Battle of wits, oratory skills in Puri LS seat

first_imgIt’s a battle of wits and oratory skills in Puri, a prestigious Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha.Verbal duels have taken centre stage in the poll campaign as three mainstream political parties — Biju Janata Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress — have fielded their key spokespersons — Pinaki Mishra, Sambit Patra and Satya Prakash Nayak respectively — from this coastal constituency.All three spokespersons have not lost a single chance to throw verbal volleys at each other. Two debutants, Mr. Patra (BJP) and Mr. Nayak (Congress), are pitted against three-time Lok Sabha member Pinaki Mishra. As the campaign picks up, the communication proficiency of the candidates, which has so far been visible in TV studios, is increasingly being put to test on the ground.“It’s a battle for who can really work for the people of Odisha. I am not just a spokesperson of the BJP, but also a spokesperson of the poor and downtrodden,” Mr. Patra said.’Symbol of Odia pride’“The people here are very happy with us. They see me as a symbol of Odia pride who fights for Odisha across the globe and talks about Odia culture,” said the BJP spokesperson.Mr. Nayak, the chief spokesperson of the State Congress, attacked the sitting MP, BJD’s Pinaki Mishra, for not doing anything for the constituency. “Despite being a three-time MP from Puri, Pinaki Mishra has not done anything visible for Puri. He is like a migratory bird seen only during elections,” he said.Mr. Mishra, meanwhile, ruled out any threat from Mr. Patra and Mr. Nayak in the elections. “The track record of Mr. Patra is that he has so far debated only in ‘godi channels’ (lap channels) where anchors don’t pose any serious questions. Let him debate with me, I will show him his place and tell him about my performance in Parliament,” he said.last_img read more

PBA: Columbian lands another big fish in NorthPort

first_imgPaolo Taha vs Jackson Corpuz. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO, Philippines – Columbian grabbed command late in the third quarter on Friday night and claimed another big fish in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations after posting a 110-100 victory over NorthPort at Ynares Center here.The Dyip came roaring back from 10 points down in that quarter and took an 86-79 lead into the fourth, which they protected with much ferociousness on the way to handing the Batang Pier their first defeat in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem In tying their victims at 2-1, the Dyip survived a huge first half by Mo Tautuaa by getting him to pick up a fourth foul early in the third and holding down NorthPort’s prolific rookie Robert Bolick to just three points.Jackson Corpuz and pint-sized rookie point guard John Paul Calvo were big during the breakaway with the NorthPort coaching staff never finding ways to stop them when it mattered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStanley Pringle scored 14 points in the third quarter built around three triples that had NorthPort threatening to break the game wide open. But the lack of support later on–and with Tautuaa never getting back in the groove after 20 first-half points–sealed the Batang Pier’s doom.There were seven players in twin digits for the Dyip, whose first big victim was four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer two weeks ago. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Yeng Guiao unfazed by NLEX’s 0-3 start: ‘We’ll be okay if we gain momentum’ View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Meizu M6 launched in India with 13MP camera, 3,070 mAh battery for Rs 7,699, will be available on Amazon

first_imgMeizu silently adds a new product to its budget segment lineup. The company, on Thursday, launched an affordable smartphone in India called the Meizu M6. It is not a new phone. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer initially launched the Meizu M6 in China almost around 6 months back. In India, the Meizu M6 will retail for a price tag of Rs 7,699 and available for buying on Amazon India store.Going by the pricing of the phone the Meizu M6 goes against some of the very popular and capable phones from other brands like the Xiaomi Redmi 5, the Redmi Note 5, the Honor 7A, the Nokia 3, among others.In terms of specifications, the Meizu M6 comes with a MediaTek processor, which definitely isn’t impressive enough, considering other phones in the same price bracket pack Snapdragon chipset, mostly Snapdragon 450 chipset which comparatively is better and faster in terms of performance. Meizu M6 is powered by a low-end MediaTek MT6750 chipset.The Meizu phone comes in two models. The base variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the second model packs 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage memory can be expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.The Meizu phone comes with a small screen display of 5.2-inch with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Meizu probably could have worked on the display bit a little more considering other phones in the price segment come with an aspect ratio of 18:9.On the camera front, the Meizu M6 sports a single sensor on both front and back side. On the rear, the M6 includes a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, while on the front it packs an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture. Both the front and the rear camera support LED flash for better picture capture in a low-light scenario.advertisementWhile most phones are shifting the fingerprint sensor to the rear panel, Meizu decides to stick to the traditions. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor which sits below the home button.ALSO READ: Meizu just announced a phone with two screens and two rear camerasThe Meizu M6 packs outdated software. The smartphone comes with almost two years old; Android 7.0 Nougat with Meizu’s own customized UI Flyme UI 6.0 on top. It is disappointing to see the Meizu M6 come with Nougat when most phones come with Android Oreo. The phone comes with a 3,070 mAh battery, which is apparently easily last for a full working day.last_img read more

