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first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDay two at the Seniors 2006 NTL was action packed, unfortunately the doctor was called on more frequently, three times in one timeslot for popped shoulders alone.MENS 30’S: The surprise of day two in the Mens 30’s division has to go to the Defence Warriors, who held the Scorpions to a 6-6 draw and the Suns to a 4-4 draw. The Defence side will definitely be a team to be wary of come finals time.The Suns may be sitting down in sixth but matched it with the Mets for most of the game, despite going down 7-4. The Suns, like the Cobras, seem to have enough talent to be challenging the leaders but are producing inconsistent results.The Sharks are also lurking, with the Mens 30’s kicking off the day three action tomorrow. The battle is certainly on.WOMENS 30’S: After 6 rounds in the Womens 30’s it is the Sydney Scorpions who sit atop the ladder with 6 wins. They did survive a scare against the Southern Suns today though, their 4-3 win was close all the way and the Suns definitely look like they have the goods to hurt the Scorpions.The Mets sit in third behind the Suns, but will need to lift their defense a little if they want to challenge the Scorpions and Suns.In other quality matches, the Brisbane City Cobras held off the Hunter Western Hornets 3-2, while the Rustlers held off the Barbarians 11-5. Despite the loss, it was a high scoring match, filled with some great dives and team efforts.The Rustlers backed that win up with a 3-1 loss to the Scorpions, restricting their scoring ability but being able to finish it off themselves. The Cyclones also competed well against the Scorpions, a 4-2 loss nothing to be discounted.MENS 35’S: In the Mens 35’s the Sharks and the Mets are leading the way, undefeated after five rounds, and looking strong as we head towards the finals. The Scorpions and Rustlers also look like they have the potential to challenge come finals time, they’re rounding out the top four, look to be well above the bottom four teams and the Scorpions only narrowly lost to the Mets 4-3.In other matches the Cyclones held of the Eagles 6-3, while Geoff Perrin from the Southern Suns and Shannon Brophy from the Sharks are leading the touchdown scorers with six each.WOMENS 35’S: After six rounds in the Womens 35’s the competition is looking fairly even, with the Sharks sitting on top of the ladder despite their loss to the Hornets yesterday.The wins and losses have been up and down with teams above losing to those below, it’s impossible to pick a winner. The bottom placed Rustlers upset the Hornets who had upset the top placed Sharks…do you see what I mean?As the teams face each other again tomorrow, it will certainly be an interesting division,MENS 40’S: The Scorpions and Suns are both at the top of the ladder, undefeated after five rounds in the Mens 40’s division. The Scorpions are being lead by players such as the Cheung brothers and Cliff Lyons. The Scorpions had a good day with 11-2, 13-3 and 14-1 being their winning scores for the day. Peter Stephens is leading the scoring charge with ten touchdowns for the tournament so far.The Suns definitely don’t have the scoring power of the Scorpions, but will be hoping their strong defense can minimise that come finals time.The Sharks and Warriors fill out the top four spots, although the Eagles and Mets have also proven they can challenge for a top four spot.WOMENS 40’S: The Cobras and Scorpions are leading the field in the Womens 40’s, but with the Scorpions inflicting a 4-1 win over the Cobras in the last round of the game, the Scorpions seem to have the upper hand in the division.The Suns and Northern Eagles also look to have the ability to perform in this division, while surprisingly, the Hornets (winless and at the bottom of the ladder) held the top placed Cobras to a 1-1.Once again this is a division where anything could happen!MENS 45’S: The Brisbane City Cobras and Northern Eagles are sitting second on the ladder after tow days, both undefeated, while the Sydney Mets look like the most likely challenger.It was a great day for the ACT, recovering from their two losses on day one with wins over the Rustlers and the Sharks. As the teams head towards the final two days of action, it seems that a mighty effort will be needed to get anywhere near the leading Cobras and Eagles. MENS 50’S: The Hornets have dropped to third in the pool, with the teams above them yet to have their bye and also due to their 3-3 draw with the Rustlers.After winning the past three titles it looks as though some teams may have caught up to the Hornets…it will certainly be an interesting division over the coming rounds!The Cobras are currently leading the way, their 4-2 win over the Suns was an exciting match, while Barry Herbert from the Hornets is leading the competition with 6 touchdowns.The Scorpions and Suns are proving they are no easy-beats in the Mens 50’s division and the competition will certainly tighten up as injuries begin to cause trouble for all teams come the latter stages of the tournament.Keep tuned to the website for all the day 3 action tomorrow!last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy M series launch on January 28: 5 reasons you should wait for the M10, M20The Galaxy M series global debut will happen in India on January 28 where it is widely expected to see the launch of the Galaxy M10 and M20 smartphones. advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 12:05 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy M10 and M20 are the first Samsung phones with waterdrop displaysThe Galaxy M10 price in India to start at Rs 8,990, M20 to start at Rs 12,990The Galaxy M20 is said to come with a massive 5,000mAh battery2019 is going to be a pretty important year for Samsung as the company celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy series, while at the same time making a stronger pitch to take on Chinese competition that has been taking a major chunk of the market away from the South Korean giant. Next month is going to be all about the Galaxy S10 lineup, but before we get to that, Samsung is planning to disrupt the affordable segment with the Galaxy M series. The Galaxy M series global debut will happen in India on January 28 where it is widely expected to see the launch of the Galaxy M10 and M20 smartphones.The Galaxy M series is Samsung’s bid to start something new and introduce some new technologies in the budget segment to draw consumers away from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Nokia. The Galaxy M10 and M20 are shaping up to be those phones as they are going to bring a few first-time features like Infinity-V displays and a massive battery capacity, never seen on a Samsung phone before. Here are 5 reasons why you should wait for the Galaxy M10 and M20.