Labour Day parade not ending at CNE to show solidarity with lockedout

first_imgTORONTO – Marchers in Toronto’s annual Labour Day Parade broke tradition on Monday, opting not to end the procession at Exhibition Place to show solidarity with stagehands who have been locked out of the venue since July.“We’re not going to cross that picket line. We’re going to support the workers by not taking our members through that picket line and (not) having them go to the Ex like we normally do,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor’s regional director for Ontario.Exhibition Place’s board of directors and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 58, which represents about 400 workers, said talks over the weekend broke down.Both sides of the negotiations said they were unsuccessful after a 12-hour meeting on Saturday that focused on the locked-out employees’ contract.Negotiations will resume Tuesday — a day after the fair ends. The employees were locked out on July 20, and the union said the workers have been without a contract since December 2017.But in spite of the ongoing dispute and change in parade route, officials with the Canadian National Exhibition struck an optimistic tone.“Monday is a very big day for us. We attract audiences from across the spectrum,” said John Peco, chief officer, business development and innovation of the CNE association.“Traditionally the Labour Day parade does terminate at the fairgrounds, so we’re quite optimistic that many of those people will return to the fair following the parade with their friends and family.”But Rizvi said Unifor members have rented boats at the city’s habourfront, and other unions in the march will be hosting barbecues instead of going to the fair.“We’re not crossing the picket line at the expense of another union’s workers who are trying to fight for their jobs,” she said.Before the start of the march, Unifor president Jerry Dias spoke to attendees about the importance of fair wages and work environments.“As we march together I want you to think about solidarity,” he said. “I want you to think about our union moving forward.”Justin Antheunis, president of IATSE Local 58, said he’s thankful for the support from the Labour Day marchers.“The solidarity that Local 58 has seen from the entire labour movement not just in Toronto but across the country has been fantastic and it means a lot to us that they’re not going to cross the picket line.”—With files from Gabriele Roy.last_img read more

WestJet profit down by twothirds due to fuel costs intense competition

first_imgSoaring fuel costs, labour unrest and steep competition at home and abroad have made for a turbulent third quarter for WestJet Airlines Ltd., which saw profits plunge compared to the same period a year ago.“Obviously, this year has not turned out the way we expected or wanted it to,” said chief financial officer Harry Taylor. “But we’ve hit a bunch of marks this year and executed.“We are not where we want to be financially. We need to get back on that path,” Taylor said on a conference call with investors Tuesday morning following the release of quarterly earnings.The Calgary-based company reported a third-quarter profit of $45.9 million, down 66 per cent from earnings of $135.9 million in the same quarter last year.Fuel costs climbed to 85 cents per litre, a 37 per cent spike from a year ago that amounted to the largest operating expense.In May, WestJet pilots voted in favour of strike action before the Air Line Pilots Association and the company agreed to a settlement process two weeks later. The initial threat scared off potential passengers and prompted discounted fare offers that cost the carrier “tens of millions of dollars” throughout the second and third quarters, said chief executive Ed Sims.Intense competition is another concern. A freshly expanded Flair Airlines, soon-to-launch Canada Jetlines Ltd., Air Canada’s low-cost Rouge and transatlantic players such as Iceland’s Wow Air and Norwegian Air are all crowding the budget airspace that WestJet has flown into with its four-month-old, ultra-low-cost Swoop.“We saw a dramatic increase in fares and then an even more dramatic decrease in fares. We’ve seen another low-cost entrant come in and double the size of their network,” Sims said, referring to the privately owned Flair.“The domestic market we do see as saturated in a way that WestJet’s capability to bring inbound leisure traffic from markets like Europe is not saturated,” he added, saying that its Boeing 767 wide-bodies are a “very effective weapon against that Rouge product.”Earlier this month, WestJet launched sales of non-stop flights from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport with the first three of an expected 10 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a bid for business passengers that challenges Air Canada’s transatlantic dominance.WestJet announced Tuesday it will add a Toronto-Barcelona route as well as a Calgary-Atlanta route, with sales starting immediately.“Typically it’s been very difficult to get into the southeastern U.S. for us in the West,” noted spokesperson Lauren Stewart, highlighting market access carved out by a joint venture with the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced in July.Karl Moore, an aviation expert at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, sees WestJet in “transition” from a low-cost domestic carrier to a full-service, intercontinental airline.“I think they’ll always try to be the feisty Canadian competitor…somewhat rooted in the West,” Moore said. “But it becomes less David and Goliath and more Goliath and a big player.“High oil price is absolutely a problem. High competition is absolutely true. I think there’s a bit of bumpiness right now, but I think they’re positioning themselves very well to the future,” he said.Third-quarter profit amounted to 40 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with $1.15 per diluted share a year ago, the airline said.Revenue totalled $1.26 billion for the quarter, which included the busy summer travel period, up from $1.21 billion a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 33 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.WestJet’s capacity — measured by available seat miles — in the quarter was up 9.9 per cent from a year ago, while traffic — measured by revenue passenger miles — in the quarter increased 8.6 per cent.Its load factor decreased to 84.6 per cent compared with 85.7 per cent a year ago.A resolution with the WestJet pilots is expected in December, with binding arbitration submissions wrapping up this month.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to WestJet as a Montreal-based airlinelast_img read more

Yahoo deletes tweet that included racial slur

Yahoo deletes tweet that included racial slur by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2017 6:06 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yahoo Finance says it accidentally tweeted out a racial epithet when promoting a story about the cost of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to increase the size of the U.S. Navy.The headline for the story on Yahoo Finance is, “Trump Wants a Much Bigger Navy: Here’s How Much It’ll Cost.” But when it was tweeted Thursday, the word “bigger” had an ‘n’ as its first letter instead of a ‘b.’The tweet was deleted and Yahoo Finance tweeted an apology , chalking up the mishap to a spelling error. A company spokeswoman referred to the statement when asked for further comment.Yahoo’s mistake quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, the logo of Yahoo appears on a smartphone in Frankfurt, Germany. Yahoo Finance deleted a tweet that accidentally included a racial epithet Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File) read more

