SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer rallied his troops in Quebec on Sunday, promising them there would be more former Bloc Quebecois members joining their ranks.In a speech at a party meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, he told some 400 supporters there would be more new members like Michel Gauthier, the former Bloc Quebecois leader who announced Saturday he was now a card-carrying Conservative party member.In a 15-minute closing speech, Scheer reached out to both Quebec nationalists “who are fed up with squabbles” as well as federalists “who can no longer stand (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau living in his Care Bear world.”“When we’re proud to be Conservative, we know how to welcome into our big family all those who previously voted for other parties in thinking that it would give Quebec a stronger voice,” he said.“Proud to be Conservative, that’s also to be nationalist, to be proud Quebecers and proud Canadians.”Over the weekend, a focus of the Conservative party members was on how to build on the gains in Quebec from the last election, when they went from seven to 12 seats in the province. They now have 11 following a 2017 byelection loss.Scheer made it clear that some of that support could come from defecting members of the Bloc Quebecois, which has been in disarray since seven of the party’s 10 members of Parliament quit in February over differences with their current leader.In his speech, he pointed to Gauthier’s recruitment and highlighted the presence of the mayor of Trois-Rivieres — who has said he is considering to run as a candidate for the party in the next federal election — as a sign of things to come.“Trust me, the Michel Gauthiers and the Yves Levesques, there will be several more,” he said.Scheer reserved much of his speech for attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he accused of prioritizing socialist ideas rather than the interests of the middle class.He pointed to disagreements between Quebec and Ottawa over some aspects of marijuana legalization as proof of the prime minister’s “federalism of confrontation” and a sign he is ignoring Quebec.Over the weekend, party members also passed several resolutions, including a proposal to change the tax system to allow Quebecers to fill out a single return instead of filing both federally and provincially.In the news conference following the speech, Scheer said he was open to the proposal, saying he’s in favour of any ideas that reduce paperwork.
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump promised to govern for America’s forgotten men and women; yet he promoted a tax reform plan on Wednesday that independent analysts say does the exact opposite, transferring tens of billions of dollars in wealth up the income ladder.The president claimed at a rally in Missouri that the tax plan would be great for the little guy, while clobbering rich guys like him: “It’s gonna cost me a fortune, this thing. Believe me, believe me, this is not good for me.”Analysts are piling on to pummel that analysis.The plan would immediately hike taxes on nine per cent of lower-income Americans, and within a decade hurt the lower 50 per cent of income earners, according to new analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center.The congressional budget watchdog joined in. It found the poorest Americans would immediately be worse off, and said things would worsen with time: By 2027, it found the treasury would collect about US$60 billion more annually from people earning under $75,000, while disbursing $20 billion more to the upper classes.In other words, it would be bad for the deficit; terrible for lower-income Americans; and great for Trump.A pair of bills before Congress would drastically reduce corporate taxes; either eliminate or weaken the tax on multimillionaire estates; reduce personal income taxes generally; and eliminate Obamacare health provisions.“When folks find out what’s in this bill there’s going to be a day of reckoning,” Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson told the chamber on Wednesday.Republicans are advancing different versions of the bill through the House and Senate, and a GOP lawmaker publicly revealed one reason for the urgency: Chris Collins said his wealthy donors have demanded it, and told him not to bother asking for donations again if he can’t get it done.Republicans say the problems can be addressed with time.One reason the bills become gradually more punitive for the working classes is the use of a procedural tactic. The U.S. Senate has a rule that allows bills to pass with a simple majority — but only if it doesn’t worsen the long-term deficit.So to design a bill that might pass with just the support of Republicans, instead of requiring the normal 60 per cent vote in the Senate, the majority party stuffed it with provisions that expire gradually.Republicans argue that the provisions benefiting the lower classes can be re-introduced later.One permanent aspect of these bills involves corporate tax cuts, and it’s of particular interest to Canada’s economy. According to analysis from Scotiabank, it would leave Canada and the U.S. with similar corporate tax rates.The U.S.’s currently high corporate taxes would be reduced to a marginal effective rate of about 21.7 per cent, combining federal and state taxes. That’s just a shade higher than Canada’s federal-provincial combined marginal-effective rate of 20 per cent.That would be a big change; Canadian companies currently enjoy a nearly 15 percentage point effective tax advantage over their U.S. competitors.“Any … advantage we might have had will be erased,” said Brett House, Scotiabank’s deputy chief economist.“We’d be pretty much on par.”House said that could spur a push in Canada for additional corporate tax cuts.The chief economist at BMO says there would be a dual effect on Canada.“Some of it is good news, some not so good news,” Douglas Porter said.On the one hand, he anticipates a boost in short-term spending and growth, and an increase in the U.S. dollar, all of which could boost Canadian exports. On the other hand, he said Canada could lose its long-term advantage on corporate taxes, compounded by uncertainty on the trade front.House agreed the bills would have a mixed effect on Canada.As a general rule of thumb, his bank’s models imply that for every one percentage point increase in U.S. GDP growth rates, Canadian GDP grows an additional 0.5 per cent. However, some critics of the bill have questioned whether much economic growth will be squeezed by cutting taxes, primarily on the wealthy.More bullish economists have suggested the tax plans could expand the U.S. economy up to 4 per cent over a decade, or 0.4 per cent per year — while other analysts say the growth would be closer to zero.
Mumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet Tuesday said it plans to expand its regional jet fleet to 32 aircraft by adding five more 90-seater Bombardier Q400s. The move is aimed at augmenting capacity in the domestic markets especially on regional routes, following the near collapse of Jet Airways, which has resulted in massive surge in air fares besides mismatch in demand and supply amid peak travel season. Three of these planes will join the fleet in the next ten days while the remaining two will be inducted by June, SpiceJet said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Gurugram-based no-frills carrier had last week announced dry leasing of 16 Boeing 737-800 NG for the carrier. “As part of our efforts to augment capacity and minimise passenger inconvenience, SpiceJet will induct five more Q400s in addition to the 16 B737s we announced last week,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh said. The sudden reduction of aviation capacity should in no way hamper air connectivity to the smaller towns and cities of India and as the country’s largest regional operator, SpiceJet will make all possible efforts in this direction, Singh said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe 90-seater variant is part of SpiceJet’s second purchase order for up to 50 Q400 turboprops placed in September 2017 worth USD 1.7 billion. Spicejet has already inducted five planes as part of this order. It also operates a 78-seater variant of the same aircraft. SpiceJet operates 516 average daily flights to 60 destinations, including 51 domestic and 9 international ones. The airline has a fleet of 48 Boeing 737, 27 Bombardier Q-400s and one B737 freighter.
Photo: Hamilton PoliceBoth Hamilton and Niagara police detachments are asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing Hamilton man they believe may be in Niagara Falls.William (Bill) Bokstein, 50, went missing from the King Street East and Fairleigh Avenue area on Friday. In a press release, police say they are concerned for his well-being.Niagara Regional Police say they received information that Bokstein was in Niagara Falls around 11 a.m. on Saturday.Bokstein is described as being a white man, 5’10”, and 180 to 190 pounds with short dirty blond/grey hair. He has an earring and nose ring and tattoos on both forearms.If you have any information call Hamilton police at 905-546-4725.
The UN Security Council “urged the Liberian Government to accelerate the implementation of the necessary reform measures, including stronger management and effective verification and accountability mechanisms, so that Liberia can soon join the Kimberley Process,” an international certification process, according to a statement, read by current council president Kenzo Oshima, of Japan. While “encouraged” by steps Liberia has recently taken to assert greater control over diamond industry, the Council said “more needs to be done for Liberia to establish a Certificate of Origin Regime for export of Liberian rough diamonds,” the statement added.The statement was issued after the Council was briefed by Ambassador Ellen Løj, chair the a UN sanctions committee, that is backed by a five-member expert panel monitoring the sanctions regime which was first imposed on Liberia in May 2001. The statement also noted the Council’s wish to lift the ban on diamonds “as soon as possible, so that revenues from the diamond sector can benefit the Liberian people.”A previous ban on the export of round logs and timber from Liberia was lifted by the Council on June 20, when it also voted unanimously to renew for six months until 20 December 2006 – the ban on the direct or indirect importation of Liberian diamonds.The Council today also applauded a new forestry law that should ensure a transparent, accountable and government-controlled forestry sector, which was signed by President Johnson-Sirleaf on 5 October, but urged the Government to quickly bring the law into effect by publishing the required handbills as soon as possible.The Kimberley Process is a joint government, international diamond industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds that have financed rebel movement wars against legitimate governments in many African countries such as Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The Kimberley certification scheme imposes extensive requirements on participants to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are free from so-called ‘blood diamonds.’ The Kimberley Process, which currently has 45 participants in its voluntary scheme, including the European Community, account for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 5:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email West Fraser Timber Co. to buy U.S. lumber business for US$430 million VANCOUVER – Canadian forestry company West Fraser Timber Co. says it has agreed to buy a U.S. lumber business for about US$430 million.B.C.-based West Fraser says it will acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders.The Gilman Companies are comprised of six sawmills and a finger-joint mill in Florida and Georgia as well as an administrative office in Georgia.The operations employ approximately 900 people and have a combined annual production capacity of 700 million board feet of lumber.The deal, which is subject to U.S. regulatory approval and customary conditions, is anticipated to close in the third quarter of this year.