By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former Cree leader turned NDP leadership candidate Romeo Saganash says he doesn’t believe the absence of an NDP provincial wing in Quebec is a “handicap” in the race to replace party leader Jack Layton who died from cancer in late August.Saganash, a Quebec MP for the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik, announced he was gunning for the NDP leadership Friday.Saganash and Brian Topp, the NDP party president and immediate frontrunner, are so far the only two declared leadership candidates in the race, though several other MPs are expected to join in.In an interview with APTN National News Monday, Saganash dismissed concerns raised by high-profile Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair who said candidates from Quebec were at a disadvantage in the leadership race because the NDP lacked a provincial wing there.Mulcair, seen by many as a top NDP candidate, told reporters Monday that he was holding off declaring his intentions to run because he believed the numbers were against him.Saganash admitted that the newness of the NDP in Quebec and its lack of a provincial base was a “challenge,” but it wasn’t enough to make him back off his leadership bid.“It is definitely a challenge and every challenge brings an opportunity,” said Saganash. “We have our work cut out for us. Definitely it is not a handicap in my view, rather an opportunity.”While the NDP has about 90,000 members, only about 1,600 are from Quebec.Saganash also disagreed with Mulcair’s call for the NDP to launch a membership drive targeting the province. He said the NDP should launch a national membership drive, instead of focusing just on Quebec.Mulcair said thousands of membership cards have been sold in British Columbia, where the party recently went through a leadership race, and in Manitoba and Ontario as a result of provincial elections, giving candidates from there an advantage.Most of the NDP’s membership is based outside Quebec despite the majority of elected NDP MPs coming from the province.Saganash said he plans to raise his profile among party members in the rest of Canada the old-fashioned way.“I’ve learned in the past 30 years that it is a matter of going up to them, visiting them and talking to them,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know who Romeo Saganash is. I think this is a huge challenge that I am willing to take up. It is an important hill to climb.”Saganash resigned as director of government relations and international affairs of the Grand Council of Crees to run in the last election against Bloc Quebecois incumbent Yvon Levesque.During the election, Levesque was forced by his party to apologize after he said that Saganash’s Cree ancestry was a liability with voters in their constituency.Saganash, who is making history as the first First Nations leader to vie for the leadership of a major federal political party, said he was focusing on convincing NDP members to back him because of his ideas.“During the campaign I told the Cree…I am not asking the Cree to vote for me because I am Cree, but for the values I stand for,” said Saganash. “It is a very diversified riding. We have Inuit, Cree and Algonquin, we have Abitibi and James Bay non-Natives. When I said yes to Jack Layton I said yes to everybody, not just the Cree.”Layton died from cancer on Aug. 22.
18 June 2010United Nations peacekeepers have this morning helped local police in Haiti capture 30 criminals who had escaped from prison in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake and subsequently infiltrated a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the capital. Working with the Haitian National Police (HNP), more than 350 military and police staff serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) raided the Jean-Marie Vincent camp for IDPs near the notorious Cité Soleil neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince shortly after 5 a.m.The operation was the largest security action conducted by MINUSTAH since the 12 January quake, which killed an estimated 200,000 Haitians and destroyed or substantially damaged the homes of millions of others. Many prison inmates also escaped from jail in the aftermath of the disaster.In a press statement MINUSTAH said the raid was conducted following an upsurge in violence inside the IDP camp that was linked to the prison escapees.Following the quake the Security Council authorized the mission to have an additional 15,000 UN Police (UNPOL) and 2,000 military personnel.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up its work-for-food and work-for-cash projects in Haiti. Under the scheme, each labourer receives enough food rations for a family of five. In the next month the agency hopes to more than double the number of individual recipients to 70,000.In another development, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has dispatched its ad hoc advisory group on Haiti to the Caribbean country to assess the recovery efforts so far and determine whether future assistance should be concentrated. The group is scheduled to wrap up its four-day visit tomorrow.
