private information of up to 143 million people in the United States being compromised, along with certain Canadian and U.K. residents.In a posting on the Canadian part of its website, Equifax says it is “working night and day to assess what happened.”It says the data breach is “contained,” and the Canadian breach may have involved names, addresses and social insurance numbers.Equifax says “only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected.”It says a dedicated website and call centre set up last week won’t help Canadians because it uses U.S. social security numbers, without offering an alternative. The Privacy Commissioner suggested Canadians can call Equifax at 1-866-828-5961 (English service) or 1-877-323-2598 (French service).Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.An Ontario resident has started a proposed class action on behalf of Canadians who may have been affected by the hack.The proposed class action includes all residents of Canada whose information was stored on Equifax databases and was accessed without authorization between May 1, 2017 and Aug. 1, 2017.The statement of claim alleges Equifax breached its contract with class members as well as their privacy rights, was negligent in handling their information, and breached provincial privacy statutes.Allegations in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.In the United States, the theft included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s licence numbers.last_img read more

Jet stocks soar 17 as rescue plan kicks in

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways’ stocks jumped over 17 per cent on Monday, but settled nearly 13 per cent higher at Rs 254.50 per share after Naresh Goyal quit the board and the ailing Jet said it will get an “immediate funding support” of Rs 1,500 crore from the lenders. The stock jumped 12.69 per cent to close at Rs 254.50 on the BSE. During the day, it rose sharply by 17.77 per cent to Rs 266. On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), shares zoomed 15.46 per cent to close at Rs 261 apiece. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn the traded volume front, 33.60 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 4 crore shares on the NSE during the day. “Two nominees of promoter Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal, and a nominee of Etihad Airways Public Joint Stock Companies (PJSC) to step down from the Board. Additionally, Naresh Goyal to also cease to be the Chairman of the Company,” said the company in a statement. “Jet Airways rose on reports that the current promoter Naresh Goyal and his wife quit the board under pressure from the lenders. This will pave the way for the lenders to look for change of hands and in the meanwhile infuse capital to ensure that the Airlines continues to run,” said Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The board also approved the issue of 11.4 crore equity shares to the lenders upon conversion of Re 1 of the outstanding debt.” The decision was taken at the airline’s board meeting held in Mumbai Monday. While the airline made an official announcement about the board’s decisions after the markets closed, reports have been doing the rounds since morning that Goyal would be stepping down from the board. The company urgently needed funding to maintain whatever was left of its market shares, as the airline pilots and crew were said to be approaching other airlines for employment. The airline’s pilots along with engineers and other highly critical segment of employees have not been paid salaries from January 1, sources said, adding only 12.5 per cent of December pay was given. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad is a strategic partner with 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways. Jet Airways, which has been operating for more than 25 years, is grappling with financial crunch and is also looking to raise fresh funds. The airline has suspended operations on at least 14 international routes till the end of April and over 80 planes are on the ground. As many as 54 aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of lease rentals.last_img read more

Trudeau pushes ratification of new NAFTA despite US tariff threat on Mexico

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is moving forward with ratifying the new North American trade deal despite fresh tensions between Mexico and the United States.He says Canada is moving forward “in parallel” with U.S. efforts.Trudeau was speaking as American and Mexican officials conducted a second day of talks Thursday in an attempt to avert a fresh round of tariffs President Donald Trump is threatening on Mexican goods.Trump is threatening to impose a five-per-cent levy on all Mexican imports that would go into effect on Monday as part of an effort to force Mexico to stop the flow of Central American migrants to the southern border of the U.S.The latest tariff tussle could derail the new the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which Trump forced because he views the current NAFTA as one of the worst trade deals in his country’s history.The new deal must be approved by the legislatures of all three countries for it to enter into force.Trudeau says the recent lifting of U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs was the last barrier to moving forward with ratification.He says the new trade deal will secure Canada jobs and market access to the U.S.“The Mexican government has indicated that the tariffs or these threats of tariffs by the American administration towards them will not interfere with their ratification process, and we will take them at their word,” Trudeau told reporters on France’s Normandy coast, where he was attending D-Day commemorations. The Canadian Press read more

Annans envoy arrives in Haiti as UN assessment mission continues work

“The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Haiti, Reginald Dumas, arrived in Port-au-Prince this morning,” spokeswoman Marie Okabe told the press at headquarters. “Meanwhile, the UN’s multidisciplinary mission, headed by Hocine Medili, is continuing its work in Haiti and will be meeting with members of the diplomatic community today.”The UN has said that Mr. Dumas’ role was a broader political one than that of the assessment mission.The mission’s security assessment team left Port-au-Prince on Friday to look at the flow of traffic on the major road used for moving trade goods between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, reported that the capital’s main water duct had broken near an important hospital and the water company had run out of disinfectants and reagents to control water quality, Ms. Okabe said.Emergency medicines were being distributed by WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the non-governmental organization Canadian Cooperation, she noted. read more