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with fresh water availability in the region expected to drop by 50 per cent by 2050.FAO’s warning comes as ministers of agriculture and national officials prepare to tackle the issue at a meeting of the organization’s highest regional governing body beginning next Monday. Among the issues on the agenda for the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa is a new Regional Water Scarcity Initiative, launched by FAO to support member countries in identifying strategies, policies and practices that promote sustainable solutions to water scarcity and related food security problems. “The region has made significant strides in two decades in developing its water usage and storage capacities, but there is still much work to be done to improve water efficiency in agriculture, protect water quality, and address challenges related to climate change,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa.FAO noted in a news release that per capita fresh water availability in the region has plummeted by two-thirds over the past 40 years, heightening concerns over the degradation of water quality and the impact of climate change.Demographic trends are adding urgency to the issue, the agency stated. Chronic undernourishment in the region is estimated at 11.2 per cent, based on the 2010-2013 reporting period, while the population continues to grow at 2 per cent, almost twice the global rate.Farming and other agricultural activities consume more than 85 per cent of available rain-fed, irrigated and groundwater resources, and the demand for agricultural products is expected to grow amid burgeoning urban populations and increased exports.“Agriculture must be central to our responses to the challenge of water scarcity in the Near East and North Africa Region,” stated Mr. Ould Ahmed. “Agriculture is by far the largest user of water in the region, but it is also fundamental to our survival and long-term resilience, accounting for some $95 billion in added value to regional economies.”Next week’s conference, whose theme is “For a resilient and food secure region,” will be the first of a series of meetings to be held in 2014 in each of FAO’s five operational regions. The agenda will include issues like food losses and waste along the production-to-consumption chain, enhancing gender equality, and approaches to improving agriculture and rural development.Participants are expected to offer guidance on priority areas for action, such as improving governance and institutions; giving more voice to farmers and other non-state stakeholders; and boosting efficiency in water use, both within and across national borders. According to FAO, more than 60 per cent of the water resources used by countries in the region comes from outside of national and regional boundaries. The pilot phase of the Regional Water Scarcity Initiative was launched in June 2013 in six countries – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia and Yemen. It began reviewing the current status of water availability and use and the potential for further agricultural production.It also began identifying and ranking options for future food supply in terms of both their economic and water-requirement costs, and, looking at the performance of agriculture water management and relevant policies, governance and institutional issues.
Byåsen Trondheim have a new coach. Former Skandeborg, Horsens, Aarhus as well as U20 Danish National Team coach, Claus Leth Mogensen, will lead the Norwegian team in the new season.Claus Mogensen signed a three-year contract with the club, and for the coaching post has been vouched by Jan Pytlick and Heine Jensen, the club informs on their website. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: Groups drawn! Group C and B will definitely give great matches! Next Story → Mediterranean Games (W): Good day for host Turkey and Balkan teams aarhusbyaasenbyasen trondheimclaus leth mogensencoachhandballheine jensenhorsensJan PytlickmogensenNorwaytrondheim
Ulster (v Zebre): R Andrew, C Gilroy, J Payne, P Wallace, M Allen, J McKinney, R Pienaar: C Black, N Annett, R Lutton, J Muller (Capt), L Stevenson, M McComish, S Doyle, R Diack;Replacements: R Herring, T Court, A Macklin, N McComb, C Joyce, M Heaney, P Nelson, D McIlwaine.Leinster (v Edinburgh): Z Kirchner; D Fanning, B O’Driscoll, N Reid, L Fitzgerald; I Madigan, I Boss: M Bent, A Dundon, M Moore; L Cullen (Capt.), T Denton; K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Murphy.Replacements: J Tracy, J O’Connell, T Furlong, Q Roux, D Ryan, J Cooney, J Gopperth, B Macken. LEINSTER AND ULSTER have made sweeping changes to their starting line-ups as they return to Pro12 action after a hectic Heineken Cup fortnight.Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to stick with Ian Madigan, Brian O’Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald in his back-line for tomorrow’s trip to Edinburgh.O’Driscoll will partner Noel Reid in the centre with Darragh Fanning named on the right wing having recently signed a contract extension with the province.There is less of a familiarity with the faces up front, though Leo Cullen will captain the side alongside Tom Denton in the second row with Michael Bent again put in at loosehead prop allowing Martin Moore continuing his promising start to the season at tight-head.Ulster meanwhile, have made nine changes to the side which claimed back-to-back bonus points against Treviso.Paddy Wallace returns to Pro12 action after nine months recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The veteran playmaking centre has built up his match fitness with two 80-minute shifts for the Ulster Ravens.Wallace will be partnered in the centre by Jared Payne with Michael Allen’s recall to the left wing pushing Craig Gilroy to the right.Rory Best’s injury means former Ireland under 20 captain Niall Annett gets a chance to start as hooker with Callum Black and Ricky Lutton either side of him. Captain Johann Muller, Sean Doyle and Robbie Diack are retained in the pack. Muldoon signs new two-year deal with ConnachtNorthampton fined £60,000 for allowing George North to play for Wales
