VICTORIA — The Green party is taking its third run at bringing ride-hailing to British Columbia, tabling a private member’s bill to pave the way for transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said Thursday the governing New Democrats and Opposition Liberals are failing to deliver on campaign promises made during last spring’s election to have ride-hailing in place by the end of the year.Weaver said there is support for the service and it can work alongside the taxi industry.He called on the NDP and Liberals to work together with the Greens to implement ride sharing as soon as possible.“There’s three-party agreement here,” Weaver said shortly after introducing the bill in the legislature. “So let’s do it. We’ve talked about it for seven years, it’s time to move forward.”Private member’s bills rarely become legislation and even though ride-hailing has the support of all parties in the legislature, the road ahead does not appear to be clear.The New Democrats said they need time to study ride-hailing and its impact on the taxi industry before introducing legislation next fall.Premier John Horgan said at least six pieces of legislation must be amended to make way for ride sharing, including a transportation law that dates back to the 1920s.Weaver said there is nothing stopping the government from introducing a ride sharing law and making necessary changes as required.“This is nothing more than an excuse in my view to delay, and I don’t think we need to delay,” he said.The Liberals said Thursday they like Weaver’s bill but wanted to study it further.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade also called on members of the legislature to work together to introduce ride sharing and modernize the taxi industry in a statement it released on Thursday.“With the fall legislative session now well underway, we urge the provincial government to make immediate, meaningful steps toward greater mobility in our region,” said president Iain Black.“All three party leaders pledged to pass ride sharing enabling legislation by the end of the year, and we call on the new government to follow through.” read more

Responding to questions from the press during his official visit to Norway, the Secretary-General said that he welcomed Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s statement today that he was prepared to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for truce talks in Berlin.”I have always maintained that protagonists need to talk. It is when people are dying and the killing is going on that one has to talk,” Mr. Annan said. “And so any attempt to bring the parties to the table is something that I support.”Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, the Security Council continued this afternoon its open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The discussion, which had been requested by the Islamic Group of nations, began on Monday with statements by representatives of some 40 countries. During yesterday’s session, Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Acting Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said the Committee was worried by the dramatic escalation of tensions in and around East Jerusalem and in areas under full Palestinian control, adding that it was strongly opposed to any actions resulting in the loss of life – Israeli or Palestinian.The two sides needed the help of the international community, Mr. Rodriguez Parilla said. The recommendations of the report by former US Senator George Mitchell should be implemented in their entirety, and negotiations on security, as well as the interim and permanent status issues, should be revived as a matter of urgency.Only once there was a sovereign Palestinian State, with guaranteed and safe borders, would there be peace, he added, as the core of the problem was the continuing illegal occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territory. The Chairman called upon Israel to respect the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the provisions of all relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. read more

Wal-Mart’s 1Q profit disappoints as it struggles with sales slump by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2013 7:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The first few months of the year were tough for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.The world’s largest retailer reported Thursday that its first-quarter profit edged up just slightly, and the company struggled with a sales slump in its namesake business during the three-month period. The discounter also offered a quarterly profit outlook that came below Wall Street’s projections. Its stock fell on the news.Wal-Mart blamed a litany of factors affecting its budget-conscious customers, including a payroll tax increase, delayed tax refunds, job worries and bad weather. It is the latest in a string of big-name, consumer companies from McDonald’s to Macy’s, to cite such hurdles in the first quarter of the year.“Frankly, we had a more difficult quarter than expected,” said Wal-Mart’s President and CEO Mike Duke in a pre-recorded call.Wal-Mart is considered an economic bellwether because the retailer accounts for nearly 10 per cent of nonautomotive retail spending in the U.S. The latest results indicate that many American households with lower incomes continue to struggle even as the job and housing markets improve.