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27Oct/19

Video: Rick Pitino Appears To Make Gesture Towards Kentucky Fan After Loss

first_imgRick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyPretty much every edition of the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball rivalry is intense, and today’s game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game featured technicals on both coaches, huge dunks and blocks, and a dramatic finish, resulting in a two-point UK win.After the game, multiple Kentucky fans claimed that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flipped off someone in the crowd while leaving the court. Twitter user Seiver Tandy captured the incident on video. Pitino definitely appears to make a gesture after being taunted, but it is hard to really tell if he gave a fan the finger or not, at least based on this footage.I got Rick flipping off UK fans on video @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/VPgUbRGM9H— Seiver Tandy (@Fine_and_Tandy) December 26, 2015Pitino sent assistant Ralph Willard out to answer questions after the game, so we’ll have to wait some time to hear Pitino’s side of things. If he did, in fact, flip of a Kentucky fan, that is a really bad look for the Hall of Fame coach.[KSR]last_img read more

15Oct/19

Calgary Operas Chautauqua Tent productions brim with humour high spirits

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter After three years of presenting full-scale operetta/musical productions under a large tent in the East Village, Calgary Opera is taking a break. This year, instead of a fully professional production with orchestra, Calgary Opera is presenting a variety of modest-sized, semi-professional entertainments, all under the conceptual title of The Chautauqua Tent. The term itself is now largely unused today, but in the past Chautauqua Tent referred not only to a traveling tent show but to the idea of culturally elevating summer entertainment, especially in the culturally starved prairies of yore.  Indeed, the Chautauqua movement, as it might be called, had its Canadian roots in Calgary, which was the centre of this movement for many years, lasting to the interwar period.In the manner in which the term is used by Calgary Opera this summer, it involves two 45-minutes operas: a much shortened version of Humperdinck’s  Hansel and Gretel, and an operatic spoof on the Archie comic entitled Archibaldo, the latter performed by Cowtown Opera.  In between the afternoon and evening performances there are a variety of other acts, ranging from Broadway songs, to opera arias, to music for brass quintet.  Altogether, especially with the weather now co-operating, it made for an enjoyable way to spend a summer afternoon.last_img read more

13Oct/19

Tariffs QA Nine things to know about Canadas retaliatory tariffs

first_imgThe Canadian government has responded to the Trump administration’s decision to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing retaliatory tariffs effective Sunday on $16.6 billion worth of American imports.The final list includes a 25 per cent surtax on semi-finished goods including steel products and a 10 per cent tariff on a range of consumer goods including orange juice and coffee.Here are some details about the mechanics of how the tariffs will be collected and their possible impact on consumers:How significant are the import tariffs?The $16.6 billion worth of annual tariffs account for about six per cent of the $294 billion total value of goods imported from the United States. The 10 per cent rate on consumer goods represents about 70 per cent of goods impacted by tariffs.How will the tariffs be collected?As with tariffs and duties charged on other imports, they won’t be paid at the border or port but later by the importer of record (wholesaler, retailer, etc.). The surtax is calculated on the Canadian value of the imported good and is subject to the Goods and Services Tax, says Jim Sutton, a vice-president with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.The bonded importer has to account for the tariff within five business days of the item being released by customs and paid at the end of the following month. The Canada Border Services Agency says the surtax will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada before July 1.Canadian travellers will be required to pay the surtax on qualified goods if the value of what they are bringing back to the country exceeds their personal exemption.How will the collected tariffs be used?The Canada Border Services Agency will collect the tariffs and transfer the money to the federal government’s general revenues. The proceeds can then be used to offset the cost of a series of initiatives to support Canadian companies and workers that are negatively impacted by U.S. tariffs.What products have been removed from the list of tariffs?Since the initial list was released June 1, the government has removed beer kegs along with nut purees and pastes, berry and fruit purees, jams and jellies (other than banana puree and strawberry jam) and prepared mustard. Also removed are aluminium wire, aluminium foil of a thickness not exceeding 0.2 mm, aluminium tubes and pipes, aluminum stranded wire and cables that are not electrically insulated, along with boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, equipped for electric control or the distribution of electricity.How will tariffs impact retail prices?The Canadian tariffs won’t have much of an impact on consumer prices, Krishen Rangasamy of the National Bank of Canada wrote in a report. He said importers are unlikely to pass on to consumers the higher costs on items such as steel and aluminum. And if costs are passed on, he said the “impacts are set to be minimal” and increase the consumer price index by just 0.1 per cent or so.“In other words, while there are many things to worry about with regards to protectionism, higher consumer prices should be at the bottom of the list, unless of course the Canadian dollar takes a deep enough dive as to cause a surge in import prices.”Will a 10 per cent tariff raise prices by 10 per cent?Cost of goods is just one component of retail prices along with other things like labour, utilities, rent, marketing and advertising. So any impact on retail prices would be lower than the 10 per cent tariff rate, said Karl Littler of the Retail Council of Canada.Will retail prices rise due to tariffs?Littler says he doesn’t believe retailers are going to eat the higher costs over the long haul because retail is already a thin margin business. Sutton says some importers may have to initially absorb some of the higher costs because it takes time before changes are made in supply chains.How can consumers avoid higher prices?Consumers who switch their purchases from American goods subjected to tariffs to alternatives from other countries can avoid the tariff impact on prices, says Littler.“So the consumer, if they’re not deeply brand-attached and presuming that there’s a sufficient flow of alternative choices, may not have to pay the tariff at all,” he said.How will tariffs affect the economy?The bigger issue than tariffs is the continuation of a trade war between Canada and the United States that affects the overall economy, hurts consumer confidence and starts to reduce consumer spending, says Littler.“So it’s not just a price impact on the shelf where to some degree there may be substitutability, it’s about shrinking wallets as well.”last_img read more

