first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 7.40 cents at $5.0560 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.80 cents at $3.7360 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 2.40 cents at $2.75 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans lost .40 cent at 8.82 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .95 cent at $1.25 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .40 cent at $1.49 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up .23 cent at .6115 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

The Government estimates that some 45,000 people were uprooted and 62 killed after tensions between South Africans and foreigners – mainly Africans, and including refugees and asylum-seekers – erupted into violence last May. Many of those who were attacked – a large percentage of them being Zimbabweans – had originally moved to South Africa to escape persecution in their own countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Although the situation has calmed down since then, fears of fresh violence remain. UNHCR is assisting the Government and independent humanitarian organizations, such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) in their efforts to combat the xenophobia. The NMF has launched a two-year strategy to help promote peaceful co-existence between South Africans and foreigners and to look at the root causes of last year’s violence. The initiative includes meetings where people living in mixed nationality communities can come together to discuss the challenges they face while at the same time looking for sustainable solutions. The NMF will facilitate 30 such dialogues in five provinces, targeting areas worst affected by xenophobia, such as Alexandra Township in Johannesburg and Langa Township in Cape Town.The organization has invited UNHCR, which has long opposed xenophobic behaviour in South Africa, to sit on its steering committee and help implement the plan. The agency will also provide financial and technical support. “Initiatives of this nature are to be welcomed,” said UNHCR Regional Representative Sanda Kimbimbi. “We will certainly play our part to ensure that the NMF and other credible institutions achieve our collective goal of combating xenophobic tendencies.” 1 May 2009The United Nations refugee agency is supporting efforts to combat xenophobia in South Africa, where tens of thousands fled their homes last year after a wave of attacks on foreigners. read more

Briefing reporters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said that, as of yesterday, provisional figures showed that 3,949,528 Afghans had enrolled to vote so far. An average of almost 90,000 people is registering every day. The proportion of women has also increased to 35.8 per cent – up from 30 per cent a month ago and 16 per cent when the registration process began last December. This trend has occurred as registration has moved beyond eight major cities and into rural areas. At the same time, the estimate of the total number of eligible voters in Afghanistan has been revised down to 9.5 million from 10.5 million. Mr. de Almeida e Silva said authorities revised their figures after receiving detailed statistical data from more provinces. An exact number will not be available until after Afghanistan completes its next census, scheduled for next year. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in September, and Mr. de Almeida e Silva said voter registration may be extended from its cut-off date of the end of this month, given the current steady stream of registrations. “The idea is to offer as many opportunities for as long as possible for as many Afghans as they wish to register,” he said. read more

US employers add 162K jobs as unemployment rate falls to 7.4 per cent, lowest since Dec. 2008 WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 per cent to a 4 1/2-year low of 7.4 per cent.The rate fell because more Americans said they were working, though some people stopped looking for a job and were no longer counted as unemployed.Friday’s report from the Labor Department pointed to a less-than-robust job market. It suggested that the economy’s subpar growth and modest consumer spending are making many businesses cautious about hiring.The government said employers added a combined 26,000 fewer jobs in May and June than it previously estimated. Americans worked fewer hours in July, and their average pay dipped. And many of the jobs employers added last month were for lower-paying work at stores, bars and restaurants.For the year, job growth has remained steady. The economy has added an average 200,000 jobs a month since January, though the pace has slowed in the past three months to 175,000.Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, called the employment report “slightly negative,” in part because job growth for May and June was revised down.Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West, said it showed “a mixed labour market picture of continued improvement but at a still frustratingly slow pace.”The reaction from investors was muted. Stock averages closed with modest gains. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.6 per cent from 2.71 per cent — a sign that investors think the economy remains sluggish and might need continued help from the Federal Reserve.The Fed will review the July employment data in deciding whether to slow its $85 billion a month in bond purchases in September, as many economists have predicted it will do. July’s weaker hiring could make the Fed hold off on any pullback in its bond buying, which has helped keep long-term borrowing costs down.Beth Ann Bovino, senior economist at Standard & Poor’s, said she thinks Friday’s report will make the Fed delay a slowdown in bond buying.“September seems very unlikely now,” she says. “I’m wondering if December is still in the cards.”Still, it’s possible that the lower unemployment rate, along with the hiring gains over the past year, could convince the Fed that the job market is strengthening consistently. Job growth has topped 140,000 a month for nearly a year.“While July itself was a bit disappointing, the Fed will be looking at the cumulative improvement,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “On that score, the unemployment rate has fallen from 8.1 per cent last August to 7.4 per cent this July, which is a significant improvement.”The government uses a survey of mostly large businesses and government agencies to determine how many jobs are added or lost each month. That’s the survey that produced the gain of 162,000 jobs for July.It uses a separate survey of households to calculate the unemployment rate. That survey captures hiring by companies of all sizes, including small businesses, new companies, farm workers and the self-employed.The household survey found that 227,000 more people said they were employed last month. And 37,000 people stopped looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.The number of self-employed jumped 241,000, or 2.6 per cent, to 9.7 million — the most in eight months. This group includes freelance workers, construction contractors, lawyers and other professionals with solo practices and farmers and ranchers.Combined, those factors explain why the unemployment rate declined from 7.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent.More than half of July’s job gain in the survey of big companies and government agencies came from lower-paying industries, extending a trend that is limiting Americans’ incomes and possibly slowing consumer spending. Retailers, for example, added nearly 47,000 jobs — the biggest gain for any industry last month. Restaurants and bars added 38,400.One Atlanta-based retailer, Cellairis, which sells mobile phone accessories, says it hired about 75 employees last month to meet growing demand. The company has 650 U.S. outlets, nearly all of them mall kiosks. It plans to add 45 walk-in stores this year.“People are willing to spend more now to protect and personalize their devices,” said CEO Taki Skouras.By contrast, employers in higher-paying industries, like Stripmatic, a steel parts maker in Cleveland, remain wary. Stripmatic hasn’t hired anyone since adding five workers in the first three months of the year. Revenue has been 10 per cent below projections this year.The company’s exports have picked up a bit in Mexico and Brazil but remain flat in Asia. Company President Bill Adler says he’s concerned that slower growth in China could hamper his overseas sales this year.Low-paying industries have accounted for 61 per cent of jobs added this year, even though they represent only 39 per cent of U.S. jobs overall, according to Labor Department numbers analyzed by Moody’s Analytics. Mid-paying industries have accounted for fewer than 22 per cent of the jobs added.Some job gains were made in higher-paying fields last month. Financial services, which includes banking, real estate and insurance, added 15,000. Information technology added 4,300, accounting 2,500. And manufacturing added 6,000 jobs, though that figure was offset by an equivalent loss in construction.One growing source of better-paying jobs is local governments. They’ve now added jobs for five straight months and have helped offset job cuts by state and federal governments.The result is that governments overall are much less of a drag on hiring than they were in the first three years of the economic recovery, which began in the summer of 2009. All told, they’ve shed 39,000 jobs in the 12 months that ended in July. That’s down from a loss of 137,000 in the 12 months that ended in July 2012.Most of the hiring by local governments has been for teachers and other jobs related to education. Local property tax revenue, a key source of funding for counties and cities, fell after the recession but has begun to recover in some communities. Nationwide, home prices have risen steadily, a trend that typically leads to higher property tax revenue.More broadly, many of the jobs added in July are only part time. The number of Americans who said they were working part time but would prefer full-time work stands at 8.2 million — the highest since last fall. Part-time jobs accounted for 65 per cent of the jobs added in July and 77 per cent of those added this year.The government defines part-time work as being fewer than 35 hours a week.The percentage of adult Americans either working or actively looking for work dipped in July to 63.4 per cent. This is called the “labour force participation rate.” The participation rate has been generally declining since peaking at 67.3 per cent in 2000. That’s partly the result of baby boomers retiring and leaving the workforce.Job gains are being slowed by the economy’s tepid growth. It grew at an annual rate of just 1.7 per cent in the April-June quarter, the government said this week. That was an improvement over the previous two quarters, but it’s still far too weak to rapidly lower unemployment.Recent data suggest that the economy could strengthen in the second half of the year.