Pilot dies in helicopter crash in BC artist Bill Henderson narrowly missed

first_imgCAMPBELL RIVER, Canada — A pilot of a commercial helicopter has died after a crash that struck a respected Indigenous carver’s studio and narrowly missed the artist on Vancouver Island.RCMP Const. Maury Tyre said the pilot was the only person on board when the chopper crashed Tuesday in Campbell River, B.C. The victim’s identity is not being released for privacy reasons.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the victim and to the helicopter company as well, knowing that typically they’re a very tight-knight community,” he said.“It’s very sad when an accident like this happens.”Tyre said the cause is unknown, but WorkSafe BC, the Transportation Safety Board, and the provincial coroners service are investigating.Keshia Malone, the great-niece of artist Bill Henderson, said he was in his carving shed and happened to get up from the chair where he normally works when the helicopter crashed into the structure.The chopper struck the top corner of the shed right above the chair and the propeller blade went through the roof, she said.“Had he not gotten up out of his chair, it probably would have been a lot worse,” Malone said.Henderson, in his late 60s, is a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and his masks, bowls, paddles and other carvings are collected around the world.Malone said he was doing all right but is feeling shaken up and emotional, and doesn’t want to speak with media.His nephews were outside the shed working on a totem pole close to where the crash happened but also escaped unscathed, said Malone.“I was in my house across the street and all I heard was this huge, loud bang, kind of like a vehicle had hit a building but it was a lot louder than that,” she said.“The next thing you hear is somebody yelling, ‘Call 911! Call 911!’ The next thing you know is the smoke and you smell the jet fuel. Everything happened all at once.”There was significant damage to part of the carving shed and Malone wasn’t sure whether any art was damaged.She said her family’s thoughts were with the pilot.“Our condolences go out to his family,” she said.The crash happened in the Tyee Spit area, which is home to several aviation companies. Police said the commercial helicopter was locally owned but did not release the company name.The Transportation Safety Board said the accident involved a Bell 206 helicopter and it is deploying a team of investigators to the site. WorkSafe BC said it already has a safety officer at the scene.British Columbia Emergency Health Services said it received an emergency call just after 11 a.m. about a helicopter crash in the Vancouver Island community.The agency dispatched several crews, but its resources were scaled back once they arrived and only one paramedic crew remained as a precaution. It said no one was taken to hospital.The coroners service confirmed it’s been notified of one fatality and is investigating.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— By Laura Kane in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

SHAW FESTIVAL WILL REVERT TO OLD WAYS AND OLD PLAYS IN 2019

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The Shaw Festival will look like its old self again next season.On Friday, the Niagara-on-the-Lake repertory theatre’s artistic director, Tim Carroll, announced a playbill for 2019 that will mostly comprise works by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries – from the Irish playwright’s own five-hour epic Man and Superman; to a new translation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 verse romance Cyrano de Bergerac; to a rarely produced 1926 play by Mae West called Sex (set in Montreal’s red-light district).“For the last couple of years, when our core loyalists have been saying to me, ‘But what about X, Y and Z,’ I have been saying, ‘Don’t worry, these plays haven’t gone away,’” said Mr. Carroll, whose current season is heavy on contemporary plays. “This is the season where I can prove it.” Advertisement Man and Superman, a heady comedy considered one of Shaw’s masterpieces, will be staged at the Festival Theatre by director Kimberley Rampersad in its entirety (including the oft-cut Don Juan in Hell dream sequence). The run, however, will be only 17 performances, which will also feature “farm-to-table menus from Niagara’s finest chefs, paired with regional wines” between acts. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Tim Carroll, artistic director for the Shaw Festival, is photographed at the theatre located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, on April 17, 2018. | FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Construction firm accuses province of botching build of Grande Prairie hospital

