Tim Hortons franchisees spat over 700M plan to reno most Canadian locations

first_imgTim Hortons plans to renovate most of its Canadian restaurants over the next several years in what some franchisees say is another “ill-conceived” move that will cost individual restaurant owners about $450,000.The coffee-and-doughnut chain and its restaurant owners will invest $700 million to gussy up almost all its Canadian locations over the next four years, the brand said.The new restaurants will have lighter, more natural looking exteriors, and feature upgraded, open-concept seating, the Restaurant Brands International-owned chain said in a statement.“The expectations of our guests are evolving,” said Alex Macedo, the brand’s president, in a statement explaining the design change.The decision has generated more animosity between the chain and an unsanctioned franchisee group, the Great White North Franchisee Association.Earlier this month, the company held a call with franchisees explaining they wanted each restaurant owner to spend about $450,000 to renovate their stores, the GWNFA’s board of directors said in a letter to its members.The company said Tuesday that costs will be split with restaurant owners on the same proportions as has historically been the case, but declined to specify what those proportions are.The board acknowledged many of its members “will have problems getting the finances in place to carry out these renovations” and called on the company to show a full costing of the renovation program.It advised members, which make up about half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees, not to sign or agree to anything until more details are disclosed.“This is just one more in the string of ill-conceived programs brought forward by a group of executives who do not understand foodservice, franchise operations or marketing,” the letter reads.Restaurant Brands International, “wants to fix a problem it cannot solve, mainly lack of sales, by getting us to spend money while they contribute very little,” the letter said.Tim Hortons recorded a fifth consecutive quarter of sluggish sales in mid-February, according to RBI’s most recent quarterly earnings report.The GWNFA formed about a year ago to give a voice to frustrated restaurant owners and fight against what they say is mismanagement of the chain by its corporate parent, RBI, known for drastic cost-cutting measures at the fast-food outlets its acquires.The two groups have taken their battle to the courts with multiple lawsuits, and most recently entered a showdown over how to handle Ontario’s roughly 20 per cent minimum wage increase. The GWNFA accuses RBI of failing to help franchisees offset the increased labour costs through a 10 per cent price hike on all menu items.RBI did not agree to the price hikes, but called the actions of some franchisees in the province who clawed back employee benefits, like paid breaks, reckless and completely unacceptable.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

TID summons Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

Reports from Jaffna said that the Tamil politician, son of late Kumar Ponnambalam, is expected to be questioned over some of the recent incidents in Jaffna involving Jaffna university students.Several students of the Jaffna university were arrested last month following alleged attempts by some of them to commemorate the LTTE ‘heroes week’. The Police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has issued summons on Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) President Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, reports said today.A notice had been sent to him yesterday asking him to be present at the TID office in Colombo tomorrow (Saturday).

Stocks are mixed as tensions build in Ukraine offsetting pickup in hiring

FILE – In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014, file photo, Trader Ryan O’Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets were muted Friday March 7, 2014 as investors turned cautious ahead of the release of a key U.S. employment report and Chinese economic indicators. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – One positive report on the economy was not enough to make investors more confident.The stock market ended mixed Friday after a day of muddled trading. Among the three main U.S. stock indexes, one edged higher, one closed little changed and the other closed lower.Investors focused on the tensions in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea was preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia. It was enough of a reason to sell into the weekend and to offset optimism over a pickup in hiring by U.S. employers last month.The Labor Department said companies created 175,000 jobs last month, easily topping economists’ forecasts. While encouraging, investors didn’t see the February report as part of a broader trend. December and January job figures were mediocre, and the harsh winter weather has closed factories, cut into auto sales, and caused existing-home sales to plummet for the last three months.“People are hoping and praying that the recent slowness was weather-related, and while this report gave people a little bit of hope that is the case, it is still too early to tell,” said Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed roughly flat, up a point, or 0.05 per cent, to 1,878.04. The Dow Jones rose 30.83 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 16,452.72 and the Nasdaq composite lost 15.90 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4,336.22.On the whole, the overall tone of the market was slightly negative. Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 index, six fell.Biotechnology and health care stocks were among the biggest decliners. Biogen Idec fell roughly 4 per cent and Amgen fell 2 per cent. The Nasdaq composite index is more heavily weighted to biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies, which is part of the reason the index fell even though the Dow and S&P 500 rose.Bond prices fell following the release of the jobs numbers. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose to 2.79 per cent, up from 2.74 per cent on Thursday. Gold fell $13.60, or 1 per cent, to $1,338.20.As they have for much of the week, investors turned their attention overseas.Lawmakers in Russian-occupied Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama and several other Western leaders have condemned the referendum.Ukraine’s economy is not large enough to cause serious damage to the global economy. But the geopolitical tensions that Russia’s occupation is creating between Russia, Europe, Ukraine and the U.S. could potentially be destabilizing for the region, investors say. In particular, trade between Europe and Russia could be severely impacted.Germany’s DAX index fell 2 per cent Friday, and is down nearly 4 per cent this week. The Euro Stoxx 50 index, the European equivalent of the Dow Jones industrial average, fell 1.7 per cent this week.“Europe has a lot more to lose in these Russia-Ukraine tensions than the U.S.,” said Andres Garcia-Amaya, a global markets strategist with J.P. Morgan Assets Management.The geopolitical tensions could flare up at any point, Garcia-Amaya said, giving investors fewer reasons to hold positions through the weekend.In other company news:— The discount retail chain Big Lots soared $6.72, or 23 per cent, to $35.97. Big Lots reported a decline in fourth-quarter profits but the company’s sales came in much better than expected. The company also said it would shut down its struggling Canadian operations.— Grocery store chain Safeway fell 87 cents, or 2 per cent, to 38.60 after the company said private equity firm Cerberus Capital would buy the company for $9 billion. Stocks are mixed as tensions build in Ukraine, offsetting pickup in hiring last month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2014 7:17 am MDT read more