___AP Economics Writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.___Follow Christopher S. Rugaber at http://twitter.com/ChrisRugaber . by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 8:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Govt carrying on as if nothing happened’…Gaskin says President must obey the Constitution and call electionsFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”‘Dark days are ahead’ – Gaskin predictsOctober 22, 2017In “Politics”No need to change list if elections held before April 30 – PPP CommissionerFebruary 10, 2019In “latest news” Political commentator and economist, Ramon GaskinBased on the coalition Government’s posture as it relates to their handling of the carried no confidence vote, and recent calls from Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) commissioners aligned to government for the need to have a new voters list, one can surmise that the incumbent is doing everything within its power to delay the holding on Elections which is constitutionally due in March of this year.This was the view proffered by, economist and  political commentator Ramon Gaskin.Gaskin told this media group, in an interview on Wednesday, that there was no question whether there should be an election, but the issue has to do with the timeframe for such an election.However, he said there has been recent talk from Government which is pushing to update the voters’ list.“The elections must be held! You don’t need a new list. We just had elections (Local Government). There is no trouble with that list… So we should go to the polls. I am ready to go and vote… Any attempt to worry with that list would be a delay tactic on the part of Government,” he stated.Gaskin, a former advisor to late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, said that this ‘delay tactic’ being employed now by the Government was nothing new to the People’s National Congress (PNC). He recalled that elections were delayed by two years before, when the PNC was in power.“Desmond Hoyte (late former President) did this in 1990 and delayed elections for two years until 1992. We were supposed to have elections in 1990. He was in office from 1985 until 1992 when United States President Jimmy Carter intervened and encouraged PNC to go to the polls,” he recalled.The political commentator said “this is PNC behaviour” and unless the Opposition remained focused, this could reoccur.But Gaskin strongly believes that if this is allowed to happen, it could have several negative impacts on the country. “Simple, Guyana cannot afford a repeat of that.”Gaskin was the first to voice concern over the current political situation in the country, accusing the Government of trying to delay the holding of elections in Guyana within the stipulated 90-day period.He said that it was making strategic moves all aimed at delaying the democratic process.The first move, he noted, was to challenge the no-confidence resolution that was passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. “Everything that the Government is doing, including going to court, is a delay tactic … it is aimed at delaying the holding of elections. And this meeting between the Chief Whips and the GECOM (Guyana Elections Commission) is just another set of delay,” he asserted.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) representative at GECOM, Bibi Shadick on Tuesday made it clear that house-to-house registration could not be accommodated within 90 days.“It is agreed that there is a valid list up to April 30. The thing is, we’re working with the fact that there is a valid list.”Government wants the court to rule on whether the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland’s decision on the December 21, 2018 motion was indeed carried by a majority of all elected members and whether or not the 33 to 32 breakdown meant it was validly passed.Meanwhile, a private citizen named Campton Reid filed a petition in the court challenging the validity of the vote of former Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, who helped pass the motion, stating that he had falsely declared that he was a Guyanese citizen.The political commentator also pointed to recent comments made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo when he stated that elections should be held before April, especially since the list of electors would expire during that month and would, therefore, prompt new registration.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George is expected to make a ruling on all matters concerning the no-confidence resolution next Wednesday, which will determine the way forward.In recognising the importance of these cases, she had committed to delivering judgment within a reasonable time.As stipulated by the Constitution of Guyana, following the no-confidence resolution, an election must be called in 90 days.For Guyana, that resolution was passed on December 21, 2018. read more