first_imgEDMONTON – The construction firm fighting with the Alberta government over the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital says the province has crippled the project with slapdash planning, poor budgeting and bad faith negotiations.In a statement, Graham Construction said Alberta Infrastructure has been ordering so many design changes that completed work has had to be torn down.“Until the scope changes stop, and sufficient budget is provided, no construction manager can properly establish a final cost or properly plan and complete the project,” said Graham.The company sent the statement in response to a demand issued Monday by Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen on the $763-million hospital.Jansen said the Calgary-based firm is on track to miss the completion deadline at the end of this year, and has asked the province for an extra $120 million with no justifiable reason.She has given Graham until Aug. 22 to deliver a plan to get the project back on schedule or see its $510-million contract cancelled.But Graham, in its statement, said it had previously warned the province that the hospital couldn’t be done under the current budget given the design changes.It said that since December 2016 the project has experienced more than 600 change orders and more than 400 design clarifications. There were 63 design changes and 34 new scope clarifications in June 2018 alone, it said.“Many changes required demolition of completed work to accommodate the new scope, affecting project cost and schedule,” said Graham.Graham said it has been trying to work with Jansen’s office in recent months only to see meetings cancelled and not rescheduled.It said Jansen’s claim of a request for an extra $120 million is false.Graham said it had warned the project could be up to $85 million short and, at the request of Jansen’s office, put in a recent estimate to complete the project that included a $35-million contingency fund — two figures that would equal the $120-million ask.Jansen disputed Graham Construction’s allegations and called the tone of the news release “unfortunate.”She said the province and Graham renegotiated the hospital deal in December 2016, and last month’s $120 million ask was a trigger for the dispute.“On July 24, we received a request in writing for an additional $120 million over and above the existing $510-million agreement without any documentation explaining the request,” Jansen told reporters on a conference call Thursday.“That is really part of the reason that we issued the notice of default on Monday.”Jansen didn’t take issue with the number of changes, but said such amendments are not unusual for a large project and none would have affected the bottom line or the timeline.She dismissed the accusation her office is avoiding meetings, saying they continue to conference regularly at multiple levels.She said she still hoped to get a workable plan from Graham by her Aug. 22 deadline.The shell and roof of the hospital have been completed, along with insulation and windows. Construction on the inside is 70 per cent done.last_img read more

Pakistan Air Force chief Sohail Aman in Sri Lanka

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal G.P Bulattsinghala. The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka said that the visit of Pakistan’s Air Chief underscores the historic ties and friendly cooperation between the two countries. The visit will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways and means to enhance continued cooperation between the two countries. Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two day official visit on the invitation of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal G.P Bulattsinghala.During his stay, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman will call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickrasinghe and meet the top military leadership of the country including Secretary Defence and the Services Chiefs. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman joined Pakistan Air Force and graduated from PAF Academy in 1980. After completing Fighter and Operational Conversion Courses, he flew various types of fighter aircraft on PAF inventory including F-16s. As a distinguished fighter pilot and Combat Commander, he also evaluated fifth generation fighters like Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon. He has commanded a Fighter Squadron, Combat Commanders’ School, a Fighter Base and Central Air Command of the Pakistan Air Force. The Air Chief having vast experience of flying has a grand total of over 3000 fighter hrs to his credit.In staff appointments at Air Headquarters, the Air Chief Marshal has served as Director Plans, Director Operations, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Air Officer Commanding Central Air Command, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training), and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations). He is a graduate of PAF Air War College and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He also has Master’s degree in International Relations from Kings College, London. The Air Chief also has the unique honour of representing Pakistan at Harvard Kennedy School, USA on National and International Security Course. In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military). (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police standoff at Barton and MacNab

(Updated)No word from police tonight on a standoff that shut down a section of Barton Street for more than four hours, this evening. The area bounded by James and MacNab running from Murray to Mulberry Street was sealed off as police focussed their attention, on a home at the corner of Barton and MacNab.They say they will not have a release of information this evening, until at least midnight and so far we have not been able to confirm any of the information that we were able to gather at the scene.This all started around 3:30 this afternoon on Barton Street, between James and MacNab.Police were notified about a robbery, on the street and when the CHCH cameraman arrived, one of the victims shouted that he’d been robbed of $12,000 at gunpoint.Police then hustled the man, and his companion into a patrol car, and removed them from the scene.One is described as being in his 40’s, and walking with a cane. The other was a younger man, possibly in his 20’s.Police then sealed off the area and began a lengthy vigil, centered on a home at the corner of Barton and MacNab.At various times, we saw people both in a front window of the house, and on a porch at the side of the home. One of them shouted to police that he was calling the owner of the property.Around five o’clock, we saw those same residents exiting the house, under the direction of police.As the sun went down, residents of the area were told to stay in their homes, and at least one officer near Murray Street was seen securing a rifle, in the trunk of his car.Just after 7pm, members of the police tactical unit, appeared in the area, and an armoured vehicle was stationed outside the home.Spotlights were used to light the exterior, and half an hour later, police used a loud-hailer to call to any remaining occupants inside the house, ordering them to come to the door with nothing in their hands.When they received no response, members of the Emergency Response Unit opened the door and went in. After several minutes they came out again, without a suspect, and soon after, left the scene.Since that time,CHCH has contacted police to find out why they entered the house and what they may have been looking for.We also wanted to confirm, that the two men who called police to the scene in the first place had actually been robbed at gunpoint.But no information on this incident is forthcoming from police and we don’t know whether an armed suspect may still be at large, in the area of MacNab and Barton Streets. read more

