Berkshire Hathaway’s Patrick Halliday Wins “Circle of Excellence” Award

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors congratulates Patrick Halliday, an Ocean City Asbury Avenue office sales associate, for receiving a NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award Platinum Level.NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Platinum Award winners qualified for the award by producing a minimum of $20 million and 30 units or 125 units in 2020. The NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend Study.With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1, for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.For more information, visit www.foxroach.com. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors sales associate Patrick Halliday.last_img read more

GAA RELEGATION BATTLE POSTPONED DUE TO BEREAVEMENT

first_imgThe Senior League Division one relegation play-off game between Gaoth Dobhair  and Dungloe in Dungloe has been called off due to a bereavement.The much-anticpated game between the two neighbouring rivals was due to take place today.A new date has yet to be finalised.  GAA RELEGATION BATTLE POSTPONED DUE TO BEREAVEMENT was last modified: December 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Onduparaka name unsettled Shaban named in 2017/18 squad

first_imgFOOTBALL–Onduparaka have included want-away striker Muhammad Shaban in a 31-man squad released by the Caterpillars a head of the new 2017/2018 league season.While the squad was bursting at the seams with new faces the inclusion of the unsettled striker struck a chord with Caterpillars fans.Shaban’s future at Green Light Stadium diminished into uncertainty following a fall out with the club administration.At the height of the fallout, the club stripped Shaban of captaincy and subsequently appointed Rashid Toha as new skipper with Alex Adriko Gasper, Denis Andama and Gaddafi Muhammad the assistants.Since then, Shaban’s desire to leave the Caterpillars this off-season became a public secret noticeable in various interviews and social media posts where he relayed apparent openness to leave .The club, for their part, rebuffed initial overtures from local clubs and only insisted to do business with suitors abroad.Following unsuccessful trials with South African giants SuperSport United last month, the striker’s chances of leaving Green Light Stadium wore thin, and sources indicate that he had no choice but to stay put.Vipers SC were reportedly monitoring Shaban’s uncertain future with keen interest as they  were desperately seeking alternatives to bolster their striking force.But the cold-shoulder treatment the player received during his first spell with the Kitende-based side returned to shatter the slimmest of hopes  for the deal to crystallise.Champions KCCA were also rumoured to have picked interested in working the striker as replacement for Geoffrey Sserunkuma after the veteran striker went for greener pastures with Zambian outfit Buildco FC.Shaban scored 13 league goals for the Arua-based outfit last season to steer Onduparaka to respectable 5th place finish in their UPL debut season, and despite altercations with his bosses, he was at the heart of everything good the Caterpillars achieved in the season.The released squad 1. Ssebwato Nicholas(42)2. Anyama Richard(32)3. Orom Benson (25) 4. Adriko Alex Gasper (17) 5. Aniku Soso (3) 6. Kasozi Bob (35) 7. Kirya Aggrey(6) 8. Andama Denis (30) 9. Saddam Norman (18)10. Okocha Rashid (15)11. Gibson Adinho (33) 12. Simba Sabir(2) 13. Toha Rashid (12) 14. Muhammad Rashid (24)15. Ibrahim Faizol (4) 16. Ajobe Toto Mahdi ( 5) 17. Kakooza Rajab(16) 18. Mboowa Ivan (31) 19. Gaddafi Wahab (11) 20. Gaddafi Muhammad (7) 21. Ssekajugo Viane (20) 22 .Ndugwa Karim (8) 23. Kabon Living (13) 24. Muhammad Shaban (9) 25. OKhuti Ceaser (28) 26. Rashid Ayub Agau (10) 27. Okwir Dickens (19) 28. Busobozi Allan (22) 29. Bida Ezra Rashid (21) 30. Leku Alfred (42) 31. Olega Ceaser (14)Commentslast_img read more

