Top UN officials welcome inauguration of new Afghan parliament

Mr. Ban commended Afghan political leaders, and all who participated in the electoral process – voters, the electoral institutions, and both winning and losing candidates – for their contribution to Afghanistan’s democratic development.“The inauguration marks the end of the electoral process and the beginning of a period in which Afghan governing institutions must work together to solve the pressing problems that the country faces, putting aside the differences as any robust and vibrant democracy demands,” a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson stated.The 249 members of the Wolesi Jirga were sworn in by President Hamid Karzai. The country’s second Parliament to be inaugurated since the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001 includes 69 women.“Today is a historic day for Afghanistan and for all the countries wishing and working with Afghanistan for its future,” Staffan de Mistura, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said following the inauguration ceremony.Tensions rose in the past week with more than 200 losing candidates holding a sit-in at the presidential palace and holding demonstrations to protest Mr. Karzai’s decision to open the legislature before a special tribunal had reviewed all allegations of voting irregularities. A political compromise led to today’s inauguration, while the courts will continue to investigate allegations of criminal fraud, according to UNAMA. Mr. de Mistura emphasized the significance of the Parliament being able to start its work, including approving the State budget, while “justice can continue to take its course.” 26 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for Afghanistan have welcomed the inauguration earlier today of the country’s new Parliament, which comes four months after the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house. read more

Closing Bell TSX up slightly amid mixed corporate earnings reports strong economic

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday amid a mixed slate of earnings data and a couple of strong U.S. economic reports.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,692.38 +10.90 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,838.88 +19.68 1.08%Dow — 16,373.86 +115.92 0.71%Nasdaq — 4,183.02 +69.71 1.69%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 10.9 points to 13,692.38, well off the best levels of the session as the gold and financial sectors turned negative.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.86 of a cent to 91.34 cents US, with currency traders cautious ahead of next week’s Bank of Canada interest rate announcement.The U.S. dollar strengthened and New York indexes registered strong gains after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose 0.2% last month, higher than the 0.1% increase that economists expected.Other data showed that U.S. companies built up their stockpiles in November by 0.4% as sales improved. Continued growth in inventories suggests businesses believe consumers will increase spending in the months ahead.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 115.92 points to 16,373.86, the Nasdaq advanced 69.72 points to 4,183.02 and the S&P 500 index climbed 19.68 points to 1,838.88.Markets sold off Monday on concerns about what the Federal Reserve might do about further cutting back on its key stimulus program and worries about whether the American equity markets were looking too expensive and that perhaps it was time for a correction.“I think that a correction is appropriate and I wouldn’t be surprised to see one,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“We’ve had two or three false starts to corrections, but they were very short-lived. You saw maybe 1 or 2% corrections but that’s not enough to bring real money back into the market that’s been sidelined.”The S&P 500 rocketed about 30% last year, helped in large measure by Fed stimulus. Investors now want to see if strong earnings and revenue can justify that gain and push stock prices higher.But Pashootan added that guidance is also very important for the quarter.“If earnings are strong this season, it’s not necessarily related to the next quarter because a lot of what you’re seeing on this earnings announcement is a result of the economy improving over the last quarter and that’s already priced into the market,” he said.On Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase shares inched up four cents to US$57.74 as the bank said quarterly net income came in at $5.3 billion, down from $5.7 billion a year earlier. Ex-items, earnings per share were $1.40 versus the $1.35 that analysts had forecast.Revenue fell 1% to $24.1 billion, just above analysts’ expectations of $23.9 billion.Wells Fargo turned in fourth-quarter earnings of $1 per share, two cents better than analysts had forecast. Revenue came in at $20.7 billion, better than the $20.69 billion that had been expected. Its shares, which have run up sharply over the last quarter, were up three cents at $45.59.In Canada, Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) posted adjusted net income of C$55.2 million, or 65 cents a share, three cents higher than estimates. Revenue was $226 million, up from $209 million a year earlier and just short of estimates. Corus also said it was raising its dividend 7% and its shares jumped 81 cents to $25.40.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) reports it had $245 million of quarterly net income, or 51 cents per share. That’s up from $235 million or 50 cents per share a year earlier and two cents above analyst estimates. Shaw’s revenue rose 3.3% to $1.36 billion, beating estimates of $1.36 billion but its shares fell 43 cents to $24.88 as RBC Capital Markets noted that employee bonuses and programming costs weighed on margins.Most TSX strength came from a 1.6% rise in the base metals sector even as March copper moved down one cent to US$3.34 a pound. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) from underperform to buy and its stock jumped 19% to C$2.82. Elsewhere in the sector, Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ improved by 22 cents to $3.83.The telecom sector advanced 0.9% as bidding for a coveted piece of Canada’s wireless market started today. The 700 megahertz waves are particularly valuable because they allow cellphone signals to travel longer distances and penetrate buildings and tunnels where calls are often dropped. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) was the strongest performer in the group, ahead 82 cents at $47.86.The energy sector moved ahead 0.3% while the February crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 79 cents to US$92.59 a barrel. Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) gained 13 cents to C$6.92.The gold sector was the major TSX drag, down 0.25% as February bullion drifted down $5.70 to US$1,245.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 70 cents to C$24.34.Financials also weighed on the Toronto market as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) fell 59 cents to $63.68.TOP STORIES Low loonie offers ‘remarkable opportunities,’ Ottawa says — as currency slips below 92¢Tesla Motors stock surges as electric carmaker blows past 2013 sales goalValeant is eyeing Pfizer’s lucrative generics unit, but rivals circle: sourcesGoldman Sachs: Four reasons why you can’t say the stock market is a bubbleWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Empire State Manufacturing Index (Jan): Economists expect reading of 3.5, up from last month Producer price index (Dec): Economists expect 0.4% rise from month before, 1.1% year over year 2 p.m.Beige Book CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBank of America Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share Kinder Morgan Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 35¢ a share read more

