West’s bid to be the best

first_imgIn addition to being the number one Men’s touch referee based on the 2009 National Touch League, he is also a regular NRL Toyota Cup (Under 20’s) whistle blower as well. While most people can relax after the end of the NYC, Gavin has to fly back to Sydney to referee a NSW Cup rugby league match. West missed out on a place as a referee in the Trans Tasman series earlier this year, after taking a break from the game to concentrate on his league commitments. West said it was sad to miss out on the series but he has set refereeing at the next Trans Tasman as one of his goals to make up for that disappointment. “I’m very motivated to get that next Trans Tasman game so I’ve got to work towards that,” he said. His road to the top of the referee standings hasn’t come easy. He earned his level six badge in touch in 2002, and had to work hard in the meantime to get to the number one position. “I was the youngest ever to get that (level six), I’ve been on level six for quiet a while now. In 2005 I became number two but from there I had a few years off but I came back this year and got that so I’ve just been refereeing at state cup, NSW level and I was just lucky enough to get that spot this year,” he said. West took time off to concentrate on his goal of becoming a league referee, which included moving from Newcastle to Sydney to pursue his dream.And this is now starting to pay dividends in both codes. West has refereed the most Toyota Cup games this year, and was also named the number one referee at the NYC this week, but it hasn’t come easy. “It’s (a) heavy workload with the training, you don’t get much free time between work and footy but hopefully in a couple of years I’ll have a full time position (refereeing) and it’s the only job I’ll have so I’m not juggling that workload as well,” West said. West’s busy schedule means that it can be difficult to manage his time, especially as the top two touch tournaments of the year clash with important league games. “The NTL is often the first week of league so I had to manage that to get the finals this year and also this tournament as it’s the finals for league as well. I just had to fully focus on league at that time but now that I’m established there I can be a bit more flexible,” he said. Now that he is more established in League, he hopes to be able to make the transition from Under 20’s to first grade in the near future. “I want it done in the next three years at least, I’m hoping not 2010 but 2011 that might occur so it’s just a matter of the numbers game and just waiting for people to retire or getting past their use by date,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

TMX Group to acquire Trayport Holdings from ICE in deal worth 931M

first_imgTORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Trayport Holdings Ltd. from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in an agreement valued at $931 million.Under the transaction, TMX Group (TSX:X) will pay $592 million in cash and sell Natural Gas Exchange Inc. and Shorcan Energy Brokers to ICE for $339 million.Trayport provides services to energy commodities traders, exchanges, wholesale brokers and central clearing counterparties.It has about 240 employees in offices in London, New York and Singapore.The companies said that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has approved the sale of Trayport to TMX Group.The sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE is subject to regulatory approval and notifications including approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau.last_img read more

Resolute outgoing CEO urges government not to capitulate on softwood lumber

first_imgMONTREAL – A Canadian industry leader in the fight against U.S. softwood lumber duties who is retiring imminently is urging the government not to “capitulate” during what he expects will be a lengthy battle with the United States.“We believe in free trade,” Resolute Forest Products Inc. chief executive Richard Garneau said in an interview before he steps down Thursday afternoon.“We believe in having strong principles and never capitulate, even though you believe that (if) there is someone a lot bigger and stronger you have to defend your principles.”Garneau, 70, has been the strong voice of eastern Canadian lumber, pulp and paper producers.“I was certainly not happy when in 2006 we had to pay a ransom,” he said of the last softwood lumber deal.Garneau’s comments came as weak fourth-quarter results sent the Montreal-based company’s shares tumbling.They closed down nearly 29 per cent to $10.01 in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“The government has made all the changes on stumpage, I think now we have to fight for free trade.”Garneau said he is encouraged by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s tough stand defending the industry by challenging U.S. trade actions.Despite threats of doom and gloom from import duties, the industry has thrived by passing on them on to consumers through higher lumber prices.Garneau expects that once U.S. housing starts slow, lumber demand will come down and cause some pain to Canadian producers.“We have to wait and see the impact, but I think history always repeats itself. It seems that the people forget what happened when you take the wrong decision.”During his seven years at the helm of AbitibiBowater, renamed Resolute Forest Products, Garneau has overseen restructuring that he said has made the company stronger.He has been accused of being heavy-handed by filing lawsuits against environmentalists such as Greenpeace who launched campaigns to discredit the company to customers.Despite the battles, Garneau said he’s been able to improve relations with First Nations, small communities, mayors and unions that depend on the forest sector.Industry analysts praised Garneau’s leadership.“I will miss your honesty and more importantly your passion,” Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said in a conference call.“We’re certainly going to miss your strong voice in the industry,” added Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets.Yves Laflamme — currently Resolute’s senior vice-president of wood products, global procurement and information technology — has been appointed as a replacement effective Friday.A 37-year-old Resolute veteran, Laflamme, 61, said he doesn’t foresee conducting any major changes, including sticking with all four divisions, even though three face U.S. trade sanctions.“I’m going to look at all opportunities but of course it’s going to be more continuity,” he said in an interview.The leadership change was announced as Resolute disappointed despite swinging to a profit of $13 million or 14 cents per diluted share. That compared with a loss of $45 million or 50 cents per share a year ago. Sales for the three months ended Dec. 31 totalled $898 million, up from $889 million a year ago.Excluding special items, the company said it earned $14 million or 15 cents per share for the quarter, compared with a loss, excluding special items of $7 million or eight cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.Patel said analysts expected 62 cents per share in adjusted profits.For the full year, Resolute reported a loss of $84 million or 93 cents per diluted share, compared with a loss of $81 million or 90 cents per diluted share in 2016. Sales totalled $3.51 billion, down from $3.55 billion.Excluding special items, Resolute said it earned $12 million or 13 cents per share last year compared with a loss of $12 million or 13 cents per share in 2016.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP)last_img read more

