New Englishtown Ferry Christened

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgA new, larger auto ferry at Englishtown, Victoria Co., was christened the Torquil MacLean today, Sept. 24, in honour of the area’s first ferry operator. The $4-million ferry can carry 15 full-size cars per trip, compared with 12 cars per trip on the previous ferry. It was designed by EYE Marine Consultants of Dartmouth and built by A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. of Meteghan River. “This is the busiest of our seven provincially operated ferries and sometimes traffic can get backed up,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The new ferry should help ease the congestion for the 250,000 vehicles that cross here every year.” One hundred twenty-five students participated in an essay contest to help name the ferry. Students were asked to discuss if the ferry should maintain the name of the previous ferry, the Angus MacAskill, or go with a proposed new name, the Torquil MacLean. The winning essays were written by Ella Dubinsky, a Grade 11 student at Baddeck Academy, and Bryan Berk, a Grade 5 student at Middle River Consolidated. Both students took part in the christening ceremony. A commemorative bell and the name plate from the previous ferry were presented to the Giant MacAskill Museum in Englishtown as part of the ceremony.last_img read more


WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 WINNERS

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgThe Borsos Award for Best Screenplay went to Robert Budreau, writer and director of STOCKHOLM, for the complex emotional clockwork that balances action, suspense and romance.Best Cinematography in a Borsos Film, presented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 669, went to cinematographer Michel La Veaux for his work in THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE. The jury said they presented this to the movie that they  felt showed an elegant authenticity and strong visual storytelling through classic use of framing colour and choreography.WFF’s Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature jury was made up of a diverse group of Canadian storytellers all of whom have had films at our festival and two of which are previous Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature winners. This year’s jury includes Canadian film and television director, writer and producer Bruce McDonald (THE HUSBAND, WFF 2013) known for his award-winning cult films ROADKILL and HARD CORE LOGO, and Canadian film director and writer, who won the 2016 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Canadian Screen Award for Best First Feature, Jamie M. Dagg (RIVER, WFF 2015), and, Canadian actress and writer, Jennifer Dale, known for SO YOU SAID YES, SAVING HOPE and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?The 18 Canadian films eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature included:A COLONY (UNE COLONIE)ACQUAINTEDAN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRSBELLA CIAO!THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVAFALLS AROUND HERFAMILY FIRST (CHIEN DE GARDE)THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE (LA DISPARITION DES LUÇIOLES)HONEY BEEIN GOD I TRUSTTHE NATURALLY WANTON PLEASURE OF SKIN (LES SALOPES)NOSE TO TAILRED ROVERROOBHASASHINKASTOCKHOLMTROUBLE IN THE GARDENWOODLANDThe World Documentary Award is being presented to MOMENTUM GENERATION. The jury stated that “This documentary provides unparalleled access to the events that shaped its iconic subjects, presenting a powerful story of the bond between friends throughout profound personal struggle. An uplifting coming of age film that nails its slick and engaging execution, our award winner delivers undeniable audience impact and critical potential. The Jury awards the World Documentary Award to this memorable tribute to hardship and friendship, MOMENTUM GENERATION” directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.The jury also gave an honourable mention to Jordan Manley, director of TREELINE, ”for its original choice of subject matter, striking imagery and masterful visual storytelling, the Jury wishes to recognize this film for its poetic approach to filmmaking and ability to open our minds to a world never before seen.”The World Documentary jury included Vancouver based filmmaker Denis Paquette, whose company RealWorld has produced over sixty hours of content for TV, web, theatrical and direct distribution, WFF Alumni Documentary filmmaker Katie Bender from Australia whose feature-length directing debut documentary THE WILL TO FLY premiered at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival where it received ‘Best World Documentary Award’ and ‘Best Mountain Culture Film Award’, and Canadian Métis playwright, performer, director, producer and screenwriter, Marie Clements, known for RED SNOW, LOOKING AT EDWARD CURTIS, and THE ROAD FORWARD.The Best Mountain Culture Film Award presented by Whistler Blackcomb went to FREE SOLO directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi. The Jury stated “ It’s pretty incredible when a film has you totally gripped from beginning to end, despite already knowing the ending. FREE SOLO did just that and we chose it as our Mountain Culture winner for many reasons. Its ability to deeply humanize a character who is quantifiably “crazy” by most definitions, its technical filmmaking commitment and prowess, and its ability to open the sport of climbing to a wider audience in a relatable way. We felt its storytelling and entertaining portrayal of this unparalleled athletic achievement embodied the Mountain Culture award.“The Mountain Culture jury included Andrea Wing, a Squamish based filmmaker and current director of video and content at outdoor agency Origin, she has worked with high-end commercial clients for over a decade; WFF Alumni filmmaker Darcy Hennessey Turenne, whose film THE MOMENT closed last year’s festival, sold out over 100 screenings worldwide, and debuted at #3 on the US iTunes Independent Film charts, and Leo Hoorn WFF Alumni (TSIRKU 2017) and award winning cinematographer at Whistler based Sherpas Cinema.The ShortWork Jury included actor and TV Host Grace Dove (known for THE REVENANT), WIDC Industry advisor Karen Lam (known for the feature EVANGELINE and the webseries MYTHOS), and WFF Alumni director Lawrence Le Lam, whose short film CYPHER received honorable mention at last year’s festival, and whose student film THE BLUE JET won the WFF Student Shortwork prize in 2015. Le Lam received WFF’s BC Talent to Watch Award in September.The $1,000 Canadian ShortWork Award went to BROTHERHOOD, directed by Meryam Joobeur. The jury stated that “In the Canadian Shortwork category, the jury was unanimously moved by the authentic performances, the sophisticated filmmaking and the universal message embodied in the winning film. There was a simplicity to the storytelling: so much was said without words. It depicts the complexity of family, of culture, and loyalty in a way