UN rights chief appalled by US border detention conditions says holding migrant

Michele Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (5 July 2019), by UN News/Daniel JohnsonThe High Commissioner said she recognized the “complexity of the situation and the challenges faced by States of origin, transit and destination”, calling on them to work together to address the root causes which force migrants to leave their homes. She said crosscutting policies needed to be put in place that consider the complex drivers of migration. These include insecurity, sexual and gender-based violence, discrimination and crippling poverty.Ms. Bachelet also paid tribute to individuals and civil society organizations that have been supporting the basic rights of migrants, such as to water, food, health and shelter.“The provision of lifesaving assistance is a human rights imperative that must be respected at all times and for all people in need” she said. “It is inconceivable that those who seek to provide such support would risk facing criminal charges”. Spelling out that immigration detention is never in the best interests of a child, the OHCHR chief explained that “even for short periods under good conditions” it “can have a serious impact on their health and development”. “Consider the damage being done every day by allowing this alarming situation to continue”, she said. ‘Measure of last resort’Noting the disturbing report by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General on the conditions in migrant centres along the southern border, Ms. Bachelet urged the authorities to find non-custodial alternatives for migrant and refugee children and adults.“Any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort”, she maintained. If migrants or refugees are detained, the High Commissioner emphasized that it should be for the shortest period – with due process safeguards and under conditions that fully meet all relevant international human rights standards.“States do have the sovereign prerogative to decide on the conditions of entry and stay of foreign nationals”, she acknowledged, adding, “but clearly, border management measures must comply with the State’s human rights obligations and should not be based on narrow policies aimed only at detecting, detaining and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants”.The human right chief elaborated that “in most of these cases, the migrants and refugees have embarked on perilous journeys with their children in search of protection and dignity and away from violence and hunger”. “When they finally believe they have arrived in safety, they may find themselves separated from their loved ones and locked in undignified conditions”, she continued, saying “this should never happen anywhere.”Address root causesUN human rights offices in Mexico and Central America have documented numerous violations and abuses against migrants and refugees in transit, including the excessive use of force, family separation, denial of services and arbitrary expulsions. “As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of State, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions”, said High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.She stated that according to several UN human rights bodies, detaining migrant children may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that is prohibited under international law.US migration: @unhumanrights Chief @mbachelet is appalled by conditions of detention for migrants/refugees & urges non-custodial alternatives. Border mgmt measures must not narrowly aim at detecting, detaining & deporting irregular migrants. https://t.co/XPFfy4h9Vf pic.twitter.com/lcpg07xjRt— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) July 8, 2019 read more

Officer Gets Paid Leave For Racial Slur Against Red

Paid leave is all an officer found to have used a racial slur against Boston Red Sox’ Carl Crawford received as punishment — for now, at least.Officer John Perrault was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next week at which he could face more severe punishment, and even could be fired, Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella and police chief Robert Healey said.Perreault engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the chief and mayor.The officer, who is white, was placed on desk duty after the July 5 incident. He was described as a veteran officer with no prior disciplinary problems.Perrault was off duty and attending a minor league game in Manchester, N.H.Witnesses said a heckling fan called Crawford, who is black, a “monday” before a game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Portland Sea Dogs. Crawford said he interpreted the word as a racial slur.“It surprised me he was a police officer,” said Crawford, who admitted he is attempting to move on from the incident. “It’s disappointing in all that kind of stuff. I just want to put that stuff behind me and not worry about that stuff anymore.”The word can be used as a derogatory term for blacks, and is often associated with Mondays being one of the least-liked days of the week.Crawford was playing for the Double-A Sea Dogs while rehabilitating a wrist injury. Crawford alerted stadium officials to the remark, and team management apologized.“I don’t know how I really feel about it,” Crawford said. “It was disappointing that it had to happen. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to let go.”Leominster police reached out to Crawford as part of their investigation but did not talk to him, Mazzarella said. The mayor and chief also issued an apology to Crawford.“You would think we would have grown past that kind of stuff,” Crawford said. “Hopefully that’s the last time something like that happens. read more