Rona takes rebuilding step with 215 million sale of comercial division

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rona takes rebuilding step with $215 million sale of comercial division by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2013 1:01 pm MDT MONTREAL – An effort to rebuild struggling hardware retailer Rona is moving ahead with the planned sale of its commercial and professional division for $215 million.The operations, which focused on plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, will be acquired by EMCO subsidiary Talisker Plumbing Corp., the company announced Thursday. Rona (TSX:RON) created the division when it acquired commercial trades supplier Noble in 2007.“It’s one step in the right direction,” said chief financial officer Dominique Boies.“The biggest factor (in the sale) is to focus internally on running what we’re really good at, which is a retail, hardware operation and really focusing on the profession and the contractor business in lumber and building materials.”Although the division contributed less than 10 per cent of the company’s overall revenues, it required a lot of capital and attention from executives, Boies said.The sale is the Montreal-area company’s first major transaction since new chief executive Robert Sawyer stepped into the role in April after holding various other positions in the retail industry.He plans to unveil his strategy to turn around the retailer in August, but told shareholders last month that the chain has decided not to sell its network of big box stores outside Quebec even as it focuses on smaller, proximity stores.The agreement was reached after Rona opened a bidding process to interested buyers. The sale price was fair considering similar transactions in the industry, Boies said.Rona has been struggling for years because of weak consumer spending amid slow economic growth and concerns about unemployment. It rebuffed a takeover bid last summer from U.S. rival Lowe’s and faced the departure of its veteran CEO. Rona also dodged a shareholder revolt by replacing much of its board of directors.The current strategic plan calls for the closure of 10 underperforming big box stores and reducing the size of 13 others.In Quebec, the company is repositioning its Reno-Depot banner as a warehouse by reducing the number of products, but offering bigger quantities at better prices.Rona said it has achieved $17 million of savings, or about 40 per cent of the up to $45-million target from administrative job cuts and the renegotiation of major service agreements.While the company is expected to rework other parts of its opertaions this year, a turnaround will take 18 to 24 months to achieve, Boies cautioned.“The changes don’t happen overnight and this doesn’t translate overnight in financial results,” he added.Mark Petrie of CIBC World Markets said the division’s sale was expected for around the final price.“This divestiture represents a step forward in Rona’s turnaround,” he wrote in a report.“The commercial segment was not core to the business, and after the departure of a key executive one year ago, was an increasing distraction from the retail and distribution businesses.”The sale is subject to regulatory approvals from the Competition Bureau and Investment Canada. The transaction is expected to close before the end of October.Proceeds from the transaction will initially be used to pay down debt, but could eventually be distributed to shareholders by repurchasing shares, said Boies.The professional and commercial division has 1,400 employees in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia operating under the Noble, Don Park, MPH Supplies, Boutique Eaudace and Boutique Plomberie Decoration 25 banners.Its profitability was initially superior to the rest of Rona’s business, but has since slipped. Petrie estimated its annual EBITDA at $30 million to $35 million, but Boies said it’s much lower. The amount will be disclosed in the second quarter results when Rona expects to record a pre-tax loss of about $125 million in the second quarter mostly related to a non-cash write-down of the division’s goodwill.EMCO, based in London, Ont., is a wholesaler and distributor of products for the construction industry. It sells products across Canada in plumbing and heating, waterworks, industrial, oilfield supply, irrigation, fire protection and HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration).Rona operates a network of more than 800 retail stores and 14 hardware and construction materials distribution centres. It has nearly 28,000 employees and generated $4.9 billion of annual revenues.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares lost 11 cents to close at $10.13 on Thursday. read more

