APTN National NewsFirst Nations leaders will meet next week in Whitehorse for the Assembly of First Nations annual general assembly.But there will be a few chiefs missing.Some are instead attending a separate gathering at the Onion Lake Cree Nation.It’s a protest against what they say is the ineffectiveness of the AFN.National Chief Shawn Atleo spoke to APTN National News Thursday.
Beverly AndrewsAPTN NewsAnishinabe soldier Francis Pagahmagabow who fought in the First World War may not be a well-known name in Canada – but he’s celebrated in Europe. Pagahmagabow was one of the soldiers honoured at a ceremony in Belgium at the beginning in November for his service during the war.It happened on the anniversary of Battle of Passchendaele.About a hundred people wrapped in warm coats, and scarves stand with their hands in their pockets while speeches are read from the podium – and a wreath laid at the cenotaph.This isn’t the first time Julia Pegahmagabow has honoured her great-grandfather, Staff Sgt. Francis Pegahmagabow – but it’s her first time in Belgium visiting one of the places where he served.“It was indeed a great sacrifice,” she told APTN News. “Just as with the rest of the Canadian soldiers who came here and lost their lives here.”(The headdress belonging to Pegahmagabow on display at the National War Museum. Photo: Annette Francis/APTN)2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.It was one of the deadliest for Canada – 4,000 dead, and another 12,000 wounded.Francis Pegahmagabow from the Wasauksing First Nation fought in many battles as a deadly sniper.Pegahmagabow enlisted just days after Britain declared war on Germany.“He left Canada as a person who really probably thought of himself as a treaty person, who came as an ally and not as a subject,” she said.“Who was honouring his commitment to Treaty by joining the commonwealth an enlisting for this war.”Initially, the Canadian government discouraged Indigenous peoples from enlisting.But that didn’t stop Francis Pegahmagabow.He ended up being known as the deadliest sniper of World War One – credited with 378 kills, and capturing 300 more.And his skills helped him carry messages along the frontlines.“We may have been a small portion, 4000 people, 4000 men enlisting from indigenous communities but the contribution was great,” said his great-granddaughter.(Medals belonging to Pegahmagabow on display at the National War Museum. (Photo: Annette Francis/APTN)Francis was awarded the Military Medal – one of many he would take home from the war in Europe.First Bar at the Battle of Passchendaele.The second at the Battle of the Scarpe where he braved enemy fire to collect ammunition in No Man’s Land.But despite the bravery, her great-grandfather showed on the battlefield fighting alongside Canadian and British soldiers, nothing changed when he returned home.In Canada, he was again under the control of the Indian agent – but he started a news fight – one for the freedom of Indigenous people.“He was certainly in the war a sniper and scout,” said his great-grandson Brian McInnes. “But Francis was also a father, a good community member, former Wasauksing councilor, chief and also national chief, of the time, the national Indian government.McInnes said having been an equal in the trenches, risking his life and sustaining injuries, his great-grandfather found it unacceptable to be under the control of an Indian agent.As well as living with other Canadian policies meant to limit Indigenous rights and freedoms.“And that’s was what really Francis referred to after the war as his greatest war,” said McInnes. “To ensure the legacy of his people forever into the future.”Francis Pegahmagabow wanted to unite and strengthen the rights of Indigenous people of Anishinabe of Wasauksing, and eventually the entire country.To have Treaties honoured, and to be recognized as equals.“I think the biggest accomplishment was that he came home,” said Julia Pegahmagabow. “He got to come home and we’re here because he was able to come home.”After speeches are given, there is a moment of silence.Then the band plays one last song to honour the fallen.Julia Pegahmagabow hopes the legacy and heroism of her great-grandfather and all Indigenous soldiers is taught more in schools so their service is never forgotten.
