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Absentee MP Di Iorio to give back salary until retirement in January

first_imgOTTAWA – The mysterious case of a missing MP has taken another twist.The Liberal party’s whip says Nicola Di Iorio, who hasn’t been seen on the Hill since Parliament resumed on Sept. 17, will give back the salary he receives during his final five months as an MP until his official retirement.According to Mark Holland, the Montreal MP has decided to “donate his salary back” during the period from September to Jan. 22.While he’s been absent from the House of Commons, Di Iorio was spotted at a cannabis trade show in Montreal last month, where he made a presentation in his capacity as a labour and employment lawyer.The base annual salary for an MP is $172,700 but, according to parliamentary rules, an MP who is absent from the Commons can be docked $120 of salary per day for each absence over 21 days.Di Iorio announced his intention to retire from politics in April but had second thoughts over the summer and, in September, said he was reflecting on his future.Last week, under pressure to explain why he wasn’t showing up for work on the Hill, Di Iorio posted a short message on Facebook saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had assigned him responsibilities that required him to be away from the Commons — something the Prime Minister’s Office has not clarified.This week, Di Iorio announced he will retire on Jan. 22, after finalizing “certain projects.”“He has a number of items, both in his constituency and items that he was working on as a Member of Parliament, including his concern around impaired driving, that he wants to finish before he leaves,” Holland said Wednesday.“We feel that’s appropriate, particularly given the fact that he’s also … willing to donate his salary.”In his Facebook post, Di Iorio had said he’s willing to show up in the Commons if the party whip needs him to be there. But Holland did not appear inclined to call on him.“He’s stepping out of public life, he’s donating his salary, he’s finishing up his affairs and I wish him all the best in doing that and I expect that that’s where he’ll be focusing his time,” Holland said.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Haiti UN mission urges mass voter turnout for presidential runoff election

17 March 2011Haiti’s political stability and economic reconstruction depends in part on as large a turnout as possible during this weekend’s run-off round of presidential elections, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said today as it urged citizens to go to the polls en masse. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, said in a press statement that by going to the polls in large numbers, Haitians would be able to “demonstrate their commitment to exercise their sovereign right to choose the leaders they trust.”The former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the popular musician Michel Martelly are facing off in the presidential run-off round, nearly four months after the first round was held. Legislative elections are also being held this Sunday.“There is no doubt that Haitians are today united to demand, through their vote, political stability and a democratic transition in Haiti and so that the reduction in poverty, reconstruction, revival of economic growth and social progress can advance as quickly as possible,” MINUSTAH stated.The mission stressed that Haiti’s political stability and “anchoring… in a solid and enduring democracy” depend largely on the participation of as many voters as possible on Sunday.Yesterday MINUSTAH voiced concern at the many acts of violence during the election campaign and urged all sides to abstain from threats, intimidation and harassment. Meanwhile, while visiting Guatemala this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told regional leaders that recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti – little more than a year after an earthquake flattened much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and killed more than 200,000 people – are gathering momentum and the recent cholera epidemic is being brought under control.“I also expressed the hope and expectation that the run-off presidential and legislative elections [in Haiti] will proceed smoothly in a credible, objective and democratic way,” Mr. Ban later told reporters. “We all want to assist in reconstruction and development in Haiti. For that, the country needs a stable and effective government.” read more


October 11, 2019 0

Cement for new airport stolen

Investigations revealed that the cement was to be transported from Galle to Mattala but was diverted to another location by the suspects. The police said that a lorry which was to be used to transport the cement from Habaraduwa to another location was seized. Over 36,500 kilos of cement meant for the new international airport in Mattala was seized after it was stolen and two people were also arrested, the police media unit said today.The police said that the cement was seized when it was being unloaded by a group in Habaraduwa last evening. The stolen cement was to be sold by another dealer who has so far evaded arrest, the police media unit said. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Talisman Energy scraps troubled Yme project in Norwegian sector of the North

