first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. say their proposed merger has cleared another hurdle in the U.S.The two companies say the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has completed a review of the deal and found no unresolved national security concerns.The friendly deal announced last summer for the Ontario-based utility to acquire the U.S. energy company received antitrust clearance in the United States in early April and consent from the Federal Communications Commission on May 4.Avista shareholders had previously approved the deal on Nov. 21, 2017.The transaction still requires several other approvals, including from utility commissions in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.The companies say they anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of the year.Avista Corp. is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

Rabat – Rachid Benzine, a French-Moroccan expert on Islam, has said that Morocco understands that security measures alone cannot fight terrorism.In an interview with Moroccan French language news outlet TelQuel, Benzine said that along with security, the kingdom’s approach to deal with terrorism combines “educational, social and political aspects.”“[Security approach] has long prevailed [in the past], but today I think the kingdom has understood that it was necessary to think of a more comprehensive approach,” he said. Having written several, acclaimed books about Islam, Benzine explained that radicalization no longer happens in places that can be put under surveillance, like mosques. The types of people radicalized have also changed, as there have been people with no religious background who have succumbed to radicalization.“[Authorities] have to act with the idea to prevent [radicalization], rather than merely repressing [it]” he explained.“It seems to me that Morocco have understood this, even though it seems to be that more credit is given to the security aspect because it is more publicized,” suggested the research fellow, noting there was “more ‘showmanship’” related to security.Benzine asserted that countering the extremist ideology through a religious discourse might not prove fruitful, as it would be like a clash between two interpretations of Islam, with each claiming to be the “right” one.As an alternative, the Kénitra born writer gave the example of the word “jihad”, which he said should explained in a historical context, and how it has developed throughout the ages.A kickboxing champion for France in 1996, Benzine’s academic career has been as bright as that of his sports. The 2004 publication of his book “Les Nouveaux Penseurs de l’Islam” [New Thinkers of Islam] brought the writer into the tiny circle of French-North African experts on Islam.During a stay in France in June 2016, King Mohammed VI was photographed in a café with three books on the table. Among them, was Benzine’s.In May this year, former French president François Hollande gave a lunch in honor of King Mohammed VI at the Elysée Palace. French officials and prominent French Moroccan personalities were invited, including Benzine.During the event, the topic of Islam was brought up. According to Benzine, the King was very attentive to ideas expressed, including his.“In our exchanges with the king, we talked about issues related to the training of imams, religious education and current Islamic thought”, he said. “I’m happy that the kind of ideas that I and others hold, find an echo. If these ideas can help start constructive thinking to get out of the impasses we are in, I’ll be more happy.” read more

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week.South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 per cent to 2,210.89 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 2.5 per cent to 2,748.92. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 per cent higher at 28,382.13. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4 per cent to 6,089.80.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 advanced 1.8 per cent to 21,281.85. The country said its core machinery orders dropped 0.1 per cent in December from the previous month, beating forecasts of a 1.1 per cent decline. Shares rose in Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.After the markets closed on Friday, China and the U.S. announced plans to resume trade negotiations in Washington, fueling hopes that both countries were edging toward a deal.“We feel we have made headway on very, very important and difficult issues,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Xi expressed hope for “a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement,” according to the official Xinhua News Agency.Negotiators had just wrapped up two days of talks in Beijing. Investors were worried about progress on thorny issues like Washington’s unhappiness over Chinese technology and trade policies.A tariffs truce expires March 2 and will leave the U.S. free to more than double import taxes on $200 billion in Chinese goods. President Donald Trump has said he may hold off on these if the country was close to a deal with China.WALL STREET: Optimism surrounding U.S-China trade talks boosted indexes on Friday. The broad S&P 500 index rebounded 1.1 per cent to 2,775.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 1.7 per cent to 25,883.25 and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.6 per cent at 7,472.41. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gained 1.6 per cent to 1,569.25.ENERGY: U.S. crude added 35 cents to $55.94 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It added $1.18 to settle at $55.59 per barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 24 cents at $66.49 per barrel. It picked up $1.68 to $66.25 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 110.56 yen from 110.48 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1309 from $1.1293.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

