Login/Register With: Advertisement Carlos Delgado brings back art pieces to his studio space after cleaning and assessing them for damage. (STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR) Forty-five artists are picking up the pieces after a massive fire ruined their studio spaces and some of their work, potentially derailing one of their most lucrative times of the year.Toronto’s art spaces are already feeling the squeeze from rampant condo development, rising rents and a lack of suitable, affordable spaces, especially downtown. That’s why the loss of Walnut Studios hurts.But the artists are heartened by the community response to their loss. On May 19, the artists of Walnut Studios, west of downtown at 83 Walnut Ave. between King and Wellington Sts. W., woke to urgent emails that the building was ablaze. The majority of the damage was on the north side of the building, one of the city’s few open concept arts studios. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Casablanca- According to the latest statistics made available in 2011 by the High Commission for Planning, 26,000 children are subjected to rape per year, which represents an alarming ratio of 71 cases of rape per day.Rape has become one of the most condemned crimes in Moroccan society. In all its forms, rape has very detrimental effects on the victims not only at the psychological and physical levels, but also on their social life.Hespress news outlet recently published a video in which three female activists discuss the disastrous effect of rape on victims and their families. The intensity of the traumatic effects of this hideous crime might push the victim to subsequently commit suicide, as was the case with Amina Filali in March 2012.According to a female activist in the video, there are two elements that help rapists get away with their crimes in Morocco: (1) the social condition of the victims, which makes them vulnerable and unprotected at all levels, and (2) the judicial gaps in Moroccan law, which are exploited by rapists to guarantee not being punished for their crime.According to the same activists, 26,000 children, were victims of rape, a figure previously revealed by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).However, this figure only encompasses the number of victims who reported their cases. Other victims, whose number is unknown, are loath to be part of any statistics, and prefer to maintain their anonymity.The social traditionalism that certain Moroccan families cling to pushes them to renounce the rights of victims from fear of being socially rejected. This, coupled with a penal code that is not strictly enforced, only encourages rapists in Morocco to commit more crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistribute
BlackBerry will reveal some of the most important sales figures yet for its new smartphones on Friday as the company issues its latest quarterly results and provides a glimpse of whether the phones are catching on with customers.Analysts have offered optimistic, yet cautious, expectations for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s first-quarter performance.It will be the first time BlackBerry has provided shipment numbers to the crucial U.S. market for its touchscreen phone, and also the first sign of whether anticipation for the keyboard model translated into sales in several major markets like the U.K. and Canada.“Expectations have been rising,” said Richard Tse, a technology analyst with Cormark Securities Inc. “I think that broadly, people believe that the initial rollout of these BB10 devices into the carrier channels potentially gives them a bit of momentum in terms of stocking the inventories.”Investors will be looking for any signs that BlackBerry has turned itself around on sales of its new BlackBerry 10 devices and whether the trend is expected to continue.BlackBerry launched its Z10 touchscreen phones, equipped with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system in January. The keyboard Q10 versions were launched months later in Canada, the U.K. and other markets.The complex rollout of the devices has made it difficult for the technology community to conclude whether the phones are a widespread success.The U.S. market has lagged behind much of the world, and didn’t begin stocking the latest keyboard phone until early June, which means it will take another quarterly report before shipment figures are made public.Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher said BlackBerry’s biggest draw in the upcoming months is the launch of its lower-priced BlackBerry Q5 phone, which will appeal to customers in emerging markets outside of the U.S.“The company has lost relevance in the U.S. but still holds some significant share in emerging economies in areas like Indonesia,” Kreher said from St. Louis, Mo. “So it would be critical for them to get those consumers from (the older models) and maintain their subscriber base.”He said sustaining growth will be key to the company’s comeback and return to profitability.“I think the product cycle continues to shorten, particularly given the number of partners in the Android eco-system. It will be difficult for BlackBerry to stay top-of-mind unless it can continue to develop hit products,” said Kreher.In the last quarter, BlackBerry reported that it shipped about one million smartphones on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Kreher estimates that number might be upwards of 3.5 million phones in the first quarter.The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, reported a surprise profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share for quarter ended March 2, compared with $125 million or 24 cents per share loss a year ago. Revenue increased to $2.68 billion.In a note Monday, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue forecasted BlackBerry’s revenues at $3.5 billion, slightly above the $3.4 billion consensus estimate provided by Thomson Reuters. They put earnings per share at nine cents, compared with a consensus of six cents.Despite the forecast, the note warned that BlackBerry will face challenges in attracting and growing its customer base.