Synchronized Swimming Ohio State synchro success begins with recruiting talent and personality

The Ohio State synchronized swimming team gathers for a cheer prior to the Zero Waste Dual Meet on Jan. 13, 2018 at Ohio State. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsA young synchronized swimmer sent a video to Ohio State demonstrating her talents. The video was filmed in a home pool — an unusual setting for a recruiting video — but everything else seemed standard. The recruit went through three or four maneuvers encompassing her overall skillset. When the routine was completed, she swam out of the frame and re-entered in a canoe.That recruit was Asia Luke, who went on to swim at Ohio State for four years and contribute to two national championships.Ohio State head coach Holly Vargo-Brown said as soon as she saw the canoe appear, it became clear what needed to happen next.“I have to have that kid on this team,” Vargo-Brown said.Synchronized swimming is a sport of uniformity. Athletes are recognized for mirroring the actions of those around them. In the water, unity and synchronicity are necessary to succeed.But when building the most consistently dominant synchronized swimming program in the country, 30-time national champion Ohio State looks for athletes that are far from uniform.To find swimmers from around the world capable of carrying on the program’s rich tradition, Ohio State seeks athletes who display distinct personalities capable of enhancing the team community in addition to raw talent. “If everybody’s exactly the same it doesn’t work as well,” Vargo-Brown said. “It’s when they’re different and they figure it out … Those are the very best teams.”Synchronized swimming has a small talent pipeline that begins to manifest itself early on in swimmers’ careers.“The girls start young,” Vargo-Brown said. “Sometimes as young as 6 … Because it’s such a small sport you start to see some names start to hit the top soon.”Though the pipeline develops early, it becomes narrower and more refined as swimmers grow older. Players move from across the country to specific programs known for producing college and Olympic-level talent. This is where Ohio State begins to pinpoint its top recruits.“As [the athletes] get older … they will move out and train with a better program,” Vargo-Brown said. “We tend to get a lot of our athletes from those better teams.”These programs include the U.S. National Team as well as a few reputable programs on the West Coast. Getting athletes to abandon the West Coast to swim in Ohio would be a challenge, but Ohio State has one selling point that encourages the athletes to overlook distance and dreary weather: success.No other team can boast a resume as strong as Ohio State: 30 national titles, 14 Olympians and 110 All-Americans.“Truthfully because [the championship banner] says 30 national championships over there a lot of times people will come to us,” Vargo-Brown said.Since Ohio State does not struggle to find athletes that want to compete for the team,the decision often comes down to what types of young women the team believes can foster an environment of success.There’s no single quality that marks a potential contributor to the team’s winning culture, yet Vargo-Brown cited the canoe video as a time when she knew immediately that a potential recruit demonstrated the type of character the team wants in its athletes.“Original, thinker outside the box, confident … I always refer back to [Luke] as a person that ended up being a great Buckeye,” said Vargo-Brown, who is in fourth season as head coach and competed for the Buckeyes from 1981 to 1984.To the athletes, the team’s dedication to creating a diverse, supportive group of personalities is as important as its reputation. “I noticed [the supportiveness] on my recruit trip,” senior Monica Velazquez-Stiak said. “Just watching how they practiced and worked together was really inspiring to me and really drew me to the program.”The team’s history of success and the culture it strives to cultivate are connected. Players want to join a program in which they will have the opportunity to win, and a team with a sense of community contributes to this opportunity. “What I love about this current year’s team is how diverse everybody is,” Vargo-Brown said. “Diverse personalities of young women. I think when you embrace that and you allow that to come together some really special stuff happens.”If the team’s success in the water is indeed a product of the synthesis of its swimmers’ personalities, Vargo-Brown’s assessment has been proven correct thus far. The Buckeyes most recently won the North Regional Championships to improve to 22-0. They will next compete at the national championships on March 28. read more

Which NFL Teams Really Have the Toughest And Easiest Schedules in 2014

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday night, confirming the dates and locations of all 256 matchups (and ending your chance to enter the St. Louis Rams’ schedule-guessing contest, even though you had no chance of winning). With the slate solidified, you can probably expect to see more of the standard strength-of-schedule analysis that averages the 2013 winning percentages of a team’s opponents. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t especially useful, because they assume each team will be exactly as good in 2014 as it was in 2013; in reality, NFL teams vary quite a bit from season to season, and our ability to predict which ones will and won’t be good in a given year is extremely limited.For example, going into the 2013 season, the Detroit Lions were expected to have the league’s second-hardest schedule based on the 2012 records of their opponents. So, what ended up happening? According to the strength-of-schedule component of Pro-Football-Reference’s Simple Rating System, Detroit actually had the league’s easiest slate of opponents last season.In cases like this, a better tactic is to make regressive predictions. We can use a regression formula to predict each team’s 2014 Simple Rating from its ratings over the previous two seasons, while building in plenty of regression to the mean to reflect our limited knowledge. If we base each team’s projected 2014 strength of schedule on these regressive predictions (while also taking into account a 2.5-point home-field advantage depending on where the game is being played), we arrive at the following projected schedule strengths for 2014:The biggest differences between our projected SOS numbers and the NFL’s official rankings center around a handful of teams in the AFC East and NFC South. The AFC East’s record was better in 2013 than it had been in 2012 — despite posting a poorer point differential — while the NFC South had a better record in 2012 than in 2013 (mainly because the Atlanta Falcons’ record declined so much in 2013).Because the regression is looking at two years’ worth of data (albeit weighing results from 2013 about 2½ times as strongly as those from 2012), it expects Atlanta to be roughly an average team in 2014 — not the 4-12 team it’s perceived to be by the NFL’s official SOS metric — which feeds most heavily into the SOS ratings of Atlanta’s divisional foes in Carolina, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.Meanwhile, the two-year regression is skeptical about the AFC East having as good a record in 2014 as it did in 2013. It’s not so much about the AFC East’s improved out-of-division win-loss record in 2013 (it was 22-18 outside the division in 2013, only a modest improvement over its 19-21 record in 2012), but more about the way the division’s records didn’t match up with its teams’ point differentials. According to Football Outsiders, AFC East teams’ actual wins exceeded their pythagorean wins by 3.9 victories in 2013, including 2.6 for the New York Jets alone. Research has shown that such overachievement is rarely sustainable, so our regression method would be expecting a decline for the Jets (and the division as a whole) in 2014.Such a regression-based system is far from perfect; for example, it doesn’t even know about which players changed teams in the offseason between 2013 and 2014. (But even methods that try to account for such wrinkles do a relatively poor job of prediction compared with simple metrics like our regression.) In other words, the above SOS rankings are going to be wrong — but they’re almost certain to be a more accurate gauge of each team’s schedule difficulty in 2014 than the official rankings that only tap into last year’s records. read more

