TORONTO – It was a quiet start to the week as Canada’s main stock index dipped into the red on Monday and U.S. stock indices stumbled from their record-setting pace.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index shed 1.46 points to 15,855.76, with declines in energy and gold shares cancelling out minor gains in the materials, base metals and financials sectors.Shares of Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) were among the most actively traded companies on the TSX, with the stock falling 76 cents, or 27.84 per cent, to $1.97 at Monday’s close.The Vancouver-based gold miner cut its guidance for gold production from its Kisladag mine in Turkey to 170,000-180,000 ounces at cash costs of $500 to $550 per ounce, down from an estimate of 180,000-210,000 ounces in June. It also placed its guidance for 2018 and beyond under review.South of the border, Wall Street pulled back from all-time highs set Friday after a six-week winning streak.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 54.67 points to 23,273.96, the S&P 500 index slid 10.23 to 2,564.98, and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 42.22 points to 6,586.83.“We’re seeing very little in terms of reaction to the broad stock market,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“If we look at global equity markets, this is just a repositioning ahead of what’s likely to be a very busy week for earnings announcements, particularly the S&P 500.”“I think we’re seeing a little bit of repositioning domestically as well, as it relates to recalibrating expectations for the Bank of Canada and a future interest rate decision,” added Fehr.“So we’ve seen a little bit of weakness in the loonie.”The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.09 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.The Bank of Canada is scheduled to make its latest pronouncement on interest rates on Wednesday and release its updated forecast for the economy in its fall monetary policy report.The central bank is expected to keep its target for the overnight rate on hold at one per cent, but economists will scrutinize its outlook.The economy started the year on a hot streak posting large gains through the first six months of 2017. The strength helped convince the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate twice this year, but growth is expected to be slower in the second half of the year.In commodities, the December crude contract added six cents at US$51.90 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up eight cents to US$2.99 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gained 40 cents to US$1,280.90 an ounce and the December copper contract advanced two cents at US$3.19 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Raipur/ New Delhi: One CRPF jawan was killed and five others were injured in an attack by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Monday, officials said. The naxals first set off an improvised explosive device (IED) and then opened fire on CRPF troopers from the 231st battalion, who along with a state police unit, were on road security duty in the district’s Aranpur area, they said The incident took place around 4:30 pm near the Central Reserve Police Force’s Kamal post in Dantewada, the officials said. In the attack, a CRPF head constable was killed and five personnel injured, a senior official of the paramilitary force said. The security forces were attacked in a forest between Kondapara and Kamalpur villages under the Aranpur police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said. “The CRPF team returned fire. Five jawans have received injuries on the face in the encounter.The gun fight is still underway …,” he added.
Haiti remains in desperate need of support three months after four back-to-back tropical storms – Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – battered the country, killing nearly 800 people and affecting an estimated 1 million people.In Gonaïves alone – one of the worst hit areas in the impoverished Caribbean nation – over 2,000 families are still living in temporary or collective shelters, which include tents. Those living in the makeshift accommodations continue to receive assistance, including some 5,000 kits which enable families to build transitional shelter.But until now, only 48 per cent of the $105 million flash appeal launched in September, aimed at assisting the emergency relief effort, has been pledged, according to a situation report published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The UN also reported that a joint humanitarian fact-finding mission is in the western region of Cazale, where conditions are said to be dismal. 12 December 2008Almost half of the families uprooted by what the United Nations emergency relief chief had called the “worst disaster in the last 100 years” to strike Haiti are still unable to return to their homes, a UN spokesperson told reporters today.