- Based on the teasers from Samsung, the Galaxy M-series aims to attract the youth. This means Samsung will most likely bring some changes to the design of its budget phones from what we once knew before. The design of the M10 and M20 is expected to keep in line with the current trend, which is why Samsung is finally adopting the notch with its Infinity-V display. Apart from that, the Galaxy M series will also bring some much-needed features like a Type-C port with fast charging technology, something that is pretty rare to see in the affordable segment, and something we have definitely not seen on a previous affordable Samsung phone.advertisement – The display will of course be the biggest highlight of the Galaxy M10 and M20. It is pretty clear that both the phones will be the first Samsung phones to sport the company’s new Infinity-V display. The ‘V’ stands for the V-shaped waterdrop notch on the display, something that became a trend in the second half of 2018. The Infinity-V display will look to provide an immersive screen with minimal bezels and more screen real estate. While Samsung won’t be the first to bring the waterdrop display to the budget segment, it is still one of the very few brands to do so, which consumers will likely appreciate.– Another feature Samsung is really highlighting in its teasers is the battery. It has been rumoured multiple times that the Galaxy M20 will be Samsung’s first phone to come with a massive 5,000mAh battery. The M10 may not get the same capacity and is rumoured to get a smaller yet significant 3,400mAh battery, which should be pretty sufficient for a phone that is likely to come with a 720p display.– Samsung has already confirmed in the past that its M-series phones will have at least dual rear camera, so the Galaxy M10 which is expected to fall under Rs 10,000 will get dual optics on the back. Based on what rumours have told us, the phones will get a 13MP + 5MP configuration on the back and a possible 5MP sensor on the front. Interestingly, some reports suggest that the phones may offer a secondary camera with an ultra wide-angle lens, which would be quite unique to see in this segment.– Pricing will be crucial if Samsung is serious about taking on the competition in the affordable segment. Sources close to India Today Tech revealed the prices of both the Galaxy M10 and M20. According to our sources, the Galaxy M10 will be priced at Rs 8,990 while the Galaxy M20 will cost Rs 12,990 in India. These are likely the prices for the base models, in case the Galaxy M10 and M20 come in more than one variant. What past rumours have suggested is that the Galaxy M20 will come with 3GB of RAM with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 live image reveals dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensorGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy MFollow Galaxy M10Follow Galaxy M20 Nextlast_img read more

first_imgVoici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le mercredi 10 août à 20 h. Malgré les conditions météorologiques difficiles aujourd’hui, les équipes et les bombardiers à eau ont réussi à circonscrire tous les incendies, et ont même fait des progrès dans la lutte contre le feu de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, brûle toujours mais il est circonscrit. Les équipes font des progrès et le feu est circonscrit dans une proportion de 35 p. 100. Le feu de forêt à Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est circonscrit mais le travail continue d’être difficile. L’incendie qui s’est déclaré aujourd’hui à Round Hill, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est entièrement circonscrit et fait l’objet de patrouilles. Il s’étendait sur 0,1 hectare. Un nouvel incendie s’est déclaré à Coldbrook, dans le comté de Kings. Il est maintenant éteint. Il s’étendait sur 0,01 hectare. Trois nouveaux incendies se sont déclarés dans la région de Morganville du comté de Digby. Tous les trois sont maintenant éteints. Ils s’étendaient chacun sur 0,01 hectare. Aucun changement concernant les feux de forêt signalés précédemment, notamment : Clyde River, comté de Shelburne, Perch Lake, comté de Pictou, West Dalhousie, comté d’Annapolis, Maitland Bridge, comté d’Annapolis et Collingwood, comté de Cumberland. Depuis le 9 août, les activités et les déplacements dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : -30-last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A senior official from Canada’s cyberspy agency says proposed new powers would allow it to stop a terrorist’s mobile phone from detonating a car bomb, block the ability of extremists to communicate, or prevent a foreign power from interfering in the country’s democratic process.A Liberal bill would help the Communications Security Establishment counter various forms of cyberaggression and violent extremism, Shelly Bruce, associate chief of the CSE, told a House of Commons committee studying the legislation.A December report by leading Canadian cybersecurity researchers said there is no clear rationale for expanding the CSE’s mandate to conduct offensive operations.It said the scope of the planned authority is not clear, nor does the legislation require that the target of the CSE’s intervention pose some kind of meaningful threat to Canada’s security interests.Bruce stressed the proposed legislation contains safeguards that would prohibit the agency from directing active cyberoperations at Canadians. It would also forbid the CSE from causing death or bodily harm, or wilfully obstructing justice or democracy.The Ottawa-based CSE intercepts and analyzes foreign communications for intelligence of interest to the federal government. It is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that also includes the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.The Liberal bill provides a statutory mandate for the highly secretive agency, which traces its roots to 1946, while giving it new muscle to conduct both defensive and offensive cyberoperations.The powers would help keep Canadians safe against global threats, including cyberthreats, in a rapidly evolving technological world, Bruce said during the committee meeting.She provided some concrete examples of how the CSE might use its new offensive capabilities — with input from other federal officials as well as accountability measures in the new law to prevent abuse.“Active cyberoperations are meant to achieve an objective that the government has established and that’s a team sport,” she cautioned.Bruce said a cyberoperation could be aimed at interrupting communications of an extremist group like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “in a way that would stop attack planning before things reach a crisis pitch.”An effort might involve preventing the spread of ransomware — software that holds people’s valuable data hostage in return for payment, she said.Or the CSE could try to corrupt data on systems abroad that had been stolen from Canadian servers, rendering it useless to the thieves.Bruce tried to allay concerns about how the CSE would use publicly available information under the new legislation and what effect this might have on the privacy of Canadians.CSE would carry out “basic research” from the sort of public resources available to anyone in Canada, Bruce said.