Tiger Woods Plays His Best In The Midwest

In the Northeast … Finished in top 2580% In the West … Average finish15.9 Average finish17.4 In the Southwest … Finished in top 543% There’s a reason that Woods, like so many other PGA Tour players, has a home — and a private golf course — in Florida.Tiger has finished in the top five in 40 percent of his starts in the Sunshine State. That feat is only further amplified by the fact that he’s played more events in Florida (62) than in any other state. He’s won more than a quarter of those events, including the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, less than a year after his knee surgery.“Once we figure out what courses we like, we tend to play those,” Woods said after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2013 — for the eighth time.He has four wins at Augusta National, tied with Arnold Palmer for the second most by any player,8Nicklaus has six. and he has finished in the top five in at least half of his appearances in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina. Three-fourths of his career starts in the region resulted in top-25 finishes.With its wide fairways, Augusta National is tailor-made for big hitters like Woods. “Augusta has always rewarded length more than any other course,” Nicklaus once said.Southwest Woods has managed his most dominant performances in the center of the country. He has a higher percentage of top-25 finishes, top-five finishes and wins in the Midwest than he does in any other region of the U.S. One-third of the 69 total tournaments he played there resulted in wins, and nearly 30 percent of his PGA Tour victories have come in the region.Woods has won more than twice as many tournaments in Ohio alone (13) as he has in the Southwest (four) and Northeast (two) combined. “He’s just making mincemeat out of golf courses,” the redoubtable Jack Nicklaus said after Woods won the 2000 Memorial Tournament2Which Nicklaus designed. in Dublin, Ohio, by five strokes. The following year, Woods won the tournament by an even wider margin. As he once succinctly put it, “[I’ve] done well in Ohio, I guess.”If you took Tiger’s accomplishments only in Illinois — his two major championships (the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006) among his seven career victories — he would already qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame upon being of eligible age.3He’d also qualify in California, Florida and Georgia.In total, Woods has placed in the top 25 at Midwest tournaments a gaudy 80 percent of the time. From 2000 to 2009, his average finish at Midwest tournaments was an unimaginable 5.3. Fewer than 30 players in the history of the sport have enough total PGA Tour victories to match Tiger’s tally of 23 just in the Midwest.When compared with Tiger’s performance in other regions of the United States, his degree of dominance in the Midwest is unparalleled. So why has his success largely manifested itself in middle America?Three tournaments — the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (formerly named the WGC-NEC Invitational), the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) — served as the backdrop of 18 of Woods’s 23 Midwestern wins. Each is longer than the PGA course average,4Which ranged between 7,200 yards and 7,300 yards from 2003 to 2015, according to allowing bombs-away players like Tiger to attack scoring openings. Firestone Golf Club, home of last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, features a 667-yard 16th hole, among the longest par-5s in the world.5Woods birdied the hole in his first round last week, though he hit water there during the final round and double-bogeyed the hole. Woods has been known to obliterate those kinds of holes with his transcendent power and pin-seeking style of play.Familiarity with a course also helps, particularly when putting: Greens can be deciphered with repetition, which is why Woods so often plays tournaments he’s played before.6Excluding majors and World Golf Championship events, the last time Woods won a tournament the first time he played the course was 1998. Tiger has played four courses in the Midwest7Cog Hill, Firestone, Muirfield Village and Warwick Hills. at least nine times each — accounting for 56 of his 69 Midwestern tournaments played.West Won33% Total events119 Total events31 Finished in top 2575% Finished in top 551% Won7% Finished in top 544% Average finish24.1 Finished in top 558% Average finish14.6 In the Southeast … Finished in top 532% Won14% Out of all the areas in the U.S. where golf is played, the Northeast has been particularly trying for Woods.9As trying as a region can be for an all-time talent the likes of which may never be seen again. He has won just twice in the region — the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston — in 31 starts.If it’s difficult to dominate any golf course, it may be especially so in the Northeast. Just check June’s scores at Shinnecock Hills. Or the memories of the Massacre at Winged Foot.When Woods competed in the 2004 U.S. Open, which was also at Shinnecock Hills, he finished in the top 20 despite shooting 10 over par. When he won the 2002 U.S. Open, he was the only player who finished in the red. But he’s finished outside the top 30 in five of the past seven tournaments in the region.The patience demanded by many courses in the Northeast doesn’t match Tiger’s game or approach. We’re talking about a guy who finished outside the top 10 in driving distance only twice from 1998 to 200710He finished 11th in 2003 and 12th in 2007. but who has often failed to regularly hit fairways. The margin for error in the Northeast is often smaller, so it’s critical to avoid bogeys and mitigate errant tee shots. Deftly navigating recovery shots is paramount. So it’s no wonder that the player many identify with the most competitive and aggressive style the sport has ever seen struggles mightily to play conservatively. Average finish18.4 Tiger Woods has won golf tournaments in pretty much every corner of the map, from Australia to Dubai and even Japan.But the place where he’s dominated most is America’s heartland: the Midwest. He’ll get another chance to pad his numbers there in this week’s PGA Championship, at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. Woods has never won in the Show Me State — nor has he even finished a tournament there before — but if his track record in nearby states is any indication, the PGA might provide him with a good chance to check off yet another stop on his Midwestern victory tour.To figure out which region Woods has ruled over the most, we dug through Tiger’s tournament results since 1992, when he played his first professional event, and cataloged all of his starts.1I used National Geographic’s regional map to determine regions. (Apologies to those offended by Oklahoma’s inclusion in the Southwest or any of the states listed as being in the Midwest). We looked at tournaments held in the U.S. that Woods started, excluding unofficial events or team events like the Ryder and Presidents cups. That gave us a sample of 316 tournaments to parse — and some clear through-lines emerged.Midwest Total events28 Won25% In the Midwest … There was a time when Texas — most notably the Byron Nelson Championship — served as an annual stop on Tiger’s tour schedule, but he hasn’t played a PGA Tour event in the state since 2005.In fact, he’s largely avoided the Southwest in general, having played only four events there since 2010. Maybe that’s because his all-time record for most consecutive cuts made was snapped at the Byron Nelson in 2005; he hasn’t returned since.But regardless, Texas has been arguably Woods’s most successful state in the region; he’s finished in the top five in more than 50 percent of his 15 tournaments and won twice.Northeast Total events69 Total events65 Finished in top 2579% Finished in top 2558% Won23% Woods was born and bred on the West Coast, so it’s fitting that the native son dominates the region. He’s played nearly twice as many events in California (52) as he has in the Southwest (28) over his career, and his home-state trophy case is ostentatiously full.Tiger’s last major championship was the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines, arguably the most herculean performance of his career. With two stress fractures below his knee and a torn ACL, Woods walked 91 holes over five days (because of a 19-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate) at the South Course, which, at more than 7,600 yards, is among the longest courses in major championship history. Effectively playing on one leg, Woods produced one of the greatest individual efforts ever seen in a major.The performance wasn’t an outlier; it was a continuation. Woods won five consecutive events at the course over a four-year stretch and has won nine in total if you count his Junior World title. In at least half of his starts in each of California, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada, he’s finished in the top five.His coastal success at courses like Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Kapalua largely follow the same cadence that his success in the Midwest does: Use length to establish an advantage on the rest of the field, make timely putts and dominate scoring holes.Southeast Finished in top 2577% At this stage of his career, Woods only traffics where he’s had success; aside from majors, you can expect him to tee it up where he’s dominated in the past. This week represents a rarity for Tiger: the opportunity to try his hand somewhere new. Bellerive is enormous, catering to his power-driven approach. Plus, the Midwest certainly qualifies as the backdrop for some prime Woods domination over the course of his career. So even though he hasn’t yet completed a tournament in Missouri, it would hardly be surprising to see him in contention. History says so. read more