“This is a reality check for Wal-Mart’s low-income shoppers,” said Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisers. “The low-income shopper is even more financially stressed than people realize.”While the company said lingering cool weather into April was a culprit in a sales shortfall for seasonal goods like spring fashions and sporting goods such as camping gear, Charles Holley, Wal-Mart’s chief financial officer, told reporters on a conference call that economic worries loom large.“Our customers tell us that jobs and employment are high on the list of concerns,” he said.Additionally, like many companies, Wal-Mart said that business during the first quarter was hurt by the government’s delay in processing income taxes and paying refunds. Wal-Mart said it cashed less in income tax refunds than a year ago.Another big hurdle for Wal-Mart’s financially strapped shoppers have been tax changes, which executives said started having more of an impact as the first quarter progressed. An increase in the payroll tax of two percentage points, which took effect Jan. 1, means that a take-home pay for a household earning $50,000 a year has been sliced by $1,000.Such factors all helped to depress results. Wal-Mart earned $3.78 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the quarter that ended April 30. That compares with $3.74 billion, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 1 per cent to $113.43 billion. That figure excludes Sam’s Club membership fees. Results fell short of Wall Street expectations for earnings of $1.15 per share on revenue of $115.78 billion.Revenue at stores open at least year, a key measurement for retailers because it excludes the effect of stores that open or close during the year, also fell below expectations.Wal-Mart reported a 1.4 per cent drop in revenue at stores open at least a year at its namesake business, which accounts for about 60 per cent of the company’s total revenue. That was the first drop since the second quarter of 2011. At Sam’s Club, the figure rose just 0.2 per cent, held down by less traffic from business customers, bad weather and lower-than-expected inflation.Wall Street analysts had expected its U.S. namesake business to be unchanged and were projecting a 1.2 per cent rise at Sam’s Clubs.Still, Wal-Mart said that business has picked up in May fueled in part because of warmer weather. The company expects revenue at stores opened at least a year to be up as much as 2 per cent at its namesake U.S. businessInternationally, though, Wal-Mart faces slower growth amid a global recession.A bribery scandal also threatens to slow its business overseas. Allegations first surfaced a year ago that Wal-Mart failed to notify law enforcement that company officials authorized millions of dollars in bribes in Mexico to speed up getting building permits and gain other favours. Wal-Mart has been working with government officials in the U.S. and Mexico on that investigation.Wal-Mart has already slowed its expansion plans in Mexico, and last November it said it was looking into potential U.S. bribery law violations in Brazil, China and India.Wal-Mart said that it expects expenses related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — which forbids American companies from bribing foreign officials — to be in the range of $65 million to $70 million in the current quarter. The company cited that the figure is higher than the $40 million to $45 million costs it has incurred in past quarters. That’s partly because the company is investing more in improving its compliance controls.Wal-Mart said that it expects earnings per share to be in the range of $1.22 to $1.27 in the current quarter. Analysts had expected $1.29 per share.Shares fell $1.36 per share, or 1.7 per cent, to close at $78.50 Thursday. That’s at the high end of its 52-week range of $61.25 to $79.96. read more

“Deliberate and obnoxious acts of this type should be deprived of the oxygen of publicity,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, according to her spokesperson. “Given what happened last week, and the fact that people are being killed, Charlie Hebdo is doubly irresponsible to publish these cartoons.”This week, the French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons seen as denigrating to Islam, and which have led, in response, to concerns over the possibility of a violent reaction to them, with the French Government reportedly banning any street protests against the publication.The cartoons come in the wake of violence in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East, starting last week, in response to an anti-Islamic video produced in the state of California by a US citizen. The film has drawn widespread condemnation around the world, including from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as Ms. Pillay.According to media reports, at least 30 people have been killed in the violence, and fresh protests broke out on Friday in countries across the Muslim world.“Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative,” Ms. Pillay’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told a media briefing in Geneva. “The film in particular provides a disgracefully distorted image of Muslims.”The spokesperson noted that High Commissioner Pillay said she fully understands why people wish to protest strongly against the film and the cartoons, and it is their right to do so, but peacefully. The High Commissioner has also urged religious and political leaders to make a major effort to restore calm, and welcomes “the fact that a number of senior Muslim figures have been making similar statements about the need to rise above the provocations,” Mr. Colville said.He added, “As both the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner have stated, the fault line is not between Muslim and non-Muslim societies, but between a small number of extremists on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict.” read more