Exsoldier held in Turkey on terror charges is innocent parents insist

first_imgA British solider arrested on holiday for fighting Isil was only in Syria “to help people”, his parents have claimed, as they appealed for his release.Joe Robinson, 24, from Accrington, Lancs, was arrested on 22 July while on holiday in the town of Didim in south-west Turkey.He was accused of “being a member of a terrorist organisation”, apparently in connection with time he spent in Syria fighting with the Kurdish militia in 2014, and was initially held alongside his girlfriend and her mother. Joseph Robinson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “He’s only just managed to get an English-speaking solicitor after more than a week in custody.”Robinson’s solicitor, Kaya Kayaoglu, who visited Robinson on Tuesday, told the BBC he was in jail in the town of Aydin, western Turkey. Joseph Robinson “He looked fine and in good spirits but we do not know when he will be taken to court,” he said, adding that it could take months for prosecutors to write an indictment.Robinson’s girlfriend, Mira Rojkan, 22, said: “We were still wet and in our towels when about 20 armed plain-clothed police surrounded us and took us inside the house we were staying in.“They searched the house for more than an hour but found nothing except a water pistol we’d been messing around with the day before.“It was just awful. They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. “That is complete rubbish. They said pictures on Facebook of Joe in Kurdish uniform proved he is a terrorist.”Sharon Robinson insisted her son was “not capable of anything like that”.“He’s impulsive, he’s crackers, but he’s not that. He’s a really good lad.”A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of the detention of a British national in Turkey and have requested consular access.” Joseph RobinsonCredit:Facebook They were released after six days, but Robinson remains in custody.“I just want information,” his mother, Sharon, 48, told the Guardian.“We don’t know if there’s a court date, how he is coping or what he’s actually being charged with.”I’ve asked if there’s any way we can get in touch with him but I’ve heard nothing at all.”I had no idea about the situation in Turkey and I don’t think Joe did either, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone there on holiday.”Robinson’s father Andrew, 53, added: “We can’t get anywhere. I’m ringing Turkey and getting no response.”It’s not the Foreign Office’s fault – they’re ringing Turkey and Turkey aren’t telling them anything. Joseph RobinsonCredit:Facebooklast_img read more

Irelands biggest drivein movies are coming to Dublin Port

first_img Apr 29th 2017, 5:00 PM By Paul Hosford Ireland’s biggest drive-in movies are coming to Dublin Port The event will see the world’s largest mobile LED screen brought to the port. Image: Thomas Hawk Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 5:00 PM THE LARGEST DRIVE-IN movie event in Ireland will be in Dublin Port this June.The event will see the world’s largest mobile LED screen brought to the port as part of Dublin Port Riverfest. The drive-in will be set up on Alexandra Road in the heart of the port.It will show two all-American classic films in Jaws and Back To The Future. The screenings will take place on 4 June, with Back To The Future beginning at 5pm and Jaws at 9.15pm.Ryan O’ Neill, Managing Director of Double R Media said the event signalled an expansion for the company, who have put on events all over Dublin.“We are delighted to be expanding Retro Drive-in Movies to a bigger venue at Dublin Port, teaming up with Dublin Port Riverfest 2017, we will be adding some great retro movies to an already packed schedule of great events.”Tickets for Retro Drive-in at Dublin Port are available here.Tickets are priced at €28 (plus booking fee) per car.Read: Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? http://jrnl.ie/3363693 Share Tweet Email7 30,262 Views 30 Comments Image: Thomas Hawk Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sida le vaccin contre lhépatite B incontournable

first_imgSida : le vaccin contre l’hépatite B, incontournableSan Francisco, États-Unis – Les chercheurs recommandent la vaccination contre le virus de l’hépatite B à toutes les personnes séropositives. Alors que la vaccination protège 95% de la population séronégative pour le VIH, elle ne déclencherait une réaction immunitaire que chez 17,5 à 56% des adultes séropositifs.L’Agence nationale de recherche sur le sida et les hépatites (ANRS) a rendu publique à San Francisco une étude qui visait à définir la méthode de vaccination la plus efficace chez les séropositifs. Elle a, pour ce faire, comparé les réponses obtenues au terme de trois schémas vaccinaux différents dont un standard et deux renforcés, en injections intramusculaires ou intradermiques.  Les tests ont révélé que la réponse immunitaire la plus protectrice (82% des cas) concernait les séropositifs qui recevaient quatre injections intramusculaires. Elle s’élevait à 77% pour le groupe qui avait reçu des injections intradermiques et à 65% pour le groupe standard. Les séropositifs infectés par le virus de l’hépatite B sont aussi plus nombreux à développer une forme chronique de la maladie hépatique évoluant le plus souvent vers une cirrhose ou un cancer du foie. C’est pourquoi la mortalité est plus élevée chez les personnes infectées par les deux maladies que chez celles uniquement atteintes du sida. En 2004, 50% des séropositifs étaient également infectés par le virus de l’hépatite B ou avaient été en contact avec, contre 7% pour l’ensemble de la population d’après l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS).Le 26 février 2010 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MIT to Launch Dystopian Internet Game on Halloween