Man fires on Finks gang members in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A man in his 30’s fired a shotgun at a large group of bikies at a busy shopping strip in Oakleigh in Melbourne’s east on Tuesday afternoon. It is believed the subject of the firearms incident, well known in the area, deliberately targeted the large group of the Finks gang of up to 30 bikies, who had stopped at an Eaton St cafe around 3.15 pm, after attending a nearby funeral. According to a witness, who did not want to be named, the man was screaming at the gang: “This is my territory, the Greeks run Oakleigh.” After a verbal altercation he pulled out a gun from his car, firing twice in the air and hitting the shop’s awning. Witnesses said that a young child and a female passenger who was also verbally abusing the bikies, were in the car. After the incident, the man sped off in what police believe was a 1986 white Holden Calais sedan. No one was injured in the incident. Following the shooting the Finks gang members stayed at the restaurant for more than an hour. Detectives from the Monash Crime Investigation Unit refused to comment on the incident, as the investigation is ongoing with an assistance from Taskforce Echo. The Police are now appealing for information. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with any information related to it, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au. Your call to Crime Stoppers is anonymous.last_img read more

Master The Trash With Katamari Damacy and Donut County on Nintendo Switch

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on target At a certain point we’re just going to have to accept we currently live in a bad time. People like to blame the particular year like “2016 was awful, 2017 was even worse, and oh my god 2018.” But if the bad years just keep blurring into each other, something else is probably going on. Still, 2018 was a garbage year, and as it comes to a close one of the most powerful escapist fantasies for me is somehow controlling the garbage rather than the garbage controlling me. Fortunately, two last-minute Nintendo Switch games let me do just that: Katamari Damacy Reroll and Donut County.Katamari Damacy Reroll is an HD remaster of the original Namco PS2 game that put Keita Takahashi and his gentle brand of Japanese weirdness on the map in 2004. And the entire aesthetic is bonkers before you even touch your first Katamari, or clump. As the Prince of All Cosmos it’s up to you to rebuild the stars for your drunken destructive father who speaks in record scratch noises. All of this insane material is presented in a clean, almost sterile and department store-like square depiction of mundane Earth locations, with an absolutely killer soundtrack.Once you do land on the planet your goal is to roll up the biggest ball possible. You have to take on the mindset of a predatory blob. You can only absorb small things at first but as you grow you can capture bigger targets. The exponential nature of your expansion is very satisfying, therapeutic even in the way a clicker game can be. Bumping into insurmountable objects though can damage your Katamari. So you must roll with finesse using either synchronized twin analog sticks or a new motion control option.This formula never really changes. The game mostly mixes things up by throwing you in new environments, from messy living rooms to bustling  town squares, and seeing how you adapt to the physical properties of new items to glom onto as well as the shifting sense of scale. It’s tough to create a round and easy to roll ball when lots of pointy bits are sticking out of it, whether it’s a stop sign or a cat. When you find a rich vein of dominoes and orange slices to roll up before going for the plastic Santa it feels like striking gold. But the original Katamari Damacy was smart to not overstay its welcome, which is probably why the surprising number of similar sequels wound up being disappointments.But if Katamari Damacy sequels made the mistake of giving us too much of the same thing, Donut County from Ben Esposito and Annapurna proves there’s still room to creatively improve on the “trash eating” subgenre. As a literal hole in the ground you use the analog stick to glide along the floor of a bunch of different tiny locales sucking everything down into your abyss. Like Katamari Damacy, most of the challenge comes from monitoring your size. The more you absorb, the bigger the hole gets, the easier it is to absorb bigger things. Even the surreal polygonal art style gives us Katamari Damacy vibes.However, Donut County surprised me with the amount of clever little puzzles it wrings out of the hole mechanic. This is what happens when the developer spends time designing the game, unlike a rip-off like Hole.io. For example, if you suck up two rabbits, they’ll instantly start multiplying the way rabbits do and make the vortex bigger from within. You snag your first rabbit by getting a carrot stuck in the hole. If you get full of water, go near a drinking bird who will suck it out. And if you let a lit firework fall inside you, you can move somewhere else to shoot that firework at a target.Donut County’s most surprising achievement though is its commitment to having a funny and thoughtful storyline linking the vignettes together. It’s a bit like Night in the Woods. The whole reason these holes keep popping up is because a raccoon, another famous trash eater, keeps using a new mobile app. And the way these uncaring uniform bottomless pits literally drain all of these bespoke little communities winds up being a commentary on gentrification. So think about that the next time someone says even the silliest seeming games can’t have real political messages.Like with Abzu and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, these last couple of December Switch games might get lost in the shuffle because of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s utter dominance. But while that game is majestic, don’t deny yourself the opportunity to be a 2018 trash master that only Katamari Damacy Reroll and Donut County can provide.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Star Kit Harington Reveals Jon Snows Final Destination

