Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has today announced 22 additional Canadian feature films in two series, Canadian Images and Future//Present. These films join 10 British Columbia-produced features announced previously to create one of the largest annual showcases of Canadian cinema in the world. Standouts include Nathan Morlando’s Cannes premiere “Mean Dreams,” Johnny Ma’s “Old Stone” and Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdos.”The longstanding Canadian Images series will once again feature some of the country’s best narrative films and documentaries, while the new Future//Present series highlights the work of emerging independent filmmakers from across the country. Future//Present promises to “bring together the most talented, bold and distinct voices in Canadian film.”As part of its commitment to Canadian filmmakers, VIFF offers three cash awards to celebrate outstanding achievements in filmmaking: $10,000 for Best Canadian Film, $2,000 for Emerging Canadian Director and $15,000 for Best Canadian Documentary. This year’s VIFF runs from September 29 – October 14. Check out some programming picks below. Twitter Facebook
LEON, Nicaragua – Two days after protests began in Nicaragua in April, a foreign auto components company was meeting at a hotel in the city of Leon when smoke from a burning university building just a block away billowed above the hotel’s colonnaded courtyard.The visitors quickly cut short their event and began changing their travel plans to exit Nicaragua. Within three months, the El Convento hotel itself was forced to close for lack of business, as a sister hotel in the same city had in June.Nicaragua’s economy has been devastated by the nearly five months of unrest sparked by cuts to social security benefits that quickly evolved into calls for President Daniel Ortega to step down.In June, the country’s economic activity was down 12.1 per cent compared to a year earlier, according to the central bank. Economists estimate 200,000 jobs have been shed, including as many as 70,000 in the tourism sector, which has become Nicaragua’s top source of foreign currency in the past two years.Revenue at hotels and restaurants plunged 45 per cent in June compared to 2017, according to Nicaragua’s central bank. Similarly, construction suffered a 35 per cent drop and retail 27 per cent. Some $900 million in deposits fled Nicaragua’s banks. They responded by tightening their lending to preserve liquidity, thus also contributed to the economic slowdown.Nicaraguan Union of Agricultural Producers says more than 12,000 acres of private land have been occupied by government supporters in what business leaders have called confiscations in revenge for their support of the protesters.The producers say 91 per cent of the land occupied by squatters was used for farming and livestock.Victor Hugo Sevilla, the general manager of both Leon hotels, continues checking email, but said “I haven’t gotten any requests from foreigners for reservations. We have received five, maybe eight, rate inquiries from domestic (travellers), but no firm reservations.”Leon, Nicaragua’s second-largest city, was among the places where protests and roadblocks were most intense. From the beginning, those protests were met with violence from riot police and civilian government supporters. In July, they violently cleared the roadblocks and ran protesting students off occupied university campuses.More than 300 people have been killed in the unrest, according to human rights groups. The government calls the protesters “terrorists” and says it defeated an attempt to drive Ortega from office that was sponsored by the U.S. government and domestic opposition, including some in the private sector.Ortega conceded this month that the roadblocks and unrest have cost the country jobs. In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE, he said domestic tourism was starting to return, but “where there has been more of a problem is in attracting international tourism, because this situation tends to repel the tourists.”A major factor has been that the countries that send Nicaragua’s big-spending foreign tourists, including the U.S., Canada, Spain and England, issued travel warnings urging their citizens to avoid travel to Nicaragua.Major airlines such as American and United cut their flights to Managua from three per day to one. Spirit, Delta and other carriers trimmed their flights as well, said Jose Adan Aguerri, president of the Superior Council for Private Enterprise.The council, which is Nicaragua’s main business chamber, joined the call for a national strike Sept. 7. The Civic Alliance, formed to represent a broad swath of Nicaraguan society in a stalled dialogue with the government, said the strike aimed to push the government back to dialogue and to protest the arrest of alliance members and other political prisoners.The country’s primary tourist destinations like the colonial gem Granada and the Pacific coast surfer paradise San Juan del Sur began feeling the consequences of the unrest almost immediately. Hotels and restaurants cut back hours, then days and eventually closed completely.For years, Ortega