first_img MIT’s 2018 Halloween experiment could be a devious trick or a brilliant treat.From the neural network that brought you the terror-inducing Nightmare Machine and macabre storyteller Shelley comes BeeMe — the first reality augmented game.“In times where algorithms make most of our decisions for us, one individual will entirely give up their free will for a day, to be guided by a large crowd of users through an epic quest to defeat an evil AI,” according to the MIT Media Lab project page.The mass online social exercise, dubbed “BeeMe,” begins on Oct. 31 at 11 p.m. ET.A screenshot from the BeeMe mass online social experiment (via MIT)“The event will follow the story of an evil AI by the name of Zookd, who has accidentally been released online,” Niccolò Pescetelli, who studies collective intelligence at MIT Media Lab, told Business Insider. “Internet users will have to coordinate at scale and collectively help the actor (also a character in the story) to defeat Zookd.“If they fail, the consequences could be disastrous,” he added.It appears that anyone with an Internet connection and Web browser can join in, leading an anonymous trained actor through an undisclosed location via crowd-generated commands.A screenshot from the BeeMe mass online social experiment (via MIT)Participants will work collectively as a “hive,” submitting custom orders (“open the door,” “run away,” “get on the bus,” etc.) and voting up or down those directions, Reddit-style.This is not an IRL version of The Purge, though; there are limits to what people can suggest.“Anything that violates the law or puts the actor, their privacy, or their image in danger is strictly forbidden,” Pescetelli said. “Anything else is allowed. We are very curious about what [is] going to happen.”A screenshot from the BeeMe mass online social experiment (via MIT)The experiment is expected to last two hours, ending around 1 a.m. ET. But, Pescetelli admitted, “it will be the audience who ultimately decides” how long it continues. (Just keep in mind, folks, that Halloween is on a school night.)A livestream of the event will be broadcast online; follow the game, and its creators, on Twitter.“BeeMe will redefine the way in which we understand social interactions online and in real life,” the project page said. “It will push crowdsourcing and collective intelligence to the extreme to see where it breaks down.”A screenshot from the BeeMe mass online social experiment (via MIT)In 2016, MIT Media Lab and Data 61 used two deep-learning algorithms to transform what most humans perceive as “idyllic” scenes—an Ikea catalogue, the Taj Mahal—into a slaughterhouse or inferno.The team one-upped itself last year with the introduction of a Twitter-based AI inspired by Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.More spooky coverage on Geek.com:Creepy ‘Island of Dolls’ Is a Halloween Nightmare Come TrueBest Scary Podcasts to Get You Ready for Halloween7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Great Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone Cases Stay on targetlast_img read more

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn sent home by WWE from European tour