“Last year, Liberia passed an historic milestone in conducting its second democratic elections since the end of the conflict. This was an important undertaking which, once again, demonstrates the will of the Liberian people,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL).“However, peace cannot be complete without reconciliation. Experiences from around the world have shown us than an incomplete peace is often a prelude to renew conflict,” she told reporters in Monrovia during her last press briefing as Special Representative.Ms. Løj emphasized that a lot more needs to be done to ensure that Liberia’s future is inclusive, and stressed the role of young people in reconciliation as well as the importance of Liberians initiating this process.“I have said it many times that true reconciliation has to be home grown. It cannot be imposed from abroad. I cannot tell three or four of you Liberian how to reconcile…you will not even listen to me. You have to get together and talk and be willing on how to reconcile and deal with what has to be dealt with for that reconciliation to take place.“Through dialogue and inclusion, I am highly confident that Liberia will continue its work towards lasting peace,” she added, while reiterating that UNMIL would continue to provide support to the population, while simultaneously encouraging and providing advice for national initiatives. “Liberians have demonstrated that they can be in the driver’s seat and that they have chosen the path to sustainable development. And progress is reflected in the way UNMIL supports Liberia today. From being first in line with a robust military and police presence, the Mission is today standing second in line focusing on providing advisory support to security and rule of law institutions,” Ms. Løj said.She expressed her gratitude to the people of Liberia and appreciation for the warmth and generosity during the four years of her tenure. 25 January 2012The outgoing United Nations envoy in Liberia today stressed the need for reconciliation in the country, adding that this is an essential step to consolidate stability and to ensure that the progress achieved by the democratic elections held last year can continue.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Two people with knowledge of the situation say North Carolina is negotiating with Mack Brown on a deal to return to Chapel Hill as its next football coach.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the school hasn’t publicly commented on its coaching search. One of the people says that the deal is being finalized.North Carolina has moved quickly to replace Larry Fedora, who was fired on Sunday after seven seasons.The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97 before spending 16 seasons at Texas. His last two teams at North Carolina finished ranked in the top 10 nationally.He later led the Longhorns to the national championship for 2005. He left Texas in 2013 and has been working in broadcasting.Inside Carolina first reported news on Brown.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardapAaron Beard, The Associated Press
But controversially, they will not have to give any indication of how much is earned from such work. Under the new rules, all staff will be allowed to accept hospitality up to £25 without declaring it, and to accept it up to £75 if declared. Larger sums will be allowed only with exceptional senior approval, the guidance states. It says only “modest offers of travel and accommodation” should be accepted unless senior approval is given, but does not spell out the limits on this. These must also be declared.Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, said: “The public rightly expects NHS staff to behave appropriately and use the healthcare budget to achieve the best outcomes for patients. While behaviour is exemplary in virtually all instances, there are times when more could have been done to prevent standards slipping.“We have invited comment from the public, patients, NHS staff and other stakeholders on our proposals and have acted on what they have told us.”This new guidance will bring a consistent approach to conflicts of interest and ensure that the public can have faith in the integrity of the NHS.” Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “We welcome these guidelines and recognise the need to bring greater coherence and consistency to how the health service handles conflicts and potential conflicts of interest.” Doctors will not have to declare their private earnings, health officials have ruled, in a climbdown on NHS conflict of interest rules.Health officials were considering requiring every health service doctor to set out details of all earnings from private work.But today the board of NHS England agreed that medics will simply have to say when and where they take on such duties – and not on how much they earn from them. The public rightly expects NHS staff to behave appropriately and use the healthcare budget to achieve the best outcomes for patientsSir Malcolm Grant The new rules on conflicts of interest also mean all gifts over £50 have to be declared. The guidance will permit staff, such as nurses, to receive a box of chocolates or other small tokens of gratitude from patients but will require them to decline anything that could be seen to affect their professional judgement, officials said. NHS England said the new guidance due to take effect in June, followed feedback during a consultation. It was drawn up by a group including the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Under the rules, doctors working for the NHS will have to commit to making the health service their priority. They will also need to say what work they do for the private sector and when and where such duties are carried out. 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.