Bangladesh Delhi mission celebrates Poila Baishak

first_imgOn this Poila Baishak, the Bangla New Year’s Day 1426, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi wore a festive look.Children in coulourful dress, women in red-bordered sari and men in pyjama-punjabi greeted each other with Shubho Naboborsho in celebration of Poila Baishak, the first day of Bangla Naboborsho. This has been an ancient tradition of the Bengalis since Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced it in 1556 to facilitate tax collection in the harvesting season. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was a day of music, dance, Mangal Shobhajatra and enjoying the traditional Bangla food, as the Delhi mission joined the compatriots at home and all over the world to welcome the day with Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Esho heh Baishaikh Esho…’ (Come on Baishakh, Come.) With the beat of drums and dugdugi (a traditional musical instrument), children accompanied by women, went round the mission’s Maitree Hall in staging the Mangal Shobhajatra (the procession of good wishes) waving replicas of birds, animals, boats, palank and masks highlighting the spirit of secularism and cultural tradition of Bengalis. They were greeted with thunderous applause from the audience comprising the Bengali community of New Delhi and the members of the mission. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe Mangal Shobhajatra is a tribute to the secular feature of the festival that has evolved over the years and became an integral part of Bangladesh’s struggle for political and cultural freedom from the tyranny of Pakistan, of which Bangladesh was a part until its independence. It has been a part of the tradition since late 80s, organised by the teachers and students of Bangladesh Fine Arts Institute. The UNESCO has recently recognised the pageant as the intangible cultural heritage of the humanity. Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, wrote in one of his Poila Baishak article, how Chhayanaut, a premier cultural organisation, used the celebration of Pahela Baishakh as a tool to fight the religious oppression of Pakistan regime. It was Chhayanaut which first held a public music event at Ramna Batamul in 1967 in celebration of Poila Baishak. “That marked the beginning of the Bengali Nobobarsha in the capital city of Dhaka,” wrote the high commissioner. “The Pakistani authorities did not look at this development favourably and various attempts were made to kill this initiative. The more they tried to suppress the indomitable Bengali spirit, the more fiercely we resisted and the crowd kept getting bigger every year.” The programme rounded off with a musical soiree by a cultural troupe led by artist Samina Dey Urmi.last_img read more

Ohio State womens track dashes to 2nd consecutive Big Ten championship

The Ohio State women’s track and field team won their conference championship for the second year in a row on Sunday, successfully defending their title at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The championships were held in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OSU was victorious on the women’s side, scoring 117 points. On the men’s side, the Wisconsin Badgers were winners on their home track, with OSU finishing 35 points back in fourth place. The OSU women stood in sixth place following two days of competition, but they made a Sunday surge to come back to win the meet with a seven-point advantage. Nebraska and Illinois tied for second place with 110 points each. Coach Karen Dennis told The Lantern the slow start in scoring points did not concern her because of how many OSU women qualified for the finals in their events on Saturday. “We’ve been there before,” Dennis said. “We qualified 14 people, and that’s what made the difference.” Dennis said she felt the experienced team members led the way with their performances. “The keys were the seniors,” Dennis said. “They brought us here, they stepped up and deserved to take the trophy home.” OSU’s contingent of 100-meter dash runners played a major role in the victory. The Buckeyes took four of the top five places in that event, with senior Christina Manning winning in 11.49 seconds. Senior Madison McNary finished second (11.71), junior Christienne Linton (11.72) was third and sophomore Chesna Sykes came in fifth (11.80). Manning, McNary, Linton and Sykes also teamed up to win the 4×100-meter relay, setting a school and meet record with a time of 43.70. Manning also won the 100-meter hurdles (12.71) and finished second in the 200-meter dash (23.30 seconds). Junior Alexis Thomas was also an individual winner in the hammer throw. She set Big Ten meet and OSU school records in the event with a winning throw of 64.62 meters. Thomas told The Lantern she felt fortunate that her performance helped lead her team to a championship. “It’s amazing (to win the Big Ten championship),” Thomas said. “It’s a great feeling.” OSU men’s track and field was unable to match the success of its female counterparts. They finished the meet with 86 points. Wisconsin led the way with 121 points, while Nebraska (115.5 points) edged Indiana (115) for second place. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Buckeye men only had one individual event winner. That was senior Michael Hartfield, who won the individual Big Ten title in the long jump for the second consecutive year with a jump of 7.96 meters. Hartfield said in a press release that winning his event was “a blessing”. “It feels good especially after getting your behind kicked all year,” Hartfield said. “To come back at Big Tens and really make a statement, you know it feels good.” Redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie was a double runner-up. He finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; he surpassed the previous meet record with a time of 8:32.48 but finished second to Michigan’s Craig Forys. He also finished second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:42.03. The OSU track and field teams will compete next at the NCAA East Prelims, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26. read more