first_imgStay on target In the final scene of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow leaves Castle Black and is last seen traveling beyond the Wall. After the series ended, some fans were still puzzled over the character’s fate. Now, Kit Harington is sharing where Jon Snow was going during those final moments and why he chose to move on from the Night’s Watch.During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harington explained more details on Jon Snow’s final destination and how the hero felt more at home with the Wildlings.“Seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free,” Harington told The Hollywood Reporter. “Instead of being chained and sent to the Wall, it felt like he was set free.”Harington discussed how joining the Free Folk was an emotional release for Jon Snow, who was still sad over killing Daenerys Targaryen.“It was a really sweet ending,” Harington added. “As much as he had done a horrible thing [in killing Daenerys], as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released.”Game of Thrones, which ended in May, received 32 Emmy nominations for its last season. Many of the series’ cast members were nominated for Emmy Awards, including Harington, who is up for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Entertainment Weekly noted. The Emmy Awards will premiere on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.More on Geek.com:George R.R. Martin Says Having ‘Game of Thrones’ Finish Is ‘Freeing’‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Why Barcelona has rights over Saul in the future

first_imgTurns out that FC Barcelona has transfer rights over Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Ñiguez, in case he ever decided to leave the Colchoneros.FC Barcelona is still planning the future after legendary midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez retired from the club, one of their most coveted targets to replace them is Atletico Madrid midfielder, Saul Ñiguez. We’ve already spoken many times about the great talent that Saul is, he is the same type of player that Andres Iniesta was and has a similar relationship with crucial moments during the hardest matches against the biggest rivals. We still have a fresh recollection of the great goal he scored against Bayern Munich in the 2016 Champions League, he just scored another one in the European Supercup against Real Madrid and he is already well-established as one of Spain’s most talented players. If Saul ever decided to leave Atletico Madrid which is very unlikely, the midfielder would obviously never play for Real Madrid due to his love for the Colchoneros. However, other clubs in Europe are whole different ball game that gives us a different perspective on the future of Saul Ñiguez as a star.#LoMásLeído | Así es el derecho preferencial del Barcelona por Saúl Ñíguez https://t.co/4HiJo45CdV— MARCA (@marca) September 14, 2018To understand his current situation if he ever decided to leave, we have to go all the way back to the summer of 2013 when Atletico signed David Villa for a little over €2 million. The reason FC Barcelona decided to agree on this deal was reported by Marca back in the day, the Catalan club agreed to sell Villa with the condition of having a transfer preference for two specific players: one was Manquillo and the other one was as you might have guessed, Saul Ñiguez. Well, this right that FC Barcelona has reserved to get the player in the future is starting to pick up steam today because of how well he has developed and also because the Catalan club is currently searching for Iniesta’s replacement. Saul is by far the deal that Barcelona is looking forward to landing because he fits perfectly the profile they are looking for, but the problem is Diego Simeone and his latest initiative to grow the Colchoneros with an economic increase and new transfers. Saul is very integrated into the project, it would take a lot of convincing to make him change his mind.Barcelona have first refusal on Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, should he ever seek a move away from the club, (Source: Mundo Deportivo) pic.twitter.com/CU8uwfyS3X— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) September 13, 2018David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But the Catalan club just came from a very bad experience with Atletico Madrid, where French forward Antoine Griezmann totally played them during the summer and made them believe he was going to sign for Barcelona, only to pull back at the very last moment and stayed in Madrid. This is something that left the relationship between both clubs very severed, which is why they are planning to go about Saul’s transfer very carefully because they see this player as a key component for the club’s future. Diego Simeone will be the biggest obstacle during this hypothetical transfer, the player has a €150 million clause and his contract expires until 2026. The rights that Barcelona has over Saul are as follows: if another club came with a very lucrative offer, the Catalan club would have the right to equal such offer and sign Saul right on the spot. But Barcelona is hopeful that the player entertains the idea of playing alongside Lionel Messi during the final years of his career at the club, this is an opportunity that many players in the world would kill for.Saúl y de Jong. los objetivos del Barcelona para sumar en el próximo mercado de pases, según las portadas de Mundo Deportivo y Sport. pic.twitter.com/fWYXeLLlxS— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) September 12, 2018Other options for Barcelona apart from Saul.There have been negotiations for other midfielders like Adrien Rabiot from PSG, Paul Pogba from Manchester United, and Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. Out of all those three players, Paul Pogba is the one that his agent is currently pushing the most to make happen but even that transfer is still in the air. The situation with both De Jong and Rabiot keeps getting colder, both players have even started looking at other options and this opens up the Saul possibility even more. It’s still a bit soon to know for sure what is going to happen next summer, but reminding everyone that Barcelona does have this right to bid for the Spaniard doesn’t hurt at all. What we can for certain assure everyone, is that FC Barcelona will sign a new midfielder with offensive capabilities next summer and they won’t mind spending a bit of cash on their new player.No hay palabras para describir todo esto. Feliz por la victoria y el gol. Gracias por vuestro cariño, #Elche.#VamosEspaña #UefaNationsLeague pic.twitter.com/hTfgGdHPN8— Saúl Ñiguez Esclapez (@saulniguez) September 11, 2018What do you think about this news of Barcelona’s options to bid for Saul Ñiguez? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Speak Up for a Farm Bill that Works for Soybean Farmers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and like-minded farm groups are reaching out to lawmakers to express strong support for timely consideration by the House of Representatives of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (“FARRM”) Act.ASA needs your help in encouraging each of your Members of Congress to quickly move this vital process along. Visit the Soy Action Center, where you will find background on the bill and talking points you can use to call and urge your member of Congress to support the Gibbs amendment and move the legislation quickly so Congress can complete a new farm bill this yearWith current program authorities due to expire at the end of September, it is critical that the House pass its version of the farm bill and send it to Conference, where differences can be resolved with recently-passed Senate legislation. Farmers, ranchers, and others who depend on these programs need long-term certainty which only a new five-year bill can provide. In addition, both bills make significant contributions to reducing federal budget deficits.Visit ASA’s Soy Action Center for more information.last_img read more