OTTAWA – The pace of new home construction picked up unexpectedly in February driven by strength in the condo market in major cities, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that building permits rose beyond expectations in January — particularly in the condo market — signalling continued strength in the multi-family dwelling category.CMHC said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased to 229,737 units in February, up from 215,260 in January.Economists had expected the rate to come in at 216,600, according to Thomson Reuters. Housing starts are considered a leading indicator of how the economy is performing.TD Bank economist Rishi Sondhi said homebuilding continues to defy expectations.“Starts are being boosted by a relatively firm economic backdrop, healthy population growth and past gains in pre-construction sales in Toronto,” Sondhi wrote in a report.“However, February’s increase was driven by the volatile multi-unit sector, leaving some scope for reversal in March.”Sondhi noted that while the pace of starts has held up so far this year, TD expects that cooling demand in the face of restrictive policy measures and higher rates will ultimately slow starts going forward.New mortgage rules this year mean federally regulated lenders must subject homebuyers seeking uninsured mortgages to a stress test to ensure they can continue to make payments even if rates rise.The overall increase in housing starts for February came as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 7.1 per cent in February to 211,211 units.Multiple urban starts increased 15 per cent to 154,535 units while single-detached urban starts fell 9.8 per cent to 56,676 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,526 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts was 225,276 units in February compared with 224,572 in January.A separate report from Statistics Canada revealed that municipalities issued $8.4 billion in building permits in January, up 5.6 per cent from December.Economists had expected the value of building permits to increase 1.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The increase was due in large part to permits for multi-family dwellings in Ontario that rose 71.0 per cent or $404.3 million to $974 million in January, more than offsetting the 39.7 per cent drop reported the previous month.Overall, residential permits climbed 5.9 per cent for the month to $5.32 billion, while commercial building permits gained 8.9 per cent to $1.7 billion and institutional permits increased 19.2 per cent to $834.9 million.Permits for industrial buildings fell 18.6 per cent to $554.5 million.
WASHINGTON — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions.The Justice Department says Kassim Tajideen appeared in court Thursday in Washington.The 63-year-old is accused of violating sanctions that barred him from doing business with Americans and U.S. companies because of his support for Hezbollah.Prosecutors say Tajideen conspired with at least five other unidentified people to conduct over $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses.They say Tajideen and the others also conducted transactions that moved about $1 billion through U.S. financial systems.Tajideen was arrested in Morocco and extradited to the U.S. in March 2017.Hezbollah has members in Lebanon’s parliament and Cabinet and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
A statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York said the Secretary-General saw this development as a significant turning point as Liberia strives to move from war to peace. “He recalls that the President’s decision is consistent with the undertaking he announced on 4 June 2003 in Accra at the opening of the [Economic Community of West African States] ECOWAS-sponsored peace talks on Liberia,” the statement said. “As a first step to that end,” [establishing lasting democracy] “the Secretary-General encourages the Liberian stakeholders to elaborate an inclusive and orderly transitional arrangement as envisaged in the 17 June ceasefire agreement,” it added. With the people of Liberia about to embark on turning a new page towards a more peaceful future, the Secretary-General strongly believes that concrete and immediate steps should be taken to end the widespread suffering and oppression which warlords, militia forces and other armed groups have for far too long inflicted on Liberian society. “The Secretary-General reminds all concerned that they would be held individually and collectively accountable for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and war crimes,” the statement said. The Secretary-General reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to continue to work with ECOWAS and other international partners, to support the early restoration of sustainable peace and stability to Liberia, including through the deployment of a multinational stabilization force.