Mourinho believes Fred can become better

first_imgJose Mourinho has given a hint that new signing Fred can step up his game at Manchester United by improving off the ball.The former Shakhtar Donetsk star man opened his account in a United shirt by scoring the first goal against Wolves.Unfortunately, the goal was canceled out by a resurgent Wolves side in the second half amid a poor United display in Old Trafford.However, Mourinho has lambasted the performance of his team and went further to suggest Fred can develop some aspects of his game.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho made a point of singling out his quality when United have the ball: “Yes, step by step. “Especially when the team has the ball, of course, he has quality.“I think we don’t deserve more than the draw and I think Wolves deserved to leave the pitch with that result as compensation for the hard work they put in,” he said.“We were not intense enough in our defensive work. We let them play; we didn’t press intensely.“We gave them too much time to be comfortable when they had the ball, and we were not creative or dynamic enough in the last third, with many players not sharp and not with that fire you need in the last third to beat an organized block of seven players.”last_img read more

Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry

first_imgNapoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described it an honour to have worked with John Terry in his latest tribute to the former England player following his retirement.Carlo Ancelotti had a successful stint at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.Last night his skipper for those occasions, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Napoli manager wrote.“Wishing you much success in your future endeavours.”John Terry has been tipped to nail a managerial role in the next few months to come in the bid to replicate his success story.And most Chelsea fans will be hoping he gets the chance to manage his beloved club.last_img read more

Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Repeated instances of sabotage to the fire trucks at the South Caicos airport have hindered operations and on Friday the TCIAA clarified that these senseless acts did not cause the airport to be completely closed. InterCaribbean Airways had found that request to have the larger, 30-seater aircraft fly into the South Caicos airport recently for a funeral could not be accommodated because the fire service was not up to Civil Aviation standard.One truck was down; ICA usually flies a 9-seater into South. Magnetic Media spoke to Trevor Sadler, GM of InterCaribbean Airways on Friday (Mar 4) he said the TCIAA should do a better job of security the property which includes the fire trucks, the airport site where there is construction underway and the runway. The inability to accommodate that InterCaribbean Airways bigger plane into South Caicos created a dismal situation for family and friends. “We were entirely disappointed with the Airports Authority not securing the highly valuable equipment; especially since it is so important to the people of South Caicos.” The Airports Authority said they are shocked by the vandalism; and have now beefed up security at the property. Sadler agrees that it is about time security was enhanced, especially since there have been repeated strikes on the trucks. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, sabotage, south caicos airport, Tciaa Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claimlast_img read more

Full Show City Council Considers Layoffs And Political Roundup April 17 2019

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: As the Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration continue negotiations over voter-mandated pay raises, city council members today are scheduled to consider and vote on laying off 220 firefighters in order to pay for it. That comes as the city has already laid off dozens of firefighters and municipal employees. We check in on the latest out of city hall.Plus News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall tells the story of a husband and father who was nearly deported and the effect on his family.Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest developments in government and politics. Then, Marcia Milgrom Dodge talks about bringing her 2009, Tony Award-nominated revival of Ragtime to Houston.And we learn how nearly crashing a plane helped Daniel Peña write a novel about the border and immigration.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more

