Neiphiu Rio takes charge as Nagaland Chief Minister again

first_imgNeiphiu Rio has taken charge as Chief Minister of Nagaland on Thursday. BJP president Amit Shah was present as Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Rio and 11 others in the State capital Kohima.This is the fourth stint for Mr. Rio as Chief Minister, but the first as leader of the regional Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) that had forged a pre-poll alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).BJP leader Y. Patton was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister.The 60-member Nagaland House allows a maximum 12 Ministers. The new Ministry includes six from BJP, four from NDPP, the lone Janata Dal (United) legislator and an independent. Mr. Rio was with the Naga People’s Front (NPF) when he led the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government with the BJP and other parties thrice earlier. He joined the NDPP before the Assembly elections on February 27.Also Read  The NPF won 26 seats this time while the NDPP-BJP alliance won 30 seats. The latter mustered the support of JD(U) and the independent to stake claim to form the government last week.Should prove majority“This is a whole new challenge despite the experience of running the government earlier,” Mr Rio said after the swearing-in. Mr. Rio has to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly by March 16.Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju attended the event. It’s Neiphiu Rio finest hourlast_img read more

Wary Yanks Eye A-Roid Return

first_imgNEW YORK — When the New York Yankees take the field against Toronto for their opener on April 6, it will be 556 days since Alex Rodriguez last played in a major league game.Will he resemble the star who won three MVP awards?Or will he look more like the broken-down third baseman who hasn’t played a full season since 2007 due to leg injuries, operations on both hips and a season-long suspension this year for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract?“Really, until he gets out there and starts playing, you’re not going to know,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Spring training is more than three months from now, and already the spotlight is on A-Rod. Third base? First base? Designated hitter? The bench, if a suitable replacement is found?Addition or distraction?“You have the whole spectrum from minimal contributions to significant contributions,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said at the GM meetings in Phoenix.“We are certainly hoping for significant contributions. But I think as you went through the process from a general manager’s standpoint, you enter that process with the expectations low and hoping for the best. But I don’t think I can bank for our fan base on significant contributions and count on it and be surprised if it’s not there.”The only certainty is Rodriguez becoming the focal point wherever he goes.“When Alex has walked into spring training, when hasn’t there been a lot of attention on him over the last five years?” Girardi said. “So, yeah, there’s going to be attention. Some of it is going to be negative. Some of it is going to be positive. We’ll deal with it.”Rodriguez was limited to 44 games in 2013 following his second hip surgery. He turns 40 next July but wants to come back to earn the $61 million he is owed in salary in the final three years of his contract.Girardi spoke to A-Rod about potentially playing some first base on days Mark Teixeira is given off. “I just wanted to put the thought in his mind,” Girardi said. “He said let’s talk about it. So, we’ll sit down and talk about it.”But first is likely to be only a part-time destination. “He may be the everyday third baseman. He may be the everyday DH,” Cashman said. “I don’t know.”Chase Headley, obtained from San Diego in July, could be an option to take over from Rodriguez as the primary third baseman. “If I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman,” Cashman said.Headley is a free agent, and the Yankees have interest in re-signing him.“He really shored up our defense on that side, played a great third base,” Girardi said. “Grinded out at-bats, had some big hits for us and showed an extreme amount of toughness and was great in the clubhouse.”Girardi was at Yankee Stadium for the team’s United Service Organizations event to pack goods for American servicemen and servicewomen.While most of the questions were about Rodriguez, he also addressed New York’s offseason moves in the post-Derek Jeter era, of the need to “right the ship.” The Yankees hope to rebound from an 84-78 record, their poorest winning percentage since 1992.“I think there’s some question marks in our starting rotation, number one. There’s going to be some questions marks in our bullpen, and there’s some question marks on what our infield is going to be,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Martin Prado are coming back from injuries.New York also has some interest in re-signing Brandon McCarthy, acquired from Arizona last summer and also a free agent.“He struggled in Arizona for whatever reasons, but he pitched really well for us,” Girardi said. “He showed that he had the ability to pitch in New York, and I think that’s always important.”New York would like to re-sign closer David Robertson, another free agent. If he leaves, Dellin Betances likely would inherit the role. “It’s somewhat of a different mentality,” Girardi said. “I think he’s capable of handling it.”New York finished four games behind Oakland (88-74) for the second AL wild card, and Girardi watched from afar as Kansas City (89-73) reached Game 7 of the World Series before losing to San Francisco, with the potential tying run stranded at third.“It shows you how close you were to be possibly being a World Series team, which even makes it hurt more,” he said. “If you look at five games where you could have scored maybe 10 more runs, two runs a game, with all the one-run games, that could have been us.”___(RONALD BLUM and BOB BAUM)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