that is both timeless and yet so timely. We are thrilled to award Best Canadian Short Film to BROTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur.The International ShortWork Award went to MISS WORLD, directed by Georgia Fu. The jury is absolutely excited to present the award for Best International Shortwork to Georgia Fu’s, MISS WORLD , a tall stand out about a Taiwanese train-wreck of a girl dealing with the last day with her dad before he goes to prison. Georgia tells this story on a full pressure blast of fluorescent-flavoured reckless no-regret teenage chutzpah that candy-coats these bound and bursting-at-the-seems hearts of unarticulated father daughter love that all together makes a sweet 18 inch smashed-up mango cake for your eyes. There are streaks of electricity burnt in my mind reminiscent of Wong Kar Wai and the new waves of Asia cinema. So watch out world for Miss Georgia Fu.The $500 ShortWork Student Award went to THE BUS STOP directed by Kama Sood The jury stated they would like to recognize the films in the Student Shortwork categories ability to translate authentic moments and share our human experience. If we knew this was the future of student film and what one can do with guidance we would have followed it fearlessly. For it’s strong performances, and intriguing artist life the jury is awarding the best Student Film to THE BUS STOP directed by Kama Sood.Jen Araki with her “Slip Into Darkness” project won the WFF Power Pitch $41,000 prize package that included a $1,000 cash prize and a $40,000 production package featuring a $10,000 post production credit from Encore Vancouver, and a $10,000 studio credit, $10,000 lighting and grip credit and a $10,000 camera credit from Sim. WFF’s Power Pitch had seven Canadian producers with feature projects in development participating in the program designed to set them up for success by fine-tuning their project packages and pitching skills.The MPPIA Short Film Award, presented by MPPIA and Creative BC, was awarded to Alayna Silverberg for B-SIDE. The award consists of a $15,000 cash award plus up to $100,000 in services. The completed project will have its world premiere screening at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival. The jury stated “Alayna gave us a heartfelt coming of age story about love, loss and overcoming grief  — she’s poised and ready to tell her story. They also have an honourable mention to Jay Cardinal Villeneuve –Jay made a strong and vivid pitch for his story depicting Louis Riel in a pivotal moment in Canadian history. Jay’s passion for this story came through and we hope he goes on to make this film. The 2018 MPPIA jury included writer, director, and actor Angie Nolan, formerly WFF’s Director of Industry Programming, WFF Alumni and award-winning producer, writer and director whose work has been featured on Disney, Amazon, VICE, PBS and OWN, Nimisha Mukerji, and Canadian director,VFX artist and App designer, Zach Lipovsky who recently won VIFF’s BC Emerging Filmmaker award with his latest feature FREAKS.The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented this year’s EDA Award for Best Female-directed Feature to two films, HONEY BEE directed by Rama Rau and FAMILY FIRST directed by Sophie Dupuis.The Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Short Film to BROTHERHOOD directed by Meryam Joobeur.“The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is honored and proud to partner with the Whistler Film Festival for the 5th consecutive year to present EDA awards recognizing women filmmakers. WFF, in our experience, has a uniquely successful record in programming women’s films, not only for screenings, but also in programs that open opportunities for women,” said Jennifer Merin, President of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. “We applaud Shauna Hardy Mishaw for her singular efforts in this regard. This year’s nominees were extraordinarily good, and it was difficult for us to single out one in each category.”Eligible female-directed films are being screened as part of the festival’s regular program, and are being nominated for EDA Awards consideration by Whistler Film Festival’s administration and programmers. The Narrative feature jury included: Sandie Angulo Chen – Common Sense Media, Washington, DC; Marilyn Ferdinand – Ferdy on Films, Chicago; Alexandra Heller-Nicholas – Senses of Cinema, Melbourne;  Jennifer Merin (Chair) – Cinema Citizen, New York; and Rebecca Murray – Showbiz Junkies, Edgewater, Florida. The Short Film Jury included: Marina Antunes (Chair) – Row Three, Vancouver; Betsy Boszdech – Common Sense Media, San Francisco; Katherine Brodsky – Variety, Vancouver; Linda Cook – Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa; and Susan Wloszczyna – Gold Derby, Washington, DC.Variety’s Director of Features and Events John Ross acknowledged the Variety10 Screenwriters to Watch, eleven of whom were present: Variety’s class of 2018 screenwriters and notable credits included: Joe Robert Cole, BLACK PANTHER; Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, A QUIET PLACE; Ashleigh Powell, THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS; Jay Longino, UNCLE DREW; Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD; Sofia Alvarez, TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE; Christy Hall, DADDIO; Jac Schaeffer, THE HUSTLE; Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, YOU ARE MY FRIEND; and Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz, BLACKKKLANSMAN.The winner of the Audience Award presented will be announced in the festival’s wrap-up announcement. The award is a non-cash prize presented to the highest-rated film as voted by the WFF audience. The complete festival wrap-up will be announced on December 4.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia, Creative BC and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler..The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. Whistler, B.C.: The votes are in! Winners of the 2018 Whistler Film Festival were announced at the Awards Celebration this morning on the final day of the 18th annual Festival. Geneviève Dulude-De Celles first feature A COLONY won the $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and the $15,000 post-production prize sponsored by Encore Vancouver in the 15th edition of the coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film. The jury states: “We awarded A COLONY the Borsos awards for its strength of vision and raw authenticity.In addition, the jury awarded Geneviève Dulude-De Celles with the Best Borsos Director Award presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and said her “distinctive new voice promises exciting films to come.”Emilie Bierre, star of the Canadian film A COLONY, was the recipient of this year’s Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award. The jury stated that they “watched many great performances but Emilie’s stood out for its maturity, subtlety, and nuance.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more