Farfan Mendes to establish 70M sawmill training facility

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnsa McAL fully supports RHTY&SC Town WeekSeptember 2, 2016In “Local News”Suriname joins Guyana’s 50th Independence celebrationsMay 25, 2016In “Local News”President says ‘nothing secret’ about D’urban Park project – Opposition differsNovember 24, 2016In “Local News” …as company celebrates 50th anniversary with PresidentPresident David Granger and Managing Director of the Farfan and Mendes Group of Companies, Andrew Mendes engaged in conversation during the cocktail receptionPresident David Granger, on Friday evening, attended a dinner in celebration of the Farfan and Mendes Group of Companies’ 50th anniversary, held at the company’s complex at Providence on the East Bank of Demerara.Managing Director, Andrew Mendes seized the opportunity to restate the company’s commitment to ‘green’ building and the development of the ‘green’ economy in keeping with the President’s vision of a ‘green’ state trajectory.In addition to developing sustainable operational processes, Mendes announced that the company has committed to the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to establish a sawmilling training facility at its Coverden operation at a cost of $70 million and has also collaborated with the GFC in setting up and financing a forestry training centre and the formulation of a code of conduct for wood processing.Commensurate with their commitment to Guyana’s development, Mendes said the Group has also invested in a joint venture with partnering companies in the United States of America to develop logging, sawmilling and value added products from the Iwokrama Forest.“This approach is part of our commitment to providing real world practical solutions based on experience for our customers and it is evidence of my parents and the company’s continued commitment to the development of sustainable growth in Guyana,” Mendes said.Minister with responsibility for Labour,  Keith Scott, members of the Diplomatic Corps and the private sector were in attendance at the event, which featured performances by former Miss Guyana World, Lisa Punch, the Euphoria Dance Company and the Dharmic Nritya Sangh, among others. read more

Barrick Golds sustainability strategy pays off with Dow Jones index inclusion

first_imgThe biggest gold miner by production, Barrick Gold, has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 11th consecutive year.Barrick was also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for a 12th year.While the company did not get top position in the Metals and Mining category of the – a place reserved for its biggest rival Newmont Mining – its Chief Sustainability Officer Peter Sinclair said being included for 11 consecutive years was an honour.“At Barrick, we believe we can generate sustained value by partnering with local communities and host governments. Being included in the index gives us confidence that we are living up to this commitment,” he said.Each year, the DJSI independently evaluates more than 2,500 companies using sustainability criteria to identify the top 10% of performers. Companies are evaluated on a range of sustainability metrics, including governance, social performance, environment, and economic contributions—taking into account both industry-specific trends, as well as sustainability issues facing multiple sectors.Barrick said by operating in a responsible manner, the company creates significant value for its shareholders, employees, local communities, and host countries.In 2017, this included:Continuing a 12-year trend of reducing the company’s total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR). Since 2005, there has been an 88% improvement in Barrick’s TRIFR (from 2.79 to 0.35 in 2017);Developing a climate change strategy aligned with its overall business strategy to grow free cash flow per share through safe and responsible mining. Barrick’s strategy has three pillars: understand and mitigate the risks associated with climate change; reduce its impacts on climate change; and improve the company’s disclosure on climate change. Barrick has set a goal to keep its current greenhouse-gas emissions flat in the short term, and to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 from its 2016 baseline of 3.5 Mt of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted;Contributing $5.1 billion to its host countries and communities in the form of wages and benefits, royalties and taxes, purchases of goods and services, and community investments. This includes more than $351 million in purchases from the local communities where Barrick operates;Employing more than 97% of our 10,000-plus workforce from the countries in which it operates. In addition, approximately 60% of its employees come from the local communities nearest to its mines.last_img read more