No. 3 Notre Dame (53 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Wichita StateLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wichita State 88.1, Notre Dame 87.2Upset probability: 47 percentPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateAfter prevailing in what was arguably the round of 32’s most exciting game, Notre Dame’s next hurdle will be a terrific all-around Wichita State team that is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history. These two teams are very evenly matched; the Fighting Irish are better offensively (according to’s ratings), but the Shockers have the better defense. There are a few peculiarities that could decide the matchup — Wichita State’s defense is good at gathering rebounds and stopping 2-point field goals, which should mitigate two of the Irish’s offensive strengths. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has the superior long-distance shooters. But this is such a tossup that it might come down to something as obscure as travel distance. Notre Dame is favored to win in part because South Bend is almost four times closer to Cleveland than Wichita is. Wichita State has the better power rating in the FiveThirtyEight model, but the travel is what makes the prediction tilt Notre Dame’s way. File it under “every little edge counts,” I suppose. After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining the action, as always: undefeated Kentucky, who’ll take the court against West Virginia in their sternest test yet (granted, the Wildcats still have an 87 percent chance of advancing). But the most intriguing game of the night might just be North Carolina versus Wisconsin in a battle of contrasting styles.Read on for more about Thursday’s NCAA tournament action …No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 West VirginiaLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Kentucky 97.9, West Virginia 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyWest Virginia is a deep, balanced squad with a great swarming defense, but its run likely ends Thursday night against the nation’s most talented team. While the Mountaineers do employ some high-variance strategies that could help their upset chances — particularly a pressing defense that specializes in forcing turnovers — there are plenty of weaknesses for Kentucky to exploit if it can adequately protect the ball. Kentucky had the third-best shooting efficiency differential in the country during the season, while West Virginia had the nation’s 30th-worst; the Mountaineers also allowed the highest free throw rate in the country on defense. (For its part, Kentucky’s offense ranked 30th-best in forcing fouls and 74th in free throw accuracy.) So if this game is decided by conventional means, West Virginia probably won’t win; the Mountaineers will need takeaways and a lot of good fortune to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season. No. 1 Wisconsin (73 percent win probability) vs. No. 4 North CarolinaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 7:47 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 93.6, North Carolina 88.0Upset probability: 27 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinWorlds are colliding in Thursday’s most interesting pairing. The Badgers, known for slowing the pace of the game down to a veritable crawl, will meet the Tar Heels, one of the nation’s fastest-paced teams. During the season, Wisconsin’s average possession lasted nearly six seconds longer than North Carolina’s, while the proportion of UNC’s plays on which they had a transition opportunity was more than double that of Wisconsin. (The Badgers were at the bottom of Division I with a 7.5 percent rate of transition chances per play, according to Synergy.) The tempo of this game will be worth watching. Beyond that, the possibility of an upset might come down to whether UNC can get the 2-point shots upon which they thrive against a tough interior Wisconsin defense and — relatedly — whether the Heels can do any damage on the offensive glass versus the Badgers’ great defensive rebounders. No. 2 Arizona (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 6 XavierLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 10:17 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.8, Xavier 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: T.J. McConnell, ArizonaBy navigating past a tough Ohio State team with relative ease in the round of 32, Arizona earned the right to face Xavier in one of the Sweet 16’s easier matchups. The Musketeers aren’t a bad team, but they are among the weaker remaining squads in the field. And that’s not good when facing the second-highest-rated team in the FiveThirtyEight power ratings. There are stylistic reasons to think Xavier is overmatched here. The key to the Musketeers’ success has been their offense, particularly on 2-pointers (big men Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds both shot in excess of 62 percent on twos this season), but the Wildcats excel at short-circuiting opponents’ 2-point efficiency. And in the absence of its bread-and-butter, Xavier might have trouble knocking down enough threes or forcing enough turnovers to make life difficult for Arizona. The Musketeers shouldn’t feel too bad, though: Despite being the No. 2 seed, Arizona is a 58 percent favorite to emerge as the West’s representative in the Final Four. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