Talisman Energy scraps troubled Yme project in Norwegian sector of the North Sea by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Talisman Energy Inc. has reached a deal with its contractor to cancel its problematic Yme project in the Norwegian North Sea and dismantle the above-surface part of the offshore platform.“This is a good settlement for Talisman, the Yme partners and Norway,” Talisman executive vice-president Paul Warwick said Tuesday.“This arrangement should allow the partners to move forward to examine options for the Yme field, without incurring significant additional costs related to the existing topsides.”Topside refers to the part of the platform that’s above the water line.“Recent analysis has concluded that a new topsides solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field,” said Warwick. “Our first priority will be to remove the existing platform, safely and expeditiously.”The deal will see Netherlands-based contractor SBM Offshore make an upfront payment of US$470 million while Talisman completes the work to remove the mobile production unit from the Yme field.SBM said it has accounted for $200 million of that amount in December, and will charge the remainder to its first-half 2013 results.The undersea structure will be transferred from SBM to the Yme licence holders.SBM will manage the transportation and ultimate scrapping of the facility.The settlement ends an arbitration process Talisman had been pursuing at the same time it was working on a deal with SBM. The matter would have taken years to be resolved under arbitration, Warwick said at Talisman’s investor day last week.The Yme platform has been unmanned since last July, when it was evacuated due to safety concerns.The North Sea generally has been one of the more challenging parts of Talisman’s portfolio, beset by operational problems and production misses.The region used to be one of Talisman’s three core operating areas, but under the leadership of new CEO Hal Kvisle, the company has removed it from that list. It recently sold a 49 per cent interest in its U.K. North Sea properties to Chinese state-owned firm Sinopec.The firm now has two core operating areas: Asia Pacific and the Americas, which encompasses shale oil and gas across North America and Colombian oil fields.Talisman’s shares rose 15 cents to $12.59 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more


October 4, 2019 0

JT Barrett sparks Buckeyes in overtime despite injury secondhalf mistakes

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double overtime.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV news directorFor the first time since the Virginia Tech game, the Ohio State offense was struggling.After outscoring the Penn State Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, the Buckeye offense seemed to stall as its redshirt-freshman quarterback began to look like the player he was in the loss to Virginia Tech.J.T. Barrett threw two second-half interceptions against the Nittany Lions Saturday night, the first being returned 40-yards the other way for a Penn State touchdown. Even with the costly turnover, the Buckeyes hung on for a 31-24 win in double overtime in State College, Pa.Despite the off night from his quarterback, OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game he was pleased with the way Barrett continued to battle after a first-half injury.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, but came in and continued to do what he did,” Meyer said. “Even on the drop-back passes, he was either covered, sacked or pressured, but he pulled through a couple plays and made some big plays for us.”Barrett said that the injury wasn’t too severe and he simply did his best to stay fresh late in the game.“It wasn’t too much, just tweaked it,” Barrett said following the win. “Just trying to keep it loose throughout the second half, but it wasn’t anything crazy.”Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who led the Buckeyes with 26 carries for 109 yards and a score, said he was surprised to hear Barrett was playing hurt.“I didn’t know his knee was hurt until after the game when the coaches told us,” Elliott said after the game. “I mean, he’s a warrior and the way he responded in overtime was huge. We fight for each other and we love each other.”Meyer, who has previously complimented Barrett on his maturity as a young player, said Barrett seemed flustered during the third quarter following the first interception.“The confidence got a little rattled there in the second quarter and then obviously the third quarter,” Meyer said. “The opening drive was, I think, a pick-six. In that kind of environment … He was walking around like an extremely confident quarterback in the third quarter, that wasn’t the case.”Despite seeming influenced by his poor play and the hostile crowd, Meyer said Barrett responded exactly how he expected him to as the Wichita Falls, Texas, native scored both of OSU’s touchdowns in the overtime period to lead the Buckeyes to a win.“I remember when I went on his home visit. To see the quality of people: his best friend, his family,” Meyer said. “To see the way that kid was raised. He’s a tough guy, man, who does things right. Usually people who do things right get rewarded.”Rewarded he was, as the redshirt-freshman rushed for 32 of his 75 yards on the ground in the overtime periods. The key play came on second down, as Barrett pulled the ball from Elliott on a read option and picked up 17 yards, fooling most of the 107,895 people in Beaver Stadium.The play was not by design but by decision Barrett said, giving credit to his coaches for dialing up the play.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” Barrett said. “That’s (co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom) Herman right there for you.”Barrett said his mindset didn’t change throughout the game, adding the offense had to pull together in order to escape with a win.‘Anything you gotta do to win the game, and it wasn’t just me, it was the whole offense as a unit,” he said. “Just looking at each other like ‘hey, you haven’t been playing very well, let’s go finish it.’”The Buckeyes finished, as they defeated Penn State for the third straight season.OSU is scheduled to return home Nov. 1 to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more