Julian Alaphilippe completes Tour of Britain win on streets of London

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Simon Yates extends lead after Thibaut Pinot wins stage 15 of Vuelta The field stayed largely together in a single high-speed string, with breakaway attempts short-lived due to the high speed and the constant succession of tight corners. The 77km were marked by the sight of Chris Froome in one escape – a rare event in a flat race – and a tight battle for the intermediate sprints jersey between the British riders Matt Holmes and Ben Paton, with the latter ultimately successful.Alaphilippe had looked a likely overall winner from one particular moment last Monday in Devon, when he surged out of the main group on the Challacombe climb in pursuit of Hugh Carthy, and closed a 30sec gap on the Preston rider in just over a kilometre. That made it obvious he was the strongest climber on the race. He followed up with a stage win in Bristol from a select lead group of around 30 in a finish made for the stronger riders, before taking the yellow jersey at the summit finish on Whinlatter Pass in the Lakes on Friday.The Frenchman’s career has been disrupted by glandular fever in 2015 and a major knee injury in 2017, but his victory tally for the year is now into double figures, quite something for a rider who is not a specialist sprinter. It also continued the dominance of his Quick-Step Floors team, now heading remorselessly towards 70 wins for 2018.He has lost no momentum since his triumphant July, where he landed two mountain stages and the best climber’s prize in the Tour de France, following through with the San Sebastián Classic. With 20 days until the Road World Championships, on a particularly hilly course, victory on British roads earmarks Alaphilippe as one of the favourites.“I’m very surprised by my form,” he said. “I have had a long break because I really needed it after all the criteriums and San Sebastián. I’m surprised to be going so well and to find myself contesting the overall classification. It’s a bit like when I won the Tour of California; [then] I was coming back from a break after Liège–Bastogne–Liège.”Alaphilippe had almost a month away from racing and began training only shortly before travelling to Britain, hence his surprise. “It’s about being fresh again, on top of the form I had before I took the break, so I feel so good. It’s just really enjoyable, it’s all a bonus and I hope I can keep going like this right up to the world championships and maybe get even better.”Froome and Geraint Thomas drew immense crowds all week. On Sunday afternoon, the fans had a chance to hear this year’s Tour de France winner announce that he has signed with Team Sky for another three years, before nipping up to their bike supplier’s central London store to pore over jerseys and winners’ trophies from the last three grand tours, and the machines they were won on. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Topics While the two Tour winners were riding out their last race of the season and were low-key presences on the road, the home riders have enjoyed a good week. Saturday’s stage win marked Ian Stannard’s return to something like his old self, while the young Great Britain team showed no inhibitions alongside the World Tour riders, with Ethan Hayter particularly strong for a 19-year-old.The Londoner’s fifth place in Sunday’s finish underlined that, as did his team’s ambition in leading out the sprint on the final lap. But for other Britons the future seems less rosy, with several domestic teams likely to be shutting down at the end of the season.Thomas extends contract with Team SkyGeraint Thomas has signed a three-year contract extension with Team Sky, ending speculation that the Tour de France champion could seek a leader’s role with another outfit. “I’m pleased it’s sorted – and delighted to be staying with the team,” the 32-year-old Welshman said. “It’s been a great journey for me with Team Sky and the last few months have been crazy.” Thomas joined Sky in 2010 and his contract was due to expire at the end of the year. Last month he said he was open to listening to offers from other teams. Reuters Next stop Nevada: British cycle team aim at 90mph record Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Cycling Share via Email Julian Alaphilippe brushed shoulders at high speed with the Italian Paolo Simion just metres from the finish in Lower Regent Street, but that was as nervous as the final stage of the Tour of Britain got for the Frenchman, who clinched overall victory as expected and will be hotly tipped to win the Road World Championships in Innsbruck in three weeks’ time.The Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan needed to salvage something – anything – from a bitterly disappointing season, and he was ecstatic after emphatically repeating his central London win of 2016 ahead of Fernando Gaviria and André Greipel. His last victory of any note was the Almeria Classic in February, which is an eternity ago for an ambitious young rider.Two years ago Ewan was still emerging as a sprinter, but this victory had a very different backdrop: his surprise non-selection for the Mitchelton-Scott’s Tour de France team, his public disappointment, and his obvious desire to get the season finished and move on, he hopes, to happier times with the Belgian squad Lotto-Soudal.The central London stage was as spectacular as ever, with crowds estimated by police at 150,000 lining the 5.5-km circuit, taking in Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. news Tour of Britain Share on Twitter Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Scott Frost ‘Thrilled’ After Nebraska Held Spring Break Captain’s Practice