Afghanistan UN mission condemns suicide attack against army

“The Afghan National Army (ANA) has played a key role in creating a safe environment for the 18 September elections and, since its creation, has been increasingly effective in promoting the country’s stability and defending the population against extremist violence,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.“We therefore take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the soldiers and officers of the ANA that have laid down their lives in the accomplishment of their mission. We trust that the people of Afghanistan will find in yesterday’s attack yet another reason to reject violence and rally in support of the national army,” it added. In another development, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has produced a public service announcement video against child marriage, to air on television and radio.The 80-second video, supported by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs, will be broadcast twice a day, in the evenings, for three months. A UN human rights expert earlier this year reported that most people she spoke to in Afghanistan pointed to forced and child marriage as the primary source of violence against women.“In addition to being in themselves serious forms of violence, forced and child marriages in combination with polygamy considerably increase the likelihood that women will be subjected to violence within the family, including sexual violence by significantly older males,” the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, said in July after a 10-day visit. read more

Without OReilly Fox News faces its toughest test

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 11:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Without O’Reilly, Fox News faces its toughest test FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2007 file photo, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly appears on the Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” in New York. O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that several women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday’s firing of defining personality Bill O’Reilly will be its toughest test yet.Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after announcing O’Reilly’s exit due to several harassment allegations by women, which he continues to deny. Outside pressure isn’t leaving with him; members of the National Organization for Women demonstrated outside Fox’s headquarters Thursday, saying the company’s workplace culture won’t really change unless management cleans house of other high-ranking executives who knew about the sexual harassment but didn’t do anything.For most of Fox’s existence, O’Reilly had been the linchpin of its success as the most visible and most watched host. Fox’s viewership at 9 p.m. went up when Tucker Carlson replaced Kelly in January — her battles with Donald Trump cost her support among many Fox viewers — but don’t expect Carlson to repeat the feat when he moves an hour earlier on Monday.“There’s going to be some dismay among the Fox audience,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative watchdog Media Research Center. “The real question is what happens next. If they offer the same generic product, then it will be forgive and forget.”Announcing a new lineup at the same time as the O’Reilly firing was smart, Graham said, because it enabled some viewers to say, “Oh, that’s not bad. I can live with that.”Fox News has consistently been the most-watched network in all of cable television, not just news, over the past few months. The ouster of Ailes due to sexual harassment allegations last summer may have been disturbing, but meant little to viewers because it was off the air. Most of his management team remained, and the network’s approach didn’t change.O’Reilly’s brand of middle-class populism, delivered with a mix of humour and outrage, predated and reflected the appeal of President Donald Trump. O’Reilly wasn’t always predictable in his opinions. Joe Pollak of the right wing Breitbart.com website wrote a column on Thursday headlined, “Bill O’Reilly’s secret: he was a centrist, not a conservative.”Arguably, the lineup installed in his stead is more reliably conservative. Carlson has made it a point to seek a younger audience by reaching out to the alt-right community, said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal Media Matters for America. Eric Bolling begins his own show at 5 p.m. and the current late-afternoon panel show, “The Five,” moves into the 9 p.m. hour.“It’s not like they brought in Shep Smith or a news anchor,” Carusone said.Carlson scored the highest ratings ever for Fox in the 9 p.m. time slot early for the first three months of 2017, but there remains some question about how much that was a result of following O’Reilly in the lineup. With him moving up an hour, 9 p.m. likely represents Fox’s biggest challenge. “The Five” is set up as a panel show with one liberal trying to hold his own with four conservatives. The panelists are familiar to Fox viewers, and O’Reilly protege Jesse Watters is being added to the mix.“The Five” it faces strong competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in that hour, and CNN is about to give Jake Tapper a test drive in the time slot.Trump’s most ardent defender on Fox, Sean Hannity, remains at 10 p.m. ET.Fox plainly hopes that the brand and point of view it has developed is stronger than any single personality, even one as outsized as O’Reilly.Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, have talked about building an atmosphere of respect for women at the workplace now that the network’s top executive and top personality have both been drummed out for their behaviour. Some observers, like the NOW demonstrators, wonder if that can happen without further changes behind the scenes.Ailes’ former top aide, Bill Shine, is now Fox’s co-president. He hasn’t been accused of any harassment, but many inside and outside of Fox have wondered how much he and other executives still in place knew about Ailes’ and O’Reilly’s behaviour. Fox even signed O’Reilly to a contract extension knowing that The New York Times was investigating harassment allegations against him — the story that led to O’Reilly’s ouster.“There were a lot of people at Fox who really hoped things would change after Roger left and they didn’t,” said Margaret Hoover, a former Fox political contributor, on CNN Thursday. She added: “Nothing changed in the sense that the culture that perpetuated this behaviour is the same.”Another former Fox contributor, Kirsten Powers, described on CNN an on-air segment with O’Reilly she found offensive because of the way the host talked about all the “blondes” who worked there. Powers said she sought an apology from O’Reilly and didn’t get one, and her complaints were waved off by various managers, including Ailes. She said she wouldn’t go on O’Reilly’s show, despite the high-profile platform it provided, for a few years afterward.A former Fox clerical worker who anonymously complained Tuesday came forward Thursday on “The View” to identify herself and speak about the experience. Perquita Burgess, who is black, said O’Reilly leered at her, made grunting noises as he passed her desk and once referred to her as “hot chocolate.” She said she felt “triumphant” when she heard about O’Reilly’s firing.“It’s very cathartic,” she said. read more