13Oct/19

How long can it go Resilient economy enters 2019 with signs of

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian economy entered 2018 on an unexpectedly impressive run. The country begins 2019 on a healthy note but signs of weakness have raised a key question: how long until the good times come to an end?Through much of 2018, Canada’s unemployment rate hovered near a 40-year low and job-creation remained strong as the evidence pointed to an economy going at close to full tilt.The handoff was a good one, too — the country had posted three-per-cent growth for all of 2017, largely thanks to strong household spending. We’ll have to wait a little for the final numbers but forecasters say 2018 has likely delivered still-sturdy growth of about two per cent.But as 2019 approaches, there are worries the solid economic expansion is starting to show its age.Last month, the federal government’s fall economic statement projected two-per-cent growth again for 2019, but many predict the number will likely come in lower following a recent drop in oil prices.In addition to the pullback in crude prices, experts point to jitters in the financial markets, predictions the American economy — a key contributor to Canadian growth — will start to cool off and the United Kingdom’s difficult divorce from the European Union, which could ripple across the global economy. There’s also potential for an even bigger threat: an escalation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.On trade, Canada made it through a year filled with significant uncertainty, including the difficult negotiation and signing of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.Many of the trade unknowns, however, will carry over into the new year. The road to NAFTA 2.0’s ratification could bring more drama, punishing American steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place and the clash of superpowers between Canada’s two biggest trading partners continues to play out.“There are always reflections around the cyclical downturns that happen and, as I’ve said, the impacts of a trade war between China and the United States could have significant impacts on the global economy — negative impacts on the global economy,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“We have to make sure that we are prepared for rough waters if we encounter them.“In Canada, potential trouble spots include the combination of high household debt, rising interest rates and slowing wage growth that’s been “terrible” for about half a year following a good pickup early in 2018, says Matt Stewart, director of economics for The Conference Board of Canada.Higher interest rates, Stewart added, have delivered a hit to household spending, which has been the primary driver of Canada’s good economic fortunes.“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a recession,” Stewart said. “As of yet, I think most of the news is still positive, but there is a growing amount of risks.”With overburdened consumers expected to take a breather, business investment is seen as the next critical source of growth. But Stewart said the transition has yet to materialize because investment has underperformed, likely due to competitiveness concerns. Businesses aren’t sure whether Canada’s the best place to put their money.In an effort to boost investment, Ottawa announced billions of dollars worth of corporate tax incentives in its fall statement. Taxpayers will have to wait and see if the federal changes will be enough to encourage more companies to invest in Canada.Craig Alexander, chief economist of Deloitte, said the economy will continue to have healthy growth in 2019, but notes it’s due for some moderation.“We are in the late stages of a business cycle,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that a recession is around the corner, but we need to recognize that we’re 10 years into an economic recovery, expansion. Business cycles are typically eight to 10 years long.”Alexander added markets are probably overreacting to the possibility that another downturn could be almost upon us. He thinks the more likely case is that growth will continue to slow.The economy’s evolution will have different impacts depending where one lives, he added.For example, the energy sector faces big challenges.Part of it comes from the recent plunge in oil prices, but there’s also been an extra discount on the price of western Canadian crude caused by transportation bottlenecks out of the Alberta oilpatch.“This is sad news for Alberta,” Alexander said. “They’ve only barely recovered from the last recession.”Ottawa offered assistance this month in the form of a $1.6-billion aid package to support oil and gas companies.Alberta, however, wants federal help to move its oil to new markets.Ontario’s industrial sector will also face a big hurdle in 2019. General Motors has announced plans to shutter its plant in Oshawa later in the year, which will put 2,500 people out of work and inflict economic pain on the region.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said Canada already took a small step back in 2018 — and he expects growth to slow further.“Just looking at financial markets there’s obviously a lot of concern that we are getting to a late stage of the (economic) cycle,” Porter said. “We don’t believe that recession risks are especially high at this point, but we do think the North American economy will cool in 2019.”—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