Closing Bell Toronto stock market drops on materials energy weak US earnings

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

TORONTO — Several disappointing U.S. earnings reports pulled North American stock markets lower on Tuesday, while investors sold off materials and energy stocks.Here are the closing numbers TSX — 12,516.89 -11.46 -0.09% S&P 500 — 1,676.26 -6.24 -0.37% Dow — 15,451.85 -32.41 -0.21% Nasdaq — 3,598.50 -8.99 -0.25%The S&P/TSX composite index lost 11.46 points to 12,516.89, closing out a tightly-traded session ahead of comments from both Canada’s central bank and the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday.The Canadian dollar was up 0.45 of a cent to 96.47 cents US before the Bank of Canada issues its first policy decision under new governor Stephen Poloz, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.On the TSX, materials stocks dropped 2.2%, as Agrium (TSX:AGU) fell $2.42 to $93.16.The energy sector closed 0.3% lower with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange weakening 32 cents to US$106 a barrel.Gold stocks were some of the biggest gainers as August bullion rose $6.90 to US$1,290.40 an ounce while the TSX gold sector rose 3.1%. The September copper contract on the Nymex gained 4.2 cents to US$3.187 a pound.In the U.S., investors still had plenty to digest as both Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage maker, and retail brokerage Charles Schwab, delivered second-quarter results that disappointed analysts.Coca-Cola reported declining profits and weak volume growth for the quarter. Charles Schwab said its profits fell seven% to $256 million, or 18 cents per share, in the second quarter, from $275 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier.On Wall Street, the Dow and S&P moved back after closing at record highs for three consecutive sessions. The Dow shifted back 32.41 points to 15,451.85, the Nasdaq composite index was 8.99 points lower to 3,598.50 while the S&P 500 index slid 6.24 points to 1,676.26.North American markets were holding back from any major shifts before the testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday that could set the tone in markets for the rest of the summer.“It’s sort of a wait and see attitude. No one wants to position themselves too much in one way or the other,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist with Mackenzie Financial Corp.In particular, investors will be looking for any further guidance on when the Fed will start to reduce its monetary stimulus.The Fed is currently spending US$85 billion a month to buy financial assets in the hope of keeping long-term borrowing rates low and stimulating the U.S. economy. The new money created by the various monetary stimulus enacted in recent years have been one of the key drivers of the markets.Disappointing retail sales figures on Monday reinforced expectations that the so-called “tapering” may take place later in the year than previously thought.“The markets have rallied since (the Fed) softened their view, so people are a bit confused about how the Fed really sees the current environment,” Raschkowan added.Shares of Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) pulled back a day after the company announced it planned to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC) for $12.4 billion in cash and stock — a deal that has sparked a review by two ratings agencies.Standard & Poor’s is placing the companies on CreditWatch “with negative implications,” which means it may lower or affirm the ratings within the next three months.DBRS also placed Shoppers Drug Mart under review with negative implications, reflecting Loblaw’s “potential assumption of approximately $1 billion of Shoppers’ debt.”Loblaw stock dipped $1.53 to $48.60, while Shoppers moved down 43 cents to $59.69.Barrick Gold stock (TSX:ABX) lifted nearly six% after a Chilean appeals court ruled against the world’s largest gold mining company on Monday. The court ruled in favour of Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick of contaminating their water downstream and creating more doubts about the future of the world’s highest gold mine. Shares of the company gained 93 cents to $16.620.Sun Media Corp. announced plans Tuesday to cut 360 jobs and close 11 publications across the country, including its 24 Hours free daily newspapers in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. The media company’s parent, Montreal-based Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B), saw its shares fall 23 cents to $47.50.In economic news, The U.S. Labor Department reported a tame inflation rate with the consumer price index rising 0.5% in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3% jump in gas prices, the largest since February.A day after Citigroup easily topped Wall Street expectations, Goldman Sachs did the same on Tuesday. The global investment and securities firm reported that it doubled its quarterly profits for the second quarter, and posted revenue of US$8.61 billion.Johnson & Johnson also said its second-quarter profit more than doubled thanks to higher sales of medicines and medical devices.After the market close, Yahoo Inc. said its earnings climbed 46%, thanks to a major boost from an investment in Chinese Internet company Alibaba. But its revenue fell 7% from last year. The company earned US$331 million, or 30 cents per share in the three months ending in June. That compared with net income of $227 million, or 18 cents per share, at the same time last year. Revenue totalled $1.14 billion.TOP STORIESGoldman Sachs Group’s earnings were great … until you look at the detailsSun Media to cut 360 jobs and close 11 of its newspapers, including three free urban dailiesWalgreens was scoping Shoppers before Loblaw bought the chainOECD: Unemployment to remain high as Canada and the world fails to shake financial crisis WHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz’s debut policy announcement at 10 a.m. U.S. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke makes his semi-annual policy report to the House of Representatives at 10 a.m. CANADA8:30 a.m.International securities transactions UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Housing starts (June): Economists expect a 5% rise Building permits (June): Economists expect a 1.5% rise 2 p.m.Beige Book CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESAmerican Express Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.22 a share Bank of America Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 25¢ BNY Mellon Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 57¢ eBay Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ International Business Machines Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.77 Intel Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 39¢ Mattel Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ U.S. Bancorp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ CANADAWest Fraser Timber Limited Q2 earnings read more


JP Morgan precious metals traders charged

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

NEW YORK — Two current traders and one former trader in the New York offices of JPMorgan are charged with manipulating the precious metals futures market.The Justice Department announced an indictment Monday against Gregg Smith of Scarsdale, New York; Michael Nowak of Montclair, New Jersey; and Christopher Jordan of Mountainside, New Jersey.New York FBI official William F. Sweeney Jr. says the men are accused of an eight-year scheme to trade precious metals in a way that negatively affected “the natural balance of supply-and-demand.”JPMorgan declined to comment. An attorney who represented Nowak in a related civil case didn’t immediately respond to an email message. The names of Smith’s and Jordan’s lawyers weren’t immediately available.They were awaiting court appearances in New York and New Jersey. The federal indictment was issued in Illinois.The Associated Press read more