Joes Stone Crab hosts inspirational dinner for innercity students

first_imgAnd, of course, the students ordered the world-famous dish. “I had the stone crabs also. My friends shared. They were really good, especially with the sauce,” said Rose.However, Wesley Wray instead took a different route and had the filet mignon.Overall, it was a meal and a moment to treasure, and the students took home a message of perseverance. “If you put your mind to it, you can go wherever you like to go,” Rose said.Wesley had a more simple, though equally heartfelt, response. “Thank you for the experience,” he said.This is the sixth year Joe’s Stone Crab has hosted these exceptional young people.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It’s a reality Handfield knows firsthand. The South Florida attorney grew up in similar circumstances, and he wants these future leaders, as he calls them, to know there’s a big life out there. He’s convinced education and perseverance will open many doors.“In spite of their circumstances and surroundings, I want to give them hope,” Handfield said.The VIPs were seated and treated to inspirational speakers, a five-star meal and top-of-the-line service.Speakers included attorneys, a doctor, a nurse and the president of the Urban League of Greater Miami.“You are the future. Please, keep moving forward, even you guys in the back there,” said Brian Johnson of Joe’s Stone Crab.So why Joe’s Stone Crab?“This epitomizes success,” Handfield said. “It’s a landmark venue. Joe’s Stone Crabs is known worldwide.” MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of inner-city students were treated to an inspirational red carpet experience, hosted by Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach, Saturday.The night started at the Miami Gardens Betty T. Ferguson Center where police escorted a limo and a packed bus to South Beach for a taste of the good life.“Not a lot of people can come over here, and especially for me, coming from Liberty City and coming to somewhere fancy as over here,” said Deandre Boykins of the SLAM Academy.Rose Lattimore from the Stellar Leadership Academy also felt the luxury. “Being escorted by police officers, it was very different, you know?” she said. “You don’t get that type of royalty every day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I thought it was really cool how you see them pull over and they’re like ‘Halt,’ and then you’re passing by. It was very fun.”“They stopped the traffic and honored me,” described Adeja Wells, another scholar of the Stellar Leadership Academy.For many of these middle schoolers, it’s something very far removed from where they live and go to school.“Liberty City, Miami Gardens, Overtown and Opa-locka — on a daily basis, they’ve been inundated with the violence, the shootings,” said attorney Larry Handfield. “Most of their life is within a five-to-10-mile radius.” last_img read more

Watson Lake Campground Closed Due To Fire Operations

first_imgFor Refuge recreation questions, call the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2620. For Fire Updates visit our website at radiokenai.com. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Watson Lake Campground is closed to public use effective Saturday, June 22. This campground will be used as a crew camp in support of Swan Lake Fire operations, according to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. In a post from the Refuge; Using this campground for firefighters increases their efficiency as they work on the southern flank of Swan Lake Fire. Thank you for supporting their efforts by remaining clear of Watson Lake Campground and making other recreational plans for the foreseeable future.last_img