Goodman school looking to appoint interim dean

The Goodman School of Business is seeking to appoint an internal candidate to the position of Interim Dean until June 30, 2017, commencing immediately.The Dean’s Office provides academic and administrative oversight of the Goodman School of Business, in promoting its undergraduate and graduate programs domestically and internationally. The Dean’s Office leads efforts that enable the Goodman School of Business and the University to achieve their strategic mandate.The successful candidate will ensure sustainable growth and competitiveness of the programs within the Goodman School of Business and enhance partnerships inside and outside the University. Providing transformational and visionary leadership, the Interim Dean charts the future direction, developing a clear, distinct and achievable long-term plan.Candidates that will be considered will have:• Outstanding scholarly credentials• A track record of being an accomplished academic and dynamic leader• Demonstrated ability to lead strong academic and administrative teams• Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, change management and organizational development• Proven experience promoting and supporting research, fostering academic innovation, managing resources and advancing multiple initiatives• Open and collegial management style with strong communication and interpersonal skills• A creative approach to problem solving•  A strong commitment to academic excellence in research and teaching• Sound judgment, proven ability to be flexible and adaptable• Dedication to the student experience and success• Strong degree of integrity/ethics• Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the University’s Senior Administrative Council (SAC), the Interim Dean will be responsible for:• Advising on academic matters, strategic developments, research and funding initiatives• Working with other stakeholders in completing renovations and construction of the Goodman School of Business Building• Participating in University-wide initiatives and fostering strong rapport with various Faculties and departments•  Ensuring the overall financial health of the Faculty•  Liaising with other Faculties and departments, institutions, academic bodies, alumni and community members, developing rapport and partnerships• Promoting and supporting research, and fostering academic innovation• Recruiting, managing and developing administrative staff, and overseeing the recruitment and development of faculty and staffPlease forward nominations (which must be accepted by the candidate) and applications for the position to Patricia Mosca (pmosca@brocku.ca) in Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Submissions should include a brief summary of the candidate’s interest in the position and his/her administrative experience. read more

North Carolina brings back Mack Brown as football coach

Mack Brown is North Carolina’s new football coach in a second stint with the Tar Heels.The school officially announced the move in a news release Tuesday morning. Financial and contract terms were not immediately available, though the school has scheduled a news conference for later Tuesday with Brown, athletic director Bubba Cunningham and Chancellor Carol Folt.Brown replaces Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after seven seasons.The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97, with his last two teams finishing in the top 10 nationally. He went on to spend 16 seasons at Texas, where he won the national championship for 2005.Brown left Texas in 2013 and has been working in broadcasting in recent years.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardapAaron Beard, The Associated Press read more

Call of Duty Elite goes free for Black Ops II

first_imgAlthough it managed to convince more than 2 million people to pay $50 a year on top of the $60 they already pay to get the latest Call of Duty games, Activision has decided to stop charging a premium fee for gamers who want access to the latest and greatest online Call of Duty content. The decision goes into effect with the launch of the latest title, Black Ops II, on November 13.Call of Duty Elite was a seemingly genius idea, and it follows in the same footsteps of everyone else in the industry trying to ask the same question: now that games are sophisticated enough for players to be engaged with them for months or even years before they get stale, what is the best way to keep collecting money from these players after the initial purchase?In previous generations, it was a pretty simple formula. Consumers would buy a game, beat it, then go to the store to buy another game. This generation is different because of online connectivity. Microsoft charges a fee to play Xbox 360 games online and Sony charges a fee to those who want premium services for their online gaming. However, the people who make the games don’t get the same luxury.Until now, the dominant plan has been for developers to create new pieces of content that gamers can buy to add to the experience. Once they’re hooked, they’ll end up paying a lot more than the $60 they shelled out at the store. For Activision, though, the thought was that there are so many Call of Duty players, it could also tack on a monthly fee to those who were the most ardent fans. In fact, it turned out there were about 2.3 million who were just that ardent.Call of Duty Elite gave dedicated servers and early access to new downloadable content to those who subscribed. However, it was somewhat plagued with confusion and there was a bit of backlash from non-Elite players who felt it was unfair to treat them as second-class citizens.So Black Ops II will mark the end of Call of Duty Elite, or, at least, paying for Elite because Activision is keeping the moniker but now touting it as a free service. The company will revert to the old strategy of just charging for DLC and other extras. In addition, users will be able to pay for a “season pass” of DLC, guaranteeing that they get all the extra content for a discounted upfront price of $50.Black Ops II could potentially break sales records when it launches next month — sales records, incidentally, that were set by its predecessors in the Call of Duty franchise.last_img read more

