Bryan Brothers Support Charity Campaign For Esurance

first_imgEsurance, the official car insurance sponsor of the US Open, is teaming up with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal-winning Bryan Brothers – Bob and Mike Bryan – and USTA Serves to support two tennis programs benefiting at-risk youth.Facebook users can go to Esurance’s Facebook page at www.esurance.com/facebook to vote for one of the two “game-changing” programs. Esurance will donate $50,000 to USTA Serves and request that it be distributed to each of the programs based on the percentage of votes received. Voters can also enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to the men’s singles final of the 2013 US Open.Additionally, visitors to the Facebook page will have access to an exclusive video of the Bryans, as well as more information about USTA Serves and the two participating tennis programs— East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring and the Kids and Police Tennis Association.“USTA Serves is excited to partner with Esurance to support East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring and Kids and Police Tennis Association. Both programs are game changers for the hundreds of kids benefitting from the powerful combination of tennis and education. Now they’ll get the extra attention, tutoring, and computer support they need to succeed in school and throughout their lives,” said Deborah Larkin, Executive Director USTA Serves.USTA Serves is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to enhancing the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. People from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds are beneficiaries of USTA Serves, which supports organizations that use tennis as a vehicle to help at-risk children finish high school and qualify for college scholarships.last_img read more

A SIXPACK OF REASONS TO GET EXCITED FOR THE NEW SIXPACK OF

first_img Facebook Advertisement Quickly becoming a Canada Day tradition, an all-new six-pack of LETTERKENNY begins streaming tomorrow on CraveTV, just in time for the long weekend. From troublemaking out-of-towners, to suited-up Hicks and Hockey Players, here are six reasons fans should be stoked for this fresh batch of episodes:#1. It’s Wedding SeasonThe Hicks, Skids, and Hockey Players get suited up for a local wedding. And because weddings bring all types of people together – including “citiots” – chances of a dust-up are high. Advertisement The all-new six-pack of episodes are available to stream on CraveTV beginning June 29. Press screeners for the first two episodes are available now (log in using your media site credentials). Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter #2. The Letterkenny Adult Spelling BeeIn the words of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know” about the Letterkenny Adult Spelling Bee. No matter what, the Hicks are here to make sure Katy regains her Spelling Bee glory by any means necessary.*Warning: Strong language*#3. Man Seeking Tiki TorchMontréal-native Jay Baruchel is making his way to Letterkenny! While he may be known as a devout hockey fan, don’t count on him donning a Shamrocks jersey. When Baruchel’s troublemaking Hard Right Jay arrives in town, he’ll have traded his twig for a tiki torch.#4. Boats, BuddyWith their eyes on the prize, the Hockey Players might just bring home their biggest “W” yet when they take on coaching duties for a local team with a history of bringing home ‘ships.*Warning: Strong language*#5. The Return of GaeAfter saying sayonara to Stewart and the Skids to head back to the city, mysterious lady-skid Gae (Sarah Gadon, ALIAS GRACE) is set to reappear in Letterkenny. Will her visit end in tears…again?#6. Bienvenue au QuébecLes Hiques are back! But this time, it’s the Hicks and the Hockey Players who will be making the trip to party with their Québécois counterparts.And who can forget their very first encounter from last winter:*Warning: Strong language* Login/Register With:last_img read more

Manitoba chiefs order child welfare agency board to suspend reformist director

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsChiefs with a northern Manitoba tribal council have taken the extraordinary step of forcing the suspension of the official in charge of running a child welfare agency responsible for four northern First Nations.It remains unclear exactly why chiefs with the Island Lake Tribal Council moved to place the Island Lake First Nations Family Services executive director on administrative leave with pay while ordering a “full review on the administration practices and the delivery of services” of the organization.The situation has created concern among some in child welfare sectors that other chiefs may feel emboldened to politically meddle in the operations of First Nation child welfare agencies as a result of the Island Lake Tribal Council’s actions.A letter from tribal council chiefs sent last month to the Island Lake First Nations Family Services board ordered the temporary leave and a report on the review to be completed by this week.“It has come to our attention regarding grave concerns of the management style that is being administered in the Island Lake First Nations Family Services organization,” said the Feb. 16 letter, which was signed by three of the four Island Lake Tribal Council chiefs and obtained by APTN. “We are directing you to address the concerns that have been brought forth regarding the conduct of the executive director.”The letter was signed by Garden Hill First Nation Chief Dino Flett, Red Sucker Lake Chief Sam Knott, and St. Theresa Point Chief David McDougall. Wasagamack Chief Alex McDougall, who is chair of the tribal council, did not sign the letter.In a brief interview with APTN, Chief Alex McDougall said he didn’t sign the letter as a result of a miscommunication, but he supported the request for the temporary suspension.“Children, they are at risk, that is why we are trying to deal with the issues,” he said. “I will decline to make any comments on the story you are pursuing.”The Island Lake First Nations Family Services board is currently overseeing management of the organization in the interim.It also appears the board was not in agreement with the chiefs’ request to suspend the executive director who has been on the job since 2015, according to a separate letter from the acting CEO of the umbrella organization that oversees First Nation child welfare agencies in northern Manitoba. The letter, obtained by APTN, summarized a Feb. 23 meeting between the Island Lake board and the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority—also known as the Northern Authority.“Throughout the discussion, the board expressed in very clear terms that they valued the work that the executive director has completed since (they) assumed (the) position in November 2015 and clarified that they did not have any specific concerns regarding (their) performance,” said the letter, signed by Bryan Hart, acting CEO for the Northern Authority. “The board clarified that the above concerns were actually coming from community members which were only recently brought to their attention. The board indicated that it was their opinion the executive director does not deserve the criticism being directed against (them).”The letter stated the board expects the executive director to return to their position after completion of the ordered review.In the letter, Hart called the decision to suspend the Island Lake First Nations Family Services executive director as “highly unusual” and “extraordinary.” The letter stated the board listed three issues behind the temporary suspension: the high rate of apprehensions, the placing of too many children in the homes of a particular nationality and the breadth of administrative changes to the Island Lake First Nations Family Services organization since 2015.According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the executive director had been reforming and improving the child welfare organization which led to the termination of several employees. The sources said the tribal council chiefs have faced pressure from certain key members in their communities to move against the executive director as a result of the terminations.“People were let go, a lot of them. There were a lot of issues, a lot of staff were just collecting paycheques,” said one source. “The new director demanded a higher level of accountability. (They) didn’t want staff to be there to collect paycheques, but do the work and make things better for the children who come into care.”The provincial Department of Families, which directly oversees the Northern Authority, declined to comment and referred questions to the Northern Authority.In an interview with APTN, Hart said the Northern Authority does not micromanage local organizations. He said the Authority would continue to “monitor” the situation and maintain “dialogue” with the Island Lake First Nations board.“The board has to be independent discharging its duty from that standpoint or the Northern Authority will have a problem and lead to some formal intervention,” said Hart. “We expect the board to maintain an independence and do what is best for the organization.”Hart said while it was “unusual” for the board to take over administration of the child welfare organization, it was well within its rights under existing laws and rules.He also said First Nations leadership have a role to play reflecting the concerns of their community.“There is an expectation there among the community that they do have a voice,” said Hart.Hart wouldn’t discuss the possible ramifications of the situation.“What comes later will determine itself. When you take a position in a leadership role in this area you expect there are going to be some challenges when you look at the system and circumstances,” he said. “The challenges we have, with First Nations working within a provincially governed (child and family services) system, sometimes you see the tension at certain times, more than other times.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Partygoing boys likely to be sexually aggressive