SINCE 1962 CHICAGO has been dyeing its river green for St Patrick’s Day.The practice was started by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers’ Union Local 130 52 years ago, when green dye was used to detect waste leaks into the river.The idea to turn the whole river green for St Patrick’s Day was born when the business manager of the plumbers’ union Steven Bailey spotted a workman whose overalls had been stained with the green dye.Bailey suggested the idea to the mayor at the time, Richard J Daley, who gave it the go ahead.These days staff from Local 130 are still responsible for the task. Source: Peter Tsai/YouTube Kayakers float on the Chicago River after it was dyed green ahead of yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago Source: AP/Press Association ImagesInternet bids an emotional farewell as Phantom FM ceases broadcasting>15 reasons you have to watch The Snapper every time it’s on telly>
‘It was the best thing I ever did. When I came back, I just appreciated it more’ Kilkenny joint captain Meighan Farrell is back and looking to make it third time lucky in the All-Ireland senior camogie final. Kilkenny co-captain Meighan Farrell. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIT WAS SOMETHING Meighan Farrell always wanted to do. And when the opportunity came around, it was one she grabbed with both hands. Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam. A six-week trip with five friends, a break from the continuous, intense, year-long cycle of camogie back home in Kilkenny. It really is a way of life for the Farrells of Thomastown, after all.“It was the best thing I ever did,” she smiles. “I would have always loved to go on a J1 but I never could with the camogie. You can’t really go in the middle of summer. This was just as good. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from camogie, to be honest.”She’s 24 now, but for as long as she can remember her entire life has been about club and county, county and club. Chasing the All-Ireland dream with Kilkenny and with Thomastown means it’s pretty much non-stop. One year just rolls into the next.Of course, the chase is most definitely back on with Farrell and her Cats team-mates hoping it’s a case of third time lucky in pursuit of the O’Duffy Cup on Sunday. But amidst all the hype of Croke Park, of their shot at redemption, of their opponents Galway, it’s nice to just look at life away from the four white lines.The travelling; what was the highlight?She pauses.But then a smile comes to her face as she looks back to April and May of this year.“I’d say Cambodia was probably my favourite place,” she tells The42. “Thailand was more touristy, Vietnam was unreal but Cambodia was just so behind the times. Facing Cork in last year’s final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“Cambodia had like dirt roads and stuff. We couldn’t believe it. Just so different to what we have over here. Thailand is after coming on a lot more. It was a really good experience.”What about the people? Many say they’re the friendliest you’ll meet. And Farrell can vouch for that.“Oh my God, they’re so good. The Vietnamese were so sarcastic, always taking the piss out of you. They were real helpful, it was good. They’re really about the community so that was nice.”Sounds pretty familiar. The trip was planned so Farrell wouldn’t miss a whole pile of camogie; the very end of March until the second week of May. But with the date of the Division 1 league final moved so it could be played as a Croke Park double-header, Farrell’s perfect plan fell apart.Everything was booked and organised, so she had to stick with the original schedule and obviously miss the league decider showdown against Galway.“Disaster,” she frowns. “I literally just missed it.”So that was a pretty different experience — not only missing out, but being away from the entire set-up — one would imagine? Very much so.“I was just sitting over in a hotel in Cambodia watching it,” she recalls. “It was streaming on the phone, I had the girls watching it with me and we were all just there shouting at the phone.”While there, she kept the fitness up. Farrell knew she couldn’t let the good work of a tough, tough winter go to waste. Ann Downey and her management team gave her bits and pieces to do, but they weren’t down her throat by any means.“They wanted me to enjoy it as well,” she nods. “I was doing a few sessions on the beach, a different setting but it was still tough.”The last few years have been incredibly taxing. From the elation of ending a 22-year wait for All-Ireland glory in 2016 to the gut-wrenching lows of the last two Septembers and those late, heart-breaking one-point defeats to Cork at the death, the Cats have been through the mill. Dejection after last year’s final. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOIt’s mentally and physically draining, and with so much time, effort and sacrifices involved at club and county level, the time away from it all was a blessing for Farrell.Self-admittedly, it got to a stage where she was just going through the motions.“You never want to be going training like that,” she continues. “You want to be going to training wanting to run yourself into the ground. When I came back I kinda had a bit more appreciation for everything. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about camogie when I was coming home. Before I was coming back, I was like, ‘Jesus, I need to get back now’. Then when I came back, I just appreciated it a bit more.”Not only did it help her camogie, it gave her a helping hand in her academic and professional life. A Childcare Studies graduate, Farrell is working away in a hotel, not sure what path to follow, but travelling showed her that teaching may be the way to go.Coming back into the Kilkenny fold then, they were looking to right the wrongs after that league final defeat to the Tribeswomen, and subsequent end to their bid for four-in-a-row.Championship was just around the corner, so it was all go.“It was so hard to get back in, like. At training, everyone was just passing you out. I was like, ‘Why did I go?’” she laughs. “No, in fairness, the trainers helped me so much. They didn’t need to be doing separate stuff but they did.“Only for them.”The management team get a hell of a lot of credit, and rightly so. Farrell points to them when she’s asked about coming back after the past two gutting September defeats. Bouncing back after the lows hasn’t been easy, but they’ve certainly soothed the pain and helped the team move on this year.“Maybe last year we were thinking about our losses more so,” she explains. “This year, we’re just concentrating on the match ahead of us.“They’ve kind of taught us this year to forget about any other year. It’s done. They would drive you on anyway. When you lose a match, you always have that with you, but they’re after showing us that it really doesn’t matter about last year. Celebrating the All-Ireland final win in 2016. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“It’s instilled in all the players now and nobody’s concentrating on anything else only the next match. The lads that have come in this year, they’ve really driven that into us, that mentality that it’s about what’s in front of you, not the past.” The tough winter of training they put down is really paying dividends, and it’s clear to see that the players are really enjoying their camogie at this stage of the races. And enjoyment; that’s what it’s all about after all, despite the fact that so many lose sight of it. By Emma Duffy Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM https://the42.ie/4799337 Follow us: the42.ie Short URL 17,430 Views She says: “It’s hard to enjoy something that is so serious. It’s gone so serious, you kind of forget about enjoying it. But now management are teaching us to actually remember that it’s just a match at the end of the day.“You really do need to enjoy it because that’s when you play your best hurling. When you’re concentrating on a certain aspect of something, you just get a bit flustered and you don’t really get to perform.“But everybody just goes out and gives it their all now. We’re all working really well together and kind of gelling so it’s really working this year. We’re hoping that we get over the line.”The Farrells, of course, are synonymous with Kilkenny camogie. It’s always been the three sisters, Meighan, Shelly and Anna, flying the flag. Then, their younger sister Eimear lines out with the club, as does their older brother, JonJo, who has also played for Brian Cody’s hurlers.As she says herself, “At home it’s just about camogie and hurling all the time. That never really stops. There’s something always happening.”This year brought a change, though, with Shelly living in Australia. She’s loving it, Meighan assures, disappointed she couldn’t factor in a visit on her own big adventure.The sisters always counted themselves lucky to have the three of them going training together, and it perhaps hit Anna the hardest while the other two were away. Even at that, they mightn’t realise just how weird it really is until the tomorrow morning, which is always guaranteed to be a manic one in the Farrell household.“It’ll be strange,” Meighan agrees. “But you know, after all year, you’re kind of used to it now so it’s grand. It would be nice to have her [Shelly] there again but she’s having a great time where she is. I’d say she won’t really mind.” With Galway captain Sarah Dervan. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOShe may though, when she sees Croke Park in all its glory on the TV Down Under, as her band of sisters take to the hallowed turf 60 minutes away from All-Ireland glory once again. A different final pairing to the past few years, but a rivalry that definitely came to the fore in 2019 after Galway’s league final win and Kilkenny’s revenge victory 11 weeks later in their championship opener, it’s a reunion Meighan is relishing. “We’ve always had a battle with Galway,” she grins. “It’s always been there. It’s tit for tat, you never know who’s going to come out on top but it’s always a good free-flowing match. We always get to hurl against each other, so we’re excited.”With a slightly somber mood in the county after the hurlers’ decider loss to Tipperary, Farrell is hoping her side can lift things. She one of the 85,000 at HQ a few weeks back and praises her county for doing so well this year, but realises the spotlight is now on her side.Over to ye, so. “Hopefully, to bring something back to Kilkenny anyway would be great.”That, it would.