System Shock 2 now available on Good Old Games coming to Steam

first_imgWhile you’re waiting for BioShock Infinite to be released next month, you might as well catch up on your Shock-based history, and play System Shock 2. Even though the game is largely touted as a fantastic, popular gaming experience, it has always been oddly difficult to find due to rights and trademark issues. Once you do find it, it was then oddly difficult to get running on a modern machine. Now, instead of using one of the most amusing torrents on the internet — titled “Everything I Use to Play System Shock 1 and 2 on Win 7 64-bit” — to get SS2 up and running, you can simply spend $9.99 on Good Old Games.If you missed out on what laid the groundwork for the BioShock series, you can finally see where your favorite unsettling underwater adventure came from, and even why some might say BioShock sort of shoehorned some pseudo-RPG systems (the item gathering and the upgrades, to name a couple) into the game.The game is 363MB, and thanks to Night Dive Studios, it will happily run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, no longer needing workarounds to get the thing loading. Even better, Night Dive says that all of your favorite mods can be applied to the new version, and the studio put hard work into tweaking the game to make sure it is as stable as possible.Along with the purchase, you’ll get the soundtrack as well as a developer interview and artwork. Night Dive Studios also announced that the game will be coming to Steam, so if you don’t want to deal with yet another digital games distribution service, you can simply wait until SS2 hits Valve’s platform, though there is no solid date announced as of yet. If you can’t wait, it’s only $9.99 and less than half a gig. Get going.last_img read more

Man in his 50s charged over €1 million heroin seizure

first_img A MAN IN his 50 has been charged in relation to a €1 million heroin seizure. A number of searches were carried out in Dublin and Meath this morning. Gardaí said 7kgs of heroin, with an estimated value of €1 million, was seized.Three men, aged in their 40s and 50s, were initially arrested and were being detained in Dublin garda stations.The man in his 50s will appear before Blanchardstown district court at 10.30am tomorrow morning.The other two men continue to be questioned.Gardaí said investigations are ongoing, nationally and internationally.Comments are closed for legal reasons.  Man in his 50s charged over €1 million heroin seizure He’s due to appear in court tomorrow morning. Image: PA By Garreth MacNamee 21,158 Views https://jrnl.ie/4793075 Sep 2nd 2019, 8:02 PM Share1 Tweet Email Image: PA No Comments Monday 2 Sep 2019, 8:02 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lasagnes Findus Une réunion de crise se tiendra demain à Bercy

first_imgLasagnes Findus : Une réunion de crise se tiendra demain à BercyAprès le scandale provoqué par des lasagnes surgelées de la marque Findus produites en partie avec de la viande de cheval, le gouvernement a décidé demain après-midi de se réunir pour une réunion de crise. Une réunion qui invitera associations de consommateurs et acteurs de la filière viande à débattre sur les nouvelles mesures à prendre.”Benoît Hamon, ministre délégué chargé de la Consommation, Stéphane Le Foll, ministre chargé de l’Agriculture, et Guillaume Garot, ministre délégué chargé de l’Agroalimentaire, réuniront dans l’après-midi, à Bercy, les acteurs de la filière. Il s’agira de rappeler les exigences règlementaires en matière de traçabilité des viandes et de s’assurer du retrait des marchandises litigieuses. Benoît Hamon réunira également les associations de consommateurs pour faire un point de situation avec elles”. C’est par ce communiqué que Bercy a fait savoir aujourd’hui que le gouvernement tiendra demain après-midi 11 février une réunion de crise exceptionnelle afin de prendre des mesures nécessaires après le scandale provoqué par la découverte de lasagnes surgelées Findus préparées en partie avec de la viande de cheval.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Après cette découverte qui a créé un véritable séisme ce week-end au sein de la filière viande, le ministre délégué à la Consommation a néanmoins tenu à saluer la rapidité avec laquelle le service national d’enquête (SNE) de la DGCCRF avait pu mettre à jour le circuit de commercialisation de la viande impliquée dans l’affaire en question. Poujol, usine luxembourgeoise appartenant à Comigel (qui elle même travaille avec Findus), se serait ainsi fourni en viande auprès d’un trader chypriote, qui lui même sous-traitait avec un trader des Pays-Bas. Un trader néerlandais qui pour sa part se fournissait en réalité auprès d’un abattoir situé… en Roumanie !”L’enquête (…) établira très vite la liste des clients auxquels Comigel a vendu, en France et en Europe, des produits fabriqués à partir de viande acquise auprès du groupe Poujol”, a encore fait savoir le gouvernement dans son communiqué. Le gouvernement qui n’exclut pas à l’heure actuelle que d’autres produits aient pu être eux aussi touchés par le problème. Le ministre de l’Économie, des Finances et du Commerce extérieur, Benoît Hamon craignant en effet que d’autres cas soient découverts prochainement – l’entreprise française Comigel fournissant bien d’autres clients que Findus.Le 10 février 2013 à 00:00 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

Finn Balor suffers ankle injury at 25 NXT event in Nashville

first_img CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez Finn Bálor Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?center_img Google+ WWE issued the following on Saturday afternoon.“NXT Champion Finn Bálor suffered an ankle injury on Saturday during an NXT Live Event in Nashville, Tenn. According to WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann, ‘Finn Bálor suffered an ankle injury, and will be unable to compete tonight.’ The NXT Champion will undergo further evalution on Monday, Amann said.”WWE: Finn Bálor injures ankle during NXT Live Event in Nashville, TennesseeRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:37 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 Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar Finn Balor appears to get married, Posts photo to Instagramlast_img read more