first_imgCollege going boys who often attend parties or go to bars for drinks are more likely to be sexually aggressive compared to those who do not, says a new study. “We found that it wasn’t alcohol use, per se, that leads to sexual aggression,” said Michael Cleveland, Associate Professor at Washington State University. “But the combination of alcohol and the setting that the drinking takes place in had a major impact on the number of reported aggressive tactics used,” Cleveland added. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA group of over 1,000 college males participated in a survey for the research. The survey was conducted by email or online. “We asked them how often they drank and if and how often they went to bars or parties,” Cleveland said. “Then we asked if they used any specific tactics to convince, or even pressure, women to have sex with them,” he added. Those tactics ranged from threatening to break up with her to getting her drunk and harming her physically. The findings also showed that more the male students reported drinking as freshmen, the more likely they were to commit a sexually aggressive act. The study further found that the men who went to bars and parties more often tended to have higher levels of impersonal sexual orientation, characterised by a preference for sex without commitment and a greater number of sexual partners than the ones who do not party.last_img read more

Moroccan Tourism Representatives Condemn RAMs Unprofessionalism

Rabat – Berlin’s Leading Travel Trade Show (ITB) opened its doors yesterday and was marked by a large Moroccan delegation of tourism operators.The delegation has traveled all the way to Berlin from different Moroccan cities, including Fez, Agadir, and Marrakech, with the mission of promoting Morocco’s tourism.Morocco’s tourism promoters comprise travel agencies, hotel chains, airlines, and Regional Tourism Councils. The first day of the show saw an unprecedented number of 140,000 attendees from all over the globe.Attending the tourism symposium, tourism manager Younes Mendris told Morocco World News that “the Moroccan gallery has a lack of organization, along with the absence of the components that give an overall view on Moroccan culture and heritage such as a Gnawa band, or Andalusian music band.” He emphasized that the Moroccan pavilion used to be much better in previous years.“In the first two days, a large number of Europeans visited the Moroccan gallery, especially Germans,” said Mendris. He added, “German tourism in Morocco is expected to grow.”ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global tourism offers, with an exhibition space of 150,000 square meters.Tourism operators criticize Royal Air Maroc Although the ITB is of great importance to Morocco, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has shown a poor level of professionalism.Mendris also shared concerns over Morocco’s flag carrier with Morocco World News.A number of Moroccan tourism operators have condemned RAM’s “unprofessionalism” failing to transport travelers on time.On March 5, RAM canceled a direct flight from Casablanca to Berlin at the last moment without prior notice or clarification, leaving travelers furious.“A day before the opening of the show, RAM canceled the flight, without giving enough clarifications,” Mendris told MWN. He added, “All it said is that it is working to secure another flight on March 9, three days after the opening of the ITB.”Mendris considers RAM’s attitude unacceptable and a blow to the tourism sector in Morocco, rather than a promotion.Mendris said that some were stuck in the airport while others found themselves obliged to look for other flights from different airlines.Although the flight was canceled, the tourism manager was surprised by the number of RAM representatives present in Berlin, which he considered “contradictory.”However, RAM told Morocco Word News that Casablanca-Berlin flight was not canceled on March 5.Travelers also complained about the high prices of tickets and the quality of services provided by RAM. read more

PSB chair has plan for false alarms

False alarms tie up police resources better deployed elsewhere.If Dennis Travale, chair of Norfolk’s Police Services Board, has his way, the time and expense arising from this persistent problem will become a thing of the past in the local area.At Wednesday’s meeting of the PSB, Travale suggested that Norfolk County empower police to ignore alarms when monitoring companies are unable or unwilling to verify their legitimacy.If the policy is adopted, Norfolk OPP will be asked to ignore alarms that are unverified in situations where there is no indication anyone is in danger.Whether the local force is able to comply remains to be seen. Insp. Joe Varga, head of the local force, says the proposed policy conflicts with the provincial force’s best practices.“There’s a lot of work to do on my end,” Varga said. “If we get a call for service through dispatch, it’s a call for service and we respond. There’s a liability if we don’t.”Travale countered that the Norfolk OPP – as employees of Norfolk County – should respect the county’s corporate position if that is what its elected leadership decides.False alarms at businesses and in homes are a drain on the public purse. Typically, two front-line officers will spend 30 minutes at the scene confirming that an alarm is false. Multiply by hundreds of occurrences a year and false alarms come at a significant price.Norfolk County has an escalating schedule of fines for keyholders where false alarms are chronic.Nikki Slote, Norfolk’s manager of administrative and client services, told the PSB the paperwork involved can be time-consuming. She added Travale’s plan would lighten the workload in her department considerably.Alarm systems go off for a variety of reasons.High winds trigger some systems while lightning and power surges can keep front-line officers occupied for hours. Pets and mice set off alarms while other systems are poorly installed and will sound at the slightest vibration.Slote said there have been 272 at-fault false alarms in Norfolk so far this year. This compares with 250 at-fault alarms last year and 229 in 2017. Slote estimates there could be as many as a dozen alarm monitoring companies doing business in Norfolk.The county charges $45 to register a security system. Owners are allowed one false alarm before the escalating fines kick in.For registered alarm owners, the first fine totals $75. For owners of unregistered systems, fines start at $100. Slote says 107 alarm systems are registered with the county.In his presentation, Travale cited the Toronto Police Service as a force that only sends officers to investigate verified alarms. Travale pointed out that as many as 95 per cent of burglar alarms in some jurisdictions will be false.Travale will present his proposal to Norfolk council Sept. 17. In the end, council will decide if it wants monitoring company verification before Norfolk OPP respond to an alarm. Whether OPP headquarters in Orillia would agree to such a change is another question entirely.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Security Council urges DR of Congo to meet next Junes election deadline

