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Minimum wages jump in Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Oct 1

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first_imgEDMONTON – Minimum wage across the Prairies is going up, with raises in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba set to take effect Monday.Alberta’s hike in the minimum hourly rate is the highest, where the current $13.60 an hour will rise to $15 _ becoming the highest minimum wage in the country.In Manitoba, the minimum hourly wage will climb 20 cents from $11.10 to $11.35.Saskatchewan’s lowest-wage earners will see the smallest raise, with the minimum pay rising 10 cents from $10.96 to $11.06 an hour.Alberta’s NDP government has raised the minimum wage every year from $10.20 an hour when they were elected in 2015.Manitoba says this year’s increase is based on the province’sinflation  rate in 2017, while Saskatchewan says its minimum wage is also indexed based on inflation, as well as the average hourly wage for Saskatchewan.last_img read more

THE ROOKIE Premiere Episode in Review

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first_imgIn advance of next week’s episode, catch up on some hometown love for THE ROOKIE in an Edmonton Journal story by Liane Faulder, who explores “the art of reinvention” parallels between character John Nolan and Fillion’s latest role.Nathan Fillion autographs a CTV poster during a junket at Bell Media headquarters with his personal message: “Who’s The Rookie now? Still me.”ICYMI – to catch up on the first episode of THE ROOKIE this weekend head to CTV.ca and the CTV app in advance of the second episode, airing Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET /8 p.m. MT. With this week’s series’ premiere described in a story by The Globe and Mailtelevision critic John Doyle as “flawless”; and [a drama that] “promises so much, with a likeable male lead and a story line that oozes charm,” CTV’s new fall cop drama THE ROOKIE is one to watch on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET /8 p.m. MT on CTV and the CTV app.Starring Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion (CASTLE), the series kicked off with an action-packed episode introducing viewers to John Nolan, a recent divorcee who joins the LAPD as a 40-year old rookie cop looking for a second chance.After 25 years in the television business, Fillion is definitely no rookie, but pokes fun at the longevity of his character John Nolan – while showcasing his “trailer voiceover” skills – in a recent Instagram post, saying “How far would you go before you ran out of breath? For this rookie, the answer may be shorter than you think.” This video offers a glimpse at the talent, tongue-in-cheek humour, and charm that have made Fillion a television star. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AFN kept oil pipelines resolution from vote over terrorism concerns Manitoba chief

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first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA resolution from Manitoba chiefs calling for “action on oil pipelines” was kept from a vote during the special chiefs assembly in Ottawa last week because a lawyer for the Assembly of First Nations determined it could be interpreted as “terrorism,” according to the chief who proposed the resolution.Waywayseecappo First Nation Chief Murray Clearsky said he was told the resolution had to be substantially changed for it to proceed.“That is what they called it,” said Clearsky, in a telephone interview Monday. “(They said) it is geared more toward terrorism. They were calling me a terrorist. They watered it down to fit whatever their need was and I said, ‘don’t bother.’”The resolution called on the AFN to back planned action by Manitoba chiefs against existing oil pipelines in June and to also create a planning committee to deal with media relations, legal advice and security issues.The action against the pipelines would include blocking access routes to pipeline stations.The resolution stated that Canada’s failure to live up to its end of the treaties had nullified its “legal right to access the property of the rightful Indigenous owners.”The resolution also stated that Canada had “no legal access to resources” in territories where treaties have yet to be signed.Clearsky, who was acting grand chief of Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization during the Ottawa meeting, said he spoke to the AFN’s regional chief for Manitoba Bill Traverse on Thursday who told him the resolution was extremely problematic.“(Traverse) said it didn’t go through due to the fact that it was related too much to being terrorism,” said Clearsky.Traverse could not be reached for comment.The AFN could not be reached for comment.Clearsky said he understood the AFN’s queasiness over the resolution because the organization depends almost totally on government funding to survive.“As I stated that day to the AFN chief, I know it’s hard for (the AFN) to follow through on stuff like this because the government is giving (the AFN) money to run your programs and keep you guys alive,” said Clearsky, whose Ojibway community is part of Treaty 4. “Years ago, we used to protest…today we just sit back and go with the flow…we should be getting louder.”Clearsky said the oil pipeline was only used as an example. He said blockades could also hit highways, railways and airports.“Whatever you can do to slow business down, to make our points so the government will hear us,” said he said.The resolution first surfaced on Wednesday, a day of heated words triggered by the crisis in Attawapiskat.Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson was given the microphone by Clearsky to explain the resolution.Nelson said there were also planned actions in Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as several U.S. states.“The chiefs in Manitoba have been listening and they hear very clearly we have to take action,” said Nelson, at the time. “In June, we are going to have continuous, ongoing demonstration action on the pipelines, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, to sit on those pipelines until this government comes to their goddamn senses.”Several chiefs also marched to the doors of Parliament Hill that day, stopping traffic along the way.The RCMP was called to intervene and, after a brief back-and-forth, the chiefs and their supporters left the Hill.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who participated in the march, told an RCMP officer that it was the “beginning.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to meet with a delegation of First Nations leaders on Jan. 24.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Sexual exploitation and gender violence at issue for National MMIWG inquiry in