HMD Global set to launch most awaited phone on Aug 21 as Flipkart-exclusive, Nokia 6.1 Plus expected

first_imgHMD Global is all set to launch its launch its next phone in India on August 21. Although the company is yet to confirm the device, chances are Nokia 6.1 Plus is coming. Nokia has been teasing the upcoming smartphone by calling it the “most awaited phone” for a long time now. With just a day to go for the launch, HMD Global has announced that the upcoming Nokia phone — possibly the Nokia 6.1 Plus — will be Flipkart-exclusive. The landing page of the Nokia phone on Flipkart shows just the silhouette of the phone. It — too — doesn’t reveal the name of the upcoming Nokia phone.The support page of the Nokia 6.1 Plus has been live on the Nokia India website for quite sometime now. Not only that, the global variant of the Nokia 6.1 Plus was also spotted on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications suggesting it’s ready for its global launch. HMD Global has been teasing the phone for sometime now. The teaser shows a silhouette of what could be the Nokia 6.1 Plus together with the hashtag #BringItOn.The iconic musicians Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy come together for a jamming session and try guessing the secret behind Flipkart’s #TwoOfAKind. Watch the video to know what happens next!Stay tuned for August 21st! Know More: https://t.co/nhqm3jsnB3 pic.twitter.com/wDLckzVYWtFlipkart (@Flipkart) August 19, 2018The Nokia 6.1 Plus — which was previously launched in Hong Kong — is the first phone from HMD Global to come with a notched display. It also boasts off an all-glass design. As far as the specs are concerned, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.8-inch FHD+ display with 1080x2280p resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One device. Meaning, the phone runs stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box with a promise for timely security updates and Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future. The smartphone comes with dual camera setup consisting of a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front the Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The Nokia 6.1 Plus also comes with some AI support which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The smartphone is backed by a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.ALSO READ: HMD teases most awaited phone launch in India, Nokia 6.1 Plus expectedAs of now, there are no pricing details of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. But, chances are, it is going to be a mid-range phone. We can expect the Nokia 6.1 Plus to be priced around Rs 20,000 in India. With the Nokia 6.1 Plus, HMD Global is expected to take on the newly launched Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One phone.last_img read more

Arsenal would be crazy to sacrifice €70m Lacazette or Aubameyang

first_imgIt’s been just over a week since Arsenal collapsed so dramatically against Chelsea in the Europa League final, but the fall-out is already well underway.Failure to secure Champions League football for a third successive season means some difficult decisions will need to be made in the coming weeks as Unai Emery attempts to reshape a squad that missed out on a top-four place in the Premier League by a single point.Without Champions League football, however, finances are going to be tight once again at the Emirates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It’s not going to be as bad as in January, when the Gunners could only shop in the loan market, but Emery knows he is heading into the summer with a limited budget of around £45 million.That’s a figure that will be dwarfed by every other side that finished above them last season, aside from Chelsea who currently will be heading into the new season with a one-year transfer ban.It is a clear indicator of how difficult a job Emery is facing ahead of his second season in charge at the Emirates.The Spaniard admitted immediately after the defeat by Chelsea in Baku that reinforcements would be needed before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.“We have good, big players with experience and some young players,” said Arsenal’s head coach.“I think this year we’ve been closer to the other teams. But next year we need the same idea, also to add some new players to give us some situations we can improve.”Unai Emery Arsenal Chelsea Europa League 2019The process of adding to the squad started well before the end of last season, despite the club currently operating without a technical director – with Edu not due to arrive until the end of the Copa America next month.Emery has been working on deals alongside head of football Raul Sanllehi and head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao, with the Gunners looking to bring in several new faces.A centre-back, a left-back, a replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and a wide attacker are all viewed as a priority – with the Gunners also showing interest in Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier.But the big issue for the north London club is being able to finance the deals they are hoping to secure while working to such a minimal budget. The fact that PSG are looking for around £25 million for Meunier shows the difficulty they face.So to be able to fund such an overhaul, it’s clear that players must be sold to bring in money which can be added to the transfer budget.And that has led to the possibility being raised of the club cashing in one of their two star strikers.Between them, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 50 goals last season, with the latter ending his first full campaign in England with 31 in all competitions and 22 in the Premier League, a tally which earned him a share of the Golden Boot.Lacazette, meanwhile, chipped in with 19 on his way to being voted Arsenal’s player of the year by the club’s supporters.Both are huge fan favourites, but both have also been linked with moves away in recent weeks – with Lacazette believed to be on the radar of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid while Aubameyang is attracting interest from China.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Reports suggest that multiple Chinese teams are willing to offer Aubameyang £300,000 a week to lure him away from the Emirates and they would no doubt stump up more than the £55 million it took for Arsenal to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.For a player who will soon turn 30, that would be a very tempting offer for both parties. Arsenal would make a profit on an ageing striker and Aubameyang would guarantee himself one last big payday before retiring.But the fact is, Arsenal are not going to go out and get a better striker than Aubameyang. His goalscoring record is astonishing. He is one of only six players across Europe to score more than 25 times in each of the last five seasons.How can you sell a player who guarantees you goals at that sort of regularity? Yes, Arsenal may have to hand him a new deal to ensure his head does not get swayed by China’s riches and – given his age – that will mean he will have very little sell-on value down the line if he were to eventually leave.But there is still plenty of life left in Aubameyang and you could actually argue that he will get even better, should Emery bring in the top quality wide attacker he craves this summer. Such a wideman could supply the Gabon international with the sort of service he thrives on from the flanks.So as much as Arsenal need money to invest – and as much as they need to cut the wage bill – there have to be better options than selling one of Europe’s most fearsome forwards.And the same goes for Lacazette, who the club will soon open contract talks with in a bid to extend his stay in north London.Speaking ahead of the Europa League final, the France international admitted that he would be sitting down with Arsenal to discuss his future amid links to the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.”For me, I just think about the final, then after we will see with the club,” he told Standard Sport. “If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay. In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career.Alexandre Lacazette Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19“I wish it is not the last [good season] at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years.”It would be no surprise to see a big-money offer arrive from Spain this summer for Lacazette, especially if Atletico Madrid lose Antoine Griezmann – who could end up at Camp Nou.Barcelona do have an interest in the Arsenal striker, but he is behind Griezmann and Valencia’s Rodrigo on their shopping list. Lacazette would also have to settle for a place behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should he move to the Liga champions.But even if a bid did arrive, Arsenal should reject it out of hand. Selling your player of the season would send out entirely the wrong message and would have a terrible effect on morale ahead of the new season – both in the dressing room and among the fanbase.Lacazette is approaching his prime, his partnership with Aubameyang is up there with the best in Europe and his impressive link-up play is key in terms of the Arsenal attack. He may not be as prolific as his strike partner, but his game is about far more than just goals – something which is highlighted by the 10 assists he contributed last season.There are not many unsellable players at Arsenal – but the club’s two star forwards should very much fall into that bracket.If Arsenal need to raise funds then there are other areas that they should focus on. A buyer needs to be found for Shkodran Mustafi. If the interest from Inter in Granit Xhaka is genuine, then Sanllehi should do all he can to strike a good deal.Xhaka has had a good season under Emery and is also key to how Arsenal play, but he can comfortably be replaced with some smart scouting.Calum Chambers could also be sold. His stock is high following his impressive loan spell at Fulham but he is well behind Rob Holding in the pecking order at Arsenal and could bring in around £20 million in today’s market.Then there are the likes of David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson – not to mention Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil. The latter two will be incredibly difficult to shift given their wage packets, but Arsenal need to be ruthless when it comes to those high earners.There are so many areas of the squad that need improving, but up front is not one of them. That is the one position where Arsenal are the envy of most teams in Europe. Emery should build a team around Aubameyang and Lacazette, not look to cash in on one of them.last_img read more