ATT Confirms DirecTV Now Price Hikes Launches New Slimmer Bundles With HBO

first_img Popular on Variety For DirecTV Now customers on the older packages, the new prices effective April 12 will be: Live a Little (65+ channels) for $50/month; Just Right (85+ channels) for $65/month; Go Big (105+ channels) for $75/month; Gotta Have It (125+ channels) for $85/month; and Todo y Más (90+ channels) for $55/month.Word of the price hikes for legacy DirecTV Now packages and the two new bundles leaked out this past weekend, after AT&T posted preliminary info on its website.While AT&T’s DirecTV Now shakeup stands to make the over-the-top service more profitable on a per-subscriber basis, the higher prices are bound to cause many users to bail — and switch to rival OTT live TV packages like YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV or Dish Network’s Sling TV. In the fourth quarter of 2018, DirecTV Now lost 267,000 net subscribers after the company ended virtually all promotional pricing, and ended 2018 with about 1.6 million DirecTV Now subscribers.Meanwhile, AT&T’s WarnerMedia is gearing up to launch a suite of subscription VOD services, centered on HBO, Turner and Warner Bros., targeted for a Q4 2019 launch. AT&T is overhauling its DirecTV Now pricing and packaging strategy — including hiking prices for existing customers by $10 across the board — a move that could lead to more subscriber losses for the company’s flagging pay-TV business.At the same time, AT&T is launching two new DirecTV Now packages: Plus, at $50 per month for up to 46 channels; and Max, $70 per month for up to 59 channels. Both include AT&T-owned HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino along with networks from WarnerMedia (Turner), NBCUniversal, Disney and Fox, and exclude channels from A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery and Viacom.The previous DirecTV packages are no longer available to new customers.In a notice to customers posted Wednesday, AT&T confirmed that the prices of all DirecTV Now base packages will increase by $10 per month effective April 12, 2019. It’s the second price increase for DirecTV Now in less than a year, after the telco jacked up the prices by $5 per month last summer. Customers with those packages — Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, and the Spanish-language Todo y Más — will retain their current lineups as long as they continue to keep the service. Also, starting March 13, 2019, DirecTV Now legacy customers will pay $15 per month for HBO and $11 monthly for Cinemax (both previously offered for $5) while Starz will cost $11 per month (previously $8). The Brazilian package is increasing to $30 per month and the Deportes add-on is increasing to $15 a month.The new DirecTV Now Plus $50 entry-level package includes HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino and local ABC, CBS, Fox, CW and MyNetworkTV stations (though broadcast nets are not available in all markets). Cable networks in the bundle are AccuWeather, AT&T’s Audience, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FX Movie Channel, FXX, Hallmark Channel, HLN, MSNBC, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, NBCSN, Ovation, Oxygen, Pop, Revolt, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TNT, TruTV, Universal Kids and USA Network.DirecTV Now Max ($70 per month) includes all those channels as well as Cinemax and sports networks ESPNews, ESPNU, BTN, CBS Sports Network, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MSG, MSG+, Olympic Channel, SEC Network and YES Network (with regional sports networks available only in certain markets).“Both new packages provide slimmer, quality-driven content lineups at competitive prices and with no annual contract,” AT&T said in announcing DirecTV Now Plus and DirecTV Now Max. Customers who take the $50 Plus package can add Cinemax for $11 extra per month; Starz and Showtime are also available for an additional $11 per month each.AT&T had argued that its takeover of Time Warner “will enable the merged company to reduce prices, offer innovative video products, and compete more effectively” against tech giants Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The telco made those claims in a court challenge by the Justice Department, which sought to block the merger on antitrust grounds. Last month, a U.S. Appeals Court upheld a previous ruling approving the AT&T/Time Warner deal. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The right click

first_imgPhotography, as we all know has become indispensable in today’s modern life but sadly this art form has not been talked about and explored in forms beyond its technical format. The evolution of photography right from its early days till now gives us a great insight of innumerable social, economic and emotional paradigms of human existence.Vipin Gaur (fashion photograher) says ‘Every person on this earth is photogenic you just need a right angle to shoot with.’ Rishabh Aggarwal (wedding photographer) feels that it is an art, which cannot be taught by anyone. According to him, ‘It is an inherited art which needs to be discovered.’   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both photographers work with various trends, forms and technicalities in photography that have seen a meteoric shift over the years but they intrinsically are focused on the humane side of this art form. World Photography Day, 19 August, is the best day to celebrate that thought process. CRY is also organising a photography workshop on 19 August, where children will capture reasons that are keeping them away from school. Leading photographers from Rang-A Delhi based community of artists have joined hands with CRY to showcase the challenges faced by millions of children in India.  Grab your camera and head over. This will surely be a pleasure.WHEN: 19th August, 2013WHERE: Swati, Kanakdurga Basti, R.K Puram, Sector-12, Near Delhi Public Schoollast_img read more

