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Manitoba judge says fatal police shooting of machetewielding man was justified

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first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba provincial court judge has ruled that the fatal police shooting of a man wielding a machete in public was a justified use of force.In an inquest report, Judge Sandra Chapman says Eric Daniels ignored police warnings to drop his weapon and charged directly at one officer before being shot.Daniels died at the age of 28 on March 6, 2010.The inquest was told Daniels was intoxicated and had earlier used his machete to rob a liquor store and threaten a passenger on a transit bus.Later, Daniels confronted a family on a residential street and police were called.The inquest report says two officers in uniform gave repeated warnings to Daniels to drop the machete, but he charged at one and was shot three times.“Despite those commands, Mr. Daniels did not drop the machete and in fact quickly advanced towards the police officers, ignoring their command, with the machete raised above his head,” the report released Tuesday says.“Mr. Daniels’s very unfortunate demise was caused wholly as a result of Mr. Daniels’s actions. The officers had no option but to fire their weapons as they did.”The inquest heard from a toxicologist who testified Daniels had a high level of alcohol in his system. There was also surveillance footage of the liquor store robbery and of the confrontation on the transit bus.Inquests in Manitoba are mandatory when someone dies from the use of force by police.last_img read more

Colbie Caillat And Bella Thorne Go Red For Heart Health

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first_imgThis weekend’s star-studded Go Red For Women/The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection runway show was the first-ever collaboration of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s awareness campaign, The Heart Truth.This year’s Red Dress Collection kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City last night with notables such as Lindsey Vonn, AnnaSophia Robb, Colbie Caillat, Giada De Laurentiis, Bella Thorne and Daphne Oz showing off some of the hottest designers’ red gowns to bring awareness to the number 1 killer of women – heart disease.More than 900 fashion-forward, health-minded attendees turned out in red to support the cause. The event kicked off with Martine Reardon, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association, welcoming the audience. Star Jones, who is a heart disease survivor and an American Heart Association National Volunteer, shared her passionate heart story and introduced the premier of Go Red For Women’s new digital film, The Common Thread. Twenty-two celebrities then walked the runway in their own style – some walking, dancing, and even twirling – to make a statement in red, dressed by both world-renowned designers as well as emerging designers in the fashion incubator programs at Macy’s.Three designers, one each from The Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City and the Fashion Incubator San Francisco at Macy’s Union Square, designed a gown for the event.Macy’s also made over three heart disease survivors who donned Macy’s three benefitting red dresses from Kensie, XOXO and Calvin Klein and then sat front row for the show.last_img read more

CANADA AND GERMANY RENEW AND INCREASE BUDGET OF DIGITAL MEDIA CODEVELOPMENT AND

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Toronto, July 23, 2018 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), the body responsible for film funding and media business development in the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, announced today the renewal, for a two-year period, of their incentive for the codevelopment and coproduction of digital media projects between Canadian producers and German producers based in Berlin-Brandenburg.The total amount of funding available through the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive has been increased to approximately CAD $450,000, with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $300,000.To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organisations’ criteria. Projects will have to be created for digital platforms and can be either a game, a web series, multiplatform content, augmented reality or virtual reality experiences. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img CMF-FMC Projects will be evaluated according to a set of criteria, including innovative and creative elements, how they engage the targeted community and audience, the creative team, and the viability of the projects’ budget and timelines.As a further incentive, a delegation of Berlin and Brandenburg producers and developers from the field of digital content will visit Toronto and Montréal from 24 to 28 September 2018. The creators will participate in briefings on the digital media industry, company visits, one-on-one meetings, a co-development lab, as well as matchmaking and networking events. The aim is to bring Berlin-Brandenburg and Canadian companies together and facilitate the develpment of fruitful partnerships between them.How to applyAll applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which are available on both the CMF and MBB websites. Click here to access the guidelines. Submissions are open immediately and will close on December 4, 2018.Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and MBB. Recipients will be announced in January 2018.Finding an international partnerProducers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries. Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (BBFC), MBB’s first stop agency for film and media producers, offers the same service for the German capital region, which can be accessed by clicking here.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About Medienboard Berlin-BrandenburgMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Media Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of innovative and interactive content in the games, web, and virtual reality categories. The Film Funding division provides funding for films, serial drama and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher Thursday after string of losses