enjoyed a relatively stable relationship with private business. Since returning to power in 2007, the one-time Marxist rebel commander had softened his views and largely left Nicaragua’s private sector to do what it wanted.The relationship was criticized by some as a tacit agreement to keep the country’s business elites out of politics. In an interview in July with Venezuela’s Telesur network, Ortega said his understanding with Nicaragua’s private sector had been strictly economic and not political.In April, however, the country’s business interests, caught off guard by the social security system changes, quickly joined the opposition. As the social and political crisis deepened, the private sector became increasingly outspoken in calling for Ortega to move up elections.Mario Arana, director of the Nicaragua Association of Producers and Exporters and a former head of the central bank, said the private sector decided to get more involved when student protesters were killed.“When there was an overreaction here to a civil, peaceful protest by the students, where people began to lose their lives, society suffered a social explosion where the private sector aligned with the people,” he said. “The private sector is committed to trying to find a negotiated exit from the crisis.”Juan Sebastian Chamorro, who leads the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development, said the government has shown signs that it recognizes the severity of the economic impact. It has issued new debt, adjusted rules to tighten the selling of dollars and cut public spending as it forecasts a 10 per cent drop in tax revenue.Whether any of that will be enough to stop the economy’s slide is doubtful unless it’s accompanied by a political solution that restores stability, experts said.On Wednesday in Washington, the Organization of American States called on Nicaragua’s government to co-operate with teams investigating human rights abuses and a working group created by the body to support a national dialogue.Nicaragua’s ambassador to the body, Luis Alvarado, responded that the government does not recognize the existence of the working group and therefore had nothing to answer to.For years Leon had been at best a day trip for foreign tourists beginning to explore better-known Granada or San Juan del Sur. But the city had worked hard to get attention and Art Collection Hotels had bet on its prospects by opening its second hotel, La Recoleccion, in 2017.“We had high expectations for this year,” said Sevilla, the manager of the closed hotels.He had 113 employees between the two properties. They were able to suspend 67, which will enable them to come back without losing any benefits of seniority, but the rest were laid off. He has remained in touch with some of the workers. Those still around are taking whatever work they can find, but he estimated at least half left the country, with most of those seeking tourism sector jobs in Costa Rica.The hotels have 190 reservations for November — the start of the high season — but that’s less than half what they had in November last year. Still, he hopes they can start working their way back again in October. Even if that works out, he predicts a slow climb back to normalcy.Cafes and shops selling handicrafts around Leon’s historic centre were open this week, but a number of hotels and hostels in the area were shuttered.“I think it will take at least 12 months, maybe more, to be able to restart the tourism engine,” he said.___Sherman reported from Mexico City. AP writers Maria Verza contributed to this report from Managua and Luis Alonso Lugo contributed from Washington.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Powered by Ja Morant’s no-look passes and Dylan Windler’s step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference.The league placed two teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant’s Murray State Racers and Windler’s Belmont Bruins both won games during the first week of play, making them darlings for underdog-loving fans everywhere.That’s over now — both teams lost their second tournament game. But the big payoff for the conference’s 12 schools comes over the next six years, a windfall of at least $6.77 million that starts in 2020 with a $1.1 million payment from the NCAA.Every year, millions of dollars are distributed to 32 Division I conferences by the NCAA based on what teams get into the tournament and how far they advance. Last year it was $216 million.The hoops showcase is the centerpiece of the NCAA’s revenue. And in recent years, the portion of those funds going to the five most powerful conferences in college sports have increased, according to an AP analysis of more than $3 billion in payments distributed from 1997-2018.For leagues outside the wealthiest, an upset or elusive at-large bid is like winning the lottery. Already at a huge disadvantage, it is becoming harder for teams in smaller conferences to keep up. Windfalls like the one heading toward the Ohio Valley have become even more important to mid-major hoops.