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first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding its final public hearings starting Monday in St. John’s, NL.This weeks focus will be on sexual exploitation and gender violence.After the inquiry will hold two sessions for final submissions and then get to work writing the final report that is due in 2019.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img

RCMP set up exclusion zones for public and media as raid on

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first_imgGidtimt’en check point sign. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNAPTN NewsThe RCMP are setting up exclusion zones and closed roads to the public and media as officers get set to dismantle two camps on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.“During the police enforcement operation, temporary exclusion zones and road closures will be established for police and public safety reasons,” said the news release sent out Monday morning that confirmed the RCMP will enforce a court order requested by a pipeline company trying to build a pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory.“Those areas will be clearly marked and media/public are welcome to stand at the perimeter, but no one will be allowed to enter the exclusion zones. These zones will only be maintained as long as necessary.”See full statement here: What to expect during the police enforcement of court ordered injunction in Houston, BCThe raids have been highly anticipated after a B.C. judge granted an interim injunction in December against two check points leading to the construction site for the LNG Coastal GasLink pipeline.The Unist’ot’en camp closed access to its site across the Morice River in 2010.Since then, workers for Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., have been refused access to the construction site the company claims is a kilometre from the Unist’ot’en camp, where a number of buildings sit.After the court injunction was granted, members of the Gidmit’en clan set up a check point and camp on the same access road but in their portion of the Wet’suwet’en territory.The injunction was then amended to include that area, about 20 kilometres away from the Unist’ot’en camp.It’s not clear how many RCMP officers are involved in the raids but some reports on social media claim 30 police vehicles are involved.“The local residents and the motoring public may be inconvenienced during the injunction enforcement period as pedestrians and vehicles will not be allowed to enter any temporary exclusion zones,” said the RCMP release.“We will have officers stationed at publicly accessible roads within the exclusion zones who can assist with any concerns or issues from the motoring public so please do not hesitate to approach any of them and seek assistance with alternate routes.”The Gidmit’en Clan, whose members are at the second check point, have called any RCMP raid an “act of war.”The elected chiefs and councils of the five Wet’suwet’en bands have approved the pipeline.More to come.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

3 More Informal Miners Die in Jerada Mine Collapse

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Rabat – The accident also injured three other miners, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Local authorities, including the royal gendarmerie and civil protection, went to the site to evacuate and transport the victims to Oujda’s University Hospital.Police have opened investigation into the incident. Although the miners’ deaths were the third fatalities from mining accidents in a week, Tuesday’s accident was the first to be officially announced by the state-run news agency. On Sunday, November 11, a 54-year-old miner died in an accident only four days after a young miner died on Wednesday, November 7.Read Also: : 25-Year-Old Miner Dies in Jerada Mine CollapseThe 54-year-old miner died while he was attempting to extract coal waste. Jerada has observed multiple miners’ deaths. On December 23, 2017, two informal miners were crushed while mining underground at an abandoned coal mine in Jerada.Another miner died while extracting coal from an illegal mine near Jerada when the walls of the mine collapsed and killed him on February 1, 2018.The death of miners caused a wave of protests to denounce social inequalities and unemployment.The protests also led to several arrests. A court handed down the first sentences for protesters on November 8. Nine people received three-five years in prison.Read Also: Morocco Sentences 9 People Protesting in Jerada After Mining DeathsThe court charged the nine with “destruction of public property, incitement to commit crimes and offenses or participation in a non-violent demonstration,” their lawyer said in a statement to AFP.In 1998, the government closed Jerada’s coal mines. Due to a lack of economic opportunity, many workers in the town take risks to continue extracting resources from the mines. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December 2017 alone. read more