Nimal Siripala de Silva said that even Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem, who is a cabinet Minister, had initially agreed to the proposals but was not calling for more changes. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition today assured its full backing for electoral reforms through the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) want the reforms approved by Parliament soon. He said that while the UNP had agreed to the proposals on electoral reforms which was approved by cabinet last Friday, they were now saying they are not happy. The Opposition leader also accused the ruling United National Party (UNP) of attempting to derail moves to get the 20th Amendment passed by Parliament. read more

In the first case, the suspect allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old factory worker, and robbed her of her mobile phone, ATM card, and RM80 cash at around 7.14am on March 19. “The victim received two stitches on her forehead,” he told The Star.ACP Mohd Taib said the second victim was a 27-year-old woman who works at an electronics factory in Bandar Baru Uda.He said the victim was waiting at a bus-stop along Jalan Padi 1 at 4am on March 20 before being approached by the suspect who tried to force her to sit next to him. “The victim refused to do so and the suspect began strangling her before dragging her to a nearby bush area where he tried to molest her. Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said the victim had just got off from a bus and was walking towards her workplace at a food factory in Tampoi here before the suspect attacked her. “The victim, who sustained several injuries, was found lying on the side of the road by the public who alerted the police. She was brought to Hospital Sultanah Aminah in a semiconscious state.“Initial investigation showed that the suspect had punched the victim several times, causing her to suffer bruises on her face, eyes and head, and a split lip. In the space of 24 hours, a Sri Lankan national allegedly assaulted two women sexually and physically in Bandar Baru Uda in Malaysia.He was later arrested by police on Monday evening, The Star in Malaysia reported. “She screamed loudly which alerted a male passerby, but the suspect had already fled the scene,” he said.ACP Mohd Taib said that police spotted a man who fit the description made by one of the victims walking along Jalan Padi 1 here at around 6.30pm on March 20.He said the suspect, in his late 30s, tried to escape but the police successfully arrested him following a scuffle. The mobile phone that was stolen from the first victim was found on the suspect.ACP Mohd Taib added the suspect was being remanded to assist in the investigation under Section 394 of the Penal Code and Section 354 of the same Act for robbery and causing hurt as well as for assault on person with the intent of outraging her modesty. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Cindy Smith of the United States as Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.Ms. Smith, who has a wealth of experience in the field of criminology and justice issues, policymaking and education, succeeds Jonathan Lucas of Seychelles, who the Secretary-General praised for dedicated service and commitment to the Organization in leading the implementation of the Institute’s mandate during a very challenging period.Currently the Senior Coordinator for International Programs in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State, Ms. Smith was a Lead Foreign Affairs Officer at the Department of State between 2011 and 2012 and an Associate Professor in Criminology and Director of the Masters in Criminal Justice Program at the University of Baltimore, United States.She has also served as Chief of the International Centre at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. and has researched a wide range of topics related to criminal justice, including juvenile justice, corrections, human trafficking and gender issues in courts. A former Fulbright Senior Researcher in Turkey, Ms. Smith holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master of Science in Education Administration from National University, Irvine, and a Master of Science in Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. read more

Boys, some carrying plastic containers for water, stand on a dusty street in the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi ‹ › “In Moaddamiyat al-Sham, Madaya, Deir ez-Zour, Fuah and Kafreya people are in an utterly desperate situation, with many deaths, including of young children, as a result of severe malnutrition and lack of access to medical care,” he said. In Moaddamiyat al-Sham, a town located a few kilometres from Damascus, since Government forces established a full siege in December, some 35,000 civilians have been enduring intense shelling and aerial attacks, and a dramatic deterioration of their living conditions, with food prices rising sharply and no infant-formula milk available. While some food was delivered to the pro-Government eastern side of town, at least six civilians, including five children, died directly as a result of malnutrition in January, and more than 25 children under the age of two are said to be suffering from malnutrition and related health problems. In Madaya, at least 26 people have died from malnutrition since the beginning of the year, despite the arrival of a large humanitarian convoy on 11 and 14 January, and at least 300 people – including women and children – are in need of immediate evacuation. Some 200,000 people living under an ISIL-imposed siege in Deir ez-Zour are experiencing severe water shortages and a total lack of electricity. Reports indicate that several people accused of smuggling food into the city have been executed by ISIL fighters. Despite the delivery of humanitarian aid to the villages of Fuah and Kafreya on 11 and 14 January, the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) reports that the situation remains grim, as approximately 20,000 civilians remain under siege by the