“CSE does not, and would not use publicly available information to investigate Canadians or persons in Canada, or build dossiers on them,” she said.“That is not our mandate, and for us, mandate matters.”The cyberspy agency would use publicly available materials to provide general background information for a foreign intelligence or cybersecurity report, to assess the nationality of a person or organization, or to consult technical manuals, Bruce said.Under no circumstances would the agency use this provision to acquire information — such as hacked or stolen data — that was unlawfully obtained, she added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Supreme Court of Canada will be asked Tuesday to reopen a notoriously lopsided 1969 deal that has so far generated more than $27.5 billion for Hydro-Quebec, versus about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador.Lawyer Doug Mitchell will argue the contract for the Churchill Falls hydro station in Labrador should be renegotiated to reflect vastly changed circumstances. He says negotiators almost 50 years ago could not have foreseen how energy markets would completely shift, allowing Hydro-Quebec to buy that power at cheap fixed prices then sell it for huge profits.The resulting disparity has fuelled a bitter feud between the two provinces.“It’s a landmark contract in Canadian legal history,” Mitchell said in an interview. “It’s also an important point in law that many jurisdictions are wrestling with: What do you do if there are unforeseen circumstances that change the equilibrium of the contract? Does the law do nothing or does the law do something?“It’s a topical issue in Quebec law and Canadian law more broadly — and, frankly, around the world.”At issue is whether partners in long-term deals are obligated by so-called good faith principles to adjust terms over time.Hydro-Quebec says it helped finance Churchill Falls in exchange for price guarantees that don’t expire until 2041.This latest bid to reopen the contract “presupposes the existence of a judicial power to review and amend contracts in the event of changed circumstances,” says Hydro-Quebec’s submission to the high court.“This right does not exist under Quebec civil law irrespective of whether one uses the term … good faith, duty to co-operate or abuse of right to describe it.”Under the 1969 terms, Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy almost all the energy from the Churchill Falls plant. The deal set a fixed price for that power that would decrease in stages over time.Various aspects of the contract have already been argued before the top court on different legal principles, twice, without success.This most recent challenge started when Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. Ltd. — whose parent company is Crown corporation Nalcor Energy — went to Quebec Superior Court in 2010. It argued that profits of such magnitude from electricity were unforeseen in 1969 and that Hydro-Quebec had a duty to renegotiate terms. It lost.The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the 2014 lower court decision, agreeing the provincially owned power utility has no obligation to reopen the agreement.“It is inappropriate to re-examine the parties’ circumstances when they signed the contract,” ruled the five appeal court judges. “The uncontradicted evidence establishes that they knew that the price of hydroelectric power was subject to fluctuation but they voluntarily agreed to fix the price.”The decision also said the general principle of “good faith,” as found in Quebec’s civil code, doesn’t apply to Churchill Falls as the contract has remained “profitable” for Newfoundland.Mitchell argues the appeal court “applied a flawed standard of foreseeability that renders the concept essentially meaningless.”A decision from the Supreme Court is not expected for several months.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady says a win could mean billions of dollars as Newfoundland and Labrador faces deficits and mounting debt. The oil price crash starting in 2014 was a major blow to provincial finances.“It’s very important,” Coady said. “There could be some remedies by the Supreme Court that will make a difference to this province.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday transferred Abhishek Gupta from the post of Superintendent of Police in Cooch Behar. Amit Kumar Singh, who was posted as SS, IB has become the new SP of Cooch Behar.An Undersecretary of the ECI wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary on Tuesday, a copy of which was delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, announcing the transfer. The letter says that Gupta will not be given any election-related duty. The Chief Secretary of the state was also instructed by the EC to ensure that the transfer procedure gets completed within 5 pm on Tuesday. Following the instruction of the commission, Singh has been made the new SP of the district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that the move comes three days after the EC transferred four senior policemen in the state, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. Birbhum SP Shyam Singh and Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan were also shunted out. Trinamool Congress leaders have, however, cried foul regarding the removal of the Cooch Behar SP, as they claim the decision comes after BJP leader Mukul Roy, during an election rally in the district on Sunday, allegedly gave an ultimatum to the SP. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRoy had said that they would “see how powerful SP Gupta has become.” He and other BJP leaders in the district had brought charges of partiality against Gupta. Roy had also said that he would remain in politics for at least 10 years and would “see how Gupta remains the SP.” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday raised questions on the timing of transfer of the Cooch Behar SP. He said: “We wonder how a BJP leader can threaten to remove the uniform of a police officer during the Prime Minister’s election rally. Two days after such derogatory remarks were made against the Police Superintendent, the EC has transferred the officer now. Many are asking questions on whether the EC is acting at the behest of BJP. We respect the EC but BJP is trying to bring it under its party fold.” Chatterjee also reminded that his party leaders will hold a meeting and decide the next course of action in this regard. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that Central Forces will be deployed only in the 1,067 critical booths, whereas the rest will be deployed for patrolling and guarding strong rooms. BJP had been demanding that Central Forces be deployed in every polling booth. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, all the 3,844 polling booths in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar cannot be manned by Central Forces. Around 44 companies of Central Forces have reached Cooch Behar and another 26 companies have reached Alipurduar till Tuesday evening.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The NIA has asked former PDP MLA Mir Aijaz to appear before it in New Delhi on April 12, officials said Tuesday, apparently in connection with the looting of eight weapons from his official residence in Srinagar by a special police officer in September last year. SPO Adil Bashir, a resident of Zainapora village of Shopian, had decamped with seven AK assault rifles of the personal security officers of the legislator from Wachi constituency in Shopian. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Immediately after the incident came to light, police registered a case and announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of the SPO. The National Investigation Agency has summoned the former legislator at its headquarters in Delhi on April 12, the officials said. The appointment of the SPO, who had fled with the weapons, is also under a cloud as investigations have showed that proper procedure was not followed in his case, officials have said.last_img read more

2 December 2011Hundreds of refugees in southern Ethiopia have been relocated from an overcrowded transit centre to a new camp, the fifth one in the area for Somalis fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The Bur Amino camp in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado region was opened on Wednesday and has received the first group of some 400 Somali refugees so far, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “The relocation to Bur Amino will decongest the transit centre,” said Mr. Mahecic. “For weeks, 7,500 recent arrivals from Somalia had been living in the centre, built to host one third of that population for a few days only. “Rain and poor shelter conditions exacerbated the already low nutritional and health status of the refugees there, especially the children,” he added. On arrival at the new camp, the refugees underwent health and nutrition screening before being shown to their tents and given hot meals. Those being relocated to Bur Amino will benefit from food distribution, supplementary feeding for malnourished children, water, health and sanitation facilities. UNHCR and Ethiopian authorities are continuing with the gradual relocation, moving 500 refugees every four days as parts of the new camp are still being developed. Ethiopia has received more than 98,000 Somali refugees since the start of this year, adding to an existing refugee population of some 41,000 in older camps. Another 163,000 Somalis have arrived in Kenya and over 4,800 in Djibouti, bringing the total number of Somali refugees in the region to more than 950,000, according to UNHCR. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 3:00 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Californians were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use Thursday in a rare mid-winter conservation alert, after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.“While the natural gas shortage is only impacting Southern California power plants, statewide electricity and gas conservation will help free up both electricity and gas supplies for Southern Californians,” the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s power grid, said in a statement.Requests for Californians to curtail their power use typically occur in summer, when temperatures soar and air conditioners roar, especially across Southern California.The so-called Flex Alert, in which residents are asked to turn off unneeded lights, avoid using large appliances or equipment, and turn off electrically powered heaters, was set to expire at 10 p.m. Thursday.It wasn’t immediately clear if the conservation request would extend beyond a single day.Stephanie McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the grid operator, said Southern California has become increasingly dependent on natural gas-fired plants since the decision last year to shutter the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, which is located between Los Angeles and San Diego.When it was operating, the twin-reactor San Onofre plant produced enough power for 1.4 million homes.Record amounts of natural gas are being burned for heat and electricity across North America.Research firm Bentek Energy said in a statement Thursday that domestic natural gas production dropped about 1 per cent in January from the previous month. That doesn’t include Alaska or Hawaii.“The recent and persistent cold in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions affected overall production this month, given that wells can freeze during very cold weather,” Jack Weixel, Bentek’s director of energy analysis, said in a statement.Bentek analyst Luke Jackson said gas supplies entering Southern California pipelines have been considerably lower the past two days because of high gas prices and strong demand in Texas, the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountain states, which has crimped gas supplies for Southern California.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of that state’s electric grid, asked people to reduce electric use until noon Friday. Peak demand Thursday morning exceeded 57,000 megawatts and could break the record of 57,277 megawatts before Texas’ cold temperatures subside, the council said in a news release.“We are expecting cold weather to continue through tomorrow morning’s high demand period, and some generation capacity has become unavailable due to limitations to natural gas supplies,” said Dan Woodfin, the council’s director of system operations. Water pipes lead to the cooling system of a Natural gas energy generator in Maxwell, Calif. Nov. 15, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rich Pedroncelli Gas shortage caused by frigid winter triggers call for power conservation in California read more