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market erased early losses to deliver a solid advance Thursday following a string of declines amid concerns about the role of central banks in supporting the economic recovery.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,277.13 +167.24 1.38%S&P 500 — 1,636.36 +23.8 1.48%Dow — 15,176.08 +180.85 1.21%Nasdaq — 3,445.37 +44.94 1.32%The S&P/TSX composite index started the day off in negative territory. But the TSX gained momentum in the afternoon to jump 167.24 points to 12,277.13 amid a stock upgrade for BlackBerry, acquisition news in the consumer sector and gains in defensive stocks that have been beaten down lately.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.45 of a cent to 98.37 cents US.U.S. indexes, which lost ground most of the week, also turned higher following positive readings on retail sales and claims for jobless benefits. The Dow Jones industrials surged 180.85 points to 15,176.08, the Nasdaq rose 44.93 points to 3,445.37 and the S&P 500 index was up 23.84 points to 1,636.36.The U.S. Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.6% in May compared with April. That’s up from a 0.1% gain the previous month and the fastest pace since February. The April gain was led by a 1.8% jump in auto sales, the biggest increase in six months.And the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000.Central bank worries have pressured markets, with the TSX having registered triple-digit slides in each of the two previous sessions.Worries about central banks have been growing ever since Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said on May 22 that the Fed might pull back on its US$85-billion-a-month bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, if economic data improves, especially hiring.The QE program has fuelled a strong rally on U.S. markets.“The markets have become more and more dependent on the steroids that the central banks across the globe are providing,” said Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“And it takes more and more now for the market to become intoxicated.”Also, Japanese media reports are saying overseas hedge funds may be dumping the country’s equities following disappointment over the Bank of Japan’s decision earlier in the week to refrain from additional monetary easing measures.Those reports helped send Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index plunging 6.4%, while the yen strengthened 1.5% against the greenback.In April, the Bank of Japan announced a massive stimulus in an attempt to get inflation up to two%. The euphoria that drove the Nikkei up to five-year highs has been followed by wild fluctuations. The index is now down about 20% from its May 23 peak, leaving the market in bear market territory.The tech sector was ran ahead 2.88% as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) improved by 83 cents to $14.70 after Societe Generale raised its rating on the stock to “buy” from “sell,” saying channel checks show the Canadian smartphone maker’s new devices are selling well.The company earlier this year introduced the Z10, which has a touch-screen, and the Q10, which targets BlackBerry loyalists with a physical keyboard.The base metals sector also ran ahead 2.88% as July copper lost four cents to US$3.18 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was up 69 cents to C$24.75.The consumer staples sector rose 2.29% after Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) and its main subsidiary, Sobeys Inc. announced Wednesday after the close that they are buying rival Canada Safeway Ltd. for $5.8 billion in cash. Empire shares jumped $7.16 or 10.59% to $74.77.Telecoms and utilities were also positive after registering sharp declines earlier in the week.Speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive/interest-rate sensitive sectors such as REITS, utilities, telecom and pipeline stocks.“It’s sort of a warning bell for interest-sensitive securities because many don’t realize how sensitive these are,” Pashootan said.“And you’re getting that enhanced yield (from those stocks) because there is the potential for volatility.”Telus Corp. (TSX:T) ran up $1.05 to $34.72 while Algonquin Power & Utilities rose 27 cents to $7.51.Financials gained 1.56% while TD Bank (TSX:TD) climbed $1.42 to $82.24.The energy sector was ahead one% as the better than expected U.S. economic data helped push the July crude oil contract up 81 cents to US$96.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was 48 cents higher at C$29.48.The gold sector was the weakest advancer, up about 0.35% as August bullion on the Nymex fell $14.20 to US$1,377.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 27 cents to C$28.92.In other corporate news, shares in Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) ran up 73 cents or 13.75% to $6.04 as the travel company posted a net loss of $22.8 million or 59 cents per share in the quarter ended April 30. On an adjusted after-tax basis, Transat lost $1.43 million or four cents per share, which was far better than the 26 cents per share loss estimated by analysts.Shares in Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B) dropped $3.37 or 8.69% to $35.40 as the company warned that earnings from its recreational unit will be weaker than expected. The Montreal-based company cited wet weather which has slowed bicycle sales.Here’s what investors were watching today Tokyo tanks, world stocks plunge as global rout picks up speedToronto’s overbuilt condo market puts whole economy at risk: BoCSobeys parent to buy ‘big prize’ Safeway Canada for $5.8BIt finally comes out! Elite traders are getting access to data before everyone elseTransat shares soar on expectations of profit later this yearON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales and orders: (April): Economists expect 0.3% rise UNITED STATES8:30 p.m.Current Account (Q1): Economists expect US$110.8-billion deficit Producer price index (May): Economists expect 0.1% rise from month before, 1.4% year over year 9:15 a.m.Industrial production and capacity utilization: Economists expect 0.2% rise in production, 77.8% capacity 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 84.5 read more

Five Cambodians jailed for stealing relics from Lanka

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A Cambodian court has sentenced five men to seven years in jail each for stealing a golden urn said to contain relics of Buddha brought from Sri Lanka.The disappearance of the urn believed to contain hair, teeth and bones of Buddha and several small statues came to light in late 2013, sparking a nationwide manhunt in the Buddhist- majority country, the AFP news agency reported. Yesterday the court in Kandal province, where the theft took place, found five men including four guards at the shrine guilty of stealing the urn along with the relics.Judge Say Samphors Serey sentenced each of the men to seven years in prison for “stealing items of Buddhist worship.” Several people were arrested in connection with the theft. Authorities recovered the urn and the relics during a raid in February 2014 at a house in the southern province of Takeo, around 130 kilometers away from the shrine in the city of Udong. A sixth man was acquitted. The relics are believed to have been brought from Sri Lanka to Cambodia in the 1950s to celebrate 2,500 years since the birth of the Buddha. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Alaska singleuse plastic ban to be enforced in Anchorage