“Lots has been done but there is still a lot to do for elections to take place by June 30th next year,” the delegation leader, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, said on arrival in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, at the start of the visit on Saturday. “The Security Council puts a lot of effort into the process so we will be very vigilant for any obstacles that might block it,” he added.The Council has said electoral laws must be adopted right away, a constitutional referendum must be held in December and the demobilization and community reintegration of ex-combatants must be accelerated. Some 20 million Congolese have registered to vote in the elections, which will be the first national polls to be held in the former Belgian colony for more than 40 years.The delegation met with President Joseph Kabila, who “stressed the irreversible nature of this process,” Mr. Sablière said. “We also elaborated the reform of the security services and the President underlined his determination to ensure that this is about to happen.”The delegation also met with other senior officials, leaders of the ruling parties and members of civil society, as well as with leaders of opposition parties, including Etienne Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).Despite being among the signatories to the transition agreement on transition, the UDPS has not yet decided to take part in the electoral process. It gave the Security Council delegation a memo addressed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling for a dialogue and “political readjustment” to give “the necessary credibility and legitimacy to the results coming from the ballot boxes.”The Security Council delegation then left for Mbuji-Mayi, the capital of DRC’s south-central Kasai-Oriental, and Kamina, in south-eastern Katanga province.During the 10-day visit, the delegation will also visit Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, which have had conflicts, and Tanzania, which has both acted as mediator and hosted many refugees. read more

Stocks skid as worries over economic growth return Dow average falls to

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A series of weak reports on the U.S. economy is sending the stock market sharply lower.The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 217 points, its biggest drop in six weeks, to close at 14,960 Wednesday, a loss of 1.4 per cent.It’s the first time the Dow has closed below 15,000 in a month. Intel led the Dow lower.Several reports suggested the economy is slowing, including weakness in hiring at private companies, a drop in mortgage applications and sluggish service-sector job growth.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 22 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,608.The Nasdaq fell 43 points to 3,401, a loss of 1.3 per cent.Five stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average, 3.6 billion shares. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 4:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks skid as worries over economic growth return; Dow average falls to its lowest in a month read more

NAFTA Round 1 US opens talks by insisting on major changes to

NAFTA, Round 1: U.S. opens talks by insisting on major changes to pact by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2017 8:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The United States opened the first round of negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday with a muscular message that it will push for major changes, not just mere tweaks to the quarter-century-old agreement.The early rhetorical stomping from the economic giant in the middle of North America was at odds with the message of amity and mutual benefit emanating from the continent’s northern and southern amigos.The style was more rough-and-tumble than the substance. The U.S. listed a few demands and they were expected: changes in the auto sector that mean more production in North America, including the U.S.; changes to the dispute-resolution system; and a general rebalancing of trade relationships.American trade czar Robert Lighthizer called it a momentous occasion. He credited his boss for it. And he castigated the existing NAFTA as a failed agreement for many Americans, in those communities that have lost jobs and industries.”This is a historic day for the United States,” Lighthizer said. ”American politicians have been promising to renegotiate NAFTA for years. But today President Trump is going to fulfil those promises.”Lighthizer said he completely shares Donald Trump’s views on trade. And that view, he said, is that the U.S. wants substantial changes to NAFTA. He appeared to walk back Trump’s quote a few months ago that suggested he only wanted some minor tweaking with Canada.“I want to be clear: He is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated chapters,” Lighthizer said.“We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.”He said these changes must include:— On auto parts, new rules for imports, so cars include ”higher” North American continent, and ”substantial” U.S. content under a revised tariff-free threshold. It’s still unclear what percentages the U.S. will seek and whether it will insist on an American-made percentage. Canadian and Mexican ministers quickly said they would oppose such an American carve-out.— A new dispute-settlement mechanism that respects national sovereignty and democratic processes. That question has been a historic irritant with Canada. It was the final issue resolved on the final night of negotiations in the 1987 agreement. At issue is whether international panels should have power to settle cross-border disputes between companies.Canada doesn’t want American courts deciding irritants like softwood lumber.Reacting to Lighthizer’s statement, Peter Clark — a Canadian trade expert who has sat on the dispute panels — said there’s probably room for compromise, like allowing extraordinary appeals to domestic courts: “Is there some middle ground? Can we set up a panel of retired Canada and U.S. judges, for instance?”Another trade observer admitted being surprised by the tone.“It’s an aggressive posture,” said Dan Ujczo, a Canada-U.S. attorney with Dickinson Wright. “It’s somewhat unorthodox to come out with that level of negative comments about the existing agreement and to lead with our most difficult issues first.“Most observers thought this would be an opening session of planning discussions over coffees and cocktails. But it’s clear the need for speed is taking over.”He urged people not to read too much into the posture.It merely indicates that the U.S. is in a hurry to get an agreement before Mexico’s election next year, and is moving faster than normal to get to the toughest issues, Ujczo said. Trade veterans say the pace of the talks is unprecedented — with the desire to revamp NAFTA over the course of several months.Many Americans resent the current NAFTA, Lighthizer said.It’s true the agreement has benefited sectors like farming, Lighthizer said: “But for countless Americans, this agreement has failed…. We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits; the lost manufacturing jobs; the businesses that have closed or moved.”Some 700,000 lost U.S. jobs are linked to NAFTA, he said.Day 1 even featured an academic point-counterpoint over the subject of trade deficits.Canada, Mexico and most mainstream economists believe judging a trade relationship on the basis of whether you buy or sell more to a specific partner is wrong-headed. But it’s a fixation of the Trump administration, which has made it a priority to narrow the import-export gap.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland challenged the economic rationale behind that. In any case, she noted, it’s irrelevant with respect to Canada — because Canada bought $8.1 billion more than it sold to the U.S. last year.Lighthizer countered that later. He pointed out that over the long term Canada has run a surplus with the U.S. He avoided mentioning the reason: oil prices. Historically, when they are high, Canada runs a trade surplus; when they drop, it’s a deficit.But the general tone from the non-U.S. participants was markedly warmer.Freeland opened her remarks by holding up a picture of U.S. and Mexican firefighters helping to douse forest fire flames in British Columbia: “Over the course of these negotiations,” she said, “I will be keeping these images, and the spirit that they represent, front of mind.”Mexico’s lead minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, agreed that the talks should seek a “win-win-win” for all three countries — a notion recently endorsed by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, shakes hands with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, accompanied by Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, after they spoke at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) read more