October 2, 2019 0

EYEWITNESS Remembering…

…our Indigenous PeoplesLast Thursday was recognised by the UN as “International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples” and this year the theme is about their “migration and movement”. In Guyana, there’s been an ever increasing noticeable movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland which hasn’t been commented on enough.For the past three centuries, after the Dutch decided the Indigenous peoples weren’t suitable for plantation labour, most don’t appreciate the implications of that singular act. While we were called the “Land of Six Peoples”, one of those “peoples” – the Indigenous ones – never really mixed or mingled with the others.All the Indigenous Peoples were exposed to were missionaries determined to “civilise” them by converting them to Christianity and “western ways”! Much of their own culture, including their Indigenous spiritual practices, were wiped out in this “civilising” mission. Thus today, when some talk about reviving the “old ways”, those ways are really being reinterpreted through western lens. As that old Greek fella Zeno said, you can’t dip your toe twice in the SAME river!!While that may be the story of all the other five peoples, it’s most noticeable with the Amerindians since the western scorn for their way of life has been drummed into the hearts and minds of those on the coastland – who were exposed more thoroughly to western “education”. Remember that nasty incident at the “elite” Mae’s Schools in Georgetown when that Indigenous kid who’d moved to “town” was told to show up in traditional wear, but was turned away because being in a grass skirt was too “primitive”?Another point about the movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland is it brings home the sordid fact that even those in the latter locale who complain about “the sh*thole” with clapboard houses they live in, should appreciate it’s still attractive enough to pull those people here!! In every survey that’s been conducted over the past centuries – into the new millennium – the Indigenous peoples have stubbornly been relegated to the “poorest of the poor”.But it’s of more than passing interest that those who purport to be championing the cause of the “poor and the powerless” have never directed their suggestions for doling out the oil money directly to the Indigenous peoples. Even though they’re the paradigmatic example of the “poor and the powerless”. They’re veritably, “invisible peoples”.But it is said “time longer than twine”. Because of the changing demographics where Indian and African Guyanese have pretty much the same numbers, Indigenous peoples now hold the balance of power in the land. Just look how the politicians will be courting them!!They should insist on writing their own ticket though!!…elections troublesGECOM invited a UN team to assess possible risks following the 2020 elections. After the PNC rigging years, our elections have been marred by violent PNC protests since the first free and fair elections of 1992! It took a call from US President Clinton to have Hoyte call off the Hamilton Green-led goons who’d stormed the elections centre.The PNC refused to accept the 1997 elections and that precipitated another round of violence that escalated into “Buxton Freedom Fighters” leaving hundreds dead. So it wasn’t surprising the UN assessment team predicted there will be myriad 2020 post-elected challenges – chief among them being “non-acceptance” of the results!!But that doesn’t take a genius to figure out, does it? Right off the bat, there’s the outrage of Granger’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chair!! He’s confirmed the worst fears of being a PNC “toothless poodle” by using his casting vote to push the PNC line in every decision of a supposedly “balanced” Commission.So why’s the UN waiting until AFTER the elections to sanitise matters?…Lombard StreetFor decades, Lombard Street was our Red Light District in Georgetown. And was accepted as such by the powers-that-be. The villages weren’t so liberal!But the 27 “strippers” nabbed at a joint in Covent Gardens suggests changing times!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Forever…August 10, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land – U.N. expertJuly 20, 2016In “latest news”OPINION: EYEWITNESS: Bridge…September 4, 2019In “latest news” read more