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share3 Tweet Email Sep 7th 2019, 7:00 AM 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Standard & Poor’s (S&) is the last of the three major rating agencies to warn of a default, after eurozone leaders and banks agreed last week that the private sector would shoulder part of the burden of the rescue package that offers Greece more cash and easier loan terms to keep it afloat. S&P said in a statement that the outlook on its rating is negative. Eurozone leaders agreed on a second, 109 billion euro package for debt-stricken Greece last Thursday. Under the proposed restructuring – which would also require a contribution by private sector bond-holders estimated to total as much as 50 billion euros by mid-2014, – banks and insurers would voluntarily swap their Greek bonds for longer maturities at lower rates. S&P said it sees the restructuring as a “distressed exchange”. “In our opinion, the terms of both the exchange and rollover options appear unfavourable to investors,” S&P said, adding, “under our criteria, we characterise a distressed borrower as one that would – in the absence of debt relief – fail to pay its debt on time and in full.” S&P said the purchase of Greek sovereign bonds in the secondary market would not be viewed as a selective default because the transactions would be entered into voluntarily. However, it added “in our opinion, the likelihood of a future default on the new securities is likely to remain high”. “We anticipate that we would assign a low-speculative-grade rating to Greece, given our view that Greece will likely continue to be burdened by high debt to GDP (gross domestic product) of just under 130 per cent of GDP at the end of 2011 and uncertain growth prospects even after the debt restructuring is concluded.” Moody’s on Monday cut Greece’s credit rating by three notches to Ca, just one notch above default, to reflect the expected loss implied by the proposed debt exchange. Fitch currently rates Greece CCC, broadly in line with Moody’s, and it has said that Greece will likely be in temporary default as a result of the bond swap. S&P’s said on Wednesday that it was likely to assign a higher rating once the bond exchange is completed. “On conclusion of the exchange and/or bond buybacks, we would likely raise the sovereign credit rating on Greece to a level commensurate with our forward-looking opinion on the likelihood of future defaults given Greece’s adjusted debt profile,” it said. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
It’s hard enough navigating the hectic streets of Manhattan on foot. Why would anyone want to let loose self-driving cars in the city?Ask New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose recent legislation allows for such antics.The state is now accepting applications from companies interested in demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. And General Motors’ subsidiary Cruise Automation is interested.“New York has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs for innovation, and as we invite companies and entrepreneurs to reimagine transportation technology, we will encourage the development of new, safe travel options for New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement.During testing, all autonomous vehicles must have a licensed driver behind the wheel, and a second person in the passenger seat.The state Department of Motor Vehicles permit process also calls for applicants to specify when and where their automobiles will travel; routing information includes date and time, origin and destination, and total distance.Self-driving cars have traditionally been restricted to urban test facilities and more sprawling cities and towns. But since Audi performed New York’s first autonomous vehicle demo in June, more manufacturers want in on the challenge.“New York City is one of the most densely populated places in the world and provides new opportunities to expose our software to unusual situations, which means we can improve our software at a much faster rate,” according to Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, which GM acquired for $1 billion in March 2016.“Testing in New York will accelerate the timeline to deploying self-driving cars at scale,” he said.If accepted, Cruise’s planned trial would mark the first time Level 4 (“mind off”) autonomous vehicles, which does not require the driver’s full attention, are tested in New York State.“The time to embrace this revolution in transportation technology is now,” Liut. Gov. Kathy Hochul added. “I have taken part in three AV demonstrations in 2017, and there is no question that we are on the brink of a breakthrough for the automotive industry and our state economy.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept Stay on target
Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Another year, another Prime Day record.This week’s two-day “parade of deals” marked the largest shopping event in Amazon history, according to the company.From July 15 to 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, counting more than 175 million items purchased throughout the event.Prime Day, which promises exclusive deals for subscribers, was also a hit with Amazon devices; top-selling deals globally include Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote.“We want to thank Prime members all around the world,” CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.