Helping People Is My Calling Says Jamaica 55 Anniversary Awardee

first_img Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.” Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development.“My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Balls recounted that friends and some of her fellow recipients are delighted with her award, saying: “Full time. You’ve been working for so long. It’s well earned.”This award is for her years of work in the field of public service, specifically social intervention. “When you do what you love, your work becomes your passion. Hence it doesn’t feel like work. I love to help people. That’s my passion,” Ms. Balls tells JIS News.Her journey began in 2001 as Project Manager in Grants Pen, where she oversaw the establishment of the Shortwood Road Branch Library, and the upgrade of the football field and multipurpose courts at the New Day Primary and Junior High School, and a carpentry/woodwork facility at the Stella Maris Foundation in the community. Five hundred persons were placed in jobs under this project and over 2,000 individuals participated in conflict resolution.The projects were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the private sector.“I believe our greatest asset is our people. No one should be left behind. They have so much potential, but they need help to bring it to fruition,” says Ms. Balls.At this time, Montego Bay is her focus area. The Special Projects Coordinator has facilitated capacity-building and problem-solving initiatives in six communities in the Second City, namely Flanker, Mount Salem, Salt Spring, Canterbury, Rose Heights and Norwood.The short-term priorities for these communities include trauma care for victims of violence, effective parenting, infrastructural development, reduction of gender-based violence and improved conflict-resolution capacity of the residents.She is currently working with community members to implement some of these initiatives. Additionally, she is assisting with the build phase in Mount Salem, which forms part of the social-development component of the Ministry’s Five-Pillar Strategy.“Social intervention is critical in bringing about a more caring society. I interact with the residents on a daily basis, and get the buy-in from them,” says Ms. Balls.“A good day for me is when someone in the community has achieved something outstanding from one of the programmes,” she adds.When asked what her solution is for the youth, she advised: “Get them working. Get them to build their capacity and enhance their employability. I grew up seeing persons around me working”.The Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica is the culmination of the nearly year-long celebrations, which officially began in August 2017. “My philosophy is about doing the full gamut of social intervention – individuals and infrastructure. Helping people is my calling. I have a natural ability for that, which I have enhanced with a Master’s degree in National Development and Project Planning that I did in England,” she tells JIS News. Story Highlights Special Projects Coordinator in the Ministry of National Security, Patricia Leonie Balls, is among 65 institutions and persons who have been bestowed with the Prime Minister’s Jamaica 55 Commemorative Medal of Appreciation for the roles they have played in the country’s development. last_img read more

Keel Laid for First of Four Crowley’s Product Tankers

first_imgzoom Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) hosted a keel laying ceremony yesterday, September 24th for the first of four Crowley Maritime Corp. product tankers.The 330,000-barrel, Jones Act tankers are being built through a joint venture between Crowley and Aker.Keeping with the long-held shipbuilding tradition, several coins were placed by representatives from Crowley, APSI and others on one of the keel blocks before the unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. The coins are a ceremonial sign of good fortune and safe travels.Steinar Nerbovik, APSI’s managing director, said: “Rich in tradition, the keel laying ceremony is a proud milestone for the shipyard and an important step in the vessel’s construction. These U.S.-built vessels play an important role in our country’s energy independence while providing good jobs for the men and women who build and sail her.”Crowley’s Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime is providing construction management services for the product tankers. Jensen now has an on-site office and personnel at the Philadelphia shipyard to ensure strong working relationships with Aker staff and a seamless construction and delivery program.“Adding these new Jones Act tankers to our fleet allows us to continue providing our customers with diverse and modern equipment to transport their petroleum and chemical products in a safe and reliable manner,” said Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum and chemical transportation. The new 50,000 dwt product tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements.The vessels will be constructed with consideration for the use of LNG for propulsion in the future. When completed, the vessel will be 600 feet long and be capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products.Delivery of the new tankers is expected in 2015 and 2016.Press Release, September 25, 2014last_img read more

