SMB climbs

first_imgMOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds ANTIPOLO—Rock-solid San Miguel Beer kept a top two finish in sight after scoring a 109-97 decision of Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special game at Ynares Center here.It was the second straight win in a 7-2 card for the Beermen, who would still need to sweep their last two assignments—against Blackwater and GlobalPort—to earn at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat bonus.ADVERTISEMENT Children’s meet draws OSY bets Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Alaska, which took a sixth straight loss in a 4-6 card, is in danger of missing the next round.Idle Star is setting the pace with an 8-2 record, but will lose the No. 1 ranking if the Hotshots fall into a tie with the Beermen at the end of the elimination round on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn the first game, NLEX goes into a long break with its confidence at a high after posting a second straight win, 116-114, to end its campaign here while dealing Phoenix Petroleum a critical loss.The Road Warriors almost lost a 23-point lead but hung tough in the stretch as they take something positive from a tournament they opened up with nine straight defeats. Phoenix ended its elimination round campaign with a 4-7 record and can get booted out of the playoffs if Alaska and GlobalPort win their final matches.“We just wanted to make a good last impression,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for a share of the lead and officially take Meralco out of the race for a top two berth when the Gin Kings and the Bolts collide 6:45 p.m. Sunday also at Ynares Center here.Defending champion Rain or Shine, in the meantime, tries to better its quarterfinal ranking when it slugs it out with TNT KaTropa in the 4:30 p.m. contest.At 5-5, the Painters can qualify in the middle of the pack with a victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

India vs. England: Key player may stay back with the squad for test series

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: BCCIInjury concerns have taken a major toll for the Men In Blue as of late. The injury list which currently includes Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar may see another member added in the form of Wridhhiman Saha.Reportedly, the wicket-keeper batsman is a doubt for the upcoming 5-match Test series against England. To cope up with the loss of Saha, the BCCI may include Dinesh Karthik in the test squad.Here’s what the team management had to reveal regarding this situation. In a talk with Cricket Next, they said:“In such a circumstance it is only fair that someone like Karthik gets his chance as the player has been with the team and is aware of the conditions on offer. Also, he was the one called in to replace Saha for the Afghanistan Test,” Read Also:England vs. India : 2nd ODI Review- England back to level terms after comprehensive victory Advertisementlast_img read more

Experts doubt St. Stephen’s admission process

first_imgEducation experts in Delhi University have raised serious doubts over the interview criteria of one of their most prestigious colleges, St. Stephen’s.Stephen’s being a religious minority college conducts its own undergraduate admissions. According to officials, every year, the college follows a 1:4 criteria for conduction interviews.SEEDS OF DOUBTSThis means, for every one seat, four students are called for the interview. But, last year’s records suggest that less number of aspirants had appeared for interviews, thereby limiting the selection base.”Last year, in courses like BA (programme) and BA (Hons) in History, we did not get the exact number of students for the interview. The college should increase the number of aspirants to be called for the interview. As our process continues till late, students get opportunities in other colleges and then we are left with less number of students,” a senior official from the college told MAIL TODAY.St Stephen’s College offers 10 undergraduate courses – Bachelor of Arts in Economics, History, Philosophy, English, Sanskrit and pass courses. Bachelor of Science is offered in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and BSc (pass). Being a religious minority institution, the college reserves 50 per cent of its seats in each course for Christian candidates.”The 1:4 criteria is ridiculous and defies the purpose of an interview. The only course, which receives a good number of applicants for the interview is Economics, for which the criteria is 1:6,” said another official requesting anonymity.CLEARING ST. STEPHEN’SThe college will come out with its cut-off list on June 19. Those who qualify the cut-off will be called for an aptitude test and interview. “We might invite more applicants for the interview this year as the ratio is not sufficient,” a senior admission official told MAIL TODAY.advertisementSt. Stephen’s College will also conduct a written test for admission to undergraduate courses this year, despite opposition from teachers.The written test was introduced by former principal Valson Thampu in 2015. The college allots 85 per cent weightage to class 12 results. The remaining 15 per cent is divided between the test and the interview.People with disability are exempted from the aptitude test. Aspirants applying in this category need to upload a scanned copy of the physical disability certificate. If they do not upload the certificate, they can be sent to the college along with the acknowledgement slip.For those applying under sports quota will have to upload scanned copies of certificates of the highest representation from the past three years. The cost of the sports form is Rs 250.ALSO READ:Delhi University admissions for undergraduate courses to commence from June 1last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Danny Rose’s socks had holes in them. Social media is in splits