Lack of clean water robs children of good health and education –

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said a lack of access to clean water in households causes waterborne illnesses that kill more than 1.6 million children each year. The impact is more tragic for girls, who are often forced to drop out of primary school due to inadequate separate and decent sanitation facilities.“This lack of education early in life often consigns girls to poverty or dependence later in life,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “By providing clean water and sanitation to the poorest people on the planet, we can reduce poverty and suffering and ensure education for all children.”The Third World Water Forum will bring leaders, technical experts and children together in Japan from 16 to 23 March to seek solutions to water and sanitation issues. During the conference, which coincides with World Water Day on 22 March, UNICEF will work to ensure that children have a voice in solving these problems. It is co-hosting a children’s forum, also in Japan, where approximately 100 youngsters will discuss and present their findings to decision-makers attending the Ministerial Conference.”We all know that fresh water is a scarce resource in many places, often a highly politicized commodity. That’s why it’s crucial that we think of these resources in terms of our children – not only for our own children’s health, but for future generations,” Ms. Bellamy said, urging governments to invest more in clean water and in the protection of scarce water sources.According to UNICEF, millions of children suffer intestinal infections caused by parasites. Each year 19.5 million people are infected with roundworm and whipworm alone, and an estimated 118.9 million children under 15 suffer from schistoomiasis. Parasites consume nutrients, aggravate malnutrition, retard children’s physical development and result in poor school attendance and performance. read more


PF Changs China Bistro agrees to sell itself to private equity firm

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro agrees to sell itself to private equity firm for $1.09B, go private by News Staff Posted May 1, 2012 7:00 pm MDT SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – P.F. Chang’s is being acquired and taken private in a deal valued at $1.09 billionCEO Rick Federico said Tuesday that the deal with Centerbridge Partners LP will give the company greater flexibility in improving its restaurants. The Scottsdale, Ariz., company, which operates its namesake restaurants, Pei Wei Asian Diners, has been struggling to update its brand amid growing competition. Earlier this month, P.F. Chang’s rolled out a new menu to lure more budget-conscious diners.New York’s Centerbridge Partners LP will buy shares of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. for $51.50 each. The cash offer represents a 30 per cent premium over the company’s Monday closing stock price. Shares of P.F. Chang’s soared $11.79 or 30 per cent, to close at $51.48 Tuesday.P.F. Chang’s said Tuesday that its net income fell 41 per cent in the first quarter, as revenue at restaurants open at least a year declined.For the three months ended April 1, the figure slipped 0.6 per cent at the company’s namesake restaurants and 1.7 per cent at Pei Wei restaurants.R.W. Baird analyst David Tarantino said that the company has been pursuing a wide range of turnaround initiatives after a sluggish performance last year. The company has been focusing on reducing portion sizes and improving price points at its Pei Wei restaurants and remodeling stores and enhancing service at its P.F. Chang’s Bistros.Net income for the latest quarter was $6.3 million, or 30 cents per share, down from $10.6 million, or 46 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Excluding one-time gains and losses, net income was 35 cents per share for the recent quarter. Revenue edged up slightly to $318.9 million from $317.4 million.Profit and revenue fell just shy of Wall Street predictions, according to FactSet.Centerbridge will begin a tender offer for P.F. Chang’s shares no later than May 15. In order for the deal to close, about 83 per cent of the shares need to be tendered. P.F. Chang’s said it can also seek out competing bids until May 31.The deal, which has been approved by the company’s board, but remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the third quarter.P.F. Chang’s owns and operates 204 of its namesake restaurants and 171 Pei Wei locations in the U.S. The first P.F. Chang restaurant opened in 1993 in Scottsdale. The first Pei Wei restaurant opened in the Phoenix metro area in 2000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


UN chief urges ramped up support to meet Peacebuilding Funds financial challenges

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

Documentation for use of delegations at the high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference entitled “Invest in Sustaining Peace”, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine General view of the high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference, “Invest in Sustaining Peace” at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made remarks. The conference was jointly organized by the permanent missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Delegates prepare for “Invest in Sustaining Peace”, a high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine ‹› Indeed, in 2015 alone, the Secretary-General said, an estimated $34 billion was spent on UN peacekeeping and humanitarian aid for victims of conflict and refugees. “This is unsustainable,” he stressed. “That year, 2015, experts estimate that violence and conflict around the world cost some $13.6 trillion. This is more than $1,800 per person on this planet. And yet, we are struggling to raise a tiny fraction of that amount for conflict prevention and peacebuilding,” he said. The agreements and reviews of the past year, from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, to the reviews of peace operations and the World Humanitarian Summit, show that the UN must change its approach and its ways of working, the Secretary-General said. “Some of our traditional tools are out of date,” Mr. Ban emphasized. “The urgent need to address the root causes of conflict is a thread running through these processes, culminating in the landmark joint resolutions on sustaining peace passed by the General Assembly and the Security Council in April.” As such, the UN is “working hard to implement the clearly-expressed will of Member States,” the Secretary-General said, by breaking down silos and working across departments and agencies, emphasizing joint analysis and planning towards collective outcomes, as well as working closely with the World Bank. He highlighted that the Peacebuilding Fund has a “vital role” to play in that approach, as it helps millions of people around the world by providing resources for projects that are too risky for others to invest in. In addition, the Fund can react within days, adjusting its funding according to context, the UN chief said. “The Peacebuilding Fund builds coherence by spreading its resources through more than 25 UN agencies and other partners and getting them to work together,” Mr. Ban said. “This fund is inclusive: its projects support women and young people; and it has a diverse donor base of more than 50 countries.” “But despite all this, and despite the Peacebuilding Fund’s excellent track record, this crucial resource is in a perilous financial position,” he added, emphasizing that without at least $100 million per year, the Peacebuilding Fund cannot meet its most basic commitments. The funding requested today will begin to “redress the imbalance between spending on conflict, and on peace,” Mr. Ban said. “Inaction is also a choice, and its results can be catastrophic. I urge you today to make sure that my successor will be able to make full use of the Peacebuilding Fund to perform its vital work,” he concluded. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) delivers remarks at a high-level peacebuilding fund pledging conference, “Invest in Sustaining Peace”. The conference was jointly organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine “Without the Peacebuilding Fund, we will be forced to stand by as we witness the preventable loss of countless lives and the extinguishing of hope for millions more,” the UN chief told participants at a pledging conference for the Fund, entitled “Invest in Sustaining Peace.” At today’s event, twenty-six member states pledged $151 Million to the UN Peacebuilding Fund, to cover the years 2017-2019. Established in 2006 at the request of the UN General Assembly and Security Council, the Peacebuilding Fund concentrates on post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives, currently supporting more than 120 projects in 25 countries. Since its creation to the end of 2015, the Fund has allocated $623 million to 33 countries to help prevent relapse into conflict and to sustain peace. At today’s event – which was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom – the Secretary-General lamented that the Fund faces “enormous challenges,” because after a long decline, the number of violent conflicts is rising. “Although there are fewer wars between States, conflicts are taking place within countries, often with international involvement and involving non-state actors. These trends are pushing the UN system to its limits,” Mr. Ban said. “We are failing to live up to the noble call that opens the UN Charter, “To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” he added. read more