UN probe into murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister makes significant progress

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21 March 2007The United Nations probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has made good progress over the past three months, the head of the commission told the Security Council today, highlighting an increasing number of interviews carried out and a growing body of evidence gathered regarding the February 2005 killing. Briefing the Council, International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) chief Serge Brammertz said the Commission had carried out 42 interviews over the past three months linked to the case, adding that seismological and explosion experiments had confirmed the likelihood that “a single blast was detonated above the ground.”“In the last quarter, the Commission has made significant progress in several areas by further developing crime scene leads and expanding the forms of evidence relating to the perpetrators and building the linkage and context aspects of the case,” he said, while reiterating that more time is needed to complete the investigations after the Commission’s current mandate expires in June.Allegations of tampering at the scene of the crime, which killed 22 other people, were being investigated, while efforts to identify the “geographic origin of the bomber” are also making good progress, Mr. Brammertz added.In the IIIC report, released on Tuesday, he said the team expects to develop a “unifying factual theory” behind the crime in the next three months or so, and pointed to Mr. Hariri’s likely 2005 election victory as a possible motive behind the killing.“The Commission’s understanding of the facts has advanced substantially, producing valuable links within and between the main components of the case. In the next reporting period, and potentially beyond that, the Commission believes that it will be able to develop further a unifying factual theory built upon newly identified linking evidence,” the report stated. The IIIC reports to the Council every three months.“It is of some note that Hariri was killed on the day that Parliament was scheduled to debate the electoral law to be applied in the forthcoming elections. Another working hypothesis for the Commission is that those who decided upon the assassination saw it as beneficial to kill him before he formally began his election campaign, especially given the perception in the media at the time that he was likely to win.”The 20-page report acknowledged the full support of the Lebanese Prosecutor General in the investigation, as well as noting the IIIC’s assistance in helping probe other attacks in Lebanon since October 2004, including the murder last year of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel.It observed that other requests for assistance made to Lebanon, Syria and other States have “received mostly positive and timely responses,” while stressing that such help remains essential to allow the Commission to carry out its investigative work effectively. The report of the IIIC, set up in April 2005, also highlighted the effect of the “volatile political and security environment” in Lebanon on the Commission’s ability to work. read more

Navy detains 21 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants at sea

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The Navy detained 21 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants at sea while they were heading to a foreign country.According to the Navy media unit, a Navy Fast Attack Craft on a routine patrol detained 21 people onboard a suspicious trawler along the Exclusive Economic Zone of Sri Lanka yesterday, about 117 nautical miles off Chilaw. Among those arrested were 19 men and two women.The illegal immigrants were brought to the Colombo harbour and handed over to the Harbour Police, Colombo for onward action, after administrating them with first aid and other medical treatment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Loblaws off the hook for Rana Plaza disaster Bangladeshi lawsuit fails

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TORONTO — One of the country’s largest retailers is finally off the hook for the devastating collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh six years ago.In a decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear a group of Bangladeshi victims and relatives who wanted to sue Loblaws over the tragedy.The key issue in the lawsuit was whether a Canadian court had jurisdiction to consider the claim — of importance to companies that source product from abroad.Both Ontario’s Superior Court and Court of Appeal had previously denied the plaintiffs class-action certification in their quest for $2 billion in compensation.The case arose out of the collapse of the nine-storey Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.In all, 1,130 people were killed and 2,520 others seriously injured. Two of the clothing-manufacturing companies caught up in the collapse were Pearl Global and New Wave, which was under contract to supply Loblaws with apparel for its Joe Fresh brand.Two years after the tragedy, Arati Rani Das, who lost a limb and whose mother was killed in the collapse, and three other Bangladeshi citizens launched a proposed class action in Ontario against Loblaws and three affiliates.In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs argued Loblaws was responsible for worker safety. They alleged the company knew workplaces in Bangladesh were dangerous, and had undertaken to ensure the buildings in which Joe Fresh garments were made were safe.Superior Court Justice Paul Perell decided in July 2017 that Bangladesh’s laws applied. As such, he concluded the claim had been filed too late, and that Loblaws owed no “duty of care” to the proposed class members.“The imposition of liability (on Loblaws) is unfair given that the defendants are not responsible for the vulnerability of the plaintiffs, did not create the dangerous workplace, had no control over the circumstances that were dangerous, and had no control over the employers or employees or other occupants of Rana Plaza,” Perell said.On appeal, Ontario’s top court agreed.In its decision in December, the Court of Appeal ruled the deaths and injuries formed the basis of the claim, and those occurred in Dhaka.The court found that Loblaws had little control over the factories and had never promised to audit Rana Plaza for structural safety. As a result, the court decided, the governing law was that of Bangladesh. The court also found the claim had been filed too late.“It is plain and obvious that a claim based on vicarious liability against Loblaws cannot succeed under the law of Bangladesh,” the Appeal Court said.The Appeal Court also ordered the plaintiffs to pay Loblaws almost $1 million in legal costs — a decision the Supreme Court also left undisturbed.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press read more