← Previous Story German Leipzig qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League! Next Story → IN MEMORY OF MARIAN COZMA: Veszprem beat Dinamo Bucuresti Bundes handballDKB Bundesliga 2013/2014HSG WetzlarIvano Balic After two defeats at the beginning of the DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014, HSG Wetzlar beat TUS Lubbecke 31:21 in front of sold-out hall and that was the first Bundesliga’s triumph for the best handball player in the history of our sport, Ivano Balic. Handball “Mozzart” scored a goal to help his team-mates to take first points in this season…COMPLETE RESULTS OF ROUND 3STANDINGS:1 THW Kiel (M,P) 3 +31 6:02 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 3 +29 6:03 SC Magdeburg 3 +11 6:04 SG Flensburg-H. 4 +9 6:25 TBV Lemgo 3 +3 5:16 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 4 0 5:37 Füchse Berlin 3 +17 4:28 Bergischer HC 3 +2 4:29 MT Melsungen 4 0 4:410 VfL Gummersbach 4 0 4:411 TuS N-Lübbecke 2 0 2:212 HSG Wetzlar 3 -3 2:413 ThSV Eisenach 3 -15 1:514 GWD Minden 3 -15 1:515 HSV Hamburg 2 -13 0:416 Frisch Auf Göppingen 3 -7 0:617 HBW Balingen-W. 3 -23 0:618 TV Emsdetten 3 -26 0:6
Social media is slowly creeping into all areas of the web. Even websites and services that have no social features usually place a Facebook or Google+ like button somewhere to help spread the word of their existence. Even so, it’s quite difficult to explain to someone new to the Internet, or social aspects of the web, exactly what this social media revolution is. And just as importantly, what the difference between social media services are.That problem has now been solved by using a donut analogy. Douglas Wray posted a whiteboard breakdown of all the major social media services and explained how they differ from each other using the example of a donut. Quite fittingly he posted the image on Instagram–the photo sharing service.The breakdown is the clearest I have yet seen of how something like Twitter differs from Facebook or LinkedIn. Twitter is for telling people what you are doing at any given moment (eating a donut), Facebook is more for sharing what you like in general (I like donuts), and LinkedIn is for sharing what you’re good at (skilled with donuts). Yet all rely on the sharing of information in different ways to remain relevant and keep people using them.So, the next time someone asks you what social media is, or how two services differ, save this image and pull it up on your phone. They’ll understand much more quickly and you won’t be standing there trying to find examples that work to show the differences. Alternatively, memorize the donut analogy and look clever at parties.via Instagram
Les variations climatiques peuvent conduire aux conflits armésUne étude publiée jeudi dans le magazine scientifique Nature met en évidence l’impact du changement climatique sur les conflits armés, en particulier dans les pays tropicaux régulièrement victimes de tempêtes. Elle alerte également que le phénomène pourrait s’aggraver à cause de la pollution industrielle.”L’étude montre indéniablement que même dans notre monde moderne les variations climatiques ont un impact sur la propension des gens à employer la violence”, explique Mark Cane, de l’Observatoire de la Terre Lamont-Doherty auprès de la Columbia University de New York. En effet, ce climatologue et ses collègues ont réalisé une nouvelle étude sur le changement climatique, mais ceux-ci se sont intéressés à un aspect bien particulier : le lien entre variations climatiques et les conflits. Pour cela, ils ont examiné différents phénomènes climatiques observés entre 1950 et 2004. Puis ils ont croisé ces données avec des informations sur les conflits civils internes ayant fait au moins 25 morts par an et par pays. Au total, ce sont ainsi 175 pays et 234 conflits, dont plus de la moitié ont causé plus d’un millier de morts dans des affrontements, qui ont été passés en revue à l’aide de cette méthode. Mais plus précisément, les météorologues se sont intéressés à deux phénomènes bien particuliers : El Nino et La Nina.Les changements climatiques sont sujets à des cycles. El Nino, ou encore ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation), est un cycle qui fait son apparition tous les deux à sept ans et dont la durée varie entre neuf mois et deux ans. Ce phénomène démarre dans la partie occidentale du Pacifique tropical par une accumulation de masse d’eau chaude et traverse ensuite l’océan. C’est cette partie du cycle qui est nommée El Nino et qui peut provoquer des bouleversements catastrophiques tant au niveau des précipitations que des températures, provoquant canicules, vents violents et secs en Afrique, en Asie du Sud, et du Sud-est ainsi qu’en Australie.Probabilités d’éclatement de conflits plus élevée avec El NinoLa