armed opposition groups Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front, who issued threats that they would slaughter the villagers in retaliation for Government actions against areas under their control.Violation of international humanitarian law “The deliberate starvation of civilians as a method of warfare constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” Mr. Zeid said. “The targeting of civilians, including thousands of children, is abhorrent and may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Those responsible for such acts, including under command responsibility, must be brought to justice.” “I remind all parties of their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to protect civilians at all times and to allow full access to humanitarian relief, to collect and care for the sick and wounded, and not to take actions which would deprive civilians of their right to food and health,” the UN human rights chief added. Mr. Zeid also stressed that all parties to a conflict have obligations under international humanitarian law not to place the civilian population in peril by taking shelter amongst them, or in protected structures such as schools and hospitals. “The peace talks in Geneva must be resumed as early as possible,” he insisted. “It is unconscionable that the various parties cannot even manage to sit around the table, when, because of their actions, more than a quarter of a million people have died, and the rest of the population is suffering to such a degree. A lasting peaceful resolution of this horrific war must be built on a solid foundation of human rights.” A boy stands outside a building damaged during fighting in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell A young girl carries a jerrycan she just filled at a water tank in the Tishreen camp for displaced people in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi Tesreen Camp, Aleppo, Syria. Credit: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero A damaged museum in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNESCO/Prof. Abdulkarim A building severely damaged by an airstrike in Aleppo City, Syria (April 2013). Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell A note to correspondents issued this evening by a UN spokesperson set out the details of the agreement reached in Munich by the ISSG – the International Syria Support Group working since November to secure a broader ceasefire and Syrian political negotiations – comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia. According to the ISSG statement, “to accelerate the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid, sustained delivery of assistance shall begin this week” in seven besieged areas inside Syria, including the town of Madaya, which drew worldwide attention recently after UN and Red Cross workers reported people starving to death or being killed trying to flee.The statement explains that the cessation of hostilities will commence in one week, “after confirmation by the Syrian Government and opposition, following appropriate consultations in Syria.” During that week, an ISSG task force will develop relevant modalities. The ISSG also agreed that a cessation of hostilities should apply to any party currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities “against any other parties other than Da’esh, Jabhat al-Nusra, or other groups designated as terrorist organizations” by the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, earlier today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, strongly condemned rapidly worsening human rights situation in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of Syria, where he said “shocking violations and abuses are committed on a daily basis.”“The warring parties in Syria are constantly sinking to new depths, without apparently caring in the slightest about the death and destruction they are wreaking across the country. Women and children, the elderly, the wounded and sick, the people with disabilities are being used as bargaining chips and cannon fodder day after day, week after week, month after month. It is a grotesque situation,” he warned. Dire humanitarian conditions throughout Syria The human rights chief also stressed that hundreds of thousands of civilians in other parts of Syria are also facing dire humanitarian conditions, particularly those under sieges imposed both by Government forces and affiliated armed groups, and by armed opposition groups, including ISIL. A meal being prepared at the Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero In the Tishreen camp for displaced persons in Aleppo, Syria, residents go about their daily lives. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi read more

first_imgThe British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), is also calling for a change in the law, claiming it is ‘unacceptable’ to leave women in a position where they could miscarry in public.Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS said: “Medical bodies around the world agree that home use is safe and sensible.“It is unacceptable for any woman to be made to risk miscarrying on her way home from a clinic.”BPAS is also warning that is women are forced to take pills in front of a medical practitioner, they may resort to avoiding the process altogether, and instead, buying drugs online, which could place them at greater risk. Scotland is already planning to change the law to allow women to take the second pill at home and Professor Regan has raised the issue with Professor Chris Whitty, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Health.The RCOG has also pledged to provide the government with evidence and arguments demonstrating the importance of the change. Women face miscarrying on the way home if they are forced to take a pill at the doctors  Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home to avoid them miscarrying on the way home from the clinic, Britain’s leading maternity doctor has said.Currently, women who ask for an early medical abortion (EMA) in the first nine weeks of pregnancy must take two drugs, one or two days apart.And, by law, both sets must be taken in front of a doctor or nurse.But Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said that allowing women to take abortion pills and then leave puts them at risk of suffering bleeding or complications on the way home.Instead, she is calling for women to be allowed to take the second pill at home.Prof Regan, who is also head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital in west London, told The Sunday Times: “If you were to come to me in the miscarriage clinic and I had to tell you your baby had died, I’d be saying: ‘Here are the tablets, perhaps you want to go home.