first_imgDanny Rose did not receive as much attention for his football as he did for his socks on Saturday as England took on Belgium in the third place play-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Out of the seven matches England played at the World Cup in Russia, Rose featured in five of them. Not a regular in the English setup, Rose has had a decent tournament.However, a unique feature of his outfit on Saturday caught the fancy of social media.During England’s match vs Belgium, Rose’s socks had multiple holes and Twitter went abuzz trying to figure out the reason behind this bizarre trend.While many made it the butt of all jokes saying that Rose got his socks from ‘lost property’, there were some who suggest a reason behind the practice.Why has Danny Rose got loads of holes in his socks? pic.twitter.com/ubMjK99AvEThe Away Fans (@theawayfans) July 14, 2018Massive hole in our defence and massive holes in Danny rose socks #WTF #BELENG #3rdPlacePlayoff pic.twitter.com/4J2T0USyBVjame #MerciArsene #AuRevoirArsene (@Weener14) July 14, 2018Danny Rose got his socks from lost property. #BELENG pic.twitter.com/7aq7TIHua7Olly Perris (@ollyperris) July 14, 2018Really classy 2018 FIFA World Cup tribute from Danny Rose and his socks #classy #nicetouch pic.twitter.com/6AesKe7Cg2Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 14, 2018People suggested that Rose was not the only one to be following the practice of wearing holes socks but many professional footballers do it because the socks are too tight for them.advertisementMATCH HIGHLIGHTSBecause the socks are very tight, players often create holes in their socks in order to relive pressure around the calves and reduce the tension in that area.To reduce tension on the calf muscle because the socks are too tightPaige Richards (@thisdumbitch) July 14, 2018Looks fucking ridiculous, BUT it’s used to relieve pressure around the calves. More players do it than you’d think. Danny Rose is clearly trying to make it a ‘thing’ by wearing white socks with the exact holes underneath. ForceDylan Schimper (@dillybob_10) July 14, 2018The holes are meant to relieve pressure on the calves of tight socksLeo (@_LS87_) July 14, 2018Even as the majority of the attention was diverted towards Rose, England overall finished fourth in the tournament after going down 2-0 to Belgium in the play-off.Thomas Meunier’s 4th minute strike and the 87th minute goal from Eden Hazard meant Belgium achieved their best-ever performance at a World Cup while England could only equal their second best performance, a fourth place finish just like 1990.Belgium’s golden generation shone bright with Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne being particularly impressive with their incisive play. However, on Saturday, England were kind of let down by their captain Harry Kane, who failed to score for the third game running.Also read – World Cup 2018: We gave it everything, says Kane after England finish 4thAfter getting off to a blazing start, scoring six goals in his first four matches, Kane failed to add to his tally in the quarter-final, semi-final and third place play-off.However, England were applauded back home for getting fans close again and making people believe in the national team once more. After some shoddy and shocking performances in the last few major tournaments, this young team played with flair and freedom that the English fans had not seen in a while.Despite the applause back home, midfielder Fabian Delph said he and his team mates will rue semi-final defeat against Croatia for the rest of their lives.”I am disappointed, it has been a great tournament for us personally and on a group level and we can go home proud of ourselves but I think we will kick ourselves in those quiet moments,” Delph told ITV television.”The semi-final I think we had a great chance to reach the final and we came up short,” he said.”Not just in the near future, I think for the rest of our lives we will be kicking ourselves thinking we had a real opportunity there,” added the Manchester City midfielder.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