first_img Al79 November 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? November 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm Vince Mcmahon Update (4:48 p.m. ET): Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Vince McMahon approved the decision to remove Owens and Zayn from the remainder of the European tour in what was described as “conduct deemed detrimental to the WWE.” The report described the move as discipline for Owens and Zayn reportedly “going into business for themselves” on last night’s Smackdown Live that required editing.—–According to multiple wrestling media reports, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were both sent home by WWE from the company’s current European tour.Owens and Zayn both appeared at last night’s Smackdown Live taping in Manchester, England, with Zayn taking part in a singles match against Kofi Kingston.Reports by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online and PWInsider.com did not specifically state why the pair were sent home by WWE. According to a report by Pro Wrestling Sheet, it was believed to be some kind of disciplinary move.WWE, Owens and Zayn have not commented publicly about the situation as of yet.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Luckily they were able to edit it before air, but if that were live, they would have been in bigger shit. Probably why they were disciplined. SD is usually live, and if they pulled it on a live show, they would have made the show look like crap. I love those two, all the way back to the ROH days as a team, but they really should n’t have done that on a SD broadcast. Now Playing Up Next “nor do they look like they even go to the gym”Right… Brian Farmer Colby Now Playing Up Next Google+ November 10, 2017 at 4:25 am Mat Thompson November 10, 2017 at 4:26 am some woman claims Owens and Zayn sexually harassed them back in NXT Even going before that, most of the big names were in shape and big (height and weightwise). Hogan, Warrior, Demolition, Taker, Sid, Nash, etc. Nobody until people like Benoit and Rey, were really that small. But they are trying to do it today with guys like Balor (who weighs less than Enzo according to WWE), and Shinsuke who isn’t really in shape at all. Yes he’s skinny, but not in shape, per say. Than Owens and Samoa Joe who have never really gotten smaller over the years. Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis November 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm 22 COMMENTS WhatsApp November 9, 2017 at 10:10 am Colby Now Playing Up Next Al79 But is that really a good thing though? I think doing this keeps the casual fans from tuning in. If you don’t have some star power and “larger than life” characters, then the product (and storylines) will be boring. I dunno… just seems like there’s way too many regular joes on the roster in recent years, & I think the product has suffered because of it. I watched the promo and can’t really see what they got mad about, unless God for bid you “show up” Shane. NJ Louch I never understood the appeal of these 2 guys. They don’t look like main event players, nor do they look like they even go to the gym. Ok, Owens moves really well for the shape he’s in, but still. Keep them in the mid-card. Hard to believe we went from guys like Hogan, Savage, Warrior, etc, to regular looking guys you would see on the street. Dave Comments are closed. NJ Louch Al79 Pinterest It means “doing things that serve their own goals rather than those of their company” Wait what did I miss? November 9, 2017 at 8:10 am I have to say it looks like Owens doesn’t even try to get in shape. You made it to the big time, why not just put some effort in? November 10, 2017 at 11:54 pm Al79 Probably. At some point I’m sure there may be a fan video of the unedited promo on YT.center_img I think you’re right. Social media is the new arena for kayfabe, after all. November 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm Al79 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte thesystemforce November 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm Jeffery Adam Phillips when you don’t do steroids, you usually look like a regular guy. Wait, I’m confused. Define “going into business for themselves”? It say’s it had to be edited so perhaps it’s something we didn’t see? truthspinner November 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm November 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm I reckon this is all a work November 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm Colby WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Colby November 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm November 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm November 9, 2017 at 2:29 am Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles I’m not saying he’s ripped, but Owens is clearly taking better care of his body than he did prior to coming to WWE. You can tell that he has dropped some flab/put on some muscle. He’s not the best looking guy on the roster, but he has made improvements.That said, for some people it’s an issue of body type. No matter how he works out, KO may always look like he’s a bit overweight. And I have to say, I like that guys that don’t have the traditional wrestling body type can make it in WWE these days. Back in the 80s/90s, we had guys like Jake Roberts (and others)- not the most athletic but still incredibly talented/popular. Then for awhile, it seemed like you had to be built like a god to be anything more than a jobber. Nowadays, look certainly matters, but it seems like talent matters even more. Because of that, we get guys like Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, etc. on WWE TV. Videos Articles Rob Giles Rob Giles Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising November 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR November 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm Dubya w00dm4n Perhaps that’s what the average fan today wants to see now? The idea that the average guy could be champion… I started watching in about 1982 and yes, the wrestlers that I was watching were mostly the bigger guys / bigger names in WWE but ironically, in NWA / Jim Crockett Promotions, it seemed a bit different than WWE (i.e. Flair, Dusty, Abdullah, Kevin Sullivan, The Rock n’ Roll Express, Bam Bam, One Man Gang, etc.) … those guys in most cases may have been larger than say Rey and Benoit but they weren’t in shape…perhaps if you wanted to be a big name and in WWF, that’s where you had to be big and somewhat in shape (height and weight-wise) so the more I think about it, that seemed to be a WWE thing BUT that was what pulled me into wrestling (in the 80’s) and then as you mentioned it has changed dramatically in recent years, to where WWE seems to have shifted to less focus on being in shape or guys who seem like they want to stay in shape, let alone commit to the gym… November 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm Wow, figured Owens might eventually pull a “CM Punk” but not Zayn. It actually was on the broadcast I saw – I read what they did on other sites and it was all left in – I.e. When Kevin Owens called to Sami let’s go, they were supposed to keep trying to attack New Day and then get bra down – apparently we saw it all on the show and they were supposed to go back in which is why New Day was confused and so it was something we wouldn’t know was suppose to happen even tho all was awkward looking so I’ll be surprised if they don’t get more disciplined as it’s basically like they did it live if WWE couldn’t really edit it to look different The Miz Colby Facebook I don’t disagree – I started watching over 30 years ago because of the larger than life characters … it seems that when smaller guys like Eddie and Benoit won the world titles at the same WM, the crowd responded and the shift began away from the larger wrestlers) I.e. Mysterio), etc. and because the audience keeps responding, talent has gotten smaller and less focus has been placed on physical appearance – not saying I agree but just an observation. If the audience responds live, WWE seems to adjust but that doesn’t mean that’s what will bring in the casual fan and although Vince seems to adjust based on reaction he doesn’t really listen to what the audience overall wants (I.e. Roman Reigns) Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns November 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm Triple H November 8, 2017 at 6:11 pmlast_img read more