Poverty in South Africa ‘is declining’

first_img2 October 2008 A new report released by the Presidency has found that there has been a reduction in both absolute income poverty, which is the income of poor people, and in relative income poverty, which is the gap between the average income of poor people and the poverty line. Social assistance The report, entitled “Towards a Fifteen Year Review Synthesis Report”, reviews the government’s successes as well as shortcomings and challenges over the last 15 years, and investigates the impact of government programmes in improving the lives of South Africans. “When using the R322 per person [per month] poverty line, in 1995 about 53% of households was living below that line. In 2005, that figure has decreased to 48%.” Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, he said that the fact that the upper income groups were experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions started to create a sense of relative poverty in lower income groups. While many poor South Africans were lifting themselves from abject poverty, the rich in South Africa were getting richer, most likely due to access to economic opportunities. The Department of Public Works also has programmes which are aimed at assisting with fighting poverty and assisting in income generation. While the Expanded Public Works Programme did absorb a large number of unskilled labourers, the report found that challenges remained, in that the projects were of short duration and training was often inadequate. “The targets in 2004 were to create one million work opportunities by 2009 . that target had already been met by April 2008,” he said. “There is the challenge that these [work programmes] are of short duration and the training that is meant to take place is not taking place at the optimum level.” Netshitenzhe explained that during periods of high rates of growth it was those who were already well-off who were better positioned to take advantage of that growth. Despite the decrease in the amount of poor people in the country, Netshitenzhe noted that many studies, including the Income Expenditure Survey by Statistics South Africa found a widening inequality gap in the country. Source: BuaNews Netshitenzhe added that when using the lower poverty line measure of R174 per person a month, the number of households in 1995 stood at 3%, decreasing in 2005 to 2%. “What we have established is that income poverty has actually declined, contrary to conventional wisdom,” policy coordination and advisory services head Joel Netshitenzhe told reporters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week. “In terms of macro-social trends, a high level of economic growth has exposed one reality that we believe society needs to take to heart . that a higher rate of growth does not necessarily result in a reduction in inequality,” he said, adding that in recent years, inequality especially amongst racial groups, except among Africans, had not been reduced. Widening inequality gap Various studies have confirmed that social grants were well targeted and contributed considerably to poverty reduction. Of social grants, the report indicated that 62% of the total went to the poorest 40% of households, and 82% to the poorest 60%. Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, the fact that those who are on the upper rim are experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions, it starts to create a sense of relative poverty in the lower ranks, he said. “Social grants have played a very critical role in this regard . from 2.5 million beneficiaries in 1999 to just over 12 million in 2007, the social grants system is the largest form of government support for the poor,” Netshitenzhe said. “Most by far is in the form of the child support grant, which reached 7.8 million beneficiaries in 2007 compared to 34 000 in 1999.”last_img read more

Amazon: Can It Stay King Of Cloud Computing Forever?