Tevez urges Argentina to do everything to keep Messi

first_imgCarlos Tevez believes that it is essential that Lionel Messi remains with Argentina and he has urged the national side to do everything in their power to convince him to continue representing them at the international stageThe Barcelona superstar endured a miserable World Cup campaign this summer with Argentina being eliminated at the last-16 stage by eventual champions France after barely scraping through the group stages.The exit from the competition has extended Messi’s long wait for a first senior international title with Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli now no longer in charge.But the pressing issue for La Albiceleste now is the uncertain future of Messi, who has yet to confirm his plans for the future.The 31-year-old had briefly retired from international duty following Argentina’s Copa America final defeats to Chile in 2015-16.However, Tevez is certain that cannot happen and he urged his country to do everything in their power to hold on to their all-time leading goalscorer.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He told ESPN: “I think Leo has to think about himself,”“He has to think that, if there is not a project that makes him happy and in which he feels comfortable, it is very difficult to take the responsibility of leading Argentina to become champions by himself.“We are wasting a lot of time not having him happy and not being able to give him a hand to achieve that target. I think we are wrong in not being able to help him feel comfortable.“As a player and as an Argentine I tell him that we need him, that he tries to rest, that he keeps a cool head and that we need him. We need him because he is the soul of Argentina and, as long as he continues playing football, it has to be that way because he is Argentina’s biggest idol and he has to take that responsibility.“Now [I tell him] to rest, keep a cool head and try to be well, then we need him to take charge and on the pitch.”Tevez made 76 appearances for Argentina at international level himself, but was not included in the World Cup squad following his return to Boca Juniors earlier this year.last_img read more

With Sale Primedia Exits Auto Market

first_imgOver the last few years, Primedia has sold off all properties not associated with its Consumer Source division, acquired in 1994. This April, the company named its new president and CEO, former yellowpages.com chief executive Charles Stubbs, with plans to “build a powerful and cohesive Internet brand.” For the first quarter this year, the company reported a 0.8 percent year-over-year increase in total net revenue and a 9.4 percent decrease in total adjusted EBITDA. The company saw a tax benefit of $11.3 million from discontinued operations of its auto guide business. Primedia, once a powerhouse publisher of consumer and trade publications ranging from Seventeen to FOLIO:, has sold off two of its regional auto guide publications and has shuttered another, leaving the company with its apartment and new home guides as well as its distribution operation, DistribuTech. The company sold its South Florida and Wisconsin auto guides, along with the Web site autoguide.com, to Target Media Partners, an independent publisher of classified and used car photo advertising. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Primedia first announced plans to exit the auto guide business in March when it released its 2007 fourth quarter and full year earnings, reporting total net revenue of $314.8 million—a 2.2 increase from the year before, led mostly by its New Home Guide, Rentals.com and DistribuTech brands. Magazines in the auto market have been struggling for some time now. For the second quarter this year, Car and Driver, Autoweek and Road and Track have seen ad dollars drop by 11.9, 11.8 and 4.4 percent respectively over the year before, according to Publishers’ Information Bureau figures. Former Primedia titles Motor Trend and Automobile, sold to Source Interlink in May 2007, saw respective declines of 6.7 and 3.1 percent. The automotive category as a whole saw the steepest drop in both ad dollars (17.7 percent) and ad pages (21.3 percent) in the first half 2008 among the twelve categories measured by PIB. last_img read more

Salman Khan finally reveals why he didnt marry and probably will not

first_imgSalman Khan InstagramSalman Khan is one such actor who is often asked about his marriage plans, but he hardly entertained such questions with a straight answer. However, the superstar now revealed why he still did not get married, and probably will not ever.Salman, who has been busy promoting his film Bharat, recently opened up about marriage. The actor said that he does not believe in the institution of marriage, but in companionship.”I don’t believe in marriage. I think it’s a dying institution. I don’t believe in it. Companionship? Yes,” he told Bombay Times when asked about the speculations around his marriage.However, when asked if he would like to become a father, Salman replied saying “when it has to happen, it will happen”. Well, Salman’s fans can now be sure that their favourite actor is not going to tie the knot ever.On the work front, Salman’s big movie Bharat is going to be released on June 5. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film features two actresses – Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani.Based on the 2014 South Korean drama Ode To My Father, Bharat will present Salman in multiple avatars, showcasing his childhood to old age. The trailer of the film received positive response, and it is expected to have a bumper opening at the box office.last_img read more