first_imgScott Frost coaching at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska spring football began on March 4. Last week. the school had its spring break, which meant a bit of time in the middle of the session for the players to unwind.The older Huskers on the team had different plans, though. As spring break came to a close, they texted the team, calling for a captain’s practice over the weekend.That meant players had to cut off their vacations early. After a 4-8 season, I can’t imagine too many objections though.The call came from defensive lineman Damian Jackson, a former Navy SEAL, and naturally, one of the more respected guys on the team.Scott Frost is thrilled that so many players came back to get the second half of Nebraska spring football off to a fast start.From the Lincoln Journal Star:As Darrion Daniels, another senior defensive lineman, recounts it, the mass text to the team from Jackson read something like this, “Hey y’all, we went 4-8 last year, we don’t have the luxury to enjoy a full spring break so make sure you guys cut it off halfway through the week and then get back early so we can get in some good work.”That led to a Sunday captains’ practice before official work began again Monday morning on the tail end of spring break.“I wasn’t just happy, I was thrilled with the way the guys came back,” Frost said, making note of the players-only practice. “They handled spring break, there are 100 things that could happen on spring break, we all know that. … We had an intense fast practice on Monday and it looked like they hadn’t left or missed a step.Frost praised the team’s maturity, and compared it to last year, when he said the team experienced a dip in performance at the middle of spring.Entering year two, after a disappointing season, the Huskers won’t be hurting for motivation this fall.[Lincoln Journal Star]last_img read more

J Lauritzen Hires Additional Bulk Carriers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: J. Lauritzen Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen has chartered additional bulk carriers as it expects dry cargo market improvements for the remainder of the year.“During the first quarter of 2018, additional bulk carriers were taken on long-term time-charter in anticipation of further dry cargo market improvements,” Mads P. Zacho, CEO of Lauritzen, said.Specifically, a total of six Handysize bulkers were taken on charter with options of extension as well as of purchase, J. Lauritzen said in its quarterly update.In 2017, seven Handysize bulk carriers were taken on medium-term, up to two years, time-charter with options for extension.The company also said that in Q1 2018 two gas carriers were reflagged to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) and became the first J. Lauritzen owned gas carriers under Danish flag since 2003.During the first quarter of this year, J. Lauritzen recorded a negative EBITDA of 6.2 million, against a negative EBITDA of USD 7.4 million in the same period of 2017.“After the typical seasonal weakening at the beginning of the year, dry cargo markets picked up towards the end of Q1. The market for small gas carriers enjoyed the normal seasonal support, particularly the smallest size segments,” the company said.“Lauritzen Bulkers is well positioned for the expected dry cargo market improvements during the balance of the year. However, our core fleet of owned and long-term time-chartered bulk carriers committed in previous years are not expected to reach break-even until 2019,” J. Lauritzen added.In Q1, the average number of controlled bulk carriers were 83 compared to 82 in Q4 2017, while the average number of operated gas carriers reached 32 compared to 32 in Q4 2017, according to the company.last_img read more

Western Crown Land Forest Roads to Temporarily Close

first_imgForest roads on western Crown land formerly owned by Bowater will be closed to all motorized vehicles as of Thursday, April 3, to protect drivers and roadbeds. The road closures are temporary. They are part of the province’s ongoing management of the western Crown lands, to protect the roadbeds during the spring softening period, and as a safety precaution, to protect vehicle drivers. Travel on roads in wet spring conditions can cause severe damage that is expensive to repair. Closing the roads temporarily gives roadbeds time to dry as weather grows warmer. It will also help protect against vehicles getting stuck in remote wooded areas where cellphone coverage is weak and personal safety could be at some risk. The former Bowater lands, now owned by the province, have 2,500 kilometres of forest roads, many of them gated. Many of the gates will be closed by Department of Natural Resources until further notice. Provincial Crown land policy allows Nova Scotians access to all provincially-owned land except where restricted for appropriate reasons, such as ecological protection, and in the interest of roadbed protection and the safety of road users. To view an updated map of western Crown forest road gates that will be closed until further notice, visit, www.novascotia.ca/natr . The gates could be closed for several weeks and will be reopened when conditions allow. The reopening will be announced.last_img read more