“Competitive device launches in the second half (of the year) may mean increased spending for BlackBerry to sustain its product refresh,” wrote Sue. “Samsung and Apple, who have significantly more resources, are having a tough time growing their units, so it may be even more difficult for BlackBerry, which is much smaller and still playing catch up.”The note said investors should also anticipate lower profit margins in the next few quarters, with the anticipated launch of the BlackBerry Q5.Investment firm Raymond James questioned whether the BlackBerry Q5 device would be enough to satiate customers in emerging markets, which was BlackBerry’s largest growing subscriber base last year and where it has long benefited from name recognition.Earlier this week, BlackBerry launched its business service platform for corporate and government workers for rival Google Android and Apple smartphones.The operating system, called Secure Work Space, allows Apple and Android users to separate their data and work apps, such as email and calendars, from their personal apps bringing a greater level of security. This feature is already available on BlackBerry 10 phones.It also announced that it be the official mobile computing partner of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as part of a sponsorship agreement with the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Marlies.BlackBerry said the partnership will mean the development of new, interactive apps for sports fans who use the Blackberry 10 devices.Founded in 1984, BlackBerry devices are now sold through 650 wireless carriers in 175 countries. It has about 76 million subscribers worldwide.Shares of BlackBerry were ahead six cents to $15.69 Thursday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Former PM Mulroney back on Parliament Hill in role as NAFTA broker by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 11:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney was back on Parliament Hill today — and he’s not mincing words about the challenges Canada faces in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.The former prime minister, a personal friend of Donald Trump and for many the grandfather of free trade in North America, has been helping Justin Trudeau’s government navigate the new U.S. administration.He was meeting with members of the Liberal cabinet to brief them on the efforts so far and how NAFTA negotiations between Canada and the U.S. are likely to proceed.“I think they’re going to be very challenging,” Mulroney said of the upcoming talks, citing the unpredictable nature of the U.S. administration and its comments on the trade file.Following Trump’s fiery anti-NAFTA rhetoric, a meeting with Trudeau at the White House appeared to cool the U.S. president, who at the time seemed “to have adopted a pretty reasonable posture,” Mulroney said.“Then the letter from the (U.S. Trade Representative) comes out with a different version of things, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”He says so-called country-of-origin rules, long a sore spot in NAFTA, are likely to be an area of discussion in the eventual negotiations, and he’s urging the government to put a strong negotiator on the file.Mulroney was asked how it felt to be a conservative prime minister in a Liberal cabinet room. “As if I never left,” he quipped.Also present at the meeting was U.S. ambassador David MacNaughton and one of his predecessors in that job, Derek Burney, Mulroney’s former chief of staff.Mulroney keeps a home in Florida and has long been friends with Trump and his incoming point man on NAFTA, Wilbur Ross.Sources say Mulroney has since had several phone chats with Trudeau, offering to establish connections, provide advice and convey one country’s perspective to the other.Mulroney wasn’t the only bridge-builder: Chrystia Freeland set up the initial meetings in New York between the Trudeau and Trump teams.He credits everyone for making the most of these new connections.“I can tell you I’ve heard from two leaders of the American administration… telling me the Canadians… were the best and the nicest people the Americans were able to deal with anyone around the world,” Mulroney said in a recent interview.“How do I know that President Trump feels that he had a very good meeting with the prime minister and he liked him a lot?… Because he told me. At dinner… They just hit it off… He liked the cut of his jib. He liked the way he spoke. He liked a lot of things.”Mulroney was equally laudatory of the opposition’s behaviour, saying Rona Ambrose and the Conservatives lowered the partisan temperature on a critical issue of national interest, and sent a letter offering help wherever possible.“This is a national challenge,” he said.“If we were ever to lose NAFTA you’d see grave challenges in Canadian society. So in something like this there’s not a Conservative, or a Liberal way to look at this. There’s only a Canadian way.” Former prime minister Brian Mulroney pauses while speaking following the announcement of the $60 million Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and Mulroney Hall at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Mulroney says the federal government may face a “rough negotiation” when it comes to NAFTA, but he believes Canada will nonetheless emerge with strong ties to the U.S. and Mexico.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