Yemens humanitarian crisis could threaten political gains warns UN relief official

“There will be no political transition if we don’t deal with the humanitarian situation,” Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told a news conference in Geneva.Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, who came to power in a February 2012 election. A major milestone was achieved in March of this year with the opening of the national dialogue conference that will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. While the political transition is on track, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned that this process could “collapse” unless the “dramatic” humanitarian situation is addressed.According to the Humanitarian Coordinator, 10 million people in Yemen are in need of food aid, of which about 5 million were faced with acute food shortage; 6 million people do not have access to health care; and 1 million children are facing malnutrition, with some 150,000 of them facing the risk of death due to acute malnutrition. The country is also grappling with over 340,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of them uprooted from their homes due to fighting in the north and south of the country, he said. In addition, some 25,000 migrants – mainly from Ethiopia – are also facing various hardships, with a large number falling victim to violence and other inhuman treatment by human traffickers. Other problems include gender-based violence and the recruitment of children by armed groups. The international humanitarian community has sought $716 million for the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most vulnerable. However, the plan is so far only 28 per cent funded. “We are still in need of major assistance if we would like to deal with this situation, which as I said, in my view, is quite dramatic,” said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Humanitarian agencies would like to provide water and sanitation for 3 million people inside Yemen; food for over 7 million; and health care services for 4.2 million. The state of malnutrition is “extremely grave,” he stressed, adding that UN agencies are targeting 700,000 children this year for nutrition interventions. In addition, agencies are aiming to assist 622,000 children to receive education and provide services for 1.4 million people in terms of protection services, including 500,000 children. read more

Michelin careers event – Stoke on Trent

A group of 40 pupils aged 15-18 will tour the Michelin plant, followed by a careers fair and group work.Date to be confirmed.VenueMichelin Tyres plc-StokeCampbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4EYOrganizerJoel Andrew Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Exserviceman admits attempting to burgle Wayne Rooneys mansion

first_imgAn ex-serviceman has admitted the attempted burglary of Wayne Rooney’s mansion as the footballer played in his club testimonial match.Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to attempting to enter as a trespasser at the striker’s family home in Prestbury, Cheshire, with intent to steal on August 3.The alarm at the Manchester United and England star’s £6 million property in Prestbury was reportedly triggered at about 9pm and police descended to carry out a full search of the area. Rooney, his wife, Coleen, and their three sons, Kai, Klay and Kit, were attending the charity tribute game at Old Trafford against his first club, Everton, when the break-in bid took place.McNamara, of Newby Farm Crescent, Scalby, was arrested six days later. The prosecution case was not outlined during the brief hearing but the court heard that McNamara had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that his concerned family had sought help earlier this year from Combat Stress, a veterans’ mental health charity.Judge Nicholas Woodward said there were “very worrying features” in the case as he adjourned sentencing until December 21 for a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the Probation Service. Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court  Robert McNamara, 24, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court Credit:Neil Jones 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.last_img read more