Selfies reveal if you are going through romantic crisis

first_imgAccording to researchers from Florida State University, more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience conflict in romantic relationship.”The results show that body image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users’ romantic relationships, especially when users’ body image satisfaction is promoted in the form of Instagram selfie posts,” explained lead author Jessica Ridgway and assistant professor Russell Clayton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The duo teamed up to examine the predictors and consequences associated with Instagram selfie posting. With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction.In other words, those who think they look good are more likely to post selfies. However, Instagram selfie posting behaviours were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviours. Not surprisingly, Instagram-related conflict was found to be associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes, which were defined as emotional or physical infidelity, breakup and divorce. “The results from this study provide an avenue for future body image research,” Ridgway said in a paper published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking. The findings contributes to a growing body of scholarly literature that has examined the predictors and consequences associated with using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  “For instance, future research could examine whether social media users post images of their actual selves or their virtual ideal selves, and whether such online behaviours are associated with similar negative outcomes found in our study,” the authors noted.In order to prevent negative relationship outcomes from arising, Instagram users must limit their selfie posting behaviours, especially when selfie posting becomes problematic in a user’s romantic relationship.last_img read more

Gangweary Salvadorans elect Nayib Bukele as new president

first_imgSalvadorans on Sunday elected Nayib Bukele, the popular former mayor of San Salvador, as the Central American country’s new president — a result that ends the near 30-year grip on power of its two largest parties.The country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) awarded him 53.78 percent of votes with 87.67 percent counted — a lead it considered “irreversible.”The 37-year-old president-elect, of the conservative Grand Alliance for National Unity (GANA) party, wore jeans and a leather jacket as he celebrated with supporters — thousands chanting his name and waving flags in the capital’s central Plaza Morazan.“It’s a victory for the Salvadoran people, today we won in the first round and we have made history,” said Bukele, who despite being a firm favorite was expected to face a second round of voting.He has promised to increase investment in education and fight corruption — but his main task will be to confront insecurity in a country ravaged by gang violence.He will also have to form an alliance with the rightwing opposition, which dominates congress, and govern with them until at least 2021 when the next legislative elections are held.Bukele’s opponents — Carlos Calleja of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), and Hugo Martinez of the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN) — quickly recognized the win. For nearly three decades, their parties have had a firm hold on Salvadoran politics.“We recognize the results of these elections. We are going to call the president-elect to wish him luck in facing the challenges in this country,” said Calleja, the runner-up with 31.62 percent of votes. The FMLN’s Martinez took third place with 13.77 percent.Meanwhile, Organization of American States (OAS) secretary general Luis Almagro congratulated Bukele on Twitter.“We congratulate @nayibbukele for his historic victory in the first round. We celebrate his proposal for a new chapter for El Salvador. And we salute the political matuirty of the contending candidates in accepting his victory,” Almagro said.– Long lines –Some 5.2 million people participated in the election, according to the elections authority chief Julio Olivo.Voters formed long lines outside polling stations in parts of San Salvador, where gang violence and insecurity are endemic. El Salvador is among the world’s most violent countries with a murder rate of 51 per 100,000 citizens.“It’s honestly scary to go out alone in the street, you never know what can happen you,” first-time voter Gabriela Solorzano, 19, said at a polling station in the gang stronghold of Mejicanos in the capital’s north, her brother holding her hand.In nearby streets, where graffiti on the walls testify to the presence of criminal gangs, many voters arrived aboard buses laid on by the political parties.But outgoing President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, of the FMLN, said voting proceeded “very calmly and very normally.”Some 23,000 police officers and 15,000 soldiers were deployed to protect the sixth presidential election since democracy was restored in 1992 — after 12 years of bloody civil war between state security forces and leftist guerrillas.– ‘Daring security solutions’ –For analyst Roberto Canas, Salvadorans “buried” the bipartisanship that “could not read the needs of the people, such as the insecurity experienced daily on the streets.”Confronting insecurity will certainly be a key challenge for Bukele, who Canas said “personified the population’s tiredness.”According to authorities, gang violence was the source of most of last year’s 3,340 reported murders — and gangs are said to have 70,000 members, with 17,000 behind bars.“The new president must offer daring security solutions,” Carlos Carcach, an analyst and professor at the Higher School of Economy and Business in El Salvador, told AFP.In the past, rightwing governments opted for repression or secret negotiations with gangs. Meanwhile under the FMLN’s Mauricio Funes (2009- 2014), there was a truce between the country’s two main gangs which temporarily reduced homicides.Another task will be to reduce illegal immigration to the United States — as President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid if the flow of Central American migrants is not stemmed.During the last few months of 2018, more than 3,000 Salvadorans joined caravans marching towards the United States, fleeing gangs and a lack of jobs.The other main worry for Salvadorans is the economy. Although it grew by 2.6 percent in 2018, its biggest rise in five years, that is considered insufficient to cover the demand for new employment.Bukele will have to juggle the need to raise taxes to cover an external debt of more than $9.5 billion while trying to maintain social programs in a country where the minimum wage of $300 a month is barely enough to buy food.Just over 30 percent of El Salvador’s 6.6 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:El Salvador court freezes ex-president’s bank accounts US puts heads of El Salvador MS-13 gang on sanctions list Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birthlast_img read more