RGD Revises Record Updating Forms

first_img The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has revised its record updating application forms as part of efforts to improve customer service delivery. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has revised its record updating application forms as part of efforts to improve customer service delivery.The forms that have been modified are those used for re-registration, late entry of names, late registration of births and deaths and correction of error, whether births, deaths or marriages.The RGD’s Customer Care Manager, Trudy Edwards, told JIS News that the entity has commenced issuing the revised forms at all its offices, but will continue accepting the old forms up to October 1, 2019, when they will be phased out.Mrs. Edwards further noted that, beginning May 1, 2019, only the revised forms will be available on the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jm.She pointed out that the forms have been revised to provide customers with additional information through a step-by-step guide to the various application processes.The forms detail requirements for the application process, including documents that should be submitted to the RGD, procedures to complete same, and whether interviews are required, among other things.“The RGD seeks to improve the customer experience by providing all users of our services with the relevant details to assist them in preparing their application and to ensure that they have the right documents when they do visit our offices,” Ms. Edwards highlighted.She added that the new forms will assist in reducing the number of visits persons would be required to make to the RGD in trying to determine documents required or how to treat with a particular situation or matter.“For example, for the applicant who seeks to add the father’s particulars, there is now clarity in terms of the different scenarios, such as if the father is deceased, what would the applicant do, if the mother is deceased or cannot be located, how would that matter be dealt with. So we guide them accordingly,” the Customer Care Manager explained.She further cited that in the case of correction of error, the revised form lists the main supporting documents that are required and also gives detail on the categories of persons who would be accepted as declarants.“On the forms, we also still feature the ‘important points to remember’ because we do have some customers who want to do a last-minute check in submitting the required documents. We still offer the prices, and if it is that a particular case is one that is outside the norm, we guide the customer, step by step, what it is that they need to do,” she outlined.“So we have been hearing the complaints of our customers, and one of the complaints we would have received over the years would be whether, in attending each of our offices, information is similar across the board. We have now armed our customers with more information, as this whole revision is to improve the customer experience and ensure that all our offices speak the same language, as it is one voice, one agency,” Ms. Edwards asserted.For more information, persons may visit the RGD’s website at www.rgd.gov.jm; send email to information@rgd.gov.jm; or at Facebook.com/rgd.jamaica; or contact the Marketing and Planning Department at (876) 619-1260 ext. 6111-3 and 6104. The forms that have been modified are those used for re-registration, late entry of names, late registration of births and deaths and correction of error, whether births, deaths or marriages. Story Highlights The RGD’s Customer Care Manager, Trudy Edwards, told JIS News that the entity has commenced issuing the revised forms at all its offices, but will continue accepting the old forms up to October 1, 2019, when they will be phased out.last_img read more

OSCARWINNING FILMMAKER GUILLERMO DEL TORO GOES TREASURE HUNTING IN VANCOUVER BOOKSTORE

first_imgAdvertisement More Mcleod’s bookstore in Vancouver. Bought a box of books -including a ghost anthology illustrated by Lynd Ward. pic.twitter.com/9zzbOrosxt— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 13, 2018 What do you do when you’re a filmmaker visiting Vancouver and you’ve got a bit of time to spare? Well, if you’re a book lover like Guillermo del Toro, you head to MacLeod’s Books on Pender, and you buy a box full of incredible volumes.Del Toro shared his enthusiasm for the beloved Vancouver shop and his haul in two tweets Tuesday and Wednesday:Had a moment free in Vancouver. Spent it in heaven at McLeod’s bookstore in 455 Pender. Found true treasures… pic.twitter.com/VAW0KGfm5G— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 12, 2018 Advertisement The imaginative movie maker, who recently took home the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Shape of Water, is such a serious collector, there’s even a book about his love for books (and other things he collects).MacLeod’s is one of Vancouver’s “true treasures” itself, too. Immortalized as “the last great bookshop” MacLeod’s opened in 1964, and specializes in used and rare books. The shop was also immortalized in a Stan Douglas photograph that has hung in our own Vancouver Art Gallery.It’s not clear what brought del Toro to Vancouver; he has several projects in the works, including three series he’s credited as creator for (3 Below, Wizards, and Carnival Row) and multiple films. It’s hard to imagine he has any free time at all, but we’re sure delighted he spent some of it shopping at MacLeod’s, and that he can spend more of it enjoying his “treasures.”Want to follow in del Toro’s footsteps? MacLeod’s is located at 455 Pender St. in downtown Vancouver.Click here for original story. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Court battle involving Aboriginal girl with leukemia may not be over