Private schools refusal to embrace new GCSE marking system gives pupils major advantage

Meanwhile, state schools are effectively forced to take the new GCSEs, after the Department for Education removed iGCSEs from league tables in 2017.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– This Thursday, thousands of students will receive their grades, many of whom are the first cohort to take the new “tougher” GCSE courses. Many independent schools have declined to switch over to the reformed qualifications which use a numerical grades, opting instead to continue with international GCSEs – known as iGCSEs – which use A* to G. Private schools are giving their pupils a major advantage by refusing to embrace the new 1-9 GCSE marking system, it has been claimed. “Independent schools are likely to have stayed with the iGCSE partly because… 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. read more

Syria says its prepared to talk with armed rebels

first_imgSYRIA HAS SAID it is prepared to hold talks with the armed rebels bent on overthrowing President Bashar Assad, the clearest signal yet that the regime is growing increasingly nervous about its long-term prospects to hold onto power as opposition fighters make slow but persistent headway in the civil war.The offer, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during a visit to Moscow, came hours before residents of Damascus and state-run TV reported a huge explosion in the capital, followed by gunfire.The proposal marked the first time that a high-ranking regime official has stated publicly that Damascus would be willing to meet with the armed opposition. But al-Moallem did not spell out whether rebels would first have to lay down their weapons before negotiations could begin — a crucial sticking point in the past.The regime’s proposal is unlikely to lead to talks. The rebels battling the Syrian military have vowed to stop at nothing less than Assad’s downfall and are unlikely to agree to sit down with a leader they accuse of mass atrocities.But the timing of the proposal suggests the regime is warming to the idea of a settlement as it struggles to hold territory and claw back ground it has lost to the rebels in the nearly 2-year-old conflict.Tactical victoriesOpposition fighters have scored several tactical victories in recent weeks, capturing the nation’s largest hydroelectric dam and overtaking airbases in the northeast. In Damascus, they have advanced from their strongholds in the suburbs into neighborhoods in the northeast and southern rim of the capital, while peppering the center of the city with mortar rounds for days.Monday night’s blast, which activists said was most likely a car bomb, exploded about 800 yards from Abbasid Square, a landmark plaza in central Damascus. The explosion and subsequent gunfire caused panic in the capital, although the target was not immediately clear and it was not known if there were any casualties.On Thursday, a car bomb near the ruling Baath Party headquarters in Damascus killed at least 53 people, according to state media.While the momentum appears to be shifting in the rebels’ direction, the regime’s grip on Damascus remains firm, and Assad’s fall is far from imminent.‘Murderous criminals’ Still, Monday’s offer to negotiate with the armed opposition — those whom Assad referred to only in January as “murderous criminals” and refused to talk with — reflects the regime’s realization that in the long run, its chances of keeping its grip on power are slim.Asked about al-Moallem’s remarks, US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the offer of talks was a positive step “in the context of them raining Scuds down on their own civilians.” But he expressed caution about the seriousness of the offer.“I don’t know their motivations, other than to say they continue to rain down horrific attacks on their own people,” Ventrell told reporters in Washington. “So that speaks pretty loudly and clearly.”If the Assad regime is serious, he said, it should inform the U.N. peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi of its readiness for talks. Ventrell said the regime hasn’t done that yet.Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute, said called the offer “a sign of weakness.”“I think everybody knows, including Bashar Assad, that they (the regime) can’t hang onto the whole country,” Tabler said.Mustafa Alani, an analyst with the Gulf Research Center in Geneva, said the regime has “reached the conclusion that they are heading toward a major defeat eventually, and this is the right time to negotiate.”“They are not losing miles every day, but they are losing substantial ground every day. So the regime is not genuine (in its offer) because it has changed, it’s genuine because it is responding to a major shift in the balance of power on the ground,” he added.Non-lethal aid Alani cautioned, however, that the regime is also eager to keep the idea of talks alive in order to forestall any Western decision on arming the rebels. As long as the possibility of negotiations is still on the table, the US and the European Union — which have so far provided only non-lethal aid — will be reluctant to open the flood gates on weapons for the opposition, he said.“The whole regime tactic is to delay supplying arms, to buy time,” Alani said. “The regime can show good will. Whether they’re a viable partner or not is a different story.”It’s also unclear who exactly the regime would sit across from at the negotiating table.The dozens of armed groups across Syria fall under no unified command and do not answer to the Syrian National Council, an umbrella group of opposition parties that the West recognizes as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.At least one group offered a lukewarm response Monday to al-Moallem’s proposal.The head of one group, Free Syrian Army chief Gen. Salim Idriss, said he is “ready to take part in dialogue within specific frameworks,” but then rattled off conditions that the regime has rejected in the past.“There needs to be a clear decision on the resignation of the head of the criminal gang, Bashar Assad, and for those who participated in the killing of the Syrian people to be put on trial,” Idriss told pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Arabiya TV.More than 70,000 dead He said the government must agree to stop all kinds of violence and to hand over power, saying that “as rebels, this is our bottom line.”Syria’s 23-month-old conflict, which has killed more than 70,000 people and destroyed many of the country’s cities, has repeatedly confounded international efforts to bring the parties together to end the bloodshed. Russia, a close ally of Assad and his regime’s chief international advocate, offered Feb. 20, in concert with the Arab League, to broker talks between the rebels and the government.With the proposal, which the Kremlin would be unlikely to float publicly without first securing Damascus’ word that it would indeed take part, Moscow ratcheted up the pressure on Syria to talk to the opposition.Russia has shielded Assad’s government from UN action and kept shipping weapons to the military, but it is growing increasingly difficult to protect the regime as the violence grinds on.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeated his call Monday for Syria to negotiate with the opposition, saying before meeting al-Moallem that “the situation in Syria is at a crossroads now.” He also warned that further fighting could lead to “the breakup of the Syrian state.”Past government offers for talks with the opposition have included a host of conditions, such as demanding that the rebels first lay down their arms. Those proposals have been swiftly rejected by both activists outside Syria and rebels on the ground.Read: Damascus hit by its deadliest bombing in Syria warlast_img read more