New UN initiative aims to boost energy efficiency in worlds hotels

The 1.1 million Euro project targets savings from heating cooling, lighting, washing and drying by focusing on reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent overall in small- and medium-size hotels. It also seeks to increase the use of renewable energy by 10 per cent.The UNWTO notes that energy efficiency and the enhanced use of renewable energies will have a special place in hotel management, given that today small businesses are only marginal users of renewable energy resources and outdated technology makes them less competitive.The initiative by the Madrid-based UN agency brings together partners from the hotel, environment and renewable energy communities. In addition to small- and medium-size hotels, it is also expected to benefit hotel associations, national tourism bodies, destinations and tour operators, as well as green technology suppliers and manufacturers.The Davos Declaration, adopted at the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in October 2007, acknowledged the strong interrelationship between climate change and tourism. It also acknowledged the need for a long-term strategy for the tourism sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with other sectors, and called for urgent policies to encourage sustainable tourism and travel.“In our Davos Declaration Process on Climate Change we established a way forward for the tourism sector to become climate neutral in the front ranks of the global community,” UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General Geoffrey Lipman said as he launched the energy efficiency project.“We have to start now and this project is exactly the kind of collaborative public-private initiative we shall be seeking around the world,” he added. 13 November 2008The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new project to increase energy efficiency in the majority of the world’s 5.9 million hotel rooms, over half of which are located in Europe. read more

Build vs Buy CTI FutureProofing Your Investment

InGenius_181203-No Jitter Post 3-Image.jpg What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. When you’re thinking about buying software, the question “should we make this ourselves?” often arises. If you’re looking at a simple project, the risks and costs of a homegrown solution are minimal. What’s the worst that could happen? However, when it comes to an enterprise software purchase like computer telephony integration (CTI), the decision isn’t as easy.A CTI connector brings voice into the customer relationship management (CRM) application. With features like screen pop, CRM screen transfer, and automated call logging, CTI makes it simple for agents in a call center, service desk, or sales department to find caller information, easily transfer calls between departments and save data — all at lightning speed. Implementing a CTI solution adds up to increased productivity for employees and reduced costs for the center.One of the biggest attractions of building your own solution is the ability to customize. After all, who could understand your company’s needs better than your own employees? With team members who have the skills to develop a product with no external costs already on the payroll, staying in-house is an attractive option.So Why Does Anyone Buy CTI?For starters, CTI isn’t a simple application, it’s one that needs to be asynchronous and real-time — both of which contribute to subtle nuances in its development. As a connector, the software needs to be compatible with a phone system while working within a CRM. This adds levels of complexity that are far beyond normal Web programming.Even if your own teams can build you a solution that does everything you currently need it to, they’ll also need the bandwidth to maintain and develop it as time goes on.It’s no secret that the pace of technological change is rapidly increasing. It’s a serious, ongoing commitment of resources to keep your in-house solution from becoming outdated. A rule of thumb is that 70% of software costs occur after implementation because of ongoing investment of resources — resources that could be better devoted to the products you sell. Purchasing a CTI solution can ensure that you receive ongoing feature and compatibility updates, and have 24/7 support. This is where an established CTI provider really shines.Moving Forward with the Right SolutionWith standard CTI features, organizations can often reduce their call times by an average of one minute or more, so build or buy, CTI can achieve some big results.If buying is starting to make sense but you want the customization benefits of what typically comes from building your own, look for solution providers that can anticipate what you’ll need with flexible configuration options right out of the box, plus optional workflows to meet your unique needs.InGenius is 100% focused on CTI, so you don’t have to be. Watch how InGenius can improve the productivity of your phone representatives. Click here to view.Tags:News & ViewsCTIContact Center & Customer ExperienceVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Log in or register to post comments read more

Regina man with intellectual disability fulfills lifelong dream of working for fire