September 25, 2019 0

Mobile GPU benchmarks What they test and why they matter

first_img 1 2 While the average smartphone user may never consider running a GPU benchmark these tests are an important way of demonstrating the capabilities of current and future mobile devices.Today’s flagship phones are able to handle whatever you throw at them. If you’re a casual app user, music and video streamer, or if you’re big on taking pictures, the current crop of phones will be able to accomplish your tasks with no signs of slowing down. But if you’re the type to take advantage of more advanced features, like wirelessly streaming your phone via DLNA or Miracast, you’ll be happy that extra powerful hardware is available to you. Benchmarks don’t always perfectly reflect real-world circumstances but they do let us test capabilities and predict how devices will deal with demanding situations.There’s one other thing that our smartphones and tablets are starting to get really good at: playing games. We’ve got an army of simple 2D and 2.5D time-wasters of every shape, size, and description just begging you to throw a couple of bucks at them, but we’ve also got much more demanding titles on the market. First-person shooters like Dead Trigger, racing games that can compete visually with PlayStation 2 titles, and graphically intense hack-and-slashers all fill the category of game that are very demanding on current hardware.Why benchmark? If you already know a smartphone can handle your daily tasks just fine, it would make sense that you’d want to know what else it can do. Or you may be looking for a phone that can specifically handle games without choking. Instead of performing benchmarks on the entire system, you can perform a variety of tests on the graphics hardware itself and get a better feel for what the handset can really do.The GPU benchmarksRight now, there’s no one benchmark application for iOS and Android that will definitively tell you everything you need to know about a GPU. There is a lot of overlap between programs, and you’ll find that the 2D benchmarking tools aren’t as visually exciting as 3D ones. Testing 2D graphics is a lot like browser benchmarks — the goal is to see how many things you can display on the screen without the animation of each individual sprite slowing down or otherwise degrading. Since nearly all the most popular games for mobile devices use 2D graphics, this test is important.Unfortunately, there are no 2D benchmarking tools for iOS and Android that deliver a real-world prediction of game performance. You’ll just get shapes dancing across the screen with a score afterwards that has limited relation to actual gaming. The most popular benchmarking tools for Android, AnTuTu, will give you a score that is relative to other phones that have taken the same tests. This is useful from a comparison standpoint, but not a practical demonstration of what the phone is capable of.If you’re looking for games that test 2D performance instead of simulating it, your best bet is to play fast-paced 2D games like Puk or Super Hexagon and then compare device performance subjectively.Next page: Testing 3D performance on mobile devices…last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Five new shadow ministers appointed by Samaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras has named five additional people that will form part of his shadow cabinet.Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the younger brother of his recent rival for the party’s leadership Dora Bakoyannis, is shadow minister for the Environment.Eliza Vozeberg has been named shadow minister for Education and Religious affairs while he has placed Mihalis Yiannakis in the Energy and Natural Resources portfolio.Olga Kefaloyiannis is shadow minister for Tourism and George Kasapidis shadow minister for Agriculture.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Chat with Werner Herzog on his birthday kinda