Updated 2019 Royal Rumble card More names set for the Mens Royal

first_img WhatsApp Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE has confirmed even more names for the Men’s Royal Rumble match.Baron Corbin and Elias each announced their participation in the match, while John Cena tossed his name into the Royal Rumble during the opening segment of RAW.Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble as of Monday night:Men’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* R-Truth (No. 30)* Drew McIntyre* Kofi Kingston* Big E* Xavier Woods* Finn Balor* Seth Rollins* Jeff Hardy* Samoa Joe* Bobby Lashley* Dean Ambrose* John Cena* Elias* Baron Corbin* Jinder Mahal* Apollo Crews* Andrade “Cien” AlmasWomen’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* Carmella (No. 30)* Natalya* Bayley* Sasha Banks* Ember Moon* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Mandy Rose* Sonya Deville* Alicia Fox* Zelina VegaWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ StylesRAW Women’s ChampionshipRonda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 center_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clean water for Imperial Beach Could it be

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Tijuana Sewage Dan Plante FacebookTwitter Posted: August 22, 2018 Dan Plante, August 22, 2018 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 SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Something has happened that could change everything in Imperial Beach. Change for the better. “This is very positive. This is good for both sides of the border”, says Paloma Aguirre of Wildcoast in Imperial Beach.It’s not secret, Imperial Beach has been the favorite dumping ground for sewage plants in Baja, Mexico. For the last 40-years, beaches have been closed on a regular basis after Mexican sewage is dumped directly into the ocean.“After 40-years of surfing here, I’ve seen everything. I’ve gotten sick, I’ve had rashes and I’m tired of it. I never thought I’d see a solution during my lifetime”, says Billy Huddleston, Imperial Beach native.If things get better, and it could happen this time, it’s not for the health and welfare of the humans. It’s all about saving the “Wine Country” in Baja. “The wine country is drying up and getting smaller. It’s a world class wine and it’s known all over the world. But the drought is hurting and the wine makers have pumped all the water from the “aquifer’, says Faye Creveroshay of Wildcoast. As a result, an Isreali company has a plan. Buy the raw sewage, treat the raw sewage and sell it to the wine makers, for a profit.“If the private sector can make some money, we can spend more time on clean beaches and save the wine country, well, that’s a win, win, win. The Isrealis are the leaders in this type of thing around the world.” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina.After decades of working with the Mexican and U.S. governments, nothing has been done to stop the worst continuous environmental disaster in America.Perhaps profit and fine wine will finally do the trick. We should know soon. Mexican lawmakers have until the end of the month to approve a contract to move forward.If so, this would be the most productive and positve news in 40-years. Updated: 6:37 PM Clean water for Imperial Beach: Could it be?last_img read more