“We have to take advantage of this moment,” Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche said hours before Murray State was eliminated by Florida State on Saturday. “We will start as soon as this tournament run ends, talking about what this means and how we can build upon it.”It all points to a long-term problem for mid-majors trying to compete as power conferences stockpile wins and at-large invites to the tournament: It takes revenue to build a program that can compete with the big boys. For those with less, it is becoming harder to generate more.“It is a vicious cycle,” Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said.The 2018 tournament brought in $844.3 million in television and marketing rights, the vast majority from a contract with CBS and Turner Sports to televise the games. That deal grows annually, its latest extension worth $8.8 billion over eight years, starting in 2024.From 1997-2018, the Big Ten Conference has been paid the most at $340 million, while the Southwest Athletic Conference has earned $25 million, nearly the minimum it can earn given that all leagues make money from their teams that qualify automatically.Since massive realignment among college conference in 2012-2014, Power Five schools from the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 have earned even more under the system of “units,” the term used by the NCAA to tally the performance payouts.How it works: Each distribution year is assigned a value for a single unit, which is then applied to bids and most wins earned by conferences over the previous six tournaments. The NCAA last paid $273,500 per unit for tournament results from 2012-2017.The Power Five conferences earned 47.5 per cent of NCAA Tournament units from 2002-13. From 2014-18, those same conferences — which also rake in billions from media rights deals, conference networks and post-season football — earned 55.3 per cent of NCAA Tournament units.Some of that has come at the expense of the Big East, which was picked apart during realignment and reconfigured from 16 teams to 10. Still, with a 12-year, $500 million television contract with Fox and no major college football to support, the Big East is in much better shape than others outside the Power Five.Units earned by the 26 other Division I conferences have fallen from 39.4 per cent from 2002-13 to 36.4 per cent since. The decline tracks with a falling number of at-large bids going to conferences outside the Power Five and Big East.“It’s discouraging because the challenges are increasing on a year-to-year basis,” said Doug Elgin, who has been commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference for 31 years. “The gap in resources between the high majors and everyone else is accelerating at an alarming rate.”The NCAA began its current system in 1991. It provided The Associated Press with unit values dating back to 1997, the earliest year for which it had reliable data. The AP calculated NCAA distributions, confirming figures since 2008 with detailed payouts provided by the NCAA and applying unit values to tournament results from earlier years. The AP also used formulas where provided by conferences to estimate how money was shared by schools, before expenses.Conferences are more concerned than ever about occasionally landing an extra at-large bid, and not just hoping to spring a major upset to earn a bigger piece of the pie.“If that window of opportunity is shrinking for all of us …. it really becomes an elevated concern more than it probably has been in the past,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said.___Associated Press data journalist Larry Fenn contributed to this report.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/MarchMadness and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press
He expressed the hope that the Association will continue its positive role in fostering friendship between citizens of the two countries. He assured that the High Commission of Pakistan would continue to patronize and support the Association for future endeavours. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association is one of the oldest Association of Sri Lanka which was established in 1950. Relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are warm and multifaceted, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.A delegation of Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association met the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat at the High Commission premises today. The Association has established itself as a useful platform, dedicated to the promotion of relationship of friendship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. President of the Association Ifthikhar Aziz, briefed the High Commissioner about history and activities of the Association including various social welfare and cultural activities under the purview of the Association.The High Commissioner lauded the role of the Association. He underscored that the Association has played an important role in bringing the people of both countries together through various activities and exchanges, thus contributing significantly towards the warm and multifaceted relations Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy today, especially generous donation of Corneas to Pakistan.