For years, many Black college basketball fans have held an animosity—OK, a downright hatred—for Duke’s program and its perceived rich boy, elitist school pompousness and upper-crust, trust-fund baby student body. All that, and they played a lot of white boys, too.Why such disdain resonated is a psychological paradox that could perplex the most diverse minds. But one thing is certain: It should stop.Duke celebrates its fifth NCAA Tournament championship today, and all the African-American fans that pushed back (present company included) should give in and embrace what is the personification of team basketball, keen coaching and a heritage of excellence.Isn’t that why we love the game?What the Blue Devils accomplished in defeating Wisconsin in last night’s title game was more than reaching the pinnacle of college hoops. It was a performance that should detonate the “Duke hate” that is derived from social and class biases that really should not matter.It’s just kids playing basketball.For sure, Danny Ferry never elicited much in the way of likability. He was utterly unlikable. Christian Laettner rubbed even his teammates the wrong way. Bobby Hurley was an irritant, just like Steve Wojciechowski. J.J. Redick was Laettner 2.0. There were other white players over the years you can throw into this mix—Cherokee Parks, Mike Dunleavy, Josh McRoberts—who were sort of non-personalities.These Duke white players “seem to be so every-guy-like,” said Peter Roby, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Study of Sport in Society to The Washington Post. “Guys sitting in the stands might say, ‘What gives you the right to play like that when you look so much like us?’ ”Roby could have said the same thing about Black guys, which would be part of the animus. African-Americans believe they own the game, and so when a team made up of key white players wins, they take it as a personal affront. . . instead of a testament to the value of team play. (Imagine the outrage had almost-all-white Wisconsin won it all.)Do not get it backwards: all the aforementioned Duke players needed the likes of Johnny Dawkins, Tommy Amaker, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Trajon Langdon, Jeff Capel, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Shane Battier, Sheldon Williams, Luol Deng and many other Black players to win—and a coach who as adept as anyone ever at meshing skills, personalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and races in Mike Krzyzewski.Justise Winslow, left, and Grayson Allen were keys to Dukes 5th titleAnd that’s the ultimate point. Sports in general, basketball in particular, is a team game. Blacks and whites can play together in harmony for the greater good of the game. If you don’t, you lose.Duke has done it better than anyone else. So it wins. That’s no reason to hate the Blue Devils.In reality, it’s a reason to admire and appreciate them. No, a lot of their players do not come from impoverished backgrounds or broken homes, giving many fans that inherit reason to root for their achievement more than a perceived silver-spoon kid. Jalen Rose has said that he “hated” Duke when he was a star at Michigan. Why? Because of the perception that their lives were together, that they did not come from broken homes and that they were already set up for life.The class issue is a real thorn in the Black community, and not just toward Duke. Someone articulates and the perception among many is that he’s “talking white.” A player attends Duke and he’s no longer down for the cause?Redick, who was mercilessly heckled on the road during his Duke days, said back then that he did not take it “personally. (But) I think if I played for another school, and still played the way I play, I wouldn’t get it as bad. I get it from fans because it says ‘Duke’ on my jersey. I’m not really sure why it’s white guys.”It’s a complex issue, but silly, too. You have disdain for Kyrie Irving because he plays for Duke? Instead of “hating” Irving when he was there (briefly), fans should respect him and Dawkins, Hill, Amaker, Brand and all the other Black players.Such disdain for Duke likely will persist for many, probably most. But it would seem last night that the Blue Devils—with Black players Kyle Cook, Tyus Jones, Jahill Okafor and huge contributions from white player Grayson Allen—may have won over its haters along with the National Championship. read more