“It is Wednesday, why don’t you do this on Friday, in the comfort of your own home and the weekend, and you can get over it?’ Show more Professor Regan also said she had recently been told of women who were beyond nine weeks but had attempted to induce an abortion with pills they had bought online.The Department of Health said it would be discussing the issue with the RCOG.”Around 180,000 women access abortions each year in England,” said a spokesman.“We will continue to engage with women and stakeholders like the RCOG on ways to make our safe and regulated services even better.” “But if you come for a termination, I make you take them in front of me.”So, possibly on the way home, you start becoming uncomfortable or start bleeding. You are certainly not going to have (the abortion in) the same composed, calm way.” Women face miscarrying on the way home if they are forced to take a pill at the doctors Credit: Getty Images Contributor Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Some of the children receiving their bags with essential school suppliesThe East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee (EBSWRC) has provided school bags and other school essentials to 200 children of dismissed workers, who were attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate which was closed by Government in December 2017.Children of workers, who were dismissed from the Rose Hall Sugar Estate received their school supplies on Saturday afternoon. Last week, Workers Relief Committee provided the same supplies to 150 students from the Corriverton Primary, Skeldon Primary and Messiah Primary.Over 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate were sent home when Government closed that estate in December 2017.Speaking to the children and their parents at the Rose Hall Primary School, Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop explained that the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has always been superlative of the former sugar workers and their families, more so the children.“At the Regional Democratic Council, you are always in our hearts. There is no RDC meeting that we have every month that we don’t mention something that is happening in East Canje,” DeRoop said.DeRoop, who is also a part of the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee said that apart from the school bag distribution, the RDC has put other measures in place to provide some measure of relief to the families of the former workers.“We implemented a 30-seater bus to take the secondary school children from Canje to New Amsterdam but we recognised that the one bus is inadequate for all the children so we are trying to implement a second one from the reopening next week,” DeRoop said to a thunderous applause.Following the closure of the Skeldon and the Rose Hall Estates in December 2017, the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee was formed. One of its first projects was the supply of hot meals at schools on the Upper Corentyne. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOverseas-based Guyanese donates over $1M to dismissed East Canje, Skeldon sugar workersOctober 24, 2018In “latest news”Fmr Wales Estate workers decry non-payment of severance at Job FairFebruary 1, 2018In “Business”Opposition, Govt clash over dismissed sugar workers, unemployment rateMay 2, 2019In “latest news” read more

← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic to F.C Barcelona Intersport! Next Story → Kriens Luzern signed Vukasin Stojanovic Swiss handball cupwacker thun Kadetten Schaffhausen losing domination in Switzerland step by step. Three time in a row champion after just average previous part of the season is defeated in the Cup Final against Wacker Thun 30:26 (15:11), who repeated success from the previous season. Man of the Match was Wacker’s goalkeeper Merz with 22 saves…Wacker Thun – Kadetten Schaffhausen 30:26 (15:11)Wacker: Merz (22 saves)/Winkler (für 2 Penaltys); Linder (3), Dähler (5), Isailovic (4), Franic (5), Buri, Lanz, Caspar (2), Friedli (3), Von Deschwanden (6/1), Rathgeb (1), Hüsser, Studer (1).Kadetten: Quadrelli (5 saves)/Aleksejev (5 saves); Kukucka (1), Emrich, Pendic (3), Mamic, Starczan (8/4), Stojanovic (3), Prieto, Jurca (4/4), Bucher, Ursic (1), Tominec (4), Dissinger (2). read more

first_img ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For One of the main reasons the first two episodes of The Gifted worked so well was the unrelenting fast pace. The kids found out they were mutants, the family was forced on the run, Reed was captured, and Eclipse was shot. The series kept the plot driving forward, shuttling its characters from one exciting scene to the next. Last night’s episode was a reminder that a series can’t run at that kind of speed forever. Eventually, it’ll run out of steam and it’s up to the characters to carry the episode forward. Unfortunately, character development isn’t an area The Gifted paid much attention to in its first two hours.This episode starts to make up for that. Yes, partially because it’s forced to, but it does a decent job even so. For once, the opening moments show us something nice happening with mutant powers. It’s a flashback scene to when Eclipse was still new to the underground. We see him and Polaris on a date, sharing memories of the first positive thing they did with their powers. The effects continue to be one of the cooler parts of the show as we learn that Polaris uses steel-towed boots and metal bracelets to make herself fly. Eclipse shines his light through some broken glass and makes some pretty patterns. When they share their (presumably) first kiss, an Aurora Borealis forms around them. It’s all cool enough to make up for some truly cheesy dialog. The Gifted may be a fun X-Men show, but the writing can get real awkward at times.Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White and Sean Teale (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The rest of the episode is split between two stories. Each one revolves around the Strucker parents coming to terms with the world they live in. Even after last week’s hospital adventure, Kate still has way too much trust in the legal system. It would be frustrating on another show, but this is the kind of character work this series has needed to do for a while now. She had her entire world turned on its head, and just seemed to go with it. That’s why, for the first two episodes, there wasn’t much you could say about her character other than “she’s a mom.” Here, it makes total sense that a woman who was married to a mutant prosecutor, whose brother is well-connected, isn’t ready to completely give up on the system when it turns against her family. It’s a realistic outlook of how someone like her would act. Surely, there must be some misunderstanding. If she could only explain it to the right people. But no. Her kids are different; therefore they get no sympathy.Giving her this journey is a good way to flesh out her character, allowing her to have other personality traits besides “protective mom.” It’s also predictable. Of course, her brother isn’t going to be nearly as helpful. He puts her up for the night, accuses her of bringing mutants into the house when Eclipse and Thunderbird show up to prevent her from putting the safe house in further danger, and generally wants to send her packing as soon as possible. To his credit, he does protect her and her family when his gun-wielding neighbors show up because they heard there were mutants in the area. The show didn’t appear to comment on the fact that they were ready to fire a gun at a moving car in a residential neighborhood in the name of safety. That could be subtlety, expecting the audience to put that together, but it felt like a missed opportunity. Like the show wasn’t fully aware of the irony it presented.Coby Bell and Stephen Moyer (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The most interesting thing the episode set up was Andy’s anger. This episode made me realize that the show has done a great, subtle job at escalating Andy from surly teen to “this kid’s got problems.” His actions got a little bit more extreme, but those moments don’t feel like they came out of nowhere. He casually suggests robbing a bank, settling for knocking over parking meters when his mom and sister won’t go along with it. When the gun-toting neighbors show up, he’s ready to fight, not caring if he seriously hurts someone. In the comics, the Struckers are Nazi villains. That’s clearly not where the show is taking them, but it looks like they are letting some of Andreas von Strucker’s darker traits appear in Andy. He won’t become the villain of the series, but he’ll probably some pretty questionable things. He might turn into The Gifted’s version of Magneto. Keep your eye on Andy; his story might turn out to be the most fascinating of the entire series.Reed’s journey was a retread of the last two episodes. He’s completely on board with Turner’s plan to turn in the mutant underground until he isn’t. This is what, the third time in as many episodes he’s had to learn that mutants are people? And it takes a mother trying to escape with her young daughter for him to realize that again? I’m going to need something more from Reed than, “Oh yeah, families exist” to keep his story interesting. At least Turner got more entertaining. We still don’t know all that much about him, but Coby Bell at least makes his scenes fun. In any other show, he’d be the good cop you rooted for. Here, he’s the bad guy, but Bell is likable enough that wish there was something more going on. I’m almost positive there will be, but the show is taking its time getting there.Jamie Chung and Blair Redford (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The story at the mansion is really what kills the series’ momentum. Thunderbird is trying to teach Blink how to control her powers, but he’s called away to deal with the fleeing Struckers. The whole conceit is that Blink needs to focus on something positive and let that drive her power. This whole story feels like filler. Like the rest of the mutants are waiting around for something to happen. For an episode called “eXodus,” there wasn’t much of one. The big moment at the end of the episode was Dreamer going to extreme measures to get her to Blink Thunderbird’s car back to the mansion. Who’s Dreamer? Good question. It’s like the show completely forgot to introduce her to us, expecting us to know this random new person. But she can give people memories. And to push Blink along past her, she gives her a memory of a relationship with Thunderbird. Why? Because the writers thought the show was missing a love triangle I guess? If that’s the case, this is a really weird way to force one. The Gifted has an interesting world, a good premise, and really fun action scenes. I just wish it gave the same attention to its characters. There’s been just enough improvement over the last three episodes to tell me the show will get there. It might just take a few episodes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Luke Harper Twitter Roman Reigns Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Now Playing Up Next The following was taped on Tuesday from Wilkes-Barre. Dark Match: James Ellsworth def. Ricky Martinez. 