Gallery Ohio State vs Rutgers

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

The Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against Rutgers in High Point Solutions Stadium on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor


Are you a dog owner Heres some advice on keeping them safe

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3031381 15,880 Views At very noisy times around Halloween provide your dog with a safe hiding place (a suitably-sized cardboard box will do) in their favourite room of the house and close the curtains;If it’s not possible to black-out your windows, consider taping black bags to them;Turn up the volume of your television or radio to drown out the firework noises;Don’t shut any internal doors, as your dog may feel trapped;Don’t leave your dog alone in the house, as they may panic and injure themselves;A stodgy high-carbohydrate meal (for example, with well-cooked rice or pasta) in the late afternoon may help make your dog feel more sleepy and calm during the evening;Make sure they go out for a walk and go to the toilet before it gets dark and the fireworks start;Keep your dog busy with interactive toys such as those that can be stuffed with treats or make your own by plaiting old towels and adding treats as you plait;Alternatively, consider asking a friend or relative who lives in a rural area that will have little or no fireworks on Halloween night if your dog can sleep over;Dogs Trust has more advice on its website.The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has also put together some tips for pet owners, including:If your pet is showing signs of fear do not react or make a fuss as this will make matters worse. As difficult as it may be, try to ignore fearful behaviour;Steps can be taken to minimise the stress caused to pets by training them in the run up to Halloween. This can involve playing sounds of fireworks at lower volumes and rewarding your pet for calm behaviour, slowly increasing the volume leading up to Halloween. Consult your vet for advice;Anxiety in your animals can be reduced by altering feeding regimes. Feeding later in the evening will encourage the animal to eat when anxious;Playing with your pets can be effective in reducing stress if they are up for a game. If not, don’t try to force them.Read: Illegal dog breeding on an industrial scale is turning Ireland into the “puppy farm capital”Read: Dog owners in Clare and Limerick warned about poisoned meat left along canal Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 9:30 AM Oct 23rd 2016, 9:30 AM 24 Comments By Órla Ryancenter_img Share288 Tweet Email3 Source: Dogs TrustHALLOWEEN CAN BE a fun time for people, but a scary one for pets.With loud noises such as bangers and fireworks going off in the next couple of weeks, many people will be keeping a closer eye on their dogs and other pets.Dogs Trust has put together some advice for dog owners to consider as we approach 31 October.The organisation notes that if a dog hasn’t been “safely exposed to many different experiences, including loud noises, during their essential socialisation period, they can find it difficult to cope with novel sounds like fireworks”.Certain breeds of dogs can be more sensitive to noise than others, and dogs that are generally anxious or nervous might also find it harder to cope. Source: Dogs TrustHere are some tips: Short URL Are you a dog owner? Here’s some advice on keeping them safe this Halloween With lots of loud noises going off, many people will be keeping a closer eye on their dogs and other pets. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Bahamas Brave Davis wants to be Prime Minister and DNA gets new

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#BranvilleMcCartney, #magneticmedianews, #PhilipDavis Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Nassau – Party politics grabbing headlines over the weekend as one  leader is stepping down after a two term run for the party in ‘green’ and another is stepping up, again, saying he wants to head up the Opposition long term.   Philip ‘Brave’ Davis during a Saturday morning prayer breakfast at the Baha Mar resort asked party members to support him as the next leader of the Progressive Liberal Party.Davis, who is currently the interim leader of the PLP said he wants to guide the country away from the troubles which have come our way.   Reaction to the announcement by Mr. Davis, the MP for Cat Island is shock.   Residents say the PLP needs to be retired from the Bahamas’ political roster, just like the Hurricane Center does with the most damaging storms.  Another said PLP relics just don’t get it.   One more said that Brave must be elected to complete the burial of the party.A detailed comment cites reasons he believes Davis has the gumption to offer for leadership of the Opposition; that the MInnis-led Government has made so many missteps that #PhilipDavis and the PLP have good reason to believe most Bahamians will be yearning for another change in 2022.    But more common were comments like ‘this has to be a joke right.’  The PLP Convention is set for October 22-24.Meanwhile Branville McCartney tells the Tribune Newspaper that he is not good for the DNA and will leave the post of leader by October 24th.  McCartney admits that the two party system is strong and said the voters rejected the DNA under his leadership at the polls this past May.#BranvilleMcCartney said the decision was a tough one to come to, but explained that he has to accept the truth of what happened and will take a backseat in the Democratic National Alliance, which he founded.   Deputy Party Leader, Chris Mortimer will become interim leader.#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Bahamas Minister says audit allegation wrong, says Opposition Leader is an ‘honourable man’ Bahamas Political leader to be replacedlast_img read more