VARENNES, Que. – The Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) says it earned $51.5 million in its latest quarter, down from $55.2 million in the same quarter last year.The pharmacy retailer said Wednesday the profit amounted to 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Feb. 27 compared with 30 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s fourth quarter of its financial year totalled $706.6 million, down from $713.9 million in the same period a year earlier due to a drop in sales of non-prescription drugs for cold and flu.For its full financial year, Jean Coutu said it earned $213.7 million or $1.14 per share on $2.85 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $218.9 million or $1.17 per share on $2.81 billion in revenue the previous year.On a same-store basis, the company said retail sales in the fourth quarter were up 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago. For the its full financial year, same-store retail sales were up by 1.5 per cent.Jean Coutu has a network of 417 franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under several banners including PJC Jean Coutu as well as a subsidiary that makes generic drugs. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2016 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pharmacy retailer Jean Coutu reports Q4 profit down from year ago read more

by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 6:24 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pro-EU or no EU? Diverse London contains extremes of opinion A Vote Leave sign is fixed on a market stall at Havering’s Romford street market in London, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. When Britain decides on Thursday June 23, 20916, whether to leave the European Union, London’s voice may prove decisive. But for which side? Britain’s capital, home to almost 9 million people, encompasses the most pro-EU place of the country, and the least. In the cosmopolitan City financial district, where almost half a million people from around the globe work in Europe’s biggest financial center, pro-EU sentiment predominates. But just a few miles away, the borough of Havering, stronghold of working-class East Enders, topped a national survey of the most anti-EU places in Britain.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) LONDON – When Britain decides on Thursday whether to leave the European Union, London’s voice may prove decisive. But for which side?Britain’s capital, home to almost 9 million people, encompasses some of the most pro-EU places in the country — and the least.In the cosmopolitan City financial district, where almost half a million people from around the globe work in Europe’s biggest financial centre, pro-EU sentiment predominates. But just a few miles away the borough of Havering, stronghold of working-class East Enders, topped a national survey of the most anti-EU places in Britain.The two districts represent the opposing views at the heart of Britain’s EU debate. One sees the bloc’s free flow of people and money as a benefit. The other sees it as a threat.Fishmonger David Crosbie, working on a drizzly morning in Havering’s outdoor Romford Market, is an emphatic “leave” supporter. For Crosbie, the decision has a lot to do with borders, on land and sea. He says he is tired of European fishermen trawling waters around Britain under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.“French, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch — whatever. They can all come. They go right up on the beach,” he said. “Plus there’s no immigration control. Anybody can come over here, skilled or unskilled.”Immigration has become the most emotive issue of the campaign leading up to Thursday’s referendum, stirring fears of instability among voters and drawing allegations of xenophobia from “remain” supporters.The EU is built on the principle that citizens can live and work in any of the 28 member states. Since the bloc expanded to include former communist countries in eastern Europe more than a decade ago, hundreds of thousands of people have moved west to Britain and other wealthier EU nations.The perception that EU migrants come to take jobs — and, somewhat paradoxically, to live on welfare benefits — is driving “leave” sentiment in Havering and other Euroskeptic areas.But 15 miles (24 kilometres) to the southwest in the historic heart of financial London, policy chief Mark Boleat argues that thousands of jobs, and London’s standing as a financial centre, depend on the EU.“The European Union has been good for the country generally, very good for financial services,” said Boleat, who heads the policy committee at the City of London Corporation, which runs the financial quarter. “Many jobs depend on it, and we think that leaving the European Union will be taking a significant risk.”That view is backed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which said last week that leaving the EU would endanger London’s status as a global financial hub, “almost certainly depriving U.K.-based financial firms of their passport to conduct business anywhere in the EU.”Boleat said that in the City, “we accept we’re part of a global community and we benefit from it. But that view is not shared everywhere.”Built on the ruins of Roman and medieval London, the City radiates solidity and wealth, with its glass office blocks and imposing brick and stone buildings, including the huge, 18th-century Bank of England.Havering — a chunk of suburban Essex county absorbed into Greater London in 1965 — is a workaday place of 20th-century houses and strips of shops on busy roads. Many residents are Cockneys who moved out of London’s East End in search of more space and quiet, or their children.It’s not the poorest part of London but it is one of the least ethnically diverse — 83 per cent of people identify themselves as “white British,” compared to 45 per cent in London as a whole. Almost 90 per cent of Havering residents were born in Britain, compared to 63 per cent for all of London.Like other local authorities, Havering Council has had its central government funding slashed under austerity programs aimed at reducing the national deficit. Services such as meals-on-wheels, child care and garbage collection have suffered cuts. Meanwhile, rising property prices and rents mean that many struggle to find good housing, and subsidized public housing is in short supply.“We’ve been told there is austerity, we must cut back,” said Lawrence Webb, a Havering councillor for the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party. “The two budgets that haven’t been cut are our membership fee of the EU and foreign aid. Our view is that money should be spent here. So stop giving Brussels a single penny until we sort our own economy out.”“Remain” campaigners say government austerity is rooted in the 2008 financial crisis and in British politicians’ choices, not the EU.And the origins of London’s housing crisis stretch back decades, to 1980s reforms that gave public-housing tenants the right to buy their properties. Many council-owned houses and apartments passed into private hands, and few have been built to replace them.Nonetheless, migrants and the EU often take the blame in Havering, where many people say they don’t see the benefits of immigration.“They say (immigrants) contribute toward the economy,” said Jackie Duvall, a market researcher. “I don’t doubt that, but at the end of the day, where is the money going? Where are all the extra taxes going? Is it going to hospitals? No. Education, the prison service? It’s going nowhere. So it’s a con trick.”That view is less common in central London — and not just in the financial district. In multiethnic inner-city areas such as Camden and Islington, it’s rare to spot a “leave” sign.Amy Wilson, a 27-year-old technology consultant in the City who is “strongly ‘remain,’” said “leave” supporters, who tend to be older, are motivated by an unrealistic sense of nostalgia.“I think the younger generations know that things can’t go back the way they were,” she said. “Because we live in a very interconnected world now, and we can’t live in silos.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at read more