PARIS — France is pushing ahead with a landmark tax on tech giants like Google and Facebook despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliatory tariffs on French wine.After Trump slammed the “foolishness” of the tax in a tweet Friday and promised reciprocal action, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said “France will implement” it anyway.According to Le Maire’s office, he added, “the universal taxation of digital activity is a challenge that concerns us all.” He said the tax is meant as a temporary measure pending negotiations on an international tax deal.The French measure does not only target U.S. companies, and only concerns revenues within France, notably of companies that use consumer data to sell online advertising.It’s designed to stop multinationals from avoiding French taxes by setting up European headquarters in low-tax EU countries.The Associated Press
Sponsored by the UN Volunteers (UNV) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), national UNVs and local education institutions will instruct Cape Verdean trainers on starting up pro-environment small businesses that protect the fragile biodiversity of the islands, where unemployed youth make up more than a third of the population.These enterprises may include irrigation, coastal palm tree plantations, recycling, rubbish removal, handicrafts and ecotourism.”As a pilot project, the involvement of unemployed youth, which make up 36 per cent of the population, in the rehabilitation of degraded land is significant as it tackles at once both poverty and desertification, which are mutually reinforcing,” Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Secretariat, said. “This is exemplary of how inter-agency cooperation can directly help people most vulnerable to environmental degradation to improve their livelihood while also conserving the environment.”Desertification affects more than 110 countries worldwide and threatens the livelihood of over 1.2 billion people. If left unchecked, arable land is expected to shrink by one-third in Asia, two-thirds in Africa and one-fifth in South America, exacerbating food insecurity, economic loss and mass migration from dry-land rural areas where the world’s poorest reside.”This project combining volunteering for the environment and income-generation is most certainly on target,” Joseph Byll-Cataria, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Cape Verde, said. “It will greatly contribute to ongoing efforts aiming at integrating environmental protection into national poverty reduction strategies.” The two-year project, “Promoting Volunteerism for Sustainable Management of the Environment in Cape Verde,” is being funded with nearly $300,000 from UNV’s special voluntary fund, $100,000 from UNDP and $100,000 from UNCCD.
Exporting is critically important to emerging market economies.Saeed Samiee, Professor of International Business at the University of Tulsa,Understanding the considerations firms in emerging markets should use in developing their international market strategy is at the centre of the research being presented at this week’s Goodman School of Business Luncheon Speaker Series presentation.Saeed Samiee, Professor of International Business at the University of Tulsa, will present his co-authored paper “International marketing strategy in emerging market exporting firms” on Friday, Oct. 5.The Goodman series provides an informal opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with international business colleagues.The talk will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Goodman School of Business Room 310. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.Brock community members interested in attending the talk can email Jennifer Brisson at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Striking red gowns will soon aim to catch the attention of passersby as they’re hung in various areas around Brock University’s main and downtown campuses.The statement clothing pieces, part of the REDress Project, will appear Thursday, Feb. 14 and carry a strong message, drawing awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.The brainchild of Métis artist Jamie Black, the REDress Project is an activist art installation that is now in its second year.Red dresses will be hung around Brock’s main campus, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and Rodman Hall Art Centre, and presented along with information on the extraordinarily high rates of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in contemporary Canadian society.A related panel discussion, featuring community speakers connected to the issue, will also be held Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. in TH 247. The event will also include a presentation by Lyn Trudeau, a Brock PhD student and instructor. Trudeau will discuss her recently published paper on the play Pig Girl (based on the Pickton murders in Vancouver) and its implications for Indigenous women and girls.This event is presented by the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies and is open to everyone.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The teaching of Modern Greek in Australia is at a critical junction as the Greek community waits to see if it will be included in the new national schools curriculum being developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA). There is significant concern that Modern Greek may not be included in the National Schools Curriculum, particularly as the emphasis shifts to Asian languages in view of Australian geopolitical and demographic realities.At the same time, given the impact of the Greek community on Australia’s economic, social and cultural landscape and evidence that learning the Greek language enhances science, historical and language skills, Neos Kosmos believes that it should be included in the National Schools Curriculum. As part of a wider effort to this end there have been initiatives and actions by various Greek Australian politicians, groups and organisations.However, securing the Modern Greek language’s place on the national curriculum needs the support of the broader Greek Australian community. Neos Kosmos is heading a campaign to have Modern Greek included into the national schools curriculum and we are asking readers to sign the relevant petition.This petition is addressed to the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives and draws to their attention the importance of including Modern Greek in the National Schools Curriculum as a language of cultural, community, historical and economic importance to Australia as a whole. Neos Kosmos has always been at the forefront of campaigns promoting issues of importance to Greek Australians and Hellenism. Naturally our newspaper will spearhead the campaign for the preservation and promotion of our language. We urge all our readers as well as their friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to sign this petition. Neos Kosmos will continue its coverage on the topic through reports and editorials over the next four weeks.