Prairie rallies for quarterfinals victory

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgTACOMA — They work on the situation every day in practice. Every day. And some days — like earlier this week in practice — they fail to execute.Then there was Thursday. In the final seconds of the Class 3A state girls basketball quarterfinals. And it all went perfect for the Prairie Falcons.Angela Gelhar’s layup with 22 seconds gave Prairie the lead, then the Falcons sealed the deal with four free throws for a 46-40 victory over Kennedy of Burien.“It was scary,” Gelhar said, noting there are no easy lay-ups in the final seconds of a tie game at the Tacoma Dome. With the game tied 40-40, Prairie’s Lanae Adams grabbed a defense rebound and maintained her composure under tremendous pressure. She found an open teammate, Jackie Lanz, who then spotted Lauren Goecke toward midcourt.Goecke got the ball, turned and saw a two-on-one situation. A couple dribbles and a perfect pass later, Gelhar was alone under the basket for a lay-up to take the lead for good.“It was the same thing we practice. We practice that, seriously, every day for 15 minutes,” said Gelhar, who led the Falcons with 16 points. “Lauren made the best play. I’m so proud of her.”Goecke added: “It was awesome. You play what you practice.”Prairie (26-0) will face Kamiakin of Kennewick (19-6) at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals.Prairie got there by beating the Lancers for the second time in three games. Kennedy has lost four times this season — twice to top-ranked Holy Names and twice to No. 2 Prairie.last_img read more


Khammam Singareni Collieries Company Limited plants 2 lakh

Posted On Sep 6 2019 by

first_imgKhammam: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar informed that the company had planted over 2 lakh saplings on a single day, i.e., on Wednesday, in all its areas across the State. As part of State’s flagship programme, Telangana Ku Haritha Haram, the company has planned to plant 1 crore saplings in all its areas, he said, adding that the officers, staff and public representatives actively took part in the plantation drive. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Giving the details of number of saplings planted on Wednesday, he informed that the company had planted over 1,59,876 saplings in Srirampur area followed by 30,000 saplings in Ramagundam area-3, 5,000 saplings in Yellandu and 5,000 fruit saplings in Ramagundam area-2. He also informed that the company Director (Finance) N Balaram has planted over 2,167 saplings on Wednesday.last_img read more


Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! TagsDuke Divinity School General Conference homepage featured LGBTQ One Church Plan St. Louis UMCGC United Methodist Church Will Willimon,You may also like News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! News By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Will Willimon, a prominent theologian and a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church’s North Alabama Conference, has some choice words for a denomination in disarray over its views on sexuality.Willimon, like other bishops, couldn’t vote on any of the plans presented this week at the special denominational session in St. Louis — one that would continue to restrict church leaders from ordaining or marrying LGBT people, and another that would allow local congregations to make their own decisions. Church rules don’t give bishops a voice or a vote. The session’s 864 delegates are made up of clergy and lay people from around the world.But as a lifelong Methodist, he said, he saw an unmistakable change in the attitudes of the delegates at the special session in St. Louis. People on either side of the issue talked of breaking away from the 12 million-member global denomination. Willimon, who now teaches at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., left St. Louis on Tuesday (Feb. 26) before the final vote.RELATED: United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriageHe talked to Religion News Service by cellphone from St. Louis. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What are you seeing and hearing from the delegates?It occurred to me there are people in the auditorium who don’t care what plan passes or how it passes. They’re withdrawing. Once you’ve made that decision, what difference does it make what plan you’ve got? Someone was saying, “Unless the Traditional Plan passes exactly as it is, unamended, we’re leaving.” That’s kind of like announcing, “We’re leaving.” Imagine having a meeting in a local church where people say “Hey, before we have the discussion and all, if this vote in session doesn’t go my way, I’m leaving.”Delegates attend the first day of the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis, Mo. on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleTraditionalists organized the Wesleyan Covenant Association and made clear their intention to separate from the denomination if the rules regarding LGBTQ people are changed. Are progressives also organized?The traditionalists did a bang-up job of political organizing and counting the votes. The progressives were all busy talking about unity and community and listening and loving. The conservatives were on the floor getting the votes.Do you expect some bishops to leave, too?I’d be surprised, but I don’t know. If we’ve shown one thing, it’s that what bishops do — or don’t do — is almost irrelevant. The bishops labored for two years and came up with these three plans and backed the One Church Plan (which would allow local congregations to decide about LGBTQ ordination and marriage) and pushed that. But the General Conference seems united: We don’t trust bishops. I tried to advocate for the One Church Plan and found out that many progressives felt it didn’t go far enough in providing affirmation and protection for LGBTQ people. On the other hand, traditionalists said, “This is a power play by the bishops to throw this on us even though we’ve demonstrated through many votes we don’t want it.”Is division necessarily a bad thing?We need to remind ourselves that what’s passed for church unity for the last 40 years in the Methodist Church is a kind of bureaucratic, rule-driven, top-down, corporate-America type unity. If that unity is disrupted, that puts us back to where we’ve always been: That’s a gathering by Christ of all kinds of people that make up the church. I say to my seminarians, “Remember, the General Conference as it is now, the Book of Discipline as it is now and our notions of unity and connection — that’s only 40, 50 years old.” When we started the Book of Discipline it grew by a third with additional rules and regulations. If that’s being dismantled, I don’t know that that’s a bad thing.Some United Methodist delegates gather together to pray before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on Feb. 26, 2019, during the special session of the UMC General Conference in St. Louis, Mo. RNS photo by Kit DoyleWould a split take place over time, rather than in one fell swoop?That’s my guess. But I’ve been wrong before. If the Traditional Plan passes, will it be constitutional? I don’t think it will be.  There are a number of problems with it, particularly in its punitive parts. However, I don’t know that it will make a lot of difference. There are people, left and right, progressive and conservative, who just say, “This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay.”To me, that’s the story, more than which plan passes.That’s kind of new. We spent time yesterday openly discussing, “Now, how much do we have to pay to have to leave? Is a third of a property assessment OK?” It was just weird hearing us talk that way. That’s not the way we’ve talked previously.  If you talk that way, it means the debate is almost moot. This may be a bad analogy, but as a pastor, when a couple comes to me and says, “We’re talking about getting a divorce. We’d like to hear your views on our marriage,” I say, “If you’ve gotten this far, you’re going to divorce. What do you want from me?” I kind of feel that way here.What will the 93 affiliated colleges and universities do?I think there are going to be stresses — not only because we could violate many colleges’ statements of inclusion and affirmation by our actions here. Just as important for me, I think, is that we’re turning away everyone under 40. The average Methodist is 61 years old. What we ought to be talking about is “What in the world can we do to reach the generations we’ve lost?” Our colleges are going to say, “We still feel called to be connected to and in ministry with 19-year-olds. You appear to have no interest in that. We’re going to have to evaluate where we are with you.”If we have congregations leaving, we’re going to have huge financial stresses and they won’t be felt in clergy salaries. They’ll be felt by the institutions and the money we give them, which has been shrinking rapidly. It will shrink even further, thus aggravating that situation.Where do you find hope?The hope is that Jesus Christ is Lord. There is a God, and our God is a redemptive God. I can’t decide if the Lord is saying now, “You created the structure and polity of the United Methodist Church. I didn’t. You wrote the Book of Discipline. I didn’t. If that’s being dismantled, that’s OK.”I teach at Duke Divinity School and God is still calling some great people to lead the Methodist Church. My message to students is, “If you ever wonder why God calls people like you in the ministry, look at the General Conference. God has called you to save us, redeem us, lead us. Now step up and lead.”I’m hoping that is our hope. Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! 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GTA V without textures looks like abstract art