Statcan sets plan to keep consumer price index from slipping into irrelevancy

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OTTAWA – Statistics Canada officials were warned late last year that one of the country’s most important economic indicators was at risk of losing its relevance and accuracy.The red flag raised in November 2015 about the consumer price index was part of a presentation that included details about the digital tools statistics workers are turning to in order to improve and upgrade their data.To address the issue, the agency is collecting prices from shopping websites through an automated process and will turn to large Canadian retailers for point-of-sale transaction information — also known as scanner data — to get a clearer picture of what Canadians buy.There is also a push to get a better handle on energy prices, residential property prices and create an index specifically for seniors to better reflect the spending pattern and issues faced by older Canadians.The monthly release of the CPI, which tracks inflation, is closely watched by governments, which use the indicator for fiscal decisions and ensuring that benefits keep up with the cost of living, as well as by the Bank of Canada in making monetary policy decisions.However, rapidly changing technology and consumer habits have threatened to outpace the way Statistics Canada calculates the index, the latest version of which is due Friday.“The way we track prices in the CPI at the moment, for the most part, is by visiting stores,” said Richard Evans, director of the consumer prices division at Statistics Canada. “So we’re definitely a domestic bricks-and-mortar operation for the most part.“There is some Internet collection. We do buy large databases that give us the full scope of the transactions for certain component indices, but if we generalize, most of the CPI is still created by the different stores collecting prices in those stores.”Evans told senior managers late last year that without changes to the programs, the index was “at risk of falling behind in accuracy and relevance,” according to a presentation obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.In an April report provided to then-chief statistician Wayne Smith, senior managers said there was a public belief that the CPI didn’t respond fast enough, compared with other, “big data” sources like the Billion Prices Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The report says some of those measures represent Canada in OECD databases as opposed to figures from the national statistics agency.The documents raise concerns that governments could use those big data sources to craft policy, believing it to be “the panacea for filling all data gaps.”“The complexity, accuracy and importance of robust statistical programs are not well understood by decision-makers and, as a result, non-official data is often thought to be a good substitute to official statistics,” the April report says.“As the economy becomes increasingly complex, the capacity of the statistical system to provide answers to emerging questions is pushed to the limit, further bringing the role of official statistics into question.”Evans said the index is accurate and the methods for calculating it meet or exceed international standards, but he doesn’t want the agency to become complacent with the indicator.“One of the parts of my jobs is to always be worried about what’s coming and what might be possibly making the CPI irrelevant in the future, or less relevant. Every manager does that,” Evans said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. Statcan sets plan to keep consumer price index from slipping into irrelevancy by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Supermodel joins with former vicepresident to boost UNs green energy campaign