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a court case that made headlines across the nation when an Ontario judge ruled a Six Nations girl, 11, with leukemia had the constitutional right to reject chemotherapy.The judge ruled the girl and her family could seek alternative cancer treatments.But as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports that court battle may not be over.last_img

How one Canadian investment company is chasing Oscars with top Hollywood stars

first_imgTORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mounties looking to return long gun found on road to rightful owner

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Police are looking for the owner of a long gun that was found by the side of a road just before Christmas last year.Cst. Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that a long gun was discovered on the West Bypass Road and reported to police at around noon on December 23rd, 2017. Cst. Neustaeter said that the RCMP are looking to return the firearm to its rightful owner.Anyone who recently lost a long gun, and is able to provide specific details in an effort to possibly reclaim it, is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100 or attend the detachment at 10648 100th St during regular office hours.last_img read more

Range Bandaras son Yashoda Range Bandara arrested

Yashoda Range Bandara was injured following the motor accident this week.The Police said that the vehicle in which Palitha Range Bandara’s son was travelling had veered off the road and crashed into a house along the Chilaw-Puttalam road. State Minister Palitha Range Bandara’s son Yashoda Range Bandara has been arrested over a recent motor accident.The Police said that he was arrested while he was receiving treatment in hospital. The State Minister’s 25 year old son was later admitted to hospital for treatment.He was remanded till June 12 following his arrest. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghanistan UN agency voices concern at escalating violence in north

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed the decision by Afghanistan’s Transitional Authority to send a special delegation to address the harassment of ethnic minorities in the northern and central parts of the country.The UN agency had been extremely concerned about the escalating violence and worsening human rights situation in the region, especially in Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Badges provinces, and urged provincial authorities to protect the security and safety of the civilian populations in the north, UNHCR spokesman Yusuf Hassan said at a press briefing in Kabul.”The situation in several parts of the two regions remains extremely tense,” Mr. Hassan said, noting that scores of attacks against ethnic minorities in Faryab, Balkh and Sar-i-Pul provinces have reportedly resulted in fatalities and destruction of properties, and that there was also an upsurge in robberies, rapes and murders.The renewed factional fighting was not only hampering the return of refugees but also sparking new displacement, Mr. Hassan said. “Due to the precarious security situation, we have suspended the return of IDPs from Herat to Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Sholgara in Balkh province as well as to Samangan province,” he said.Meanwhile, the security situation in Kahmard and Saighan in Bamiyan province was rapidly deteriorating, the spokesman added. Last week, there was intense fighting in Kahmard districts, resulting in the deaths of civilians – especially women and children.”The situation is extremely volatile, with reports of people fleeing to Shaighan district as well as incidents of human rights violations in several villages in Kahmard district such as Kakhul, Palenbagh, Dudaru and Khuhisan,” Mr. Hassan said. read more