A bikie gang may be behind a 15 year murder mystery following new information obtained by the NSW police. 30-year-old Charles Avouris was shot dead at his home in the central west town of Mumbil in 1996, but his killer has never been brought to justice. A coronial inquest in 2010 concluded that the 30-year-old father of one died from a gunshot wound to the head by at least one assailant. Detectives now believe the killer may be a member of a bikie gang after new information has come to light. A strike force based at Dubbo police station was set up earlier this year in response to a coronial recommendation that additional police resources be allocated to solve the murder. “We are looking at new DNA technology which we believe will greatly assist in solving the murder of Mr Avouris, based on the DNA evidence we already have,” Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith said in a statement. “We are also exploring the possibility that Mr Avouris’ death may have been linked to outlaw motorcycle gang activity.” For the first time, detectives say a light-coloured 1980s Holden Camira wagon may be related to the murder. “Investigators are also following up on information regarding a car that was seen in the area at the time of Mr Avouris’ death,” Det Sgt Meredith said. At the time of his death Mr Avouris, who had a daughter, had been separated from a long-term relationship. A year ago, deputy state coroner Paul MacMahon said that Mr Avouris died on either July 1 or 2, 1996 at the Railway House, on Naroogal Road in Mumbil, where he was a tenant. The inquest said that an autopsy had proven beyond doubt that Avouris’ death was a homicide. In the hope of finding the firearm, police are hoping to speak with anyone who lived in Mumbil, Stuart Town or Wellington in 1996. In the 2006 census Mumbil had a population of less than 450 residents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le satellite Picard envoie sa première image du SoleilFrance – Mis en orbite en juin dernier, le satellite français Picard a envoyé sa première image du Soleil, dont il doit étudier l’activité et l’impact sur le climat.Cette image a été prise le 22 juillet, à 16h12. Elle dévoile le disque solaire presque immaculé, et surtout, “démontre le parfait fonctionnement du satellite Picard”, se félicite le Cnes, l’agence spatiale française.À lire aussiAnimaux, fruits et légumes et Sida, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 28 juillet”Elle est la première d’une série d’au moins deux ans de mesures quotidiennes des moindres variations du Soleil. La principale donnée mesurée sera le diamètre de l’étoile qui pourrait s’avérer un indicateur de la quantité d’énergie que nous en recevons” explique l’agence, qui n’obtiendra ses premiers résultats qu’après un an d’observations.Le satellite Picard observe le Soleil en continu. Ces images permettront de contribuer à l’amélioration de la connaissance de la structure interne de notre astre, mais aussi d’évaluer le rôle que joue la variabilité de son activité sur le réchauffement climatique.Alors que les scientifiques tentent de reconstruire l’histoire climatique du Soleil, le satellite porte le nom de l’astronome français Jean Picard qui, au XVIIe siècle, avait mesuré le diamètre de notre étoile et sa relation avec l’activité solaire.Le 2 août 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
NJ Louch Kurt Angle Google+ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp July 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm Comments are closed. July 11, 2017 at 4:34 am Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Mark Stanley S. I really hope Paige doesn’t wind up morphing into Chyna Jr You mean the author of this article, Adam Martin? The trouble is, in abusive relationships, a lot of times the abused one will think the best way to avoid making things any worse is to keep their mouth shut and do as told, even lie to others about the events that happen. I don’t envy her position at all, and while I can say what I think she should do in this case, I’m not in her shoes. Now Playing Up Next He actually sounds a bit like a sociopath. I dont know the guy from Adam obviously. But if that be the case, Paige actually needs help to get away from him. July 11, 2017 at 9:39 am July 11, 2017 at 4:32 am July 10, 2017 at 11:54 pm July 11, 2017 at 1:10 am Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Wrestleview Live #64: Reviewing and discussing AEW All Out and a new AEW World Champion Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR July 11, 2017 at 10:03 am July 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm Cesaro ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ Steven Herrera Videos Articles Videos Articles July 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Paige obviously has baggage, and she thinks marriage will cure that… guess what… it doesn’t. I know it’s none of our business, but she’s a public figure that likes making her private life known to us, so it’s hard not to comment on this poor damaged girl and her self destruction. Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Al79 An egocentric prick and a dirty little sket – why anyone cares about their lives is beyond me. It’s just embarrassing! Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It b d yeah, sorry paige, but that tape makes you out to be a filthy, .ing liar on your tweets regarding the incident. co-dependency issues out the wazoo! TMZ Sports has obtained and released new audio involving GFW Unified Champion Alberto El Patron (Jose Rodriguez) and WWE star Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) at Orlando International Airport following an incident on Sunday afternoon.The audio was recorded by a wrestling fan that recognized both Patron and Paige at the airport as they began arguing. The fan can be audibly heard on the audio saying, “I’m a huge fan, by the way.” A majority of the audio is a heated argument between Patron and Paige with Paige at one point telling Patron to “stay out of my life.”This audio comes just hours after Paige released a series of tweets on Monday claiming that a “lady” tried to take a picture of them and then threw a drink on Patron adding, “Please leave us alone. That’s it.” The audio released by TMZ Sports obviously tells a different story as Orlando police continue to investigate the incident as “domestic violence battery.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Aaron David Harwood Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next I bet the WWE is only keeping her on payroll to piss off Del Rio! lol Will end up being another round of ongoing bad luck for Impact/GFW if it’s true. 10 COMMENTS Jeffery Adam Phillips
What: Comment on new state workers’ compensation rules.When: 10 a.m. Feb. 21.Where: Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.Information: Workers’ comp questions.State officials will be in Vancouver later this month to gather feedback about how to best put into force recent reforms to Washington’s workers’ compensation system.Hurt workers have been up to eight times more likely to receive permanent disability status here than in the rest of the country, according to a state-commissioned study. That’s driven workers’ comp premiums up, and last year it spurred the Legislature to add a new option for resolving on-the-job-injury claims.That option, called a structured settlement, allows workers older than age 55 to negotiate compensation with their employers, rather than depending on the state Department of Labor & Industries, according to Dustin Dailey, L&I program manager. That will allow businesses to hold down their workers’ comp insurance rates by closing claims more quickly, and should give eligible employees more options for receiving payouts while returning to the workforce.Along with efforts to reduce fraud in the state workers’ compensation system and to better vet doctors and other health care providers, the introduction of a rainy day fund aimed at reducing rate increases, and other tweaks made by the state in 2011, L&I expects Washington businesses will save $1.1 billion over the next four years.Association of Washington Business officials praised the reforms, which they’d been seeking for years.But now L&I must interpret the broad changes outlined by the Legislature. A draft of the resulting rules is online at Structured Settlement Draft Rules.
A woman drowned while another went missing in Padma river after saving two of her children on Friday afternoon in Goalanda’s Daulatdia, reports UNB.The missing woman is Rebecca Khatun, 22, wife of Sujat Sheikh of the area. The deceased was named as Swapna Begum, 32, wife of Chandu Mondol of Daulatdia Natun Para area.Witnesses said two children – Nirob and Lamia – went missing while bathing in Padma. Nirob’s mother Rebecca jumped into the river and saved the children but was swept away by the current.Swapna jumped to save Rebecca but she, too, went missing.Locals later rescued Swapna and took her to Goalanda Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced her dead.Md Ezaz Shafi, officer-in-charge of Goalanda Ghat police station, said that Rebecca was still missing.Goalanda Fire Service Station officer Abdur Rahman said they had to suspend the rescue operation at 8:00pm due to a strong current and hostile weather.The operation will resume on Saturday, he added.
Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerUC Santa Barbara, ‘Inventor’ of Filament LED Bulbs, Is Suing Everyone Stay on target Glory, glory, hallelujah!IKEA is introducing mobile shopping.The world’s biggest furniture retailer is shifting its business model away from brick-and-mortar stores and toward on-the-go browsing.AdChoices广告“It is a completely new experience,” Barbara Martin Coppola, chief digital officer at IKEA, told Reuters. “The app is combined with the store experience, with the online experience.”Launching first in France and the Netherlands, the new platform will roll out in the company’s top eight markets—yes, that includes the US—by the end of this year.The modernist design firm is no stranger to technology.Its 2013 paper catalog was smartphone compatible, containing videos and photo galleries brought to life by scanning the pages. The 2014 directory, meanwhile, paired with an augmented reality app that projects items into the user’s room.Two years ago, IKEA Place launched alongside Apple’s ARKit technology, allowing folks to experiment with interior design. Using the interactive design tool, simply scan an empty space in your home or office, then browse, select, move, and place products as you like.But to actually purchase that new floor lamp, mirror, or coffee table, you have to either make a trip to the nearest of IKEA’s 420-plus locations or access the website (which offers in-store pick up or at-home delivery).Its main mobile app lets consumers look but not touch: You can add items to a shopping list for reference during a store visit, but don’t expect to check out on your phone or tablet.The latest application, Reuters said, will complement the retailer’s move to smaller downtown stores with a more narrow range—like the one it recently opened in Paris.“People who go to the stores might want to access the full range of IKEA, and that is when digital innovations come in handy,” Martin Coppola said, teasing the ability to point your phone at a chair to see other textures and colors, or visualize it in the context of a room or alongside products in the same range.More on Geek.com:IKEA and Sonos Created a Cool Speaker Lamp for Your Music NeedsIKEA Salads Will Be Made With Greens Grown on SiteIKEA’s Smart Blinds for Dumb Windows Are Coming Soon, and Cheap
Tags: Switzerland, Travel Alert Wednesday, January 10, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tourists being helicoptered out of trapped Swiss town ZERMATT, Switzerland — Officials in a town at the foot of Switzerland’s famed Matterhorn are resuming helicopter flights to ferry out stranded tourists amid efforts to open roads and rail lines that have been closed due to heavy snowfall and an elevated avalanche risk.The Zermatt tourism office initially said a rail line from the town was due to partially reopen Wednesday, but then corrected that to say that the line would remain closed at least until the afternoon after helicopter crews spotted a new snow mass left from an avalanche days earlier.A police official in Zermatt, who was not authorized to give his name, said an estimated 300 to 400 people flew out the day before, when some 13,000 tourists were unable to leave by road or rail.Local officials said no lives are in danger and the situation is calm, with cafes open and many streets clear.Helicopter teams were also deploying to trigger controlled avalanches to release snow buildup after more than 1 metre (39 inches) of snow fell in some parts of the region in 24 hours.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksFrank Techel, an avalanche forecaster at Swiss avalanche research institute SLF, said that roughly 3-4 metres (about 10-13 feet) of snow had been dumped on the Zermatt area so far this year, which he called an “extraordinary” amount for the region in such a short span. Source: The Associated Press Share
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Arizona Cardinals have sold out their Week 4 matchup this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, marking the 68th consecutive sellout for the team.Including the preseason and postseason, the Cardinals have sold out every home game since moving to the University of Phoenix Stadium in August 2006.There will be a limited supply of tickets that will remain available to purchase. Fan can purchase these tickets through Ticketmaster or by phone (800-745-3000). Tickets can also be bought in person at the stadium box office or the Cardinals training facility box office in Tempe. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories
Fifth Amendment|groping|Kevin Spacey BOSTON — Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.The Cape and Islands district attorney said Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year.Spacey was accused of getting an 18-year-old man drunk and then groping him at a Nantucket restaurant and bar where the teen worked as a busboy.Spacey denied the allegations.The case was hobbled after Spacey’s accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify about text messages the defence claims were deleted.The accuser had been ordered to testify about a cellphone he used the night of the alleged assault. He was supposed to turn it over to the defence but said it was missing. Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey FILE – In this June 3, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey listens to attorney Alan Jackson during a pretrial hearing at district court in Nantucket, Mass. On Wednesday, July 17, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault case against Oscar-winning actor, who had been accused of groping 18-year-old man in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Related Stories The Latest: Spacey case sank by accuser’s refusal to testifyMan who says Spacey groped him invokes right not to testifySpacey accuser could be forced to testify on missing phone by The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 1:36 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2019 at 6:53 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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