3D Issue Releases New Version of its Software

first_imgMaking It WorkTarget Publishing, a UK-based publisher of 21 trade and consumer magazines, has been working with 3D Issue for more than four years and has recently switched to the new version. Managing director David Cann says his company plans to leverage the PressJack tool to allow consumers to pull web content from its various magazines—covering topics such as health, education, food, and sports—to create a personalized issue, including regionalized content and advertising.“The consumer will now be in charge of the content that they want,” says Cann. “That allows us to be very targeted with their advertising, by knowing the content that they want to pull. This is important in terms of seeing what the future is and our ability to develop our business further.” Cann expects this capability, along with the interactive features made possible through HTML5 technology, will accelerate digital revenues—already up 100 percent year-on-year for the past five, with digital editions comprising 80 percent. According to Cann, a 100-page magazine may take 15-20 minutes to embed into the tool. He says, “You don’t need to have a technical expert to use this software. We’ve home grown our skills. We didn’t go out and find a developer, we had someone internally who had an interest in this area.” The software can be licensed for $449 and is available for a 30-day trial. By now it’s become clear that HTML5 warrants serious consideration among magazine publishers hoping to keep pace with the vast changes in the way audiences consume media. Those trying to stay or break ahead of the curve have already taken steps, large and small, toward its adoption. But for many publishers, implementation of the standard—still under development—poses a serious burden to staffs who may not have the necessary resources or training to invest in the switch.In light of these concerns, digital publishing software 3D Issue has released its version five, which promises to deliver all the features of Flash—hyperlinks, videos, sound—by converting PDFs into HTML5 digital editions that can be read on any desktop, tablet or mobile device “all in one go,” without the need for readers to scroll or zoom.“All you have to do is select the devices you want to output your publications to and click publish,” says Paul Mc Nulty, managing director of 3D Issue.Version five also includes a tool called PressJack, which allows publishers to create a digital magazine by pulling content from their web pages, blogs, and RSS feeds into a digital magazine. Mc Nulty says the PressJack is the first tool on the market to bring the “maggregator” technology—as used by apps such as FlipBoard, Zite or OnSwipe—beyond the iPad and into a publisher’s control. While this component of version five is still based in Flash, Mc Nulty says the tool will be HTML5-enabled by March 1. last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Offer Citizen CPR Course On December 78

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department is offering a Citizen CPR course on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 6pm to 8pm, and Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10am to noon, at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street). Attendance at BOTH classes is required.The course is taught by certified instructors from the Wilmington Police Department. The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a lifeThese classes are open to anyone who lives or works in Wilmington and are free of charge. Spouses, parents, babysitters and anyone interested in learning a new skill and meeting new friends are encouraged to apply.There is some minor physical activity required for the course, such as kneeling on the floor and practicing skills learned in the class on manikins.Due to the extreme popularity that this course has enjoyed, the application periods are open for just short periods of time prior to each course.This course is sanctioned by the American Heart Association.Register HERE to sign up for the course.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Offer Free Citizen CPR Class On December 9In “Citizen CPR Class”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (December 9, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”last_img read more

Mercedes wants to treat certain vehicle options like video game DLC

first_img Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above Mercedes-Benz 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 More From Roadshow Auto Tech 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 56 Photos Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Tags Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: There’s a new and improved CLA on the way.Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: Finally, a third row. Usually, once you’ve signed on the dotted line and driven away from the dealership, you’re stuck with the options you chose during the purchase process. Mercedes wants to change that, for some options at least.Mercedes-Benz will use its Mercedes Me connected-car platform to offer specific options as after-the-fact purchases. Available on the A-Class, B-Class and GLE-Class — the vehicles rocking the flashy new MBUX infotainment system — buyers will be able to use Mercedes Me to purchase digital radio, smartphone integration and navigation options after purchasing the car.It’s a relatively straightforward process. If a car is connected with Mercedes Me and has a functional data connection, owners can go to the Mercedes Me store and purchase the aforementioned options with just a few clicks. Mercedes-Benz says this can be useful when an owner forgets to check specific options boxes at the dealer, or it could be beneficial to second owners who want more tech than the first owner did.Enlarge ImageWhile software-based upgrades are easily done through Mercedes Me, it’s not like you will be able to add all-wheel drive or anything like that, so make sure your spec is as close to perfect as possible before purchasing a car. Mercedes-Benz There’s also another huge benefit for Europeans in there, too. Digital radio will become mandatory for new vehicles in the EU starting in 2020, and outfitting an older car with that tech is likely to boost its resale value slightly. So, while owners may not want it now, it could become useful later.Not every buyer specs their vehicle from scratch and waits for the factory to build it. Dealerships maintain a stock of prêt-à-porter vehicles, optioned in a way that buyers will hopefully appreciate. If every car on the lot lacks navigation, but a buyer doesn’t want to wait for a car to be built at the factory, Mercedes Me can get around that problem.Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system has proven mighty impressive in our tests. In our recent review of the A-Class Sedan, we found it to be responsive and full of features, but everything’s laid out in a way that doesn’t make it feel overwhelming. Its “Hey, Mercedes” digital assistant is a nice touch that can take natural-language commands and translate them to actions like adjusting the climate control or turning on the heated seats.last_img read more