Councilmember Olga Diaz discusses her campaign of running for District 3

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of April 14 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of April 14, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Edward J. Gillis, 93Michael M. Gustin, 65Virginia J. (Lambert) Morse, 85Robert James Ross, 87Ruth R. Swenson, 84Previously Lived In Wilmington:Susan E. (Cotter) Coughlin, 69Leo P. Theriault, 99, & Eleanor T. Theriault, 89Daniel W. Wentzell, 70Worked In/Volunteered In Wilmington:NoneLike 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… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of April 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Senate gavels out and ends its special session

first_imgThree days after the state House’s adjournment, the Senate has also gaveled out, ending the the latest special session in Juneau. In closing remarks, senators differed over how successful the body was in addressing the state’s legislative challenges this year.Listen nowSen. Berta Gardner addresses the Alaska Senate on April 7, 2014 . (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Democratic Minority Leader Berta Gardner of Anchorage said she was disappointed the Legislature couldn’t agree on a comprehensive fiscal plan.“It requires moving places where we might thought – might have thought we would never go, and it’s what we had to do here,” Gardner said. “And we all knew that coming in, but we didn’t. And so to say I’m disappointed feels inadequate.”For the third year in a row, Alaska’s government is projected to spend billions of dollars more than it collects in revenue. At this rate, Governor Bill Walker has warned that the Constitutional Budget Reserve will be exhausted in two years, potentially leading to steep cuts in government services.Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R- Anchorage on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)But members of the Republican-led majority say more attention should be paid to areas where the Legislature passed bills. Senator Anna MacKinnon, a Republican from Eagle River, points to agreements on Medicaid and criminal justice reform, as well as changes to Power Cost Equalization and community revenue sharing.“The Senate and the other body, the minority and the majority, House members in the majority and minority, moved huge pieces of legislation to benefit the people of Alaska,” MacKinnon said.Although they might reduce spending by significant amounts in the future, neither the Medicaid nor corrections bills are expected to save much this year.Sen. Pete Kelly speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate, (Stock photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Fairbanks Republican Senator Pete Kelly notes that, unlike the House, the Senate passed its version of the state budget a month earlier than in previous years. The Senate also passed a bill restructuring the Permanent Fund earnings, a measure Walker sees as the centerpiece to a long-term fiscal plan.But Kelly shied away from pointing blame at the House for opposing the Permanent Fund bill. He said constituents across Alaska rejected the legislation.“Doing the job sometimes means that we just say no to these brilliant ideas that come out of the governor’s office or out of the Senate or the House,” Kelly said.The Senate Resources Committee is still scheduled for a meeting Tuesday to discuss the development plan for Prudhoe Bay oil. Walker may call another special session, but it would likely occur after the November election.last_img read more

Families Unite Against Police Violence at DOJ

first_imgRise Up October, a group composed of mothers from across the country, who have lost loved ones to police brutality and violence, gathered at the DOJ Nov. 10 to announce a new foundation committed to the pursuit of justice for victims of police brutality, death and violence.A group of community and civic activists committed to bringing justice to Black people murdered by police officers and other criminals convened in front of the U.S. Department of Justice recently to announce a foundation that will pursue justice for those aggrieved.The foundation is “Every Case Matters for All Families” and it is designed to help and assist families that are dealing with gun violence and police brutality. Ishtyme Robinson, the group organizer, said at a rally that took place at the Justice Department on Nov. 5 that the time is right for unity among the families.“Together, we will get our voices heard that we will no longer tolerate the slaughter of Black and Brown lives in North America by members of law enforcement,” Robinson said. “This genocide assault on our young people will be confronted with demands for justice for all families of lost loves ones. Now is the time to band together in this organized fight among so many for justice.”Leaders from such organizations as A Mother’s Cry for Justice, Mothers against Corruption, Youth USA, Youth Taskforce, and Unchained attended the rally. Ayo Handy-Kendi, the founder of Black Love Day, is also a supporter of Rise Up October, a mass demonstration to protest police brutality in the U.S.“When a family member dies because of gun violence, the whole family suffers,” HandyKendi said. “The concerns of the family never get addressed and redress from the police and government officials doesn’t take place.”Handy-Kendi lost a son, Rashid Handy in 1993 to Black-on-Black violence but said that the District police department did little to help her get justice on his behalf. She believes that with a foundation like Rise Up October, affected families will get moral and other type of support.“We [the families] must come together,” she said. “We cannot work in isolation.”jwright@afro.comlast_img read more