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Azure#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Google#IBM#Microsoft#OpenStack#Red Hat Matt Asay Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IBM’s decision to throw its considerable weight behind OpenStack has some folks declaring victory for the open source cloud consortium. The hitch? Amazon already claims a considerable lead, with more than 70% of the market, according to Forrester’s James Staten, and as one prominent Amazon backer declares, the lead grows daily.Can Amazon Withstand Sustained Cloud Computing Competition?The question is whether Amazon can withstand a sustained, concerted attack by nearly everyone else in the cloud computing industry.So far, according to Adrian Cockroft, director of architecture for Netflix, Amazon Web Services’ biggest customer, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.” In a Twitter exchange last week, Infoworld’s Eric Knorr asked “Is the choice really between OpenStack and AWS? What about other cloud solutions?” Cockroft’s response was clear:When asked which features, in particular, AWS had that OpenStack couldn’t match, Cockroft insisted that there is “too much to list,” but “Availability Zones and Autoscale Groups” are two features that stand out. Furthermore, Cockroft indicated that OpenStack’s six-month release cycle cripples its ability to catch up with Amazon, which rolls out new features (and price drops) on a continuous basis.In other words, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”Has Amazon Already Won? Yes and No.But has Amazon already won? If you look at the absolute number of jobs being created, relative to OpenStack or Cloudstack, the answer is yes. Ditto if you go off general interest, as measured by Web searches:But if you look at relative job growth, suddenly OpenStack has a fighting chance.Perhaps even more tellingly, a foray into the code contributions for OpenStack suggest a truly dynamic, growing entity, one that is no longer Rackspace’s pet project, but rather a true community effort. The most recent data I could find is a year old, but already shows growing influence by Red Hat and others.Does this matter? Absolutely.Big Players Will Make A Big DifferenceHowever, I suspect that OpenStack will gain prominence in tandem with a few of its primary supporters gaining outsized influence due to these code contributions. Linux took off as IBM invested $1 billion (and then much more) and Red Hat, in particular, invested armies of engineers to make it into an enterprise-grade operating system standard.The same will hold true of OpenStack. Right now it’s making waves by being the open, community standard. That’s nice, but insufficient and somewhat misleading, as Gartner’s Kyle Hilgendorf has established. Ultimately, enterprises don’t care about community and openness unless the product itself is rock solid.Which is one reason that Microsoft and Google also can’t be counted out. Microsoft holds sway with CIOs, and has been actively welcoming open-source technologies to its Azure cloud service. Google, for its part, was building clouds long before it was cool, and has so many hooks into developers with its various software and services, from Android to Maps to YouTube to Apps, that it cannot help but be a major player. Google Compute Engine’s performance compares well against Amazon, too, but it’s the ease developers will have tying into Google’s services that truly favor it.Has Amazon won Round 1 of the Public Cloud wars? No question. But some serious competitors are looming, each with attributes (Microsoft, enterprise fealty; OpenStack, community; Google, popular developer services) that give them a real chance to cut into Amazon’s significant lead.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

IPL 2011: India gears up for IPL after World Cup glory

first_imgJust six days after its national team sparked nationwide celebrations by winning the World Cup, India’s obsession with cricket will switch to the start of the money-spinning Indian Premier League when the Twenty20 event gets under way on Friday.The euphoria since India beat Sri Lanka to secure the 50-over world title on Saturday can only be good news for the fourth edition of the IPL, which starts in Chennai after allegations of corruption prompted a change in management.The league’s former head Lalit Modi has been suspended since April 2010 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has been investigating bribery allegations in the 2008 auction for new IPL teams. Modi was later replaced by Indian cricket board vice president Chirayu Amin.The IPL is the world’s richest cricket tournament, worth $4 billion in franchise fees and television rights. It has some of the best-known Bollywood cinema stars and billionaire tycoons among its owners, while several of the world’s top cricketers play in its teams.Two new franchises – Kochi and Pune – joined in 2011 after bids worth a combined $703 million. The newcomers will increase the league to 10 teams and the number of matches from 60 to 74 for the April 8-May 28 event.Sahara Adventure Sports, part of the diversified Sahara Group, bought the rights for a team in the western city of Pune for $370 million, and called it Pune Warriors. A consortium called Rendezvous Sports World won the franchise for the southern city of Kochi for $333 million and named it Kochi Tuskers Kerala.advertisementTeams have also undergone an overhaul following the second player auction in January. Only 12 players were retained by five of the eight teams from their original squads.Defending champion Chennai Super Kings retained Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his compatriots Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay, and South African Albie Morkel – as it parted with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.The 2010 finalist Mumbai Indians kept India stars Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga and West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard for $4.5 million.India batting star Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive player at the auction, picked up for $2.4 million for two years by Kolkata Knight Riders. The team also bought Indian allrounder Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million.Among other top internationals at the high end of the bidding were Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, bought by Kochi for $1.5 million, Australian David Hussey, hired by Punjab for $1.4 million and a South African trio – Dale Steyn, netted by Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million, AB de Villiers by Bangalore and Jacques Kallis by Kolkata for $1.1 million each.Mukesh Ambani, who controls India’s most valuable company, Reliance Industries, and film actors Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all own teams in the IPL.last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibaly

first_imgInter Milan striker Keita Balde upset for Koulibalyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Keita Balde paid tribute to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after victory over Empoli.Keita was stunned by the racist abuse Koulibaly suffered last week against Inter.He said, “I consider Koulibaly to be my brother: we play for the same National Team, and I tell him the things that I want to say personally on the phone. Such things most certainly should not be happening in our times: football is wonderful and doesn’t need bad moments and insults tainting it. “Football should be enjoyed, it provides hope and brings joy to children. We all have to do better and work together to create a better world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Significant Reduction in Crime in St. James, West Kingston and St. Catherine

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GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

first_imgWASHINGTON – Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation.The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection of the party’s crusade to erase President Barack Obama’s law into an eleventh-hour triumph.Alaska is home to GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’s among a handful of Republicans who’ve not said how they’ll vote. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the bill’s co-sponsors and his support is not in question, but the episode suggests the value of helping craft of legislation.The bill was chiefly written by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. It would end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for people buying private insurance and combine the money into new block grants for states.With all Democrats opposed, Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 can lose only two votes if they are to succeed, leaving the bill’s fate uncertain. Generally, it would shift money from states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor under Obama’s statute, which tend to be run by Democrats, to the largely Republican-run states that shunned that expansion.The measure would shield Alaska from some cuts it imposes on Medicaid, according to analysts, including from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, by limiting spending to a maximum amount per beneficiary starting in 2020. The federal-state program for low earners has always automatically provided whatever money is needed for eligible recipients. Montana would also qualify for the exemption.It would also increase federal Medicaid funds for states with high American Indian populations, including Alaska, according to health care consultant April Grady.Analysts offered no figures about how much money the provisions would mean for Alaska.The provisions hardly ensure support from Murkowski, who’s said she’s studying how the measure would affect her state. The administration was pushing for her support, with Vice-President Mike Pence calling into an Anchorage talk-radio show Thursday and urging listeners to contact Murkowski and ask her to “stand with President Trump” and support the bill.According to studies released this week by Kaiser and the consulting firm Avalere Health, Alaska is among many states that would lose money overall under the bill. Alaska has unusually high health care costs because of the remoteness of many communities.The provisions do not mention Alaska or Wisconsin by name.But the bill allows a state that turned down extra federal funds to expand Medicaid under Obama’s statute to count the rejected money in determining how large its block grant will be, analysts say.Grady, Avalere analyst Chris Sloan and others said they were unaware of states other than Wisconsin that would benefit from the provision. This language could mean “potentially hundreds of millions” of extra dollars for Wisconsin, said Grady.In a written statement provided by aides, Johnson said funding formulas to correct “the grossly unfair” distribution of money under Obama’s law needed to be changed “to reflect the unique circumstances of many states, including recognizing the innovative reforms of Wisconsin.”Wisconsin is among 19 states that declined to fully expand Medicaid under Obama’s law, which also provided generous federal reimbursements. Under Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 presidential contender, Wisconsin just partially expanded Medicaid and agreed to accept smaller federal subsidies.The provision in the health care bill applies to states that expanded Medicaid only up to 100 per cent of the federal poverty level and had that expansion in effect this past Sept. 1.Since the bill’s details emerged, health industry and other groups have been lining up against it.The National Association of Medicaid Directors, representing state officials who administer Medicaid, said it is concerned the measure would have damaging consequences on state budgets. Also announcing opposition recently was America’s Health Insurance Plans, a huge health insurers’ trade group, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed.last_img read more

Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul

first_imgWASHINGTON – A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates.Organizations that range from the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers have raised objections to legislation that would sharpen the teeth of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law, enacted 80 years ago to expose Nazi propaganda, requires people to disclose when they lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments or political entities.While there’s bipartisan support for cracking down on unregistered foreign agents, several of the changes proposed in congressional bills could backfire by sweeping in a host of unintended targets, according to critics. That pushback has effectively kept the legislation from advancing as lobbying groups press for revisions.One of the most contentious provisions would eliminate a popular loophole that permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to be exempt from the law, known as FARA. That shift, one business group has warned, could extend the rigorous disclosure requirements to U.S. subsidiaries of global companies, stigmatizing them as foreign agents even though they employ thousands of Americans.Congressional interest in fortifying the law comes in the aftermath of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and a special counsel investigation that’s drawn greater attention to the inner workings of international influence peddling.Most recently, Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, admitted in a plea deal that he’d failed to register as a foreign agent when he directed a lobbying operation for Ukrainian interests. Prosecutors said he concealed millions of dollars in income for the work from the IRS.Earlier this year, federal prosecutors unveiled an indictment against a Russian troll farm accused of interfering in the 2016 election through bogus Facebook posts that revealed how foreign parties can weaponize social media to influence public opinion.Yet criminal cases under FARA have been rare, with fewer than a dozen since 1966 as the Justice Department generally emphasized voluntary compliance over prosecution. Lawmakers supporting the bills say a 2016 inspector general’s report found that the department lacked the tools it needed to properly enforce FARA. A violation of the law is punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison.But the defence lawyers association and the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil-liberties group, have declared that Fourth Amendment privacy protections would be undermined by a section of the bill that would expand the Justice Department’s power to investigate possible violations of the law.And an alliance of nongovernmental organizations called InterAction has urged lawmakers to repair vague and outdated provisions in the current law before passing a new one that strengthens the government’s hand. These groups fear that the law, if not repaired, could leave nonprofits open “to possible politicized enforcement actions and attack,” according to an open letter more than 40 members and partners of InterAction wrote earlier this year.The House version of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., seemed to be on the fast track to passage in the GOP-led House after a committee approved it in January by a comfortable margin. Yet eight months later, it hasn’t moved any further.Johnson described the objections as “overblown” and said he’s hopeful the full House will vote on his bill before the end of the year. The House is in recess and won’t return until after the Nov. 6 elections.“People in Washington are resistant to change,” Johnson said. “The longer we wait to enact these reforms the more critical they become.”An identical Senate bill, by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is bottled up in the Foreign Relations Committee. Grassley charged last year that there has been “rampant disregard” of the law by foreign agents and “lacklustre enforcement by federal authorities.”President Donald Trump invoked the law in a Sept. 13 tweet that attacked former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. Trump called the meetings illegal and questioned whether Kerry, now a private citizen, had registered as a foreign agent.But Trump’s broadside appeared to be off base. Meetings between a private U.S. citizen and foreign official are not against the law and not necessarily inappropriate or a violation of federal regulations. Further, FARA provisions don’t extend to activities conducted entirely overseas.“What we are currently seeing is a lot of confusion over the vagueness of FARA and concern that the breadth of the law can lead to its politicized use,” said Nick Robinson, legal adviser at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.Lobbyists that register under FARA must report specific meetings, phone calls and other details of contacts with members of Congress or federal officials to the Justice Department, which then posts the material online .The loophole targeted for elimination permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to get an exemption provided that they register under the less-demanding Lobbying Disclosure Act. The quarterly reports filed with the House and Senate under the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act also are made public but require much less information.U.S.-based subsidiaries of international companies say the change may lead officials to avoid meeting with companies bound by FARA, putting them at a disadvantage with their domestic competitors.The legislation is supposed to target foreign governments or political parties but may “catch these companies in the crosshairs,” said Nancy McLernon, president of the Organization for International Investment, a lobbying group that represents the U.S. operations of global businesses including BP America, Honda North America, Nestle USA and Samsung.“No one wants to be labeled a foreign agent,” she said. “It sounds like a spy for a foreign government.”The legislation also would allow the Justice Department to demand that individuals and businesses turn over material relevant to federal investigations into alleged violations of FARA. Backers of the bill say the department’s FARA registration unit has long sought the use of administrative subpoenas to better enforce the law. The bill, they added, includes safeguards to ensure this authority isn’t abused.But the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, in a sharply worded letter to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, said the investigative procedures proposed in the bill amount to an “expansion of unchecked law-enforcement authority.” The department would be able “to compel the production of documents and force the testimony of the targets of criminal investigations, without any prior showing of probable cause or court approval,” the association’s letter said.The letter was written in January. Spokesman Ivan Dominguez said the association’s position has not changed.___Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rplardnerlast_img read more