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska city officials have organized the rollout of a single-use plastic bag ban in an effort to reduce litter and waste.The Anchorage Daily News reported that the ban is scheduled to take effect Sept. 15 in Anchorage.Officials say the Anchorage Assembly approved the ordinance in August 2018 banning commercial businesses including restaurants from legally handing out disposable plastic bags.City officials say the original rollout date was scheduled for March 1, but it was delayed because business owners had large stockpiles of plastic bags to use.Officials say businesses can offer a paper bag but must charge the customer from a minimum of 10 cents to a maximum of 50 cents.Officials say an exception includes bags used for produce, meat or bulk items at grocery stores.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

Belgian region rejects deadline to sign EUCanada deal

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Belgian region rejects deadline to sign EU-Canada deal by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 19, 2016 4:29 am MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – The head of Belgium’s small Wallonia region is rejecting a Friday deadline to sign up to a huge trade deal between Canada and the European Union, demanding a full renegotiation that could bring the whole transatlantic agreement down.Wallonia President Paul Magnette said Wednesday that “we cannot sign by Friday,” when a two-day summit of EU government leaders is to end. It was set as a target day to get the last of the 28 EU nations on board.Belgium can only back the deal if its regions, including Wallonia, approve it. Without unanimity among EU nations, the deal will collapse.Magnette told TV network RTBF that despite progress over the past few days “it is insufficient. And you cannot say now: ‘you have 3 days to accept.”His statement further clouds the fate of the so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Wallonia — a francophone southern region in Belgium — has expressed concerns the deal could erode labour, environmental and consumer regulations.Canadian European trade envoy Pierre Pettigrew told the Montreal Board of Trade on Tuesday that he remains hopeful the agreement will be approved later this week, despite snags that have stalled a critical vote on the deal.Pettigrew — who was dispatched to meet with Magnette last week — said Canada has done everything it could to address any concerns within the EU, and now the ball is in its court.“We have worked very hard in the last few months to bring reassurances that we in Canada share those same progressive views,” Pettigrew said.EU nations were scheduled to vote on the deal Tuesday, but that was delayed after Magnette raised objections, saying he needs a few more days.Pettigrew said the vote could happen as early as Thursday, when EU leaders kick off a two-day summit.Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, who is no stranger to trade deals given his role as one of the architects of NAFTA, appeared unfazed by the dispute.“Every once in a while you run into a hiccup in these things,” said Mulroney, who also spoke before the Montreal Board of Trade. “This is a hiccup, but I don’t think it’s going to derail such an important negotiation.”International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada has made significant changes to the deal and remains “cautiously optimistic” that it will receive European approval.“I am both hopeful and I also hope that Europe and Europeans can come together to make this decision, which is the right one for Canada and for Europe,” she said in Ottawa.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to fly to Brussels next week to sign the agreement should it be unanimously approved by the EU.— With files from The Associated Press read more

UK says it may seek temporary customs union with EU

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by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 3:07 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Britain on Tuesday gave its most detailed indication yet of how its future trade with the European Union might work after Brexit, laying out proposals to replace membership in the bloc’s customs union with new mechanisms designed to allow “frictionless” trade to continue.The plans were dismissed as “a fantasy” by one senior EU official. And anti-Brexit campaigners in Britain said they would merely replace EU regulations with new ones that could be even more onerous.The Department for Exiting the European Union said there could be “a temporary customs union between the U.K. and the EU” to avoid border chaos when Britain officially leaves the bloc in March 2019.Brexit Secretary David Davis said the transition period could last about two years.In the long term, the department said, a “customs partnership” could eliminate the need for a border for goods travelling between Britain and the EU. The partnership would see Britain impose the exact same requirements as the EU on goods from outside the bloc destined for member states.Alternately, it suggested “a highly streamlined customs arrangement” could be set up, using technology to ease border procedures.The proposals drew a cool response from Brussels.“To be in & out of the Customs Union & ‘invisible borders’ is a fantasy,” tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator.Some British businesses have accused the government of being vague about whether there will be economic barriers with the EU after Brexit. The persistent uncertainty — 14 months after Britain voted to leave the EU — is weighing on the economy.Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Treasury chief Philip Hammond wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that in 2019 Britain will leave both the EU’s single market in goods and services and its customs union.The single market ensures tariff-less trade in goods and services and is linked closely by the EU with other rights, such as the right of EU citizens to cross borders. The customs union allows goods to move within the EU without checks, but also imposes tariffs on imports from outside the EU. That would prevent Britain striking new free trade deals while it remains inside the arrangement.The British proposal says the U.K. should be free to negotiate new trade relationships during the transition period, something EU officials are likely to find problematic.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who favours Britain’s staying in the single market and customs union, accused the government on Twitter of having a “daft ‘have cake and eat it’ approach” to Brexit.Pro-EU Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna said the proposals “are offering a red tape bombshell for British business.”The customs proposals are the first in a series of papers covering thorny issues in the negotiations, which are due to resume in Brussels at the end of this month. Another, on the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, is due to be published this week.The European Commission said it took note of Britain’s suggestions, “but we will only address them once we have made sufficient progress on the terms of the orderly withdrawal” from the bloc.The EU says negotiations on its future relations with Britain can’t start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the U.K. will have to pay to settle its outstanding commitments to the bloc; whether security checks and customs duties will be instituted on the Irish border; and the status of 3 million EU nationals living in Britain.Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, tweeted that the quicker the two sides “agree on citizens, settling accounts and Ireland, the quicker we can discuss customs & future relationship.” UK says it may seek ‘temporary’ customs union with EU read more