He was quiet and a little shy, but broke into a hearty laugh after Digney joked about photoshopping a fellow firefighter’s lush hair onto his balding head in any photos going to press.“I was happy,” said Rhodes of when he found out he’d got the job. “I know I can do it.”But not everyone felt the same way. Rhodes’ roommate told him he couldn’t do it, called him a coward.“I told him I’m … no coward,” said Rhodes, whose very presence in the station proved his old roommate wrong.He’s doing well, said Digney, and it’s clear that the station is happy to have him as they guide him through his duties with respect and compassion.“What they told me when I was down at the fire hall was that working for the fire department is like being part of a family,” said Flaman Johnson in an interview.“Here they are basically bringing Peter in like he’s one of them — to support him, to encourage him, to give him new experiences and (get him to) try new things, to grow,” she added. “That’s exactly what family is all about.”Flaman Johnson, who’s been with 4to40 since last fall, met Rhodes in early spring and has interviewed him extensively about the things he likes to do so that his work with the fire department would be meaningful, an important part of any job, for any person.She said she loved him from the moment she met him and saw immediately the love others had for him too.“Everybody just wanted this to work out for Peter because they know this has literally been his dream for years,” said Flaman Johnson. “I just find it so fulfilling and so inspiring when I see organizations open themselves up to this type of work arrangement.”Seeing Rhodes in the fire station, you can tell he’s just proud to be there, she said.And it’s a step in the right direction, said Digney, in the city’s commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workshop.“It’s new,” said Digney. “The fire service is traditional, a lot of culture and it’s time that we have a new tradition.“He’s been looked after very well from the guys at the station here and as we move him out to the different platoons and the different stations I have no doubt he’ll be embraced and treated as one of our own.”Rhodes’ message to those who haven’t found their way to their own dream job yet?“It’s not easy to come here at all,” he said. “It takes time.”But he didn’t give up. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post As a young child, a blast shook Peter Rhodes awake one night.A furnace explosion caused the family’s house to catch fire while Rhodes and his sister were inside.“I was scared,” he recalled in a recent interview. “I had no clothes on, nothing like that. I got seriously burned.”Thanks to their neighbours who called for help, Rhodes and his sister were rescued by firefighters.Now 47 year old, Rhodes — who lives with an intellectual disability — recalls that moment as one of the things that inspired his dream of working in fire services, a dream that has finally come true.“I felt like giving up, but I didn’t,” said Rhodes from Regina Fire & Protective Services Fire Station No. 2 where he is the first employee hired with an intellectual disability.It hasn’t been easy for Rhodes to finally arrive at his dream job, following in the footsteps of his father who was a firefighter.Originally from B.C., his father died when Rhodes was three years old. His mother later died of lung cancer, and Rhodes bounced around in foster care before landing in Saskatoon and eventually Regina. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, left, who has an intellectual disability, with his job coach Connor Brown at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, left, who has an intellectual disability, with his job coach Connor Brown at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. The 4to40 program is an initiative to connect people experiencing disability with forward-thinking employers. 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, fourth from left, who has an intellectual disability, stands with his job coach Connor Brown, fifth from left, and the day crew at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. Regina Fire & Protective Services (RFRS) member Barry Szeles, from left, and Austin Bates work with 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, who has an intellectual disability, at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. For the past 10 years, he has been a client of Creative Options Regina (COR) — a non-profit organization that develops personalized support services for people with disabilities.He has worked a few jobs around the city thanks to a program jointly operated between COR and the University of Regina’s Campus for All called 4to40, which connects people experiencing disabilities with forward-thinking employers.But none compare to this one.“He was so excited, even after … he went down to the fire hall for the first time,” said Donna Flaman Johnson, an inclusive employment broker for 4to40. “He left that day on top of the world.”Rhodes works two, three-hour shifts a week helping his platoon with daily chores and inventory checks.“Fire service is about helping people and when you hear Peter’s story, you can’t help but want to help him fulfill his dream,” said Kevin Digney, assistant chief of operations.Starting off slow, they’ve introduced Rhodes to one platoon at station No. 2. Together, they do daily chores like sweeping, mopping, washing the trucks and hoses and more. He always has a job coach with him for guidance and so he’s not alone in the station if the platoon has to go out on a call.His favourite part, he said, is washing tools.Rhodes worked his third shift on Wednesday, but he has already blended into the team like he’d been there all along, sipping coffee in the kitchen and going about his tasks with quiet confidence. Everyone appeared at ease, despite how new the situation was for all of them. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post 4to40 employee Peter Rhodes, who has an intellectual disability, works with Regina Fire & Protective Services Austin Bates at Fire Hall 2 in Regina. jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,759.91, up 103.07 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 3.08 per cent, to $3.68 on 15.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 13 cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $4.83 on 11.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 61 cents, or 3.13 per cent, to $20.09 on 9.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 71 cents, or 5.20 per cent, to $14.37 on 7.8 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:CGC). Drug manufacturer. Up 54 cents, or 6.97 per cent, to $8.29 on 7.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 2.31 per cent, to $5.32 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR). Airline. Down one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.14 on 237,237 shares. Chorus Aviation, which mainly provides Jazz regional air service for Air Canada, is spreading its wings by signing a deal to lease aircraft to Spain’s Air Nostrum. The Halifax-based company says it will purchase four new 100-seat CRJ1000 regional jets from Bombardier and lease them to the carrier, which operates a fleet of 42 CRJ and ATR turboprops. The planes with a list price of US$48.8 million will be financed with the help of Export Development Canada and be delivered over the next year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Lindener accused of killing his wife remanded to prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Days after reportedly murdering his 37-year-old wife in their Linden home, a 35-year-old man was arraigned at the Wales Magistrate Court on Monday morning.The accused Michael London making his way out of court Michael London of lot 1206 Central Amelia’s Ward, McKenzie, Linden was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on Friday, May 19 2017, at the home he shared with his wife, Shenika London, he murdered her.He was remanded to prison and his matter was transferred to the Linden Magistrates’ Court where he is expected to reappear on June 27, 2017.Inews had previously reported that on Friday last, at approximately 10:30hrs, the accused fatally stabbed his wife after he accused her of infidelity.Police had indicated that at the time of her murder, Shenika London rushed out of their home and into the neighbour’s yard, drenched in blood and calling for assistance. However, she collapsed just before she could reach the door.The woman, who was identified as a clothes vendor, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Linden Hospital.Her attacker fled the scene and left the blood stained knife used to carry out the gruesome act at the crime scene.However, he was apprehended on Friday evening at Moblissa, Linden/Soesdyke Highway but reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to his leg after he gave resistance.The post mortem results on Shenika London’s body reported that she died from multiple incised wounds as a result of being stabbed 15 times.There are reports circulating that the couple’s youngest child- a two year old- witnessed the entire ordeal.The now dead woman has also been identified as the sister of popular disc jockey Alelo Elliot.(Ramona Luthi) read more