13Oct/19

Fort St John Huskies donates over 3000 to FSJ Hospital Foundation

first_imgThen on November 24, the Huskies held a special game night in support of Men’s mental health as part of the Movember Campaign in partnership with Mighty Peace Brewing and Beard’s Brewing. Each brewery donated $2 for every growler purchased that day. The Huskies managed to raise $1,672.25 from that event.In total, the Huskies donated $3,153.20 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.Fort St. John Huskies posing with cheque made out to the FSJ Hospital Foundation from the Movember Campaign. Photo by Scott BrooksMegan Brooks, of the Hospital Foundation, says all the money will go towards the Hospital’s Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic Fund.“They gave the money to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic Fund. It’s really cool when third-party events happen, we just hear about them and collect the cheque.”To learn more about Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, you can visit fsjhospitalfoundation.ca FORT ST. John, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies recently donated over $3,000 to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.Throughout October and November, the Huskies held two fundraising events.On October 24, the Huskies held a special game night in support of Women’s Cancer Awareness. That night included the wearing of pink jerseys, games and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going towards cancer research. From that night, the Pups were able to raise $1,480.95.last_img read more

12Oct/19

Akbar cross examined in defamation case against Ramani

first_imgNew Delhi: The cross examination of former Union Minister M.J. Akbar continued on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. The hearing which is still on saw heated exchange of arguments between two senior advocates — Akbar’s counsel Geeta Luthra and Ramani’s Counsel Rebecca John — as Luthra objected many questions asked by John. The hearing was taking place before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.last_img read more

28Sep/19

How UABs Upset Of Iowa State Changed Our March Madness Predictions

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. The 2015 NCAA tournament is only a few hours old, and we’ve already seen what’s likely to be one of its bigger upsets: 14th-seeded UAB’s 60-59 victory over No. 3 seed Iowa State on Thursday afternoon. Before the game, we pegged Iowa State’s chances of winning at 90.8 percent, so the Blazers’ surprise victory certainly counts as a huge upset. It’s currently the third-most unlikely result in the tournament since we started publishing the FiveThirtyEight model in 2011, trailing only No. 15 seed Norfolk State’s upset of No. 2 seed Missouri in 2012 (which had a 2.8 percent probability of happening) and 14th-seeded Mercer’s victory over No. 3 seed Duke a year ago (7.1 percent).So what are the implications for the rest of the bracket, particularly the South Regional? According to the changes to our model, the biggest beneficiary (other than UAB themselves) might be Southern Methodist University; SMU’s chances of cracking the Sweet 16 rose by 26.7 percentage points now that Iowa State isn’t standing in its way. A similar story goes for UCLA, SMU’s round-of-64 opponents; UCLA’s chances of making the Sweet 16 increased by 14.9 percentage points.Looking further down the bracket, Gonzaga saw its chances of landing in the Elite Eight improve by 11.5 percentage points and its odds of making the Final Four improve by 5.5 percentage points. And even Duke, relatively distant from Iowa State in the bracket as a No. 1 seed in the other half of the region, saw its odds of a Final Four berth improve incrementally (by 1.9 percentage points).It’s all proof that big upsets in the round of 64 can have ripple effects that extend beyond it. In particular, the absence of a potential threat down the road can make things easier for the other strong teams in the region along their path to the Final Four. read more