It emerged earlier this month that under-18s was the only age group see a rise in terror-related arrests compared with last year and will raise new concerns about extremism amongst the young fuelled by social media.”The number of young people getting involved with terrorism surged with Isis who were particularly effective at using social media to radicalise them,” said Richard Walton, a former head of counter terrorism with the Met Police.”We are also seeing an increase in right wing extremism in part fuelled by Islamist terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.”Among the youngest were two 15-year-olds arrested on suspicion of far-Right terror offence in Ramsgate in September.In 2015, public bodies were placed under a statutory duty to stop people being drawn into terrorism.The sectors accounting for the highest number of Prevent referrals in 2017/18 were education (2,462) and the police (2,364).Regionally, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of those referred were from London, followed by the North East (17% per cent.While police and ministers say it forms a crucial plank of anti-terror efforts, Prevent has repeatedly come under fire, with critics labelling it heavy-handed and “toxic”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of people flagged up to the authorities for far-Right extremism has surged to a record high, new figures reveal.There was a 36 per cent increase in the number of referrals to the Government’s Prevent programme over concerns about right wing extremism. It jumped from fewer than 1,000 in 2016/17 to 1,312 in 2017/18.The Home Office figures also revealed a sharp rise in the number of children and teenagers being referred to the programme, up by a fifth to 2,009 including 297 girls.More than half of those reported for possible deradicalisation interventions in 2017/18 were 20 or under.The rise in right-wing extremism accounted for an overall 20% increase in referrals to Prevent, from 6,093 to 7,318 in 2017/18.While Islamist concerns accounted for a larger proportion of referrals, the number in the category fell by 14 per cent year-on-year.With an annual budget of around £40 million, Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.When authorities conclude there is a risk that the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a scheme known as Channel. Engagement is voluntary and it is not a criminal sanction.For the first time a similar number of individuals received Channel support for concerns relating to Islamist and right-wing extremism, the report said. read more

After being on trial for the July 2015 murder of Ryan Clementson, the two accused Edward Skeete and Nabadingi Gobin were on Thursday freed by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown.(R) Edward Skeete called ‘Pretty Boy’ and (L) Nabadingi “Dangles” GobinThe duo were acquitted of the Turning Point, Tucville shooting of former Mocha-Arcadia resident Clementson who died between July 24 and 25 2015, two weeks after being shot to his thigh.This result comes in spite of the deceased having stated in his dying moments that the duo and another were his assailants.Deceased: Ryan ClementsonHowever, defence counsels for accused, Nigel Hughes and Mark Waldron were successful in preventing certain pieces of evidence from entering the main trial which were disclosed in the jury’s absence.Justice Singh, who considered the submissions overnight, on Thursday, ruled that the prosecution did not make out a case against the two and he formally directed the jury forewoman to return a not-guilty verdict.Prosecutor Narissa Leander however informed the judge of the State’s intention to appeal the court’s decision.Nevertheless, Skeete ran to freedom but Gobin returned to prison pending his relatives’ presentation of a bail receipt on a separate charge.The duo were accused of opening fire on Clementson and his friend Ayodele Solomon on July 14, 2015, near the Turning Point Snackette in Tucville.Clementson, who had been shot in his thigh, succumbed almost two weeks later from cardiac arrest following a surgery. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxi Driver charged with Tucville murderAugust 3, 2015In “Crime”‘Pretty Boy’ charged with Tucville murderAugust 1, 2015In “Crime”‘Pretty Boy’ wanted for murder of Tucville manJuly 26, 2015In “Crime” read more

Everything is open at German DKB Bundesliga since Rhein Neckar Lowen lost in Berlin against Fuchse 24:20 (11:7) at the start of the series of five decisive matches of the season! Petar Nenadić and Fabian Wiede led the home team with six goals and made Championship race much more interesting!Füchse Berlin: Fabian Wiede (6/4), Petar Nenadic (6), Jesper Nielsen (3), Drago Vukovic (3), Bjarki Elisson (2), Jakov Gojun (1), Mattias Zachrisson (1), Faruk Vrazalic (1), Kent Robin Tönnesen (1)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Uwe Gensheimer (6/3), Alexander Petersson (5), Andy Schmid (2), Hendrik Pekeler (2), Mads Mensah Larsen (2), Patrick Groetzki (1), Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (1), Rafael Baena (1)STANDINGS: 3.Flensburg-H.272133805:67145 2.Kiel272223828:69346 11.Leipzig2811314740:78525 10.SC Magdeburg2710710742:74127 1.Rhein-Neckar282404801:61848 15.Bergischer276120675:76813 13.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten286319738:80915 8.Gummersbach2814311767:75331 12.Lemgo277218721:80516 6.HSG Wetzlar2814410725:72032 17.N-Lubbecke272421676:7888 9.Hannover-Burgdorf281279786:77931 5.Fuchse Berlin271638763:69135 14.TVB Stuttgart274617672:76914 7.Goppingen2715111734:68931 ← Previous Story CSM Bucharest conquer Europe! Next Story → POLISH FINAL: Kielce VS Wisla 2:0 Rhein Neckar LowenTHW Kiel 4.MT Melsungen271836767:69039 16.Eisenach284222705:87610 read more