11/15 WWE Main Event taping results:* Luke Harper def. Apollo CrewsSource: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipLuke Harper Returns To WWE LiveVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Now Playing Up Next Google+ WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Live Preview: King of the Ring continues, Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy Videos Articlescenter_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Now Playing Up Next U.S. Open champ picks Jennifer Lawrence to play her Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Tag Team Tournament Unveiled Videos Articles 7/7 WWE Live Results: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Rollins vs. Corbin, Lynch vs. Evans)last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Saturday, July 28, 2018 into Sunday July 29, 2018.Wilmington is one of the 54 cities and towns in Middlesex County.The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and remove drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roads. The Checkpoint also raises the public’s awareness of law enforcement’s efforts to combat this serious issue.“Any inconvenience to motorists will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety,” said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, in the announcement. “The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary. Safety will be assured.”The Sobriety Checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County This WeekendIn “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On May 24 & 25In “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County This WeekendIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Gannett Glacier Fire Crew takes notes during a fire training scenario near Palmer on Thursday, April 29, 2018. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo)It’s the start of wildland fire season in Alaska, and to make sure they’re ready for it, firefighters have been testing their proficiency at operating equipment, as well as their mental and physical fortitude.Listen nowAt the same time, fire officials are watching out for the hot, dry and windy weather that elevates fire danger. They say it’s difficult to know what to expect heading into this fire season, and for now the firefighters are doing everything they can to be ready.Two groups performing those preparations recently — the Pioneer Peak Hotshot Crew and Gannett Glacier Fire Crew — are among the best in the state. But even they have mandatory training every year.Near the Matanuska Experiment Farm on Thursday, a line of about a dozen firefighters in yellow shirts and hardhats followed their chainsaw-wielding teammates up a hill, cutting a swath through the forest alongside an imaginary wildfire.The Pioneer Peak Hotshot Crew practices cutting a fire line near Palmer on Thursday, April 29, 2018. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo)Pioneer Peak crew superintendent Kris Baumgartner explained.“So right off the edge of it, right in front of it, we’re gonna remove those fuels with the chainsaws, and then dig a trail up,” Baumgartner said. “And the fire burns to the edge of the fire line, that dirt. And dirt doesn’t burn, and ideally that holds your fire.”This is the kind of boots-on-the-ground work it takes to contain potentially massive fires. The goal is to protect people and homes, but it can be dangerous. That’s where the training comes in, Baumgartner said.“Yeah, in these field days, they don’t know what’s coming, and so I’m trying to test them, and make sure everything we’ve taught ’em in the last two weeks is setting in,” Baumgartner said. “And so if we do end up making any mistakes, we hope that it’s on days like today, field days, simulation days, and not in another week when we become available for fires.”The Gannett Glacier crew was nearby, marching through a grassy field. They had their own imaginary fire to fight. In a real fire situation, there would be a more-obvious, towering column of smoke, but this one was just marked with pink flagging. The crew stood in a circle for a quick briefing. Some took the opportunity to take a swig of water from their canteens.The men, and one woman, formed a single-file line. Then, as each one started walking toward the imaginary fire, they repeated the same word to make sure they were all together:“Moving.”“Moving.”“Moving.”There are other examples of call-and-response communication between the crew members, as well as a slew of acronyms for remembering safety procedures. There are also sayings, repeated like mantras.“So we say slow is smooth, smooth is fast,” Bryan Quimby, the Gannett Glacier crew superintendent, said.“When we’re on fires, there’s sometimes a tendency, especially when communities are threatened or things like that, for these guys to go really hard,” Quimby said. “But the problem that we’re worried about is there are a lot of heat related injuries, heatstroke, heat illness, and we don’t want people to ever get to that point, because, ultimately, you know, no house, no tree, is worth one of these guys’ lives.”There’s the methodology and tactical training. Then there’s physical ability and equipment training.A firefighter receives driving instructions during training at the Alaska Division of Forestry in Palmer on Thursday, April 28, 2018. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo)In one test, they had to steer a wildfire truck through a timed course without hitting too many of the orange cones. Knocking over one or two would probably be OK, but each one came with a deduction from their final score. Also: The truck was carrying thousands of pounds of water, and half of the course had to be done in reverse.Each firefighter also had to prove they can hike several miles loaded down with a weighted backpack.The pack test left firefighter Wedge Warford out of breath, but he was pleased with his performance and said it was all about keeping a steady pace.