MCU News Tom Hardys Venom Black Panther Plot Fillions Place and More

first_imgTom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall.— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017That’s not a terrible choice at all. Hardy is a great actor who, as we saw in his TV series Taboo earlier this year, plays the antihero very well. Over the years, Venom grew from one of Spider-Man’s scariest adversaries to a conflicted hero, who doesn’t always have the same moral obligations that Spider-Man does. Eddie Brock isn’t a particularly good person naturally, but he does try to become better and help those around him. Sometimes. That inner conflict is sure to give Hardy a lot to work with, and it’ll be interesting to see his take on the character.Sony is trying to launch their own universe separate from the MCU with the Spider-Man characters they own the rights to. Even though Tom Holland’s Spider-Man exists in the MCU, Tom Hardy’s Venom will not. Presumably, the Spider-Man movies will exist in both universes. That does make Venom’s origin a little tricky. If the symbiote won’t make an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, how does it find Brock? Does it still have Spider abilities? Does it still block Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense if Holland’s Parker never dons the black suit? We’ll have to see how this movie addresses the character’s origin when it comes out on October 5, 2018.Kevin Feige speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore)Sony creating their own separate Marvel universe may not sit well with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. Screen Rant reports that Feige’s goal is to get all of Marvel’s superheroes back under Marvel Entertainment’s control. That includes the X-Men, who are owned by Fox and the Spider-Man characters Sony has the rights to. His ultimate goal, he said, is to recreate the experience comic book readers have for the movies. That means every Marvel character under the same umbrella, interacting with each other just like they do in the comics.“We’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years,” Feige said. “And certainly, including Spidey in Civil War, in the upcoming Infinity War, is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”For now, it seems unlikely that Fox will willingly part with the X-Men or even the Fantastic Four, regardless of how that last movie turned out. That’s why it’s so interesting that Marvel is partnering with the studios that own the rights its characters. If you can’t get the characters back, might as well make sure you have some control over their stories. In addition to partnering with Sony to get Spidey in the MCU, Marvel Studios has worked with Fox to create X-Men TV shows like Legion and The Gifted. If we’re ever going to get every Marvel character in the same universe (or on the same screen), it’ll likely happen through partnerships like this.Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)As for the rest of the MCU, we’re starting to see exactly what the studio is building towards for the end of Phase Three. New official synopses have been released for both Black Panther and Infinity War that give us an idea of where these movies are headed, Inverse reports. Black Panther‘s plot is probably very close to what you guessed it would be. T’Challa assumes the Wakandan throne after the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War. Of course, not everyone in his country is happy with their new king. He fights a rebel faction that aims to draw Wakanda into a world war. This is pretty well-trodden territory for the Black Panther comics, and it’ll be fun to see some of T’Challa’s greatest moments play out on the big screen.Meanwhile, for Avengers: Infinity War, the synopsis confirms that it will feature the Avengers fighting Thanos. Duh. The synopsis reveals that his goal has changed since his debut in the post-credits scene of The Avengers. He no longer wants to court death. Now, he wants to collect the six Infinity Stones so he can control all of reality. What he wants to do with all of reality remains to be seen. At this point, anticipation for both these movies has been built up about as high as it could possibly go. It’s getting to the point where we’d just wish they’d come out already. We still have aways to wait, though. Black Panther is due for release on February 18, 2016. Avengers: Infinity War will be out on May 4, 2018. At least Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good enough to tide us over.Speaking of which, our final story from the MCU concerns Nathan Fillion’s mysterious role in it. James Gunn tweeted out this fake movie poster from a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The poster features Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams, an actor who is also the superhero Wonder Man. The poster has him playing Tony Stark in a Jobson his Facebook page-like biopic. Gunn recently explained the reason these posters exist. We’ve known for a while that a Venom movie was on the way, but until today, nobody knew who would play him. Sony Pictures announced on Twitter today that Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock in the upcoming movie. The studio tweeted out the news along with a picture of Hardy wearing a Venom T-Shirt. One of the @NathanFillion /Simon Williams /Wonder Man posters cut from #GotGVol2. Read all about it at— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 17, 2017Basically, the poster was created as an Easter egg to be visible in the background during a certain scene. Unfortunately, the scene slowed the pacing of the movie to a crawl and had to be cut. Gunn is best friends with Fillion, and the actor has appeared in every one of his movies. (He had a voice-over role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.) Gunn wants Fillion to have a significant role in the MCU going forward. That’s why he made this poster implying that he would play Wonder Man.“I didn’t have a good cameo for him in Vol. 2 – and I wanted to bring him more fully into the MCU at some point, so I didn’t want to make him Aakon Guard #2, narrowing his chance of a more substantial role in the future,” Gunn wrote.Gunn says he’s always liked the character of Wonder Man, and could easily see Fillion in the part of the “douchey actor/superhero.” Gunn clarified that Fillion is not a douche, but just very good at playing one. Anyone who’s seen him on Alan Tudyk’s Con Man can certainly attest to that.last_img read more

Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max Pixel 3 XL All specs

first_img 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels $1,099 See All Apple 6.5 oz; 184 g £869 (64GB); £969 (128GB) 64GB, 128GB 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: How do they compare? 4,100mAh Galaxy S10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL specs Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 522ppi Special features £1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB) 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 in Weight (Ounces, Grams) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Sprint Tags Dual 8-megapixel Google Samsung Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in $1,099 None Pixel density 7-megapixel with Face ID Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Android 9 Pie Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus In-screen Lightning 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3,430 mAh Google Pixel 3 XL Video capture iOS 12 reading • Galaxy S10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL: All specs compared 4K $1,000 Price (AUD) Apple A12 Bionic Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS Max (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS Max: Biggest screen, battery and iPhone price tag ever 128GB, 512GB, 1TB Battery Boost Mobile 6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in Display size, resolution Not disclosed Dimensions (Inches) Expandable storage Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone X Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Front-facing camera AU$1,499 $1,099 4K Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) See It Mobile software Share your voice Dual 12-megapixel USB-C Headphone jack 8GB, 12GB No 64 Photos 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels Camera 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm 522ppi Yes Connector See it Price off-contract (USD) Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 £899 12.2-megapixel AU$1,349 (64GB); AU$1,499 (128GB) Storage $899 (64GB); $999 (128GB) Up to 512GB Phones 6.17 oz.; 175 g IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box Back cover No Price (GBP) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4GB iPhone XS Max Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy See It Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 7.3 oz; 208 g • See It 4K Apple iPhone XS Max Review • The XS Max compared to the iPhone XR: Most of us should just buy the cheaper one RAM 6.3-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels Dimensions (Millimeters) 458ppi Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve None CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) USB-C Processor 5 Comments $1,099 4:13 Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.  The Galaxy S10 Plus in all its newness. Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 Plus — the larger brother to the Galaxy S10. The phone was one of four new phones announced including the Galaxy S10 5G and the “cheaper” S10E. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, none of these phones fold in half. The Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with two front-facing cameras housed in a double hole-punch cut-out that Samsung calls the Galaxy O display. Like the Galaxy S10, it has a fingerprint reader built under the display, but unlike the smaller Galaxy, the S10 Plus has dual cameras on the front for selfies.The Galaxy S10 Plus is — on paper — the most powerful Android phone. But it has to contend with Apple’s iPhone XS Max with its blazing fast A12 processor. It’s also up against the Google Pixel 3 XL, which has one of the best cameras on any phone today and is $100 cheaper.Check out our spec chart below to see how these top dollar phones compare. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)last_img read more

Perapallamidi villagers children block roads demanding

first_imgNarayanpet: With the RTC stopping additional bus services to the Perapallamidi Thanda, the students and villagers blocked the roads and protested against the RTC officials on Thursday and demanded restoration of additional bus services to their village and facilitate easy transportation.”Despite repeated requests with the RTC officials, they have failed to restore additional bus services to our village. The bus that comes in the morning is full students who go to school. With no additional bus services, we are facing many problems. As no one is heeding our requests, we have decided to block the road and stop the movement of vehicles until the RTC promises to restore the additional bus services to our village,” said school students and villagers, while taking part in the protest. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us At present, only one bus service is allotted to Perapallamidi Thanda from Narayanpet and that too it comes only in the morning and in the evening. However, with more than 200 to 300 students and general public travel to the district headquarters every day, the one bus service is not adequate. In view of the above, the villagers are demanding more services, and threatening to intensify their agitation if RTC remained stubborn.last_img read more

BTech student goes missing in Hyderabad

first_imgAn engineering final year student has gone missing from Mahatma Gandhi Bus station on Thursday. It came to light on Saturday after the boy’s father approached Afzalgunj police. Sai Teja, a native of Khammam has come to Hyderabad on a project work along with his friends. The 22-year-old youngster went to have tea alone at the bus station after which he went missing. The Afzalgunj police registered a case and are probing into it. They are looking into the CCTV footage installed at the bus station.last_img read more

All remain silent after rescue

first_imgAll remain silent after ‘rescue’. Photo–Prothom AloPoet, essayist and political commentator Farhad Mazhar is just the latest case. At least 27 people returned to their families after similar ‘mysterious disappearances’ or ‘abductions’.Most of them could not remember what happened during their disappearance and the rest refrained from going into details.A total of 284 people had gone missing mysteriously or were allegedly abducted between June 2014 and July 2017, according to records of Ain O Salish Kendra.The bodies of 44 of them were recovered, 36 were shown arrested, and 27 returned.And the fate of 177 others remains unknown.The victims’ relatives said that some unknown persons identifying themselves as members of law enforcing agencies picked up the victims.Those who returned said they were forced to get into microbuses and taken to unknown places. They, however, didn’t give details.Rapid Action Battalion’s (RAB’s) legal and media wing director Mufti Mahmud Khan told Prothom Alo that none claimed DB or RAB directly picked up. They said their relatives were picked up in the name of law enforcers, the RAB official said, adding “we are regularly arresting such fake DB and RAB men”.”Despite the rescue of so many missing people, allegations were raised against us, tainting our image,” added Mufti Mahmud Khan.After remaining missing for 18 hours, poet Farhad Mazhar told Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday that he was picked up with a microbus and blindfolded in front of his Shyamali residence.Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik told Prothom Alo that not a single incident was settled after mysterious missing or abduction. As result, he pointed out, panic gripped the people, especially the critics of the government.He insisted that offenders indulged in such crimes have to be detected and brought to book. “The government should take steps to increase the level of trust in law enforcers,” said Shahdeen.Style of disappearance and rescue similarThe media was vocal about those who returned after they went missing in the past three years. They remained missing from 18 hours up to 7 months.On 16 April 2014, chief executive of Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA) Syeda Rizwana Hasan’s husband businessman Abu Bakar Siddique was abducted from Dhaka-Narayanganj link road.After 34 hours, unidentified persons freed him blindfolded in the city’s Mirpur area. They also tucked Tk 300 in his pocket. With a CNG auto-rickshaw, he reached Dhanmondi and check-post police there took him to the police station.His wife Syeda Rizwana Hasan filed an abduction case with Fatullah police station. There is no progress in the case.The plainclothes police picked up Nagarik Oikya (now a political party) convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna from his relative’s house in Banani on 23 April 2015, alleged his wife Meher Nigar. The police, however, denied this.After remaining missing for 21 hours, he was shown arrested near Star Kebab in the city’s Dhanmondi area.BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed was rescued from Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya after 62 days of missing from a house in Dhaka’s Uttara area on 10 March 2015. On 12 May, he phoned his wife Hasina Khan from Meghalaya Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Science in India.According to Indian police, he was arrested while roaming about near Meghalaya Golf Green area. Salahuddin seemed to be ‘imbalanced’.He told police that he did not enter India on his own accord. Those who abducted him brought him to India.The BNP leader did not want to say anything else.After the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist, Tanveer Ahmed, an ICT expert, gave interviews with the media.On 16 March 2016, he went missing. After five days, he was found ‘bewildered’ at the airport road. The police brought him to his house.On 4 August, 2016, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s son Humam Quader Chowdhury went missing from the court area of old Dhaka.After about seven months of staying in an unknown place, he returned home.National Human Rights Commission’s former chairman Mizanur Rahman said, “The common people feel insecure if the state or the law enforcing agencies can’t say anything at a certain time after the missing or abduction of a person”.”I think there is a flaw in the structure of our security which has to be overhauled”.Deputy Commissioner of DMP media and publicity unit Masudur Rahman said if the police arrest any man for a proper reason, the detainee is produced before the court.“If anybody comes to the police with an allegation of abduction, that is looked into with priority,” he added.Read more:Farhad Mazhar admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac HospitalFarhad Mazhar free to go home‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in JessoreFarhad Mazhar taken to DB headquarters*The report originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Ruth Carter Black Panther Costume Designer Inspires Young Black Artists