Oil prices fall as US drillers add new rigs speculators cut long

first_imgCrude prices fell over 1.5 percent on Monday after U.S. oil drillers added rigs to look for new production as producers adapt to cheaper crude, with speculators cutting positions betting on further price rises.Brent crude futures were trading at $47.29 per barrel at 0200 GMT, down 72 cents, or 1.5 percent, from their last settlement.U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures were down 80 cents, or 1.74 percent, at $45.08 a barrel.Traders said the price falls on Monday and Friday were a result of increasing oil drilling activity in the United States, which indicated that producers can operate profitably around current levels.”Each dollar is being used far more efficiently and, as a result, $50 oil appears much more palatable,” Barclays bank said in a note to clients.U.S. drillers added oil rigs for a tenth week in the past 11, according to a Baker Hughes rig count report on Friday. It was the longest streak without rig cuts since 2011.Speculative oil traders also became less confident of higher oil prices, cutting their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions for a second consecutive week last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.Oil’s near 5-percent price decline since Septeber 8 partly reverses a 10-percent rally early in the month, which was fuelled by speculation that oil exporters could cap production.Algeria’s energy minister said there is a consensus among OPEC and non-OPEC members about the need to stabilise the oil market to support prices, state news agency APS reported on Saturday.OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo told APS that OPEC was not seeking a definite price range for oil but rather “sustainable stability” for the market.Moves towards clinching a global deal on stabilising crude output come five months after similar talks for a production freeze failed when Saudi Arabia insisted that Iran join the pact.Tehran says it supports any measures to stabilise the market, but has stopped short of committing to output restraint before its production reaches 4 million barrels per day, the level at which it says it was pumping before the imposition of Western sanctions which were lifted last January.Even if exporters agree on freezing output around current levels, analysts said that would do little to raise prices as most exporters are pumping out oil at or near record levels, and have adapted to do so at lower prices.”Producers and service companies are well positioned to return to growth mode at much lower prices,” Barclays said.last_img read more

Cardinals Win Pair Force Regional Final Monday

first_img Preview From there, the story of the night was Smith on the mound. The junior, making his first start since April 16 at Kentucky, was masterful on Sunday evening. Smith had the first two hitters of the fourth inning reach, but pitched out of the jam with a fly out and pair of strikeouts and settled in. PDF Box Score (ISU) Postgame Quotes (IU) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Entering the day on the brink of elimination, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team tallied a pair of victories on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium to force a winner-take-all game in the NCAA Regional on Monday. Illinois State (36-25) got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, but Luke Smith was able to limit the damage. Photo Gallery | Illinois State Postgame Quotes (ISU) Miller (6-1) allowed four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts across 5.1 innings. Adam Elliott gave up just an unearned run in his 2.1 innings. Next Game: Illinois State 6/3/2019 | 1:00 PM “We knew it was going to be a long day, but it was a fun day,” head coach Dan McDonnell said. “I’m really proud of these guys. We needed to get the bats going, and we got the bats going. So, I’m just happy for these guys.” Louisville provided Smith with insurance in the eighth, plating six runs to blow the game open. Oriente, Campbell and Zach Britton all had run-scoring singles, while Snider had the final blow of a two-run base hit to cap the offensive output. Indiana (37-23) wouldn’t go quietly though. The Hoosiers finally broke through against UofL starter Bobby Miller in the sixth, bringing home four runs to cut the deficit to just three. However, Louisville answered back with run-scoring knocks from Binelas and Drew Campbell and held a 9-4 lead after seven. One inning later, Alex Binelas hit his 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall, to stretch the advantage to six. The freshman then added another run on a groundout in the fifth and the Cardinals appeared to be cruising. The Champaign, Illinois, native allowed leadoff singles in the first and second innings, and did not give up another hit until the ninth. Smith retired 10 in a row from the fifth through the eighth innings and exited to a standing ovation in the ninth with the longest postseason outing in Louisville NCAA Tournament history. Story Links Justin Lavey had three hits in the win, while Logan Wyatt, Tyler Fitzgerald and Binelas finished with two each.center_img Following a loss on Saturday, the Cardinals woke up on Sunday needing two wins to keep the season going. The offense got the ball rolling against Indiana to start the day and Louisville never looked back. Louisville (46-16) downed Indiana 9-7 to begin the day and followed with an 11-2 showing against Illinois State to set up Monday’s final. The Cardinals and Illinois State will play for a spot in the Super Regionals Monday at 1 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Danny Oriente kicked the scoring off with a double into the gap that plated a pair of runs in the second inning, and Justin Lavey added a two-run single later in the frame to give the Cardinals a 4-0 cushion early. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats With the two wins, McDonnell now has 600 for his Louisville coaching career. Since taking over the UofL program in 2007, the Cardinals lead all of Division I in victories. PDF Box Score (IU) After an emotional close to game one, the Cardinals attention turned to Illinois State. The Cardinals jumped in front in the second inning once again, getting a sacrifice fly from Campbell and RBI single from Lavey to take an early 2-0 edge. Listen Live IU chipped away with a run in the eighth and a two-out solo homer in the ninth made it a three-run game. The Hoosiers added a RBI single two batters later and brought the tying run to the plate. Louisville closer Michael McAvene was ejected from the ballgame by the home plate umpire with a 3-2 count, forcing Michael Kirian into action, and the left-hander got a called strike three on his first pitch to finish off the victory. Jake Snider crushed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and Lucas Dunn dropped a perfectly placed fly inside the right field foul line for a triple that scored two more runs. ESPN3 Smith (6-0) closed out the night with two runs allowed on three hits in 8.1 innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and tossed a career-high 129 pitches. Photo Gallery | Indiana Snider was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way. The home run was the fourth of his career, three of which have now been in NCAA Tournament play. Binelas, Campbell and Lavey each had two hits. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Empowering homemakers to become entrepreneurs

