APTN National NewsThey say the North is a place where only the wildest survive.Well, in Inuvik, NWT, three aspiring comedians have come together to present their wildest ideas through sketches and by meeting real people in the North. They’re called North of Normal and they spoke to APTN National News from Inuvik.
17 March 2008The fourth round of talks on Western Sahara, bringing together representatives from Morocco and the Frente Polisario under United Nations auspices, got under way today on the outskirts of New York City, according to a UN spokesperson. The talks, held at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset on Long Island, also include representatives of neighbouring states, Algeria and Mauritania, and are facilitated by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, Peter van Walsum. Following the third round of discussions this past January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that while it was a positive sign that the two sides had committed to a process of negotiations, they remained far apart on substantive issues. He said the talks were limited largely to preliminary discussions on thematic subjects such as administration, competencies and organs, and the parties discussed but did not agree on any confidence-building measures. Mr. Ban noted, however, in a communiqué issued by Mr. van Walsum after the talks, that the two sides “agreed on the need to move the process into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.” Last month Mr. van Walsum visited the region for in-depth consultations with the parties. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.
19 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Côte d’Ivoire is eligible to receive help from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up two years ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war. Mr. Ban’s decision follows a request for funding from the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the West African country, Y. J. Choi, that is also backed by the Ivorian Government.“The country is now in a pivotal post-conflict phase,” with elections scheduled for November, and funding is therefore critical for ensuring that Côte d’Ivoire “continues on the path for peace,” said Carolyn McAskie, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.Mr. Choi welcomed the announcement, saying the Fund can fill crucial gaps, “such as for the reintegration of former combatants or the pursuit and facilitation of political dialogue.”It is not the first time that the Fund has allocated spending to Côte d’Ivoire. It already funded an assistance package of $700,000 to support last year’s successful efforts of neighbouring Burkina Faso to broker a settlement between Ivorian political forces.UN officials have warned that although the security and political climate has improved since the signing of the Ouagadougou Agreement last year by the Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, the country is still fragile. Violent crimes remain persistently high, and there has been a lack of progress in disarming both the Forces Nouvelles and militia groups in the west.Since its creation in 2006, as part of reforms that led to the establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the Fund has exceeded its initial funding target of $250 million and has so far allocated $101 million for projects in Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and the Central African Republic (CAR) and for emergency projects and initiatives in Haiti and Africa.
13 December 2011A new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on labour migration from Tajikistan shows that many children left behind are exposed to bullying and suffer from depression as well as increased aggression and rebellion. The report, released today, looks at the impact on health, education, well-being and economic activity of labour migration in Tajikistan, where dramatic social and economic changes since the end of the Soviet Union and national independence have led to widespread migration.Remittances from Tajik migrants living in other countries have become vital to boosting economic growth and reducing poverty, UNICEF said, noting in a press release that the report sheds light on many of the downsides of migration.A third of migrant families interviewed for the report describe the overall impact as “negative,” and almost the same amount are “neutral,” with just over a third “very positive” or “positive.”Some 48 per cent of non-migrant households also describe the impact as negative, with abandoned family members back in Tajikistan among those least likely to see a positive impact.“A significant number” of migrant parents also say they are unhappy about having to migrate, despite the additional earnings they usually acquire in another country, which helps to pay for improved health care, education, nutrition and housing.Many children in the study were found to have been strongly affected by their parents’ migration, exhibiting symptoms of depression, withdrawal, increased aggression and greater rebelliousness.The children were also more likely to exposed to bullying because of the lack of protective parental figures and teased by others as “forgotten.”Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF’s representative in Tajikistan, said the report’s policy recommendations are aimed at lessening the social impact of migration on children left behind.
Luxury home sales impacted less by mortgage rule changes, experts say AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 9:02 am MDT TORONTO – Ottawa’s tightened mortgage rules seem to have had less of an impact on high-end real estate than on the overall market, according to experts.“Most people who are going to buy a $3-million to $5-million house usually have access to the funds,” said Elli Davis, a sales representative with Royal LePage in Toronto. “They don’t really care if they pay a touch more.”In July 2012, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made changes to Canada’s mortgage rules in a bid to cool down an overheated real estate market.These changes included reducing the maximum amortization period to 25 years from 30 for insured mortgages as well as limiting government-backed mortgage insurance to homes under $1 million, effectively increasing the down payment required on luxury homes.Despite the changes, Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president of Re/Max for Ontario-Atlantic Canada, said volatile stock markets and low interest rates have made luxury real estate attractive for both Canadian investors and foreigners.“People like to touch and see (their investment),” said Sandhu. “This is a really large investment for them and it’s done well in the past.”Sales of single-family homes over $1 million were up by more than 60 per cent in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto in the first half of the year compared with the last half of 2012, according to a report released by Sotheby’s International Realty on Friday.Year over year, sales of luxury single-family homes were up a more modest 10 per cent in Calgary and down by two per cent in Vancouver and five per cent in Toronto.“We had a very unbelievable 2010 and 2011 across Canada,” said Ross McCredie, chief executive of Sotheby’s.“You had this massive volume, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, and obviously you can’t sustain that type of momentum.”Sales of condos over $1 million were up in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary in the past six months but down year over year.Luxury condo sales dipped by 20 per cent in Vancouver, 37 per cent in Calgary and 19 per cent in Toronto compared with the first half of 2012.Davis has seen some luxury homes in Toronto that had to be re-priced in order to sell, but she said it’s not a reflection of the market.“A lot of the sellers have much larger expectations,” said Davis.
The modern Champions League has not been a hospitable competition for underdogs. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have won the last four trophies, and the closest thing to an upset winner in recent years was Chelsea in 2012. This season, though, might be different.Sure, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all still in it. But no team left in the Champions League is historically dominant. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of scoring chances a team creates and concedes, rates Barcelona as the top team in this year’s competition, but one with only a 28 percent change of winning the tournament.1All of the data in this article is current through April 10.This year’s Barcelona, however, does not make the top 10 list of expected goals difference for clubs since 2010-11. With fewer truly great teams in the mix, an upset winner is that much more likely. Here’s what to expect.Borussia Dortmund (60 percent chance of advancing) vs. Monaco (40 percent)With a position atop the Ligue 1 table, an impressive defeat of Manchester City in the round of 16, and an incredible 103 goals scored between Ligue 1 and the Champions League, Monaco might appear to have the resume of a quarterfinal favorite. However, Monaco’s numbers require some caution. Despite leading to 90 nonpenalty goals this season, the chances Monaco has created have been worth only about 58 expected goals (xG), according to the soccer stats-tracker Opta. Scoring 33 more goals than expected is unprecedented in the last few years. No other club has even beaten expected goals by 20 or more at this point in the season since 2010-11. While it is not terribly unusual for top teams to outperform their expected goals — top teams tend to have better finishers — Monaco is finishing chances better than any of Lionel Messi’s teams ever did.If Monaco’s goal scoring falls off, Dortmund should be well prepared to take advantage. Since returning from the winter break, Dortmund has been dominant, collecting 1.2 more xG per match than their opponents, compared with only a +0.7 margin before the break. With underlying numbers to match its goals difference and a recent spike in performance, Dortmund looks like the more likely semifinalist.In either case, this should be one of the most exciting matches of the round. Both Monaco and Dortmund depend on pace and quick-hitting attacks — both clubs lead their respective leagues in shot attempts following moves of two passes or fewer. While Thomas Tuchel may attempt to impose more control on the match than Pep Guardiola did against Monaco in the round of 16, the game is likely to be a fast-paced and attacking affair.Barcelona (65 percent) vs. Juventus (35 percent)This rematch of the 2015 Champions League final features the best attack-vs.-defense matchup of the round. This season Barcelona has created the second-most clear scoring chances (116), as defined by Opta, in the big five leagues, while Juventus has conceded the fewest clear scoring chances (20).Barcelona is well known for an attacking style that favors making the extra pass to create the highest-quality scoring chances, rather than trying to shoot the ball from far out. Juventus, under managers Max Allegri and Antonio Conte, has developed a defensive strategy that mirrors Barcelona’s attacking play. The Italian side focuses on defensive structure in order to prevent the same kinds of clear chances that Barca aims to create. A list of the best defensive seasons since 2010-11, judging teams by the number of quality chances they concede, shows Juventus dominating. And this year Juventus is preventing clear chances at its best rate ever, allowing only about one every other match.Barcelona was able to break through Juventus’ defense in the 2015 final just as Bayern Munich did during last year’s knockout stages. But in both of those cases, it took a top performance from one of the world’s best attacks to win the tie. Barcelona is rightly favored, but any slight drop-off in execution could see the Catalan side stymied by Juventus’ defense.Bayern Munich (71 percent) vs. Real Madrid (29 percent)ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rating gives a big boost to Bayern Munich based on the German side’s superior defensive numbers. Bayern has conceded just 23 goals in 36 matches between the Bundesliga and Champions League, while Real has conceded 43 in 38 matches. Some of this difference disappears when you look at expected goals, which drops Real’s total to 37. But it is not enough to erase it all.The two sides not only see different defensive outcomes, but they also play significantly different styles when out of possession. Carlo Ancelotti has his Bayern squad playing the high-pressing style preached by Pep Guardiola. When Bayern turns the ball over in midfield, it breaks up their opponents’ next possession within three passes about 55 percent of the time, the second-highest rate in the Bundesliga. Real Madrid, by contrast, defends much more passively, breaking up opposition possession in only about 45 percent of cases, 12th in La Liga.It is not that Real Madrid has been particularly poor defensively, but its more passive defensive style seems like a major risk against Bayern. Under manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid has been an outlier among top clubs in not embracing the new, analytics-minded strategy of pressing on defense. It will be interesting to see if Real’s more old-fashioned defensive style can work. If Real fails to unsettle Bayern early in a possession, that would give time on the ball to central midfielders Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara. That outcome would be risky at best for Real. Thiago in particular is having a great season, leading the Bundesliga with 96 progressive passes and runs. (These are defined as passes which advance the ball through midfield over 10 yards beyond where the possession had reached, or runs which progress similarly while eliminating a defender on the dribble.) Real Madrid may need to adjust its pressing rate to protect the defense from Bayern’s passers if it means to make it to another Champions League final.Atletico Madrid (75 percent) vs. Leicester City (25 percent)Leicester City presents something of a conundrum to any projection system, having won five of six league matches since sacking manager Claudio Ranieri. The club’s performances under new manager Craig Shakespeare have not been quite as good as its unbeaten record suggests — despite outscoring opponents in the league and CL by a combined 17-8, Leicester’s expected goals difference is just 10.3-9.1. But Leicester has produced more expected goals than its opponents in five of its seven matches after running negative in expected goal difference under Ranieri. It is certainly possible that Leicester will continue performing at this higher level under Shakespeare.However, it is hard to identify any key changes Shakespeare made. Leicester City remains the highest-tempo team in the Premier League, with more possessions per match than anyone else. The Foxes still work best without the ball, managing the same 42 percent possession rate as under Ranieri. What seems to have changed is not Leicester’s style of play, but the effectiveness of it. This is the sort of change, not linked to any obvious tactical shift, that analysts tend to be skeptical of. It might just be form, in which case the large SPI advantage to Atletico Madrid may be correct.For Atletico, this persistent Leicester style may present a problem. Atleti prefers to concede possession and play off the ball, especially against top opponents. But while Atletico is unusual in the Champions League for its roughly 50 percent possession rate, Leicester at 42 percent is more extreme. Atletico will likely need to adjust its typical knockout strategy and make use of ball possession to get past Leicester, even if the Foxes’ current run of form may not be entirely sustainable.Check out our club soccer predictions.
The United States men’s national soccer team’s victory against Jamaica at Crew Stadium added another proud chapter to Columbus’ sports history. So proud and frenzied was the game, in fact, that before the 90 minutes had elapsed on the field, some were already speculating about how the atmosphere in the stadium compared to other professional and collegiate sporting events hosted in Columbus.There is no doubt that the U.S. team’s most recent victory at Crew Stadium – the team upped its all-time record at the ground to 6-0-3 by beating Jamaica – is up there with the top sporting events in the city’s history. Whether it’s comparable to a football Saturday at Ohio Stadium is very much debatable, though.To understand how special the atmosphere was during the Yanks’ shutout victory against Jamaica on Tuesday, look no further than the very first words of team manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s post game press conference.“I think first of all, we want to thank that (Crew Stadium) crowd out there in Columbus for their tremendous support,” Klinsmann said. “It was a tremendous atmosphere that pushed the players. All of us really appreciated that. It was fantastic.”Keep Klinsmann’s status in world soccer in mind – he’s played professionally in England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga. He was a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990 and a European champion with Bayern Munich in 1996.Suffice it to say that the guy knows his soccer, he knows what passionate fan support looks like and while part of his job as U.S. manager is to help stoke the relatively small flame that is American soccer culture, he has no other reason to sugarcoat. And he didn’t on Tuesday. So congratulations to soccer fans in Columbus and all the rest that journeyed to Central Ohio for the game – the performance of the 23,881 fans that jammed into Crew Stadium was just as convincing as the American team’s play on the pitch.I’ll take it a step further, as some members of the press did last night, and say that the atmosphere at Crew Stadium was better than the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opening-round series against the Detroit Red Wings during the 2009 NHL playoffs.Anyone can make that claim easily.With the temporary seating installed in Crew Stadium for Tuesday’s game, a vital World Cup qualifier for both teams involved, the venue held more fans than the Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena could ever host (capacity of 18,500 for hockey, according to nationwidearena.com). The Jackets also had a fan base that wasn’t fully invested in the 2009 playoff run, and that’s OK because the team was a heavy underdog against Detroit and was eventually swept, 4-0.American fans, despite seeing the U.S. lose to Jamaica, 2-1, in Kingston, Jamaica, just days before the game in Columbus, had Klinsmann’s promise that the team wouldn’t lose to the Reggae Boyz for the second time in a week. They didn’t, and American fans have come to expect results from their men’s national team against opponents from all over the world. There’s a cautious optimism about the U.S. men’s national team, and that lends itself to a party spirit whenever the squad has a match.It goes without saying that while the U.S. men’s team is far from a juggernaut in world soccer, it is a strong and competitive team, especially in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) region.So in terms of the significance of the event and the passionate crowd support, Tuesday’s game at Crew Stadium tops anything the Blue Jackets franchise has to offer.I’ll even say this – the U.S.-Jamaica game was a better atmosphere than most Ohio State men’s basketball home games.Again, consider the respective stadiums’ capacities – the Schottenstein Center holds 19,500 fans for basketball games and, quite honestly, a lot of those Buckeye contests can be a bore.I’m not talking about the marquee games against big-name opponents such as Duke last season or Kansas this coming season. Big Ten Conference games against Wisconsin and Michigan State certainly might have the U.S.-Jamaica game beat in terms of atmosphere, especially when the Buckeye Nut House student cheering section gets fired up.But are you going to tell me that an OSU basketball game against some of the drab non-conference teams the athletic department brings in is an event you’d be excited to watch? For someone that’s never seen the Buckeyes play live before, maybe you would tell me that. But for Columbus residents and students with season ticket plans, sorry, you’re lying to yourself if you think the average OSU men’s basketball home game tops what Crew Stadium offered on Tuesday.What I can’t do is tell you that the U.S. men’s national team and its fans teamed up to create an atmosphere comparable to an OSU football game at Ohio Stadium. There’s no comparison.Using the same stadium-capacity barometer, well, it would take more than four Crew Stadiums (with additional, temporary seating) to fill the Horseshoe. Even if many Buckeye supporters want to sit on their hands throughout the game, 105,000 people are going to make more noise inhaling and exhaling oxygen than a packed Crew Stadium ever will.So when I overheard members of the Columbus media compare Tuesday’s national team game to the OSU-USC football game at the Horseshoe in 2008, well, there’s a reason I didn’t make that argument the focus of this column. That is a ridiculous and absurd notion.Unlike the OSU men’s basketball team, even the Buckeyes football team’s non-conference games draw massive, passionate crowds. Even on a planet where soccer is king, gatherings of 100,000 or more supporters is a phenomenon that is mostly limited to a select group of American universities with powerful college football programs.There’s no shame in losing out to the tradition and pageantry of an Ohio Stadium football game, though. The U.S. put on yet another memorable performance at Crew Stadium on Tuesday, one that will be remembered as one of the great sporting moments in a city that has had so many.Certainly, Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier provided a performance and accompanying atmosphere that rivals any moment in the history of Columbus’ NHL franchise and even gives the average OSU men’s basketball home game a run for its money.Not bad for a soccer team.
AdBlock 1.1 for Android has been released, but you won’t find it in Google Play. Just last week, Google decided that the time had come to give ad blocking apps the boot because they modified the behavior of other apps. Fortunately for Android users who want to install ABP, it’s really not that hard to work around.The first step is to head into your settings screen and enable app installs from unknown sources. On devices running newer versions of Android, you’ll find the option about half way down the security page — on older versions, it’s under apps. Place a check in the box, and you’re ready to go.Fire up your web browser of choice and point it to http://adblockplus.org. You may need to be a little more patient than normal for the next few days, as developer Wladimir Palant’s servers are being slammed with traffic. Once the page loads for you, you should see an install button. Tap it, and you’ll be forwarded to the download page.If you see a warning like this one in your browser, tap ok to initiate the download. Once it’s complete, you should be able to launch the .APK installer by pulling down the notification tray and tapping the line for AdBlock Plus. If that doesn’t work, you can try pulling up your browser’s download page or browsing to the download folder on your device using a file management app. Tap the .APK to launch it, and you’ll see an installation window appear — and it should look identical to the one at the top of this post.Tap install and wait for the process to complete. When that part’s done, you’ll need to manually configure proxy settings to actually start blocking ads. Go to your wireless network settings and tap and hold your active connection and then tap modify network. Check the box to show advanced options, and the change the proxy drop down to manual.In the proxy hostname box, enter localhost or 127.0.0.1 and then enter 2020 for the proxy port (ABP may prompt you do use a different port number, so watch its prompts closely). Save your changes, and then test AdBlock Plus 1.1 in your browser.The app currently doesn’t auto-update, so you can head back to your security settings and turn off unofficial sources if you like. You’ll just need to remember to re-enable them the next time you update ABP.Installation will get a bit simpler in the coming days. Palant has already announced on the AdBlock blog that the app is heading for other marketplaces soon. In the meantime, however, the manual install is a quick and painless way to deal with Google’s recent rejection.
Russie : les deux prochains vols vers l’ISS pourraient être reportésD’après l’agence Interfax qui cite une source dans l’industrie spatiale, la Russie songerait à reporter les prochains vols à destination de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) prévus pour mars et mai. Un défaut aurait été détecté sur la capsule Soyouz. Alors que la Russie vient tout juste de réussir le lancement du vaisseau de ravitaillement Progress M-14M, c’est une mauvaise nouvelle que vient d’annoncer l’agence Interfax. Une information qu’elle tiendrait d’une source au sein de l’industrie spatiale : l’agence russe songerait à reporter les deux prochains lancements à destination de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Prévus pour mars et mai, ceux-ci doivent envoyer les prochaines expéditions d’astronautes destinées à relever ceux qui sont actuellement à bord de la station. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après la fameuse source, un défaut aurait en fait été détecté sur la capsule Soyouz utilisée pour les vols habités. “Lors de tests d’herméticité de l’appareil Soyouz, sa paroi s’est fracturée. Cet appareil spatial ne peut plus être utilisé pour un vol habité (…) le lancement de Soyouz TMA-04M sera reporté à la mi-avril ou la fin mai”, a indiqué la source précisant que le décollage était prévu le 30 mars. A cause de cette panne, les équipes prévoient d’utiliser à la place la capsule Soyouz TMA-05 M dont le lancement était prévu le 30 mai. Ce qui oblige donc aussi à reporter ce deuxième lancement. “Il est probable que ce départ aura lieu dès lors dans la deuxième moitié de juin”, a expliqué la source citée par l’AFP. Bien que le retard ne semble pas si important, l’incident pourrait avoir un sérieux impact pour l’ISS, décalant déjà la durée des missions des différents équipages pour coller au calendrier. De plus, ce n’est pas la première fois que les engins russes connaissent un tel problème. En août dernier, le lancement d’un vaisseau de ravitaillement a paralysé pendant environ trois mois les départs vers l’ISS. Ceci avait même conduit la NASA a envisagé l’hypothèse que la Station reste inhabitée. Par ailleurs, depuis la fin du programme des navettes spatiales américaines, la Russie dispose du seul vecteur capable de transporter les équipages de la station orbitale, si bien que toute panne du système Soyouz menace l’ensemble des missions vers l’ISS. Le 27 janvier 2012 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambert
Scientists are hard at work on materials made of a new type of material known as a hydra-gel. Many creatures are adaptable and flexible. They allow us to handle shock and adapt to changing environments. You might say it’s one of the main innovations of evolutionary biology. And, for good reason, scientists have started taking cues from nature to create their own synthetic hydra-gel. These would allow flexible backbones (also known as substrates) for electronics, robots, and even batteries.The problem, until now, has been that these gels are hard to bind together. You can’t screw two fleshy masses together to make a totally new object. I mean I guess that’s how babies are made, but get your mind out of the gutter.Anyway, new bonding agents were needed — ones that moves and flexes with materials so that it doesn’t get loose and just fall off with use. Standard superglues creates brittle layers that can flake off (I mean that is, how I’m sure all of us have gotten superglue off our hands at one point or another, just scraping that crap off). But that’s not good enough for fancy-schmancy researchers.So they did some cool chemistry, taking the cyanoacrylate compounds that make up super glue, and then diluting them with a non-solvent. This allows scientists to lay down thin layers. When the two surfaces that you’re trying to stick together come into close contact after that, the fluid fills in the spaces and gaps, carrying the glue into the surfaces and binding them together as the fluid evaporates. That only works because the added non-solvent keeps the flue liquid just long enough for all this cool-ass physics to go down.The result is an incredibly tough bond. With it, you can stretch the gel by more than ten times without coming apart. Even better? The glue is tougher than the gels themselves — even with the toughest stuff we have.Science has a video that explains the whole process, and it’s truly incredible. With it, researchers were also able to create a basic, squishy skin for new electronics. Cool, yeah?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend
CSKA Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko has revealed that he plans to use Arsenal’s attacking style to his advantageThe Russian Premier League side will play host to the Gunners for the second leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League with CSKA having lost the first leg 4-1 at the Emirates.While Arsenal are heavily expected to progress on Thursday night, Goncharenko is hopeful that CSKA will be able to take advantage of Arsene Wenger’s resolve to continue with the same attacking philosophy that has often left them exposed at the back in the past.“Arsenal have a philosophy and have stuck to it for a long time, for many years, regardless of their record,” said Goncharenko, according to BT Sport.“If they are losing or winning they still play to make supporters and fans happy. When you act like this, trying to cheer up the supporters, you can have some problems in the defence.Merson 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.“Tomorrow’s strategy for Arsenal could be done in different ways, but they will be focusing on their attack of course.“If we play without believing in yourself and without faith it is better not to play at all. We need to go to the pitch believing in ourselves and that we can make it into the next round.“We need to change some things, but it is not guaranteed that we will succeed or fail, so will implement some alterations then see how it happens.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Starting in mid–April, the Wilmington Water Deaprtment will begin its annual water main flushing and valve exercising program. The flushing program will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00pm to midnight. The program will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.The goal of the flushing program is to enhance the water quality throughout the Town of Wilmington. By strategically opening and closing water main valves, water is flushed through the pipes at a higher than normal velocity. Please be aware that since flushing scours and removes minerals that have accumulated in the mains, residents may experience discolored or rusty water during the program. The water is safe to drink. However, we suggest that our residents check the water before doing laundry to avoid staining clothing and other items. Running the cold water for a few minutes should clear up any discoloration.If you have any questions or problems with your water, please call the Water Division at 978-658-4711.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest Town Topics newsletter.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Announces Annual Water Main Flushing Program (Watch For Rusty Water)In “Government”Town’s Water Main Flushing Program To Begin Soon, May Cause Discolored WaterIn “Government”Town’s Water Main Flushing Program To Begin Soon, May Cause Discolored WaterIn “Government”
Kandukur: By responding to the call to adopt villages and develop them as the smart villages, many VIPs and corporate companies came forward and announced their commitment. But, Lingapalem in Voletivaripalem (VV Palem) mandal of Prakasam district was adopted by its children who were settled in various parts of the world and want to provide better facilities to the next generation. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The members of the Lingapalem Smart Village Development Forum (LSVDF) started their work with safeguarding the trees and protecting the green cover in the village in 2016. As almost all of the members are students of local government school, they didn’t absorb the fact that the locals are sending their children to private schools in the town, quoting that there are no facilities in the local school. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us So, they started adopting government schools one by one in the area, to a total of six schools with average of strength 250 for the academic year by 2019-20. Now they are adopting the government schools in Lingapalem (G), Lingapalem (HP), Rollapadu, Bangarakkapalem, Kakarlapalem and Kalavalla villages. They are providing Student Kits, consisting of a school bag, stationery, tie and belt along with the free supply of note books whenever they complete the earlier books in these schools. Advertise With Us Apart from high quality kits, the LSVDF is also providing digital teaching equipment like Smart TVs, loud speakers and mikes, running water to toilets, mid-day meals kitchen and garden, maintenance of plantations and play grounds, movable white boards and notice boards, providing furniture like benches, chairs and tables, construction of compound walls, providing electric equipments like fans and lights, supplying of materials for competitive exams, guidance to teachers, and other development works in school infrastructure. For supply of school kits, the LSVDF is partnered with the Sneha Hastalu NGO. The NGO takes care of sourcing the best quality bags, books and other stationery at good price and keeps track of the expenditure. So, the forum sends the required money for the kits to the Sneha Hastalu and sees they distribute the kits to the excited children in these schools. Rajababu Gorrepati, software development specialist in Ericsson in Chennai and member of the LSVDF, and his team members distributed the school kits on Friday and Saturday with the cooperation of the Sneha Hastalu team. He said that they visited the schools they adopted and discussed with the teachers, parents and students about the issues in the schools. On Friday, they discussed with the villagers about the construction of compound walls in the leftover schools. He said that they had a long way to go, but their efforts are already proving fruitful with the recent results. He thanked the Sneha Hastalu team for being a support in taking the pain in sourcing the materials and supplying them to the schools, with the same commitment.
Vijayawada: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat visited the Durga Temple atop Indrakeeladri here on Tuesday. Mohan Bhagwat visited the temple during the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s annual meeting held at Vijayawada. He was welcomed by the temple Executive Officer V Koteswaramma along with temple priests according to the temple courtesy. Later, the temple EO presented RSS chief with Prasadam, Ammaavari Saree Prasadam and goddess portrait.
Smoke billows over an oil tanker that was attacked at the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The continuing Middle East tensions and Opec reluctance to ease production cuts are driving up the crude prices with some experts predicting Brent to top $100.ReutersDespite US President Donald Trump’s decision not to bomb Iran in spite of the downing of a US drone, the crude prices are steadily rising. The momentum of the upward swing of the Brent that has gained about 30 per cent since the beginning of 2019 may carry it towards $100 per barrel if there is no de-escalation in the Middle East. The continuing attacks on Saudi Arabian oil installations, airports, and tankers in the Gulf of Oman are keeping the region tense. Iran that lies to the north of the Strait of Hormuz has a chokehold on the passage through which about 21 per cent of the total global consumption of liquid petroleum products and 30 per cent of liquefied natural gas pass. Its vulnerability is exacerbated by the fact that it is as narrow as 30km at some points.Brent hit a recent high of $64.97 on Friday and despite a slight pullback in early trade on Monday, it was expected to head up. The Indian basket hit $63.19, a rise of about 2.68 per cent. Petrol price in Bengaluru city rose to Rs 75.20 and diesel Rs 66.85 on Monday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his newly installed Finance Minister Nirmala Siatharaman will have difficulty balancing the country’s foreign currency reserves with runaway oil prices, experts say. India meets 80 per cent of its petroleum requirements from imports.Market observers say that in the global demand-supply perspective, the market is currently in a deficit of 0.75 million barrels per day (mbpd) and the deficit could continue into the third quarter of 2019 as Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) has announced its decision to stick with oil production curbs. The US reimposed sanctions in November on exports of Iranian oil after Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers. ReutersIran-aligned Houthi rebels who control large swathes of Yemen have been launching bothersome attacks on Saudi oil assets on Peninsular Saudi Arabia and the tankers passing through the Gulf of Oman. The rebels continue to hit Saudi oil installations, airports and oil tankers. The long drawn-out Saudi war on Houthis backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have not nipped off the rebel ability to mount attacks inside the Kingdom.Brent had lost some gains it made early in the years when the tensions began to escalate after President Trump announced the decision to impose the terms of the sanctions against Iran more strictly. This meant that a clutch of countries like China, India, South Korea, and Turkey that enjoyed an exemption on buying Iranian oil was asked to discontinue all oil trade from May 2. Brent’s year-to-date rise had then hit 33 percent.A sustained increase in the crude price will hit India that meets nearly 80 per cent of its fuel demand through imports. Shipping rates have been skyrocketing with each attack on oil tankers, the Oil and Gas magazine has said. The attacks started with strikes on four Saudi oil tankers berthed at the UAE port in Fujairah on May 12. A BBC report in June said an inquiry into the attacks stopped short of directly blaming Teheran. Bimco, the world’s largest international shipping association, wrote to its members that the uptick in costs came from added safety measures and the higher insurance premiums.Oxford economists John Payne and Gabriel Sterne said in a report last month that there was a significant risk of higher oil prices. “We see increased risks of significantly higher oil prices,” they said in a report. “In the short-run, it is likely the supply impact will be offset by higher production elsewhere, but the market is tightening and all it would take is one more shock to supply and oil could reach $100,” the note said.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is all set to form ‘Hardship Redressal Committee’ (HRC) for examination of applications by the tax payers who plan to seek relief in case of excessive hardship in paying off property tax under Unit Area Assessment (UAA) system.A senior official of the KMC said HRC has been formed for providing relief to tax payers who face excessive hardship in paying property tax within the ambit of Section 173 B of KMC Act 1980. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”As per provisions of the act, the committee after receiving the application in writing by the tax payer concerned, may review the amount payable for the property or may realize the sum in installments.The Committee is also empowered to make recommendations for any relief to the KMC for consideration,” the official said.The formation of HRC has already been passed at the Member Mayor-in-Council’s (MMiC) meeting of the civic body that was held in June. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe eight-membered team will have MMiC (Solid Waste Management) Debabrata Majumder as the Chairman. The matter will be passed at the monthly meeting of the KMC on May 20.It may be mentioned that the KMC had extended the deadline for payment of property tax under UAA system for a period of six months with effect from April 1.The last date for paying property tax under UAA was earlier announced till March 31. Inspectors from the civic body’s assessment department has been travelling from door to door of the residents and handing out forms of UAA and also guiding them on how to pay tax under UAA. “An unnecessary scare about the new property tax calculation method has kept assessees from embracing the new UAA method. We need to put an end to this irrational fear and for this we are taking all measures,” the official maintained.KMC had introduced UAA in April 2017 but the response was lukewarm with only 50,000 of the 2.75 lakh assessees opting for it and submitting the applications till the middle of March.Sources in the assessment department said civic authorities has set a fresh target of Rs 998 crore in property tax for the next fiscal that began from April 1.
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Source = Fiji Airways Fiji Airways has set a new profit record for the first six months of 2015, reporting an operating profit before tax of FJD$17.5 m from January 1st to June 30th.The result constitutes a solid improvement on the national airline’s profit of FJD$15.4 for the same period last year and is the highest six-monthly result in the company’s history.The Chairman of Fiji Airways, Nalin Patel, commended staff for what he described as “yet another outstanding performance” for the first half of 2015, on the back of a record profit of FJD$60.8m for the 2014 financial year.But he said no-one at Fiji Airways could afford to be complacent if the airline was to equal or better last year’s result and he urged management and staff to remain focussed.“The key driver of our underlying profitability was a 6.7% increase in passenger numbers for the first six months of the year and a 4.7% increase in our overall revenue,” Mr Patel said.“While there is no room for complacency, we are seeing some excellent results from the financial growth plan that Fiji Airways has had in place since last year, with its emphasis on strong fiscal discipline and continuously improving efficiencies.“With strong support from our staff and shareholders, management has been able to make sound financial and commercial decisions that are benefitting our people, the tourism industry and the entire Fijian economy”The result was warmly welcomed by the Attorney General and Minister for Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who said it laid a solid foundation for the airline’s future growth, including new routes and new aircraft.“This result comes less than a month after Fiji Airways made another early repayment to the FNPF – the national superannuation fund – for the loans it took out to invest in new aircraft,” Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said.“So it is a further vindication of the confidence of the Fijian people in the management of their national airline and especially the efforts of its hardworking staff.“The opportunity now is to fly to new destinations that would position Fiji Airways and Fiji even better.” Fly Fiji Airways
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 1, 2018 646 Views Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Employment Fannie Mae First American Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING Jobs LendingTree Realtor.com 2018-06-01 Radhika Ojha Unemployment reached 3.8 percent its lowest level since April 2000 and the latest addition of 223,000 jobs in May marked the ninety-second consecutive month of job growths according to the latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. The data indicated that employment in the construction sector is on the rise, increasing by 25,000 during May and by 286,000 on a year-over-year basis. However, the largest number of jobs were added in retail with 31,000 new jobs, of which 6,000 were jobs in building material and garden supply stores. When it came to earnings, the data indicated that wages had trended up, rising 2.7 percent on an annual basis. “The May jobs report portrayed a solid labor market, with strong, broad-based job gains and upward revisions,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Wage growth also posted the biggest monthly gain since January. However, the annual increase showed no signs of breaking out, staying within the tight range between 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent seen since December.”According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American the rise in wages needs to be looked at in tandem with prime-age labor force participation to get a clearer picture. “In today’s economy, you can’t have stronger wage growth without further increases in the prime-age labor force participation rate,” Fleming said. “The prime-age labor force participation rate hit a post-recession low in September 2015. Since then, it has been rising steadily to its current level of 81.8 percent, as reported in today’s employment situation report, and it is much closer to its pre-recession level of 83 percent.”Despite the marginal increases in wages, the current numbers bode well for the housing market especially for the construction of new homes. “Sustained job growth has inspired consumer confidence and interest in home buying, especially among first-time buyers. Would-be homeowners will find that raises help, but still lag behind the pace of home price increases,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com.From a supply point of view, Duncan said, “The ramp-up in construction workers is a positive for housing supply, but with such strong total job growth, we expect new supply to struggle to keep up with strengthening demand.” “Over the past year, 286,000 total construction jobs have been added as builders work to add supply given the tight inventory and rising home prices,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree.When it came to the economy as a whole Hale, Duncan, and Kapfidze were of the opinion that the future results would depend on a number of factors including the Fed rate hikes and potential trade wars.“Brewing trade wars could lead to U.S. job losses as trading partners retaliate with tariffs on U.S. goods and hamper demand for U.S. exports,” Hale said. “A strong labor market is fundamental to the housing market, and if trade wars have a large, sustained impact on job creation, we could eventually see an effect on housing demand.”Duncan said that he didn’t expect the Fed to ring any alarm bells after the report. “We continue to expect the Fed to raise the fed funds rate one more time this year after this month’s hike,” he said.“The outlook for rates is heavily dependent on expectations for inflation which in turn are influenced by wages,” said Kapfidze. “The improvement in wages suggests that mortgages will once again come under upward pressure after a reprieve this week due to geopolitical risk.”How do May’s job numbers compare with April? Click here to learn more. Construction Jobs Gain Momentum Share
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