Greeces housing market reeling

first_imgWith housing prices in Greece expected to continue sliding this year, a rare bright spot has emerged in the country’s heavily battered real estate market: fresh demand from cashed-up Turkish investors.Political uncertainty in Greece’s neighbouring country that started with the failed coup last summer has prompted a growing number of Turks to buy property in Greece. A key motive is the five-year residency permit Greece offers non-EU nationals when they invest capital in excess of €250,000. Residency permits are also granted to the investor’s immediate family and can be renewed after the five years are up.Data is scarce but government officials say that residency visas have been offered to Turks for some 50 properties purchased up until the end of January at a time when home transfers in Greece have just about frozen.In coming months, Greece is expected to complete the process of issuing more residency permits to Turkish investors, according to a Greek government official.Real estate brokers say that most homes purchased are in Athens with Thessaloniki also high on the list due to the close proximity to the Greek-Turkish border. The spike in interest is expected to continue throughout the year, brokers add, as many Turks are trying to sell their assets to bring money for their investments in Greece.Greece’s housing market is reeling from the country’s eight-year economic downturn, with prices having slumped by an average of 42 per cent. Renewed uncertainty in the country due to concerns over Greece’s public debt sustainability have hurt fragile sentiment in the economy and is expected to create more downward pressure on residential property prices.Despite difficult ongoing economic conditions, Greece’s visa-for-investment program is helping draw interest from investors: mainly from the eastern Mediterranean region, Russia, and China. Greek government officials are considering broadening the program to investors spending capital on all asset classes above €250,000, not just real estate.“The recovery of the holiday home market was apparent in 2016,” broker Algean said in a flash report last month.“The interest from abroad was further reinforced with demand coming from Europe, Russia, China, the US, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates,” it added.This demand is providing some relief to the property market. High unemployment levels in Greece, a weaker than expected economic rebound this year, and an ongoing credit squeeze are seen as weighing on housing prices.“Drops in residential and commercial properties are seen as continuing in coming quarters but at a slower rate,” said the Bank of Greece, the country’s central bank, in its latest annual report.Apartment prices in the centres of Athens and Thessaloniki are proving to be more resilient than the broader market, helped by a strong tourism industry and demand for short-term rentals stemming from platforms such as Airbnb.The pace of the drops have slowed down in recent months and prices could be close to bottoming out, the latest data suggests. Figures from the Bank of Greece show that apartment prices in the last three months of 2016, eased by 0.6 per cent versus a drop of 5.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2015.* Stelios is a journalist originally from Melbourne, Australia. He writes on Greece’s real estate market on his blog ( www.greekguru.net ), providing news, analysis, and broader info on the country’s property sector. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon Alexa Boasts 10000Plus Skills