Médecine low cost la santé en danger

first_imgMédecine low cost : la santé en danger ?A l’heure du succès que rencontre le marché low-cost, la médecine pourrait-elle être soldée au même titre qu’un voyage ? La tendance tend à montrer que des filières médicales au rabais commencent à se développer sous la pression des contraintes budgétaires qui pèsent sur les régimes d’assurance maladie et les personnes.Selon les dernières prévisions des autorités françaises, le déficit de la Sécurité sociale devrait s’élever à près de 20 milliards d’euros en 2011, dont plus de 10 milliards d’euros seulement pour l’assurance maladie. La tendance au déremboursement des soins s’installe peu à peu en Europe et en France. Déjà cette année, les Français ont par exemple pu constater que certains soins préconisés pour le traitement de la maladie d’Alzheimer sont déremboursés, ce qui devrait faire économiser 200 millions d’euros par an aux caisses de la sécurité sociale. À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerMais comme pour tous les marchés, la concurrence commence à s’installer dans le domaine de la santé. On peut ainsi voir certains soins médicaux être négociés souvent au détriment de la santé des patients. Dans de nombreux pays européens sur la voie du déremboursement, les autorités ont par exemple pu observer le développement d’un véritable marché low-cost de l’optique. De simples lunettes grossissantes sont désormais proposés à l’achat pour remplacer les lunettes personnelles conseillées par un opticien. Les consultations peuvent même se faire sur internet. De quoi donner de mauvais réflexes aux malades lorsqu’ils ne prennent pas le temps d’aller se faire ausculter par un médecin professionnel qui eux, sont également très loin d’y trouver leur compte. Dans le contexte actuel de crise économique sur fond d’explosion démographique et de vieillissement de la population, il est peu probable que l’Etat revienne sur la tendance actuelle au déremboursement des soins. La seule façon d’enrayer cette tendance de la médecine discount est donc de pousser à la responsabilisation des entreprises privées intervenant de plus en plus dans le secteur médico-social, rapporte Les Echos.fr. Ainsi, une réglementation déontologique devrait entre autre être mise en place pour garantir la qualité des soins pour tous et adaptés à chaque patient, alors que le danger qui réside dans un développement de la médecine low cost est justement qu’elle amènerait à traiter tous les malades de la même façon. Alors que les professionnels lancent régulièrement des alertes sur la question, enrayer le développement de ces soins médicaux nécessiterait toutefois l’implication de tous les acteurs du secteur, publics comme privés.  Le 26 décembre 2011 à 18:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

C-Tran, WSU Vancouver class debut rider-etiquette campaign

first_imgThe bus is a public place. Commuters should be able to steel themselves for the day ahead, decompress from the day before or simply get where they’re going, all without loud, one-sided cellphone conversations or a seatmate’s encroaching knee.To gently remind riders of that, C-Tran partnered with a senior-level communications class at Washington State University Vancouver for its new Ride with Care rider-etiquette campaign.The campaign isn’t the most expansive — C-Tran has posted new bus ads, along with content online and on social media — nor is it meant to counter any egregious spike in bad manners, C-Tran spokeswoman Christine Selk said.“It’s basically a reminder to everybody who rides that the bus is a communal area,” she said. “We all have a little bit of a part to play in that.”The campaign is meant to address the recurring behavior problems the agency hears about from bus riders and staff.“None of the rules are new,” Selk said. “These are all pretty long-standing, with the exception of no big bags with cans on the buses.”last_img read more

Tottenham announce new deal for Erik Lamela

first_imgPremier League side Tottenham have announced on Twitter a new four year deal for Erik Lamela.The deal will make Erik Lamela join fellow Tottenham forward Son Heung-min in signing new contract leaving them to commit their future to the club till 2022.Son agreed a five-year deal earlier on Friday and Lamela has also agreed to extend his time at Tottenham by signing fresh terms even though his career has been distracted by injury in recent years.Lamela made 25 Premier League appearances last season as Spurs qualified for the Champions League again. ✍️ We are delighted to announce that @eriklamela has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2022.#COYS pic.twitter.com/cFIrkBqlit— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 20, 2018Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Tottenham are yet to make any new signings ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, however, new contracts for Son and Lamela are a positive boost for manager Mauricio Pochettino.Lamela took part in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Argentina national under-20 team and scored three goals in four matches.Lamela made his debut with the Argentina national team in May 2011 in a friendly game against Paraguay.last_img read more