“Good day for a walk. Not too hot,” Warford said. “More of a psychological tough. You know, you can really psyche yourself out.”Forestry officials said it’s still too early to know much about what to expect later this fire season, but the fact that most of Alaska had above-average snowfall this past winter is generally a good thing. More snow melting keeps grass and other fuels on the ground moist for longer into the summer.Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald said he and his colleagues are on alert for hot, dry and windy weather. Fire danger can change quickly, and McDonald said forecasting more than a couple weeks out is pretty difficult.“We’re getting better at it,” McDonald said. “I think right now they’re predicting what they call a normal or average summer. You know, that can be a million acres, and if the million acres are in a populated area, that could be devastating.”McDonald said this time of year he’s concerned about dry grass and human-caused fires. He and other Forestry officials have also said they hope more people take the time to do work around their homes to create what’s called “defensible space” in case a wildfire encroaches. As always, they also want Alaskans to get burn permits from their local fire departments before burning brush or other debris.Still, it’s inevitable that human- or lightning-caused fires will occur. So for now, McDonald and the firefighters continue to, as they say, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”last_img read more

first_imgIn March last year Ubisoft gave other publishers a lesson in how to make gamers hate you. The reason: introducing DRM on PC games that requires a constant Internet connection. The fallout from such DRM was very angry gamers, DRM servers going down under load and attacks, and anyone who didn’t have a 100% stable connection having a game pause constantly.The first games to get the new DRM were Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5. Assassin’s Creed II was unplayable soon after launch as the DRM servers were not online to support it. So any early adopters paying full price for the game couldn’t play it. Then hackers got involved and decided to hack the DRM that was upsetting so many people.Even so, Ubisoft remained adamant that always-connected DRM was the future and declared all forthcoming titles would use it, but also that it would “evolve and improve“.Well, it looks as though the evolving DRM has recently been patched, and Ubisoft finally decided to do something sensible with it. Gamers are reporting that Ubisoft backed down and has removed the need for a constant connection, instead a check is only done when the game first loads. This has been confirmed on Reddit as being the case for Assassin’s Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction.Read more at PC Gamer and RedditMatthew’s OpinionSo it only took Ubisoft nine months to realize that you cannot require a constant connection to the Internet and not expect to have problems. I’d love to know who decided such a system was workable in the first place as they clearly don’t have a great knowledge of how unreliable a connection can be sometimes.The check every time a game starts does give a gamer a lot more freedom. You can start the game then kill your connection but continue playing. It’s not perfect, and I think everyone would prefer a token system which allowed you to play several days between checks. That would allow you to take a game on holiday where a connection may not be accessible.I’m still uncertain as to whether I would invest in a Ubisoft PC game again. The connection test may have been relaxed, but there’s nothing to say it won’t return or some new measure that’s equally infuriating gets introduced in its place.last_img read more

first_imgCards Against Humanity is one of Kickstarter’s biggest early hits. It’s so popular I’m surprised people don’t refer to Apples to Apples as “tame Cards Against Humanity” instead of the the other way around. Because of this success, the company has far too much money.I should know. Full disclosure, before working for Geek.com Cards Against Humanity paid me to do exit interviews for its board game reality show Tabletop Deathmatch. But the company does more with its wealth besides enable me. At Cards Against Humanity’s first New York Comic Con panel we learned how these horrible spend their time and fortune.Let’s start with the bad. Cards Against Humanity’s Trin Garritano hosted the panel and played some video retrospectives of CAH’s recent pranks. There was PWNMEAL, extreme gamer oatmeal distributed at a recent PAX East. There was the time the company bought a private island, Hawaii 2, and gave deeds to various land chunks to fans. And of course there was the time they put actual bullshit in packaging fit for an Apple Watch.But wait, there’s more. Remember special event promotions like the Black Friday price hike or political Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton card packs that raised money for Clinton no matter what? And speaking of Trump, when conservative talk radio caught wind of the CAH Trump Bug-Out Bag, they invited CAH community lead Jenn Bane to defend the joke. The results were even funnier than the satirical(?) doomsday survival kit. We even got a behind-the-scenes video of the controversial decision to have fans vote on whether or not to cut up an original Picasso painting.Fortunately, Cards Against Humanity spends its money on more than just trolling. We saw a video featuring the first winner of CAH’s full-ride college scholarship for women pursuing STEM fields. We learned more about the company’s role in funding local podcasts through the Chicago Podcast Co-Op. And for those who don’t know, CAH’s expansive office is a co-working space for other Chicago creatives. Plus, they paid for a massive anti-Trump billboard. That’s pretty philanthropic.Unsurprisingly, the most awkward/awesome part of the evening (more awkward/awesome than the video about the Fleshlight gifts) was the part where audience members could suggest new cards for the game. Everyone got a pamphlet explaining what makes a card good or not, and you had to say the joke to the man by the mic before saying it out loud (a tactic all fan panels should use quite frankly). But it was still a recipe for disaster, especially since I was sitting right next to the mic.Shockingly, there was a fair amount of actual funny suggestions. Dildo on a boomerang. A line for the ladies room. Grab life by the (blank). To celebrate each great idea the panelists shot various things out of a t-shirt cannon like t-shirts or bread. I can’t think of a better way to end New York Comic Con 2016 than picking bits of exploded bread crumbs out of my hair at a Cards Against Humanity Panel. Until next year!last_img read more