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Amazon Alexa is the ultimate jack of all trades, now boasting more than 10,000 skills.The intelligent personal assistant has tripled her proficiency since September; “We’ve been blown away by the innovation and activity in the Alexa developer community,” David Isbitski, chief evangelist for Amazon Alexa and Echo, wrote in a recent blog post.News and games are the most popular skills among customers; education/reference, lifestyle, and novelty/humor apps, meanwhile, round out the top five categories—built by tens of thousands of developers.Musicplode Media’s “Beat the Intro” became Alexa’s 10,000th published skill, which tests users’ knowledge of music in a modern not to Name That Tune.“We’ve come a long way in the short time that the Alexa Skills Kit has been available for developers, and we’ve seen a wide range of unique skills that allow customers to do everything from reorder their favorite morning coffee, stay mindful through meditation, control smart home lighting, or check their bank account balance,” Isbitski said.In November, Amazon launched the Alexa skills catalog—an online platform from which customers can enable functions and leave reviews, as well as find new arrivals and search by category.“We want to thank the developer community for their tireless efforts and innovation across all skill categories,” Isbitski wrote. “We knew when we created Alexa that the possibilities would be endless.”Interested app makers can find out more via the online Alexa Skills Kit Developer Portal and Developer Forums. Owners, meanwhile, are encouraged to find new commands and techniques in the Alexa skills online department.Amazon appears to have another trick up its voice-activated sleeve: As reported by Time magazine, the Seattle-based tech titan is developing the ability for its digital assistant to distinguish between users based on their voice.The feature, internally known as “Voice ID,” could help avoid frustrating or expensive situations—like when a TV newscast about a young girl ordering a pricey dollhouse via her parents’ Amazon Echo accidentally provokes Amazon Echoes in viewers’ home to attempt to also order a dollhouse.Funny as the situation may be, the so-called Voice ID system could save a lot of headaches, and a lot of unwanted search histories.last_img read more

Police Anticop note found at scene of deadly rampage

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — A “rambling” note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer then went on a shooting spree, injuring a second officer, killing a woman and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by police in an alley, authorities said Saturday.Police Commissioner Richard Ross identified the gunman in the Friday overnight rampage as 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn, and said he had a 9mm Ruger and at least three magazines as well as a plastic bag with 13 to 15 live rounds. “Obviously, he was hell-bent on hurting a lot of people,” the commissioner said at a news conference, adding that “we aren’t absolutely clear as to why.” A “rambling” note expressing hatred for police was found after at the scene of the violent event. Ross said earlier that police believe the note was written by the gunman; he said it expressed hatred toward law enforcement and named a probation officer.“This rambling suggests that he clearly was trying to target a police officer, as he did … so it just kind of makes it very clear to us what he was out there to do,” Ross said.last_img read more

Fire damages Habitat for Humanity home

first_imgAn early morning fire on Tuesday left a Salmon Creek Habitat for Humanity home uninhabitable.The fire sparked around 5:45 a.m. in a bathroom on the first floor of the two-story house at 915 N.E. Tenney Road. The house is one of five in Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s Tenny Commons complex across the street from the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer.Rhonda Parker, who lives in the home, said she had just returned from taking her friend, homeowner Tammy Lacy, to work in Janzten Beach. Parker went into the house and saw the fire was “out of control.”“Something was definitely fueling it,” she said.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department arrived within minutes and found smoke coming from the house. Crews knocked out the fire within five minutes, but it had already caused “considerable damage” to the house, said Fire District 6 Chief Jerry Green.The green home was still standing but charred inside.No one was reported injured.Lacy’s two children, Lashay Wesley, 14, and Tatayana Wesley, 13, were asleep in the house at the time of the fire. Tatayana said she woke up to the smell of smoke and — at first — thought someone had burned something while cooking in the kitchen. When she went downstairs, she saw the bathroom was on fire and left the home with her sister.The family had practiced what to do if there was a fire, Tammy Lacy said. She was glad no one was hurt and that they had working smoke alarms.last_img read more

Freeholders consider a successor for Ogden

first_imgThe death of Val Ogden, a former legislator and Democratic activist, left a hole on the Clark County Board of Freeholders that its members plan to fill Tuesday.And they may not have to look too far. Front of the line is Dan Ogden, Val’s husband of roughly 70 years, who was also heavily involved in politics.Dan Ogden attended every meeting his wife was at before she became too sick to show up, said Nan Henriksen, chairwoman of the freeholder board. The freeholders make up a 15-member group tasked with writing a new county charter, with the goal of putting it to voters later this year.“I think it’s fitting that Dan be allowed to fill out Val’s seat,” Henriksen said. “She believed so much in the passage of this charter.”Dan Ogden’s nomination for the seat would fulfill a loose requirement that the appointee live in the same district, in this case, District 3. The board will also accept nominations for other people who live inside District 3.last_img read more