28Sep/19

Buckeye switch Former Buckeye Aaron Pettrey replaces Mike Nugent as kicker for

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Buckeye kicker Aaron Pettrey on Tuesday afternoon. Pettrey will replace Mike Nugent, another former Buckeye kicker. On Monday, Pettrey was excited about trying out for the Bengals. On Tuesday, he made the roster of the team he grew up rooting for. “It’s pretty cool,” Pettrey said. “My dad is excited. My family is already looking for tickets.” Pettrey’s signing came on the heels of Nugent’s season-ending knee injury. Nugent won AFC Player of the Month for September but struggled in November, missing two of three field goal attempts in two games. “It’s bittersweet,” Pettrey said. “It’s nice being here, but I’d like to see Mike keep kicking this year. Under the circumstances, I wish it were a different route.” Nugent was upset about his injury but happy for Pettrey’s opportunity. “He’s a really good guy,” Nugent said, “works really hard and is the kind of person Coach (Jim) Tressel likes to bring in. He’s one of those people that makes you look at your character and how hardworking you can be.” Pettrey recovered from an MCL tear that kept him sidelined for three games in OSU’s 2009 season. Devin Barclay took over Pettrey’s kicking duties while he was injured. “I learned a lot from him,” Barclay said. “He’s a tough kid. Mentally strong, a great leg, kind of a guy who leads by example. Just a class act all-around.” Pettrey played multiple positions in high school but knew kicking is what would take him to the highest level. “That’s what I really wanted to do,” Pettrey said. “Kicking and eventually making it to the NFL, at the highest level.” read more

18Sep/19

FIFA publishes 2018 World Cup national slogans

first_imgThe world’s governing football body, FIFA has announced a list of official logos for each of 32 participating teams in the 2018 World Cup having Russia lead with the slogan “Play With an Open Heart”“The votes have been counted. The fans have spoken,” FIFA said in a statement according to Tass“We now have the 32 slogans that captured the hearts, and votes, of the global FIFA Club community!”IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.Before “Play With an Open Heart” was approved in the course of the voting the other two variants in the previous top-three had suggestions of “The Russian Bears Stride to Victory” and “With a Full Heart the Entire Nation is Pursuing the Dream.”“The winning slogans will be displayed on the 32 team buses at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” the statement from FIFA said adding that each lucky slogan creator will be awarded a trip to Russia for the world football championship.Reigning World Champions Germany will have the logo saying “Let’s Write History Together, while the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup Champions Portugal may be recognized in Russia during the World Cup under their official logo “The Past Is Glory, The Present Is History”.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Emery doesnt rule out another Arsenal signing

first_imgWhile he is satisfied with the players he has in his new squad, Unai Emery is refusing to rule out signing any new recruits ahead of his maiden campaign in charge of ArsenalThe Spaniard has big shoes to fill this season after being chosen to replace Arsene Wenger as the new manager of Arsenal this summer and Emery has wasted no time in making his mark at the Emirates.The 46-year-old has acquired five new players for Arsenal in the current transfer window in the likes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stefan Lichtsteiner and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.The Gunners are currently in Singapore ahead of their preseason tour, that will see them face Atletico Madrid on Thursday in their first match of the International Champions Cup (ICC).But, with an opening fixture against Manchester City awaiting them in the Premier League in just over two weeks, Emery is refusing to rule out adding some more talent to his squad.“I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he said, as stated on the Independent.“I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Thursday: @Atleti ?? Saturday: @PSG_inside ??Time to up the intensity ? pic.twitter.com/y1L05JgWXn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2018Closing the transfer window on August 9 will mark a change in the Premier League after all the competing clubs voted in favour of it.“For us, the decision to close the transfer market on August 9 is good because we start the Premier League and it is better to close the window when the competition starts.“They haven’t done it in Spain, or Italy or Germany, but for us I think it is good.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Robben loves his time at Bayern Munich