Tribute to the man who brought Indian cinema on the world map

first_imgKolkata: The 98th birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray was celebrated in the city on Thursday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted “Maharaja Tomare Selam… Fondly remembering Satyajit Ray, legendary filmmaker, on his birth anniversary.” At Mother’s Wax museum in New Town, the wax statue of Ray was garlanded on the occasion by the chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) Debashis Sen. Orbits of Convergence: Ray’s Tagore, a unique programme by the Tollygunge Club, brought together the works of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. The event, conceptualised, scripted and directed by Subha Pal, with inputs from Subhashish Majumder, is an audio-visual presentation of Tagore’s works, which have been made into films by Satyajit Ray, along with the screening of a documentary on Tagore, made in 1961 on the birth centenary of Rabindranath. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTagore was very close to the Ray family and had visited the Garpar house of the Rays when Sukumar, Ray’s father, fell ill and died prematurely. Tagore loved Ray because he lost his father at an early age. There will be play-readings too, followed by the recital of poetry and some songs which are reminiscent of both Tagore and Ray’s works. “This event is a tribute to mark the birth anniversary of two luminaries from Bengal — Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. Since both their birthdays fall in the month of May, we decided to host a programme which focuses on how Ray’s films brought world-wide fame to Tagore’s works. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt’s not that Tagore wasn’t so popular among the people before. But Ray’s works captured beautifully the meaning inherent in Tagore’s works, which were lost in translation,” says Subha Pal, the director. Clippings from five films by Ray which included Teen Konya, Charulata, Ghare Baire, Postmaster and Monihara had been shown at the event. Barun Chanda, who acted in Ray’s Shimabaddha, spoke about Tagore’s interest in movies, during the latter part of his life. Biplab Das Gupta presented the play-reading while director Ashoke Vishwanathan enacted the characters from Ghare Baire and Monihara. Rohini and Debashish Ray Chaudhuri sang songs along with Apala Basu. The programme will also include songs from Ray’s films, as he used some of Tagore’s poems in his films to highlight a particular moment. “Ray’s love for music was much evident in movies like Gupi Gayen Bagha Bayen and Hirak Rajar Deshe and we will also include some songs from these movies,” Subha said. On his 98th Birth anniversary, Indian Museum ,ministry of Culture,is celebrating the day by organising an exhibition of photographs and Memorabilia at Pre-History Gallery, Indian Museum.last_img read more

Home Prices Should Slide by 36 in 2012 Fiserv

first_img Agents & Brokers Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Processing Service Providers 2012-01-30 Ryan Schuette The latest analysis from a Fiserv Case-Shiller index said Monday that home prices could slide back by 3.6 percent this year, and may not completely pick up until the first half of 2013.[IMAGE]””Fiserv, Inc.””:http://www.fiserv.com/ found a double-dip that began last summer stretching into last fall as home prices declined in 340 of 384 metropolitan areas surveyed by the technology provider.It said some 302 areas slammed into new lows, and projected that home prices will fall in southerly direction this year before climbing by 2.4 percent over the second quarter next year.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Housing affordability has improved dramatically because of declines in both prices and mortgage interest rates,”” David Stiff, chief economist with Fiserv, said in a statement.””Many households cannot finance first-time or trade-up home purchases to take advantage of lower home prices because of much stricter mortgage lending standards,”” he added. “”But even households with access to mortgage credit are hesitant to buy homes while job growth is weak and consumer confidence is low.””The company also said that prices fell by double-digits in 30 metropolitan areas, with home prices ticking up by 1 percent or more in 25 areas.Only two metro areas, including some in California and Nevada, will likely see a pickup in home prices over the second quarter this year. Sixteen metro areas will see price declines by double digits.””If economic growth picks up in the second half of 2011, then home prices should stabilize early next year,”” Stiff said, adding: “”Potential buyers must be convinced that the economic recovery is back on track and that the double-dip in home prices is nearly over before housing demand will begin to rise.”” January 30, 2012 429 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Home Prices Should Slide by 3.6% in 2012: Fiserv Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Johnson did not practice for a second straight day on Thursday, and he has not been on the field since hurting his ankle versus Minnesota.While his teammates continued to prepare for the Packers, Johnson was once again working out on the side with a trainer.“I’m feeling good. I’m feeling better. Today was the best day that I felt,” he said, standing in front of his locker. “Hopefully get an opportunity to practice some tomorrow and hopefully get the ‘go’ from the training staff and the Coach (Bruce Arians) on Sunday.“If the progress continues like it’s been going for the past week-and-a-half like it did from yesterday to today on to Friday on to Sunday, then, yeah, I’ll be able to play on Sunday.”Johnson had not missed a game in two years prior to him being sidelined at Philadelphia.“It was weird,” he said. “You want to be on the field, you want to do everything you can do to help your guys win. I just love to be involved and be in the action.”Without Johnson, the Cardinals defense appeared to struggle at times.Both the Eagles touchdowns occurred amidst confusion in the secondary.On Zach Ertz’s 22-yard second-quarter score that tied the game at 10, the Cardinals had only 10 men on the field. They failed to get a timeout called though replays clearly showed the 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell signaling for one. “Guys are really locked in to getting the job done,” Johnson said. “We’re missing Ty a tremendous lot, I mean a brother to us, wish he was around; just the person of him, not so much as the football player….everybody has been focused to detail and a lot of urgency about what we’re trying to do this week.“Two wins to get in the Super Bowl instead of three. I’d rather go two instead of three. For us, we want to get a home-field game. We know how great our crowd is and how well we play at home. But at the end of the day, none of that matters if we don’t take care of Sunday.” Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz (86) is overthrown as Arizona Cardinals’ Rashad Johnson (26) defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 24-20. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Already without safety Tyrann Mathieu, the Arizona Cardinals can ill afford another absence in the secondary, especially if that vacancy is the spot occupied by starter Rashad Johnson, going into this week’s matchup against Green Bay.If Mathieu is the heart of the defense, that emotional leader, then Johnson is the brains, the proverbial quarterback, signaling in the calls and getting everyone in the right position. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Later in the fourth quarter, Sam Bradford and Jordan Matthews hooked up for a 78-yard score, the second-longest touchdown allowed by the Cardinals this season.Matthews was wide open on the play.“I don’t know if it does or doesn’t (happen if Johnson was on the field), but it was a breakdown,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “That stung a little bit.”Bettcher said Philadelphia’s up-tempo offense forces opposing defenses to communicate fast. That’s an area Johnson excels at, and without him, others were forced into a situation that was somewhat new.In other words, valuable experience was gained, meaning they’ll be more prepared going forward, according to Bettcher.“This week it’ll be a little bit of that again, so last week, as I looked at it, was a great way for us to improve our communication in those situations when Rashad is not in,” he said.Johnson, now in his seventh season, is tied for the team-lead with five interceptions, has the fourth-most passes defensed (eight) and sixth-most tackles (56).It’s what’s between the ears that can’t be quantified.Mathieu’s loss is huge, yes; Johnson’s availability, or potential lack thereof, would be just as significant, if not more so. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Striking staff at Limassol hospital go back to work Updated