“The beauty of St. Lucia and the uniqueness of the voice and way of life of each of the Caribbean islands is threatened”, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday at the Conference of Heads of CARICOM Governments gathered to focus on obstacles to sustainable development. Busy first day at #CARICOM opening day. pic.twitter.com/PhuL2NGSKV— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) July 4, 2019 • High-Level Political Forum review of the 2030 Agenda.• Finance Summit to take stock of implementing the Addis Ababa Action Plan on financing for sustainable development.• Mid-term review of the so-called SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway.• High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage.• Climate Action Summit.,He urged the leaders to “seize this historic opportunity to ensure that every Caribbean country, and all SIDS, receive optimal support to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.The UN chief drew attention to five UN Summits in September where the “collective voices” of the Caribbean Sates can “be heard by the global community”.Moving forwardIn closing, he thanked CARICOM for its “strong cooperation” with the UN, welcomed the Counter-Terrorism Strategy for the region, developed with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, and recognized its leadership on key UN priorities, “not least climate change and financing for development”.Mr. Guterres commended Caribbean nations’ commitment to foster regional cooperation on fighting illegal drug trafficking and saluted their response efforts to the refugee and migration crisis in the wider region “as a result of the situation in Venezuela”.“Let us cooperate ever more closely in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of the Caribbean”, concluded the Secretary-General. Mr. Guterres recounted his visit to the South Pacific in May where he saw how “Pacific island nations are addressing the climate crisis” by focusing “a climate lens” on development investments. He also recalled his visit two years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in 2017, when “in only a couple of days”, years of “hard-won development gains” were destroyed in Barbuda and Dominica.“Hurricanes Ivan and Thomas – and the many others that came before Irma and Maria – are still etched in the memories of Caribbean people” he noted. As climate-related natural disasters grow in frequency and severity, the UN chief pointed out that “the risks to families and to development overall will only intensify”. What the Caribbean has endured makes “abundantly clear” the urgent need to “reduce global emissions and work collectively to ensure that global temperature rise does not go beyond 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”, he continued, inviting government and private sector leaders to come with concrete plans to the UN Climate Action Summit in September, at UN Headquarters, which could result in a 45 per cent cut in greenhouse emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. “We must massively increase our ambition to advance low-emission and resilient development, including addressing loss and damage from climate impacts”, he stressed, saying “we need all hands-on deck”.We must massively increase our ambition to advance low-emission and resilient development — UN chief‘Act daily’ to counter plastic threatMr. Guterres signalled the need to “act on a daily basis” to counter the “grave threat” that eight million tons of ocean-polluting plastics are posing to marine ecosystems and tourism sectors. “From plastic pollution to coastline erosion, more frequent extreme weather events, sea level rise and biodiversity loss, Caribbean States face immense pressure”, maintained the UN chief.He commended the “bold vision” of CARICOM leaders, to make the Caribbean the world’s first Climate Resilient Zone and drew attention to the creation of a Caribbean Resilience to Recovery Facility. When completed, it aims to provide a regional indigenous mechanism to source talent, experience and financial solutions for the region, to build resilient communities and nations. Economic constraints In addition to managing the recurrent and increasing costs of climate-related events, small island developing States (SIDS) overall, face a range of economic constrictions, from small domestic markets to heavy dependence on imports and high national debt constraints, according to the UN chief. “These challenges are further complicated by the difficulties SIDS face in mobilizing development finance on affordable and appropriate terms”, he said.,The Secretary-General said he backed steps to improve access to development financing; eligibility for Official Development Assistance, including vulnerability criteria in addition to Gross National Income per capita; and speed and predictability of climate financing, especially SIDS. Mr. Guterres threw his “strong support” behind the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) proposal to convert debt to investment in resilience, noting that “to achieve this and other global challenges, we must reaffirm commitment to multilateralism”. “We must face the headwinds together”, the Secretary-General underscored, “There is no alternative to cooperation and collaboration”.,UN Summits in September
As the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is a proven master of turning eccentricities of the English aristocracy and foibles of the downstairs servants into gripping television drama. In his first interview since NBC announced that he would be writing The Gilded Age, the Conservative peer revealed that one of Downton’s best-loved characters will make a guest appearance. Set 30 years before Downton, the American show will feature a young Violet Crawley – the… And as he prepares to start work on a US drama about two super-rich families vying for power in 1880s New York, he has explained the differences between the American and British upper classes enjoying the trappings of high society.