Heres Everything Coming to Hulu in July 2019

first_img As the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20, 1969) this month, you can expect to see a barrage of television specials about the historic mission — but Hulu has the one you can’t miss. Available to stream on July 20, Apollo 11 is an immersive documentary based on two years of meticulous examination of old NASA archives, capturing the nail-biting days and hours surrounding the “one giant leap for mankind.”And on July 26, Hulu is also bringing back everyone’s favorite sassy sleuth — Veronica Mars — for a fourth season. Kristen Bell (Veronica) returns to the seaside town of Neptune for an eight-episode mystery surrounding the murders of spring breakers. And if you need to catch up, don’t worry. Hulu also has seasons 1-3 of Veronica Mars available for streaming starting July 1.Here’s everything coming to Hulu in July 2019. If you’re not yet subscribed, start your free trial now.July 1Forged in Fire (Season 5)Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (Season 2)Grace vs. Abrams (Season 1)Hoarders (Season 6)Killer in Plain Sight (Season 1)Married at First Sight (Season 7)Mountain Men (Season 2)Nightwatch Nation (Season 1)Project Runway (Season 12)The Universe (Seasons 4-6)Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3)What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (Series Premiere)88 Minutes A Little Princess A Year Ago in Winter Accomplices Airplane! Airplanes II: The Sequel American Gun An American Werewolf in London The Amityville Horror Antiviral The Appeared Apres Lui Arbitrage Are We Done Yet? Are We There Yet? Astro Boy Bad Lieutenant Bad Santa The Benchwarmers Beyond the Gates (of Hell) Big Fish Brotherhood of Justice Bull Durham Bunny and the Bull The Chateau The Childhood of a Leader Child’s Play Coffin Rock Con Air Cooties CSA: Confederate States of America Curse of the Zodiac Dans Paris Death Bell Desperately Seeking Susan Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Endless Love Errors of the Human Body Evolution Fainheart Fighter The First Wives Club Gangster No. 1 The Girl Under the Waves Good Luck Chuck Good Time Max Hard Candy Hellions Hero (“Ying Xiong”) Home of the Brave Honey 2 The Housemaid The Human Stain I Remember You The Imperialists are Still Alive Into The Blue Into The Blue 2: The Reef Johnny Mad Dog Killing them Safely King Kong The Last Days Leaving Letters to Juliet Man About Town Man in the Moon Manglehorn Married to the Mob Minority Report Mission: Impossible III My Best Friend’s Girl Myth of the American Sleepover No One Knows about Persian Cats Open Water Open Water 2: Adrift Operation Condor Operation Condor II: The Armour of the Gods The Overbrook Brothers Paper Covers Rock Paranoid Park The Panic in Needle Park The Polar Express The Princess of Montpensier Primal Prime Proof Pumpkin Puzzle The Quiet American Quigley Down Under Rain Reservoir Dogs Revenge of the Nerds Rocky Rocky II Rocky III Rocky IV Rocky V Rules of Attraction Rules of Engagement Running Scared Sangre de mi Sangre Shanghai Surprise Sleepy Hollow Sling Blade Someone Else Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary Spaceballs Species Species II Species III Species: The Awakening Stalked By My Patients Stigmata Stung Superbad Swimfan Swingers The Silence of the Lambs The Sum of all Fears Terror in the Woods The Time that Remains The Uninvited The Wraith Thomas in Love Traitor Turtles Can Fly Unmade Beds Uptown Girls Vampires Vincere Walk Away Renee We Are What We Are White Night Wedding With a Friend like Harry Women of Brewster PlaceJuly 2The Last WordJuly 3PhoenixJuly 4Into The Dark: Culture Shock (Episode 10 Premiere) Hulu OriginalThe Brink Woman at WarJuly 5Amazing World of Gumball (Season 6)It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 13)The Venture Bros. (Season 7)Drop Dead GorgeousJuly 7The Real Housewives of Orange County (Season 13)July 10Bring the Funny (Series Premiere)Harlots (Season 3 Premiere) Hulu OriginalWitness ProtectionJuly 12Hollywood Game Night (Season 6 Premiere)Gone Baby GoneJuly 13Clique (Season 2)July 1590 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (Season 2)Beachfront Bargain Hunt (Seasons 17-18)Caribbean Life (Seasons 6-7)Chopped (Seasons 30-31)Cold Valley (Season 1)Deadly Women (Seasons 11-12)Food Paradise (Season 11)Homicide Hunter (Season 8)How The Universe Works (Seasons 3-6)Kids BBQ Championship (Season 2)Killer Unknown (Season 1)Love It or List It (Seasons 12-13)Mythbusters (Season 20)Mythbusters Jr (Season 1)NASA’s Unexplained Files (Seasons 1-5)Say Yes to the Dress (Seasons 15-16)Secret Space Escapes (Season 1)Shark Week 2017 (Season 1)The 1990’s: The Deadliest Decade (Season 1)The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over (Season 1)Your Worst Nightmare (Seasons 4-5)July 18The Last ManJuly 19Tokyo Ghoul (Season 3A, Dubbed)July 20Apollo 11July 21The WaveJuly 22Time FreakJuly 23Planet 51July 26Light as a Feather (Complete Season 2 Premiere) Hulu OriginalPower (Season 5)Veronica Mars (Complete Season 4 Premiere) Hulu OriginalI Trapped the Devil The Field Guide to EvilJuly 29After DarknessJuly 30Bachelor in Paradise (Season 6 Premiere)July 31Four Weddings and a Funeral (Series Premiere) Hulu OriginalAlong with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Dior and IMore on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in July 2019The Most Binge-Watched Shows in Every StateWhat to Stream on Hulu This Weekend July Ends With a Rare Black MoonHere’s How to See the Full ‘Thunder Moon’ on July 16 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Capcom announces Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition for PC

first_imgOf all the Resident Evil games, Resident Evil 4 is many gamer’s favorite, received very high review scores for every platform it released on, and was available for pretty much every platform you could want to play it on. Gamecube, PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and even mobile devices all saw a release. You’d think a game that’s now 9 years old would be assigned to the history books, but Capcom has decided to release yet another version in 2014.Capcom has announced a new Ultimate Edition of Resident Evil 4 is coming to PC, available globally through Steam and as a retail disc edition limited to Europe. Why would you be interested in picking up this game (again)? Because Capcom has tweaked the visuals and included some enticing extras.First of all, Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition has been updated to use HD graphics and promises a 60fps experience. That includes being optimized for widescreen. The video below and gallery above give you a good idea of the graphical quality on offer.Capcom is also fully supporting the extra features offered by Steam. So the game will include Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards, and global leader board access. If you want to play with a controller, there’s full support for them as well as an updated control scheme, rear third person view, and some updated gameplay mechanics. You also get all content seen in previous releases including the Separate Ways epilogue.Extras included with this new release consist of a 62-track digital soundtrack and an 80-page digital archive. And the good news is, Capcom is set to charge $19.99, which is fantastic value for such a highly-regarded game. All we need now is an official release date.As for the PC you’ll need to play it, the minimum requirements are easily achievable. A Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2 processor, 2GB RAM, 15GB hard drive space, and a GeForce 8800GTS or Radeon HD 4850. The recommended specs aren’t that much higher. One thing you’ll definitely need is Windows, though. Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 are all supported. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY RE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD EditionRE4 Ultimate HD Editionlast_img read more