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first_imgSell me now or risk losing me for nothing next summer is what Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea as he attempts to force through his dream move to Real Madrid, reports MetroNegotiations between Real and Chelsea have recently been put on hold until the latter can find themselves a suitable replacement for their first-choice goalkeeper.While Chelsea have signed former England shot-stopper Rob Green on a free transfer last week, he is mainly expected to act as a third-choice behind Courtois and Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.Therefore, the search goes on for new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with the Italian having reportedly set his sights on a move for the likes of Everton number one Jordan Pickford and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel following their stand-out displays at the World Cup for both England and Denmark respectively.But no real progress has been made for either player and, with the transfer deadline closing on August 9, there is now very little time for a move to materialise.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Therefore Courtois is at real risk of remaining at London for another season.However, the 26-year-old has already made it clear to Chelsea that he will not be signing a new contract and, with just under 12 months remaining on his existing one, the club are in danger of losing him for nothing next summer.New Real boss Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the scenario after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in Miami on Wednesday morning.“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid. I am thrilled with these goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team,” said the Spaniard earlier today.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 24, 2017 – Providenciales – In the midst of working on restoring service and ensuring that the network is even better than before, the Digicel team took some time off to spend meaningful moments with members of the community at two Digicel Cookouts.By all accounts the events were a success, with as many as 700 persons from South Caicos and Grand Turk turning out to partake of the goodies.  The Digicel team visited South Caicos on Friday, October 20th, and then Grand Turk on Saturday, October 21st, and were impressed on both occasions by the warmth and encouragement being shared among the community members.Stephen Murad, Chief Commercial Officer commented on the initiative, “I think it’s great to see the turnout that we had in both islands.   We wanted this to be an opportunity for us to show the community that we care, show them our appreciation for their patience and that we are their biggest supporters in this rebuild process after the hurricanes.”There were information centres set up at both events to respond to customer queries along with a special ‘double bubble’ top up for loyal customers to take advantage of.The Digi Cookout was also made possible with the kind support of generous sponsors in interCaribbean and Caribbean Crusin’, who took care of the transportation needs for staff to and from both venues.Press Release: Digicel Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Five candidates for the open 18th Legislative District seat — three Republicans, one Democrat and one independent — submitted to a barrage of questions regarding their views on constitutional issues at Battle Ground High School on Wednesday.On topics from illegal immigration to “Obamacare” to the use of red light detection cameras, they agreed far more than they disagreed — and the common thread was disdain for the power of the federal government.“We need to find all the ways we have entanglements with the federal government and cut them,” declared Republican Jon Russell of Washougal, answering a question about whether the federal or state government should have more control over our daily lives.“Both those answers make me cringe,” quipped Republican Brandon Vick. The forum was sponsored by the newly formed Southwest Washington chapter of the Washington Campaign for Liberty, which has its roots in Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. It describes its mission as “to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy.”last_img read more

first_imgWashington State’s Ioane Gauta wraps up Southern Utah’s Nolan Washington during the first half Saturday. PULLMAN — Connor Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns as Washington State beat Southern Utah 48-10 on Saturday in its home opener.Washington State (2-1) also got a long interception return for a touchdown from Damante Horton for the second consecutive game.Southern Utah (2-1), an FCS program, was scoreless in the second half and gained just 219 yards in the game.Halliday completed 32 of 41 passes and was intercepted once. Washington State gained 464 yards of total offense in the game. Dom Williams caught three passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.Aaron Cantu completed 22 of 30 passes for Southern Utah, but was intercepted three times.Washington State was coming off a 10-7 win at Southern California that knocked the Trojans from the Top 25.Southern Utah beat an FBS team, South Alabama, in its season opener, but had less success against Washington State