Teen with muscular dystrophy to race in Miami Half Marathon

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen with muscular dystrophy is not letting her illness prevent her from serving as an inspiration to others, as she prepares to take part in this year’s Miami Half Marathon, Sunday.7News cameras captured 17-year-old Peri Finkelstein taking one step, then another, assisted by a walker. Each time her foot hits the pavement, it validates all the work it took to arrive at this place.But the teen said it has been a difficult journey. “At first, when I first started training, it isn’t easy, but after that, once you get going, get started, everything goes fine,” she said.Peri has been fighting muscular dystrophy her entire life, but rather than let the illness hold her back, she kept pushing herself to get ahead.Her mother, Lori Finkelstein said an organization that supports children with serious illnesses played a pivotal role in the development of her daughter’s athletic achievements. “Chai Lifeline is an organization that has helped us out since Peri was born,” she said, “so we decided a long time ago that, when we could and we had the energy, we would pay it forward and try to give back.”With Lori pushing her most of the way, Peri took 1,437 steps at the 2016 Miami Half Marathon. This year, her goal is to go even farther. “I thought, if I can do that, I can definitely do a mile,” said Peri.And she won’t be alone. Not only does Peri have her family by her side, but she’s bringing in the A-list: former New York Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa.“The fact that he has taken time out of his busy life to embrace Team Peri, and Peri and Chai Lifeline, is extraordinary,” said Lori.Figueroa’s commitment is almost as extraordinary as a determined teen’s awe-inspiring dedication. “It doesn’t matter what you have or who you are,” said Peri. “It just matters what mark you put on this world, and to never give up.”She is making her voice heard, even if it’s only one step at a time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 recap The Ice Man cometh