Nina, est un cycle contraire à El Nino qui débute dans la partie orientale du Pacifique. C’est dans ces régions que les masses d’eau se rafraichissent entrainant de fortes pluies. Or, grâce à leur étude, les chercheurs ont établi que la probabilité d’éclatement d’un conflit s’élevait à 3% pour La Nina contre 6% pour El Nino, soit un taux doublé comparé au premier cycle. Quant au pays non touchés par ces deux phénomènes, la probabilité de risque de conflits tombait à 2%.Au final, les chercheurs ont alors montré qu’El Nino a pu jouer un rôle dans 21% des cas de guerres civiles dans le monde. Plus grave encore, le résultat avoisine les 30% lorsqu’il s’agit de pays précisément frappés par El Nino. Solomon Hsiang, auteur principal de l’étude, a ainsi qualifié ce phénomène climatique de “facteur invisible” car il a causé des pertes de récoltes, favorisé des épidémies suite à des ouragans dévastateurs, aggravé la famine, le chômage et donc les inégalités, semant ainsi les divisions au sein de la population. D’autres facteurs indispensables à considérerÀ lire aussiBras robotique, astéroïdes et réchauffement climatique, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 juilletToutefois, d’autres paramètres essentiels sont à prendre en compte : la croissance démographique en premier lieu, ainsi que la prospérité d’un pays, puis les compétences des gouvernements à gérer des crises provoquées par un phénomène tel que El Nino. Au vu de tous ces éléments, selon Solomon Hsiang, la crise actuelle en Somalie qui n’est pas incluse dans l’étude, ne peut être qu’un “parfait exemple” des conséquences camouflées d’El Nino.En effet, la famine, doublée, en Somalie, d’une guerre civile, qui frappe la Corne de l’Afrique est, selon les auteurs de l’étude, un exemple-type des effets des variations du climat dont les causes sont naturelles, provoquant sécheresse et tensions dans une société déjà fragilisée, rapporte l’AFP. Le 28 août 2011 à 17:08 • Maxime Lambert
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As reported earlier this morning and officially confirmed by WWE, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away. Neidhart was 63 years old.According to a report by F4WOnline, Ross Hart, Jim’s brother-in-law, revealed Jim’s passing was due to a grand mal seizure related to Alzheimer’s.That type of seizure is typically associated with a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Neidhart has reportedly been battling the disease for some time.Industry continues to react on Twitter“The Anvil”, “Jim Neidhart” and “RIPAnvil” are all trending on Twitter this morning.More industry reactions continue to come in.We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Neidhart. Our thoughts are with his family today. pic.twitter.com/3ZL4XKZDcn— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) August 13, 2018 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook RIP old friend. Jim Neidhart lived and loved our business. Nothing but love for you and your family. All love. pic.twitter.com/goeGkKbUPY— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) August 13, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Neidhart familyJim Neidhart Passes Away At 63-Years-Old @Myringsidenews https://t.co/isJ2UFVdGd— Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (@real_steamboat) August 13, 2018 Google+ WWE issues statement on passing of former Kaientai manager Wally Yamaguchi RIP The Anvil https://t.co/mMwOW2smus— Brian Myers (@TheCurtHawkins) August 13, 2018 Video: WWE officially introduces The Hart Foundation as Hall of Fame inductees Pinterest Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Jim Neidhart. The #HartFoundation were the greatest of all time. My thoughts are with @NatbyNature @TJWilson and the rest of the Hart family. #RIPAnvil— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) August 13, 2018
SUNRISE: 07:12AM MOONRISE: 10:26AM HIGH TIDE: 10:47AMSUNSET: 06:36PM MOONSET: 09:36PM LOW TIDE: 05:13PM HIGH TIDE: 11:05PM LOW TIDE: 05:09AM TUE.EXTENDED FORECAST: PRE-FRONTAL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL INCREASE RAIN CHANCES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY MID-WEEK. THE FRONT WILL GRADUALLY DRIFT SOUTHEASTWARDS WITH BREEZY AND SLIGHTLY COOLER CONDITIONS IN ITS WAKE.FORECAST FOR TUESDAYWEATHER: VARIABLE CLOUDINESS WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: CLOUDY TO OVERCAST AND HOT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME BECOMING HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: SOUTHERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BUT BECOMING NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET ACROSS ALL AREAS BUT BUILDING UP TO 5 TO 8 FEET BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IN A FEW DAYS. SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER WHILE IT MOVES NORTHWESTWARD TO NORTHWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE OF 30 PERCENT FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: IAN V. MCKENZIE/and Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM ANCHORED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN ACROSS THE ISLANDS BY TONIGHT.