“[The Secretary-General] welcomes the joint statement issued by the leaders of the two countries this weekend which outlined additional confidence-building measures aimed at achieving durable peace in the region” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a statement. “In particular, he is encouraged by their declaration that the dialogue had become ‘irreversible.'”Mr. Annan will be heading to the region tomorrow, where he will first attend the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta, and then mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. From Jakarta, he goes to New Delhi, where he will make a two-day official visit to India.Meanwhile, in another regional matter, Mr. Annan was asked during a press encounter at UN Headquarters in New York if he would meet with representatives from China and Japan during his trip. The Secretary-General said he believed that both of them will be at the Indonesia meeting, and added: “I’ll have lots of bilaterals with all of them, lots of leaders, and I hope, as I have indicated, they will continue their dialogue and try and resolve their differences peacefully.””[Both China and Japan] have lots of relationships, on all fronts – political, economic and social – and I hope those important aspects of their relationship will encourage them to resolve their differences,” Mr. Annan said.Asked whether representatives of the two sides would meet during the conference in Indonesia and whether such a meeting might “calm things down,” Mr. Annan said it always helps each time there was a meeting of that kind.”I know that the Japanese Foreign Minister, I believe, is in China for meetings. If they meet at the summit in Indonesia, it would also be helpful, and I would encourage them to do that,” he said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber,Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2012 6:53 pm MDT US hiring slowed in April to just 115,000 jobs, unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 per cent WASHINGTON – U.S. job growth slumped in April for a second straight month. It suggested an economy that is growing steadily but still sluggishly, which could further tighten a close presidential race.A drop in the unemployment rate wasn’t necessarily a healthy sign for the job market. The rate fell from 8.2 per cent in March to 8.1 per cent in April. But that was mainly because more people gave up looking for work.People who aren’t looking for jobs aren’t counted as unemployed.The 115,000 jobs added in April were fewer than the 154,000 jobs added in March, a number the government revised up from its earlier estimate of 120,000. It also marked a sharp decline from December through February, when the economy averaged 252,000 jobs per month.The percentage of adults working or looking for work has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years. Many have become discouraged about their prospects.Job creation is the fuel for the nation’s economic growth. When more people have jobs, more consumers have money to spend — and consumer spending drives about 70 of the economy.___Here’s what The Associated Press’ reporters are finding:___TEPID ECONOMY, TEPID HIRINGOver time, strong economic growth is vital for strong job growth.But early this year, hiring accelerated much faster than economic growth did. Job gains averaged a strong 229,000 in the first three months. By contrast, the economy grew at a sluggish annual rate of 2.2 per cent.Economists began to wonder: Would growth catch up with hiring? Or would hiring slow to match economic growth as measured by gross domestic product, or GDP?Some analysts say April’s disappointing job growth suggests an answer, and it’s not a cheerful one:“It now appears that jobs have decelerated into line with GDP, rather than GDP accelerating to catch up with jobs,” said Nigel Gault, an economist at IHS Global Insight.___THE LONG SLOG BACKJob creation has been frustratingly slow since the Great Recession ended. Only 43 per cent of the jobs lost have been regained 34 months later.The rebound was only slightly stronger after the previous recession, which ended in November 2001. By September 2004, 54 per cent of the jobs lost had been regained. It took five more months before all the jobs were back.The problem this time isn’t that companies haven’t been hiring: They’ve added more than 1 million jobs in the past six months. It’s that the Great Recession killed so many jobs in the first place — 8.3 million.By contrast, the 2001 recession eliminated 1.6 million jobs.___A PENNY MORE FOR YOUR WORKFor people with jobs who assume they’re not affected by Friday’s report, take notice: The report notes that the average worker’s hourly pay eked out a gain of just one penny in April.Over the past year, average hourly pay has ticked up 1.8 per cent to $23.28. Inflation has been roughly 2.7 per cent. Which means the average consumer isn’t keeping up with price increases.___RAMEN NOODLESThe slow hiring is particularly distressing for people like David Boyce of Tacoma, Wash., who’s been unemployed for two years. Boyce, 30, had been a salesman for Yellow Book USA before being laid off.Boyce received unemployment benefits for about 15 months. They ran out in September.His wife works as a nanny for a real estate executive. But her hours were slashed after the housing bust.“We lived off savings for a while, and now we’re living off ramen noodles basically,” Boyce said.After interviewing twice at one company for an entry-level sales job, Boyce was told it would make a hiring decision after five more interviews.“I have never gone through that kind of rigmarole before just to get back to an entry-level sales job,” he said.