Malaysia colourful and unified

first_imgColours of 1Malaysia Festival inspiresguests in Kuala Lumpur. The Colours of 1Malaysia Festival afforded international guests a taste of the unified and celebrated local Malay culture, with a spectacular street parade.Kuala Lumpur came alive over the weekend with the vibrant sights, sounds and smells of Malaysia, echoed through live dance performances and an extravagant  fireworks display.The new Malaysian minister for tourism and culture Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz joined honorary guests, His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong King of Malaysia and Her Majesty Tuanku Hajah Haminah Queen of Malaysia, to welcome nearly 10,000 guests.Among the crowd were 250 mega-famil delegates from 24 countries, who are currently touring Malaysia for AEROMEET 2013.The evening began with a bang, as fireworks lit up the night sky to officially open the annual Colours of 1Malaysia Festival.Every aspect of Malaysian tourism was represented, with individual performances highlighting food, festivals, sports, parks and gardens, nightlife, eco-tourism and much more.Special features included live performances by well-known Malaysian recording artists, 200 Porsche’s cruising down the strip, a parade of taxi’s and buses and a ‘Mega Endang’ finale dance.  Malaysia will celebrate Visit Malaysia 2014 next year with an increased numbers of dedicated festivals and scheduled events, while AEROMEET 2013 takes place in Langkawi between 29-31 May.ETB News is in Malaysia as part of the mega-famil from 24-31 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. The arrival of the King of Malaysia and theMinister for Tourism and Culture, Malaysiacenter_img The Hop-On Hop-Off KL explorerbus joins the parade.last_img read more

TriCounty educator joins Rep Lower for State speech

first_img Categories: News 17Jan Tri-County educator joins Rep. Lower for State speech PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, was joined by Joe Williams, an assistant principal at Tri-County High School in Howard City, as a guest for tonight’s State of the State address in the state Capitol. Williams has been in the Tri County School District since 1999, starting as a science teacher and then assistant principal at the middle school. At right is Rep. Lower’s wife, Kristen.last_img read more

The SCTE has announced a new standards practice d

first_imgThe SCTE has announced a new standards practice, designed to ensure interoperability between MoCA 2.0 and the cable industry’s new DOCSIS 3.1 specification.The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), its global arm the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), and the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) jointly announced SCTE 235, ‘Operational Practice for the Coexistence of DOCSIS 3.1 Signals and MoCA Signals in the Home Environment’.This is designed to address and prevent degradation or failure of signals due to a shared frequency range above 1GHz.Dean StonebackThe operational practice specifies the proper use of frequencies and filters that network designers, cable industry technical personnel, equipment designers, and others can employ for optimal performance in environments that include both DOCSIS 3.1 and MoCA 2.0.SCTE 235 prescribes sufficient isolation and proper location and required performance of filters to ensure there is no signal leakage from one residence to another and to prevent overload of DOCSIS and MoCA receivers“As cable system operators expand their service portfolios, a key role for SCTE/ISBE Standards is to ensure that our members can continue to leverage all available technologies,” said Dean Stoneback, senior director of engineering for SCTE/ISBE.“By working collaboratively with CableLabs and organisations such as MoCA, we can drive solutions that can increase cable’s competitive edge and create value for the consumers the industry serves.”SCTE 235 was created by the Special Working Group on HFC Readiness for DOCSIS 3.1 within the Network Operations Subcommittee of the ANSI-accredited SCTE/ISBE Standards Program.last_img read more