Familys home sale mired in uncertainty in wake of BC foreign buyers

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Heather Nyberg along with husband Dan Zimmermann and son Leo and daughter Isabel pose for a photo outside their home in Coquitlam, B.C., Friday, August, 5, 2016. The family say they are affected by the B.C. government’s new tax on foreign buyers making the sale of their home fall though. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Family’s home sale mired in uncertainty in wake of B.C. foreign buyers’ tax COQUITLAM, B.C. – Cardboard moving boxes are piled about the living room of an otherwise half-packed house nestled on a tree-lined residential street in a quiet Vancouver-area suburb — a scene frozen in time that the home’s owners blame on British Columbia’s controversial new tax on foreign buyers.The in-transition state of the home in Coquitlam has been the status quo ever since its owners learned the house’s sale, which they understood was a done deal, was thrown into question by the tax.The couple is at risk of losing an $80,000 deposit they made to purchase a smaller duplex further east in the city, and reneging on the real estate contract would also open them up to being sued.“We feel like we’ve been let down,” Heather Nyberg told reporters Tuesday in the family’s small backyard as the couple’s two young children, aged one and three, played together in the grass.“I just feel really disappointed that our family and many, many others like ours are being affected by a poorly planned tax that’s unfair because it’s retroactive.”The B.C. government has said the 15-per-cent tax is aimed at addressing skyrocketing real estate prices in Metro Vancouver, the province’s most densely populated region. The levy came into effect Aug. 2, days after it was announced, sparking a frenzy of last-minute activity as buyers and sellers rushed to close deals.The couple sold their home earlier this year, but the deal isn’t slated to close until Sept. 15.Nyberg said the people who agreed to buy their property had originally provided a local address, but that shortly after the tax was announced she and her husband discovered they were based in China.She said the buyers’ real estate agent won’t reveal whether the clients are foreign but has floated the idea of the couple helping to pay part of the 15-per-cent tax. The confusion has created additional uncertainty around the deal, Nyberg said.Housing Minister Rich Coleman said in an email that the initial adjustment period may be difficult, but the tax will eventually reduce demand from foreign investors until supply catches up to local needs.“This transition period is expected to be short-lived, and over the long term the additional property-transfer tax will help to ensure British Columbians can continue to raise their families in Metro Vancouver communities,” he said.Nyberg’s husband Dan Zimmermann said the new law has put the couple under a lot of strain and uncertainty, which defeats the purpose of selling it in the first place.“All we wanted to do was reduce the stress and reduce the size of our mortgage, and all of that’s been thrown up in the air now,” he said, adding that the change was also designed to allow them to spend more time with their children.“We made the best decision with all the information we had at the time and that’s all we can do.”Nyberg said if the sale of the home they bought three years ago falls through, they would likely have to back out of buying the new property because they can’t afford two mortgages.“I’ve stopped packing. I don’t want to move into a duplex then move back three days later. Until we get more information we can’t really make a plan,” Nyberg said. “We are just really stressed out.“We’d been doing these weekly drive-bys of our new place so my son can get used to it. We’re really excited to join a new community where there are more families. We had been setting up our lives to move and now we don’t know what’s going on.”Jodie Wickens, an Opposition NDP politician who represents the area in the legislature, said she receives dozens of calls and emails every day from people affected by the tax.“I think that families that entered into a contract with an understanding shouldn’t be unfairly penalized,” she said.“To be impacted by this bill in such a negative way is unfair and unnecessary. It’s not putting British Columbians first at all. It’s a reactionary way to deal with bad headlines.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

With Big Ten championships looming Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan preaching