first_imgA retrospective exhibition highlighting the musicality in Indian sculptor Dhanraj Bhagat’s work, is being showcased at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here.The exhibition titled “Dhanraj Bhagat (1917-1988): Journey from the Physical to the Spiritual” has over 400 works on display, including sketches and sculptures. “Bhagat evoked brilliantly the inner music in his take on the iconic Nataraja or Dancing Shiva, in the elongated lyrical limbs of the lord as though swaying in the tune of the music,” NGMA said in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMusic also translates in his flowing sketches of women and musicians with almost ethereal quality, it added.Born in Lahore in 1917, Bhagat, in his earlier depictions showed rural men and women involved in daily activities, inspired by what he saw around him.He later joined the Mayo School of Art, and served as the head of the sculpture department at the College of Art, New Delhi for three decades.The 1977, Padma Shri awardee, worked with mediums like clay, wood, metal or cement, and seemed to have introduced to his work a certain lyrical form. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBhagat’s style of sculpting romanticism in an objective subject took a spiritual turn in his later years. As his works began to be dominated by a minimalist geometry through which he formed strong images of monarchs, gods and celestial beings, he rendered a spiritual touch to his work.The exhibition seeks to capture the moods and styles of the artist from his initial years to the later simplified geometric forms and icons.The extensive retrospective exhibition marks the sculptor’s centenary year, and is now on display in Mumbai till August 14.last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Company News Fannie Mae FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-07-11 Ryan Schuette Share July 11, 2011 444 Views Prudential Mortgage Venture Aims for $1B in CMBScenter_img in Origination, Servicing On Friday lending giant “”Prudential Mortgage Capital Company””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml announced a joint venture with “”Perella Weinberg Partners””:http://www.pwpartners.com/ that will allow the two companies to store and originate future commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS).[IMAGE]””Participation in the re-emerging CMBS market is critical to maintaining our leadership position in the commercial mortgage arena,”” David Twardock, president of “”Prudential Mortgage””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml, said in a statement. “”This is an excellent opportunity to leverage our national origination network and expand the financing options we provide for our borrowers.””We are proud of our relationship with “”Perella Weinberg””:http://www.pwpartners.com/ and look forward to working with them through this joint venture to better meet our clients’ needs,”” he said.According to the statement, “”Prudential Mortgage””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml will originate CMBS, then warehouse and securitize the loans via the joint feature before servicing them through Prudential Asset Resources, its commercial and multifamily servicer-arm. [COLUMN_BREAK]The venture creates new access to CMBS for borrowers, skipping the need for an entirely new CMBS warehouse.The statement held that the joint venture planned to create more than $1 billion a year in fixed-rate mortgages for a plethora of commercial properties. Third parties will accept and offer CMBS to new borrowers, and applications are available through “”Prudential Mortgage””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml loan officers. “”Prudential Mortgage’s””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml Richard Flohr, Sean Beggan, and Jean Baker will oversee the endeavor with David Schiff, Billy Jacobs, and Roger Nussenblatt from “”Perella Weinberg Partners””:http://www.pwpartners.com/.””Today’s announcement reflects our continued commitment to partnering with proven teams and businesses to provide specialty finance solutions to underserved capital markets,”” said David Schiff, partner at “”Perella Weinberg Partners””:http://www.pwpartners.com/ and portfolio manager of the asset-based value strategy. “”This joint venture, which unites two like-minded credit cultures, will leverage each entity’s core competencies to bring additional liquidity to borrowers and high-quality securities, secured by conservative underwriting on quality assets, to bond investors.””According to its Web site, “”Perella Weinberg Partners””:http://www.pwpartners.com/, a financial services firm, manages over $1 billion in equity capital via through an asset-based value strategy it founded in 2008.With some $65 billion in assets and 135 years in business, “”Prudential Mortgage””:http://www3.prudential.com/businesscenter/realestate/pmcc/home/welcome.shtml is a national commercial and multifamily mortgage lender that specializes in real estate finance products for “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/, “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, and the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory.last_img read more

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