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRORuth Carter has a portfolio most designers would give up their best set of scissors to have. The film industry veteran graced the stage at Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Main Theatre to a captive audience of Howard University students. Also in attendance were students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Carter treated the crowd to a presentation highlighting her costume design work on the blockbuster film Black Panther.A full theatre of students skipped their usual Wednesday schedule to question the costume designer on everything from her work on several films to which directors are her favorite to work with. Carter has over 62 credits to her name spanning TV’s Seinfeld to the historic picture Selma. Carter has worked alongside A-list directors from Ava DuVernay to close friend Spike Lee, who she has worked with on over 14 productions.Famed costume designer Ruth Carter spoke at Howard University about her work and process in creating clothes for films such as “Black Panther.” (Courtesy Photo)Carter recalled for the crowd the moment she got the call to lead the Black Panther team of designers. She was on the set of the film Marshall when she got the call that she had secured her role on the crew for the Marvel movie. After accepting the offer Carter quickly called her brother, a serious fan, to fill her in on the ins and outs of the Marvel superhero. Only a few months later she found herself on set conjuring the battle armour for the marvelous royal guards of King T’Challa, the Dora Milaje.“They had to be special. Their uniform had to feel like it was something that you could pass down to your child. You trained your child to be a Dora and gave them your uniform,” Carter told the crowd. “In the comics the Dora were developed in many different colors, but the color used the most was red, so Ryan Coogler wanted to stay with the red . . . so I upped the color based on a lot of reds you see in Africa, like those seen on the maasai.”All this detailed work is extremely expensive. One costume for the movie tallies up to just about $40,000 based on the immense amount of craftwork and research and development needed to create the highly technical suit. “There is a lot of R&D [research and development] in making a costume like the Dora. You try things, they don’t work, and you have to have the money to pay for it. You can’t have a craftsperson work on a strap that you think is going to be great and it doesn’t go well, and you go, ‘Ok, thanks for your time.’ No, you have to pay them for that time.”Carter took the crowd through an aesthetic tour of the African continent highlighting the tribes and cultures that influenced her crafting of the costumes seen in Black Panther. The first stop was the OvaHimba tribe of Namibia. From them Carter borrowed the distinctive locks and the unique paste of butter, fat, red ochre, and herbal aromatics worn by the women. The gold rings worn around the necks of the Dora are inspired by the indzila, a traditional jewelry of the Ndebele tribe. One of the more striking relics the designer mimicked was worn by the film’s anti-villain Killmonger. The mask Killmonger liberates from the London museum and claims as his war mask is inspired by the ritual mask of the Igbo people of Nigeria. Fittingly the mask with its long horns and bared teeth signify aggression with its name, Mgbedike, translating to “time of the brave.” And finally, one of the more distinct costumes used for the film, that of M’Baku, comes from Mali’s Dogon tribe. The ceremonial skirts that the Dogon use, find themselves on the mountain warrior tribe of the Jabari who Carter also adorns with the fur of the silverback ape.While Black Panther is her first foray into the Marvel cinematic universe we can expect to see more of her soon. Carter recently did work for the now shelved project on the Marvel character Silver Sable and Black Cat continuing her work in the superhero genre. Ruth Carter’s work will next be seen in the film Dolomite is My Name starring Eddie Murphy.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Desperate for employment? A vacancy is up for grabs this week.Click the link below to see the job requirements.Online vacancies are updated all the time, so if you are looking for a job, bookmark Ladysmith Gazette vacancies. GeneralSee details HEREAll the best if you are applying! Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Turkey in recovery mode looks for 50 million visitors by 2023