Joe Biden To Speak Ellen Page To Be Honored At Human Rights

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual HRC National Dinner on the evening of October 3, 2015, in Washington, DC.In addition, HRC announced that seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney will present HRC’s National Vanguard Award to Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page for her courage and leadership. Retired NBA athlete Jason Collins and Blossom Brown are also slated to address the sold-out gathering. As previously announced, multi-platinum selling Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, and multi-platinum selling Grammy award-winning A Great Big World – joined by Hip-Hop artist Futuristic – will perform.“Vice President Biden has stood up for the rights of all Americans to live their lives free from discrimination and fear throughout his remarkable career, and he’s a true champion of LGBT equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From his historic announcement in support of marriage equality to his ongoing commitment to achieving full federal equality for LGBT Americans, the Vice President has proven time and again that he’s a stalwart ally to our community, and we’re honored he’ll be joining us to deliver the keynote address at the HRC National Dinner.”As both Senator and Vice President of the United States, Vice President Biden’s work to advance LGBT equality is just one chapter in a remarkable lifetime of service to our country. He has played an integral role in the Obama Administration’s unprecedented legacy of progress for the LGBT community. At HRC’s Spring Equality Convention in March, the Vice President called for the passage of new federal LGBT non-discrimination protections. “We have to pass the federal non-discrimination legislation, and we need to pass it now,” said Biden. A few months later, the landmark Equality Act – comprehensive legislation that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives – was introduced in Congress. At an HRC event in Los Angeles last year, Biden highlighted the importance of defending LGBT rights abroad in the United States’ foreign policy agenda.In addition, Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page will be presented with an award by seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney at the event highlighting the organization’s work fighting for full LGBT equality. Page has charmed audiences and critics with captivating performances in a wide range of films. In addition, Page – who made the bold decision to come out publicly at HRC’s first annual Time to THRIVE conference – continues to set a powerful example for LGBT and allied youth around the world. Her coming out speech was viewed more than a half-million times within the first 12 hours after the video was uploaded to HRC’s YouTube page. Page will be introduced and presented the HRC National Vanguard Award by seven-time Emmy Award winner, Allison Janney, who has co-starred with Page in three films: Juno, Touchy Feely, and the to-be-released Talullah.“Ellen Page has been an inspiration for LGBT youth around the world,” said Griffin. “Her willingness to speak her truth for all to hear, and to confront injustice against LGBT people, has made her a role model and there is no one more deserving of HRC’s National Vanguard Award. And it’s only fitting that the award will be presented by such a strong ally to our cause as Allison Janney.”Retired NBA athlete Jason Collins and Blossom Brown are also slated to speak. Jason Collins was the first openly gay player to be signed by an NBA team. Collins and Blossom Brown, a transgender student and HRC volunteer who was featured in a television ad from HRC’s “All God’s Children” campaign and has appeared on I Am Cait and the Ellen Degeneres Show, will share more about their personal journeys, the challenges they’ve faced, and the victories they’ve claimed living open and authentic lives.“Jason Collins changed the world of sports for the better when he came out, and Blossom Brown has helped to lift the voices of the transgender community by showing true courage in sharing her story,” added Griffin.The 19th annual HRC National Dinner, which is expected to draw over 3,000 guests, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. More information is available at www.hrcnationaldinner.org.As previously announced, Hillary Clinton will speak to the organization at a separate event on the morning of the National Dinner. Approximately 800 grassroots leaders from across the country – including the HRC Board of Directors, HRC Board of Governors, HRC staff, and volunteer leaders and supporters from the organization’s over 1.5 million members and supporters in all 50 states – will hear from Secretary Clinton.last_img read more

Amber Guiboche missing in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs political rhetoric continues with missing and murdered women cases and how the $10 million should be used, another family in Winnipeg fears it is facing a dark reality.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

First Nations man credits healthy lifestyle for weight loss

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nations man from northern Saskatchewan has astonished his community by losing nearly 90 kilograms or 200 pounds.His feat has also prompted others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf visited the man in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.last_img

Hudsons Bay Co CEO Gerald Storch leaving executive chairman assuming CEO role

first_imgTORONTO – The CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co. will leave the company and return to his consulting firm next month, the company says — less than two months after he helped bring the Canadian department-store chain to an international market.Gerald Storch, who joined the Toronto-based retailer in January 2015, will return to Storch Advisors effective Nov. 1, the company said in a statement.“I’m looking forward to returning to my advisory firm to work with a range of companies during this transformational time for the retail industry,” Storch, who also once held the top job at Toys “R” Us, said.Richard Baker, whom Storch succeeded in the top role, will resume the CEO’s duties on an interim basis, while the company searches for a permanent replacement.Baker said he and the board are grateful for Storch’s work, which included leading cost-cutting efforts and addressing the challenges for the company’s multiple banners in a fast-evolving retail environment.The team at HBC (TSX:HBC) is focused on delivering a strong holiday season and looking forward at getting the most value from its retail and real estate assets, Baker said.The retailer, which owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, has been struggling in a shifting retail landscape where consumers are increasingly turning to online shopping.This summer, the company announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs and faced pressure from an activist investor to unlock value in its real estate holdings.HBC has remained focused on its European expansion, with the first Hudson’s Bay store opening last month in the Netherlands.At the time, Storch said there was a big gap in the Dutch market between a very-high end luxury player and discount chains, and he expected the company to be welcomed with open arms.Storch’s departure was announced after the Toronto Stock Exchange closed Friday. The stock was at $11.96 in Toronto prior to the announcement.last_img read more