first_imgDutch superstar Arjen Robben is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and is hungry for titlesArjen Robben is one of the legendary players in Bayern Munich.The Dutch footballer is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and talked to the club’s official website to talk about his legacy.“I don’t think I expected to be here for so long – but then again, yes. I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football moves fast,” he said.“It could have been very different.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s not as easy as many people say it is,” Robben said about the club’s chances to win the Bundesliga.“We have to go full throttle to clinch the title. It’ll be another fight this season, but we’re ready. I’m glad it’s starting up again.”??⚽ pic.twitter.com/HRGYYSkpjh— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) October 14, 2016last_img read more

11Sep/19

VIDEO Highlights From Wilmingtons Tiny TotsKids Club Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its final session this summer on Thursday, August 1.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the past three weeks:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”last_img read more

03Sep/19

BNP wants Russian Chinese support to end Rohingya crisis

first_imgBNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to convince Russia and China to secure their support to resolve the Rohingya crisis, UNB reports from Cox’s Bazar.The main opposition party emphasised support from the two powers so that they do not exercise their veto power against any move by the United Nations Security Council to take a resolution on the Rohingya crisis.”We must continue our diplomatic endeavours to have a solution to Rohingya issue. Our diplomatic efforts will also have to deepen so that China and Russia don’t use their veto power at the UN Security Council,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen after distributing relief materials among Rohingyas at Ukhia.The BNP leader said the government should make its best efforts to persuade all the influential countries to stand by the hapless and persecuted citizens of Myanmar.He said their party wants the government to give shelter to those Myanmar citizens entered Bangladesh in the face of mass killing and persecution in their own country for a temporary period on humanitarian ground.At the same time, Fakhrul said, the government also must take all-out measures to repatriate the displaced Rohingyas promptly ensuring their citizenship and dignity.On behalf of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia, the BNP secretary general also called upon all to stand by the repressed Rohingya with their humanitarian assistance.He said their party has long been demanding army engagement to carry out relief activities in Rohingya camps. “Discipline has been restored in distributing relief here as the government finally entrusted the army with the task.”The BNP leader said the government should increase its healthcare services for Rohingyas further and set up temporary houses for them.He said their party has been providing Rohingyas with humanitarian support since they started entering Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar.The BNP leader said their party leaders are working for giving humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas alongside its central relief team.Fakhrul, who went to Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday afternoon, handed over two trucks carrying relief materials of their party to army on Ukhia College ground on Wednesday morning.He later distributed the relief materials, including food, clothes, utensils and medicines, among the Rohingyas.last_img read more

03Sep/19

Transport strike underway in Sylhet

first_imgAn indefinite strike enforced by transport owners and workers is underway in the district since Wednesday morning, causing immense suffering to the thousands of passengers.Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union called the strike for indefinite period to press home their two-point demand, disrupting road communications between the district and the rest of the country.The two-point demand includes immediate arrest of those who assaulted the transport workers and hotel workers, and the recovery of illegal arms.Bus services to and from Sylhet came to a halt and ticket counters remained closed since Tuesday night.While visiting, a small number of vehicles were seen plying city thoroughfares due to the transport strike.Sylhet Metropolitan Police ADC (Media) Jedan Al Musa said the transport strike is underway in the city peacefully. No untoward incident was reported yet.Earlier on Tuesday, Sylhet Transport Workers’ Union president Selim Ahmed Falik made announcement of indefinite strike following the attack on transport workers allegedly by a group of Jubo League leaders at Tajmahal Hotel.Falik alleged the leaders and activists of local unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League for carrying out the attack on the transport workers twice earlier.last_img read more