Epiroc has acquired 34% of ASI Mining, which is based in Mendon, Utah, United States, and is a subsidiary of Autonomous Solutions Inc. Its products include on-board hardware and software that convert vehicles to autonomous operation, as well as system level software platforms for command and control of autonomous fleets across various mining applications. The solutions integrate with various mobile mining equipment, regardless of make or model, and are used by mining customers globally. The business is estimated to have revenues in 2018 of more than $6 million.“The investment in ASI Mining is part of our strategy to expand in automation and interoperability in the mining segment,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure. “This is the future in mining, and the great team at ASI Mining has developed state-of-the-art solutions that will enhance Epiroc’s delivery of productivity and safety improvements to customers worldwide.” The company said that the purchase price is not material relative to Epiroc’s market capitalisation and is not disclosed. ASI Mining will operate as a separate company partly owned by US-based Epiroc Drilling Solutions LLC. Revenues and operating profit will not be consolidated.
The Google Doodle today may be nothing more than a simple picture, but the lady seated at the table has a name everyone will hopefully recognize.Marie Curie was born on November 7th in 1867, and the 66 years she was alive saw her awarded two Nobel Prizes as well as laying the groundwork for the use of radiation to help fight cancer.Curie was awarded her first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 along with her husband for their research into radiation. Then in 1911 she received a second award, this time the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the elements polonium and radium. She remains one of only two people to ever receive Nobel Prizes in different fields and is the first person to ever receive two such awards.Not content with just discovering the benefits of radiation, she also supported its use during World War I. In total, 18 mobile X-ray units, known as “Little Curies,” were used to help treat soldiers. They were powered by tubes of radium Curie purified.The research that Curie carried out was groundbreaking on two fronts. As well as paving the way for radiation to be used to fight cancer, it also forced a rethink on some of the foundations of physics and is thought to have allowed for later research into the structure of the atom. The other obstacle Curie overcame during her lifetime was the fact she was a woman, which in the early 1900s made her achievements all the more difficult and impressive.Unfortunately, discovering the benefits of radiation and working with it for so many years eventually led to Curie’s death. In 1934 at the age of 66 she lost her life to aplastic anemia, which sees a person’s bone marrow unable to replenish red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. The cause of her illness and death is thought to be the radiation she was exposed to through her work.More at Wikipedia
As far as the weather is concerned, it’s hard to look back at last month with much enthusiasm.Typically, Vancouver sees 4.03 inches of rain in February, but at month’s end this year, the city had seen 10.38 inches fall on it, according to the National Weather Service.Those with dampened spirits may have sought a silver lining last week when the city was on the verge of setting a record. It almost seemed like a certainty. After all, Portland set a record on Feb. 20 when it surpassed the 10.03-inch mark set in 1996.However, it didn’t happen in Vancouver. The final week of the month was cloudy, but just too dry to be anything more than the third-wettest February on record.The 10.38 inches of rain that fell on Vancouver was short the 0.21 inch needed to set a new record, according to the weather service.That record was set in February 1996 when 10.58 inches of rain dumped on Vancouver. Next in line is February 1940, with 10.52 inches.But that’s not to say the rain didn’t bring excitement to Southwest Washington. The precipitation was enough to trigger a sizeable landslide near Woodland that covered the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 and blocked traffic for five hours on Feb. 17.Will March follow suit?“I wouldn’t expect the wetness we had in February to continue for another month,” said Gerald Macke, a meteorological technician with the weather service.
Land-use planning, the dilapidated jail, social service funding and improvements to trails and sidewalks.These were all either challenges or accomplishments that members of the Clark County Council outlined at the 2018 State of the County event. More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in a hall at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds to munch on popcorn and hear speeches from councilors that highlighted the county’s economic growth, maintaining the area’s quality of life and county services often taken for granted.“The state of the county would not be complete without a few words about growth management,” said Council Chair Marc Boldt, referring to the county’s comprehensive planning requirements under state law.Boldt said that with the exception of La Center and Ridgefield, there is very little land available for growth. The county is currently in court trying to establish a rural industrial land bank in the county. He said that if the county loses its case, lot prices will continue to rise. Addressing the problem, he said, will require cooperation between the county and small cities.He also called attention to the county’s rising cost of providing constitutionally required defense to people too poor to afford a lawyer. He said that last year, the county spent $6 million on the service, with little help from the state, and costs are expected to rise.Councilor Jeanne Stewart, who noted that she represents large swaths of Vancouver, highlighted how relations between the county and city had improved on issues regarding homelessness, housing and mental health. Stewart also noted that the county is in a strong position for economic growth.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to release his tax returns, while bashing President Donald Trump for refusing such a disclosure.“It’s time for him to come clean with the American people,” Inslee said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” adding that he was issuing a challenge to Trump on the Republican president’s “favorite show,” a nod to Trump’s habit of watching the network’s morning show and often tweeting in response.Trump first refused such disclosure as a candidate ahead of his 2016 election, saying he was under audit. Trump’s business dealings and his now-shuttered foundation have been the subject of various investigations and Democratic attacks. Still, Inslee, who announced his campaign at the beginning of this month, is just the third announced Democratic White House contender to release his personal returns, joining Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.As he appeared on Fox, Inslee’s last 12 personal tax returns were posted on his campaign website. The span is from 2007 to 2018, covering his last three terms in Congress and his first six years as governor.The returns for Inslee, 68, and his wife, Trudi, show relatively consistent income and taxes paid over that period, with essentially all of their income stemming from his public salaries and congressional pensions.
As she addressed hundreds of people on a sunny Sunday in Esther Short Park, Molly Burdick recalled a darker time.In 2011, Burdick went to the hospital with a heart rate of 180 beats per minute. She choked up as she discussed her mindset that night and in the years since, including bouts with post-traumatic stress disorder, inability to live a normal life and doubts about whether her son, a toddler at the time, would ever truly know her.But her son is now 10 years old, and on May 11, she will begin competing for a spot on “American Ninja Warrior.”“We’re all gathered here to support the same thing,” Burdick told the crowd. “I’m living my dream today, and I want today to be the day that you pursue your dreams.”Shortly after, more than 500 walkers began the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk. They raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight the causes of more than 13,000 deaths in Washington each year and two of the leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the association.“It’s a cause that affects everybody, so I think that’s what led to the big draw,” said Lanette Trickey, the executive director for American Heart Association Oregon & Southwest Washington.Nearly everyone in the walk Sunday raised their hands when asked if they’ve personally suffered from heart disease or stroke or know a loved one who has.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Mr. Speaker, members of this Honorable House, persons in the gallery and those listening via radio and the internet, good morning.Given that my Government promised change, Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for the opportunity to report briefly on some of the progress that has been made in my Ministry to bring about positive.Mr. Speaker first and foremost I wish to start with our commitment to children of this society as one of the signs of a good and caring Government is the importance it gives to persons at risks within our society.No one can argue that children does not represent one such group of personsIn this regard Mr. Speaker, I am happy to report that the Cabinet, on the 30th of June this year, approved the Multi-Agency Protocol for the Prevention, Reporting and Management of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Turks and Caicos Islands.It also endorsed the policy on the supervision of staff working on child safeguarding issues within the Department of Social Development.Mr. Speaker, the development and sign-off of this protocol was seven years in the making.Mr. Speaker, it took my Government six months to get it done.We recognize that our commitment to protecting children is more than a statement.It is a job that we take seriously and we are demonstrating this by putting measures in place to ensure that standards are upheld by all agencies that have responsibility for their well-being.Signing of the protocol will take place during the last week of September and we look forward to celebrating this achievement.Another group of persons at risks in our community Mr. Speaker, are the young men who, for one reason or another, end up on the wrong side of the law, and are depending on society to assist them not with handouts or free gifts, but with a hand up.They want a hand up through education, through skills training and through a job to provide for themselves and their families.In this regard Mr. Speaker my Ministry is presently drafting a framework for the introduction of a “Chance for Change Programme.”This programme will not be a success without the partnership of persons who are willing to make a difference and the persons themselves who are seeking a chance for change.I would like to put the private and public sector on notice that we