Spain honours visit of Chinas Xi inks business deals

first_imgMADRID — Spain has rolled out the red carpet for visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is seeking global allies amid souring trade clashes with Washington.Xi and King Felipe VI have reviewed Spain’s guard of honour at the Royal Palace in the Spanish capital while Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and Spanish Queen Letizia observed the ceremony from a podium.Xi is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez later Wednesday and both will preside over the signing of around 20 government and business agreements, including a deal to export on-the-bone legs of Iberian ham to the Chinese market.The Chinese leader follows his two-day visit to Spain by flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders’ summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until Dec. 5.The Associated Presslast_img read more

His TV show axed The Weather Channel will bring Al Roker to

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 10:10 am MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email His TV show axed, The Weather Channel will bring Al Roker to a smaller screen FILE – In this March 16, 2015 file photo, Al Roker attends the premiere of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Roker will be the headliner for “The Lift,” a digital offering that could have intriguing implications for television programs. It will launch on Oct. 15, available on the network’s mobile app on weekdays between 6 and 11 a.m. EDT. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – After The Weather Channel cancelled his morning show, Al Roker is coming back on a much smaller screen.He’s the headliner for “The Lift,” a digital offering that could have intriguing implications for television programs. It will launch on Oct. 15, available on the network’s free mobile app on weekdays between 6 and 11 a.m.Each day’s program will include six minutes of weather news, science and nature stories, fun videos and eventually local forecasts tailored to the mobile device owner (development of the local forecast technology won’t be ready for the launch). “The Lift” comes a few weeks after The Weather Channel axed the two-hour morning show, “Wake Up with Al,” that Roker had hosted.“Was I sad to see ‘Wake Up with Al’ go?” Roker asked. “Absolutely. But it was a better opportunity to utilize my time. Two hours is two hours, and this is a considerably shorter show.”The Weather Channel cited research from eMarketer that 65 per cent of smartphone users in the U.S. check their devices within 15 minutes of waking up. The morning is also the network’s busiest time of day as viewers check to see what their day will be like.Mobile users will see a link to “The Lift” when they open their Weather Channel app. They will be able to watch it as a six-minute show or in individual segments 40 to 60 seconds long.Roker said he can see “The Lift” being a model for other information-based television shows or networks as a way to augment their reach.“Other programmers will migrate to that model before long,” he said.The show will primarily be produced out of a newly-built Atlanta studio, with Roker filming his contributions from New York or elsewhere when he’s sent on location by the “Today” show. Meteorologists Domenica Davis and Ari Sarsalari will also be featured on “The Lift.”“It’s like the difference between having a sit-down breakfast or a good grab-and-go,” Roker said. read more