___NOWHERE TO HIDEHiring was weak, if it occurred at all, in eight of 10 industry categories the government tracks.Manufacturing, which has been a source of strength, added 16,000 jobs. Education and health services, which tend to be less affected by economic cycles, added 19,000.It was the smallest gain in five months for both categories.Leisure and hospitality, a bellwether for consumer spending, had its tiniest gain — 12,000 jobs — in eight months. Federal, state and local governments cut a combined 15,000 jobs.There were two bright spots: Retailers added 29,300 jobs after cutting jobs the previous two months. And professional and business services added 62,000.___YOUNG AND UNEMPLOYEDIt’s a tough time to be young in America.The unemployment rate in April for workers under 25 was 16.4 per cent. That’s nearly 10 percentage points above the rate for those 25 or older.It could be worse. You could live in Europe. In the 17 countries that use the euro, the unemployment rate for young workers is 22.1 per cent.Or worse still. In Greece and Spain, two of the countries most damaged by Europe’s debt crisis, one in two workers under 25 is unemployed.___REVISING HISTORYThe job market seems to look better with hindsight.The Labor Department has revised job growth upward for 10 straight months — and for 18 of the past 21. Over the past 10 months, it’s added 413,000 jobs to the original estimates.The job figures are revised twice. They’re updated in the two months after they first come out. And they’re revised again in an annual update.History shows that the updated totals typically follow the trend in job creation: When the economy is creating jobs consistently, the revisions tend to be positive. Months of job losses typically lead to negative revisions.___THE POLITICAL DEBATEA falling unemployment rate would seem to be good news for President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes. Dating to 1956, no incumbent president has lost when unemployment fell in the two years leading to an election.On Election Day, unemployment will almost surely be less than it was two years earlier: 9.8 per cent in November 2010.But for the past two months, the rate has fallen for the wrong reason: More than 500,000 Americans have stopped looking for jobs and are no longer counted as unemployed. Job growth averaged a healthy 252,000 from December through February. It slowed to an average of 135,000 in March and April.The question is whether voters will focus more on the falling unemployment rate (good for Obama) or the modest job growth (not so good).___A JAB FROM ROMNEY, A Defence FROM OBAMAMitt Romney seized on the latter. He noted that the declining number of people seeking work explains the drop in the unemployment rate.“This is way off from what should be happening in a normal recovery,” Romney said on Fox & Friends. “You have more people dropping out of the work force than you have getting jobs.”“This is not progress,” Romney said.Obama pushed back.He countered that businesses have added about 1 million jobs in the past six months. But speaking at a school in Arlington, Va., the president said “we’re going to have to do more” to recover jobs lost during the recession.“My message to Congress is going to be, ‘Just saying no to ideas that will create new jobs is not an option,’ ” Obama said.___RECOVERIES WITHOUT JOBSEconomists note that “jobless recoveries” are becoming the norm. In part, that’s because layoffs during recessions are more likely to be permanent.Workers who were cut during downturns before the 1980s were usually hired back once the economy perked up. This time, many jobs are being restored only slowly.Companies are also quicker to lay off employees at the first sign of slowing growth. And as they find ways to squeeze more work from their remaining staffers, they’re slower to rehire.___DISAPPEARING WORKERSThe percentage of Americans 16 and older working or looking for work is now 63.6 per cent, the lowest since 1981. For men, the so-called “labour force participation rate” is 70 per cent. That’s the lowest since the government started keeping records in 1948.The rate peaked at 67.3 per cent in early 2000 after women had poured into the work force over the previous four decades. Since then, it’s turned south. Demographic and social trends help explain the drop: Baby boomers are aging and retiring.And more women, especially in upper-income families, are staying at home. The drop in the participation rate accelerated after the economy slid into recession in late 2007. The tough job market led many to give up looking for work.___SOUR INVESTORSThe stock market didn’t take Friday’s news well.The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 168 points, or about 1.3 per cent. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index sank 1.6 per cent.Investors were a lot happier earlier this week, when they sent the Dow to its highest close since December 2007.Technology stocks and banks led the market lower Friday. Utility companies were the only broad category of stock in the S&P 500 index trading higher. They tend to fare well when investors grow nervous about the economy.Investors flocked to the safety of U.S. government bonds. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to 1.88 per cent, its lowest point since February, from 1.92 per cent late Thursday.___NOT EXPLOSIVE, BUT STEADYBy some measures, job creation has been consistently solid. For example, more than 100,000 jobs have been added for eight straight months. It’s the first time the economy has achieved that feat since 2005.Consider, too: Employers have added at least 100,000 jobs every month this year. That would be an impressive streak if it continues through 2012. The last time the economy added 100,000 or more jobs every month in a calendar year was 1999.___Associated Press writers Martin Crutsinger and Kasie Hunt contributed to this report.