will be depending on them to partner with us on this important endeavor and that they should begin to think about ways through which they can assist.More importantly Mr. Speaker, we invite all good corporate citizens to reach out to us, before we have a chance to reach out to you.This will be a good sign of your desire and willingness to help.Moving on Mr. Speaker, My Government has heard the complaints from the public on service delivery and access to services in the Road Safety Department.I am happy to report Mr. Speaker that the following actions have been taken.1)Motorists on Providenciales are now able to licence their vehicle every day of the work week as opposed to only Monday, Wednesday and Friday2)Decals have been purchased that can be issued in any year and any type of vehicle which means that the Department will no longer have excess stock that cannot be used, and with proper management, they should never run out.3)Equipment is being installed in North Caicos and South Caicos to facilitate the drivers licence process and soon, very soon, motorists will not have to travel to Provo or Grand Turk to obtain or renew a driver’s licence.Mr. Speaker, this is real change and there are more changes to come.While I am on the topic of transportation Mr. Speaker, I would like to announce that today, Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, my Ministry will be launching an online survey on the introduction of a public transportation system in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Mr. Speaker, no doubt there will be a need to engage the public further on this, however, it is important that we seek the views of residents.This is necessary to assist with developing a clear policy on a public transport system, from the outset.The consultation will run for a period of four weeks and I invite all persons to participate.Information about how to access the survey will be issued in a Public Notice, through social media, on government website (www.gov.tc) and the local newspapers.Finally Mr. Speaker, it gives me pleasure to confirm and announce that the contract for a new post office in Providenciales has been signed and we look forward to breaking ground for the construction of this new facility in the next few weeks. Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
UEFA has warned clubs to forget the idea of scrapping the Champions League in the bid to form a Super League, hinting hey would ‘no longer be great’Speaking at the 43rd UEFA Congress in Rome on Thursday morning, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin stood up to FIFA’s Gianni Infantino, asserting their ideas should be respected.“Respect also means telling our friends, family, colleagues, bosses, and partners when we disagree with them and when we think, in all humility, that they are wrong,” he explained.”What I can promise, is that, during this next term of office, we will work together to ensure that European football remains united, that European football remains respectful, respectable & respected, & that European football continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.” pic.twitter.com/NlCj0h4yZ9— UEFA (@UEFA) February 7, 2019“It is often the yes-men who lure leaders to their demise. And conversely, it is often those who disagree in a measured, reasonable and constructive way, even if they sometimes do so in a direct, uncompromising fashion, who do them the greatest service, help them move forward and prevent them from making mistakes.“By telling FIFA that we disagree with their current proposals on the global Nations League and Club World Cup, we show them respect and we show respect to football, the game we love and the game we must protect.“We sincerely hope that FIFA will also show us respect by listening to our views… UEFA and European football deserve to be respected.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“As long as [ECA chief] Andrea Agnelli and I are in charge of these two organisations there will be no Super League. It is a fact. He disclosed via Football Italia.“[If clubs had split from the Champions League], they would have lost their status as great clubs in the hearts of the people. The only thing great about you would be your past.“Trust me, you will not regret [taking a stand against cynicism and greed].””It means thinking of our society, our children, future generations, our planet”#CommonGoal member Aleksander Čeferin, in his speech marking his re-election as @UEFA President, expressed the need for the football community to have a strong social and humanitarian vision! pic.twitter.com/Xwk0Jilx35— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) February 7, 2019The organisation equally praised the FIGC for its handling of racism in recent times.The FIGC recently announced plans to tighten up anti-racism procedure at matches after Kalidou Koulibaly was abused during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter on Boxing Day, as well as ordering the Nerazzurri to play two games behind closed doors.“The FIGC acted in the right way. It made the right choices,” concluded Ceferin.
HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — Truckers went on strike in the streets of Hialeah Gardens to protest what they call unfair labor practices.Trucks lined up along the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway and Okeechobee Road, Monday morning.Truckers from a number of different companies protested in hopes of changing a slew of labor practices. “The reason we here today, cause we can’t work no more,” said Joel Varela-Diaz. “We struggle, we going to hell, we don’t have no money — not even to put our trucks in the condition that the DOT, they want it. We can’t afford it.”The drivers said companies are preventing them from claiming standard workplace protections, such as overtime pay, minimum wage and unemployment benefits.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Download AudioThe board tasked with regulating Alaska’s nascent marijuana industry has approved draft regulations for how customers will be allowed to consume pot they buy in certain retail stores on site.The proposed rules, which will go out for public comment, call for retail stores that will be permitted to have on-site consumption to have the consumption area cordoned off from the rest of the store by a secure door.Items purchased to be consumed at the store could not be removed from the premises. Regulators likened it to bars, where patrons are not allowed to-go cups for beers they don’t finish.There would be transaction limits, and stores would have to monitor patrons for overconsumption. Gimmicks such as contests involving use of marijuana or pot as prizes would be prohibited.Retail pot shops have yet to be licensed in Alaska.
Homes without a good sound system are just not smart enough.Every smart home should have a smart speaker system installed, not only to play music, but also update you on the latest news, the weather, and control your smart gadgets, including door bells, alarms, lights, air conditioning, etc..Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are a must for a smart home, and there are several others expected to be available for purchase this year.Here are five smart speakers you can buy for the ultimate smart home, in 2017Amazon Echo: Is a voice-activated smart bluetooth speaker that uses a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa. It is more than a speaker, as it can do several tasks like reading you audio books, check the weather, set alarms, provide realtime information, do online shopping, stream podcasts and several other works. It can also control several gadgets in a house. It comes with a price tag of $179.99.[READ: 10 devices you need for an ultimate smart home in 2017: Amazon Echo, Nest Cam Indoor, Ecobee3 and others]Google Home: Announced at Google I/O in May 2016, Google Home was released on the US market in November 2016 at $129 as a rival to Amazon Echo. Equipped with Google Assistant’s intelligence, the device can control several smart gadgets as a central hub besides features like streaming music through Google Play Music, YouTube and other sources.Harmon Kardon: Microsoft has given a sneak peek of a Harman Kardon premium speaker powered by its intelligent personal assistant Cortana in a video teaser. Not much is known about the smart speaker, but since it will run Cortana that is already available on Windows, iOS and Android, it should be able to provide a wide range of assistance. This smart speaker should hit the market this year.Lenovo Smart Assistant: This smart speaker is similar to Amazon Echo on several counts, including design and shape. It is a voice-controlled, high-definition speaker with far-field mics and powered by Amazon Alexa. It not only plays music with high quality sound but also provides information like traffic status, your favourite playlist, and several others.Mattel Aristotle: Toymaker Mattel has developed a smart home voice assistant called Mattel Aristotle specially designed for kids, but can be used by adults too. It is priced at $300 and users have to say “Aristotle” instead of “Alexa”. The device can illuminate with options for different colours and brightness, and houses a camera to monitor a baby and plays lullabies when it detects a baby waking up.
Syrian regime forces are pictured in the town of Aftris, west of the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Saturday. Photo: AFPSyrian regime forces on Saturday cut off the largest town in Eastern Ghouta from the rest of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus, pressing on with a 20-day assault that has left more than 1,000 civilians dead.Government troops and allied militia launched their military campaign for Eastern Ghouta on February 18 and have since overrun more than half of the area, defying global calls for a halt to the violence.The assault has followed a divide-and-conquer strategy, eating away at rebel-held territory, and government forces on Saturday successfully isolated Ghouta’s main town of Douma in a blow for the beleaguered rebels.Regime fighters cut off a road linking Douma with the town of Harasta further west and also captured the town of Misraba, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“Regime forces have therefore divided Eastern Ghouta into three parts—Douma and its surroundings, Harasta in the west, and the rest of the towns further south,” the Britain-based monitor said.Shelling and air strikes slammed into Douma on Saturday, trapping residents inside their basements for hours, AFP’s correspondents in the town said.Rescue workers and medics were struggling to navigate the town’s rubble-littered roads to bring wounded residents back to field clinics.At least 20 civilians—including four children—were killed in Douma on Saturday, in addition to 17 civilians in other battlefront towns, said the Observatory.The deaths raised the assault’s total toll to 1,031 civilians, including 219 children, according to the Observatory. More than 4,350 have been wounded.‘Bomb shelters full’Douma’s opposition-run local council issued an urgent “distress call” on Saturday to international organisations.“The bomb shelters and basements are full, and people are sleeping in the streets and in public gardens,” the statement said.