first_img 38 Photos 57 Photos Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today 6:04 5:50 42 Up above the clouds, Viserion the evil dead dragon arrives but Drogon (ridden by Dany) and Rhaegal (ridden by Jon) are still trying to work out how to get below the clouds. Ahh dragons. Very flamey but not so great on directions. Viserion blows some blue flames, but it’s all a touch confusing and our first dragon battle is kind of over before it started.  Snap back to the Castle of Winterfell. Arya is weaponless and sneaking around a library filled with wights. This is easily the best library scene since The Breakfast Club! Arya escapes by literally throwing the book at them. THANK GOODNESS. Outside, she meets up with the Hound and Beric. But those nasty nerd wights from the library are back and they’re angry at having a book thrown at them. Beric is stabbed at least five times (the great sound effects helped me count). The three of them barricade themselves in a room, where it turns out The Red Woman has been waiting for them. Beric starts to fade. Can we get a do-over, Beric? You’ve still got, like, three recharges left right? No dice.  Major Death #3: Beric ‘The flame has been extinguished’ Dondarrion. Arya doesn’t have time for sentimentality. She put her killin’ boots on today and they’ve barely been worn in! “What do we say to the God of Death?” the Red Woman asks her, giving her the blessing to do said killing.  “Not today,” Arya replies.  That’s right! Not today, Satan! (Yes, I would definitely watch a Ru Paul’s Drag Race/Game of Thrones crossover). Are we there yet? game-of-thrones-8-03-branBran’s new indietronica album is, like, super alternative. Helen Sloan/HBO Despite these boss moments, the noose is tightening on Winterfell. Over in the Godswood, Bran is still off in Raven VR so Theon and his mates are trying to hold back the forces of death on their own. At this stage, Bran is going to have to come through in pretty powerful way after spending most of the episode so far having a giant crow LAN party.  Before we can talk about Bran’s life choices, we’re back in the clouds with the dragons. And it’s time for an old-fashioned, talon-on-talon Dragon Fight! Jon Snow and the Night King are fighting on the backs of their noble air-steeds and the Night King falls. Wouldn’t it be great if that killed him and we were done? Alas, no. Watching from above, Dany puts Drogon on full pyrolytic cleaning mode to try to melt the everloving crap out of the Night King. Nope, sorry. Here, we learn that he can both survive dragon flames and he can smile.  But just as you were about to think about the Night King’s emotional range, he does his Evita arm-raise thing and awakens the dead.  game-of-thrones-8-03-night-kingThe Night King turns his frown upside down! HBO The slow-mo ‘we’re f***ed’ montage You know that moment at a house party when someone rips off their shirt, cranks Turn Down for What at max volume on the stereo and starts lighting sambuca shots?  That’s where we are now — the music is getting intense, the slow-motion is in play and everyone has well and truly realized the odds are impossible and they’re all screwed.  Up on the castle grounds, Jon is running to find Bran, aka the Night King bait. Viserion is wasting everything around him in blue flame (not unlike your mate with the flaming sambuca shots). Jon is desperate.  In the trenches, after spending the whole episode flying too high, Drogon is now inexplicably not leaving the ground and is getting attacked by wights. He flies away, leaving Dany to fight the dead. She was prepared for this battle in the sense that she wore a sweet fur cape, but she’s not so ready to fight. At the last moment, she’s saved by Ser Jorah who helps her stand her ground.  The slow piano is here and we’re seeing shot after shot of our favorite characters in the very clutches of death: Jorah is stabbed, Brienne is being savaged by wights, Sam is crying on the floor (classic) and things are looking their worst.  And at the Godswood, Theon is single-handedly fighting away wights like someone who has a lot of redeeming to do.  game-of-thrones-8-03-theonA lot of Grey and not much Joy. Helen Sloan/HBO The final, brutal moment Like a kid emerging from a seven-hour Warcraft session, Bran has finally decided to join us at the dinner table. He’s woken up and it’s just in time too. The Night King and his White Walkers have arrived in the Godswood in a moment I mentally saved as “walkingintotheclublike.gif” and it is on.  Bran looks up at Theon, who has arrowed and axed away the dead but is pretty tapped out by this point.  “Theon,” he says. “You’re a good man. Thank you.” A single tear rolls down Theon’s cheek as he realizes this is his final hour. And lo, as though he has heard the cellos that have joined the piano music in the background (signaling that, yes, he has mere seconds of TV time left) he runs at the Night King and is impaled.  Cut to Bran: Yeah, no biggy. See ya, bro.  Major Death #4: Theon is theoff. While episode 1 was reunion soup and episode 2 was all about the sexy times, those moments of joy are gone. Like little wildflowers that sprang up on the graves of dead heroes, they brought comfort in the darkness that is Game of Thrones. And now those flowers have been brutally torn out by ravenous birds, hellbent on slaughtering everything you hold dear. Sleep no more, these hell ravens cry! David Benioff and D. B. Weiss hath murdered sleep!  Sorry, I just need a moment. I don’t have a moment? Great. Bring it on, jerks! 🚨🚨🚨Sound the spoiler klaxon and abandon all hope, ye who enter here🚨🚨🚨 Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking It’s about to get real… Helen Sloan/HBO Major spoilers ahead, obviously.  Oh hey, guys! It’s ya girl Claire here in time for another Game of Thrones recap and we’re pretty excited to see what’s in sto–  Sweet merciful crap, what have they done! WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS TO US?! Eight years ago you started watching this fun new HBO show that promised a few sexy romps at the Ren Faire and instead you’ve been given eight years of unmitigated emotional horror as George R. R. Martin systematically crushed your dreams. And on Sunday night, those dreams were crushed once more.  That’s right, you suckers who keep coming back: season 8 episode 3 is here! At 82 minutes, it was long (that’s almost half an Avengers: Endgame) and after analyzing every single frame, it was bloody. If you missed it, here’s how you can watch it.  The Night King is coming The entire start of this episode is a class act in anticipation. The armies of Winterfell have had their big pre-battle sleepover and they’re ready to face the dead, but what form will the dead take? How will they fight? No one learned any of this in battle school.  We open on the shaking hands of Samwell Tarly arming himself with Dragonglass and making his way the front line. The Unsullied are ready to sully and the Dothraki are ready to Doth-Wreck. What’s this? The Red Woman, aka Lady Melisandre, has shown up! Super handy, considering they’re fighting ice monsters and we all know fire beats ice (except when it powerfully doesn’t). The Red Woman lights the Dothraki weapons on fire and we see flame sweep across their army, kinda like that moment on fireworks night when you all light your sparklers off the person next to you.  But in a scene that’ll really make you wish you’ve adjusted the blacks on your terrible TV (there’s a lot of that), the Dothraki meet the wights in the distance and their flame-hooks are very quickly extinguished.  Oh dear. This is… suboptimal.  Dial Z for Zombie game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-3-dany-jon-backYou’re going to want to watch this week’s episode in a dark room. HBO The wights are ready for battle and here they come a-tramplin’. Watching over the battle, Jon and Dany are hanging out in their sweet outfits and weighing up the options. Jon is holding off on going full dragon this early in the piece. “The Night King is coming!” he argues. “The dead are already here,” Dany replies. Sweet. We’re going with dragons then.  The battle briefly turns — fire is still beating ice — but a chilled hush soon settles over the battle and we realize that our fire ain’t no good around these parts. The fire is sucked away, the dragon flames are snuffed and everyone has that look of, “Oh crap, that was our ace in the hole.” Up on the ramparts, Arya swiftly sends Sansa down to the crypt with a Dragonglass dagger.  “Stick them with the pointy end,” she says. Man, when she was at college with the Faceless Men she clearly majored in Knifemanship.  Oh yes, this episode is good. I’ve already finished my cup of tea and we haven’t even seen any major deaths yet! Fire walk with me I spoke too soon! Back on the battlefield, Sam is being a bit useless so his ol’ Night’s Watch alum Eddison Tollett comes to his rescue. This can’t end well! And it doesn’t.  Major Death #1: Ed’s dead, baby.  The dragons have retreated to the clouds and are generally flying around being a bit useless. We need fire, they have it, but instead their dragon GPS has been borked by the ice clouds and they’re literally bumping into each other. Down below it’s not much better. Ser Davos is trying to guide Daenerys’ dragon plane in with two big fire wands but the dragons can’t see. Enter the Red Woman, who magics the trench defenses alight. The Hound, who is nearby, is aggressively not loving this.  The Ice Man cometh Down in the crypt, Sansa arrives with a “Look, do you want the bad news or the bad news?” face. She and Tyrion hunker down and swap tales about their married days — a moment of heart that’s much needed in a room hitherto devoid of interesting narrative. “Maybe we should have stayed married,” Tyrion muses.  “You were the best of them,” Sansa says before Tyrion retorts, “What a terrifying thought.” Fair, but it’s a pretty bad list, Ty. 187 Photos See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos The battle rages on Inside the castle, Arya starts slaying wights with the customized Knifey-Spoony weapon that Gendry gave her (that wasn’t the only weapon he gave her, ammiright?!) and it’s clear that her years at No-Face Academy have really paid off. She graduated Magna Cum Stabby and we’re all super impressed.  But there’s no time to be impressed, because a giant just wighted into the castle and it’s messing stuff up. This has terrified the Hound. Look, to be fair, he’s always said he’s not good with fire. He was very open with that.  “We can’t beat death!” he cries.  But Beric “I want to marry fire” Dondarrion isn’t having a bar of it. “Tell her that,” he replies with a nod to Arya, who’s still doing mad superhero stuff. Still, if we got a moment of ladies being awesome, it’s about to be ripped away from us. Baby-bear Lyanna Mormont has been King Kong-grabbed by the giant, and is slowly crushed. (Fun aside: This was the first time our video stream decided to start buffering! Suspense!) But don’t worry, we’re back and Lyanna slays the giant in the eye. But it’s still too late.  Major Death #2: Lyanna Mormont is no more-mont.  No time for sass, we’re over at the Brain Tree! Bran is being super chill but he still has time to reassure Theon. “Everything you did brought you to where you are now,” he says. “Where you belong. Home.” But if Theon wanted a moment, he’s not going to get it. Seconds later, Bran gives a po-faced “I’m going to go now,” and just like Poochie, he’s off to his home planet. His eyes go gray and he’s in raven mode! You thought your TV stream was bad before? Get ready to see it go full potato as a murder of black crows flies over a black night sky to reach the dark gray Night King. Or, if you’re me, a bunch of ink-colored pixels on a darker ink background. Adjust your blacks! Episode 4 trailer: After the Battle of Winterfell Every character who died in the Battle of Winterfell Tags Westeros watch Now playing: Watch this: The cellos are crescendoing, and we’re cutting between the major theaters of battle. Jon and Viserion in the castle walls. Dany and Jorah (who keeps 👏 getting 👏 stabbed 👏) in the trenches.  And at the center of it all, the Night King, slowly bearing down on Bran (but not before we get a sweet shot of his gnarly nails — that right there is when I knew he truly evil.) It’s the Night King and Bran. Old Man Winter versus Millennial Crow Boy. And they’re staring at each other, squinting like “Did I used to go to school with you?” But just as the Night King is about to end it all, HOLY MOTHER OF CRAP HERE COMES ARYA! How do you like THIS face, Night King?! She brings up her blade to strike, but he chokes her and she drops the blade. No! But she doesn’t need to see things with her eyes to know what she’s doing. Bam! The blade falls to her other hand and she stabs him right in the Night Gut! We are all literally screaming and this is the best thing ever.  The White Walkers turn to ice crystals! The wights fall to the ground! The battle is done and we can all go to the bathroom! Goodbye, my lover. Goodbye, my friend game-of-thrones-8-03-daenerys-jorahI’m not crying, you’re crying! Helen Sloan/HBO This is the final coda. We’ve seen Jorah get stabbed, and here’s the send-off he deserves. Dany is crying as he bleeds out, weeping over some pretty complicated feelings. Drogon rocks up and wraps a protective wing around them both. We don’t deserve dragons! Major Death #5: Ser Jorah Mormont enters that great friend zone in the sky. Back at the castle the Hound and the Red Woman emerge. Melisandre had promised she’d be dead before dawn and she’d better get to dying because the sun is rising. In her final boss move, she walks out the castle gates, removes her cape and walks into the battlefield wasteland. She takes off her magical anti-aging collar (I swear that was an Infinity Stone in the middle there) and walks into the snow. In the blink of an eye, she ages an eon (just as we all have watching this ridiculous episode) and dies.  Major Death #6: The Red Woman’s red dead redemption.  The verdict After a long episode, you’ve made it and so have we! To be honest, I expected more brutal deaths and definitely thought I’d have to say goodbye to some real favorites. But the standout moment was Arya by a long mile. It was nice to see the two youngest Starks join forces to end this. I would say the woman did all the work while the guy just sat there, but that would be cold, even for this episode.  Sure, the battle we’ve been preparing for since season 1 was over in a single night. Sure, we couldn’t see most of it, what with the moody mix of black, gray and a color I’m going to call “Iron Stone” (yes, my mother-in-law was showing me paint samples on the weekend). And sure, the whole thing was like anticipating a really bad tetanus injection and only getting a small flu shot worth of pain (yes, I got my flu shot on the weekend). But it was a cracker ep all the same! Now we can get back to the real game: the Game of Thrones. Here’s to the next three episodes, which I sincerely hope are a drawn-out exploration of Westeros politics resulting in the creation of a constitutional democracy and bicameral legislature.  20 Photos 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ Game of Thrones Season 8: All your questions answered… Share your voice 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theories Now playing: Watch this: Comments TV and Movies Game of Thrones HBOlast_img read more