03Sep/19

For Catalan separatists trial of leaders is personal

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 26 October, 2018 shows jailed Catalan separatist leaders (TOP L-R) Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull (BOTTOM L-R) Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa and Jordi Sanchez. Photo: AFPWith vigils and concerts outside prisons, Catalan independence supporters for months have shown their backing for 12 separatist leaders who go on trial on Tuesday over their bid to break the region away from Spain.Now that the highly anticipated trial is finally about to get underway at Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid, they have vowed to step up their protests in another show of solidarity.While just 12 leaders will sit in the dock over their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, many Catalan separatists feel they are also being put on trial for having taken part in a banned referendum held on 1 October that year.”I’m a lifelong separatist and I voted on 1 October, it’s as if I was being tried,” said retired teacher Eugenia Fernandez at a recent vigil held for the detained Catalan leaders at the picturesque Plaza de la Vila de Gracia square in Barcelona.”We’re here because of the huge injustice that our government is in jail or exile for doing what we asked them to do — fight to set up a Catalan republic,” the 67-year-old said.The vigil Fernandez took part in has been held every Monday evening for the past 15 months at the square in Gracia, a bohemian district of the Catalan capital which is also its most pro-separatist.People held up large black and white images of the Catalan leaders, as well of those who fled abroad after the failed independence bid, along with the word “freedom” in Catalan and English.Only the chime of a clock on top of an imposing 19th century tower in the centre of the square broke the silence.Nine of the leaders have been charged with rebellion, with some also accused of misuse of public funds. They have all been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year.Unifying cause “This is a reaction against the brutality of this trial, which is not against a few people but is instead against Catalan political feeling,” said award-winning Catalan writer Ramon Solsona, who read some poems at the vigil.Similar events have been held across the northeastern region, where the leaders have obtained near-martyr status among many separatists who see them as “political prisoners”.The 12 defendants face prison sentences of between seven and 25 years if convicted, with former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras at risk of the longest sentence.Catalonia’s president at the time of the secession bid, Carles Puigdemont, is not among those on trial since he fled to Belgium where he regularly receives visits from top Catalan separatists.With Catalan separatist parties divided over strategy — some calling for more civil disobedience while others favour dialogue with Spain’s central government — the cause of the jailed Catalan leaders helps keep them united.Judging all of usPolls show the region remains split over the issue of independence, and separatist protests — which in the past drew over a million people — appear to have lost strength.Pro-independence groups have responded by holding smaller events to show support for the detained separatist leaders.The defendants were moved from prisons in Madrid to jails in Catalonia shortly after Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to power in June in what was seen as a goodwill gesture.Since then separatists have gathered regularly outside of the Catalan jails where they were being held, holding concerts, camping outside overnight and forming human pyramids, called “castells”, a Catalan tradition.Separatist parties and associations have vowed to stage a wave of protests during the trial, starting with demonstrations on 12 and 16 February in Barcelona, followed by a general strike across Catalonia on 21 February. A major protest is scheduled in Madrid on 16 March.Protests are also planned outside of Spain, in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and London.”In the end, they are judging all of us. They are judging an entire people and its right to self-determination,” Catalan president Quim Torra said last month at an event with relatives of the jailed leaders.last_img read more

01Sep/19

The Onion AV Club Clickhole Unionize With Writers Guild of America

first_imgIn 2011, comedy/variety writers for The Onion’s satirical television news show, “Onion News Network,” joined the WGA East. The show aired for two seasons on IFC.The WGA East has been active in organizing digital news sites for the past three years and now reps about 1,000 members in that area, including Vice, HuffPost, the Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, the Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist, and Salon. In January, Vox Media agreed to recognize the guild as the collective bargaining representative of approximately 400 employees.Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said, “We welcome the editorial and production employees at Onion, Inc. to the movement for collective bargaining in digital media. Working together, we can build power and make concrete gains in the workplace as we have at GMG and across the digital media landscape.”The Onion Inc. Organizing Committee issued a statement saying, “Onion Inc. is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. By organizing, we intend to protect the culture and values that make Onion Inc. a singularly great place to work and establish a formal means by which the employees have a collective and meaningful voice in our workplace. We’ve seen the positive effects of unions across digital media newsrooms, especially at our Gizmodo Media Group sister sites, and believe Onion Inc. will similarly benefit.”“As we continue to work with Univision and Fusion Media Group, we are unionizing to establish transparency and open communication around the high-level decisions being made that affect Onion Inc.,” the statement continued. “A union will ensure that Onion Inc. remains a place that attracts and retains talented people, upholds opportunities for professional growth, and continues to be the most widely read, most lucrative, and most respected media company that has ever existed in the history of the written word.” Popular on Variety The editorial and video staffs at the Onion, A.V. Club and Clickhole have unionized with the Writers Guild of America  East.The guild announced Thursday that “an  overwhelming majority” of the staff, comprised of about 100 employees, have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the WGA East as the collective bargaining representative.Onion Inc., which operates the satirical sites the Onion and Clickhole and the cultural site, is part of the Fusion Media Group. The WGA East currently represents editorial and video staffs at the Fusion owned Gizmodo Media Group, which includes sites Splinter News, the Root, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik and Earther.“We are dedicated to providing an environment where all our employees can thrive and we respect their right to unionize,” a spokesperson for the Onion Inc. said. “We have begun having discussions with the WGAE about the path forward and hope to arrive at an arrangement in short order.”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

31Aug/19

Three killed in separate incidents

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a promising cricketer was killed by lightening in the city while two separate road accidents claimed two lives and injured seven others in the districts.Debabrata Pal (21), a resident of Hooghly’s Srerampur was returning home after practicing cricket on Vivekananda Park ground at around 1.40 pm when the accident took place. According to local sources, the victim stopped his practice after it started raining. When he was walking along the lane, lightning struck him. He was later taken to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead. The victim used to play cricket for Calcutta Cricket Academy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoad accident claimed lives of two children who were returning home on a bicycle along with their parents. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh and Riya Bhunia. Their parents have also received injuries. It took place at Radhanagar village under Bishnupur police station in Bankura on Saturday night when a speeding truck hit the bicycle. The driver of the truck fled the spot leaving the vehicle at the spot. Locals took the injured victims to Radhanagar Gramin hospital where the children were declared brought dead while their parents are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Police seized the truck and are conducting raids to nab the driver. In another accident, five persons were injured when the car they were travelling in overturned on National Highway 6 near Manasatala at Uluberai. According to police, there were three youth and a woman in the car.last_img read more

31Aug/19

Art with a social objective

first_imgDelhiites witnessed a beautiful selection of artworks at the Sheraton, Saket recently. During a glittering inauguration, art lovers, celebrities, art collectors assembled together to appreciate the works of art on display. Celebrities like Shilpa Raina Wahal fashion designer, Preeti Vohra model, Bandana Singh of Group 4 securities, Aruna Sethi Chairperson of Luxury Committee, Indo American Chamber Of Commerce, Delhi Chapter, Vijay Chowdhary of luxury farm developers and several others were present at the event. In the words of artist Sweta Jha who is based in Singapore, “Painting is my passion. I started drawing in my childhood. Eventually this hobby became an essential part of my life. As I grew up, I became busy with regular academics, but I never neglected my artistic skills. I used to sharpen my painting skills constantly. I turned my passion into my career because I realised that one can achieve better results and success in the field of their passion. Now my main focus is on Madhubani and Mithala style of paintings. Being based in Singapore, I have successfully promoted these paintings there and have been overjoyed with the response. Now I have the opportunity of showcasing my works here in India.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfArtist Sushma Rishi from Delhi has taken an affinity towards painting modern contemporary art with a social objective motive wherein she depicts a general feeling of community well being with women and nature. Use of bright vibrant colors is visible in abundance in most of her paintings since she staunchly believes that we all need that splash of vivaciousness in our lives through passionate hues.  Deepali Mundra from Indore paints calm and serene works which depicts the meditative mind and the emotions we go through when one is in a state of meditation. As per the words of art curator and organiser Vikram Sethi, “This show depicts divine forms of art which make one realise how important spirituality and meditation is in our lives.”last_img read more