“For three days, it has been hard to bury the dead because of the intense bombing on the cemetery,” it added.Eastern Ghouta is the last remaining opposition-controlled zone on the outskirts of the capital, and rebels there have regularly fired rockets onto Damascus.On Saturday, at least one child was killed and four other civilians wounded in rebel shelling on eastern districts of Damascus, according to state news agency SANA.Rebels have tried to slow the advance with an attempted counter-offensive, but President Bashar al-Assad’s forces steamrolled their efforts.Syrian state television broadcast live footage from Misraba hours after it was captured by the army on Saturday, showing dozens of civilians in a dark basement, surrounded by troops.One elderly man broke down into tears as he relayed how his family had fled to Douma under fierce bombardment.Eastern Ghouta is home to around 400,000 people, living under a five-year siege that has made food and medical aid exceedingly rare.On Friday, an aid convoy by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered food to hunger-stricken residents.It was the second convoy in one week, after deliveries on Monday were interrupted by heavy bombardment.‘Scared faces’The UN refugee agency’s Syria representative, who entered Ghouta with Monday’s convoy, said the area was “on the verge of a major disaster”.“I’ve never seen such scared faces in my life,” Sajjad Malik said Friday.He described seeing a five-storey building that had been reduced to rubble, with a powerful stench emanating from several bodies trapped underneath.Two Islamist groups are the most prominent rebel factions in Ghouta, but jihadists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) — once linked to Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch—also have a presence.On Friday, 13 HTS members and their relatives were bussed out of the enclave.Rebels said they would be taken to HTS territory in the northern province of Idlib, in an arrangement struck following consultations with the UN and international players.Such evacuation deals have been repeatedly agreed in Syria’s seven-year war, most notably in the second city of Aleppo in late 2016.After a ferocious month-long government assault, thousands of rebel fighters and civilians were bussed out of the city’s east.That paved the way for Syria’s government to announce the full recapture of Aleppo—the largest defeat to date for the fractured opposition movement.Syria’s conflict erupted with protests against Assad but has since developed into a full-blown war drawing in world powers.Russia has intervened on Assad’s behalf while Turkey has backed rebels against his regime, rival jihadists and Kurdish forces.Saturday, Ankara-backed rebels advanced against Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, coming to within two kilometres (just over one mile) of the flashpoint town of Afrin, the Observatory said.Elsewhere in Syria, the White Helmets rescue force suffered its first female fatality on Saturday, after air strikes hit a rebel-held town in Idlib province.
Apartments like those along Buffalo Bayou Park are suddenly in high demand. 00:00 /00:57 X Listen Remember the apartment glut Houston was suffering?Well, not so much anymore.Residents displaced by the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey are storming apartments across the region.Before Harvey hit Houston on Saturday night, landlords had been making concessions to fill their apartments.“You could usually get at least one free month of rent if you signed a 13-month lease, things like that,” Ed Wolff, president of Beth Wolff Realtors, said.But those times are over for now.Wolff’s house in Meyerland got flooded too, and so he went to look for a new place as soon as he could. “We went and looked at three apartments,” he said. “When we got back to the desk, two of them had been leased online.”Right now, he said, Houston’s apartment market is going from an oversupply to a shortage.“And that shortage will prop up values and escalate values in areas that did not flood,” Wolff said. “And the question will be, are those values valid or is it, ‘I don’t care if I pay $20,000 more, I just need a place to live’?”He said it could be that after six months or a year the market goes back to a glut because people return to their homes. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune 00:00 /17:50 Listen Texans don’t vote. That’s the knock on the Lone Star State that year after year — especially in non-presidential elections — we lag behind the rest of the country in voter participation. But, is that reputation deserved?It turns out, yes — very much so.The United States Elections Project tracks such numbers, and let’s just look at the last two midterm elections as examples.In 2014, just 28.3 percent of eligible Texas voters turned out. That number did jump quite a bit four years later, in the 2018 midterm election, to 46.3 percent. That raised some hopes that future turnout will be even higher. But even that number was less than 50 percent of eligible voters — and still well below the national average.So, why don’t more Texans vote?Bob Stein, a political scientist at Rice University, says there are a lot of reasons Texas often ranks near the bottom of voter turnout rates. In particular, he says, like so many behaviors, it’s about practice – or the lack thereof.In the audio above, Stein talks about recent voter trends in Texas and where he sees things headed in the future with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneVoters lined up at a polling place in Austin in 2016. Share