German IS shoemaker pleads to come home

first_imgSufyan, a 36-year-old German Muslim convert held by the Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) and accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group, gives an interview with AFP in Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria`s northeastern Hasakeh province on 23 September, 2018. Photo: AFPFrom northern Syria, Muslim convert Sufyan is imploring his native Germany to take him back, having been captured years after joining the Islamic State group’s so-called “caliphate”.His beard neatly buzzed, Sufyan is one of hundreds of foreigners held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in war-torn Syria, accused of fighting for IS.The 36-year-old insists he was not a fighter, but a misguided civilian making orthopaedic shoes and prosthetics in IS territory.”I am not Jihadi John, I am not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, I am not Adnani,” said Sufyan, listing IS’s infamous British executioner, its elusive chief, and its now-dead spokesman.”I just made limbs,” added the pale-skinned Sufyan, who refused to give his real name and said he was from Stuttgart in southwest Germany.He was selected to speak to AFP by the YPG, who detained him around a year ago and were present during the interview.They have refused to try accused foreign fighters in their custody, urging Western countries to take them back.Some foreign governments have agreed to do so, but most are reluctant.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are holding several alleged German IS members, including Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national accused of helping plan the September 11 attacks.Berlin is not known to have repatriated anyone, but Sufyan hopes he, his Syrian wife and their son can start afresh in Germany.”People make mistakes and I was naive,” he said, dressed in a yellow hoody with a side zip, cargo pants, and black beanie.”I just want to go back to my old life.”- ‘I didn’t fight’ -Speaking in near-fluent English peppered with Arabic words, Sufyan recounts his winding journey to what he thought would be a pious life under Islamic rule.In 2014, IS declared a “caliphate” across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.The following year, Sufyan travelled across Europe and Turkey, finally crossing into Syria in March 2015, four years into the Syrian war.Once inside, he says, IS shuffled him among safe houses for weeks alongside Australians, Central Asians, and Russians.He was given one month of military training and assigned to a battalion, but claims he never fought.”I didn’t fight and I didn’t kill anyone,” he said.”I never killed any person in my life.”Sufyan, a 36-year-old German Muslim convert held by the Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) and accused of fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group, gives an interview with AFP in Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in Syria`s northeastern Hasakeh province on 23 September, 2018. Photo: AFPInstead, Sufyan was hired at a hospital in IS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa, using his 12 years’ experience as an orthopaedic shoemaker.”They teach me over there prosthetics. Until I came to YPG, I was doing this job… making prosthetic and orthopaedic shoes,” he said.In 2016, he married a Syrian woman from northwest Idlib, and they had a son.They stayed in Raqa until YPG-led forces surrounded the northern city in 2017, forcing them to flee to the IS-held eastern town of Mayadeen.Sufyan took up the same work there until Mayadeen came under attack, this time by the Russia-backed Syrian regime.He said he had grown embittered towards IS by then and decided to pay a smuggler to bring him and his family to a YPG checkpoint.”I was not ready to kill someone or to die, so I decided to go out,” said Sufyan. “Everyone was running away.”- ‘New start’? -A year later, Sufyan lives separated from his wife and son, who are detained in a Kurdish-run camp. He desperately wants to be reunited with his family.Kurdish authorities say they have in their custody around 520 male foreign IS members, 550 women and around 1,200 children from 44 countries.According to a European Parliament report in May, Germany estimates there are 290 children with claims to German citizenship in Iraq and Syria.”If I can come back to Germany and if Germany want to punish me, I will accept this, to stay in prison,” Sufyan told AFP.”I hope it will not be a long sentence, because I miss already my wife and my son,” he said.He hopes to study or open his own business in his homeland, for which he has renewed appreciation since meeting Syrians who “see Germany as something like a paradise on earth”.”I know Germany is a country with a lot of ‘rahma’ with a lot of people. I expect that Germany will have also ‘rahma’ with me,” he said, using the Arabic word for “mercy”.Sufyan has written to his parents in Germany, who replied and also sent a letter and money to his wife.Included in his parents’ reply was a picture of a bicycle, which has kept Sufyan’s hopes of returning home alive.”My brain says, why will my mother and my father buy a bicycle for my son if he is in Syria? I hope I can go back to my country and make a new start.”last_img