BRUSSELS – Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday pledged Britain will never become part of a “European superstate” thanks to a hard-fought deal for a less intrusive European Union which he hopes will sway voters in a referendum to keep the island nation in the 28-nation bloc.The agreement Cameron won is a key stepping stone to the in-out referendum in Britain that could come as soon as this summer.Cameron claimed that, under the deal, Britain would be allowed to stay on EU sidelines if other nations seek a closer union and has been guaranteed its social welfare would win more protection from unfair EU migrant claims. He also pledged the economy will prosper outside the euro area.“This is enough for me to recommend that the United Kingdom remain in the European Union having the best of both worlds,” Cameron said after 31 hours of negotiations.“Turning our back on Europe is no solution at all,” he said, adding that the new deal would guarantee for a “live and let live” approach which will fit Britain like a glove. He declined to say when he might call the referendum, although June 23 is thought a likely date.EU President Donald Tusk said the deal didn’t come easy during two days of “long and heated” discussions during which leaders “haggled over detail” and fundamental issues.Some said though, much was style over substance as all leaders needed to prove they would safeguard issues their electorate held dear. Still, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said the deal should give the British public a clear choice.“No matter what we do here, no matter what face-lifting or face-saving we perform here, it is up to the British people to decide,” she said.Other leaders said it would not stop deeper integration among countries that want to, that the euro would remain the currency of the EU and that the agreement did not give Britain any veto.The deal will only be enacted if Britain stays in the EU.Outside the British Parliament in London, a leading anti-EU politician, Nigel Farage, took part in a rally denouncing the deal as it was announced.“This is a truly pathetic deal,” he said. “We are good enough to be an independent, self-governing nation outside of the EU. This (referendum) is our golden opportunity.”The summit in Brussels ran into overtime Friday as Cameron pushed his demands for more autonomy to the limit before a dinner among the 28 national leaders sealed the deal.The deal offers guarantees to the nine EU countries, including Britain, that do not use the shared euro currency, that they will not be sidelined, and makes tweaks aimed at giving national parliaments more power.Most of the tensions surrounded a relatively minor change: a move to suspend or restrict benefit payments made to workers from other EU countries.Immigration is an especially sensitive point for British voters, because Britain has attracted hundreds of thousands of workers from Eastern Europe in the past decade, drawn by the prospect of higher-paying jobs. The EU immigrants can also claim child tax credits and other benefits in Britain, which Cameron’s government says is straining his budget.Cameron also ran into unexpectedly firm resistance from France on financial regulation. French President Francois Hollande insisted Friday that Britain should not be given any “right of veto or blockage” and that all EU countries should have rules limiting speculation and avoiding new financial crises.The 19 EU countries that share the euro currency worry that protections for Britain and the eight other non-eurozone nations would offer unfair advantage to Britain’s financial centre, the City of London.Hollande had also warned that too-generous concessions to Britain could prompt other countries to seek special rules, too.___Angela Charlton and Jill Lawless in Brussels contributed. Cameron: Deal means Britain won’t be part of EU ‘superstate’ British Prime Minister David Cameron poses for photographers during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Dylan Martinez, Pool Photo via AP) by Raf Casert And Lorne Cook, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 8:24 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
There isn’t an immediate or obvious reason why trades have spiked so dramatically. Rule changes — especially those included in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) — could have contributed. Before 2012, teams were eligible to receive a draft pick in return for a free agent who left the team, even if he was traded to that roster midseason. Under the new CBA, which went into effect in 2012, the value of those potential free agents dropped, since a team could no longer get draft-pick compensation for them. But the increase in trade volume appears to be a gradual rise, not the one-time bump we’d expect to see immediately after the CBA was adopted if the change in rules was responsible for the rise.Likewise, we might expect the recent dramatic increase in front-office jobs (particularly in analytics) to help boost trade volume because all those new workers could increase a team’s ability to juggle multiple potential offers. (The older, smaller front offices likely would have been forced to focus on only one deal at a time.) But there’s also very little correlation between the number of analysts in a front office and the frequency of trades, so it seems like front-office expansion isn’t to blame.Two more legitimate contributing factors, however, might be the second wild-card slot (instituted in 2012) and the newfound prevalence of tanking in MLB. The additional playoff spot encourages more teams to try to contend, which has sometimes resulted in an arms race of acquiring talent at the trade deadline. Last year’s American League East featured three teams (the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles) buying pitching in July, presumably with the hope of vaulting into contention.Tanking works in the opposite direction: When teams are forced to decide between the playoffs and rebuilding, they have more incentive to either trade their valuable players or gain additional strength. The White Sox were frozen in mediocrity for a long time, but in the