With four of the top 10 teams in the nation competing in the 2013 Big Ten Championships this weekend, the road to a conference title will not be an easy one for the Ohio State wrestling team. The No. 6 Buckeyes posted a 5-3 record in Big Ten play this season, earning victories against Michigan, No. 14 Illinois, No. 23 Wisconsin, Indiana and No. 16 Northwestern while suffering losses to three higher-ranked opponents – No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Minnesota and No. 4 Iowa. They did not face No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State or Purdue. “We have to perform to our best,” said 141-pound sophomore Hunter Stieber. “The Big Ten is stacked with five of the top teams in the nation. It’s a smaller bracket so there’s going to be more of a chance for one team maybe than others. It’s going to be tough.” OSU is one of only four teams to have a seeded wrestler in each weight class. Six Buckeyes were voted in by the conference’s coaches as top five preliminary seeds for the championships. Redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber (133) and his younger brother Hunter Stieber earned No. 1 pre-seeds after going undefeated in the regular season. Logan Stieber, who missed most of January with a leg injury, posted an impressive 19-0 record and will be in search of his second consecutive Big Ten title. Hunter Stieber boasted a 27-0 record and led the team with 10 major decisions. “I feel pretty good (about the tournament),” Hunter Stieber said. “It’s the end of the year so it’s exciting. This is what we’ve been training for all year. I’m ready for it. I’m excited to wrestle.” Earning No. 4 pre-seeds were redshirt junior Nick Heflin (174) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197). Heflin holds an overall record of 12-3 while Campolattano went 15-8. Senior Nikko Triggas (125) and sophomore Cam Tessari (149) were awarded No. 5 pre-seeds after finishing the regular season with records of 17-10 and 13-7, respectively. Rounding out the lineup for OSU are redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), freshman Mark Martin (165) and freshman heavyweight Nick Tavanello who earned sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth pre-seeds, respectively. Coach Tom Ryan said that in order to have a shot at a conference championship, the team will have to improve the way it trains. “Overall, I just think it’s discipline, that’s definitely a problem for us,” Ryan said. “The discipline of rest, the discipline of warming up right, the discipline of being ready to compete at a high level. We have to do all the little things right.” Redshirt sophomore Matthew O’Hara (174) agreed that the team needs to work on some areas but feels confident that it can come out of the tournament victorious. “Conditioning has been kind of a problem for some people, so we’ll have to work on that,” O’Hara said. “We’ll have to get that under control. But we definitely have the talent, so it’s definitely in our grasp. We’ll be able to do it.” The Buckeyes’ first match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill. The Big Ten Championships will conclude on Sunday. read more

Fuchse Berlin winning strike ended by powerful Kiel

7.TVB Stuttgart6303155:1526 18.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten6015133:1611 2.Fuchse Berlin7601201:16812 4.Rhein-Neckar6501159:13010 1.Kiel7601201:15712 14.Goppingen6204154:1704 16.Minden6114149:1783 12.MT Melsungen6204159:1684 THW KielLandin (8/2 saves), Wolff (6/1 saves); Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen (1), Lackovic (1), Weinhold (4), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (2), Zeitz, Brozovic (n.e.), Vujin (2/2), Bilyk (5), Nilsson (2), Santos (5); Trainer: Gislason 13.Lemgo5203130:1424 17.Coburg 20007106171:2042 6.Erlangen6402163:1658 15.Bergischer6204139:1664 Standings: 11.SC Magdeburg6213155:1535 THW Kiel showed strentgh and the size of handball institution in away derby match in Berlin, when over 8.700 fans at Max Schmeling hall couldn’t help their Fuchse to avoid routine defeat – 18:26 (7:13). From the start, home team couldn’t cope with focused “Zebras”, who also used the fatigue of Nenadic and Co, after exausting away match just two days before in Hannover.This was first season defeat for the “Foxes”.Füchse BerlinHeinevetter (1.-60., 13 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Elisson (2), Vukovic, Struck, Gojun, Nenadic (3), Plaza Jimenez (1), Lindberg (1/1), Zachrisson (4), Fäth (4), Reißky (1), Kozina (1), Drux (1); Trainer: Richardsson Rhein Neckar Lowen won in Gummersbach 27:20, while HSG Wetzlar beat Cobburg 31:24. 9.Hannover-Burgdorf6303154:1646 3.Flensburg-H.5500146:11010 5.Gummersbach7403198:1878 8.HSG Wetzlar7304175:1756 10.Leipzig5212131:1235 dkb bundesligaFuchse BerlinTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Barca conquer FLENS Arena! Next Story → RK Gorenje beat Izvidjac on Plaskan’s debut read more