Black Lightning Becomes a Mentor and Loses One

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. When you call your episode “Revelations,” you’d better deliver. That’s the lofty promise Black Lightning made this week, and it came through. I was already excited about this show, and last night’s episode made it even better. Black Lightning is wanted by the law, and his standing in the community has suffered. Lady Eve’s criminal activity was apparently not known to most people. As far as they’re concerned, Black Lightning killed a successful woman. That’s a bad look. The superhero himself though, is more concerned with training his daughter. It’s fun watching them fight together, though the moment when he drives home the importance of not harming civilians is a little awkward. It’s totally within Jefferson’s character that he feels everyone needs to be protected. But there had to have been a better way to do it than “racists are people too.”That ends soon enough, and we get back to Gambi being shady as hell. He meets with a mysterious man in a parking lot who’s convinced that Black Lightning is behind Lady Eve’s death. See, she wasn’t an ordinary crime boss. She was a shadowy organization’s liaison to the 100. It’s an organization Gambi is apparently involved in. Her job was to distribute Green Light to the streets of Freeland. Whoever this group is, they’re using the citizens of Freeland as guinea pigs in some kind of mass drug experiment.James Remar as Gambi (Photo: Eli Joshua)Gambi keeps going back and forth about whose side he’s really on, too. As Jefferson and Anissa investigate Lady Eve’s morgue, Gambi brings up the fact that there’s a price on Black Lightning’s head now. He pretends not to know, but to us, that’s clearly a lie. Jefferson is such a dad in this scene; it’s kind of touching. He goes to great effort to turn every detail into a teachable moment. How much force to use and the importance of remembering that lives are worth protecting. He’s so focused on being a good mentor/father, he misses a big piece of evidence. Good thing both Anissa and Gambi are paying attention. The burn marks on Lady Eve aren’t consistent with electrocution, at least not from a lightning blast. Burn marks like that suggest some kind of portable superweapon. A nuclear powered portable superweapon. That’s a decent clue.Gambi’s able to track the radiation from the murder scene to the woods outside town. He insists on investigating by himself, but Jefferson is having none of it. He wants the opportunity to better train his daughter. To him, Gambi’s frustration seems like concern. It’s clear to us though, that he’s just nervous about what Jefferson will find. There’s a decent amount of intrigue in this episode that keeps things tense. While Jefferson and Gambi work to clear Black Lightning’s name, Lynn tries to recover her research into Green Light. She finds a connection between the drug and a 30-year-old vaccine that Jefferson’s father was working on. The trail runs cold there. She only has one option left.Christine Adams as Lynn (Photo: Bob Mahoney The CW)She goes to see Gambi to find out if he’s got any information. He instantly shuts down, and Lynn puts two and two together. This series doesn’t just tell you she’s the smarter parent; it shows you. She figures out that Gambi came to town right at the same time the vaccine entered Freeland. She connects it to the fact that Gambi never talks about his life before moving to Freeland. He doesn’t even deny it. He just says it’s time he talked with Jefferson. It’s such a shock to her that she can’t even enjoy Jefferson’s story of how Anissa saved his life. While investigating the woods, they found the bodies of the assassins that took out Lady Eve. They also find a disposable henchman set to retrieve them, not knowing they’d explode. Anissa catches on quicker than Jefferson, who’s stuck in lecture mode. She saves his life and at that moment, Jefferson realizes exactly what kind of superhero he raised.He can’t celebrate for long, though. Lynn is oddly distant as he shares the exciting story of how his daughter saved his life. She tells him he needs to talk to Gambi. Finally, we get the answer to the question this show has been dancing around since week two. Gambi is part of a government agency called the ASA. When he came to Freeland 30 years ago, they were experimenting with a vaccine that would subdue and pacify a population. Gambi was sent to administer the experiment. When he found out it was giving some kids super powers, and killing most of them, Gambi leaked the information to Jefferson’s father. That’s what got him killed. The government using drugs to keep down an already marginalized population is the kind of conspiracy this show is uniquely poised to handle well. It’s already established itself as a show that uses superheroes to talk about systemic racism. Even if it can be a little hamfisted about it at times, I don’t see many other shows taking quite this big a swing. It should also make for an enthralling story. If I weren’t already way into Black Lightning, this would do it.Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce and Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce (Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW)This is one of those rare cases where a thing where a thing with the word “Revelations” in the title actually contains legitimate, surprising revelations. It wasn’t too heavy on the superhero action, but every scene moved the story forward. Plus, the few action scenes it did have were filled with character development, drama and humor. Black Lighting is awkwardly trying to strike a balance between father, teacher and superhero will never stop being funny. And it looks like we’re going to get even more of that. Another fun part of the episode centered around Jennifer discovering her powers. When she gets scared, much like Anissa at first, her eyes start to glow and energy shoots from her hands. More family superheroism is coming.And then there’s the whole story with LaLa. He’s back, he’s scary and he’s talking to a ghost. Of a woman that he killed. He’s making out with the ghost. Of the woman he killed. He’s freaking out his two underlings along with the rest of us. I think the show is building him up to be the end-of-season villain. Tobias Whale is turning out to be more of a series villain. Someone they want to keep around like a bad guy for multiple seasons. Lala, whatever’s going on with him now, could turn out to be a more immediate threat to Black Lightning as it heads toward the end of its first season. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