last year, they unloaded all their stars, from Adam Eaton to Jose Quintana, for prospects. Those kind of abrupt sell-offs have changed the structure of the league and moved dozens more players between teams.Quintana is an especially representative example, because more pitchers are getting moved than in previous years. Hurler trades reached a nadir in 2013, when only 41.6 percent of traded players were pitchers. Last year, however, that percentage had risen to 52.6 percent, a big swing in only a few years. And although we saw a buildup in bullpen swaps last year, with the Indians grabbing Andrew Miller and the Cubs obtaining Aroldis Chapman, the increase in pitcher trades seems to be evenly divided between starters and relievers. In the new, juiced-ball MLB frontier, it may be that teams put an extra premium on acquiring good pitching.Trades can sometimes reveal the strategies a team is employing or the type of players they value the most. But just as often, they are mysterious, the outcome of negotiations to which the public is not privy. Whether due to tanking, the wild card, or some other factor, trades are way, way up and more pitchers are switching teams than before. That makes the deadline more exciting than ever, but it’s also just another block of time in MLB’s trade-happy calendar. With the MLB trade deadline approaching, texts are pinging between front-office executives, general managers are holding hushed phone calls, and amateur internet sleuths are breaking major stories. But swapping players isn’t just a deadline pastime these days. Whether it’s the result of rule changes, smarter front offices or the natural ebbs and flows of the market, the last few years have featured more trades than ever before, both before and after the deadline, making the deadline less relevant in relation to the rest of the year.Regardless of your rooting interests, it’s always entertaining to watch the buyers and sellers jostling to make the best deadline deal. On a day-by-day basis, this part of the season has always been the busiest part of the baseball calendar for trades, and it shows few signs of slowing down.However, the percentage of all trades taking place at the deadline has actually gone down in the past eight years, with teams trading up a storm throughout the entire year. Since 2009 (the first year for which Baseball Prospectus has transaction data), the total volume of trades across MLB has increased by an average of 14 percent every season. Deadline deals used to make up about quarter to a third of all trades; in the last four years they only represented roughly one-sixth of of all trades.
Speculative reports say Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric intends to exit the Santiago Bernabeu and move to Inter, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted in Football Espana.It appears Inter Milan are planning to boost their squad having seen rivals Juventus reinforce their squad with the signing of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and would want to make a laudable signing themselves ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.In other not to feel intimidated come next season, they see Croatian international Modric, who was one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia, as the stellar arrival the fans at the San Siro would be happy to see.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.According to the paper reports, Modric has already given the go-ahead to a possible transfer while Vanja Bosnic, his wife and agent, is understood to have contacted the Inter directors offering his services.However, Madrid, are not willing to let Modric leave the club, having already let Ronaldo go and given that Modric still has a contract with Los Blancos that runs until 2020, and a move to the Serie A giants could be further complicated by his €10m-a-year salary.Moreso, the Italians would still have to deal with Financial Fair Play rules which could be another obstacle the Italians would have to deal with.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI August 3, 2017 “The Islands have not been shortchanged by my Government. The Premier, the Governor and the Commissioner of Police are all engaged and there has been no dereliction of duties. Related Items: “On Friday, the Premier and I, as Minister of Border Control & Employment attended a National Security Council Meeting where we received the National Security Assessment Report which has made very practical recommendations. We have also had direct talks with police officials and discussed the strategic initiatives being taken to address the more recent matter. It will be inappropriate to speak to the specifics of any action being taken at this time, but I want to assure the general public that we are on the job and are approaching this matter with the sense of urgency that it deserves. I want to assure the public at large that we are exhausting every effort and will spare no cost or effort to apprehend these criminals and we will, by the grace of God and with your help, succeed.Since coming to office we have communicated our commitment to the police force by indicating that we will provide the resources needed and have restated that commitment to that effect.I end by borrowing a few words from George W Bush that captures my mindset and the mindset of my Government “We are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice WILL be done.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “Over the past few days, I have met with our private sector partners and they have committed to assisting in many ways, including but not limited to the creation of a fund to supplement the efforts of the Government to address and stamp out the scourge of violent crime from our Beautiful by Nature country. We will update the public on our actions and the results thereof as matters progress. We do however ask the general to public remain calm but alert and vigilant. Call crime stoppers or the police with information that would assist in its investigations and together we will return to the peace and tranquility that we know Turk and Caicos to be”, says Acting Premier Sean Astwood.