first_imgWerner Herzog is a weird guy. He’s lived a life mostly isolated from tech, making his first phone call at 17, and flatly refusing to use the internet for much of anything.Whenever the man speaks, it’s clear he doesn’t understand even the basics of how technology works. At the same time, he’s got a smooth, inviting tone that lingers in the ear. It gives his speech an eerie gravitas such that when he asks if “there is murder” in Pokemon Go, it comes off as a hilarious juxtaposition rather than just the inane ramblings of someone who hasn’t kept with the times.Like Chrisopher Walken, Herzog’s tone and presentation are distinctive enough that people have made plenty of parodies including the stellar Twitter account “Werner Twertzog.” Even so, because the man doesn’t use the internet for much of anything, you probably won’t even get the chance to speak to him… that was until now.If you log into Facebook and shimmy on over to the WernerBot page, then you can have a chat with Werner Herzog… or at least a bot that, if read in the German director’s distinct tone, is pretty amazing.During my brief chat, he seemed weirdly obsessed with getting me to read more. Which, to be fair, I probably should. He would obstinately reference 18th century philosophers and great thinkers of decades past as nauseum. It’s a good bit of fun and a great source of meta-humor.Part of the joke, for me anyway, is that Herzog’s essence has been hacked apart and replicated online via media he doesn’t understand. At the same time, he’s made guest appearances on shows like Rick and Morty, whose audience is disproportionately tech savvy, and he’s just released a documentary about the internet and all of its pioneers and bizarre subcultures.With all that, it’s hard to see the man as anything less than the epitome of self-parody.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Ceremonies mark Memorial Day activities in Clark County

first_imgTwo special flags — and an 80-foot flagpole to display one of them — will be part of Memorial Day activities Monday at Fort Vancouver and in Battle Ground.They are among several salutes in Clark County cemeteries or other community spaces honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country. Several will feature honor guards and musical performances.The weekend’s observances start Saturday with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas.The 11 a.m. ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be at the bandstand on the north side of the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, opposite Officers Row.Keynote speaker Col. Duke A. Pirak is commander of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland.Also scheduled to speak are host Larry Smith, retired Army colonel and former Vancouver mayor pro tem; Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann; Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt; and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.The ceremony will include the dedication of an 80-foot garrison flagpole on the Parade Ground.After two years of archaeological work, the flagpole is being installed in the same spot where an earlier pole — measuring 150 feet tall — flew the American flag during the 19th century. The ceremony is scheduled to include the raising of a large garrison flag.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Escondido City Council may join federal lawsuit against sanctuary law

first_img KUSI Newsroom Escondido City Council may join federal lawsuit against sanctuary law KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 29, 2018 March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Escondido City Council and the County Board of Supervisors may join in on the federal lawsuit against California’s sanctuary law.The City Council is expected to discuss the lawsuit during their April 4 meeting, and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said he expects it to pass.The Board of Supervisors is also expected to take on the issue during their closed-door meeting on April 17.If the Escondido City Council and the Board of Supervisors decide to join the federal lawsuit, they join the Orange County Board of Supervisors, along with several other Orange County cities.KUSI was joined by Escondido Mayor Sam Abed with more. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

HEA Presents Plan For Landfill Gas Energy Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association presented plans for a Landfill Gas Energy project at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on January 2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Using landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions produces positive outcomes for local communities and the environment. Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. Landfill gas is composed of roughly 50 percent methane (the primary component of natural landfill gas, 50 percent carbon dioxide) and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds. According to Salzetti the next step is to determine whether or not the project is viable. Salzetti: “Take a close landfill and you go in and drill holes into the existing closed landfill drill well, and you gather up that methane that’s generated from that waste. Compress the methane, and then you would put it into some reciprocating engines with some generatore. You would then generate electricity with that. That electricity would go out onto some grids, and provide energy to the members of Homer Electric Association.” In 2016, the borough  commissioned a Landfill Gas Utilization Feasibility study to look at the potential ways landfill gas could be used. After the study was complete the borough and HEA entered into a memorandum of agreement. The agreement is subject to funding by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and allows for HEA to come up with a conceptual design in order to determine a cost estimate on the project. Mike Salzetti, the manager of fuel supply and renewable energy for HEA: “Homer Electric is interested in smart renewable energy projects, and a project that shows great promise is a landfill gas project.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-HEA-landfill-project.mp3VmJennifer-on-HEA-landfill-project.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more