Apple may unveil video and news services March 25 but no AirPods

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: 11 Apple’s streaming service could take on Netflix Apple The video service is expected to launch by the summer, according to a report by Bloomberg Wednesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the plan. Stars working with Apple on original programming — including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams — are invited to the March event. The unveiling of the news subscription service was expected to headline the presentation at the company’s Apple Park campus, in the Steve Jobs Theater, according to a Tuesday report by BuzzFeed News. But it added that two other highly anticipated announcements — next-generation AirPods and a new iPad Mini — would be no-shows.  Apple declined to comment Tuesday on the details of BuzzFeed’s report. Apple’s news subscription service was in the news earlier this week for the aggressive terms it’s reportedly putting to news publishers. A report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources said Apple is asking publishers to agree to such terms as letting the tech giant keep half the service’s revenue.  The news and video service would join the company’s Apple Music monthly subscription service for all-you-can-eat tunes on demand. Apple also operates in digital media through iTunes and its App Store. First published Feb. 12 at 2:06 p.m. PT. Update Feb. 13 at 4:25 p.m. PT: Adds report about video service plans. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant. Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming? reading • Apple may unveil video and news services March 25 — but no AirPods Share your voice Apple’s rumored March event is expected to take place in the Steve Jobs Theater at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.  James Martin/CNET Apple is expected to unveil its rumored video service and a news subscription service at an event March 25 at its Cupertino, California, campus, according to reports this week. But don’t expect to see revamped Airpods or a new iPad Mini, one report said.Apple didn’t respond to a message seeking comment about the video service details. Both video and news are part of an Apple push to build up its services chops, as sales of its all-important iPhone have begun to sputter. Apple has made headlines over the last year with eyebrow-raising deals for the rumored TV service, lining up big-name projects from Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg, among many others. And the iPhone maker’s spin on a “Spotify for news” has been expected since Apple bought news subscription aggregator Texture last year.  Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Tech Industry Digital Media TV and Movies Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 6:05 See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Tagslast_img read more

Prevent Blindness Luncheon

first_imgThe Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host a Low Vision Lunch & Learn on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St., N.W. The event will feature guest speaker Olivia Dryjski, M.D. Participants are encouraged to learn how a dilated eye exam can save sight and perhaps the health of a heart. Space is limited. To register, call the Eye Center at 202-877-6159. Ask about parking.last_img

Kids ostracised Kashmiri doctor mulls leaving Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The Kashmiri doctor, who claimed he was asked to leave Kolkata following the Pulwama attack, is considering bidding adieu to the city after his daughters complained of ostracism in school and neighbourhood. The doctor, a cardiologist who has been living here for the last 22 years, has claimed that a day after the terror attack, he was threatened of “dire consequences” if he continued to stay in the city with his family. The Pulwama terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel and injured several others. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose In spite of the threats, the doctor said on Monday that he would stay put after the West Bengal government came to his rescue. The doctor’s daughters, aged nine and seven, are students of one of the leading English-medium schools in the city. Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson of the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who had been coordinating with the family and assured all support to them, said both the girls have been ostracised by their friends in school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The doctor told me that his daughters’ friends are not interacting with them properly. I told him not to get tensed. I spoke to the school authorities and they said they will look into it,” Chakraborti told PTI. Some kids who go to school with the doctor’s daughters, all of a sudden, have stopped travelling with them, she said. The doctor also told me that some children even stopped talking to his daughters, Chakraborti said. “We have assured all support. But this is an alarming situation which is being deliberately created ahead of the elections, with the sole aim of polarisation,” she said. The doctor, who did not wish to be named, could not be contacted as he is not willing to speak to the media. He had said on Monday that he was heckled but he did not pay much attention to the threats he received initially. However, his concern grew when some men gathered outside his residence and threatened to harm his daughters, unless he “returned to Pakistan”. According to the doctor, on February 15, a day after the Pulwama attack, five men aged between 20 and 25 years had come to his house after he returned home from his chamber, asking him to leave the city immediately and “go back to Pakistan as Kashmiris have no place in this country”.last_img read more