Jack Nicholson Broke Angelica Hustons Heart – She Paid him Back with

first_imgWhen she was only 21, Anjelica Huston left New York and moved to Los Angeles to revamp her modeling career and become an actress. She also ended up in a relationship that would define almost two decades of her life.The Addams family actress fell for “bad boy” Jack Nicholson, and despite witnessing deep caring and affection from his side, she also went through years of heartbreaking torment.Anjelica Huston pictured in 2014. Photo by Mingle Media TV CC BY SA 2.0Huston revealed more about her agony-tainted relationship with Nicholson in her memoir Watch me, published in 2014.It was her second biographical book and unlike her first, which revolved around her childhood and early modeling days, this one discussed more intimate details of her private life.Anjelica Huston with her father, John Huston.Angelica was the daughter of iconic film director John Huston, and also starred in her father’s very last movie, a 1987 adaptation on one of James Joyce’s Dubliners short stories — The Dead. She first met Jack Nicholson at his birthday party which he hosted at his Mulholland Drive estate in L.A.Jack Nicholson in 1963.The actress revealed she’d had a thing for Nicholson ever since seeing him star in Easy Rider in 1969.She first went to see the movie with friends in London, where she lived at the time, only to go back a couple of days later, buying the ticket for the same movie, now alone.Much like other women in those days, she had been captivated by how Nicholson appeared on the silver screen. She was again captivated a few years later as she dropped in with a friend to his birthday. Nicholson greeted them at the door with a deep seducing voice: “I am Jack, and I am glad you could make it.”Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson at the 62nd Academy Awards, March 26, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0That birthday party night was the beginning of everything — the good and the bad times for young Huston. Nicholson was 14 years her senior.They danced the night away and called her a taxi home in the morning. A couple of days later he called her to plan their first date.Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImageBut a few hours later Nicholson called back to cancel their plans, saying he had already had something else on the agenda — meeting his ex, Michelle Phillips. Huston would quickly befriend her.But calling off the first date because of someone else pretty much gave a clear signal how the entire Nicholson-Huston relationship would unfold. Strange situations like this only piled up.Despite the ordeals, Huston kept seeing Nicholson. She moved in with him during the time he worked on Chinatown.Jack Nicholson kissing Anjelica Huston at a formal dinner, c. 1970, New York. Photo by Art Zelin/Getty ImagesIn one of them, she was with Nicholson at a restaurant when a young model from Germany started flirting with her boyfriend. She made to get up and leave the table, but Nicholson clenched his hands onto her wrist and didn’t allow her to go.“Don’t ever stand up like that to leave,” he told Huston. The actress comments on how she enjoyed “his brief flash of possessiveness.”In 1973, Huston attended a Carole King gig with Nicholson and had to cope with a situation involving Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, who was sitting “between Jack’s legs throughout the show.”Anjelica Huston with her half-brother Danny Huston on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, March 26, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0This hurt Huston’s feelings and Nicholson wouldn’t comfort her when she complained to him.A year later, while in Cannes for the Film Festival, he left her standing on the sidewalk because “pretty French girls would come up on motorbikes and say, ‘Oh, Jack, you want to ride on my bike with me?’”Jack Nicholson. Photo by Georges Biard Permission CC BY-SA 3.0As if following a role to never say no to a beautiful girl, Nicholson did join the girls and Huston was left to retreat to their hotel room, weeping.In other instances, Huston writes how caring was Nicholson towards her. She would describe The One Flew Over Cuckoo Nest and Shining actor as deeply emotional and caring. He would bring her unique gifts or devise an array of nicknames: “Fab” from “the Big Fabulous,” “Ze Bik Fabuliss,” “Toot” (because it rhymes with foot), and “Tootie” which evolved into “Tootman Fubiliss,” according to Vanity Fair.Jack NicholsonBut Huston also reminisces on an earth-shattering moment which came as the two of them were watching The Newlywed Game show on TV, and Nicholson started to ridicule the idea of marriage. “Oh, little marriage,” he would go on saying several times over.“I replied, ‘If you had any balls, you’d marry me,’” Huston told him, as reported by New York Post. “And he said, ‘Marry you? Are you kidding?’”, which brought tears to Huston’s eyes. The woman would sob for the next three days.Anjelica Huston in 2005.What nailed down the coffin was when Nicholson blatantly announced over the dinner table that he was going to be a father – with another woman. It was 1989.“The words came smoothly, deliberately,” writes Huston on this one. That other woman turned out to be actress and model Rebecca Broussard, who in the end had two children with Nicholson. Back at the conversation over the dinner table was where Huston drew the line.Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImageFinally, before carrying on with her life, Huston dropped by Nicholson’s place and “beat the living hell out of him,” leaving her womanizer love with bruises all over his body.“Goddamn, Toots, you sure landed some blows on me,” he told her later over the phone.“You’re welcome, Jack – you deserved it,” replied Huston and they both laughed out loud.For Christmas that year, Huston received a pearl and diamond bracelet which had once been a gift from Frank Sinatra to Ava Gardner. It was Jack’s way to conclude their extravagant relationship.Read another story from us: The Terror of a Movie Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff Wish They Could ForgetIn 1992, Huston married Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham. The two of them remained together until Graham’s death in 2008. The couple did not have any children. Nicholson continued his relationship with Broussard until 1994. Jack would later go on to say that of all the women in his life, Huston was has main love.last_img read more