Warren Buffett has a great investment track record. So perhaps it’s no accident that he declined to offer $1 billion for correctly predicting the outcome of all World Cup knockout stage games, as he did for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games.The odds of winning Buffett’s NCAA challenge were about one in 7.4 billion, assuming you chose the favorite in each game as selected by FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA model. But the odds of correctly filling out a 16-team knockout tournament such as the World Cup are much shorter.In fact, though there have been some thrilling matches in the knockout stage so far — six of 12 have gone to extra time and only two were decided by more than one goal — the favorite has advanced every time (at least as according to the FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions).Here is the breakdown so far. The following table lists the win probability for the FiveThirtyEight favorite as of the day of the match, along with the cumulative probability of the model having called all knockout stages correctly up to that point in time.For instance, the probability of correctly identifying the winners in each of the first four knockout matches — Brazil over Chile, Colombia over Uruguay, the Netherlands over Mexico and Costa Rica over Greece — was about 23 percent, or one chance in 4.3. And the chance of going 12 for 12, as the FiveThirtyEight favorites have done so far, is just one in 75.It’s an upset, in other words, when all the favorites prevail. On average, we’d have expected three or four upsets through this point in the knockout round.Of course, there are four matches left — counting the World Cup’s third-place playoff between the two semifinal losers. According to the FiveThirtyEight forecasts, Brazil is favored over Germany on Tuesday (even after accounting for Neymar’s injury) and Argentina is slightly favored over the Netherlands on Wednesday. To complete a perfect knockout bracket, Germany would then need to beat the Netherlands in the consolation game while Brazil prevailed over Argentina in the final.All of the remaining matches look pretty close, so the FiveThirtyEight forecasts are likely to fail at some stage. If the model gets the matches right, however, it will have made good on a 1-in-553 chance of calling all 16 knockout stage winners correctly.Incidentally, this isn’t the huge success for the FiveThirtyEight model that it might seem. The FiveThirtyEight forecasts are probabilistic. Teams listed as 75 percent favorites are supposed to win about 75 percent of the time over the long run — not much less than that but also not any more often. There are supposed to be some upsets. If 75 percent favorites are winning 100 percent of the time over the long run instead, that means the forecasts are miscalibrated and overestimating the chances for the underdogs.In this case, the success of the favorites does seem to be mostly a matter of luck. Three games have gone to a penalty shootout so far — pre-match favorites might have a slight edge in those but not much of one. Mexico, meanwhile, was a few minutes away from defeating the Netherlands, and the U.S. was a few inches away from beating Belgium.The best way to test probabilistic forecasts is to check their calibration and to compare them against alternative probabilistic estimates. For example, if your model says that the U.S. has a 40 percent chance of beating Belgium and the consensus betting line gives the U.S. just a 25 percent chance instead, you should bet on the Americans — even though you expect Belgium to win most of the time. So far, the FiveThirtyEight forecasts have done well against consensus betting lines when used in this fashion — although that could reflect good luck, too. read more

first_imgYes, some of these are stretches, but if the Duffer Brothers were “obsessed” with films and TV from that era, we can only guess where and what inspired them. Which as it turns out, is a heck of a lot of fun since this show is very re-watchable. So that is what I was able to find in The Vanishing of Will Byers. Was there anything I missed? If so, please share them in the comments.Check out our other rundowns of 80s references in Stranger Things:Chapter Two: The Weirdo On Maple StreetChapter Three: Holly, JollyChapter Four: The BodyChapter Five: The Flea and the AcrobatChapter Six: The MonsterChapter Seven: The BathtubChapter Eight: The Upside Down Needful Thing. Wait, I mean Stranger Things1/28Stephen King fans are going to love Stranger Things. It draws inspiration from many of King’s works and we see the first bit of inspiration right on the title screen. The font is very similar to what you would see on classic Stephen King novels from the eighties like, Needful Things. The way that we enter the episode through the title is also reminiscent of the Cronenberg/King film, The Dead Zone.While not directly related, I cannot help but feel a bit of vibe from the classic horror TV series, Tales from the Darkside. Not just in the style and redness of the title sequence, but also in the wonderfully moody music.<><> The Netflix sci-fi horror series Stranger Things is a love letter to the eighties. According to the creative force behind the show, The Duffer Brothers, “We grew up particularly obsessed with the movies of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, as well as the novels of Stephen King.” And from the first scene of episode one, The Vanishing of Will Byers they deliver on that obsession.In this episode we learn of secret government facilities, meet a group of geeks preoccupied with Dungeons & Dragons, become the only witness to the strange circumstance around the disappearance of Will Byers, and are introduced to a mysterious girl in the woods. This is just an overview of a rich storyline with well thought out characters and a growing mythology that is drenched in eighties nostalgia.I am a big fan of the seventies and eighties, and while watching The Vanishing of Will Byers for the first time I had a very difficult time keeping up with the homages and art direction that just screamed retro. It was only after a slow rewatch on a computer screen that