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO ROUGH SURF AND THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES. ALL AREAS:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, BREEZY AND HOT WITH A FEW SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. MOSTLY FAIR AND MILD TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS. SMALL CRAFT SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.HIGH TEMPERATURE TODAY: 90°F 32°C LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT: 79°F 26°C
TACOMA — The Skyview Storm never know who is going to be their go-to player from game to game.They just know they are going to the Class 4A girls basketball state championship game after knocking off Gonzaga Prep of Spokane 63-50 on Friday.A day after being held scoreless, Delaney Keser buried four 3-pointers and scored 16 points.A day after being down on the floor with a head injury, Larissa Hamilton returned to score eight points and six rebounds off the bench.A day after struggling for much of her team’s opener in the Tacoma Dome, Jocelyn Adams bounced back with 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists.“That’s what I absolutely love about this team. Any one of us can have an amazing game,” Keser said. “We all have the opportunity to make each other look good.”Adams added: “I felt like I had to show up. If we wanted to get to the state championship, we all had to be there and help each other out.”
Darsi: An old couple was found killed in bed on Monday morning. They were murdered in sleep at their home on Sunday night. Their son, who is said to be sleeping in the front room, claims that his parents might have committed suicide, but police express doubts on his version. The police booked a case and started the investigation. According to police officials, Annapureddy Venkata Reddy, 60, and Ademma, 55, live in a two-room house near Saibaba temple in Darsi. Their son Narayana Reddy sleeps in the front room, while the old couple sleeps in the back room. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us As the couple has sold their land a few months ago due to financial issues, the brother of Venkata Reddy gifted him 10 cents for their living. The locals suspect that the son of Venkata Reddy has been forcing them to sell those 10 cents of land. On Monday morning, the old couple was found dead in their blood-soaked beds with their veins at wrists slit and injuries on heads. The Darsi DSP G Prakasa Rao, CI Moin and other local police reached the crime scene and started the investigation.
The pound rose to a six-month high against the dollar early on Thursday after the latest polls supported those in favor of Britain remaining in the European Union, hours before a crucial referendum to decide the country’s place in Europe.Polls by ComRes, conducted for the Daily Mail newspaper and ITV television, and YouGov for The Times newspaper in London showed a last-minute rise in those supporting Britain to remain in the EU.although several poll results have been too close to call a definitive outcome.The pound was up 0.6 percent at $1.4802 after touching $1.4847, its highest since the beginning of the year.A wait-and-see mood was expected to prevail through the rest of the day, dotted by possible bouts of volatility, as the market nervously awaited the British poll results.The polling will take place between 0600-2100 GMT on Thursday, with the results expected early on Friday.”It will be hard for the market move until the poll results are released. The pound obviously will take center stage. But other European currencies and particularly dollar/yen also bear watching as the pair will reflect swings in risk sentiment,” said Shin Kadota, chief Japan FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo.The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 104.595 yen after moving the previous day in a narrow 104.855-104.310 range.The greenback has sagged against the yen after Tuesday’s testimony by Federal Reserve Janet Yellen was seen to have played down the chances of a U.S. interest rate increase in July.The euro gained 0.2 percent to $1.1324, adding to an overnight gain of 0.5 percent. A slight ebb in prospects of Britain leaving the EU has helped the common currency.The Australian dollar, seen as a rough proxy of risk sentiment, was up 0.2 percent at $0.7514, not far from a seven-week high of $0.7527 scaled overnight.