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgNormally a video game without textures is like food without flavor. Sure the basic shape and feeling is right, but it’s missing the crucial details that define the experience. However, sometimes stripping the textures off a game can give it a beautiful and completely unexpected new visual style. Check out how amazing Grand Theft Auto V looks without textures.Before, Los Santos was a bustling metropolis full of tangible grit and personality. Whether it was satiric billboards, dirty urban decay, or opulent beachfront glamor, the details were what sold the city as a living, breathing place for players to cause chaos in. But without textures, Rockstar’s latest open world opus looks like a ghost town with haunting flat colors, ominous fog, and a skyline shrouded in darkness. Some have compared the silhouetted look to the dark indie darling Limbo.Given the artistic impact of these pictures, it should come as no surprise that the project, “los_santos.obj,” is actually part of an art exhibit by artist Kim Laughton. The piece is currently being showcased in Flanetrie, a Monadigital exhibition currently open in China, and you can check out more spooky screenshots here.This isn’t the first time someone has made striking art from a textureless video game. Skyrim, another open-world game, looks like a surreal cartoon after turning the detail all the way down, a feature the developers purposefully included. Maybe this is the next frontier of high culture video game appreciation. Games aren’t just art, they’re abstract art.Now read: GTA V PC release date pushed back to March 24last_img read more


Bluetooth Security Flaw Leaves Millions Of Devices Vulnerable To Data Attack

Posted On Aug 29 2019 by

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский“The Key Negotiation Of Bluetooth (KNOB) attack exploits a vulnerability at the architectural level of Bluetooth. The vulnerable encryption key negotiation protocol endangers potentially all standard-compliant Bluetooth devices, regardless their Bluetooth version number and implementation details,” the researchers wrote.KNOBThe researchers are calling the flaw Key Negotiation of Bluetooth (KNOB) because the exploitation happens when two devices are trying to connect. Upon checking more than 14 Bluetooth chips from popular manufacturers such as Qualcomm, Apple, and Intel, researchers discovered that all the tested devices are vulnerable to attacks.There is so far no evidence that the vulnerability has been used for malicious attacks, but companies such as Apple and Intel have already implemented a security upgrade. For people who are concerned about this vulnerability, the best course of action to take to protect their data and devices is to always keep their security, software, and firmware up to date.“As always, Bluetooth users should ensure they have installed the latest recommended updates from device and operating system manufacturers,” said Bluetooth SIG in a Security Warning regarding the discovery. Bluetooth SIG is the international body that is responsible for standards for Bluetooth connections. TAG Bluetooth, Cybersecurity, Data Breach ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller Search Close Bluetooth allows people to make a wireless connection between their devices. It is a convenient way of connection, but it may also leave space for any attack.   ( Pixabay ) Researchers recently discovered a major security flaw in Bluetooth that leaves devices vulnerable to data breach. Millions of devices are said to be at risk of an attack.Bluetooth Security FlawA research team at Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) recently published a report detailing a Bluetooth security flaw that they discovered may be exploited in a malicious attack. The flaw allows a potential attacker to interfere while two devices are trying to connect via Bluetooth, allowing the attacker to essentially break the Bluetooth security without being detected.This means that the attacker could then have access to the data from any of the connected devices as long as they are in range. For instance, they could have access to the music one listens to, or to the very words that they type on a Bluetooth keyboard. All Ads by Amazonlast_img read more