Here is what is happening Wednesday …• What: Clark County Fair.• Hours today: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.• Where: 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.• Admission: Adults, $10; seniors 62 and older, $8; kids 7-12, $7; kids 6 and younger, free; parking, $6; C-Tran shuttle, $2 per person round trip from area park-and-ride lots; children 6 and younger ride free. $1 discount on admission with a bus fare stub.• Carnival: Opens at noon; unlimited rides today, $25.• 99.5 The Wolf Grandstands: Truck pull, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.• Other highlights: Prime of Your Life Day, activities all day celebrating fun after 50; Clark County K-9 demonstrations, 6 p.m.• Pets: Not permitted, except for personal service animals or those on exhibition or in competition.• More information: Clark County Fair or call 360-397-6180.• Online: download The Columbian’s mobile website for the Clark County Fair.
RelatedPosts Load More Big trouble in little China JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Notably, Bernstein observed that VIP revenue 12 months ago had been positively impacted by “several large-scale junket customer events”. As such, VIP volume is believed to be down by high-teens percentage in March with mass down mid-single digits.The analysts also warned that 1Q19 GGR will likely be impacted by the continued enforcement of Macau’s smoking ban which came into full effect on 1 January.However, “One area of potential high end GGR stabilization and renewed strength may come from a recovering credit cycle in China which may support VIP recovery in 2H19.” Analysts from brokerage Sanford C Bernstein have lowered their March estimates following a weaker than expected seven days that saw VIP volume plummet by almost 20% compared with the same period in 2018.In a Monday note, analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu revised their March estimates down from a decline of between 3% and 4% to a decline of between 5% and 6%, with the past week having seen an average daily rate (ADR) of around MOP$757 million. The ADR for the whole of March currently sits at an estimated MOP$795 million – down 12% on February numbers and 1% on January. It is also 5% lower than March 2018.
Srinagar: Farooq Khan, an advisor to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday offered Eid-al-Adha prayers at a mosque in the city where devotees apprised him about the problems being faced by them due to the restrictions imposed in the state, sources said. He offered prayers at a mosque in Malting in Dalgate, a location in the interiors of the city. People recounted their day-to-day problems and the IPS officer-turned politician assured them that he will look into the issues, the sources said. He also took some questions from them about the strict restrictions and conveyed that the measures were taken for their betterment. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Khan said the security steps have been taken to ensure that miscreants do not hijack the situation and create a disturbance. When Khan visited, around 1,000 people were offering prayers at the mosque which lasted for over an hour, sources said. He had retired as an inspector general of police in 2013. Khan, who joined as the fifth adviser to Governor Satyapal Malik recently, has already given up his security, stating he wants to be a part of the people. After the prayers, when asked by journalists about his reaction on the prevailing situation, he said, “Eid Mubarak to all. And I wish peace and prosperity to the people.” The restrictions on movement were imposed in the state and communication links curtailed after the Centre abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5. By Sumir Kaul
(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /08:55 On Thursday, President Trump is planning a “Salute to America” – a celebration that will include a parade with, among other things, tanks or some other armored military vehicles along the Washington Mall, and – of course, the President will address the nation. While it’s not entirely clear what’s in store, you can assume a very, very patriotic theme. But what is patriotism in America today, anyway?Joining us for this conversation are Eddie Weller, a professor of history at San Jacinto College, and Timothy Colomer, a former EOD technician in the Marine Corps and an ambassador for the EOD Warrior Foundation.MORE: Organization Helps Vets Who Served in Militaryâs Bomb Squad (Houston Matters, May 26, 2017) Share
By The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Baltimore police officer suffered a fatal heroin overdose at a motel.The Baltimore Sun reports Officer Joseph Banks Jr. died Friday at a motel in Halethorpe. The 25-year-old had been assigned to the juvenile booking unit.Joseph Banks Jr., a 25-year-old member of the Baltimore Police Department. (Screengrab/Baltimore Police Photo)A Baltimore County police report says Banks had been using drugs with his girlfriend and overdosed. Banks’ girlfriend told investigators he sounded as if he was struggling to breathe. She tried to administer Narcan to counteract the overdose and called 911 shortly after 3 a.m. However, paramedics were unable to revive Banks.Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott knew Banks. He called the officer’s death another tragic example of the reach of addiction.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com