of the Pacific-12.This was the first meeting between the teams.Washington State completed passes on its first five plays of the game, the fifth covering 43 yards from Halliday to Williams for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the contest.Southern Utah replied with a drive that stalled on the 23, leading to a 40-yard field goal by Colton Cook.Washington State struck right back with a 61-yard drive that required just five plays, with Isiah Myers catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Halliday for a 14-3 lead.Halliday completed his first 10 passes of the game.After WSU was forced to punt from its own end zone, Southern Utah took possession on WSU’s 29. Raysean Martin punched over from the 3-yard line as the Thunderbirds cut WSU’s lead to 14-10.Washington State marched down to the 19 on its next possession, but Halliday was intercepted in the end zone by a diving LeShaun Sims to kill the drive. Then DaQuawn Brown intercepted Cantu to give the ball back to WSU at midfield. Three plays later, Halliday fired a 55-yard touchdown bomb to Dom Williams for a 21-10 lead.last_img read more

first_imgCongress is holding two hearings Wednesday in which it will question Robert Mueller, the former FBI head who was appointed two years ago to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also investigated accusations that President Donald Trump obstructed justice. His team’s findings were compiled into a nearly 500-page report, which was released to the public in April. The Mueller report included details on the 34 indictments brought during the probe against people ranging from Russian propagandists to Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. It also confirmed many earlier media reports detailing Trump’s attempts to either fire Mueller or influence key people being investigated.A television screen shows Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he gives a press conference at the Department of Justice. Getty Images Mueller’s team concluded there was “insufficient evidence” to determine whether Trump or his aides engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russians. But they also declined to clear the president of obstruction of justice. “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” the report read. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”Now, three months after the Department of Justice released Mueller’s report to the public, Congress intends to question him about the team’s findings. “We want Bob Mueller to bring it to life, to talk about what’s in that report,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation. “That’s a pretty damning set of facts that most American people are not familiar with.”The back-to-back hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee mark the second time Mueller has discussed the investigation in public since its release. In May, he spoke briefly at a press conference marking the conclusion of his investigation, repeating many of his team’s findings. He also reiterated that if it were clear the president committed no crime, “we would have said so.” “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis, and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself,” he added.WhenThe hearings are scheduled for three hours each, with a 30-minute break in between the two. The first hearing with the House Judiciary Committee began at 5:30 a.m. PT (8:30 a.m. ET). The second, with the House Intelligence Committee, was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET), but will begin a little later because the first hearing ran over.WhereThere is wall-to-wall coverage.  ABC, NBC and CBS (which owns CNET) are airing some or all of the hearings live, as are cable news networks. CBSN is also streaming the hearings live on its website.C-Span will also be broadcasting and streaming the hearings live.If you’d prefer to stream the hearings on YouTube, you can catch them there too. Both the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee have plans to stream their hearings live there. What we can expectMueller has indicated he doesn’t intend to answer questions beyond the substance of his report, a redacted version of which was released to Congress and the public in April. That won’t stop lawmakers from pressing for more answers, however. Democrats are facing increasing pressure from within their caucus to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Republicans, meanwhile, have largely supported Trump. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: US Tech Policy Mueller report finds no collusion, Apple gears up for… reading • Replay Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress on Russia and Trump Share your voice Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard 0 Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Politics Tech Industry Security 1:36 Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says • See All Tags US Tech Policy Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Donald Trumplast_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Subprime Loans 2012-07-23 Ryan Schuette Walnut Place Drops Suit in Countrywide Settlement A major player in the ongoing Countrywide settlement dropped its suit against the defunct mortgage unit on Monday.