first_imgEarning appreciation from general public for their culinary skills is a dream for many homemakers. And to help accomplish it, a food tech start-up named ‘Nanighar’ was launched recently.’Nanighar’ is an app-based home cooked food delivery service with cloud kitchen facility. It will help in empowering women in their own kitchens and supporting them to become independent entrepreneurs. Speaking at the launch event, Founder Debjani Mukherjee, said, “It’s an initiative, keeping in mind women empowerment, while supporting homemakers in realising their long-cherished dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Through Nanighar we have also tried to bring back old local culinary dishes like Pithe, puli, chital machermuthyaa, echarerdalna, mocharghanto and more, which are becoming rare in today’s time. Not only Bengali dishes, ‘Nanighar’ will also bring many cuisines like Rajasthani, Parsi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Coastal, at your doorstep. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Nanighar’ is not a mere food delivery company, rather a platform and an opportunity for those who have the talent to use their culinary skills, to work from their home kitchen and become an entrepreneur. Speaking about her association with ‘Nanighar’, Rachana Banerjee, Brand Ambassador, Nanighar said, “This service app is unique and much required for people staying away from home. It will also help mom chefs in becoming financially independent. I being an independent woman always support women achievers”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePresent at the launch, actor Subhasree said, “This service provides an opportunity for both working and non-working men and women to be their own bosses and pursue their creative culinary skills while making decent earning. You may be a young mom with small kids or whose kids are grown up and have ample time to utilise. You may be a dad who used to love cooking but could never try because of 9 to 5 job. Whatever it may be, this platform is the door way to nourish and earn through your skill.” Debjani is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and MICA, and holds two-decade experience of working with the top corporates in Eastern India. In her own words, she has the bug of making a difference with her ideas, providing solutions for sustainable ecosystems. She wishes to run successful ventures and generate employment for many – especially helping more and more women in becoming financially independent.last_img read more

Light rail feeder system for Cancun being planned

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — With an approximate investment of 500 million peso, the state government through the Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos de Quintana Roo intends to construct a light rail system in Cancun that will serve as a feeder for the Maya railroad project.According to Eduardo de Jesús Ortiz Jasso, head of the Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos de Quintana Roo, the preliminary draft will be ready in 2019.He explained said that the rail system will be a public-private partnership project and that it will cross the city starting at the Cancun Airport with Huayacán and Chac Mool Avenues and at some point, become part of la 20 de Noviembre until reaching the delegation of Puerto Juarez and passing through the Universidad del Caribe.Eduardo de Jesús Ortiz Jasso“What we are working on now is the airport terminal. Even Asur is already working on the project and we are handling it as a light rail,” adding that in all the municipalities, “in the end it is a project led by the state government with which the urban transport will have to become a feeder of the light rail, which will be the new backbone for the mobilization of the city.”Ortiz Jasso commented that the companies of urban transport will have to participate because the project goes hand-in-hand with the government of Benito Juárez. “It will have to be part of a comprehensive mobility plan, which we have also made advancements in after several meetings.”The light train for the city of Cancun was mentioned earlier this month by Carlos Trueba Coll, Director Aeropuerto de Cancún when he explained that a project was being worked on with the airport concessionaire that in another phase, would include a light or suburban train that would serve the city of Cancún, something independent of the Maya Train.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colombia and FARC rebels announce major breakthrough in peace talks