TSX resumes last weeks sell off despite strong gains from cannabis sector

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index resumed last week’s selloff by closing down slightly on Monday despite strong gains by the cannabis-heavy health sector just days before the drug’s legalization.The markets are just trying to find a little bit of footing at the start of the corporate earnings season after last week’s spike in volatility, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.North American markets lost ground during the day after ending Friday on the upswing following a few days of heavy losses.“I think we’re going to get this kind of tennis match between the ongoing anxiety of the selloff and probably the positive news of corporate earnings and that probably can keep the markets bouncing around,” he said in an interview from San Francisco.“I expect volatility to continue this week, probably not to the degrees we saw last week but I think the balance between those two forces at the moment are probably going to keep the markets a little bit on edge this week.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down slightly, losing 4.82 points to 15,409.47, after dipping to a low of 15,398.47 on 246.8 million shares traded.The health care sector gained 6.7 per cent, followed by gold. Information technology, energy and financial sectors were the biggest losers on the day.Energy was down on some geopolitical concerns related to the suspected death of a Washington Post columnist after he had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.Most cannabis stocks enjoyed solid gains as the enthusiasm that has driven the sector higher continued.Fehr expects the exuberance will continue past Wednesday’s legalization of recreational cannabis use.“I don’t think that that has to necessarily come an end just because of legalization but I think the enthusiasm will wane once the kind of the shimmer wears off this newness to the growth story here.”He said the momentum enjoyed by cannabis shares is very similar to cryptocurrencies earlier this year.“That can only last for so long,” Fehr added. “At some point this sector, these companies are going to have to rely on growth, they’re going to have to rely on revenues and profits as a driver of their stock prices.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.44 points to 25,250.55. The S&P 500 index shed 16.34 points to 2,750.79, while the Nasdaq composite was off 66.15 points to 7,430.74.Fehr warned investors not to look at the market volatility as the beginning of the end of the bull run because it’s not driven by news about a global or North American downturn.“Instead I look at it much more as a healthy, normal type of correction that’s just based off of some concerns about some trends that we’ve known about for some time.”The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.96 US compared with an average of 76.7 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 44 cents at US$71.78 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up 8.1 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$8.30 at US$1,230.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.2 cents at US$2.79 a pound.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for missing two yearold

first_imgUPDATE as of 11:30 p.m. July 7 – RCMP continue to assist in the search for a two year old boy who went missing near the Wapiti River at the Canfor Bridge during the evening of July 6, 2018. The search continued throughout the day on July 7, 2018 and included boats, all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter in addition to people searching on foot. The search was concluded for the night at approximately 11:00 PM and will resume at 07:00 AM on July 8, 2018. RCMP and a number of search and rescue members will remain on scene for the duration of the night.   Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.UPDATE as of 7:00 a.m. July 7 – Search crews continue to search the are near the Canfor Bridge on the Wapiti River.  The search was suspended at 11 p.m. Friday, but search and rescue crews remained on scene overnight until the search resumed this morning.  The RCMP say all available resources have been deployed to help with the search.Police are asking the general public to stay away from the area to allow emergency services to focus on the search.ORIGINAL STORY:GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The RCMP and STARS Air Ambulance along with the Grande Prairie Technical Search and Rescue are searching in the MD of Greenview for a missing two year old child.The two year-old boy was with his family at the Wapiti River, near the Canfor Bridge, when he disappeared.https://twitter.com/williamvavrek/status/1015407726690615296The RCMP are asking for the general public to stay away from the area while emergency crews focus on the search.https://twitter.com/STARSambulance/status/1015417841347153920When more information is released, we will post further updates.last_img read more