“Members purchased millions of Alexa-enabled devices, received tens of millions of dollars in savings by shopping from Whole Foods Market, and bought more than $2 billion of products from independent small and medium-sized businesses,” he boasted. “Huge thank you to Amazonians everywhere who made this day possible for customers.”I mean, maybe not the warehouse workers in Minnesota, who planned to strike during the shopping extravaganza.Employees at a Shakopee fulfillment center arranged a six-hour work stoppage on July 15—day one of the retail giant’s 48-hour summer sale.Ultimately, Prime members in 18 countries saved more than $1 billion on millions of items shipped in one day or less (making this the fastest-ever Prime Day).Amazon also welcomed more new Prime members on July 15 than any previous day (ever), and almost as many on July 16.In the US alone, folks purchased more than 100,000 lunchboxes, 100,000 laptops, 200,000 TVs, 300,000 headphones, 350,000 luxury beauty products, 400,000 pet products, 650,000 household cleaning supplies, and more than 1 million toys.As part of the company’s 20th anniversary, Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, hoping to entice buyers with discount prices on a scale you’d expect to see only around the holidays.The inaugural event—a mix of “Deals of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”—lasted 24 hours. Prime Day 2017 boasted 30 hours of deals, and last year, Prime members had a record 36 hours to shop.At this rate, the 2024 affair will last all week.More on Geek.com:Twitch Celebrates Prime Day With Live Shopping Show ‘Twitch Sells Out’Target, eBay, Walmart Sales to Challenge Amazon Prime DayThe Weirdest Deals of Amazon Prime Day 2018
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools’ May 30 Spring Luncheon at the Hilton Vancouver Washington broke records for largest attendance and most money raised in the history of the annual fundraising event. More than $150,000 was raised at the event, and more than $32,000 in in-kind services was donated. A record turnout of more than 500 guests were entertained by 130 Vancouver Public Schools students.To donate to the foundation, visit http://www.FoundationforVPS.org or call 360-313-4730.
Load More Mass table drop also grew 16.8% to Php9.10 billion (US$174.5 million) with win of around Php3.05 billion (US$58.5 million), while an increase in the average number of slot machines from 1,449 to 1,822 saw slot machine turnover climb 32.0% to Php67.62 billion (US$1.30 billion).Travellers said its results were boosted by the opening of 747 new hotel rooms at Hilton Manila Hotel and Sheraton Manila Hotel, with average daily visitation to Resorts World Manila up from 25,670 in 1H18 to 35,626.EBITDA for the six months ended 30 June 2019 grew 83.3% to Php2.89 billion (US$55.4 million) with net profit for the period of Php842.6 million (US$16.2 million). RelatedPosts Suncity completes Manila quartet with launch of new VIP Club at Resorts World Manila Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Travellers International Hotel Group, the joint venture entity between Genting Hong Kong and Alliance Global Group that operates Resorts World Manila, reported a 50.3% increase in gross gaming revenues to Php13.54 billion (US$260 million) in 1H19 on the back of increased gaming capacity and hotel room inventory.VIP proved the biggest mover during the first six months if the year, with the addition of 36 new tables helping table drop rise 66.8% to Php186.20 billion (US$3.57 billion). VIP win was around Php6.15 billion (US$117.9 million).
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We examine a new report on how immigration policy and enforcement have changed during the Trump administration. The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) conducted a year-long study in 15 jurisdictions, including Houston.Also this hour: Craig Cohen talks with actor Sean Astin about mental health and how the terminology we often use can harm those affected. The actor from films like Goonies, Rudy, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy — and more recently the Netflix series Stranger Things — was in Houston for an event raising awareness for mental health issues. His mother, actress Patty Duke, dealt with biopolar disorder. And we learn about a new choral performance in Los Angeles, called dreams of the new world, that’s inspired in part by Houston.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:33
Share Wednesday, October 10, 2018Top afternoon stories:Harris County Flood Control DistrictAddicks Reservoir.Study of Addicks and Barker ReservoirsThe Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a comprehensive study of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs and surrounding watersheds, the HCFCD said Wednesday.The $6 million study will be fully funded by the federal government and will include Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries. The Corps will serve as the lead agency.The agreement marks the beginning of a three-year study period in which the Corps, with input from the HCFCD, will evaluate and recommend projects and operational changes to improve the effectiveness of the reservoirs in reducing flood risks upstream and downstream.Over the next year, the study team will focus on identifying and evaluating alternatives, and developing a recommended plan for more detailed analysis.Texas Dioceses to publish names of clergy accused of abuseThe 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will publish the names of members of the clergy accused of sexual abuse by January 31, 2019, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston announced Wednesday.The 15 dioceses participating in this initiative of disclosure are Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston-Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler and Victoria.The Archdiocese detailed that each bishop will release his own list and added the lists will go back at least to 1950. The lists will be updated as new information becomes available.According to the Archdiocese, the Texas bishops agreed on jointly releasing the names at a recent meeting in Austin “as part of ongoing work to protect children from sexual abuse and promote healing and a restoration of trust in the Church.”Texas Task Force 1Vehicles are loaded, fueled, and staged to deploy TX-TF1 to Florida in response to Hurricane Michael.Texas Task Force deployed to FloridaSeven Houston firefighters have been sent to Florida in preparation of Hurricane Michael. They are members of Texas Task Force 1, which has been activated by FEMA.