Davor Dominikovic to HSV Handball

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French hand-planet.com writes that experienced Croatian defensive specialist, Davor Dominikovic (35) has signed one year contract with EHF CL winner, HSV  Handball. Former player of many TOP teams as C.O Zagreb, Metkovic, F.C Barcelona (won EHF CL 2005), Portland San Antonio and THW Kiel, finished his deal with French Ivry a year before the end of contract by mutual agreement. Dominikovic, who won the WCh and Olympic Gold (2003 and 2004) with Croatia, is going to keep Croatian colony after Igor Vori left the team. Blazenko Lackovic and Domagoj Duvnjak are still in HSV… Davor Dominikovichsv handball transferivry handball ← Previous Story Danijel Saric denies deal with Qatar Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Last weekend, last 6 tickets for Denmark! read more

Baltic Handball League Three teams qualify for Final4

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← Previous Story Simon Razgor extends deal at Meshkov Brest Next Story → Austrian Cup: Third league team Graz take Bregenz scalp Baltic Handball League The composition of the 2015/16 BHL season’s Final Four is becoming clearer, so far there are three teams from three different countries qualified. Last weekend Cocks Riihimäki and Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas secured their places in the final tournament, both by eliminating Estonian clubs.The remaining place in the Final Four will be decided next Saturday and it promises to be a tight affair, as Dragunas Klaipeda and Serviti Põlva settled for a 27-27 draw in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.Cocks used the advantage wiselyCocks took a four-goal lead over HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper from the opening match to their home and as it was the first and only BHL game on Finnish soil this season, were determined not to let the lead slip. Finnish champion played strongly and led already at half-time by 19-11. Kehra was without left-handed backs Marko Slastinovski and Kaupo Liiva, in addition they suffered another set-back, when playmaker Uku-Tanel Laast got injured.Nevertheless, the Estonians did not give up fighting and some younger players stepped up, like Siimo Tänavots, who scored 7 goals. Cocks however kept their distance and never let Kehra too close, winning eventually by 32-24. Nico Rönnberg was the top scorer of the match with 8 goals.“The match started very well for us and it somehow felt Kehra did not believe in themselves,” commented Cocks head coach Kaj Kekki. “Obviously losing three key players did not make it any easier for the Estonians. Meanwhile, all went smoothly for us and I even managed to give a rest day to Andreas Rönnberg, who is still on his way back from a long injury break.”Cocks’ semi-final opponent in the Final Four will be Granitas. “This is a surprise,” admitted Kekki. “Prior to the season I would have predicted Kehra and Serviti qualifying to the Final Four and from this pair I did not expect Granitas to come through. But perhaps it gives more color to the finals.”Twisted logic: Viljandi wins, but losesOn Sunday, Viljandi HC hosted Granitas-Gaja-Karys Kaunas, a team they beat in last season’s Baltic Challenge League’s third place match. The Lithuanians had a four-goal advantage from the first leg (30-26) and they got a dream start in Viljandi – with eight minutes played the visitors were 6-0 ahead!Shocked hosts did not panic and fought back, at half-time it was already 13-11 to Viljandi. However, feeling the pressure they could not break away, instead Granitas kept cool and was suddenly 22-21 ahead.Viljandi made a final attempt scoring four unanswered goals and at the start of the final minute knew that one more goal would give them necessary four-goal lead. That was not to happen – Granitas lost 23-25, but qualified for the Final Four. Karl Toom for Viljandi and Deivydas Virbauskas for Granitas, both scored 7 goals.Granitas director Algis Mikučionis was obviously very happy with the outcome: “This is very very important for the club! In many areas – sportively, politically, financially. It’s not easy in Kaunas, when basketball and Žalgiris are the clear number one in everyone’s mind. These achievements hopefully will draw more attention to handball as well.”“I believe we were better prepared mentally for this quarter-final,” added Mikučionis. “The start of the match with a 6-0 lead confirms this. We concentrated on our own game and although there were some tough moments, we managed to come out on top in this equal pair.”All square in the last quarter-finalThe battle for the last Final Four place got underway on Sunday, when Serviti Põlva travelled to Klaipeda to play local Dragunas in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Teams knowing each other well and arguably quite equal opponents produced exactly what was expected – an even match, which ended in a 27-27 draw!Hosts were leading most of the match and in the second half often by 4-5 goals. When the last ten minutes started, Dragunas was ahead 25-21. Serviti did not want to lose and fought back to get an away draw, which might give the Estonian champion little advantage with the second leg being played in Põlva.“Maybe the advantage is 51-49,” commented Serviti’s head coach Kalmer Musting. “I have to praise my goalkeeper Eston Varusk, who was excellent, making 23 saves. Our wingers Kristjan Muuga and Henri Sillaste were also good, team defence worked, but the overall attacking picture I am not happy about.”“It is definitely going to be a tight affair next Saturday in Põlva,” added Musting. “We played Dragunas in EHF Cup in autumn, but I believe both teams are a bit stronger now and really on quite equal level. I hope we can use the home ground to our advantage.”Dragunas’ head coach Arturas Juškenas agreed with Musting and admitted is was a very even game. “We did have the lead most of the match, but even when were five goals up in the second half, it was a good battle. We took the pace off and were trying to keep the advantage, but in this situation our young players started missing shots and our own mistakes eventually led to a draw,” explained Juškenas.“Now it will be very tough, but I am hoping it will be similarly equal game in Põlva next Saturday and then everything is possible,” believed Juškenas. “All starts from zero and if in an even match our opponents can climb back from five-goal deficit, we can do it as well when needed.” read more

Google weaves storytelling AI and 3D imagery to create stunning new Earth

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first_imgThere is also a newly installed “Feeling Lucky?” feature for people who want to let the software suggest hidden gems such as Pemba Island off the Swahili coast or the Oodaira Hot Spring in Yamagata, Japan.People can choose to fly around the world in Earth, using a 3-D button to see the Grand Canyon, chateaux of the Loire Valley and other stunning spots from any angles they wish.“Because we’re doing a lot of the computing in the cloud, it allows you to have Google Earth right on your phone, so you can literally carry the whole world in your pocket,” Earth product manager Gopal Shah told AFP at the New York launch.“The new version of Google Earth is really about education, it’s really about immersing yourself in places you haven’t been before to get a little bit of an exposure,” he added.Online explorers cruising the mobile version of Earth can also capture pictures on their travels, sending friends digital postcards.New Earth was launched on Google’s Chrome and Android software, with versions tailored for Apple devices and other internet browsing software promised soon.It’s the first time that Earth can be reached on a web browser instead of through applications installed on devices.The move allows Google to tap into more powerful computing power at data centers in the internet “cloud” instead of relying on the capabilities of smartphones and other devices.© – AFP, 2017Read: New wireless cameras to revolutionise care of premature babiesRead: Here’s what you need to know about Eir’s record fine from the telecoms watchdog Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 10:31 PM Google weaves storytelling, AI and 3D imagery to create ‘stunning’ new Earth app “You can literally carry the whole world in your pocket,” said Google’s Gopal Shah. 15,650 Views Share Tweet Email5 Apr 18th 2017, 10:31 PM http://jrnl.ie/3346201 center_img 11 Comments Short URL Source: Google/YouTubeGOOGLE HAS LAUNCHED a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.“This is our gift to the world,” Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP an early look at the new version of the program that lets people range the planet from the comfort of their computers, smartphones or tablets.“It’s a product that speaks to our deepest values around education and making information available to people.”A new ‘Voyager’ feature enables people digitally exploring the planet to be guided on interactive stories told by experts, boasting partners including BBC Earth, NASA, Sesame Street, and the Jane Goodall Institute.Google artificial intelligence will be put to work for Earth users in the form of “knowledge cards” that let them dive deeper into online information about mountains, countries, landmarks or other places being virtually visited.It will also make suggestions on other locations armchair explorers might be interested in based on what they have searched in the past.“This is the first time we have done this deep integration with the Google Knowledge Graph,” Earth engineering manager Sean Askay said.Everything Google knows about the world, you can know about the world. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

PDM says no victimization of Civil Service

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 17, 2016 – The PDM Leader is confident that her party will win the next General Election, and on the heels of expressing as much at a press conference held at the party headquarters in Provo on Wednesday, Magnetic Media asked Sharlene Robinson if the PDM were to be elected to serve, how would they work with Permanent Secretaries and other government staff who currently work with the Rufus Ewing, PNP Administration.“We are the people’s party, and we don’t’ engage in that level of pettiness, and we want to ensure every civil servant, that you will have a friend as you have had, in the opposition, regardless of who you were, we represented you on issues, you will have a friend and an ally in the People’s Democratic Movement and you must not believe the lies that are out there.  So the transition for us, we expect a very smooth transition, we expect to set firm policies and despite what this government and all of its whining say, civil servants are required to carry out policies of government, they are only able to direct the course when there are no policies.  So that is the law, and we will set firm policies, that we will join together with technocrats and make sure they are practical.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

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first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil. The moratorium won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state. While the six-month moratorium was straightforward — a public hearing will be Oct. 20, and it will expire March 10, 2015, unless extended by the council — a last-minute filing muddied the issue.The special council meeting was announced Wednesday in accordance with a state law requiring 24-hour public notice. It was meant to head off plans by NuStar Energy L.P. of San Antonio to apply to start storing crude oil at its two bulk tank terminals in Vancouver, one at the port and one at 5420 Fruit Valley Road. At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a preliminary application was filed by NuStar with the city, said Brent Boger, an assistant city attorney.Boger said he doesn’t know whether a pre-application qualifies the project as vested, and therefore exempt from the moratorium.A pre-application signals interest to do a project in the city. During a pre-application conference, the applicant learns what the city would require before permits would be issued so the applicant can decide whether to go forward with an application.Without a moratorium, NuStar would be allowed to store crude oil under current city zoning, Boger said. Jon Wagner, a senior planner, told the council he hadn’t had enough time to thoroughly review the thick packet submitted by NuStar. NuStar has handled jet fuel, antifreeze, diesel, methanol and other products at its Vancouver terminals, but not crude oil. In April, NuStar submitted an application for an air quality permit with the Southwest Clean Air Agency to convert a tank at each of its locations to handle crude oil.last_img read more

Walker appoints former Attorney General to Permanent Fund Corporations board

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first_imgGov. Bill Walker, right, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott listen to Attorney General Craig Richards as he presents information to lawmakers at a Q&A session with the Governor and key cabinet members to discuss legislator’s plans for reorganizing the Permanent Fund, April 20, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)A man who helped craft a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to fund state government, has been appointed to the Permanent Fund Corporation’s board.Listen nowGov. Bill Walker appointed Craig Richards to the board on Dec. 28.The board is responsible for setting policy for the corporation. Board members are appointed by the governor. With Richards’ appointment, five of its six members are Walker appointees.Richards is currently the vice president and general counsel for the Bering Straits Native Corporation. He was also the state’s Attorney General until June of 2016 when he abruptly resigned that post.Walker credits Richards with helping to develop the Permanent Fund Protection Act. That proposal is currently in front of the legislature. It would use Permanent Fund earnings to fund state government and cap the dividend program.Richards was previously on the Permanent Fund Corporation board from 2015 to 2016.He will take over the seat that was held by Larry Cash.last_img read more

State Electricity Board Employees Union takes up initiative to ensure better services

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first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Board Employees’ Union (WBSEBEU) which is affiliated to the INTTUC, has come up with a unique idea of deploying people who will visit 1.88 crore households across the state, who are the consumers of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL).WBSEBEU has issued a circular saying that two persons will be engaged who will visit every household availing electricity from WBSEDCL. They will accompany the person who will be visiting the consumers while taking the meter reading from the houses. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe two persons deployed by WBSEBEU will ask the consumers if they have been facing any inconveniences while availing electricity. If the consumers are found facing any problem related to the electric meter, the matter would be resolved at the spot. If, however, the problem cannot be resolved at the spot, the issue may be taken up with the divisional engineers. Arijit Dutta, General Secretary of the West Bengal State Electricity Board Employees’ Union, said: “Two persons who will be accompanying the meter readers will take stock of various other development schemes run by the Mamata Banerjee government in the state. They will take feedback from the customers to know if they have been facing any difficulties while availing the benefits of various state government-run schemes. Our employees will also fill up a feedback form and deliver them to our officials. The issues would be taken up with our union leaders so that the matter can be addressed.”last_img read more

Popes stance leaks calls for urgent action on environment

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The Millennial Mindset

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first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features There’s a lot of conversation going on around millennial homebuyers. And why not? They represent the single largest buying pool of any generation. The population of 26- and 27-year-old adults is more than any other age band. Yet, lenders often find it difficult to reach out to this generation, who are still wary of taking the plunge into homeownership. Why aren’t more millennials owning homes and what can be done to reach out to them more effectively? Experts from the lending industry answered these pressing questions during an MReport webinar titled “Hottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching Millennials” sponsored by Ellie Mae.Many millennials consider student debt to be their biggest barrier towards homeownership. A recent Urban Institute research study that looked at millennial homebuyer trends suggested that the rate of homeownership among millennials is lower compared to the previous generations because of their inability to save for a down payment thanks to the student loan debt they accumulated in the pursuit of higher education. So, what is the likelihood of a millennial who has a student loan debt of buying a home?Homeownership and Student DebtA study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that young Americans with a bachelor’s degree or higher with no student loan debt accounted for 40 percent becoming homeowners by the age of 30. For those with a bachelor’s degree or higher with student loan debt the likelihood of homeownership by 30 dropped to 33 percent, an associate’s degree with no student loan debt to 31 percent, an associate’s degree with student loan debt to 24 percent, and finally those with no college checked in at 22 percent.“This data suggests that instead of being held down by student debt, furthering their education and getting a degree will go a long way in the probability of millennials becoming homeowners,” said Kathy Cummings, SVP, Bank of America.Illustrating her point with an example from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data that demonstrated the earnings based on education level and the corresponding unemployment rate, Cummings said that a bachelor’s degree provided $24,000 more per year compared to a high school diploma. “so even with $50,000 in student loan debt, you’ll get an additional $17,600 per year—and that’s a lot of buying power.”Homebuying and MortgagesWhen millennials do eventually decide to buy a home, several factors will impact that decision. The annual Borrower Insight Survey by Ellie Mae found that for most millennials the biggest consideration to buying a home was family formation. But that can take some time.There’s evidence that shows millennials are waiting longer to get married and have children which could explain why they have taken a bit longer to enter the home buyingmarket. A study by eHarmony found that American couples aged 25 to 34 knew each other for an average of six-and-a half years before marrying, compared to the average of five years for every other age group. “You may not trust eHarmony as the analytical resource going forward, but their results accurately reflect a consistent trend towards later marriages documented later by the U.S. Census,” said Jonas Moe, EVP, Market Strategy, Ellie Mae. “The dynamic of the changing family whether it be marriage or kids, is a huge driving factor into why both millennials and Gen Xers choose to buy a house.”Most of these aspiring buyers, a survey by Fannie Mae found, are also young American renters, who are looking to upgrade from leasing to owning. “Young renters in our surveys continue to aspire to own,” said Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Over 90 percent of renters surveyed said that they expected to own a home at some point in the future.”What concerns them though, Palim said, was having sufficient credit scores, having saved up enough money for a down payment, and the ability to actually carry debt. “The millennial segment still holds a dated belief that a first-time homebuyer needs 20 percent down payment. In many cases, they’re putting 20 percent down or even more,” said Jorge Davila, VP, Direct Lending, Flagstar Bank. “The lack of understanding of the payment assistance options available in the market for them is preventing millennials in many cases from being able to get into the housing market.”Despite these concerns, when they’re looking for information on the mortgage process, younger buyers often turn to mortgage lenders as a trusted source of information. “Given everything we went through with the housing crisis and the negative publicity about the industry at that time, it’s actually encouraging to see that for young buyers, mortgage lenders, along with realtors, are the two dominant sources of information that they trust to get advice about how they’re paying the mortgage and what’s required to qualify,” Palim said, adding that this was an aspect that lenders could use to reach out more effectively to millennials.Millennial ExpectationsDespite this trust, there exists a gap between what millennials expect from the homebuying process and what lenders are currently giving them. According to Marion McDougall, EVP, Chief Loan Administration Officer, Caliber Home Loans, millennials are investigators of options and use micro-moments to explore homeownership, preferring a balance of self-service and personal service.“They have strong expectations of what should be available at the touch of a button. If they get stuck or have a question and need a lender’s help, they want to engage in a manner of their choosing, whether that’s text, chat, IVR, or co-browsing with an agent,” McDougall explained. “Millennials expect the lender with whom they’re engaging, to deliver personalized options and insights, and they want to do all of this while they’re in line at the grocery store, getting their car washed, or picking up their kids.”“Although they do like automation when it makes their lives easier, many millennials, like baby boomers, also insist on being able to speak to a live person to get their questions answered,” Cummings said. “The ability to transition from a digital application mid-process to speaking to a lending officer to get questions answered, a.k.a., the omnichannel high-tech, high-touch experience, is key to delivering the solution clients want.”A recent eBook on the digital mortgage experience published by Ellie Mae also cleared some misconceptions about millennials and digital mortgages. It said that borrowers wanted a mortgage experience that combined speed, convenience, and security with personal interactions that are reassuring and convenient. “This means that a digital mortgage has to be more than just an online application,” the eBook said.Looking at the most important aspect for millennials when they applied for a mortgage loan online, Moe said that young Americans ranked security as the most important factor. When asked what needed to be improved, millennials ranked more face-to-face interaction as the second highest factor in improving their application process. “Although millennials may have grown up as digital natives, we need to realize that they face the same core challenge that every other generation has faced in terms of homeownership. This is the biggest transaction of their lifetime, and while technology and automation are key to creating a great experience, we can’t lose sight of the human experience,” Moe said.When it comes to the type of loans that millennials prefer, the Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker found that over 62 percent of all loans done by millennials were done using conventional loan programs, 24 percent took advantage of FHA programs, and less than 10 percent took advantage of VA programs. “There may still be some education opportunity in the market, in general, as we try to allow future homebuyers, like millennials, to understand the benefits of FHA programs and, for our young veterans coming back, the benefits of VA programs. But conventional loan types seem to be the focus for millennial homebuyers,” Moe said.According to Davila, lenders must help millennials understand these various loan options to help them overcome their concerns over down payment. “It is time for us to really get behind USDA, FHA, VA, and other nontraditional products that are available right now that will help those millennials get into their first house,” he said.Filling the GapsDespite the growing impact of millennials in homebuying across the country, there remains a gap in the perspectives and process as far as lending to them is concerned. One of those gaps, according to Palim, is the diversity in the job profiles of millennial borrowers.A recent Fannie Mae study found that 16 percent of borrowers it surveyed had participated in the gig economy, with that rate for younger borrowers approaching 25 percent. “When you think about a younger consumer coming in with that more diverse source of income, there’s a recognized gap for lenders, where it’s hard for lenders to document a full two years of income, or have all the information they need around it,” Palim said. “For the lenders that do find ways to better record and capture this information and make buyers comfortable about revealing it; I think that could be a nice differentiator.”Millennials today are leveraging a broad array of information and communication paths. “Most lenders have not embraced this personalization of process,” McDougall said. “We are still predominately leveraging leads from traditional sources with an expectation of beginning a 40-day process along the normal path of purchase. Millennials follow a different path of homeownership. Each path is as unique as the millennial and their personal preferences and degree of investigation.”Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently surveyed 1,600 mortgage consumers, and more than 60 percent of respondents said that online digital tools were important to their ultimate satisfaction. Yet, McDougall said that lenders were behind other industries in meeting these expectations. “The user experience is sometimes degraded because we’ve not spent enough time in translating content that was previously presented on paper documents,” McDougall said. The result was weighty websites and a clunky user experience in what should be a streamlined digital view and flow.Speaking of digital solutions available for clients, Cummings explained that there were many benefits to having a digital experience available, including auto-populating application data for existing clients. “Think of financial applications like mint. com that compile information from various sources quickly and seamlessly, eliminating the physical paper trail of bank statements, loan records, credit card information, and the subsequent paper chase that occurs to get these documents into the hands of the underwriter. Automation results in delivering what our Bank of America consumer lending executive classifies as an exquisite client experience. In many cases, clients may be able to receive a sameday conditional approval, so they can go shopping for what they really want to shop for, a home,” Cummings said.While they are very comfortable working with different technologies and interacting with automated gadgets, millennials still need someone to help them through the process, according to Davila. “When they are working with a mortgage company, millennials look for technology-enabled processes and digital integrated service, as well as someone that provides honest and transparent communication, professional expertise, and information,” Davila said. “They want that expert who will take that loan, run with it, and close it with minimal issues quickly, and without many challenges.”The key then to increase the interactions between lenders and millennial homebuyers, according to both McDougall and Davila, is education. Lenders continue to leverage traditional methods to win customers and communicate with them over the life of the mortgage, which, McDougall feels, merely invite millennials into the lender’s process. But to truly connect, lenders must invest equally in researching and communicating with millennials where they spend their time.“This is where they’re getting their information and establishing relationships. We should figure out how to be in these spaces with them not in a bothersome way, but communicating and building a relationship while they originate and service their mortgage,” McDougall said. “We must recognize and begin to anticipate a better process that can be high touch, and highly satisfying for our customers, even if it leverages digital interactions in an omnichannel way.”Davila agrees. “When you look at a client experience for that first homebuyer, lenders must make sure that they provide a holistic approach and understand the importance of the omnichannel,” he said. “Being able to interact with the customer when they want, how they want it, and to make that transition seamless between channels is key to elevate the borrowing experience.”At the end of the day, McDougall said, a more digital experience and the process would help every generation take advantage of what is out there. “Ultimately, we want to be their go-to, on-demand homeownership pro, their advocate, a trusted source of truth that anticipates, informs, listens, educates, and resolves.” Editor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the October issue of MReport. 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Nice France from £29 return Some good deals for