September 14, 2019 0

PM Modi gets Switzerlands support to tackle tax evasion

first_imgSwitzerland has promised to cooperate with Indian authorities to tackle black money stashed away in Swiss bank accounts by tax evaders, according to a statement released during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country.After a private meeting with Swiss President Johann Schneide-Ammann and a round-table discussion with Swiss businessmen, Modi said tackling tax evasion and combating black money would be a “shared priority” of the two countries.”We discussed the need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders. An early start to negotiations on the Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Information would be important in this respect,” he said.Schneider-Ammann reportedly said no figure has been suggested on the quantum of black money to be recovered. He confirmed that talks would begin this month.India is one of the early adopters of the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) standards approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Switzerland is set to adopt the standards by 2018. AEOI, according to the OECD website, facilitates exchange of “non-residential financial account information” annually to the tax officials in the account holder’s native country without a separate request for such information.India also became part of a global agreement for country-to-country reporting, as conceived under the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting norms, to disclose information on multi-national corporations who exceed €750 million in consolidated revenue.In a statement quoted by PTI, the Swiss President said the two countries “are making considerable progress in fighting tax fraud and evasion.”Support for India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group — the other concern that dominated Modi’s agenda in Switzerland — also elicited a positive response from the founding member of European Free Trade Association.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

New York Times Redskins cheerleaders describe uneasy night out in Costa Rica

first_imgIn a report published by the New York Times on Wednesday, a group of Washington Redskins cheerleaders described being required to pose topless for a photo shoot in front of male team sponsors and escort sponsors to a nightclub during a visit to the Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort in northwestern Costa Rica in 2013.“The first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification,” the Times reported.“For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators.“A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.”The New York Times reported that at the end of the day, the squad’s director told cheerleaders that some of them had been requested as escorts at a nightclub by male sponsors.“Several of them began to cry. ‘They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,’ one of the cheerleaders said. ‘We weren’t asked, we were told.’”The Times interviewed five cheerleaders for the story who spoke on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements they signed upon joining the squad. The Times also interviewed the Redskins’ longtime cheerleading director, Stephanie Jojokian, who disputed much of the women’s description of the trip. Read the full story here. Related posts:Seahawks flatten Packers as NFL seasons kicks off Indifference on the streets jeopardizes athlete safety Costa Rica’s Sele out of Korea U-20 World Cup 2017 Gold Cup: Costa Rica’s La Sele draws Canada 1-1 Facebook Commentslast_img read more


August 19, 2019 0

PO Cruises makes first stop in Margaret River

first_imgP&O Cruises’ superliner Pacific Jewel, will make the cruise lines first visit to Busselton tomorrow, anchoring in Geographe Bay at around 8am.The 70,310-tonne ship is due to make its maiden call with its 1950 guests transferring to the town for a full day of dining, sightseeing and shopping in the local area.Pacific Jewel is visiting the area during a three-night cruise from Fremantle, as part of her first ever season of Western Australian cruises.The ship will also enjoy a second call to Busselton on May 9, with each visit injecting around $200,000 into the local community.P&O Cruises senior vice president Sture Myrmell, said Busselton’s spectacular location and diverse offerings made it an ideal addition to the cruise line’s itineraries.“Margaret River has long been a popular holiday spot for local and interstate travellers thanks to its spectacular natural beauty,” Mr Myrmell said.“Our three-night SeaBreak cruises to Margaret River will provide a new perspective on all the area has to offer and are a great alternative to a weekend road trip with guests arriving relaxed and ready to explore.”The addition of two new ships to the P&O Cruises’ fleet in late November will pave the way for more itinerary options for Western Australian cruisers, with the 1500-passenger Pacific Eden to be based in Fremantle for a record three month season next year.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more