ReutersThe West Indies team to face India in a three-match ODI series to be played from August 8 has been announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). There are no major changes to the team from the squad that played in the World Cup. The most important news emerging from the team announcement is the presence of Chris Gayle, the dangerous opener who had announced earlier that he would be retiring from international cricket after the World Cup but changed his mind during the tournament.Roston Chase and John Campbell, two batsmen who weren’t in the World Cup squad and were playing against India A for West Indies A recently, have been brought back into the squad. Keemo Paul, another member of the West Indies A side comes in as well while Shannon Gabriel and Ashley Nurse find no place in the team.Andre Russell, who was suffering from a knee injury that brought his World Cup to an early end hasn’t recovered and is not in the side. Interestingly, Evin Lewis, the dashing opener who didn’t perform very well in the World Cup also retains his place in the team.West Indies squad: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope (WK), Sheldon Cottrell
By The Associated PressROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a woman fleeing a crash tried to hit an off-duty police officer, who then clung onto the car while talking to authorities.WTOP-FM reports 25-year-old Denai Holly, of Washington, D.C., hit several cars on Interstate 270 near Rockville Monday morning and attempted to flee. Police Sgt. DeVaughn Parker says off-duty Montgomery County Officer Christopher Jordan witnessed the wreck and told Holly he was an officer.Denai Holly (Photo/ Maryland State Police)Parker says Holly accelerated toward the officer, who was on the phone with authorities when he landed on Holly’s hood. Charging documents say she drove about a mile at 80 mph before the officer could safely roll off her car. Holly was arrested on charges including attempted manslaughter minutes later using information he provided.It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.___Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com
Stay on target We’ve reached the midseason finale of Riverdale and the show just went for it in a way we haven’t seen since season one. The first season was only half as long. As a result, the entire thing moved at a blindingly fast pace. That made for an absolutely bonkers show that was a ton of fun to watch, but it wasn’t always the best thing for the narrative. Story threads were dismissed too quickly, never given the time they needed to land. Season two has learned from the first. It’s using the extra episodes to slow things down just a bit and let the mystery breathe. It can build tension and have it persist from week to week. It can shine a spotlight on smaller details, lending itself even more to ridiculous fan theories. All in all, it’s led to a better show. Sometimes though, we miss that insanity we fell in love with in season one. That’s what last night’s episode was for.Before signing off for a few weeks, Riverdale gave us a Christmas episode. Don’t scrutinize the timeline of the series too much; it doesn’t make a ton of sense. This episode moves too quickly for you to really give its setting too much thought anyway. The gang is giving each other Secret Santa gifts, and it’s super awkward because two couples have broken up. And they’ve bought presents for each other that would make sense for couples, but a little weird when they’re still trying to be friends. Also, Veronica sees Archie and Betty flirting, and it’s clear she’s not entirely cool with that. After the opening scene, the gang goes their separate ways. They spend most of the episode apart, which doesn’t make for a very festive Christmas episode, but works as a midseason finale. They’re at a low point here, and we hope they’ll all be reunited by the end of the season.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Cheryl has the least to do, which is a shame because I really enjoyed her and Josie’s story. Seeing her become more possessive and manipulative was seriously creepy, and I wish this story got a little more forward momentum before the break. Instead, Cheryl’s story focuses on her house not being as festive as it normally is. Her mom tells her they’re out of money, now that her dad isn’t around to traffic drugs via maple syrup anymore. Cheryl goes all out on decorations anyway, telling her mother to find a way to make money in the new year. Nothing much comes of this, but we do get a gloriously messed up line from Nana Rose. She says Penelope should have drowned the Blossom twins as babies, “like kittens.” WTF, lady?! Cheryl’s story ends with her mom making out with a dude dressed as Santa. So… I guess we’ll deal with that in January?Veronica’s story is a little more important, but still isn’t the real meat of the episode. Noticing that Archie is stressed out, she learns that he and his dad are struggling with medical bills. They’re selling Christmas trees outside Pop’s to make ends meet. We get some rich people drama, where