Here are my last two plant photos  The first was

first_imgHere are my last two plant photos.  The first was taken at The Alamo.  It’s a papaya bush/tree—and this one was about a meter and half high—and that’s 4 feet and change in American!  When fully grown, they’re much taller than this, of course.  The second photo was taken on the resort hotel grounds—and it goes by the name American beautyberry.  You can eat them, but their astringency will pucker your mouth up real quick. For the Friday trading session, gold got smacked for 1.94%—silver for 1.40%—platinum was creamed for 3.24%—and palladium 1.57%.  Nothing free market about this, as da boyz pulled out all the stops.And, as always, not a word in protest from the precious metal miners or the two organizations that purport to represent their best interests—the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute.So—are JPMorgan et al done to the downside yet?It seems like I’ve asked that question every week for the last two or three weeks—and they keep surprising us to the downside.   Considering how ‘in your face’ and extreme these engineered price declines have been in all six key commodities this time around, it’s hard to accept the fact that the ensuing rallies may be cut off at the knees before they really get anywhere.  But I suppose one should be prepared for any eventuality.That’s all I have for today, but before heading out the door I want to remind you one last time about the 40th Annual New Orleans Investment Conference from October 22-25, 2014.  That’s less than three weeks away!  If you’re interested, you can find out everything you need to know by clicking here.That’s it for the day—and the week.I await the 6 p.m. open in New York on Sunday evening with great interest.Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. So—are JPMorgan et al done to the downside yet?The gold price got sold down a few dollars as soon as trading began in the Far East on their Friday—and another five bucks or so got carved off the price shortly before the London open.  From there it traded unchanged until the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT in New York.  The HFT boyz used the opportunity to put the boots to gold once again—and the low tick came around 12:45 p.m. EDT.  After that, the price didn’t do a lot.The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,215.70 and $1,190.30 in the December contract.Gold finished the Friday session at $11,90.70 spot, down $23.60 from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was 174,000 contracts.Here’s the 10-minute gold chart going all the way back before the Comex opened at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Thursday evening—and you can see that the two small declines before the London open didn’t have much volume associated with them—and JPMorgan et al saved the heavy lumber for the Comex trading session, as volume exploded when their HFT boyz worked their magic starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT.  Don’t forget to add two hours to the Mountain Daylight Times shown on this chart.It was more or less the same price pattern in silver, except the low tick came at 10:30 a.m. in New York—and the subsequent rally got capped around noon, and then sold down a bit.  Silver traded flat from the 1:30 p.m. close of Comex trading into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.The high and low prices were reported as $17.155 and $16.64 in the December contract.Silver finished the trading day yesterday at $16.855 spot, down 24 cents.  Net volume was 45,000 contracts.The pounding of platinum continued again yesterday, as the HFT boyz took two 20 buck slices out of the salami—once in early morning trading in the Far East—and again starting at, or just before, the London a.m. gold fix.  The beating stopped around 11 a.m. EDT—and the metal traded flat into the close, finishing down another 41 bucks.  Platinum has never been this oversold—ever.It was similar for palladium, as da boyz peeled another 12 bucks off the price—and it finished off its low by around five dollars.You’ll note that the HFT boyz only went after gold and silver at the 8:30 a.m. EDT job numbers report.  Neither platinum or palladium even twitched during that time.Of course it’s almost superfluous to point out that all four precious metals set new lows for this move down.The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 85.61—and rallied quietly starting almost immediately after the 6 p.m. EDT open—and was at the 86.00 level when the jobs numbers released.  The NASA space launch in the index that occurred at that point took the dollar to its 86.75 high shortly before 11 a.m. EDT—and it gave up 10 points of its gain by the close.  The index finished that up 103.4 basis points—and closed at 86.65.The gold stocks got pounded—gaping down at the open—and hitting their lows around 1 p.m. EDT—and never moved off the floor from there.  The HUI got smacked for a breathtaking 4.47%—closing at 189.77.And even though silver only closed down 24 cents, the shares got slammed even harder, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 5.36%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 13 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that 327 contracts disappeared from the October delivery month, leaving 1,913 contracts still open.  The silver contracts still open in October rose by 78—and the contracts open now sits at 291.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 6:24 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported that 16,075 troy ounces of gold were received—and 22,364 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.There was much more activity in silver, of course, as they received 899,995 troy ounces—and 371,102 ounces were shipped out the door.  Most of the activity was at Brink’s, Inc. and Canada’s Scotiabank.  The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was not quite what I was hoping to see—and I’m wondering out loud if all the data from the big down day on Tuesday made it into this report, which was something I mentioned as a possibility in my Wednesday column.  Anyway, the numbers are what they are.In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by only 1,306 contracts—and the new Commercial net short position now stands at 77.3 million troy ounces.Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money category increased their short position by 3,924 contracts, which is understandable considering the price action during the reporting period.  But the non-technical traders on the long side of the Managed Money category actually increased their long position by an impressive 2,458 contracts.  Almost all the selling came out of the Nonreportable/small trader category.The Managed Money on the short side is now at a new record—and it’s a good bet that, as a group, they don’t hold a single solitary Comex long position in silver between them.  So the question begs to be asked—who are the non-technical fund traders in the Managed Money category that are quietly adding to their positions on the long side—and why are they doing it and what do they know that we don’t?Ted Butler said the it appears that JPMorgan decreased their short position by around 500 contracts during the reporting week—and that brings their short-side corner in the Comex silver market down to 11,000 contracts, or 55 million troy ounces.  That amount represents about 70 percent of the total Commercial net short position.In gold, the Commercial net short position only declined by 3,590 Comex contracts, or 359,000 troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position is now down to 6.07 million troy ounces.The shorts in the Managed Money category only added 43 contracts to their combined short positions—and the non-technical traders in that category added another 837 contracts to their huge long position.  As in silver, all the selling came from the Nonreportable/small trader category—and the Commercial traders were buying everything they were selling.Ted said that JPMorgan reduced their long-side corner in the Comex gold market by 2,000 contracts during the report week, and they’re now down to 23,000 contracts, or 2.3 million troy ounces.There was a big improvement in copper as well, as the Managed Money traders added another 9,324 Comex contracts to their collective short positions, while the non-technical traders in the Managed Money category added a small amount to their huge long position.Platinum and palladium improved as well, but we won’t see the full effect of what happened in those two precious metals until next Friday’s COT Report, as most of the engineered price decline this week didn’t start until Tuesday—and has continued for the last four trading days—and it’s a good bet [looking at yesterday’s COT Report] that not all the trading data from Tuesday for platinum and palladium made it into Friday’s report, either.The big revelation for me from this COT Report was the fact that monster long positions in all four precious metals, plus copper, are being held by these unblinking non-technical funds in the Managed Money category that have been increasing their long position regardless of whether prices are rising or falling.  Opposite them in the Manged Money category are short positions held by the technical funds, who will run for cover like scared rabbits on the next rally.If the Managed Money non-technical funds longs—and the traders that are massively long in the Commercial category decide to put their hands in their pockets on the next rally, how high will the Managed Money shorts have to bid the price in order to get the long holders to sell so they can cover their short positions?The last two times this year, the Commercial long holder have let the short-side holders in the Managed Money category off easily.  Will they do so this time???The answer to that question is all that matters—and how high we go in price and how fast we get there will be 100 percent determined by how the long holders react when the short holders rush to cover.  That applies to copper and crude oil as well—plus the opposite in the dollar index, where the technical funds are massively long.And, without doubt, the positions held by all parties, short or long, has become even more extreme since the cut-off on Tuesday.So we wait.Here’s a chart Nick Laird sent our way yesterday.  It’s the live spot gold price going back five years—and with the spot price close of $1,191.30 on Friday, JPMorgan et al have set a triple bottom.  But since they’re capable of printing any chart pattern they want, you have to ask yourself if this really means anything.I have a fair number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find enough time during what’s left of your weekend to read the ones you like.Of course, I must be open to the possibility (some would say probability) that this might not be the final sell-off because the commercials could once again sell aggressively on the next rally and let the technical funds off the hook with minimal damage.This year alone, in February and June, the commercials sold aggressively on sub-par silver rallies of around $3 when they could have extracted from the technical funds much, much more. Worse, I still don’t fully understand why the commercials let the technical funds off the hook so lightly on those two prior (and other) occasions. The best I can come up with is that the commercials knew they were in firm price control of the COMEX and knew that they could dictate what the technical funds would do in advance; that the commercials knew they could put the technical funds back on the short side whenever they wanted to. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 01 October 2014Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is another iconic piece that needs no introduction—and neither does the American jazz rock band that performs it.  The link is here—and while I’m at it, here’s another one of their big hits.I’m going to watch/listen to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform tonight—and today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is one of the reasons I’ll be there.  It’s my 66th birthday present to myself.  It’s Edvard Grieg‘s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, which he composed in the summer of 1868—and is, without doubt, one of the most popular piano concertos ever written.  It’s for a very good reason that audiences all over the world just eat this thing up every time its scheduled to be performed—and I know that for a fact, as I was on the programming committee of the ESO for 11 years.Here’s the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard—and world renowned pianist Alice Sara Ott does the honours.  The link is here.  Enjoy!You don’t need me to tell you what happened yesterday, as JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies and their algorithms—used the jobs numbers and the dollar rally to do the dirty across the board.  They started quietly in Far East trading—and then really hammered gold and silver at the 8:30 a.m. EDT job numbers.  Then later they put the boots to platinum and palladium.  Much to my surprise, they didn’t set new lows in either copper or crude oil.Here’s the carnage in the four precious metals—and it’s ugly.last_img read more