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In ads that started airing this week, Ms. Bündchen and Mr. Gore stand with the head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, to advocate for the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.“Energy can transform economies, lives, continents, our planets. We have a historic chance to eliminate energy poverty,” say Mr. Gore, Mr. Yumkella and Ms. Bündchen, who is a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador. “Let’s bring energy to all – for power, women, progress, growth, our future, energy for all.”Worldwide, almost 3 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, and about 1.5 billion have no access to electricity, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix. At the Rio+20 Conference last year, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative received over $50 billion in commitments towards actions under the initiative. “Now it is down to making sure commitments are transformed into kilowatt hours for the people, and to support governments to do for the energy sector what they did for mobile phones – deregulate or unbundle the sector and incentivize private sector participation,” said Mr. Yumkella.Last week, UNEP released new studies showing that countries which switch from lamps, candles, flashlights and other traditional lighting systems to solar power can recover the costs in less than one year depending on the cost of the LED [light-emitting diode] system and the local price of kerosene. Supporting both sustainable off-grid and on-grid lighting support can bring about major financial savings in a short time, as well as additional educational, health and environmental benefits, according to UNEP.Ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. read more

Falcons William Moore Arrested on Battery Charge

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William Moore, the Atlanta Falcons’ starting safety, was arrested and booked into Fulton County Jail on a battery charge on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.WSB-TV reported that Moore was involved in a dispute with a woman and allegedly grabbed her shoulder.“We are aware of the situation involving William Moore and are in the process of gathering more information,” a Falcons spokesperson said in a statement released to the AJC. “Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”Moore was due in court Friday morning.The Falcons signed Moore to a five-year, $30 million contract extension just before the 2009 second-round pick out of Missouri was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. Moore’s deal included $14 million in guaranteed money, including an $8.25 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed base salary of $2.25 million for the 2013 season. Moore’s $3.5 million base salary for 2014 is guaranteed for injury only.While it is still very early in the legal process, a suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy could void those guaranteed salaries.After missing all but two games of his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, Moore has started 38 of 40 games over the last three seasons, totaling 201 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and 25 passes defensed. Moore had four interceptions in 12 games and was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster as a Super Bowl replacement. read more

IN EURO 2016 MOOD Kai Hafner stops SG Flensburg

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17.TuS N-Lübbecke6:38-94 6.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen27:17+55 15.ThSV Eisenach8:34-116 kai hafner 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen38:6+124 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten11:33-66 2.THW Kiel38:6+115 7.HSG Wetzlar27:17+19 13.TVB 1898 Stuttgart13:29-71 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt36:8+101 8.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf26:20-1 12.TBV Lemgo14:30-61 9.VfL Gummersbach24:22+11 11.SC DHfK Leipzig17:27-53 16.Bergischer HC7:37-89 4.MT Melsungen34:12+71 ← Previous Story Wisla Plock extend with Ghionea and Wisniewski Next Story → Sigurdsson calls Germans for matches against Qatar 5.Füchse Berlin29:17+59 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen38:6+124 One of the biggest surprises in the golden German squad of Dagur Sigurdsson, right back Kai Hafner, is still in “EURO 2016 mood”. That felt SG Flensburg on their “own skin” in clash in Hannover, where home team led by amazing shooting skills of German NT lefthander managed to take a point – 25:25 (10:15).TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 25:25 (10:15)TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Ziemer (6/1 saves), Semisch (5 saves) – Patrail (2), Hykkerud, Häfner (8), Szücs, Karason (2), Schmidt, Christophersen (5), Kastening, Olsen (4), Johannsen, Mortensen (3/2), Lehnhoff (1/1)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (14 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (2/1), Glandorf (10), Mogensen (2), Svan (6), Djordjic, Jakobsson (1), Toft Hansen, Gottfridsson, Lauge (3), Kozina (1)Result: 0:1 (2.), 2:2 (5.), 2:4 (6.), 3:6 (9.), 4:8 (14.), 5:10 (21.), 7:11 (23.), 8:13 (26.), 10:14 (30.) – 11:15 (32.), 11:17 (34.), 13:17 (36.), 14:18 (37.), 14:20 (40.), 15:21 (44.), 17:21 (46.), 18:22 (47.), 18:24 (49.), 22:24 (53.), 22:25 (55.)Rhein Neckar Lowen trashed MT Melsungen 34:24 (16:12) only few days after their DHB Cup clash ended with same winner…Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MT Melsungen 34:24 (16:12)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Ristovski; Schmid (13), Gensheimer (9/4), Kneer, Sigurmannsson, Baena, Mensah (5), Pekeler, Groetzki (3), Reinkind (1), Guardiola, Petersson, Ekdahl du Rietz (3)MT Melsungen: Paske, Villadsen; Maric (2), Sellin (4/2), Fahlgren (2), Forstbauer, Hildebrand, Danner (2), P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer (1), Rnic (2), Schneider (2), Vuckovic (1), M. Müller (6)STANDINGS: 10.SC Magdeburg21:23-4 read more