Power outages all over the BC Peace

first_imgFor details on the other outages in the Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outages. UPDATE:  For the latest information about power outages in the B.C. Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 800 customers are without power around the BC Peace region due to the wind storm in the area.The largest outage is between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek along the Alaska Highway. Over 400 customers are without power. That outage is under investigation. There is no estimate on when power will be restored.last_img read more

Gun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuit

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – After a report of gunshots in Taylor, the Fort St. John RCMP were able to apprehend three suspects.On February 17, 2019, at 2:48 AM, the Fort St John RCMP Received a call from a Taylor resident who had been awakened by what they believed to be gunshots in the 9800 block of North Spruce Street in Taylor.Several officers were immediately deployed to the scene. On route, officers noted a lone vehicle heading north on Highway 97 from Taylor. When one of the officers went to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge van, several items were observed being thrown from the van, one of which was believed to be a bullet-resistant vest.Police pursued the vehicle to Fort St John where it pulled into a local hotel parking lot and the three occupants attempted to flee from police on foot, but they were all taken into custody.The RCMP allege items were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.  The items were all recovered and identified as a bullet resistant vest, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.I am very proud of the systematic response by our officers to this type of high risk call. They were able to contain the threat to the public while safely apprehending the alleged suspects, says Sergeant Dave Tyreman, acting Operations Officer.A 32-year-old Taylor woman, a 29-year-old Fort St John Man, and a 34-year-old Victoria man are being held in custody pending a Provincial Court appearance to answer to numerous firearm and other related offences.last_img read more

Why BJP leaders only attacking oppn not highlighting own achievements Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday asked the BJP why its leaders were only attacking the opposition in their rallies and not highlighting their own positive achievements. In a tweet, he said the people wanted stable jobs, not a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). He attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the plight of ‘shiksha mitras’ or contractual teachers among others and assured those unemployed of his support. “Why is the BJP targeting opposition parties in its rallies? Does it not have any positive achievements in its five-year rule. Fearing people’s wrath and defeat, BJP leaders and workers are avoiding campaigning and are making excuses that the weather is too hot,” Yadav claimed.last_img read more

Russias hybrid mission

first_imgRussia has forayed into gene-editing technology with a 111-billion-rouble (more than Rs 12 crore) federal programme that aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next eight years. The programme, announced in April, 2019 will focus on developing 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops — such as barley, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes and animals by 2020; and another 20 by 2027, according to a report in Nature, a science journal. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe programme marks a welcome step for Russian researchers who were exempted from cultivating genetically modified (GM) organisms in the country by a 2016 law. While the 2016 law calls GM organisms as something “that cannot result from natural processes”, the new programme “describes gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 — which do not necessarily insert foreign DNA — as equivalent to conventional breeding methods”. The move would also help researchers get funding from private companies. Also Read – The future is here!Russia lags behind other major powers of the world in genetic research. In 2017, the country spent 1.11 per cent of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13 per cent in China and 2.79 per cent in the United States. The programme is “a significant move” both for Russia and the world, and would encourage China to invest more in gene-editing technologies, and the United States to boost enthusiasm for such technologies, Yi Li, a plant scientist at the University of Connecticut, was quoted in Nature report. “For European countries, this can be a very interesting development in the light of the European court of justice ruling on genome editing,” he added. However, some researchers are sceptical of achieving the ambitious goals in the given deadline, and worry about excessive bureaucracy. “I am sure [the government] will spend the money and call the programme a huge success. I am less confident there will actually be any new varieties by next year — perhaps later,” Nature quoted a scientist, who wished to remain anonymous. The report also states that the projects to develop gene-edited versions of crops have already begun. “Scientists at Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes in Moscow are developing pathogen-resistant varieties of potatoes and sugar beet. And gene-editing research aiming to make barley and wheat both easier to process and more nutritious is in progress at the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, and at the RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics,” the report said.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Jan 11 2017