Milwaukee area fast food workers held a rally Thur

first_imgMilwaukee area fast food workers held a rally Thursday at McDonald’s on 9th Street and North Ave.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pmMilwaukee area fast food workers held a rally Thursday at McDonald’s on 9th Street and North Ave.A $15 wage floor, hiring hall, and union rights were among the demands voiced by local fast food workers and organizers today during a rally held outside the McDonald’s restaurant at 920 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood.Local fast food workers were joined at the rally by the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) to target area fast food franchisees, calling on them to provide workers with “Bucks-style” employment standards.The Bucks in partnership with the Alliance for Good Jobs earlier this year launched MASH to ensures fair wages and union rights for service and hospitality workers at the new Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee. “Fast food workers do the same type of work that those are doing at the new Bucks arena, but they are making four or five dollars (an hour) less,” said Marcelia Nicholson, Milwaukee County Board supervisor and vice president of MASH. “In an industry that employs more women and people of color, it’s important that Milwaukee franchises understand the importance of our workers, do what’s right and set a new standard.”Workers who participated in the rally are part of part the Fight for $15, a national movement pushing for $15 wages and union power for fast food industry workers throughout the country.Concession workers at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in recent months have also used the Bucks’ fair wage initiatives to demand the same wage floor.“I know the Bucks have already set a standard for what workers should get on the job, and I think people will follow suit,” Nicholson said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more