Belgium Looking Into Classifying Games like Battlefront II as Gambling

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first_img Don’t Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes, Ban ThemWill This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes? Stay on target A lot of recent talk within the gaming community has centered around loot boxes. Nearly every major AAA game launched this fall has loot boxes in them. Due to their random nature, some wonder if these pieces of DLC qualify as a form of gambling. Last month, North America’s ESRB stated that it doesn’t believe purchasing loot boxes is a form of gambling. Foreign counterparts PEGI and Ukie agree with this assessment. This belief hasn’t been universally adopted, however, as the Belgian Gaming Commission is now investigating whether games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II should qualify as gambling because of loot boxes.As posted by VTM News (Google translated by PC Gamer), Gaming Commission director Peter Naessens says loot boxes are “dependent on chance.” In order to improve one’s character, users have to acquire certain equipment and need to level up. All of this takes time. They can accelerate things by purchasing loot boxes containing new equipment. The issue is they don’t know exactly what they’re getting in each box. It might be a new useful piece of armor or it could be a gun they already own. Given this random nature, the Gaming Commission feels this matter needs further investigation.If both games are classified as gambling, VTM News says it could cost Blizzard and EA “hundreds of thousands of euros.” It’s even possible the games will be taken off store shelves. As PC Gamer notes, this ruling will no doubt have repercussions in other countries. Regulators, perhaps even the ESRB, could possibly change their stance and take similar measures. It’s possible this could even affect things outside of gaming.This is certainly a thorny issue within gaming. While the inclusion of loot boxes in games certainly feels like a cheap way of taking money from folks, they are purely optional. I’ve personally played and enjoyed games like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Need for Speed: Payback without purchasing a single loot box. At the same time, seeing how games like Star Wars: Battlefront II require years and thousands of dollars to unlock everything tells me things are getting out of hand. We’ll keep you posted on further developments.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Giroud doesnt need to be prolific for us to be successful

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first_imgChelsea Football Club manager Maurizio Sarri insists the club don’t need striker, Olivier Giroud to be prolific to achieve their targets this season.The former Arsenal striker will be contention with Alvaro Morata for the starting striker position when Chelsea travel to the Turf Moor to face Burnley on Sunday.Giroud has gone 10 Chelsea matches without a goal in all competitions this season, but Sarri believes the World Cup winner pulls his weight in selfless link-up play.“One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score,” said Sarri, according to Daily Mail.“And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates.”“So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals.”“I think they will be able to do better but the most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.”“Usually the winner is the team who concedes less goals. In Italy – I don’t know here – but I think the same.”last_img read more