Union Demands DC Metro Do More to Protect Bus Drivers

first_imgDecrying what they say is an “epidemic” of bus operator assaults on Metro, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 is demanding Metro implement a six-point plan to end the “open season” of rider assaults on transit workers.Carroll Thomas, the union’s first vice president and chief safety officer, said attacks have crept up since Aug. 26, when a rider threw urine on an X2 bus operator.Most recently, she said, someone threw kerosene cans at an operator on Oct. 4, someone pulled a knife on another operator on Oct. 3, and two operators were threatened with guns on Sept. 15 – a Metro spokesman said Metro police made arrests in the two October cases and that no one was injured in either case.“These are just the incidents that make the news,” Thomas said on Oct. 5. “[Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer] Paul Wiedefeld’s response has been lazy, ineffective and tone deaf.”The union is calling on Metro to protect its workers by:* deploying uniformed police officers to buses focusing on lines with the most problems;* relocating fare boxes;* continuing to work with the union on getting the jurisdictions, starting with D.C., to raise penalties on transit assaults to felonies;* coordinating with the Metropolitan Police Department and the surrounding jurisdictions to join Metro Transit Police in monitoring buses for fare evasion and crime;* creating a post-incident structure that allows assaulted bus operators to receive paid administrative leave while the investigation is pending and to stop blaming the operators for the assault; and* devising a campaign to encourage riders to pay their fares.“We have other expectations of Metro that we know cannot be addressed immediately, but today we have outlined what we need right now,” Thomas said. “Paul Wiedefeld and the leadership at WMATA must stop failing the workers and riders of Metro and fully commit to protecting our health, safety, and well-being.”Metro insists it is “neither practical, desirable, nor possible” to assign a police officer to monitor transactions between bus drivers and the more than 450,000 daily riders.But Metro says it has taken several steps toward keeping bus operators safer and continues to support doing even more, Metro Spokesman Richard Jordan said in a statement emailed to the AFRO.“Metro agrees with the union that nobody should be attacked for doing his or her job. As such, it says laws need to be strengthened to help protect bus operators and those laws should include increased penalties for anyone who assaults them.“Metro, with the union, has also created a labor-management working group to beef up security for bus operators. That group will target several tasks, including modifying the design of protective safety shields, police deployment strategies, and policy changes to curb conflicts with passengers.  “Moreover, every bus is outfitted with an emergency alarm that lets the bus operator call for help. More than 530 buses, which represent more than a third of Metro’s fleet — now have safety shields acting as a barrier between the operator and passengers. Besides that, every bus has high-definition cameras that are always recording. Police patrols have been increased as well, including along the busy X2 route, Jordan said.last_img read more

War and peace

first_imgArt and Aesthetic presents an exhibition of Pop-up and Installations Lament- Mahabharata by artist Sankha Banerjee in the Capital. Curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay, the exhibition will continue from March 23 to April 4. Lament basically deals with war, destruction, loss, ruin and tragedy. Mahabharata witnessed the Great War and destruction of life. It is not a tale of how a kingdom was won or lost  , it is a narrative of human tragedy. So is the Second World War, which witnessed a brutal destruction, death and the rise of Fascism. The recent conflicts in the Middle East and Palestine. Is not a full scale war as we understand now, but the brutality of the conflict has led to millions dead, homeless, and without any hope of a Nation/ State. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Many stories of Mahabharata were in ‘oral tradition’ in ancient India. It has at least 3 compositional layers. The first one is a Kshatriya tale with the name of ‘Jaya’, which is essentially a war-story. It is a poetic narrative of the battle of Kurukshetra.In the second layer, some tales based on the eternal notions of morality were incorporated into it. Human qualities like kindness, forgiveness, truthfulness and self-command were appended to the ‘Jaya’ to form the ‘Bharata’. And much later, in the beginning of the Gupta period, its final stratum was created. This is called the Brahmanical addition which primarily comprises elaborate eulogies of the deities and the Brahmins and is widely considered to be of poor literary value. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Mahabharata is a huge net with an epochal war at its center. The realization of this war gradually sinks into each character as they proceed towards it, and surprisingly, the thought that flows like a stream throughout the epic is this – war is catastrophic, war is always undesirable.  Peace is desirable. It gives us the insight that victory in a war can be far more dreadful than loss. And yet, it is tranquility of mind, rather than pain, which accompanies this deep insight.Where: Art and Aesthetic, F213/A, 1st Floor, Old M B Road, Lado SaraiWhen: On till April 4last_img read more