first_imgLenovo has been busy working on Android smartphones and tablets, but they’re going to start putting ARM to work on another mobile platform: Windows Phone.Leaked images first appeared about a month ago, showing what looked like a Lenovo LePhone S2 — an Android device — running Windows Phone 7.5. At the time there had been no official announcement from the company, but LePhone Product Manager Yue Chen has now confirmed that Windows smartphones are definitely in the Lenovo product pipeline. Chen also stated that Lenovo has a “very clear release schedule,” though she didn’t share specifics — only that the first Windows-powered LePhone models will arrive during the second half of 2012.When the first Windows LePhones hit shelves next year, they’ll likely be sporting some serious hardware. Lenovo just took the wraps off the LePhone K2, a slick Android number with a dual-core Qualcomm chip running at 1.5GHz, a 4.3-inch IPS display, a gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. With clock speeds heading north of 2GHz next year, you can bet Lenovo will pack plenty of power into its first Windows phones.The actual phones won’t be the only interesting thing to watch for here. Lenovo is one of the few remaining high-profile Android device makers that has yet to sign a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft — or at least to have such a deal publicized. Other companies with similar ties to Redmond — like Samsung and Acer — who produce both Windows Phone and Android devices have already signed on, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to read news of a Lenovo-Microsoft pact in the coming months.More at WM Power Userlast_img read more

first_img Updated at 7.50pmTHE NUMBER OF families homeless in Dublin has risen sharply in the last two years, new figures show.The total number of adults and children in homeless families is now three times what it was two years ago – 1,101 in October 2014, compared to 3,486 in October 2016.The figures were compiled by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive for the city’s councillors.Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland, said in a statement released to highlight the figures:“It is terrible to see that during the last year the number of children who are homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Dublin has increased by 57% from 1,343 to 2,110.”“The Government has to change”The issue of homelessness was also highlighted on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, which featured a 21-year-old mother who’d just registered herself homeless.Joy, and her three-year-old daughter, Carly, are now living in a hotel.She said: “I’m only young, I come from a well-respected family and I never thought I’d see the day when I’m in a hotel room… with a Christmas tree the size of my arm. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Source: Simon Coveney/Twitter Nov 23rd 2016, 7:47 PM Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:47 PM Massaging the figuresMeanwhile, a homeless charity has criticised Housing Minister Simon Coveney for a Tweet saying that anybody who needed shelter would be accommodated. “The system has been in freefall for months with in excess of 160 people sleeping rough,” Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn said.In a statement this evening, Coveney highlighted a number of arrangements in place for people who are homeless in the city.“The Dublin Region Cold Weather Plan commenced operation at the start of the month and will be subject to ongoing review,” he said.“This time of year can be very difficult for rough sleepers as the temperatures can dip very quickly.“The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has a comprehensive plan in place.“This annual proactive measure is undertaken each year as winter approaches with the emphasis  to have a variety of additional options for people who generally do not / or cannot avail of existing services,” he said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 13,144 Views Short URLcenter_img 85 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3097059 By Sean Murray File photo anybody seeking shelter from the cold tonight will be accommodated – I know it’s freezing out there— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) November 22, 2016 I’ve seen people with studio apartments for €1,300… that’s not right, you can’t live in those conditions. The Government has to change, it really does. They have to do something about it. Currently the DRHE are in the process of making preparations to open additional facilities to accommodate rough sleepers. 210 beds will be provided in Dublin. It is essential that we have sufficient beds to meet any increased demand during cold weather. In addition to this the Civil Defence will provide an additional 20 beds as a response to extreme cold weather.Responding to the figures highlighted today by Focus Ireland, a spokesperson for DRHE said it was important to highlight that people do move out of homelessness.