Heredia students receive new computers

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgFifty students from the Barrio Socorro School in Santo Domingo de Heredia, north of San José, are recipients of new XO laptop computers thanks to a donation by the Lincoln School and the Quirós Tanzi Foundation.The donation, presented on Tuesday, is part of a program called “Conectándonos” (Connecting Us), a cooperative agreement between Education Minister Leonardo Garnier and the Quirós Tanzi Foundation, a local NGO. Through the program, which started in February 2012, some 3,000 students from 43 public schools have received computers and technology training.Located in Barrio Socorro, the Lincoln School joined the Quirós Tanzi Foundation in assisting the local public school by purchasing the computers and helping with training and technical support.“Today we not only celebrate the donation of 50 computers to our friends at the Barrio Socorro school, but also the fact that we’re coming together as a community to improve education and offer a lifestyle change through innovative opportunities,” Lincoln School Director Robert Rinaldo said.The XO is a rugged computer that includes a camera, microphone, 3 USB ports, WI-FI connection and easy-to-use software designed by the International Organization “One Laptop per Child.”   Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


73 Georgians hospitalized after chlorine leak

Posted On Aug 18 2019 by

first_imgTBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Officials say that 73 people, including 20 children and a pregnant woman, have been hospitalized after a chlorine leak in a suburb of the ex-Soviet nation’s capital, Tbilisi.Georgian Health Ministry said that the incident occurred early Wednesday after poisonous chlorine leaked from a tank that belongs to a water utility company.It said 27 people remain in the hospital, and one of them, a 18-year-old man with asthma, is in a critical condition. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories The impoverished nation of 5 million people faces constant problems with crumbling Soviet-era infrastructure.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories last_img read more


Accolades Continue for Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgGood things come in pairs at Rotorua’s Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel, which has been applauded for its outstanding service for the second year in a row.The lodge has only been open for two years, but has been awarded its second Certificate of Excellence after it was again voted top for service by traveller reviews made through TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.Since it opened in 2009 the lodge has established a name for itself in Rotorua’s tourism market with innovative product offerings and service excellence.Hotel director Fred Novella says the award comes in the wake of a very busy summer season and again shows the great team effort that goes into providing the best genuine hospitality to the lodge’s guests.“In the past two years, the last five months have been our best and it is with great pleasure that we receive this recognition,” says Mr Novella.“The Excellence Award is a genuine reflection of our team’s efforts as it comes from guests that have experienced our hospitality and the services we provide here at the lodge.”Mr Novella says the award complements the lodge’s number one ranking restaurant in Rotorua, Le Manoir Restaurant.“We are extremely proud of our position in the New Zealand Hotel Industry,” he says.“Our successes to date show that local and international travellers alike are keen to experience luxury in great surroundings but mainly with a team of dedicated professionals.” Source = Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotellast_img read more


Rising Rates Inventory Drive Down Buyer Competition

Posted On Aug 15 2019 by

first_img July 11, 2013 418 Views Share While summer temperatures are now consistently rising into the triple digits in many parts of the country, bidding wars for homes continue to cool, “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ said in its Real-Time Bidding Wars report for June.[IMAGE]Nationally, the percentage of offers written by Redfin agents that faced multiple bids fell for the third straight month to 68.6 percent, down from 69.5 percent in May and 75.7 percent in March. Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle attributed the continued decline to rising mortgage interest rates and the ongoing easing in the inventory crunch.””You can thank rising inventory and, gulp, higher interest rates for the ease in competition,”” Haberle said. “”Homeowners who have been waiting to sell are entering the market in greater numbers as prices–which were up [COLUMN_BREAK]17 percent in May from the year before–continue to recover. Moreover, home builders are ramping up construction of new homes to seize on buyer demand and rising prices.””Haberle also noted many agents have reported a drop in competing offers since interest rates spiked. She offered as evidence a report from John Venti, an agent in the Los Angeles market.””Each of the last three offers I wrote was accepted without a counter-offer, which has been unheard-of in Los Angeles, where a home in a popular neighborhood has typically attracted 30 or 40 offers over the last several months,”” Venti said.The reduced competition also helped buyers by bringing offers closer to list prices. Nationally, the average difference between winning offers and list prices fell from 1.4 percent above the list price to 0.9 percent in June.””In welcome news for buyers, these developments suggest that the real estate market is embarking on a new, more balanced chapter,”” Haberle said. “”Furthermore, as the market rebalances, homebuyers are likely to be less inclined to use risky strategies like waiving an inspection or financing contingency in order to secure a deal.””Reports were mixed across the country, however. While markets like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., saw bidding wars drop off by as much as 10 percentage points from May to June, areas like San Diego, Orange County, and Boston reported a ramp-up in competitive buying. Rising Rates, Inventory Drive Down Buyer Competitioncenter_img in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2013-07-11 Tory Barringerlast_img read more


Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 18 The Arizona Cardinals’ defensive struggles with tight ends have been well-documented, and it seemed the Cardinals were likely on their way to another long Sunday against future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons. But the Cardinals held Gonzalez to just 26 yards and three catches on eight targets — something that went a long way toward limiting the Falcons to 55 percent passing and holding them without a touchdown until the late stages of the fourth quarter in Arizona’s 27-13 win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Opposing tight ends had torched the Cardinals to the tune of six catches and 88 yards per game, and had accounted for eight touchdowns in eight games. The Cardinals used a mix of cornerback Jerraud Powers, linebackers Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby and safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Yeremiah Bell and Rashad Johnson to slow down the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Gonzalez. In fact, the biggest contribution a Falcons TE made was from Levine Toilolo, who drew a questionable pass interference call in the end zone to wipe out a fourth-and-goal incompletion in the fourth quarter. Mathieu said the Cardinals were aided by the fact that the Falcons were without their top two receivers in Roddy White and Julio jones. “Obviously, we knew Matt Ryan was going to target Tony more than he had in their previous games,” Mathieu said. “We just took it as a challenge. Everybody stepped up.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the defense tried to switch up coverage looks in an attempt to pressure Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and keep Gonzalez in check. Both worked, as Ryan was sacked four times and threw four interceptions. “It was a team effort … playing with great technique, the line getting pressure,” Dansby said. “We did it together. That’s the only way we can stop or slow down these tight ends.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more