Veronica’s parents call her a communist for wanting to help others. Ooh, Riverdale’s getting topical. This is like watching news about the tax bill, only the people arguing are much prettier. Veronica goes snooping through her father’s study, and learns that they secretly bought Pop’s Chock’lit Shop. That’s enough to convince her that her parents can pay Fred’s medical bills after all. She uses her mother’s American Excess card (that joke’s still real good), which sets off a fraud alert and Veronica suddenly has a face full of angry parents. She demands to be let into the family business, considering that her name is on all those papers. Her father finally agrees to let her in, and she accepts what she’s told. Frustratingly, we don’t get to hear any of that. Veronica knows what her family is doing, but we don’t. The show wants to preserve the mystery of what exactly the Lodges are up to, which… fine. I guess the show needs to keep us in the dark a little bit over the break. Especially after the way this episode ends. More on that later.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Now let’s talk about Jughead, because holy crap. In any other episode, Jughead’s story would be the main plot. The fact that something as messed up as this is the second biggest plotline of the night just proves how wild this episode was. FP is making all the deliveries Penny wants him to. As the operation grows bigger, he has to bring in more serpents. Jughead wants to help clean up the mess he made, but FP won’t let him. Jughead decides to take matters into his own hands. He recruits a few other teenage Serpents, telling them how she’ll eventually control the entire gang unless they do something. Their solution? Kidnap her, driver her out to Greendale and tell her to set up shop somewhere else. When she shows her snake tattoo and says Jughead can’t do that to another serpent, he CUTS HER TATTOO OFF, oh my god Jughead, what the hell? Despite his dad’s efforts to keep him out, Jughead is deeper into the Serpents than he has ever been. His dad freaks out when he learns what his kid did, warning Jughead that Penny would be back. So we have that to look forward to later next season. Meanwhile, Jughead is so deep in the serpents that he doesn’t even get back with Betty at the end of the episode. Though Veronica tells Archie she loves him at the end, and the two kiss, Bughead has no such luck. Jughead learns that Betty has given him a really nice typewriter for Christmas. Instead of thanking her in person, he says he’ll just call. Or text. Damn kid, that’s cold.Archie and Betty’s story is the real meat here. How big a deal is it? In the middle of it, Archie and Betty kiss, but neither we nor the characters have time to even process it. It happens, and is never mentioned again. The mystery of the Black Hood is just more important. It starts when they notice that Mr. Svenson hasn’t shown up for work lately. They go to his house, but can’t find him anywhere, and Betty gets a finger in the mail from the Black Hood. Later, she gets a call, saying if she doesn’t figure out Riverdale’s “original sin,” Svenson will die. Archie and Betty’s journey takes them back to the creepiest nuns on television (and that’s saying something), who point them to Nana Rose Blossom. Good, that kittens line wasn’t enough, we definitely needed to see more of this woman. She tells a story about how Svenson, as a child, was responsible for blaming the innocent traveling preacher for his family’s murder. And that the town buried the man alive. God, what is wrong with this place? So the adults have always been this crazy?Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Archie and Betty find the gravesite, where they believe the Black Hood has buried Svenson. It turns out to be an empty grave. It’s a trap. The Black Hood is standing right behind them. He orders Betty at gunpoint to bury Archie alive. This episode goes to some messed up places. She does, but thankfully, they had the foresight to call the police before investigating the gravesite. The Black Hood is distracted by approaching sirens and Betty whacks him with her shovel. She really is the best. A chase ensues, and Sheriff Keller shoots the Black Hood. He pulls off the mask to reveal… Old Man Svenson? Yeah, nobody’s buying this, right? Even Jughead’s ending narration calls out how the mystery is wrapped up with a neat little bow. That’s not what Riverdale does. This reveal is a huge letdown because, even though it all makes sense, it’s too obvious. Hey, the Black Hood is the random, vaguely creepy character we introduced two episodes ago. That’s bad storytelling to the point where it feels deliberate. It certainly succeeds in keeping us in suspense until the show returns. We know who wore the mask, but we also know it’s not over. There’s more to the story that will come out in 2018. That doesn’t excuse the fact that this reveal is a bit of a cop-out, but there is some comfort knowing there’s more to the story. I mean, there has to be, right? Somebody’s taking pictures of Archie and Veronica making up and kissing on the front porch. That’s gotta be connected. Right? Please?Even with the letdown ending, this was still a fantastic end to a strong second season of Riverdale. It combined everything we love about this series into one overwhelming hour of insanity. It played with our emotions yet again with the quick reunion of… Varchie… but gave us no such satisfaction with Bughead. And hey, even the disappointing conclusion to the Black Hood mystery promised there was more to come. They have to have known that nobody was going to be happy with this resolution. The mystery isn’t over. Let’s just hope they capitalize on that when Riverdale returns in January. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019