I was able to see just how much work went into trying to capture the essence of the entertainment of that decade. It is like the Duffer Brothers punched a hole in the fabric of time and have managed to pull some of energy of that decade and put it on the small screen.I am not sure what makes something typify a period in time, but being able to do so is a powerful gift. This is not a review of Stranger Things, but if it was, I would say it is not a perfect show, but it borders on great. It is also one of the few modern properties set in the eighties that manages to get close to the actual “feel” of something produced in that decade.Yes, the Duffer Brothers borrow heavily from tropes from that decade. Some of which had been exhausted from overuse by the time 1989 rolled around, but they inject a freshness in them that has not been seen in a long time. This helps to elevate not just the quality of the nostalgia portrayed on screen, but also enhances the story by being less distracting with the “hey, remember this thing” wink to the audience. The end result is not a story set in the eighties, but a story that needed to be told in that decade.So let’s break down the first episode of Stranger Things and speculate on all the possible eighties references and inspirations. Their will be a lot of potential spoilers here, so turn back if you are sensitive to such things.last_img read more

first_imgDuring today’s hearing, the 25,000 members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) asked the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce to provide schools an option to offer students soymilk as part of a reimbursable meal in legislation to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.“Soy farmers, soy processors, and soyfood manufacturers have the goal of making our federal nutrition programs more effective in improving the nutritional intake and health of all children,” said ASA member Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “We want schools to have the opportunity to offer soymilk to children receiving meals under federal child nutrition programs.”Joslin, who also serves as the President of the Ohio Soybean Association, today represented both the ASA and the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA), two organizations that care greatly about the nutritional adequacy of the diets of students, and want Congress to modify the current laws to assure that schools can easily provide nutritional foods for all children regardless of their health, cultural, or religious needs.“I want to make one thing clear at the outset,” Joslin said. “Providing an option to offer soymilk to meet the nutritional needs of children who do not consume dairy products and thus are not served by the current federal child nutrition programs, would complement, not replace cow’s milk in the program.”School foodservice directors from across the country have written hundreds of letters in support of soymilk as an option for their school children who do not drink cow’s milk to have an opportunity to consume a beverage containing protein, calcium, vitamin D and other essential nutrients for growth and development. Fortified soymilk contains calcium, vitamin A and Vitamin D equivalent to cow’s milk, as well as iron, B vitamins and high quality protein. Soymilk is low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol.SANA has recommended that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set nutritional requirements for soymilk served in federal nutrition programs that establish 7 grams of protein, 300 milligrams of calcium, as well as 100 International Units (IU) of vitamin D and 500 IU of vitamin A per 8 ounce serving. Soymilk meeting these nutritional requirements would provide a nutritionally comparable product to cow’s milk currently offered in the federal nutrition programs.Many children served by the school lunch and other child nutrition programs, particularly those from minority populations, do not consume cow’s milk due to lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is prevalent in some population groups as early as two years of age. Studies have shown lactose intolerance in up to 85 percent of Asian-American, 72 percent of African-American, 70 percent of Native American, 56 percent of Hispanic-American, and 21 percent of Caucasian-American school aged youth. It is also estimated that up to 2.5 percent of infants and children are allergic to cow’s milk. For these children, lactose-free cow’s milk is not an acceptable alternative.“Let me clarify that what we are asking for is to allow schools the option to offer fortified soymilk as part of a reimbursable meal in USDA’s child nutrition programs,” Joslin said. “The language drafted by ASA and SANA is not a mandate for soymilk. It would simply allow soymilk as a reimbursable option for schools serving children who do not drink cow’s milk.”Under the current system, USDA does not reimburse schools for soymilk unless the student provides a statement from a physician or other recognized medical authority. For low income households going to a health care professional may not be possible or affordable. The option of utilizing school nurses is also impractical because many schools have only part-time nurses on the premises. The involvement of the medical community in providing documentation for children who do not consume cow’s milk for non-medical cultural or religious reasons is also inappropriate.Offering soymilk on an á la carte basis is not practical for children who are low income and receive a free or reduced price meal, but cannot drink dairy milk. Schools are not reimbursed for á la carte items, and children from low income families are often unable to purchase these options.“We anticipate that the demand for soymilk in federal nutrition programs will begin slowly and increase steadily over time with increased awareness of this option for children,” Joslin said. “This phase-in would give suppliers time to formulate and package a product that could be priced competitively with cow’s milk.”last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — In a bizarre ending that capped a brutal weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks somehow beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night in a game that’s certain to re-ignite frustrations over the locked-out refs.Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when both teams were brought back on the field for the extra point.Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown and after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced “the ruling on the field stands” and CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration.It was nearly 10 minutes before the teams were brought back for the extra point.The final decision is only going to fuel debate about the replacement officials coming off a weekend filled with disputed calls.