The 11 Best Twilight Zone Episodes On Netflix

first_imgIt’s easy to forget, but Netflix doesn’t just do original programming! The service’s record on TV shows has been a little spotty in the past, but the masterminds behind the scenes did us a solid recently when they added the first four seasons of Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone.Originally premiering in 1959, The Twilight Zone was a half-hour anthology helmed by Serling that took inspiration from the thriving horror and sci-fi scene of the era, delivering brisk single-episode stories that were often characterized by a third act twist. Most of the show’s contemporaries don’t hold up all that well half a century later, but there’s something about The Twilight Zone that is timeless – despite the black & white footage and primitive effects, they captureHere are our pick for 11 must-watch episodes streaming right now.The Eye of the BeholderIf you’ve gone your whole life without spoiling the twist of a TV show from 58 years ago, we’re not going to ruin your streak. Let’s just say that “The Eye Of The Beholder” stars Beverly Hillbillies cutie Donna Douglas as a young woman who has undergone eleven plastic surgeries on her hideously deformed face and is awaiting the results of the last one. The Twilight Zone was never afraid to take strange approaches to life’s great questions, and this episode combines some startlingly effective makeup with a dramatic and intense third act reveal to create an unforgettable half hour of television.The Monsters Are Due on Maple StreetFor all the supernatural shenanigans that showed up on The Twilight Zone, the show’s essential moral message is that we have more to fear from ourselves – and each other – than the unknown. No episode illustrates this quite like “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” written by Serling himself. A bucolic suburb is shocked by a sudden flash of light and the shadow of a strange craft overhead, and it isn’t long before neighbor is turning on neighbor with accusations of being a space alien in disguise. This taut little thriller really encapsulates the show in a nutshell, and great performances by some of the era’s finest character actors deliver it home.I Shot an Arrow Into the AirSpace travel was a popular preoccupation in the early 1960s, as we prepared to launch a man to the Moon for the first time. Nobody really knew what to expect out there, which is why “I Shot an Arrow Into the Air” works so well. A crew of eight astronauts crash-land in barren, rocky terrain, their navigation ruined somewhere in space. Four survive the landing and set out to explore their new world, only to discover that it’s bleak and lifeless. With resources running low, the quartet turns on each other over the last canteen of water, but when they cross the line into murder it sets up one of the show’s most startling endings.The ShelterImpending nuclear armageddon was a big deal as the Cold War heated up, and Serling loved to poke at the frailty of Man’s redoubts against it. In “The Shelter,” suburban doctor Bill Stockton has built a fallout bunker in his basement, as was the thing to do back then. During his birthday party, surrounded by friends and neighbors, air raid sirens sound and it appears that the Big One is upon them. And that’s the cue for the fabric of civility to break down, as Bill’s shelter only has room and food for his family. A gripping examination of how far we’ll go to preserve our lives even at the expense of others, this is like a Walking Dead episode a half century early.Twenty-TwoOne of the most viscerally horrifying episodes in Twilight Zone canon, “Twenty-Two” tells the tale of dancer Liz Powell, who winds up in the hospotal for exhaustion and begins to suffer intense recurring nightmares where she is compelled by an unknown force to follow a nurse down to the hospital morgue, where the nurse tells her “Room for one more.” The use of repetition and audio cues – a ticking clock, a breaking glass – create an atmosphere of pure existential dread that continues all the way until the episode’s climax, which is about as close to a “happy ending” as the show ever delivered.The Midnight SunOne of the most interesting things about The Twilight Zone in hindsight is how the show used its limited special effects budget to evoke situations beyond human ken. In the Season 3 episode The Midnight Sun, the Earth has spun off its axis and entered an elliptical orbit that’s bringing it closer and closer to the center of the solar system. As temperatures rise, the two last residents of a New York apartment building slowly lose their minds in a gripping character study. If you’re stressed out about global warming, this one will probably give you a straight up heart attack.The Hitch-HikerOne of the things the show did so well was create a feeling of oppressive dread around even the most commonplace circumstances, and the first season episode “The Hitch-Hiker” is a terrific example. Inger Stevens plays Nan Adams, a young woman driving from New York to Los Angeles. After she blows out a tire in Pennsylvania, she spots a disheveled hitchhiker on the side of the road but doesn’t stop to pick him up. When Nan sees the same man again in Virginia, though, things start to get weird. Stevens is captivating as a woman losing her mind one mile at a time, and although the final twist is sort of obvious, it’s delivered so beautifully and brutally that it works.The SilenceBets and wagers were popular plot devices for suspense writers of Serling’s era, and “The Silence” stands out for being one of only three Twilight Zone episodes without any supernatural or fantastic elements. It’s a testament to the gimmick that it still packs a punch without them. When a senior member of a private gentleman’s club gets fed up with the ceaseless chatter, he bets Jamie Tennyson that he can’t remain silent for a year. He accepts, is sealed within a glass-walled room continually monitored by microphones, and then the fun begins. The ending delivers a double twist so harsh that it’ll leave you wincing – let’s just say there are no winners in this bet, just losers.The InvadersAlthough the show is known for Rod Serling’s introductory narration, one of the best episodes they ever did has virtually no dialogue. Horror writer Richard Matheson penned season 2 outing “The Invaders,” which stars Agnes Moorehead as an elderly woman who lives alone in a cabin in the woods with no electricity or modern conveniences. When a flying saucer lands on her roof bearing a pair of six inch high humanoids armed with futuristic weapons, it starts a battle for her life that has one of the show’s most notorious twist endings. Moorehead’s performance is astounding – she really makes you believe that these little bastards are threatening despite the primitive special effects.A World Of DifferenceThe thing that elevated The Twilight Zone from imitators like The Outer Limits was its willigness to be nearly literary in its plot conceits. “A World Of Difference” illustrates that perfectly with its heady metafictional conceit. At the episode’s start, we meet businessman Arthur Curtis as he plans a vacation with his wife. All of a sudden, a director yells “Cut!” and we learn that Curtis is in reality an actor named Gerald Raigan – only he doesn’t. Is he so lost in the role that he’s lost his mind, or is something much weirder going on? The answer may well surprise you.Time Enough at LastHenry Bemis is one of the most perfectly-drawn characters in the Twilight Zone, a bespectacled bookworm bank teller who takes refuge in the vault while the world ends and comes out to find that he’s the last man on Earth. Burgess Meredith – well-known as the Penguin from the kitschy 60s Batman TV series – carries an entire episode on his able shoulders, taking us on Henry’s emotional journey as he realizes that being forever alone might not be as bad as he thinks. The closing twist of this one is one of the show’s most mean-spirited and has been endlessly parodied and homaged.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Bahamas Reports to UN Human Rights FNM Govt plans to Amend Nationality

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 23, 2018 – New York City – The FNM Administration plans to even the law when it comes to the nationality of children born to Bahamians, the Attorney General during his report to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations last week said that what a 2016 referendum failed to do for equity’s sake, the Minnis Administration will do when it amends The Bahamas Nationality Act.“The minor child of a Bahamian male or female, wherever born, in or out of wedlock, will be entitled to be registered as a Bahamian upon application by the parents.”There have been mixed reactions to the presentation by Bahamas Attorney General, Carl Bethel who led a delegation at the Universal periodic review in Geneva, Switzerland.  The AG’s legal posture and comments on behalf of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as it relates to hot button issues like marital rape and equality for transgender residents of The Bahamas was met with some backlash but equally interesting was his comments on how The Bahamas will now aim to deal with ‘statelessness’.“The Government plans to introduce an Independent Review Committee chaired by a retired Chief Justice, to review all pending applications for citizenship in an effort to clear the enormous backlog that currently exists, allowing those applicants who qualify for citizenship to receive and enjoy the citizenship promised by the constitution.  The committee will make recommendations in all cases to the immigration board and the minister, which recommendations will ordinarily be followed, unless there are compelling reasons of National Security or public safety.”While the Attorney General on Jan 17 2018 reported on progresses like criminal cases more quickly reaching trial stage, cut down from a year to two months, he also reported on challenges including improvements necessary at the migrant detention center and highlighted areas where Bahamians were not culturally or democratically prepared to budge.   Among them: capital punishment, the death penalty will stay as Bahamians see it as lawful though an execution has not happened in 17 years … and corporal punishment which will remain legal within schools and homes once reasonably carried out.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasNationalityAct#IndependentReviewCommittee Related Items:#BahamasNationalityAct, #IndependentReviewCommittee, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Navy veteran homeowner Marine tenants to take HOA to court