“In the first 9 months of this year, 1,236 adult individuals moved to tenancies,” the spokesperson said.The DRHE also highlighted the phone number to call for people in need of emergency accommodation in Dublin:For access to emergency accommodation contact FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 from 2pm, this includes an out-of-hours service until 1am (including weekends)With reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy and Daragh Brophy. This story was updated at 7.50pm after amended figures were released.Read: ‘Scary and so out of the ordinary’: Students at NUI Maynooth ‘more afraid’ after random attackRead: New counselling rooms for homeless people open in Dublin today Number of adults and children in homeless families in Dublin trebles in two years Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney has been highlighting arrangements in place for people who are homeless in the city. Share1007 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Short URL THE TAOISEACH HAS said the government will have to consult with the Central Bank before continuing to provide loans under a scheme for first-time buyers.It emerged yesterday that a directive had been issued to local authorities telling them to stop considering applications for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme because all of the €200 million fund had been allocated.Under this scheme a first-time-buyer could apply for a home loan to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home. First-time-buyers could borrow up to 90% of the market value of the property at a reduced interest rate.Leo Varadkar was questioned about the scheme by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today who said the government had always indicated that a second fund would be created “very quickly” after this had run out.He asked why the Department of Housing did not make a public announcement about halting the scheme.“People are still applying,” he said.  Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 4:35 PM Why can’t the minister and the government just be honest with the people?Martin said this was an example of “low income people being let down again”.In response, the Taoiseach said some 575 people had been helped by the scheme and a further 1,000 had been approved but have yet to draw down the funding.He told Martin that the government will now consider increasing the €200 million cap, but he said the money “has to be found”.Varadkar also said there will have to be consultation with the Central Bank before any expansion of the scheme. He pointed out that these are loans are being offered to “people who were turned down by banks and building societies” and that they are being given at a reduced interest rate.The Taoiseach said the government will have to ask the Central bank whether it is “comfortable with us offering more of these loans”.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Leo Varadkar said the government is considering increasing the €200 million cap but said the “money has to be found”. https://jrnl.ie/4525049 By Michelle Hennessy Leo Varadkar said the government is considering increasing the €200 million cap but said the “money has to be found”. Image: Oireachtas Image: Oireachtas 41 Comments Share166 Tweet Email1 Mar 5th 2019, 4:35 PM 15,231 Views Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme Micheál Martin accused the government of letting down people on low incomes down. last_img read more

first_img Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 John Oliver Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud WhatsApp Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWEcenter_img Videos Articles WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter The opening segment of tonight’s Smackdown Live from Atlanta turned into a WWE Championship match between current champion AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan.During the match, Bryan went for a suicide dive and “hurt” his left knee in the process. During the rest of the match, Daniel was favoring his left knee, which led to Styles applying his Calf Crusher submission forcing Bryan to tap out.Samoa Joe to replace Bryan this Friday at Crown JewelAfter the match, Styles and Bryan shook hands, only for Joe to come out of no where and attack Styles applying the Coquina Clutch. Bryan ran back out to help Styles, but he was then attacked by Joe. Joe worked over Bryan’s knee.Later in the night, Smackdown Live GM Paige booked Styles defending the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe for this Friday at Crown Jewel.It was first reported last week by Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports that Bryan, along with John Cena, was refusing to work the Crown Jewel event this week in Saudi Arabia. A report earlier today stated that Bryan informed WWE officials he wasn’t making the trip.Bryan isn’t the only WWE star not going to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel. During last night’s RAW, John Cena was written out of the World Cup tournament for this Friday and it was announced he would be replaced by Bobby Lashley instead.