first_imgAround 150 hourly-paid workers at the Limassol general hospital went on strike Thursday morning citing acute understaffing issues but eventually went back to work after agreeing to give 10 days to the management to hire more staff.The strike started at 6.30am and involved around 150 cleaners, surgery room messengers, room attendants and kitchen staff.Room attendants were the last to end the strike, at around 5pm.The cleaners, which was the biggest group numbering around 90 people, along with messengers went back to work earlier after given reassurances more staff would be hired. The kitchen staff went back to work in the morning after getting the same reassurances.The staff demanded that vacancies are filled including hiring staff to fill in for colleagues on long-term sick leave so that they can meet their working schedules over the summer holiday period  and the days off owed to them for working on holidays. They also asked that messengers were hired to work irregular hours.Their unions said on Thursday afternoon that workers had agreed to give a 10-day deadline so that more staff was hired.Room attendants, who had to also perform messenger duties, were reassured that arrangements would be made so there were messengers on all shifts.If the promises are not kept, workers will escalate measures, the unions said.The strike was announced after workers reportedly turned down an offer by the management to hire four people, arguing they needed at least 20 cleaners and three room attendants.Later on Thursday, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou assigned responsibility for the frustrated hospital staff to the state health services (Okypy), which he said shows continuous worrying negligence in “the management and resolution of the problem which arose a few days ago among the staff of the Limassol general hospital”.Striking staff that gathered outside the hospital told media that due to the serious understaffing problem, they had to work long hours and were unable to even take a day off.“The work schedule cannot be met, either for holidays or shifts,” a cleaner said.She gave as an example the case of a room attendant who was doing 12.5-hour night shifts and was forced to also perform messenger duties. ‘This is inhumane,” she said.Another staff member said that it was already July and they were not able to take “not even a day off”.“We have been working on holidays for the past three years but we have yet to receive our corresponding days off,” she said.But according to Christos Nicolaou, Okypy executive director for the Limassol-Paphos district, the staff asked for two more cleaners to be able to do the summer holiday schedule but management offered to hire four.He also said there was no delay in dealing with the issue. The proposal to hire four people was submitted on Wednesday noon, while meetings had taken place with unions twice, he said.“Things should not have gone this far,” he told state broadcaster CyBC radio on Thursday morning.He said the problem is that a number of staff members were on long sick leave, while when the summer holidays schedule was prepared, four more persons went on sick leave worsening the situation.Nicolaou said he hoped that by the end of the week the four new people would be hired.The head of the House health committee, Costas Constantinou, who was along with other MPs on a scheduled a visit to the hospital, expressed concern.  There might have been delays in dealing with the problems, he said, but “we were informed solutions were given to the problems for which the strike is taking place.”Since the unions and workers were informed of the solutions, “why the strike today?” he asked. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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