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Military FacebookTwitter September 25, 2018 Updated: 10:40 PM Navy veteran homeowner, Marine tenants, to take HOA to court Ashlie Rodriguez center_img Posted: September 25, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, 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 SettingsOCEANSIDE (KUSI) – An Oceanside Navy veteran takes his homeowners’ association to court after it said he was violating rules 10 years after he bought two homes in the neighborhood.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez was live from the Arrowwood community where those two homes are located. last_img read more

Student admits to posting gun violence prank against Booker T Washington

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A threat posted to Facebook against a high school in Miami has been revealed to be a prank by a student.The message, directed at Booker T. Washington High School, read, “Booker T. finna get shot up on Monday. Don’t say you weren’t warned.”According to Miami-Dade Schools, the student who posted the threat admitted that it was a prank directed at another student. School officials said the student will be disciplined.As a precaution on Monday, additional police were stationed at the school, located at 1200 NW 6th Ave.This is the second threat against a Miami-Dade County school in less than a week. A message was found on a bathroom wall at Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center in Homestead, Friday.Officials at that school called in deemed the threat “non-credible,” allowing classes to resume. The student behind that note was later found and disciplined.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OEA Offering Assistance to Communities Coping with Significant Cutbacks in Personnel

first_imgCommunities responding to announced reductions in force structure and personnel can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to organize and better understand how the reductions may affect local housing, schools and businesses, according to a March 18 Federal Register notice.States, counties or municipalities can apply for OEA’s community adjustment planning assistance if they expect to experience personnel reductions resulting in the loss of at least:2,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in an urban area; or1,000 military, civilian, or contractor personnel in the case of a non-urban area.The OEA director must also determine whether the losses “constitute a direct and significant adverse consequence” on a community and its residents, according to the notice. In cases affecting multiple jurisdictions, affected jurisdictions would be required to apply jointly for a single assistance program.Applicants would be required to provide at least 10 percent of the project cost.Examples of activities that could be funded under this program include:operating and maintaining a community-based organization to represent an affected area and its workers, businesses and communities;preparing strategies and plans for sustainable economic recovery;carrying out a community adjustment and economic diversification program; andplanning and carrying out local economic adjustment programs.Planning assistance can be used for feasibility studies; organizational staffing, operating, and administrative expenses; redevelopment and economic development capacity building; public outreach; and other activities necessary for a community to respond to the adverse impact of defense spending reductions on local schools, housing markets and central business districts.OEA will consider proposals on a continuing basis — subject to available appropriations — as an end date for this program has not yet been determined. For more information, contact James Holland, program director, at james.p.holland8.civ@mail.mil. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

CM KCR to visit Chintamadaka tomorrow

first_imgChief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will visit his native place Chintamadaka tomorrow. Arrangements have been made in the village for his visit tomorrow. Former minister and Siddipet MLA Harish Rao reviewed the arrangements. The chief minister is learned to be spending time with the villagers and his childhood friends where he will also have lunch with them. Later, he will oversee the development activities in the village. The government is planning to accord Rs 10 lakh to every household through various schemes, according to officials. This is the second time in a month that KCR is visiting his native place. Earlier, he visited Chintamadaka to learn the issues faced by the villages and later accorded funds to the village development after speaking to the sarpanch.last_img read more

GoT Arya Stark dies in spoiler episode Maisie Williams slip of tongue

first_imgReutersEverything was going as planned inside NBC’s Studio 6-B, the audience was having a great time, the cameras had enough juice in their batteries, even Maisie Williams and Jimmy Fallon were having a good chat.As Arya Stark went on talking about her experience and moments from the sets of Game of Thrones, Jimmy constantly kept on teasing her to reveal some spoilers from the upcoming season of the hit HBO show.Maisie Williams finally gave in to Jimmy Fallon’s persuasion and since the folks at HBO had already warned the actors not to divulge anything, Maisie recalled how everyone was emotional when the shooting ended. But out of nowhere, Maisie accidentally revealed that Arya Stark would be dying in the second episode.On hearing Maisie Williams say that loud, there was a pin-drop silence inside Studio 6-B. The audience was in shock, even Jimmy Fallon could not believe his ears that Maisie Williams, who has not, for the past 10 years, revealed anything about the previous seasons just let slip a spoiler for one of the most important characters on the show.Though Jimmy did try to manage the situation by assuring Maisie they will edit that part out, Maisie could not stay calm. Her hand was shaking, her finger could clearly be seen shivering with fear, as she said, “They are gonna tweet.” Jimmy tried his best and started to shoot again but, Maisie was already terrified by the trouble that she had caused.She left the interview in the middle, leaving Jimmy all by himself, stunned without any idea what to do next. The audience can be heard trying to assure Maisie, that they will not post any spoilers or updates but, all those efforts were in vain as Maisie could not be found. She had left but did she leave the building?Jimmy decided to go check on her, so he pulled the blue curtains that lead backstage and from there Maisie came out shouting, ‘April Fools’!Guess, for a time we were really disappointed that Maisie would reveal such an important plot, but thank God, she did not reveal anything.last_img read more