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first_imgNice, France (from £29 return)Some good deals for the capital of the French Riviera at the moment. This is the great summer or autumn destination if you’re looking for sea, sand and sophistication, with splendid dining, dozens of excellent museums and galleries, and of course – the beach!Find cheap flights to Nice from 25 UK airports including London airports, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh.Innsbruck, Austria (from £43 return)If you’re looking for an active break, Innsbruck is a great choice. Capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, this charming gem offers outdoor fun and lively nightlife. Surrounded by mountains, there’s hiking and biking on offer and after any excursion you can enjoy a cool Austrian beer and glass of Austrian wine at a restaurant by the blue green river.Find cheap flights to Innsbruck from London Gatwick, Liverpool and Bristol.Faro, Portugal (from £27 return)One of Europe’s most popular summer destinations, Faro is the capital of the Algarve region which boasts over 300 days of sunshine and over 100 sandy beaches. The Algarve offer a diverse range of holiday types; family friendly beach resorts, lively nightlife for party-hungry hedonists and romantic restaurants for amorous couples.Find cheap flights to Faro from 25 UK airports including London airports, Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool, East Midlands, Glasgow and Cardiff.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations. RelatedBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Faro | BudapestBargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Faro | BudapestBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | Amsterdamlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form. Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:The EU Commissioner for the Environment visits Cyprus;The Education Minister inaugurates a unique exhibition;We talk about health: anti microbial resistance and childhood obesityFind out why the Ambassador of Georgia is supporting rugby in CyprusFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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