Pérou une tribu indienne réaffirme son farouche désir disolement

first_imgPérou : une tribu indienne réaffirme son farouche désir d’isolementLes indiens Mascho-Piro vivent dans une région reculée du parc national de Manú au Pérou. Mais ces derniers mois, poussés en dehors de leur territoire à cause de l’exploitation forestière et des vols d’hélicoptères, ils ont fait d’anormales apparitions, et un mort. Ce sont des photos d’une précision totalement inédite que viennent de se procurer l’organisation Survival International (lien non disponible). Celles-ci montrent un groupe d’Indiens isolés appartenant à la tribu des Mascho-Piro, l’un des cent derniers peuples isolés du monde. Ceux-ci vivent dans une zone reculée du parc national de Manu au Pérou. Mais aujourd’hui, cette région est de plus en plus menacée par l’exploitation forestière illégale. Ajouté à cela, les environs doivent aussi supporter le survol à basse altitude d’hélicoptères des concessions pétrolières et gazières voisines. Autant d’activités qui poussent les Indiens à fuir.Ces derniers mois, les Mascho-Piro ont ainsi été observés de manière anormale à plusieurs reprises. Mais plus grave encore : les dangers de contact avec ces peuples ont été réaffirmés ces derniers jours avec la mort d’un Indien matsiguenga. Depuis une vingtaine d’années, Nicolás ‘Shaco’ Flores avait l’habitude de déposer de la nourriture et des offrandes à un petit groupe isolé d’Indiens mascho-piro. Mais cette fois-ci, il a reçu une flèche lorsqu’il a tenté d’entrer en contact avec eux et est mort des suites de cette blessure. Une manière pour les Indiens “d’exprimer leur farouche désir de rester isolés”, a expliqué Glenn Shepard, anthropologue et ami de la victime cité par Survival International.Toutefois, Beatriz Huertas, spécialiste péruvienne des Indiens isolés, a assuré qu’un tel cas était “inhabituel, complexe et extrêmement délicat”. “Le contact avec ces Indiens peut désormais se produire à tout moment. C’est pourquoi nous devons prendre des mesures préventives et mettre d’urgence en place un plan de contingence avec les autorités locales afin de prévenir tout autre incident de ce genre”, a-t-elle expliqué à l’organisation.Des mesures pour protéger les groupes isolésL’an dernier, Survival avait interpellé le Service national des aires protégées (SERNANP), dépendant  du ministère de l’Environnement péruvien, à propos d’une vidéo montrant des touristes déposant des vêtements sur les berges d’une rivière pour attirer les Indiens isolés, précise l’organisation dans un communiqué. Ceci avait conduit les autorités locales à interdire la région aux touristes. Désormais, le département des affaires indigènes (INDEPA) projette ainsi d’établir un poste de surveillance dans cette région reculée pour protéger les populations locales et les groupes isolés.”Un an après, la diffusion de ces nouvelles photos apporte des preuves supplémentaires de la présence d’Indiens isolés dans cette région. Il est intolérable que les gouvernements, les compagnies ou des anthropologues puissent encore nier cette évidence. Le premier contact avec des Indiens isolés est toujours dangereux et peut souvent s’avérer fatal – aussi bien pour la tribu que pour ceux qui tentent d’entrer en contact avec elle. La volonté des Indiens de rester isolés doit être respectée”, a estimé Stephen Corry, directeur de Survival international. Le 2 février 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teenager stabbed over a dollar by jitney driver

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:17 year old taken to hospital after being stabbed in neck by jitney driver, police on hunt for jitney driver that stabbed a 17 year old boy, stabbing over a dollar by jitney driver, teenager stabbed in throat by jitney driver Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 27, 2016 – The Police are going it alone in their hunt for a jitney driver who is reported to have stabbed a teenager over $1 when a jitney ride turned violent yesterday.  A fight broke out.  Magnetic Media is told of the situation where a boy was rushed to the emergency room at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center after reportedly being stabbed in the throat by the driver.  The two got into a row when the boy paid $2 for what the driver reportedly said is a $3 ride.  The young man was brought from Grace Bay to Down Town.  The Turks and Caicos teen, who is a Been and a resident of Kew Town, Providenciales was treated at hospital and released.  As for the jitney driver, who is operating illegally because jitneys are illegal, he is in the wind.  Police are searching for the stabber but there are no vital statistics on the man accused and no vehicle description issued to media or the public up to news production time. The incident happened around 6:30pm Tuesday.last_img read more