Students and Quebec government still talking

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Students have called for a tuition freeze, but the government has ruled that out as a possibility. Students also object to an emergency law put in place to limit protests.“There was an exchange of offers, a ping-pong game all day and it ended with our last return so we’re waiting for a reaction tomorrow,” said student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. “There have been many proposals on both sides, there were ups and downs.”More than 2,500 people have been arrested since a student strike at more than a dozen Quebec colleges and universities began in February.Any agreement would have to be put to the various student associations for approval. The government was hoping to avoid a repeat of previous talks that ended with an agreement in principle with the leaders that was later rejected by the associations.The French-speaking province’s average undergraduate tuition – $2,519 a year – is the lowest in Canada, and the proposed hike – $254 per year over seven years – is tiny by U.S. standards. Analysts say Quebecois are more likely to compare themselves to European countries where higher education is mostly free, rather than to the neighboring United States. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Charest’s government passed emergency legislation on May 18 restricting protests and closing striking campuses until August. The law requires that police be informed eight hours before a protest begins, saying organizers must provide details on the route of any demonstration of 50 or more people. It also prohibits demonstrations within 50 meters (165 feet) of a college and declares that anyone who incites or helps another person break the new regulations can be fined.Amnesty International says the law breaches Canada’s international human rights obligations and called for it to be rescinded by Quebec’s legislature.On Wednesday, two United Nations freedom Special Rapporteurs expressed concern about the law and “urged federal and provincial governments of Canada and Quebec to fully respect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, expression and association of students affected by two new legislations.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes QUEBEC CITY (AP) – Student representatives and Quebec government officials emerged from a third day of talks aimed at ending weeks of protests over tuition hikes without an agreement after a laborious session aimed at ending weeks of protests.Student groups said they made a new proposal Wednesday to the government and were hoping to get an answer from officials Thursday.“We gave our proposal to Quebec’s government, we discussed it, we debated it, and the minister of education said she needed the night to think about it,” said student leader Leo Bureau-Blouin. Sponsored Stories Students said a proposal to drop the yearly rise by $35 to $219, was unanimously rejected.Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said Wednesday that efforts were continuing to reach an agreement but the talks seemed laborious.“The situation is serious so let’s put time on our side,” she said Wednesday. “We’re progressing, it’s difficult but as I was saying it’s not over till its over.”Protesters in Montreal and Quebec City were joined by demonstrators across the country Wednesday partaking in what a Facebook group called Casseroles Night in Canada, a reference to the pots marchers have been banging to show their support for the students. One posting on the social media page even included a photo of protesters banging pots in Little Rock, Ark.Protesters gathered again outside the building where the talks were taking place in Quebec City, banging pots and waving the flags of unions which have given students their support.Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who has vowed to shake up the debt-ridden province’s finances since he was elected nearly a decade ago, has refused to cave in. But he attended Monday’s talks with the students for the first time since the conflict began, after being urged to do so by student leaders. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have filled a lot of holes o

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have filled a lot of holes over the last week but there is still a glaring one left. With the loss of Steve Breaston to the Kansas City Chiefs the team is still in search of a No. 2 wide receiver.While most of the talk has surrounded former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora says there may be another player on the Cards radar.WR Malcom Floyd nearing a decision on a new team, and several teams remain interested, according to league sources…Baltimore, Carolina, Arizona and San Francisco are among the other teams in the mix, as well as San Diego.While speculation has run rampant about Floyd, LaCanfora is the first person to directly connect him to the Cardinals. Whether it is true or not is yet to be seen, but it does make one wonder if the Cards have moved on from Edwards because of his lofty contract expectations and are now searching for a more affordable option. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Top Stories Floyd could fit that bill. He’s almost “Edwards light”. He has a ton of potential but has yet to reach it. In his three year career he’s shown flashes, but has only compiled 15 touchdown catches with his best season coming in 2010 where he caught 37 passes for 717 yards and 6 touchdowns. Like Edwards, Floyd can stretch the field, as he averaged 19.4 yards per catch last season.If in fact Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt have been scared off by Edwards’ contract demands, adding Floyd on a one or two year deal at the right price could be the right fit for the Cardinals. Then again, like Edwards, it comes down to Floyd’s willingness to take a shorter deal. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

NPLs fall to new low in August says central bank

first_imgNon-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system fell in August to below €21.9bn, the lowest since December 2014, or 44.7 per cent of total, from below €22.4bn the month before, the Central Bank said on Monday.The drop in the delinquent portfolio of Cypriot banks in August was mainly on €365.3m reduction in household non-performing loans to €11.4bn in a month accompanied by a €130m drop in corporate non-performing loans, the bank supervisor said in a statement on its website. The drop in corporate non-performing loans included a €64.5m decline in bad loans extended to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).In August, the total amount of loans and advances fell by €562.4m compared to July to €48.9bn, mainly on a net €408.7m household loan repayment reducing household credit to €20.8bn, the central bank said. Non-financial corporation debt fell by €115.8m to €19.1bn.The amount of loans which were more than 90 days in arrears fell in August to €16.8bn by €387m in a month, the central bank said. Restructured loans at the end of August stood at €12.6bn, down €134.4m. The amount of cured restructured facilities fell by €51.9m to €8.8bn or 70 per cent of restructured loans.In August, banks also reduced overall provisions for loan impairments by €435.1m to €10bn, the central bank said.Compared to August 2016, non-performing loans fell by €2.7bn, which included €1.9bn in less delinquent loans extended to corporations and €886.6m extended to households, according to the data. Since December 2014, when the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) methodology came into force, total non-performing loans fell by €5.5bn against a €8.3bn reduction in total credit. Companies reduced their bad loans by €3.7bn while in the case of household the drop was €1.1bn.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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