Promoting self regulation in holiday rental management, industry operators have compiled a new industry code of conduct that will meet the needs of local communities, property owners and guests.Launching from 31 May this year, the new set of standards has been designed to address the impact of property amenities and factors from noise, over-crowding, garbage and car parking.Implemented as a “self regulatory” system, Stayz Group business development director Justin Butterworth said it will ensure rental properties provide a “real net benefit to the community while also enabling this important part of the tourism industry to develop sustainably”.“The short term rental of houses and apartments to holiday makers, business and educational visitors makes an important contribution to the local as well as the broader State and national economies,” Mr Butterworth said. Working with NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure as well as DestinationNSW to develop the new Code, REINSW chief executive Tim McKibbin added that it will not only encourage responsible self regulation as well as strengthen the tourism sector.Local Councils, tourism organisations or other related bodies that are interested in becoming Participating Organisations are invited to call: 1300 550 251. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-02-22 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Housing Affordability Climbs Higher in Q4 Share February 22, 2013 423 Views Even as prices rise in many markets across the country, affordability remains high. In fact, housing affordability rose close 1 percentage point up to 74.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the Housing Opportunity Index released Friday by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:https://www.nahb.org/ (NAHB) and “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/. [IMAGE]NAHB attributes this continued high affordability amid rising prices to “”exceptionally low interest rates.”” Nationally, the median price of a home sold in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $188,000, down from the three-year high of $189,000 reached in the previous quarter, according to NAHB. “”The most recent housing affordability data should be encouraging to many prospective home buyers, because it shows that homeownership remains within reach of [COLUMN_BREAK]median-income consumers even as most local markets appear to be on a recovery path,”” said Rick Judson, chairman of NAHB. Fairbanks, Alaska, topped the affordability chart in the fourth quarter as 99.6 percent of homes sold in the city over the period were affordable with the area’s median income of $92,000. While Fairbanks outranked all other markets, NAHB pointed out Ogden-Clearfield, Utah, was the most affordable major metro market in the fourth quarter. Families earning the median income of $71,500 could afford 93.7 percent of the homes sold in the market over the quarter. At the bottom of the chart was the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City area in California, where just 28.4 percent of homes sold in the fourth quarter were affordable to those with a household income matching the area’s median income of $103,000. The California market displaced New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey, which ranked as the least affordable market on the NAHB index for the previous 18 quarters. About 29.6 percent of homes sold in the fourth quarter in the New York-New Jersey market were affordable to median-income earners bringing in $68,300. Six of the 10 least affordable markets are located in California. No California markets ranked in the top 10 most affordable metros.
Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive program for agents with prizes including famil spots on The Ghan Expedition.With bookings for the highly anticipated 2019/20 season now available, agents can also look forward to winning some prizes including a spot on the 4D3N Ghan Expedition famil taking place in March 2019. To win, agents will need to answer a few simple quiz questions and perform well in sales. There will also be a dedicated spot on the famil for the first agent who sells the Reef to Reef package. Winners will be announced at the end of August.To help agents better understand and sell GSR products, a 30 min webinar will be held on Wednesday 18 July at 10am. Great Southern RailThe Ghan