ASA Soy Social and Auction Offers Big Ticket Items

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first_imgNo need to go to the shopping mall, come to the ASA Soy Social and Auction, Thursday, Feb. 27 at Commodity Classic and find everything you need. The ASA Soy Social and Auction features these big ticket items: 100 Usage of an AGCO Gleener S67 or S77 with FlexDraper HeaderOne season use of MacDon Industries FD75 FlexDraper Combine Header 75 hours use of either a Case IH Magnum series tractor or a Steiger Rowtrac 370One-year lease on J&M 375ST Seed Tender Thunder Creek Equipment DEF Transport ToteHere are some other big ticket items in live and silent auction:Guns and RiflesHenry Big Boy Lever Rifle .45 Long ColtAmerican Farmer Tribute Rifle (Henry .22S/L/LR)Maxus Ultimate 3” 12 Gauge 26” BrowningBG Citiori 725 Sporting 12 Gauge 3” 30” Shot GunSmith and Wesson 642 1.875” STS/AlumSmith and Wesson 629-6 6.5” 44Mag ClassicHunting and Fishing TripsDuck hunting trip for two in the heart of the Arkansas Grand PrairieThree-night/two-day upland premium hunt for four at Heartland LodgePheasant and quail hunt for 4Seven-nights/six-day fishing trip for 8 to Gullrock Lake in Red Lake, OntarioSporting PackagesWashington Nationals On-Field Game Day ExperienceSt. Louis Cardinals Private Party Box (including food and beverage) for up to 19 peopleGolf vacation to Sedona, AZGolf vacation to Palm Springs, CAVacation PackagesTwo tickets, hotel and airfare to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, MNSeven-night’s accommodations for 4 to Branson, MOCabo San Lucas Ocean View Getaway (airfare included)Napa Valley Epicurean AdventureDisney World Resort Family AdventureThere are many more items including jewelry, iPads, power tools, unique art items and many, others.For 2014, ASA is continuing to offer the following events to make the Soy Social and Auction experience special. These events include:“First Sighting Party” – ASA is pleased to announce Intelliair as the sponsor for the “First Sighting Party.”VIP Seating Areas – Yes that is correct, areas! Once again ASA is offering multiple VIP seating areas for the Soy Social and Auction. Each VIP seating area will feature comfortable couches and chairs and your own private server so you don’t miss a minute of the auction. Each VIP seating area will seat the winning bidder and five of his/her closest friends. The first VIP seating area will be auctioned off at the ASA December Board Meeting, the second will be auctioned off at the 2014 ASA Soybean Leadership College and the third will be auctioned at the start of the live auction.Commemorative Hat and Apparel Auction – ASA is pleased to have Renewable Energy Group as the sponsor again for this year’s Commemorative Hat and Apparel auction.Mystery Box Auction Item – ASA is pleased to have Bayer CropScience as the sponsor for the Mystery Box Auction Item as part of the live auction.Classic participants wanting to attend the ASA Soy Social and Auction can register for the event at Commodity Classic and still receive the early-bird registration.The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by Farm Credit; Rabo AgriFinance, IntelliAir, LLC; Cargill, MacDon Industries; Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, Renewable Energy Group and the Illinois Soybean Association.last_img read more

Womans charred body found in Manikganj

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first_img.Police recovered the charred body of an unidentified woman from Swaruppur village in Singair upazila early Friday.Khandaker Imam Hossain, officer-in-charge of Singair police station, said locals spotted the body of the woman, aged around 25-26, near a road early in the morning and informed police.Later, the law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The whole body except the face got charred, the OC said, adding that miscreants might have killed the woman elsewhere and dumped the body here and burned it pouring petrol.last_img read more

Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai short film wins global praise

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first_imgBollywood actors added a dash of glamour to a chilly afternoon in Delhi as an award-winning short film based on the theme of empowerment of victims of rape and molestation – ‘Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai – Let me Soar High’ – was screened for a select audience amid rave reviews.Directed by Suujoy J Mukerji, son of legendary actor Late Joy Mukerji, the film is based on a story written by Delhi-based noted advocate-writer-actor Sunil Kapoor. Kapoor’s collection of 61 poems ‘Punam ka Chaand’ was also released at the event that also saw Joy Mukerji’s wife, Neelam, unveil a CD ‘Mein Pyar Ka Rahi Hun’, carrying songs of her superstar husband. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeelam remembered Joy as a reluctant star who led a non-controversial life and never let his stardom impact his simple life. “He used to go for walks on the beach and eat street food like all of us. He told his fans not to mob him or treat him differently,” she said. Apart from the presence of the Mukerji family, that owns the iconic Filmalaya studio in Mumbai, actors like Shakti Kapoor, Kanwaljit Singh, actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari (Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party President) and the short film’s lead actress Jasmine Grover also attended the event at USI Residency in the Delhi Cantonment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShakti Kapoor, 66, appreciated the directorial debut film, “Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai”, of 35-year-old Suujoy and enthralled the audience with anecdotes from his early days in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area where he lived with his father, who owned a popular tailor shop in Connaught Place, and was then known as ‘Sunil Kapoor.’ Suujoy, the scion of Mukerji family and director of Filmalaya Studio, said that the 24-minute short film, depicting the ordeal of a college girl who emerges from the lows of molestation, has so far won 15 awards. Sunil Kapoor and environmentalist Suresh Raheja sang popular Mohd Rafi, Kishore and Mukesh melodies of the 1960s and 70s at the event. “As the nation remembers Nirbhaya on her sixth death anniversary, it is time to help victims of sexual assaults and molestation and their families to emerge from trauma without stigmatization,” said Suujoy. The film features veteran actor Kanwaljit Singh who won the jury award for best actor at the Mumbai Film Festival. He won the award for essaying the role of a college professor and the molested girl’s father who believes in keeping pace with the changing times and encourages daughter to fulfill her dreams and potential. Mahaakshay, son of noted actor Mithun Chakraborty, has acted as the molested girl’s dance instructor; he motivated her to come out of depression and follow her passion to become a dancer. The short film’s story and screenplay have been written by Sunil Kapoor, a noted income-tax advocate from Delhi, who has also acted in a forthcoming film ‘The Tiger Trail’. Four stories from Kapoor’s bestselling book ‘A Peacock Feather’ have been picked by Bollywood producers for making feature films. He has authored this book with his twin chartered accountant brother Sudhir. The short film’s awards include the best film award at the UK’s Red Wood Film Festival, Top Shorts, Los Angeles, and Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, sensitively handles the complex issue of stigmatization of the victims of sexual offences and seeks to educate and empower society to make the nation a safe place for daughters.last_img read more