August 17, 2019 0

Default Rates on First and Second Mortgages Fall to New Lows

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Defaults Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-16 Esther Cho Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The default rate for first mortgages now stands at a post-recession low, and the default rate for second mortgages is at the lowest level in its more than 8-year history, according to data through September from the “”S&P Dow Jones Indices””:http://www.spdji.com/ and “”Experian””:http://www.experianplc.com/ for the “”S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-experian-consumer-credit-default-indices/en/us/?indexId=sp-experian-consumer-credit-default-indices. [IMAGE] The first mortgage default rate fell to 1.36 percent in September, the lowest level since the end of the 2007/2009 recession. The rate dropped from 1.40 percent in August and 1.99 percent in September 2011. At the same time, the second mortgage default rate bottomed to 0.64 percent, down from 0.72 percent in August 2012 and 1.32 percent a year ago. [COLUMN_BREAK]S&P/Experian indices also assessed the delinquency rate for other consumer loans, and found the bank card default rate declined in September to 3.70 percent while the auto loan default rate moved up to 1.11 percent. “”Bank card, first and second mortgage and composite default rates hit new post-recession lows. The first mortgage default rate has been down or flat for nine consecutive months, another positive housing market statistic,”” said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a release. In New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami, which are the five cities covered by the S&P/Experian indices, credit default rates were down. Three cities reached post-recession lows in September: Chicago (1.82 percent), New York (1.28 percent), and Los Angeles (1.45 percent).Blitzer noted that Miami, with a rate of 2.48, may not have reached a new low, but its rate is still “”an incredibly good number when you compare it to the 18.89% rate witnessed in May 2009.””””There is no doubt that from a borrowing perspective the consumer is in a much better place than two or three years ago,”” added Blitzer. “”We have seen broad-based declining trends in default rates through all of 2012, and all markets and loan types are at or near pre-recession lows.””center_img October 16, 2012 409 Views Default Rates on First and Second Mortgages Fall to New Lowslast_img read more


August 15, 2019 0

Third quarter GDP rises 09 per cent

first_imgSeasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.6 per cent in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the third quarter of 2017, and by 0.9 per cent in Cyprus compared with the previous quarter, according to an estimate published by Eurostat on Thursday.In the second quarter of 2017, GDP grew by 0.7 per cent in the EA19 and the EU28 and by 1.0 per cent in Cyprus.Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 2.6 per cent in both the euro area and the EU28 in the third quarter of 2017, and by 3.9 per cent in Cyprus.Meanwhile data released on Thursday by Cyprus’ Statistical Service (Cystat) showed that inflation increased by an annual 0.3 per cent in November, mainly due to price increases in housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.November is the second consecutive month with a positive inflation rate.The Consumer Price Index in November 2017 registered at 99.44 units compared to 99.34 units in the previous month.In the January – November 2017 period, the CPI marked an increase of 0.6 per cent compared with to the same period in 2016.Transport and Education also helped in maintaining inflation on a positive track.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

UnderSecretaryGeneral for Peacekeeping Operations due on Wednesday

first_imgJean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, is due in Cyprus on Wednesday.According to an UNFICYP announcement, Lacroix will be received by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission, Elizabeth Spehar and Unficyp’s Force Commander, Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir.During his visit he will also meet with peacekeepers, members of the diplomatic community, the Committee on Missing Persons and speak at an event to mark International Women’s Day.According to previous reports, the aim of the visit is to monitor the implementation of the strategic review of Unficyp that was decided by the Secretary-General and ratified through the Security Council resolution 2389 which renewed Unficyp’s mandate in January for a further six months.Diplomatic sources told CNA recently that  Lacroix would meet the leaders of the two communities. Despite the fact that the visit is not linked with the SG’s good offices mission, it is almost certain that Lacroix will convey to Antonio Guterres the views of the two leaders on the recent developments on the Cyprus problem, CNA cited its sources as saying.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

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January 21, 2019 0