first_imgDuring his 2002 to 2010 presidency, Uribe rolled back FARC’s territorial gains and decimated its ranks, but he could not completely defeat the rebels.“Without jail time for the commanders, there will be a deal in Havana but also a recipe for more violence in Colombia,” Uribe warned.A smaller leftist group, the National Liberation Army, known by its Spanish initials ELN, is still at war with the Colombian government, but they are expected to also ask to negotiate a peace deal.“This is huge news,” said Adam Isacson, a Colombia expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a DC think tank. “Transitional justice was by far the hardest issue on the agenda.”“It might be an overstatement to say that they’re now on a glide-path toward a final peace accord,” said Isacson. “But what remains to be negotiated is easier than what has been agreed.”Isacson noted that a FARC cease-fire over the past two months has brought the country a preview of what a lasting peace deal would mean.“If this kind of tranquility persists, Colombians won’t want to go back to the way things were,” said Isacson. “They will swallow hard and support the accord as long as it includes some real accountability for human rights abusers.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombia suspends peace talks with FARC after general kidnapped Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer Colombia government, rebels to set up truth commission An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory Santos no es la paz la que está cerca, es la entrega a Farc y a la tiranía de Venezuela— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) September 23, 2015center_img HAVANA, Cuba – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the FARC rebel group announced a major breakthrough Wednesday in their peace negotiations, bringing the country to the verge of ending one of the world’s longest-running wars.The dramatic announcement came Wednesday afternoon in Havana, where the two sides began formal negotiations in 2012 in ending the 50-year-old conflict. It was the first time Santos has appeared beside Timoleón Jiménez, alias “Timochenko,” the elusive FARC commander who had previously surfaced in videos recorded from his jungle hideouts.With Cuban President Raúl Castro seated between them, Santos said he and FARC’s Timochenko had told their negotiating teams to reach a final agreement within six months. The guerrilla commander remains an adversary, Santos said, but “today we are making progress in the same direction, toward the most noble goal a society can have: peace.”“We must break once and for all any link between politics and weapons,” he said.More than 220,000 people have been killed in the three-way violence between the guerrillas, the government and right-wing paramilitary groups. At least 6 million Colombians have been forced to flee their homes. Only Syria has more “internally displaced persons,” according to U.N. data.The agreement announced Wednesday breaks an impasse over the most sensitive element of the talks, namely whether guerrillas who lay down their weapons would be subject to criminal prosecution, prison terms and potential extradition to the United States.Leaders of the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, have insisted they would not submit to such terms. There are reams of criminal charges against them in Colombian, U.S. and international courts for murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, terrorism and virtually every other serious offense imaginable.The deal would establish a truth-and-reconciliation process through which guerrillas and Colombian military commanders accused of rights abuses would be required to confess their crimes at special tribunals.Timochenko, who is rarely seen on television by Colombians and even less so without a combat uniform, read a brief statement after Santos’ remarks. His graying hair and beard appeared had been trimmed, and he wore a white guayabera shirt, as did the other members of the FARC delegation.The rebel commander praised the system of special tribunals as a mechanism “designed for all of those affected by the conflict, combatants and non-combatants … built on the basis of reparation and non-repetition” of conflict.“Now we must work to build consensus” toward a peace deal, he said, “and work to transform FARC into a legal political movement.”Under the terms of the agreement, combatants who provide truthful testimony and atone for their crimes would be eligible for a system of “alternative justice” that would limit their punishment to financial reparations to victims and five to eight years that could be served at low-security work camps or halfway houses.But the special tribunals would have the power to investigate and cross-examine those accused of war crimes. Combatants who failed to fully confess or withheld evidence would lose eligibility for a lighter sentence, and face full criminal prosecution.FARC commanders who have already been extradited to the United States would not be eligible, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The Colombian government and FARC rebels announced a key breakthrough in their nearly three-year peace talks Wednesday with the signing of a deal on justice for crimes committed during the five-decade conflict. The deal includes the creation of special courts and a broad amnesty, though this will not cover “crimes against humanity, serious war crimes” and other offenses including kidnappings, extrajudicial executions and sexual abuse, said officials from Cuba and Norway. Luis Acosta/AFPAt war since 1964Nurtured by drug trafficking profits, illegal mining and revenue from kidnapping and extortion, the leftist insurgent group has been at war with the government since 1964.The announcement in Havana came three days after Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the city’s Plaza of the Revolution with a plea to Colombians to “achieve definitive reconciliation” in the peace talks to end “the long night of pain and violence.”“Please, we do not have the right to allow ourselves yet another failure on this path of peace and reconciliation,” Francis said.Wednesday’s agreement does not complete the peace process, but it resolves one of the thorniest and most controversial aspects of the talks. The two sides have deals in place on other elements: rural development, an end to drug trafficking and guarantees for the future participation of FARC members in the country’s political system.Still pending are the nuts-and-bolts issues of disarming and demobilizing the estimated 7,000 or so FARC combatants who remain on remote battlefields in Colombia’s jungles and mountains.Wednesday’s announcement was especially significant because it also sets the first timetables for ending the conflict. FARC combatants would have 60 days to lay down weapons once a deal is reached.“These are the most important breakthroughs since negotiations began more than three years ago,” said Bernard Aronson, U.S. special envoy to the Colombia peace talks. “Taken together this means the war in Colombia is coming to an end.”Under the terms of the peace process, the final agreement must be approved by Colombian voters. Though many Colombians say in surveys that they want peace, Santos’ popularity has slumped since his re-election last year, and the deal could collapse if voters reject it because they think it lets FARC off too easy.“Santos, it’s not peace that’s near, it’s the surrender to FARC and the tyranny of Venezuela,” wrote former president Álvaro Uribe, Santos’s political archrival, on Twitter, linking Wednesday’s announcement to Colombia’s ongoing tensions with the government in Caracas.last_img read more