first_imgTags: Turkey Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img NEW YORK — The new Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey has set a target of 50 million international visitors to Turkey by 2023.Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and TourismThe Hon. Professor Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, speaking in New York City about his strategic vision for increasing travel and tourism as the engine for improving relationships between countries and cultures, said tourism to Turkey has started to recover.While the 50 million visitors goal is expected to generate US$50 billion in economic impact, Kurtulmus said the most valuable result of increasing tourism is forming the foundation for a stronger global community through the better sharing of ideas and values between cultures.“Few countries have as wide a variety of tourism and cultural attractions as Turkey, including – and, perhaps most importantly – its figurative and physical position as a bridge between East and West that embraces visitors from across the globe,” he said.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“We see this strength as vital to our vision for bringing communities together, and we will invest heavily in public and private partnerships to ensure we are developing these tourism products to diversify our markets and audiences.”Turkey has already made progress towards its goals this year, with tourism to the country up 14.05% during the first six months of 2017, and up by 36.53% in June this year compared to June 2016.The country’s tourism assets are also being recognized in 2017 with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee adding the Ancient Ruins of Aphrodisias to the World Heritage List in 2017, The New York Times’ naming the remote Aegean island of Bozcaada as one of its ‘Top 52 Places to Visit’ this year, and Newsweek naming the 13th Istanbul Biennial on of the world’s top five exhibitions worth travelling for.“Turkey is one of the most diverse destinations in the world, with a richness of history, archeology, gastronomy and geography from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, combined with art and culture that spans the ages yet is at the forefront modern innovation,” Kurtulmus said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July“I invite travellers from all over the world to discover the beauty of our country, whether the new UNESCO World Heritage site Aphrodisias, or the remote island of Bozcaada … with so many varied characteristics, combined with Turkey’s history of hospitality from millennia of civilizations making the land their home, we have the potential to enrich our global community through cultural diplomacy.” Turkey in recovery mode, looks for 50 million visitors by 2023 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Gronkowski spoke to those of us in the local media on a conference call earlier:On Cardinals defenseThey are pretty solid. They have a lot of great players at a lot of positions so very good defense. Big, fast, aggressive and they are definitely very good.On similarities between Cardinals and Steelers defensesYes, definitely. They have a couple of coaches coming from the Steelers and everything and the head coach too came from the Steelers. They kind of have a defense a little bit like that and we have to be ready because they are both good defenses. It’s kind of the same: same front, same base, a couple of the same blitzes. You just have to prepare for anything and everything at all times.On the culture in New England that allows for continued successWe’re just taking one game at a time basically. One week at a time. Obviously, we have the Arizona Cardinals coming up this week and they are a very good team and we just have to put in one practice at a time starting today. We have to go out and have a good practice, worry about our jump, worry about what we have to do out on the field and just work together as a team.On UA beating Oklahoma State last weekend D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ It’s great seeing your alma mater put up a victory over a ranked team. I’m definitely supportive of Arizona and it’s good seeing that. September 12, 2012: Behind Enemy LinesRob Gronkowski set school records for receptions, receiving yards and TD catches by a tight end depite playing only two seasons at UA. Now, he needs one more touchdown (28) to break out of a tie with Russ Francis and move into sole possession of second place for most receiving touchdowns by a Patriots tight end.There’s no question he can play the game of football. And there’s no question he has adhered to the advice of his head coach when speaking to the media: say nothing. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Makeover underway near old GSP but mainly to accommodate cars

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouThe first phase of the construction in front of the interior ministry, which consists of most of the public parking area and a new road, will be finished by the end of July, an official of the public works department said on Thursday.The second phase, which includes another parking area for the employees of the interior ministry, is probably going to be ready by mid-October.The area which has 5,900 square metres is already under construction and when it is finished will have a total of 589 parking spaces and a road with cycling lanes and a pavement which will be connected to the Pedieos linear park.According to the official, 36 trees had to be cut down, something which was agreed with the forestry department. This, she said, was done after careful deliberation.“Some of them were eucalyptus trees which had very big branches which were dangerous,” she explained. “Others were kept like palm trees and will be planted in other areas. We even kept some there though if we had cut them down we could have had more parking spaces but it was because they are big trees which are nice.”It was decided to plant three times the amount, around 100 trees, to replace those which were felled. The forestry department together with the public works will choose trees which can tolerate Nicosia’s high temperatures and don’t need a lot of water.Part of the project is a playground with equipment for disabled children.The new six-metre wide road from Demosthenis Severis avenue to Byron Avenue will include sidewalks with a width of 2.5 metres and a cycling lane 1.5 metres wide.The project is a temporary measure, as future plans are to build either a new ministry of interior or another public building on the spot.It will cost around €1 million. The public works official explained this was not only for parking and the road, but also involves solving the drainage problems of the whole area, as a drainage system is going to be constructed under the road.The plans for the area were approved with certain conditions, such a notifying the antiquities department if artefacts are found during the construction. The permitted noise levels of machinery were also regulated.Though the construction was approved by the various authorities, the fact that most of it is used for parking may not be to the liking of most residents.In 2008, when the development of the area of the old GSP stadium opposite the one under construction now was under discussion, members of the public participated in the first-ever municipal referendum – on the initiative of the then mayor Eleni Mavrou – to vote on how they would like to see the stadium developed and submit their own proposals. According to the results, residents said they wanted an open, green area with few buildings and easy access to pedestrians instead of cars.You May LikeTime-journalThe World’s Most Valuable BrandsTime-journalUndoYouZoop.comManatees Outnumber People In This Small Florida TownYouZoop.comUndoSilentSnoreAnti-Snoring Device Everybody in United States Is Talking AboutSilentSnoreUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Russia confirms its support to a Cyprus settement based on UNSC resolutions

first_imgRussia confirmed, during a meeting between its foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and AKEL General Secretary, Andros Kyprianou, its support to a comprehensive, viable and just settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions,  without any foreign pre-established solutions being imposed, a press release issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.It also noted that during their discussion, Lavrov and Kyprianou looked into the current situation and the prospects for developing the cooperation between Russia and Cyprus, and exchanged views on the settlement of the Cyprus problem.“The Russian side confirmed its suport to a comprehensive, viable and just settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions, without any foreign pre-established solutions being imposed,” it added.CNAYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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