Alleged Colombian drug lord fights extradition

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – An alleged Colombian drug lord captured in Argentina is asking a local judge to reject his extradition to the United States.Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono says he faces political percussion and his life is in danger.Lopez Londono is 41-years-old and is known as “Mi Sangre,” or My Blood. He was caught as he arrived at a restaurant on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Oct. 30. Authorities say he’s the leader of the “Urabenos” gang and is wanted on drug trafficking charges in Colombia and the U.S.Lopez Londono’s lawyer denies his client is a drug trafficker and says he gathered evidence while part of a right-wing paramilitary group. Lawyer Carlos Olita says police officers and officials in former President Alvaro Uribe’s government are trying to stop him from testifying.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

SWISS to SIN a solution for Aus

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T A daily non-stop Singapore-Zurich service will be introduced in May as the central component of Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) Asian network solution for the Australian market. Singapore is a favourite among travellers, providing an ideal base or stopover point for key vacation destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.“This is a major development and one that we, our customers and our trade partners have long waited for,” SWISS Australia manager Anil Rodricks said. “It demonstrates the confidence that SWISS has in the Australasia region.”Singapore has also been identified as a clear hub leader for connections to Europe.The new Singapore service will make for a total of six Asian gateways for SWISS’ Australian passengers.SWISS has doubled the number of its Asian services over the past six years and remains confident that Asia will continue to be the transfer point of choice for Australian traffic to Europe.last_img read more

Norcom Mortgage Welcomes New Account Executive

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,Norcom Mortgage Welcomes New Account Executive Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-10-01 Tory Barringer In Connecticut, “”Norcom Mortgage””:https://norcommortgage.com/ welcomed Mary Downing to the team as its newest wholesale account executive.Downing brings three decades of industry experience to Norcom and has worked for the past 15 years in wholesale lending for the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts markets. In her position at Norcom, she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with mortgage brokers and advising them on the company’s loan programs, rates, and policies.Commenting on her new role, Downing said, “”I am excited to join Norcom because the level of customer service the company offers equals the same top-quality service I provide my own customers.””center_img October 1, 2013 448 Views Sharelast_img read more

Pavaso Welcomes Cook James to Its Attorney Partner Network

first_img Pavaso, Inc. (Pavaso), a national real estate eClosing software platform headquartered in Plano, Texas, has added Atlanta-based Cook & James to its network of local and national title and attorney partners. Pavaso offers a “single, collaborative, secure portal promoting transparency, efficiency, consumer education, and communication in a seamless format delivering value to every stakeholder involved in the transaction.”Cook & James was founded in 2006 by Kara Cook and Heather James. The firm executives more than 2,000 closing per month. Cook & James prides itself on be 100 percent mobile to buyers, sellers, and real estate agent partners, providing them at-home closings. Cook & James serves real estate closing needs in Georgia, New York, Connecticut, and South Carolina.“Partnering with Pavaso further fuels our commitment to offering our clients the absolute most reliable, convenient and pleasant experience with our attorneys at closing,” said Kara Cook, Co-Founding Partner at Cook & James. “We’re happy to be on board with Pavaso’s eClosing platform because it adds an additional tier of ease and functionality for our clients.”Formalized earlier in Q4 2017, the new relationship will offer both Pavaso and Cook & James mutually beneficial solutions including improved communication, efficiency, process management, and shared resources.“The eClosing is no longer a pie-in-the-sky objective,” said Mark McElroy, CEO of Pavaso. “It’s reality. It’s here and now, and it’s being offered to consumers by forward-thinking lenders and settlement agents nationwide. Cook & James has long been considered a consumer-friendly and forward-thinking business. Digitizing the mortgage transaction is an optimal way to make life much easier for consumers when it comes to the largest financial transaction most of them will ever enter into. Our partnership will improve the customer experience; expedite the process and even assist with tracking for compliance purposes.” December 17, 2017 645 Views Pavaso Welcomes Cook & James to Its Attorney Partner Network Cook & James HOUSING mortgage Pavaso 2017-12-17 Rachel Williamscenter_img in Featured, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more