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jamal Khashoggi Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teamslast_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man was one of 22 people charged in a nine-count federal indictment that the U.S. Department of Justice says targets a criminal organization responsible for trafficking large amounts of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine throughout the Northwest.Rene Diaz Gutierrez, 36, is charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.On Wednesday morning, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Clackamas County, Ore., Interagency Task Force arrested 17 people as part of a multi-agency investigation into a Michoacan, Mexico-based drug cartel working out of Oregon City.The indictment, unsealed today, alleges organization members conspired to distribute drugs, maintain facilities to manufacture and distribute drugs, and launder money.Fifteen of the 22 defendants were arraigned in federal court Wednesday. The identities of the five remaining defendants remain under seal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release, adding that all of the defendants were expected to make their first court appearances within a week.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vancouver Timbers and the Camas-Washougal Soccer Club will merge into one youth soccer club.The teams of the Vancouver United Soccer Association — recently renamed Vancouver Timbers — voted overwhelmingly to approve the merger proposal. The voting concluded Tuesday evening, and the merger will happen immediately, according to Vancouver Timbers board president David Hughes.The expanded club will be called Vancouver Timbers, at least initially, Hughes said.The process of combining the clubs’ governing bodies will take several months. Hughes said the goal is to complete that process by the end of 2012.This spring, the two clubs will hold independent tryouts for advanced competition teams, though the teams will work together throughout the season, Hughes said. Recreation soccer teams will continue to be formed locally within the communities.The vote among Vancouver Timbers teams to approve the merger was 50-3, Hughes said. A total of 103 Vancouver Timbers teams were eligible to vote.The Camas-Washougal Soccer Club board of directors previously voted unanimously to merge with Vancouver.The merged club will serve more than 3,500 boys and girls ages 5-18. It is one of three clubs in the metro area that is part of the Adidas Timbers Alliance, a partnership with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.last_img read more

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera committing an armed robbery at a gas station in Pembroke Pines, Tuesday.The robbery happened at a Chevron gas station, located near Northwest 101st Avenue and Pines Boulevard.Surveillance video captured a man in a ball cap walking behind the counter, holding an employee at gunpoint and taking cash from the register.Police believe the subject has also carried out similar robberies in both Miami-Dade and Broward.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgSony Crackle is getting ready for some (non-U.S.) football: The streaming network next month will launch a short-form series hosted by the two soccer fanatics behind the “Men in Blazers” ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” series of 10 original shorts will air from June 11-13 on Crackle, the free, ad-supported service available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and 18 countries in Latin America. The shorts will be hosted by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, the British duo known for the “Men in Blazers” series on NBCSN and podcast.Each of the episodes (running 4-6 minutes) will feature a specific country along with Bennett and Davies’ predictions for that team and their trademark high-brow humor. The episodes will highlight the following countries: England, Argentina, Portugal, Iceland, France, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Germany and Mexico. Davies is the president of Sony’s Embassy Row production company, which is producing “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” for Sony Crackle. Bennett, prior to co-hosting “Men in Blazers,” was a football columnist for ESPN and has made a series of documentaries on the U.K.’s Premier League football for NBCSN. Bennett also created “30 for 30” series “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” for ESPN.To many Americans, Bennett and Davies represent the voice of soccer fandom, said Eric Berger, GM of Sony Crackle and Sony Pictures Television Networks’ chief digital officer. “As America prepares to embrace an incredible summer of soccer, we couldn’t be more pleased to connect Michael and Roger with our sports-minded audience,” Berger said in a statement.“Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” is executive produced by Bennett, Davies and Embassy Row’s Jen Simons.Watch the teaser trailer for the series: Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgUnivision terminated its foray into the pureplay digital-media realm with the sale of Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion earlier this month — for a fire-sale price significantly less than $135 million the broadcaster paid for only the former Gawker Media properties two and half years ago.The new owners of the suite of websites are private-equity firm Great Hill Partners and Jim Spanfeller, a longtime media executive, who serves as CEO of the newly formed G/O Media and owns a minority stake in the company.Spanfeller, in an interview with Variety, said he remains very bullish on G/O Media’s ability to build a thriving digital venture. And, he said, there are no plans currently to make significant layoffs