“Don’t ask me a question about the officials,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football.“I know it’s been a wild weekend in the NFL and I guess we’re part of it now.”And the last game of the weekend will debated more than any other.Seattle (2-1) won its second straight, while Green Bay (1-2) and saw its streak of wins in six straight road openers snapped.Wilson’s heave came at the end of a final frantic drive after Seattle had previously missed on a fourth-down attempt from the Green Bay 7 with 2 minutes left. The turnover on downs appeared to end Seattle’s hopes and cap an impressive second-half comeback by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked eight times — all in the first half.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Now that school is open, the Wilmington Student Support Services Department would like to inform interested people about the services provided under State and Federal Special Education regulations.A variety of services and programs are available to students between the ages of 3 and 22 who have been suspected to have educational difficulties, social/emotional concerns, and/or physical challenges. This law provides for in-depth child evaluations, and appropriate treatment and support services.The Student Support Services Department would like to emphasize the availability of programs and services for 3 and 4 year olds as well as children between the ages of 16 and 22.  Support services available to all school age children include: pre-school programs, counseling as well as remedial instructional programs at all schools.For more information about rights and services, contact your building principal or the Student Support Services Department at 978-694-6032.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Student Support Services.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Reorganizes Student Support Services Department; Special Education & Nursing Depts. To BenefitIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $750,000 Grant To Improve The Health Of Its StudentsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Coordinator Of Special EducationIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgBeijing has released a white paper on trade consultations with Washington and accused called the US an unreliable negotiation partner. Investment banker Morgan Stanley says the world could slip into a recession as early as this year if the US-China trade war continues and cautions investors to modify their investment strategy for a prolonged slowdown.Xinhua/twitterThe global economy is probably in recession; with most cyclical indicators showing business, activity is flat or falling. Recessions become obvious only once they are well established given the lagging nature of most economic data.And end-of-cycle recessions are usually impossible to distinguish from mid-cycle slowdowns until well after the slowdown has started.The arrival of a recession is always controversial at the time and usually missed by most forecasters, as the leading business-cycle economist Victor Zarnowitz noted.Policymakers are reluctant to announce a recession for fear of harming consumer and business confidence and worsening the downturn (“Business cycles: theory, history, indicators and forecasting”, Zarnowitz, 1992).But almost all the main economic and industrial indicators that provide a reliable guide to the business cycle confirm the economy has already slowed severely.Global manufacturing surveys, industrial output, new orders, business investment, construction activity, motor vehicle production, and freight volumes are flat or down compared with a year earlier.The most comprehensive numbers show manufacturing production and trade flows were essentially flat in May compared with a year before.More recent data from purchasing surveys and industrial production indicates the slowdown worsened in June and July.By most measures, the global economy is in the midst of the deepest slowdown since 2015, and in many cases since 2009.MARKET INDICATORSFinancial markets and commodity prices show a high probability the economy is in a recession or will be soon.The U.S. Treasury yield curve has been inverted for more than two months and signals the highest probability of recession since April 2007.Major equity indices are flat or down compared with a year ago, despite the sharp reduction in government bond yields and risk-free interest rates since then.Cyclical bellwethers such as Germany’s giant chemicals company BASF and U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar have seen their shares fall sharply over the last year.Oil prices have sunk more than 22% since the end of April, and are down 20% compared with August 2018, despite severe U.S. sanctions on oil exports from Iran and Venezuela.Brent’s six-month calendar spread has collapsed, despite the extension of production restraint by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the OPEC+ group and signs of a slowdown in new well drilling in the United States.Non-oil commodity prices have also been falling or flat since the middle of 2018, as consumption growth has decelerated.POLICY MISTAKESFormer Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has quipped that expansions do not die of old age, they are murdered – most often because of policy mistakes.In recent decades, most recessions have been brought on by mistakes in some combination of fiscal policy, monetary policy, and financial supervision.In this case, however, the problem has stemmed from trade policy, which has turned sharply protectionist and attempted to remake global supply chains.The resulting economic warfare between the United States and China has heightened business uncertainty and disrupted investment plans in both countries, with spillover effects across Europe and Asia.Policymakers around the world have taken growth for granted, piling on a plethora of tariffs, anti-dumping duties, sanctions and investment restrictions that have finally put the expansion in jeopardy.If a global recession is confirmed, it will be because policymakers were more concerned about other objectives and forgot the need to provide a stable and predictable climate for business.Recession would be a painful reminder and force them to turn their attention back to the economy.(John Kemp is a Reuters columnist)last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: rebroadcast of our Sept. 12 show featuring, University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert reporting on a recent legislative hearing in Annapolis focused on Baltimore violence. Plus, David Miller, community leader and youth advocate, and CEO of the, “Dare To Be King Project,” and Pastor Linwood Bethea of the Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, discuss the upcoming Black Family Conference, Sept. 22-24.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more