5 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Mobile App

first_img 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps June 17, 2015 Major corporations and small businesses are recognizing the need to have a mobile app. Both are incorporating these apps into their business strategies, making their companies (no matter how big or small) more accessible to their customers. And if you’re considering starting a mobile app for your business, there has never been a better time.Here are five things you should ask yourself before you get started:1. Do I Outsource?Developing an app in house involves having much more control and direction over a project. It provides you with the opportunity to voice your input and have a more hands-on approach, all of which are extremely helpful to a marketer. The downside is that it can be time consuming, and occasionally, more expensive. Usually in-house mobile development teams are more expensive than outsourced equivalents.Businesses that choose to outsource instead lose that hands-on input, but can save money, and save themselves the time and stress of developing an app. If you’re willing to relinquish some control, this might be the way to go.2. Which Device Should I Develop For?Over 60% of Americans currently own smart phones, and global tablet ownership will reach 905 million by 2017. Consumers are completely it comes to their devices; from phones to tablets, deciding which platform to use (Apple, Android, etc.) can be a tricky decision for your business.It all depends on your business and your users. Which platform do they typically use? Check out the data. If the majority of shoppers relevant to your business access goods from an Android site, you should focus on Android. Recent data shows, however, that Apple users are more likely to spend more than Android users. Tablet use also boasts more revenue than smart phones, so that’s something else to consider.3. What Should My App Do?There are several approaches you can take, but you should strive to provide a fun yet helpful app with good features and better information. It all depends on your business, the user and what you want to offer them. You could even consider creating more than one app for various features, if your business is large enough to support such a venture, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple.4. Can My Business Handle the Traffic?Developing an app will draw in a ton of new users and customers, and you need to be prepared for the new business. Make sure to update websites and programs accordingly, you don’t want to appear out of the loop with an impressive new app but older sites and systems. And don’t forget the customer service/satisfaction, new apps and programs are worthless without the positive reputation to back them up.5. How Do I Go About Design?Once you’ve got the other details ironed out, you can focus on design. Decisions must be made regarding things like aesthetics, functionality, visibility, and more. Design is a super-important part of developing an app. If your app doesn’t look good, doesn’t have a good “vibe”, or worse, isn’t readable or easily navigated, it is dead in the water. The average smart phone users download around 25 apps, and you need to make sure yours stands out! The app must be elegant, streamlined, easy to use and highly functional, users won’t accept anything less. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hyatt Hotels Corporati

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Park Hyatt Mallorca in Spain, the first Park Hyatt resort in Europe. Located on the undiscovered north east coast, the hotel will also mark the first Hyatt hotel in Mallorca.Set in the exclusive Cap Vermell Estate, and designed in the style of an authentic Mallorquín village, the secluded setting offers guests a unique and tranquil environment. The new destination offers 142 luxurious guest rooms including 16 designed suites. Rooms are complete with private terraces that feature views of the verdant Canyamel Valley or Balearic Sea.“The opening of our first Park Hyatt European resort marks a significant milestone for Hyatt and underlines our commitment to meaningful and strategic growth in this region where we know our guests are travelling,” said Peter Fulton, Group President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as Southwest Asia for Hyatt. “Park Hyatt hotels are internationally renowned for their understated luxury and sophistication, and we are pleased to bring this experience to the Balaeric Islands.”Guests are able to enjoy world-class dining options centered around a Mallorquín village square, Plaza de la Torre. The authentic cuisine offered at Park Hyatt Mallorca includes locally inspired dishes at the Balearic Restaurant. Additionally, the resort features an Asian restaurant located in a private villa with views over the Canyamel Valley, an all-day Bistro, Café sa Placa, and a stunning tapas bar.Luxury facilities at Park Hyatt Mallorca include a landscaped poolside terrace featuring three swimming pools, two of which are heated, and a separate children’s splash pool. The resort’s Serenitas Spa offers seven treatment rooms, including two couples’ treatment rooms, each with their own terrace. There is a selection of signature treatments using locally inspired therapies and the spa is complete with a Himalayan salt sauna, steam rooms, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.Guests can also enjoy access to the superb facilities at Cap Vermell, including a beach club just a 10-minute walk away. The estate’s country club, scheduled for completion in July 2016, boasts paddle ball courts, two tennis courts, an indoor heated swimming pool and outdoor pool. Within 15 minutes of the hotel, guests will have a choice of four superb golf courses, including a full 18-hole course adjacent to the resort.Park Hyatt Mallorca is home to the Residence, housing a selection of elegant meeting rooms and a purpose built show kitchen that opens onto a beautiful Mallorquín courtyard. The Residence is styled with fine furniture and artistic flair to create a visually impressive, yet functional meeting space. A stunning ballroom offers an extensive terrace and access to a landscaped garden with a gazebo overlooking the valley.“Park Hyatt Mallorca provides guests an unrivalled resort experience different than anything else offered on the island,” said Philippe Rouxdessarps, Vice President of Global Brands, Park Hyatt. “We look forward to welcoming guests to Park Hyatt Mallorca on this previously undiscovered corner of the island and showing them the rare and intimate experiences that the Park Hyatt brand delivers.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more