While the 3DS has had a slow start, there are a bunch of games releasing in the near future that make investing in Nintendo’s latest platform worthwhile. One of those games is the remake of Star Fox 64 going by the new name of Star Fox 64 3D.So far we’ve seen some initial footage of the game in action, as well as some screenshots, and know the release date is going to be July 14 in Japan (listed as September for Europe and no idea on a U.S. date as far as I can tell). But now a Japanese retailer named Tsutaya has shared a load of new information via Twitter (Japanese language) following a Nintendo Retailer Briefing.There’s mainly good, but some bad news too. On the multiplayer front it has been confirmed that up to four players will be supported in Battle mode. However, the bad news is the game won’t support online play using a WiFi connection meaning you are limited to playing with people in your vicinity. There is a download play option, though.As for the game experience itself, there will be both a 3DS and N64 mode allowing you to play the game as the original development team intended. The major difference is the 3DS mode is that it uses the built-in gyroscope to control the movement of your ship. The availability of the N64 mode means if you hate that control option there is an easy alternative.Finally, be prepared to take a good picture of yourself as your face will be used as an icon when playing in Battle mode. Nothing identifies you better than your own face, so attempt a smile.via Andriasang
Whenever Sony announces a new games console hardware model it means the company has found a way to manufacture the machine for less, usually by combining or removing components. Sometimes, that also means a few features disappear like the removal of backwards compatibility with PS2 games when the 80GB console and then PS3 Slim arrived on the market.Well, Sony is releasing another model of the PS3 and it is losing a feature that may be quite important to a number of gamers. The new 160GB PS3 console set to arrive in stores next week will no longer be capable of sending HD output down a component cable. If you want HD, you must use a HDMI cable.Confirmation of this fact comes in the form of a memo sent to GameStop stores which you can see below:A component cable is fully-capable of supplying your TV with a 720p or 1080i signal, but Sony has changed something in the machine that no longer makes that possible. We don’t have official confirmation of what that change is, but expect it to be to comply with the latest AACS content protection system which places new restrictions on analog video outputs. More specifically, image resolution is limited to 540p.Consumer convenience is yet again put to one side in the face of growing restrictions on how we can watch the entertainment we buy, in this case on Blu-ray discs and video game output.The gamers and movie watchers this will effect most is those with older HDTVs which may only have one or two HDMI ports if you’re lucky. The fact all existing PS3 models could output HD over a component connection meant those ports can be kept free for other devices, but not so anymore if you buy one of these new consoles.We don’t have a specific model number for the new PS3 yet, but it is being referred to as the “K” chassis among retailers. We also don’t believe Sony will limit this to just one model, and while older model won’t suffer the same restriction all new models from now on probably will.via Kotaku
1 min read Enroll Now for Free For further proof of the impending arrival — and magical upshots — of VR technology, look no further than famed trailblazer Björk. While the songstress’ tech-heavy MoMA exhibition was widely panned (New York magazine called it a “discombobulated mess,”) a piece from the show recently unearthed for public consumption is downright dazzling.In collaboration with the director Andrew Huang, Björk shot a music video for Oculus Rift for her song Stonemilker. But after YouTube enabled users to share 360-degree videos last March, viewers can now experience the groundbreaking virtual reality clip without one of the coveted headsets.As Björk croons in a neon yellow gown along the Icelandic coast, PC users can click and drag around to get a panoramic scope of the scene. On mobile, the spectacle is even more sweeping: simply tilt your device or move it around, and the landscape shifts accordingly.Related: Here’s What Oculus Just Revealed at Its Much-Anticipated Press EventExperience it for yourself right here:Related: GoPro Leaps Into Virtual Reality, Teases Drone Plans June 12, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now