[IMAGE]According to “”_Reuters_””:, Walnut Place, otherwise known as “”Baupost Group””:, withdrew objections to a proposed $8.5 billion settlement currently under way with Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008.The news service said that a tentative deal had been reached by institutional investors last year to settle allegations that the mortgage unit systematically misrepresented junk mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis. Walnut Place reportedly sought buyback claims from the lender for roughly $1 billion in soured mortgage bonds. According to “”_Bloomberg News_””:, the New York Supreme Court threw out the suit, a move that an appeals court upheld in March.Speaking with _MReport_, a spokesperson with “”Bank of America””: declined to comment on the story._Reuters_ quoted Dan Reilly, an attorney representative of American International Group Inc., as remarking that Walnut Place will stay with the case despite dropping claims.””We’re still going forward,”” he told the news service. “”We’ve got a hearing next week and all the issues that have been raised are still in play.””””Barclays””: researchers responded to the withdrawal by saying they expect the Countrywide settlement will wrap up in early 2013. July 23, 2012 436 Views center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img23Jan LaFave: House boosts accountability with online salary information State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today applauded a new website that increases transparency by providing taxpayers easy access to information about salaries for every employee of the Michigan House of Representatives, including lawmakers.LaFave said taxpayers rightfully demand accountability from state government.“You deserve to know how your tax dollars are spent, and I want this office to be as open as possible,” LaFave said. “This website is one way we are working to make state government more accountable and transparent.”The salary database is available at .### Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Crawford News 11Jan Rep. Crawford excited to continue serving Oakland County State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi looks forward to continuing to serve community members in the 38th District. Mindy Fernandes will serve as Rep. Crawford’s legislative director and Jason Lachowski as her director of constituent relations.Rep. Crawford finished the 2017-2018 session with a perfect voting record and is excited to continue representing her neighbors, friends, and family as Michigan’s 100th Legislature begins.“It’s been an honor to serve the residents of southwest Oakland County for the past four years and advocate for what’s important to our communities,” Rep. Crawford said. “I look forward to continuing the good work we’ve already started and being the voice for our district in Lansing.”People can contact Rep. Crawford by calling (517) 373-0827 or emailing Correspondence can also be mailed to S-877 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Information on in-district office hours will be released in the near future.Rep. Crawford is currently serving her third and final term in the state House.last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland announced today she will host her second photography contest for constituents in Barry and Ionia counties. The theme for the photo contest is the four seasons. There will be one winner chosen for each season.The winning photos will be displayed in Rep. Calley’s Lansing office and the photographers will be invited to join her in Lansing in order to unveil the pictures.  In addition, four runner-up photos will be displayed in the lobby of her office.“Michigan is diverse in its beauty,” Calley said. “Every season in Michigan has its own allure, so I look forward to seeing our communities highlighted throughout various times of the year.”Photos may be emailed to or mailed to N-1191 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48809. Qualified participants must live within the district that Calley serves. Photo submissions should include name, address and contact information of the individual. The deadline is March 31.Questions about this contest may be directed to 517-373-0842 or Categories: Calley News 01Mar Rep. Calley hosts local photo contestlast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 30, 2014; SF WeeklyNonprofits in high-rent towns like New York and San Francisco are having a hard time with space, and so it is perhaps no surprise that at the end of July, Under One Roof, a historic social enterprise in the Castro District of San Francisco will close after 23 years.“The key decision factor in closing the organization is the expensive rent in the Castro District, which is where we experience the strongest sales,” according to the group’s chairman, Tim Smith. “We are a nonprofit retail organization and the overhead simply prevents us from achieving our goals.”Since 1991, Under One Roof has donated 100 percent of its profits to organizations working on AIDS, for a total of $4 million. The Castro Street storefront will close on July 31st, but before that, they are selling as much as they can.“While we’re saddened that we’re winding down the organization, we’re committed to raising as much as we can for our beneficiaries,” Smith said. “[On Friday], the store was packed and sales exceeded our expectations so we’re feeling inspired and feeling a great deal of pride.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more