at the company, which has just over 400 employees, as it separates from Univision. “We don’t plan to cut our way to growth,” Spanfeller said.That said, Spanfeller said G/O Media will be “looking to run things more efficiently” and improve the company’s cost structure by providing “more direction that has been lacking” — referring to Gizmodo Media Group’s ownership under Univision. Related Twitter Expands Live-Streaming Video Lineup, Sets Content Deals With Viacom, ESPN, Live Nation, Univision, and More YouTube’s ACE Family Signs With Univision Creator Network (EXCLUSIVE) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are confident we can make this a profitable, fast-growing business,” he said.For now, G/O Media isn’t planning to shut down any of the properties it acquired. Those are Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Splinter and The Root; and The Onion, which includes its flagship satire publication, entertainment outlet A.V. Club, ClickHole and The Takeout.Worth noting is that according to the Writers Guild of America East, which represents 233 employees at the former Gizmodo Media Group and Onion, its members will continue to work under union-negotiated terms and conditions with Great Hill’s acquisition.In splitting from Univision, G/O Media is planning to move into new New York offices on May 4 — at 1540 Broadway in Times Square, in space sublet from Viacom — and is looking for an office in L.A.Spanfeller declined to comment on reports that the price tag on the Gizmodo Media Group/Onion sale was under $50 million, saying only, “We feel we got a very good deal.”In aggregate, the collection of properties reaches about 100 million unique monthly visitors, although that’s 70 million-80 million backing out third-party sites that are part of the G/O Media group ad network.“The more time we spent with the data the more excited we got,” Spanfeller said. Besides comprising a large audience, it also skews younger to provide better reach among consumers 18-34 than Vice, Vox, BuzzFeed or Group Nine, according to Spanfeller. “Then what was really interesting was how engaged they are with their audience — they’re not dependent on social media.”Spanfeller, former CEO of Forbes.com, most recently built Spanfeller Media Group, whose properties included The Daily Meal and The Active Times; in December 2016, he sold the company to Tribune Publishing Co. (then called Tronc).As part of standing up G/O Media as an independent entity, Spanfeller recently hired a chief technology officer and CFO (as the execs providing those functions for Univision’s Gizmodo Media Group are remaining with the Hispanic broadcaster). Spanfeller said G/O Media is currently looking to hire a chief talent officer to run HR. The company’s new CTO is Jesse Knight, who was CTO/CIO of Vice Media from 2012-17. He started his career at Solid Sender, a development and consulting practice he founded and ran after graduating from McGill University. Filling in the CFO spot is Tom Callahan, who most recently was CFO of BandLab Technologies (where he helped support media operations and manage its investment in Rolling Stone, now owned by Penske Media Corp., the parent company of Variety). He previously worked with Spanfeller at Forbes Media.Given the challenges for digital media players across the spectrum, can G/O Media make a go of it? The company’s websites have been running in the red: Gizmodo Media Group’s properties generated over $80 million in revenue in 2017 but lost $20 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.Spanfeller declined to discuss specifics of the company’s financials. But he insisted G/O Media can become a viable business on its own, without needing to engage in any M&A. “We are open to incremental things we can add to the company,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s a situation where you do bolt-ons or die – you do bolt-ons and then you can be more efficient on the back-office side.”Univision bought the Gawker assets in a bankruptcy auction (which didn’t include Gawker.com), after Gawker Media was sued into bankruptcy by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Univision acquired a 40% stake in The Onion in January 2017 for an undisclosed amount.Separately, Gawker is slated to relaunch this year under Bustle Digital Group, after CEO Bryan Goldberg paid $1.35 million for the media gossip blog. Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Woohoo! As cautious as we were about the DuckTales reboot, a cast announcement video alleviated a lot of our fears.As a way to get us hyped for the show in the only way Disney knows how–by getting the theme song stuck in our heads–a video was released showing the cast performing a version of the iconic track. The video doubles as a cast announcement video and not only do we get more nostalgic as it goes on, we also get more excited as it drops more names.Here’s a quick rundown of the cast, which features major players from Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Community, and Saturday Night Live.Number 10 himself, David Tennant, will be playing Scrooge McDuck (the original actor, Alan Young, passed away earlier this year). His nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, will be played by Danny Pudi (Abed on Community), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), respectively.Outside