Oh, and don’t forgetFat Trick achieved We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeGOATsNick Saban’s tenure at Alabama brought the program their fifth college championship this decade on Monday after defeating a well-matched Georgia team in one of the best championship games Alabama’s had to play. Since at least 1988, the 10-year dynasty for Alabama — from 2008 to 2017 — is the best ever college football dynasty based on Elo ratings. [FiveThirtyEight]Atlanta isn’t the sameThe Atlanta Falcons won against the highly regarded Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but they’ve got trouble ahead based on how this team compares to the NFC conference champions of 2017. They’re racking up fewer big plays — yards per game from 20+ yard plays are down 51 yards since 2016 — and their red zone touchdown percentage dropped from 62 percent and 50 percent this year. [FiveThirtyEight]Brady’s having a streakTom Brady’s previous five games were one of the worst five-game stretches of his career based on expected points added. While the Pats were 4-1, his total EPA over the five games was only 22.16 which is the sixth lowest of his career. [FiveThirtyEight]Overwatch League kicks offThe Overwatch League, a competitive gaming esport, had its inaugural day on Wednesday, with games each night through Saturday. The league is backed by money from several NFL owners, and the slick presentation seen Wednesday — and the massive contract they inked with Twitch to carry the games — show they aren’t messing around. On day one, the Seoul Dynasty beat the Dallas Fuel 2-1, the Los Angeles Gladiators defeated Shanghai 4-0, and the Los Angeles Valiant defeated the San Francisco Shock 4-0. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Imagine getting sued by the ArmyThe Army is suing the Las Vegas Golden Knights over their team name, claiming that it infringes on the name of West Point’s teams. This means that for now, both sides appear poised for combat of the legal variety: The hockey team said in a statment “we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team,” which is A+ chirping. [SportsLogos.net]Draft order set for most of usFor 24 teams in the league, the future is no longer a mystery. The draft ordering is set for two thirds of the league, with Cleveland pulling two picks in the top four and Oakland and San Francisco fighting for the 9th and 10th picks based on a coin flip alone. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL game: Can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions?Big Number$17,157The Cleveland Browns fans had their sad parade last weekend to commemorate the 0-16 season, but they did some serious good in the process, raising $17,157 for the Cleveland Food Banks and likely providing about 70,000 meals resulting from the shamefest. [Hayden Grove]Leaks from Slack, Monday Night: tchow [11:46 PM]This game…walt [11:47 PM]i know who is arie gonna eliminatewait wrong channelTagovailola is so goodi want the giants to draft him like nowtchow [12:01 AM]WowThat throw tho…walt [12:03 AM]I love footballPredictions NFL See more NFL predictions All newsletters See more NBA predictions NBA read more

Exconvict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business owner

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, allegedly killed 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon, a married father of two young children, last week at Bottom Price Flooring in the 1000 block of G Street.Homicide detectives arrested Cartwright in El Cajon on Wednesday, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. It was unclear what led them to identify Cartwright as the suspected killer.A customer made an emergency call shortly after 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 to report finding Radda dead in his store. The victim’s cause of death and details about the alleged robbery that apparently precipitated the killing have not been released.A surveillance camera at the victim’s downtown business captured images of the suspected murderer, who was accompanied by a woman wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored jacket and a purple wig. She remains unidentified and at large.Radda, who owned and operated his flooring business for 16 years, is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 8 and 5, according to a GoFundMe.com page set up to assist his family.A statement on the donation website memorializes the victim as a “charming, soft-spoken man with a heart of gold.”“Ghedeer meant everything to his family,” the online tribute states. “Together, they have lost a husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle and nephew whom they loved immensely.”Cartwright was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.RELATED STORY: Business owner identified as victim in East Village homicide, suspects at large Ex-convict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business owner October 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 8:34 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 18, 2018last_img read more