Sources Low Sales Reveal Recovery Lost a Little Momentum

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first_imgSources: Low Sales Reveal Recovery ‘Lost a Little Momentum’ July 25, 2012 454 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img Compared to the two-year high for new home sales in May, June’s figures were met with disappointment. On Wednesday, the Census Bureau reported new home sales dropped 8.4 percent month-over-month to 350,000 in June compared to an upwardly revised 382,000 for May. [IMAGE]In an “”IHS Global Insight””:http://www.ihs.com/products/global-insight/index.aspx commentary, economists Patrick Newport and Michele Valverde pointed out that figures for March, April, and May were all revised up, and that sales were up in the Midwest and West, but down in the Northeast and South.Thus, IHS described the report as mixed. “”Still, one should never get too excited (or depressed) by the latest new home sales figures because they are not estimated very well,”” IHS noted, adding that it prefers moving averages or quarterly figures because such estimates “”iron out volatility and highlights trends.””[COLUMN_BREAK]IHS offered up examples and stated, “”A three-month moving average shows sales inching up nationally. Regionally, three-month sales have picked up smartly since the start of the year in the West and Northeast (despite June’s sales plunge), but are wavering in the Midwest and South. “”For the quarter,”” the firm added, “”national sales climbed to their highest level since the fourth quarter of 2009. Quarterly sales rose in the Northeast, Midwest and West, but fell in the South. Home prices were also up. “”The second quarter average and median prices were up 4.2% and 2.8% on a year-on-year basis,”” researchers said.In response to June’s new home sales report, Capital Economics said the drop acts as “”further evidence that the recovery in housing demand has lost a little momentum.””””Taken alongside the drop in existing home sales last month, housing demand appears to have hit a soft spot, coinciding with the slowdown in the wider economy,”” wrote economist Paul Diggle in the report. Still, the analytics company stated it does not expect this to change the outlook for homebuilder activity, considering the tight supply conditions in the market for new homes. Also, unless June ends up breaking the trend for upward revisions, Diggle said June’s sales would have actually been 383,000 if the adjustments seen in March, April, and May are added. Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-25 Esther Cholast_img read more

VRM Mortgage Services Receives 10Year VA Contract

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first_img June 21, 2017 577 Views Share in Data, Headlines, News VRM Mortgage Services Receives 10-Year VA Contractcenter_img Vendor Resource Management, Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the company with a 10-year contract for program management, marketing, and other real estate services on the VA’s portfolio of single-family residential real estate.VRM is a real estate solution provider that focuses on helping government agencies and financial institutions adapt and excel in a changing marketplace. This is the first time the VA has awarded a 10-year contract for real estate asset services.“VRM is pleased to receive this award and looks forward to continuing to perform at the high level the VA has experienced to date,” VRM’s SVP Joe Morrow stated.Over the last five years VRM’s innovation in technology, focus on service, program management, training, and utilization of diverse local subcontractors positioned the mortgage services for the award.According to Cheryl Travis-Johnson, VRM’s COO, “VRM values the positive business relationship with the VA and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the VA staff.”President and CEO of VRM Keith D. Murray said the company is honored to receive this contract award.“We look forward to working with our best in class vendor network to return funds to the VA that will ultimately increase home ownership for our nation’s Veterans,” Murray said. VRM 2017-06-21 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more