Weighing enforcement and black market city introduces marijuana tax

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly is introducing a measure to tax marijuana when sales become legal in the year ahead. The proposal hinges, however, on voter approval in April.Though it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent.Ernie Hall chairs the committee that’s been looking at how to tax cannabis products within the municipality, and said the figure is a preliminary estimate of what the city will need to collect in order to pay for the licensing and enforcement costs that come along with opening new businesses.“This is drafted where if we start at five and we find out we’re not covering the expense of this industry we can adjust it two percent at a time over a number of years,” Hall explained after the committee meeting adjourned Thursday evening. The Assembly would only be able to change the percentage taxed every two years.If the Assembly can vet the measure and gather public testimony on it before the end of January then the proposition will make the deadline for going before voters on the April 5th ballot.As it’s written now, the ordinance also puts limits on the maximum and minimum taxes that can be levied: it can drop no lower than two percent, but climb no higher than 12 without going back before voters. The reason for not trying to capture more revenue at the outset with a higher taxed percentage, according to Hall, is that the Assembly doesn’t want to place too large a financial burden on legal sales.“We don’t want to make the cost of marijuana so high that the black market continues,” Hall said. As part of the developing lisencing model, the State will levy a tax on new businesses before local governments figure out how to pay for their own permitting and enforcement costs. “Before you know, the price so high that the black market can continue to thrive–and we absolutely don’t want to do that.”The Assembly’s Finance Committee will look at the measure later this month, which will determine whether five percent is enough of a tax to cover municipal regulatory costs.The marijuana sales tax has nothing to do with another tax measure voters could see in April: South Anchorage Assembly Member Bill Evans is introducing a flat sales tax, which he hopes will lessen the burden currently placed on property-owners.last_img read more

Sitka hospital treats first known Alaskan case of Zika Virus

first_imgThe state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in Alaska today. The patient was treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. The patient, a male from the midwest, traveled in Central America before arriving in Alaska, where he began to experience unusual symptoms.Listen nowA digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus. Andrea Ferrante hopes that the use of peptides will allow for vaccines for viruses such as Zika. (Wikimedia commons photo courtesy of Center for Disease Control)Katy Pugh is a registered nurse and an infection prevention specialist at the hospital.“He came to our emergency room here at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital for evaluation. He had a rash, a fever, and conjunctivitis, his eyes were red, irritated and red.”The patient was evaluated and the Zika diagnosis was confirmed by a lab test. The man did not require hospitalization.The patient has returned home to the Midwest, and SEARHC officials say there is no risk the virus will spread to the public.Zika can be spread through intravenous drug use or sexual activity. Alaskan mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus. Zika is linked to birth defects and brain damage in newborns, as well as temporary paralysis in adults.There is no CDC recommended treatment for Zika, just rest, water, and nourishment. Symptoms can be mild and usually only require rest and care.last_img read more

SC orders to remove stairs of Hanif Flyover

first_img.The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the HC order that asked the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal stairs from Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, reports news agency UNB. A three-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice SK Sinha disposed of the leave to appeal petition filed by Orion Infrastructure Limited, the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud moved for the Orion Infrastructure Limited while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state. On 31 May, the High Court, in its suomoto move, asked home secretary, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Orion Infrastructure Limited to demolish the stairs from the flyover. Later, the chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed a status quo order following a plea filed by the builder company, seeking stay on a High Court order. The suo moto move has been given after the court took into its cognisance a report headlined ‘Mayor Mohamamd Hanif Flyover: None took action against illegal stairs!’ published on 28 May.last_img read more