“Some of the Houston firefighters, in the last just year alone, they’ve gone to now Michael, Florence, Maria, Irma, and Harvey,” Texas Task Force 1 Training Manager Stephen Bjune told News 88.7. “As soon as landfall happens, we’ll go in and start helping those local responders, those local communities that have been impacted by major Hurricane Michael.”Bjune said 70 team members, ten support personnel, six boats, and four search dogs arrived in Florida Tuesday night, along with specialized equipment.University of HoustonUH President and System Chancellor Renu Khator.UH president delivers fall addressRenu Khator, president of the University of Houston, delivered the President’s Fall Address Wednesday to look back at the successes UH has achieved and share her vision for the future.Khator began the tradition of an annual fall address after assuming office in January 2008.Over the past year, there have been several accomplishments including an increase of 2 percent in student enrollment compared to last fall, as well as establishing the UH College of Medicine to focus on preparing primary care doctors and the fact UH climbed 21 spots in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Rumor: Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows Store by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2017 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 12 commentsWhen Microsoft launched the Microsoft Edge web browser with Windows 10 in 2015, it had high hopes for the web browser.Not only was Edge designed to replace Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10, it also was designed to be lightweight and modern.While you can argue about that, fact is that Edge is a step up from Internet Explorer when it comes to web compatibility, and support for new technologies.Not all was golden then however, as Edge shipped with a bare bones set of features; in fact, it lacked essential features like the option to import favorites, extension support, the option to save the download location, or support for a bunch of media formats.Microsoft improved Edge gradually over time, and ran several campaigns on Windows 10 machines to convince users to give the browser another try.Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows StoreNot all is golden though right now. Edge lacks behind for instance when it comes to browser updates. Edge updates are tied to Windows Update right now. This means, essentially, that Edge updates can only be distributed to Windows 10 machines via Windows Update.While there have been plenty of updates for Edge in the past two or so years since the browser’s official launch, most of them were to the Insider channels and not stable versions of Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft released only four builds of Edge to the public, with the last one dating back to the release of the Creators Update. The public release before that dates back to August 2016, and the one before that to November 2015.If you compare that to the release cycle of any other browser for Windows, be it Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera or you-name-it, you will notice that Edge is probably the browser with the slowest release cycle on Windows.This means, for users, that feature updates, compatibility improvements, and all that good stuff hit Edge only twice a year or so.According to a report on Neowin, this may change soon. Microsoft seems to plan to push Edge updates via the Windows Store, and not exclusively through Windows Update anymore.But according to internal sources, that’s all going to change in September, when the next feature update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3, is released. Users will finally be able to get updates to the Edge browser via the Windows Store, which will allow Microsoft to add new features more frequently.The benefit should be obvious: faster update cycles as Edge updates are no longer linked to Windows feature updates.If true, the new system could be implemented when the next feature update of Windows 10 hits the floor in September 2017.The move makes a whole lot of sense, as Microsoft will be able to push out Edge updates faster to the stable user base of Windows 10.Also, it could improve the user experience on Windows 10 Cloud devices, as other browser’s cannot be installed on these machines by default.Now You: Would you consider using Edge if the browser would be updated more frequently?SummaryArticle NameRumor: Microsoft to push Edge updates via the Windows StoreDescriptionAccording to a report on Neowin, Microsoft plans to push Edge updates via the Windows Store, and not exclusively through Windows Update anymore. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
The South African National Blood Service (SANB), together with East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo, are currently at the Oval Shopping Centre encouraging people to donate blood.Bongani, who is also a blood donor, stated that blood donation is very important as you would be saving not just one life, but three with a single pint donated.The SANBS have set up a clinic in the Oval centre today (Saturday) for anyone who wishes to donate blood and save a life.If you weigh 50kg or more and are between the ages of 16 and 65, you are encouraged to visit the Oval centre today and register for blood donation so you too can save a life or you can visit an SABS Clinic near you. SANBS, with Bongani, have been at the Oval Centre from 10am and will be there until 2pm.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join uSeANv! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite