Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeast BC

first_imgThe main thunderstorm threat will be rainfall rates of up to 25 mm in one hour due to the slow motion of the storms. In Northeast B.C. the threat of severe thunderstorms should be confined near the Rockies where there is also the risk of wind gusts up to 90 km/h.A heat warning that was issued for Northeast B.C. on Monday remains in effect today. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.The strong upper ridge of high pressure that has caused higher than normal temperatures in the region since Sunday has moved into Alberta, which has resulted in the airmass over the B.C. Interior to become moist and unstable.last_img read more

New Electoral Law Deprives Moroccans Abroad of Participating in General Elections

Rabat – In the interior ministry’s latest set of proposed amendments for national electoral laws, policymakers have not made any references to the integration of the Moroccan diaspora community in domestic politics, according to a report by Hespress.Abdelilah Benkirane’s government has previously committed to address problems regarding the representation of the interests of the expatriate community abroad, estimated to include five million Moroccans.A team of legislators from the ruling and opposition coalitions presented drafts laws to meet the demands of Moroccans abroad, but a vote on the proposals was delayed until after the end of the national and regional election on October 7th of this year, according to an official quoted by Hespress. The kingdom’s constitution allows “Moroccans living abroad to enjoy complete citizenship rights, including the right to vote and stand in elections,” the official said, as “they can submit their nominations for elections in the local, regional and national” elections.In order to provide clarification in cases of legal vagueness, the draft law further defines the citizens who can vote and those who can become a nominee from their countries of residence, he said.Dr. Abdul Aziz Qraca, a professor of political science at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, said, in a statement to Hespress, that “the community is of great importance for Morocco on multiple levels,” as evidenced by the actions of King Mohammed VI regarding the improvement of the quality of services at the level of embassies and consulates, and the subsequent implementation of those decisions at the level of the Foreign Ministry.Qraca explained that “the community contributes to the economy’s development and, more importantly, the development of the country’s wealth”, highlighting the role of the international diaspora on promoting Moroccan interests worldwide.After the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon referred to the kingdom’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupied,” Moroccans residing outside of the country, including those in the United Kingdom, the United States and even Peru, protested the international leader’s comments.Accordingly, the professor asserts that “if we take this factual consideration into account and we added to the constitutional text, then we need to involve the community politically. It is logical that the community living abroad feels excluded from politics, so we need to be searching for the best ways to make the community present at the political level.”Several parties have proposed their plans to promote the political empowerment of expatriate Moroccans.The Independence party has been lobbying for the allocation of 60 seats in the House of Representatives to represent the five  million Moroccans living abroad.One of the country’s socialist parties proposed to enable the community to vote for one of 30 new representatives within the House from their own countries of residence.The ruling Justice and Development Party calls on the House to create four new constituencies abroad to be represented by at least four new seats. read more

In Cyprus Annans envoy issues invitation to resume search for settlement

“On behalf of the Secretary-General, I have conveyed to His Excellency Mr. Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, an invitation to resume the search for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem under the Secretary-General’s auspices,” Special Adviser Alvaro de Soto told a press conference in Nicosia. “It is our hope that a new and reinvigorated phase of the Secretary-General’s good offices will begin with separate meetings of the Secretary-General with each of the two leaders on 12 September 2001 in New York,” Mr. de Soto said.

Federal decision is at hand for proposed LNG plant in northern BC

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Monday, September 19, 2016. McKenna has a final environmental assessment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project in hand, with the federal Liberal cabinet set to meet Tuesday in the national capital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a final environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in hand, with the federal Liberal cabinet set to meet Tuesday in the national capital.A decision from the Liberal government on the proposed $36-billion project in northern British Columbia must be made no later than next Monday.When it happens, it will mark the first true litmus test of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau navigates competing interests between environmentalists and First Nations concerned about climate change and salmon habitat and pro-development advocates, including the B.C. government of Christy Clark.The liquefied natural gas processing plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert would ship 19 million tonnes a year of frozen, liquefied gas to markets in Asia while pumping more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.The government’s acceptance or rejection of the project will set the table for an autumn of crucial decisions on a national climate change plan and energy sector infrastructure.McKenna is to sit down with her provincial and territorial counterparts next Monday in Montreal to begin hammering out a pan-Canadian strategy for meeting Canada’s international commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.A draft assessment of the LNG project, whose major partner is Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, was released in February by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The agency found that the project was “likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” although it said mitigation measures would result in no serious harm to fish habitat.Carbon dioxide emissions will reach 5.3 million tonnes a year from the LNG plant, according to the draft report, not including another 6.5 million to 8.7 million tonnes produced from natural gas collection and transportation.“This will increase the B.C. and national emission totals by 8.5 per cent and 0.75 per cent respectively, based on 2011 levels,” said an early project assessment.“To date, clear guidance on how Canada and B.C. will address this issue has not been communicated.”The Liberals added an additional three-month assessment period last spring to gather more information, and the final CEAA report was delivered last week.Caitlin Workman, a spokeswoman for the federal environment and climate change minister, said the environmental assessment “is one part of what the final decision-making will take into account.”“The final decision will include the best available facts and science and evidence at hand needed to make a decision that does the best to protect the environment while considering our country’s economy,” Workman said.A spokesman for Pacific NorthWest LNG said the decision to begin construction — should the project receive a federal green light — must still go to the company’s shareholders.“At this time, we are still awaiting the finalization of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s extended review of the project,” Spencer Sproule said in an email.“Once a decision by the government of Canada is made, Pacific NorthWest LNG will conduct a total review of the proposed LNG facility prior to tabling it to the project’s shareholders for a Final Investment Decision (FID).”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, meanwhile, faces a mid-December deadline for a federal decision on the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific port in Burnaby, B.C.And sometime this fall, as negotiations over climate change plans and resource projects continue, the Liberal government says it will formally ratify the international Paris Accord, under which Canada committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.— Follow @BCheadle on Twitter Federal decision is at hand for proposed LNG plant in northern B.C. read more

Markets Right Now US stocks end slightly lower

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Markets Right Now: US stocks end slightly lower NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks are ending slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and industrial companies.Comerica fell 6.5 per cent Tuesday and Citizens Financial lost 6 per cent.The dollar fell sharply against the pound after Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged for the first time that Britain’s Parliament will be able to vote on the final deal.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,267.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 58 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 19,826, its third loss in a row. The Nasdaq composite lost 35 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,538.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 per cent.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are moving slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies.Comerica fell 5 per cent in midday trading Tuesday. Drugmaker Celgene lost 3.4 per cent.The British pound rose sharply against the dollar and other currencies after British Prime Minister Theresa May gave a highly anticipated speech on her country’s exit from the European Union.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,271.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 28 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 19,858. The Nasdaq composite lost 21 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,537.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.35 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies.Comerica fell 4.5 per cent in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. Drugmaker Celgene lost 3.4 per cent.The British pound rose sharply against other currencies after British Prime Minister Theresa May said her country will remain open to new trade opportunities even as it withdraws from the European Union’s single market.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,266.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 19,832. The Nasdaq composite lost 36 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,537.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.32 per cent. read more

Ban deeply disappointed after alleged Somali rape victim reporter receive jail sentences

“The Secretary-General urges the Government of Somalia to ensure that all allegations of sexual violence are investigated fully and perpetrators are brought to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Above all, it is essential that the rights of the alleged victim and the journalist to a fair and transparent judicial process, including the right of appeal, are fully respected,” he added.Last month, Somali authorities arrested the woman – who claimed she was raped in September by armed men in government uniforms while living in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) – and the journalist who interviewed her, as well as the person who introduced them. Two other individuals have also been charged in connection with the case. The journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, was charged for offending the honour of a State institution and for filing a false report in spite of never having published his interview, while the alleged victim was charged for offending the honour of a State institution.“The United Nations has repeatedly expressed alarm over reports of pervasive sexual violence in IDP camps in and around Mogadishu,” said the statement. “These crimes are underreported because of risks to victims, witnesses and family members, as well as of intense stigmatization. It takes extraordinary courage for survivors to come forward.” It added that Somalia is emerging from a long and difficult period of instability, with representative institutions and a new Government that has made a commendable commitment to uphold human rights and the rule of law for all. “This journey must begin with a solid foundation based on respect for human rights, freedom of expression and fair judicial process.”The UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) as well as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, had spoken out in recent weeks about the case, urging that the alleged crimes be investigated and that a fair judicial process be ensured. read more

Carlos Hyde Jack Mewhort among Ohio State football players responsible for programs

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) rushes for a touchdown during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA group of former Ohio State Buckeyes are set to showcase their talents in front of NFL scouts with dreams of getting selected in the 2014 Draft.A total of six Buckeyes — senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, a pair of redshirt-senior offensive linemen, center Corey Linsley and left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby — are scheduled to compete in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Saturday through Feb. 25, according to a press release.OSU is tied with Wisconsin for the highest number of players invited to the combine from the Big Ten. Alabama has the most of any school with 12 players in attendance.The 2013 team — which finished 12-2 after back-to-back losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 and then to Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — had notable members who did not receive an invitation to the combine include redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, senior safety Christian Bryant, senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell and redshirt-senior offensive lineman Marcus Hall.Mewhort, named first-team All-American by and second-team All-American by Walter Camp, “Sports Illustrated” and the Football Writers Association of America in 2013, was a big part of an offensive line that paved the way for the third-most rushing touchdowns in school history (45). OSU also ranked fifth in the country with 308.6 yards per game on the ground in 2013.Mewhort said he is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Scarlet and Gray at the combine this weekend.“Obviously it’s a huge honor, big responsibility,” Mewhort said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. “You’re wearing that Block ‘O’ and people know you’re representing The Ohio State University. It’s my responsibility to go out there and show what the university is made of show that you are proud you get to compete and show that we’re the best of the best, which we are. It’s kind of on our shoulders to do that this year.”Brown either led or was tied for the most number of receptions on the team during each of his last three seasons in Columbus and was just the second OSU wideout to have consecutive seasons with at least 60 catches, the other being David Boston from 1997-98. His 63 receptions this past season are the fifth-most in school history.According to the release, Hyde’s 6.1 yards per carry average during his career is the best of any OSU running back in school history, along with his 7.3 yards per carry average in 2013. His 10.2 yards per carry average in the Buckeyes’ 60-35 win against Illinois Nov. 16 is also a school record.Even after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde still amassed a team-leading 1,521 yards this past season. After OSU lost the Discover Orange Bowl to Clemson, 40-35, Hyde addressed his career and mentioned how he looking forward to what’s next.“I almost finished pretty much like I finished my senior year in high school, close to 1,600 yards and like 18 touchdowns. So I think I had a pretty good career my last year here,” Hyde said Jan. 3. “I’m looking forward to the next step in my life.”Known as “the apex” to coach Urban Meyer and his teammates, Linsley earned All-Big Ten Conference honors each of the past two seasons, in which he started every game and helped the Buckeyes to a 24-2 record over that span.Despite being suspended for OSU’s first game this past season against Buffalo because of his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, Roby started 36 of 37 games in which he played at OSU. He scored five touchdowns on defense and special teams in his career and led the country in passes defended with 19 in 2012.Roby had his ups and downs in 2013 and was the subject of some criticism as a result of on-field struggles. He was beaten by receivers for multiple touchdown passes in games against California Sept. 14 and Wisconsin Sept. 28, and Roby said after the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State Oct. 26, criticism just comes with being a cornerback.“Throughout the season you’re going to have ups and downs. Nobody’s going to be perfect, especially at my position,” Roby said. “Just because you make a few bad plays here and there doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you can’t be this or that.”A first-team All-American in 2013, Shazier led OSU in tackles in both 2012 and 2013 and finished 15th in program history with 306 total tackles. He also had 15 games with at least 10 tackles.“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” Shazier said in an OSU press release Jan. 4 when he announced his decision to forgo his senior season. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”Workouts at the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium are set to be televised on NFL Network, with tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams players kicking things off Feb. 22. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are set to compete Feb. 23, defensive linemen and linebackers are scheduled to work out on Feb. 24, and defensive backs are slated to finish the combine off the following day.A record 85 underclassmen are among 335 players invited to the scouting combine, according to’s Pro Day is set for March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.The 2014 edition of the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY  MORNING brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #WATER RESTRICTIONS: People living in Dublin have been urged to conserve water as they face a loss of their water supply from 8pm tonight until 7am tomorrow morning due to a serious problem at a treatment plant. The severe restrictions are likely to remain in place until at least next Monday.2. #WEB SUMMIT: Almost 10,000 people are converging on the RDS in Dublin today for the Web Summit, a two-day conference which will see some of the biggest names in tech come together across the city. Organisers say the event is worth €24 million to the local economy.3. #SPYING: The head of the National Security Agency has said media reports that the covert agency gathered data on millions of telephone calls in Europe is “completely false”, the BBC reports. Keith Alexander said much of the data was collected by European intelligence agencies and shared with the NSA.4. #WE WANT PRENUP: Justice Minister Alan Shatter is planning to make pre-nuptial agreements legally binding, the Irish Daily Mail reports. Up until now, financial agreements between couples before they got married were not recognised under Irish law.5. #CRASH: At least 42 passengers have been killed in a bus crash in India after a fuel tank exploded on a motorway early this morning, Al Jazeera reports.6. #WHO IS THIS KAI: Enda Kenny will today meet with Ma Kai, one of the four Vice Premiers of China, who is visiting Ireland to build trade links between the two countries.7. #PRISONERS: Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal that set the foundations for the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Guardian reports. A total of 104 prisoners are to be released over the coming months.8. #SECURITY BREACH: Software firm Adobe has said that a security breach earlier this month was much larger than previously announced, affecting at least 38 million people rather than the 3 million that was previously announced.9. #MERCURY PRIZE: Dublin Band Villagers will face stiff competition for the 2013 Mercury Prize which will be announced at a ceremony in London tonight. The Independent reports that soul singer Laura Mvula is now the favourite to scoop the prestigious award.last_img read more

Rooney I want to become a coach next

first_imgWayne Rooney revealed that he’s already begun work on earning his coaching badges as he enters the final stage of his playing careerThe 33-year-old striker will make an unexpected England farewell appearance against the United States tonight at Wembley.Despite rumours linking him with a short-term loan move back to the Premier League, Rooney will then return to Washington – where he intends to see out the remainder of his career.While his form for DC United suggests that his playing days are far from over, even Rooney knows that time is not on his side.However, the Manchester United legend plans on remaining involved with football by returning to England as a coach.“It is something I am passionate about and I want to do,” Rooney told the United website.“Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get.”While coaching is his preference, Rooney wouldn’t rule out working as a TV pundit in the future.Fellow United legends Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have all taken up regular punditry roles.“I would prefer to give coaching or management a go,” said Rooney.“If it doesn’t work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you.”Rooney is contracted at DC until 2021 after joining the MLS club in June.The friendly at Wembley between England and the US will begin tonight at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Korean political party reignites debate over locals casino in Saemangeum

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More The North Jeolla branch of South Korean minor opposition party Bareunmirae has reignited debate over the possible development of a locals casino on the reclaimed Saemangeum tidal flat, located on South Korea’s west coast.Previously quashed by the National Assembly in 2016 due to strong public opposition, the concept has been given fresh life this week after the Bareunmirae branch issued a statement to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ calling for the Saemangeum area to be designated as a special zone for marine leisure and tourism, according to Korea Bizwire. RelatedPosts Korea’s Paradise Co still rising with July casino revenue up 19.1% “Building a casino will become a turning point for growth in North Jeolla Province,” the statement said.“We ask North Jeolla Province, Gunsan and local politicians to concentrate the effort on turning the Saemangum area into an international destination for marine leisure and tourism, just like Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.”The proposal has divided opinions, with opponents citing further environmental damage after a controversial seawall was built to dam the area in 2010. The Saemangeum had previously been a renowned habitat for many migratory birds.The North Jeolla branch of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement has accused the Barunmirae Party of “distorting the facts to make it seem like the government is actually planning to build a casino in the Saemangeum area to boost marine tourism.” South Korea wins first ever WSOP gold braceletlast_img read more

Kuskokwim Fishers Stop Commercial Openings Call in Feds

first_imgFishers line up to unload at tender, Kelly-Mae near Napaskiak on Friday, July 18 during a six-hour commercial opening for chum salmon. (Photo by Sophie Evan)The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer. The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.Download AudioBev Hoffman is co-chair of the Kuskokwim Salmon Working group, a group of stakeholders in the fishery that’s advising managers. On Monday she sent a letter to Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell asking her to stop all commercial fishing on the river and in Kuskokwim Bay.“We have supported openings in other years,” Hoffman wrote. “But with the situation this year, every fish is precious. And here on the lower river we’re able to use the chums quite easily. They’re beautiful, they’re silvery, they’re fresh. Further up the river where they see the effects of whatever we’re doing down here, they just were frustrated so I supported a no commercial opener this year.”State management biologist Aaron Potter said the department is transitioning to coho (silver) salmon management and will not hold any more commercial openings until they determine there’s a surplus of cohos. That’s after 18,000 chum salmon, 2,500 sockeyes, and 5,000 silvers and 29 kings were caught in commercial nets.On July 9 the working group voted against a commercial opening because they said subsistence needs had not yet been met, particularly upriver. Only one member of the group dissented.Nastasha ‘Jackie’ Levi with the Village of Lower Kalskag, about 100 miles upriver from Bethel does not think there should be commercial openings until subsistence needs are met for the Native people along the entire river.“A lot of our people are still fishing,” Levi said. “There’s even some families that are just gonna start fishing. Most of our residents have not met their needs. We haven’t been seeing the number of fish that this Bethel Test Fishery is saying is coming up here. When there’s a commercial fishing we know in two days, more or less, that we’ll hardly see any fish,” Levi said.Subsistence fishers are relying more heavily on chum harvests this year and many say coho or silver salmon will be needed to meet needs.Some communities want the federal managers back in control.The Villages of Lower Kalskag and Napaimute passed resolutions Monday requesting the Federal Subsistence Board take special action and, once again exert federal jurisdiction for management of the fishery. Federal officials had managed the king run after a request by Napaskiak traditional council.Fish and Game’s Aaron Potter said if there is a harvestable surplus of fish, he is required by law to open for commercial fishing once escapement goals are met.“Part of our mandate is to provide that opportunity,” Potter said. “We had a processor that was interested in buying. We had fishermen that were interested in fishing. We had our surplus. We had opportunities in that back end of the chum salmon run before the coho really started getting into the system. We would be doing a disservice to commercial fishermen in that entire industry if we did not provide a harvest opportunity,” Potter said.In the letter addressed to Commissioner Campbell, Hoffman noted that Coastal Villages Region Fund loses millions subsidizing the commercial fishery.Commissioner Campbell’s office said she was out on travel. Jeff Regnart, the Director of Commercial Fisheries with ADF&G answered for her, saying he had received Hoffman’s letter.“We recognize the working group and their concerns” Regnart said. “We participate in all the working group meetings. We understood where their stance was on commercial opportunity, subsistence needs being met, during the meeting. This letter reiterates that. Sometimes we’re not always on the same page. But never stops us from continuing to work to be on the same page,” Regnart said.Managers have held three commercial chum salmon openings on the Kuskokwim River, from Bethel downstream to the mouth since July 14. And there have been more than a dozen commercial openings for chum and sockeye salmon for the Kuskokwim Bay districts since the fishery opened earlier.The Kuskokwim Working Group meets Wednesday (July 23) afternoon.last_img read more

Meet worlds top billionaires by Forbes Amazons Jeff Bezos bumps Bill Gates

first_imgAmazon’s Jeff Bezos bumps Bill Gates to top the listReuters fileAmazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man according to Forbes magazine’s annual World’s Billionaires list 2018 published on Tuesday. Bezos’s calculated fortunes as on March 6, 2018, is $ 112 billion. He topped the world’s billionaires list 2018 by bumping Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffet.The magazine said it has pinned down a record 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories including the first ever from Hungary and Zimbabwe.Announcing the 2018 #ForbesBillionaires list:— Forbes (@Forbes) 6 March 2018Americans lead the rich list with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 373. Forbes notes 259 newcomers in the richest list including the first ever cryptocurrency billionaires.Meet 2018’s top 10 World’s billionaires 1. Jeff Bezos$ 112 billionHe is the first person to top $ 100 billion as number one on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.2. Bill Gates$90 billionAmerican business magnate Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft. Bill Gates also secured the third spot on the Hurun Global Rich List 2018 released by the Hurun Report last week.3. Warren Buffett$87.7 billionAmerican business magnate, investor, and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett owns more than 60 companies including insurer Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen.4. Bernard Arnault & family$75 billionArnault is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton the world’s largest luxury-goods company. He oversees an empire of 70 brands. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergFacebook5. Mark Zuckerberg$71 billion.The surge in social network’s stock price increased the net worth of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.6. Amancio Ortega$70 billion.Amancio Ortega is the wealthiest retailer in the world and he is best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. The co-founder of Inditex earns more than $400 million in dividends a year.7. Carlos Slim Helu & family$67.1 billion.Telecommunication cooperation America Movil is managed by Carlos Slim Helu and family. The Mexican business magnet owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies and 17% of The New York Times.8. Charles Koch$60 billionThe chairman and CEO of Koch Industries manage businesses including pipelines, chemicals, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets.9. David Koch$60 billionDavid Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries. With brother Charles, David Koch controls Koch Industries.10. Larry Ellison$58.5 billionThe co-founder of Oracle now serves as the chairman of the board and chief technology officer of the Oracle.Alice Walton with the net worth of $46 billion, via Walmart, US tops the Forbes list as the richest woman in the world. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, Susanne Klatten, Jacqueline Mars, Yang Huiyan are featured in the top five.last_img read more

Subleases Keeping Houstons Office Market Afloat

first_imgPhoto via PexelsAbout 23 percent of Houston’s class A and B office space sits empty.Since the beginning of the oil downturn, Greater Houston has had difficulty filling its offices.Vacancy among class A and B office buildings rose from 13.5 percent in 2014 to 23.2 percent in the last quarter of 2017, according to commercial real estate services firm JLL.But it could be worse if not for subleasing.“For the year, about 2.8 million square feet of space was leased from the sublease inventory,” Bruce Rutherford, international director and head of the global energy practice at JLL, said. “And that represents about 25 percent of all of the space that was leased.”That’s up significantly from the previous year and Rutherford said while it helps Houston’s office market, it wasn’t enough to balance it.So what about this year?“2018 is going to be a better year,” Rutherford said. “But it’s not likely to be a great year for landlords.”Office tenants, on the other hand, can benefit from low rents and concessions. Rutherford calls it a once-in-a-generation opportunity for many companies. 00:00 /01:09 Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Instagram Influencer Found Dead In Suitcase

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Investigators are currently looking into the case, citing jealousy from a former boyfriend as a possible motive.center_img Russian Instagram influencer Ekaterina Karaglanova was found dead Friday inside a suitcase in her Moscow apartment, according to police.The 24-year-old social media personality, who boasts more than 85,000 followers on Instagram, was also a recent medical school graduate. Prior to her death, Karaglanova had been planning a trip to the Netherlands to celebrate her 25th birthday with her boyfriend and family. But her parents grew concerned when she did not respond to them for several days.After contacting her landlord to gain access to her apartment, her parents found her body inside a suitcase with her throat slit. According to police reports, there was no sign that Karaglanova struggled before her death and no weapon was found at the crime scene.Karaglanova was known for her luxurious travel posts, where she posed in locations such as Italy, Austria and Spain. Her last Instagram photo shows her lounging poolside in Corfu, Greece, detailing her love for traveling. In addition to her popular Instagram account and separate travel blog, where she updated followers on her whereabouts, the Russian influencer was a recent graduate from a medical school residency in Moscow where she specialized in dermatology.last_img read more

We want red routes to stop crashes in our street Residents back

first_imgScotia Road, in Burslem “A lot of drivers park on the road because they don’t want to pay to park at Dimensions.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. The council’s red routes consultation finished on Friday. Watch again Click for Sound Share this video The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFamilies are backing plans to fine motorists £70 for pulling over on one of Stoke-on-Trent’s most accident-plagued roads. Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to turn Scotia Road – between Burslem and Tunstall – into a red route which will bar drivers from stopping on the double-red lines. It is part of council plans to install red routes all the way from Waterloo Road, in Cobridge, to outside McDonald’s, in High Street, Sandyford. Now residents hope the red route will reduce the number of crashes on the 30mph road. It is also home to the popular Dimensions sports centre. Read MoreCouncil to spend £115k on red route cameras – but are they going on the right roads? Christine Jafar, aged 56, said: “There was a crash outside not long ago and there have been two or three crashes since I’ve lived here. I think the speed people go is the main issue and there’s no deterrent. Video Loading Video Unavailablecenter_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to “When I cross over the road there are parked cars on both sides and you can’t see to cross over the road opposite Dimensions.” The proposed new red routes Waterloo Road (A50), stretching from Vale Place, Hanley, to Swan Square, Burslem; Scotia Road (A50) – from Market Place, Burslem, to Haymarket, Tunstall – as well Williamson Street, Tunstall, and High Street, Sandyford; Longton town centre, including The Strand, Commerce Street, Market Street, Transport Lane, and King Street from Victoria Place, Fenton, to Longton; City Road – from Leek Road, Stoke, to Victoria Place, Fenton – and Victoria Road (A50) from Victoria Place to Dewsbury Road, Fenton; Stoke town centre, including Church Street, Lonsdale Street, Fleming Road, Campbell Place, Hartshill Road and Shelton Old Road; University Quarter, including Leek Road – from Joiners Square to City Road – along with College Road – from Avenue Road to Station Road, Stoke – and Station Road. Ellen Churchill, aged 48, said: “There should be red routes by Dimensions because of the number of accidents there. I think it will help because there will be less congestion. Click to playTap to play Watch Next Scotia Road, in Burslem “On Port Vale match-days the congestion is bad and people don’t want to pay to park at Dimensions. It will be good as long as there is still residential parking.” Read MoreTraders: ‘Don’t fine motorists £70 for stopping on this busy road’ Joan Daley, aged 73, added: “A lot of accidents happen opposite Dimensions because of the traffic going in and out. There are so many collisions and a lot of the time it is people speeding down here and swerving across the lanes. “We’ve had so many collisions down here in the last two years. There was a car parked outside my house once and another car ran into it and it’s lucky it didn’t go into my house because it just scraped the wall. Red Route double red lines in Hanley City Centre. Councillor Dan Jellyman, cabinet member for transport, said: “One of the main complaints I get from residents is about parking on yellow lines and the impact it causes. Scotia Road is a key strategic road in the city.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Video will play in last_img read more

UN declares highestlevel humanitarian emergency in Yemen

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population need assistance. U.N. officials have said the Arab world’s most impoverished country is now a step away from famine.Humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien convened a meeting of U.N. agencies early Wednesday, and all agreed to declare a “Level 3” humanitarian emergency in Yemen for six months. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies According to the World Health Organization’s latest figures, 3,083 people have died as a result of the current conflict and 14,324 people have been injured, Haq said.Haq said over 21.1 million people in Yemen today need aid, nearly 13 million face “a food security crisis” and 9.4 million have little or no access to water, raising the risk of water-borne diseases including cholera.He said 11.7 million people have been targeted for assistance under a revised U.N. humanitarian response plan.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The United Nations now faces four top-level humanitarian emergencies. It is already trying to respond to “Level 3” emergencies in three other conflict-wracked countries: Iraq, Syria and South Sudan. The U.N. humanitarian office says the declaration of a top-level emergency mobilizes U.N.-wide staffing and funding to scale up aid delivery.Last week, the U.N. envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the country is “one step” from famine. He urged all parties to the conflict to agree to a humanitarian pause during the current Muslim holy month of Ramadan to allow desperately needed aid to be delivered.An attempt last month at U.N.-led talks among Yemeni parties in Geneva failed to reach an agreement.The fighting in Yemen pits Houthi Shiite rebels and allied troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against Sunni Islamic militants, southern separatists, local and tribal militias and loyalists of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The rebels seized the capital in September and swept south, forcing Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia.A Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebels on March 26, and a near-blockade of Yemen’s ports has made it very difficult to deliver humanitarian aid. Check your body, save your life New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_imgDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) takes the hand off from quarterback Dak Prescott (4) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I would say they’re damn lucky,” Fitzgerald said. “It took them 18 regular-season games to be humbled. I got my humble pie Week 2 of my rookie year — a big, big dose of it. Then it happened a few more times my rookie season.”Well, now it’s happened to Prescott and Elliott, which gives them a chance to show how they’ll respond in a second straight road game when the Cowboys visit Fitzgerald and the Cardinals on Monday night.Prescott threw two interceptions in a game for just the second time, on the same day he became the first NFL quarterback with 500 attempts and fewer than five interceptions. The first led to a 35-10 Denver lead, the second was returned 103 yards for the punctuating touchdown.The interceptions ended up reflecting poorly on Elliott as well because he didn’t pursue Chris Harris Jr. on the first interception and repeated the mistake on Aqib Talib’s long return.Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson accused him of quitting, and coach Jason Garrett didn’t do much to dispel the notion. Nearly lost in the hubbub: by far a career-worst game with 8 yards on nine carries.“I definitely heard it,” Elliott said . “I would say I was just very frustrated, but that’s no excuse for the lack of effort I showed on tape. I just can’t do that. Being one of the leaders on the team and being a guy that people count on, I can’t put that type of stuff on film.” “Told myself to trust my technique at that point,” Frederick said. “Don’t ever try to outsmart the game because the game will outsmart you at all times.”Frederick just happened to recall the previous time the Cowboys gave up at least 40 points in a game: a 45-28 loss to the Bears that started a season-ending skid of three losses in four games.Prescott and Elliott faced bounce-back games only twice as rookies, winning both with fourth-quarter rallies. In the second victory at home against Tampa Bay, Prescott had a career-best completion rate (89 percent) and Elliott had his highest rushing total (159 yards).But last season, they were never bouncing back from blowouts and the midweek chatter that comes with such games.“We don’t go out there and play for the talking heads,” said Elliott, who is playing because of an injunction that stopped his six-game suspension over a domestic incident while the case plays out in court. “We go out there to have each other’s back. So that’s our motivation.”NOTES: CB Orlando Scandrick was a limited participant in practice and has said he plans to play after missing a game with a broken left hand. … DE Damontre Moore practiced for the first time in the regular season and is set for his Dallas debut after a two-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation. … Rookie CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (concussion) and DT Stephen Paea (knee) didn’t practice. FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott didn’t need long to answer whether Dallas’ 42-17 loss to Denver was his most humbling day in the NFL.Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona’s 10-time Pro Bowl receiver, didn’t have much sympathy for Prescott’s “probably so” in reference to the first blowout loss for last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and fellow first-year star Ezekiel Elliott, the league rushing champion. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 3 Comments   Share   Prescott took equal ownership in the locker room Thursday, saying the coaches adjusted and gave the Cowboys chances to recover from a miserable start, only to be undone by his poor execution.It wasn’t Prescott’s worst game statistically. That came last season in a 10-7 loss to the New York Giants. But the perception then was the Cowboys were due for such a showing because they had won a franchise-record 11 straight games with two rookies leading the offense.The dominating showing by the elite Denver defense came a week after the Cowboys methodically handled the Giants in the opener.Now Prescott has to show how quickly he can get the Cowboys back to that form.“It’s important for me to be the same,” Prescott said. “Come in with the same energy, the same leadership, get these guys going.Maybe be contagious to not lose confidence or even be worried. It’s Week 2 in the NFL. We have a lot of football left to play.”Center Travis Frederick easily remembered his most humbling NFL game: at Chicago his rookie year in 2013. He studied one ofJulius Peppers’ moves countless times and was sure he was ready for it until Peppers changed directions and “sent me flying 6 yards into the backfield” on a sack. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is a company ahead

first_imgSix Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is a company ahead of its time, envisioning a sustainable future for hospitality from its very foundation. On Wednesday 11 May, CEO Neil Jacobs invited select media guests, including LATTE, to journey through the brand and its development plans over an intimate dinner at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House.While diners enjoyed Peter Gilmore’s signature dishes, such as roasted carrot salad and Macleay Valley suckling pig, Jacobs shared the group’s latest additions, such as the recent opening of Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in China and the forthcoming properties, Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the Seychellois island of Felicité (due at the end of 2016) and Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island (due in 2017), announced just this week.The new and developing properties join a portfolio of luxury retreats that are sensitive to not just the surrounding environment, but the surrounding communities. Jacobs emphasises the importance of recruiting locally with an eye to attitude rather than ability. This philosophy gives each Six Senses a thorough grounding in the fabric of its destination, and with it a more authentic experience for guests. With eight open resorts across China, the Maldives, Oman, Portugal, Thailand and Vietnam (plus two Evason Hotels Resorts Spas), the group is also looking to expand into Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Taiwan and Tunisia, as well as the announced Seychelles and Fiji properties, with 14 properties currently under development.Another key aspect of Six Senses’ identity is its health and wellbeing programmes. Aiming to “help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them”, the group has created the Six Senses Wellness Board, partnering with clinical psychologist, Michael J. Breus, Ph.D; cardiac surgeon, Dr Steven Gundry; and Dr Mehmet Oz, a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University. The Integrated Wellness programme allows guests to address all manner of health concerns, including nutrition, sleep, movement, holistic treatments, yoga and meditation, all in the comfort and luxury of Six Senses’ restorative destination resorts.Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailandlast_img read more

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