28Aug/19

Updates One lane remains closed on A500 due to diesel spillage

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes One lane remains closed on the A500 – after a diesel spillage shut the carriageway in one direction for more than eight hours. Traffic data company Inrix reports the lane is closed on the northbound carriageway of the D-Road (Queensway) at the junction with the A52 City Road/Whieldon Road, near Stoke and Fenton. A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged the fuel tank, leading to diesel spilling across the road. Inrix reports the lane closure will be in place into the evening as the road needs to be resurfaced after the spillage is cleared. The accident was first reported at around 4.30am today (Thursday, May 9) – with Inrix confirming the northbound carriageway was completely shut at around 5.40am. At around 1.45pm Highways England confirmed lane two had reopened. A spokesman said: “Lane two is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane one remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight.” Traffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm. A diversion was in place via and the entry and exit slip roads. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.18:05Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). On the roundabout. 16:29Take care in the wet weather!Travelling home soon? Still some heavy #Showers knocking around southern areas, and further #Rain to come across central and northern parts. Expect standing water and spray on the roads pic.twitter.com/fn1XVVQbUI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 9, 201916:18Inrix reporting the closure will remain into the eveningA spokesman said: Lane closure will remain in place as resurfacing works will take place tonight. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.”13:44Latest: One lane reopensHighways England said:Lane 2 is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane 1 remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight. “13:12Road could be closed until 6pm, according to latest estimatesTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm.12:54Latest photos from the scene (Image: Highways England)11:42A Highways England spokesman said:Closure is still in place as the carriageway is being cleaned from a diesel spill from the traffic collision, A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City road to re-join A500 Northbound. “11:05Traffic England now saying 3.30pmTraffic England are now saying it could be 3.30pm before traffic returns to normal.10:38Carriageway remains closedMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to after the junction with the A34 (Hanford Interchange).Emerency repairs dus to a A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road should re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.09:47Latest update according to InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Fenton.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 09:24Closure continuesThe A500 remains closed.09:04Delays in Meir due to A500 closureQueueing traffic on A520 Sandon Road in both directions at Uttoxeter Road.Not helped by the A500 accident. 08:58Disruption now expected until 1pmTraffic England are now reported disruption is expected until 1pm08:41Latest from InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Meir. Travel time is,from the A500, 20 minutes and, from the A50, 35 minutes.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 08:27Knock on effect on A34Queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).Not helped by the accident on the A500.08:17Closure remains in placeThe northbound carriageway remains closed.07:45Delays also affecting A50 Delays due to this accident are affecting the A50 – which is queueing back to Longton. 07:43Disruption could continue into the afternoonTraffic England are now reporting they are expecting disruption to continue until after 12pm.07:35Congestion now reported back to Hanford interchangeCongestion is now reported back to the A34 Hanford Interchange, Inrix reports07:32Latest photo from the sceneThe A500 remains closed, with traffic being diverted (Image: Highways England)07:28Closure remains in placeA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place for repairs to take place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier Collision .”07:05Queues back to HanchurchInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting queues back to Hanchurch.07:04Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier collision .”06:56Delays set to continue for several hoursTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 10.30am and 10.45am.06:33What we know so far:Here’s what we know so far:The A500 northbound is closed near the City Road interchangeA lorry blew its tyre at around 4.30am, leading to its fuel tank becoming damaged and diesel spilling across the carriagewayTraffic is being diverted via the slip roads and delays are buildingTraffic England are currently expecting the incident to fully clear by between 8.45am and 9am.06:17Traffic being diverted off the A500 northboundTraffic being diverted off the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:16Photo from the queuesTraffic queueing on the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:11No word on injuries at this stageIt is unclear if anyone has been injured at this stage.06:04Traffic now reported to be queueingWe’re now getting reports of traffic queueing in the area.05:53Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: The A500 Northbound is currently closed within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is due to a collision.” Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

19Aug/19

Sunwings take on Riu Palace Paradise Islands reno

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Friday, November 10, 2017 center_img Sunwing’s take on Riu Palace Paradise Island’s reno Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing TORONTO — The newly reopened Riu Palace Paradise Island in Nassau has a sleek new look and an adults-only experience, says Sunwing.Exclusively offered through the tour operator’s Signature Vacations Collection by Sunwing, the five-star all-inclusive benefits from one of the best beaches in Nassau, an extensive range of entertainment programs, and a modernized look with new features such as an à la carte Indian restaurant on-site.Dining options with a new 24-hour lounge, ‘Jerk’ grill station, ‘Chutney’ Indian restaurant and patisserie and ice cream parlour. In total guests can now take advantage of five restaurants (four of which are à la carte) and three bars, while the new theatre offers a regular program of evening entertainment.Guestrooms have also been fully renovated and now feature new walk-in showers. New amenities include a state-of the-art gym and new pool with swim-up bar. For a couples’ retreat, there’s Renova Spa, or romantic dinners right on the beach.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsSunwing offers Thursday and Sunday flights from Toronto to Nassau.last_img read more