the main family, Beck Bennett (SNL) will be playing Launchpad McQuack, Kate Micucci (Steven Universe) will be Webby, and Toks Olagundoye (Castle) will be Mrs. Beakley.The cast is full of famous faces, but most also have experience in voice over. Tennant, for example, played the Fugitoid in the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Schwartz was on BoJack Horseman and did voice consulting for BB-8. Moynihan is on We Bare Bears, Micucci and Olagundoye were on Steven Universe, and Bennett is in the upcoming Sing.The original DuckTales is a classic cartoon, especially for 90s kids. It combined sharp wit, adventure, and memorable, original characters. In this age of reboots (which I don’t always think is a bad thing), it’s always worrisome to see a classic property get redone. Seeing a cast as good as this–one that is full of obvious energy and enthusiasm–gives us a little more hope. At the very least, it’ll be worth watching to hear these talents’ voices come out of our favorite characters.DuckTales will be returning in 2017 to Disney XD.Also, here’s the original theme. Have fun. DuckTales, Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget are all getting rebootedDuckTales Remastered is everything you wanted it to be last_img read more

first_imgTurkey initiated a number of navy and air force drills off Cyprus on Tuesday as the West Capella drillship fast approached Cypriot economic waters.Military sources apprised of the matter told the Cyprus Mail there was no overlap whatsoever between Cypriot and Turkish marine activities.“There is no cause for concern,” the sources said.In the late afternoon, the drillship was just about to enter Egypt’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), on a slightly south-east bearing, after which it was expected to change course and turn north to reach the designated drilling site in Block 11 of the Cypriot EEZ.The West Capella, leased by French oil company Total, was expected to arrive at the drilling location late on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.Late on Monday evening, Turkey issued a Navtex (marine advisory) announcing naval exercises to be held on Wednesday and Thursday off the island’s west coast.The advisory (Navtex 697/17) does not specify whether live ammo will be used.The area reserved by Turkey begins at a distance of some 14 nautical miles off the Akamas, and covers parts of Cyprus’ offshore blocks 5, 6 and 7.The area is the red rectangle number 3, shown in the diagram. The West Capella’s destination is point number 2.Meanwhile a familiar cat-and-mouse game unfolded between Cyprus and Turkey.Under a previous notice to mariners, the Turkish naval forces announced that Navtex 256/17 issued by the Republic of Cyprus was “null and void.”Navtex 256/17 concerns a multinational search and rescue exercise scheduled for Wednesday and not far from the area reserved by Cyprus for the gas drilling operations.The Turkish notice said the Cypriot Navtex had been broadcast by an “unauthorised station” -referring to the Larnaca Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.“Par for the course… it’s just Turkey’s way of saying it does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus,” the military source said.In the meantime, Turkey also issued three Notams (or notices to airmen) by which it reserved for exercises portions of the Nicosia Flight Information (FIR).The first took place from 11am to 4pm on Tuesday in an area 100km long and 25km wide northeast of the island (area number 4).The second Notam (number 5) extends from Apostolos Andreas to the Akamas peninsula and at a distance of some 25km from the island’s northern shores, from 11am to 4pm also on Tuesday.And the third Turkish Notam (number 6) ‘reserved’ a section of the Nicosia FIR between the northern coast of Cyprus and the southern shores of Turkey, at an altitude of up to 20,000 feet.In recent weeks and months, Turkey has reserved similar areas for air and search and rescue drills.The Turkish drills are nowhere near the marine activities conducted by the Republic.But certain media outlets, particularly in Greece, sought to sensationalise the situation, talking about an ‘escalation’ in the eastern Mediterranean.The gas well to be drilled in Block 11, at a target dubbed Onesiphoros West-1, is located at some 180km off the island’s southern shores, and at a distance of just 8km from the boundary separating the Cypriot and Egyptian EEZs.The drilling site is also approximately 40km from the Zohr super-giant gas field in Egyptian economic waters, where a 30-trillion-cubic-feet reservoir was discovered in 2015.The West Capella drillship is expected to remain at the site for around three months.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgFive cars were destroyed in Limassol early on Tuesday after they were set alight by arsonists, police said.The fire service had been notified to respond to a blaze at a used car dealership at 3.30am. The fire destroyed five vehicles and damaged a sixth one as well as the dealership’s front.The business belongs to two men, aged 50 and 38.Damage was estimated at €100,000. A preliminary investigation showed that the fire was set using flammable fluid. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

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