A 20-year old Binbrook man has been charged with criminal harassment and indecent act after police investigated reports made by female students.On May 28 Hamilton police were called to the area of Highland Rd. and Picardy Dr. in Binbrook for a man wandering around and engaging high-school aged females in unwanted conversations including propositioning them. Police say he was persistent and continued to follow the students.On June 6 20-year-old Wyatt Gutoski was arrested, he appeared in court on Friday.Hamilton police believe there may be more victims and asking anyone with information or anyone that has been victimized in relation to this matter to contact Det. Sergeant Ben Thibodeau: 905-546-2907
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage calibre that rise like dark giants from the countryside.Yet many tourists still bypass congested Yogyakarta and head to the relaxing beaches of Bali, the archipelago’s most popular destination. Recently reelected President Joko Widodo wants to change this dynamic by pushing ahead with “10 new Balis,” an ambitious plan to boost tourism and diversify Southeast Asia’s largest economy.Key to the plan is to upgrade provincial airports and improve access to outlying destinations, such as Lake Toba on Sumatra island, more than 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from Jakarta, the capital.Karin Laub And Niniek Karmini, The Associated Press
Junior center Jacoby Boren (50) and senior offensive lineman Joel Hale (51) prepare for a play during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray beat Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternAt any level, success running the football begins with the offensive line.Even the most talented running backs can only do so much if the big guys in front aren’t making space for them to operate.Those big guys on Ohio State’s offensive line did more than their fair share of space-making in 2013, paving the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in then-senior running back Carlos Hyde and then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller en route to helping the Buckeyes tally 4,321 yards on the ground in a 12-2 season.But that unit had four senior starters — Andrew Norwell, Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley — who all returned from the undefeated 2012 season. Add in then-sophomore Taylor Decker, who grew into his spot nicely over the course of the year, and OSU’s big uglies received plenty of love from Hyde, Miller and coach Urban Meyer for the job they did.“I would like to give all credit to my offensive line,” Hyde said after OSU’s 34-24 win against Iowa Oct. 19, a game where Hyde and Miller became the first players to rush for at least 100 yards against the Hawkeyes’ defense all season. “They did an incredible job today. I’m proud of those guys.”Meyer was never shy about showing his appreciation for the unit either.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country. I’m willing to say that,” Meyer said the following week after OSU’s 63-14 win against Penn State. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere.”But with those four starters now out of eligibility, one has to wonder if Meyer and company are going to be willing to say the same sort of things about the players who will be blocking for Miller and the running backs in 2014.If spring practice is any indicator, the early answer to that question is a resounding no.“Offensive line is the one (area) that we gotta really go. We gotta really go from here,” Meyer said after the Spring Game Saturday. “That’s an area that we have got to get back where … maybe not where we were (last year), but close.”While the defensive units dominated in the annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage — with five total sacks between them in the low scoring affair that ended in a 17-7 Gray victory — the two starters Meyer has already named for next year, Decker and redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein, didn’t play.Competing for the other three starting spots on the line, in what Meyer called a “wide open” contest, are redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin, senior Joel Hale, redshirt-juniors Antonio Underwood and Chase Farris, redshirt-sophomore Kyle Dodson and redshirt-freshmen Billy Price and Evan Lisle in addition to a crop of true freshmen. Those four players — Brady Taylor, Jamarco Jones, Marcelys Jones and Demetrius Knox — need to be ready to contribute right away, Meyer said.“I saw Jamarco Jones down there (at the Spring Game) and Demetrius Knox coming in, Brady Taylor — those are three bodies that are going to be coming in June and I looked at them and said, ‘You’re not redshirting, you’re playing,’” Meyer said. “And that’s hard to do as an offensive lineman.”Keeping Miller’s jersey clean from grass and dirt stains is likely to be top priority for the newly minted offensive line when the season opener against Navy rolls around Aug. 30. But even though he called the unit a “big concern,” co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he isn’t too worried about it because of the unit’s leader: offensive line coach Ed Warinner.“I’d be a lot more concerned if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and I didn’t believe in Ed Warinner,” Herman said March 25 after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not, is much farther ahead than the group of O-linemen our first spring … Ed Warinner basically took the weakness of the offense and within 24 months — less than 24 months — turned it into the absolute, hands down, not even close, strength and backbone of the offense.“Last I checked, Ed Warinner is still the offensive line coach and we’re farther along in that room than we were two years ago … you’re discouraged at the present, or frustrated at the present, but certainly confident that the future will take care of itself.”After practice March 22, Baldwin said the competition on the line in spring was where it needed to be, but the group as a whole is excited to step into the big shoes left by the departed seniors.“Especially losing four guys, that’s almost the whole line. Four new guys are going to have to step in along with Taylor Decker,” Baldwin said. “And we’re going to have to go where they left off. Try to be even better.”Whoever wins the remaining starting spots are to be determined once fall camp opens, but Decker said getting back to where the line was last season will just take time. But it’ll get there.“I’ve been saying all along that guys are just inexperienced, and with the O-line, it takes a lot of time to develop, more so than any other position,” Decker said after the Spring Game. “But I think we’ll be fine. Coach Warinner is a great coach and we’ll get it going, but a lot of work to do this offseason, though.”
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 teamWith New England’s loss to Denver 30-24 in overtime Sunday, the Carolina Panthers are the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team following (most of) Week 12. We still give the Patriots the highest chance of winning the Super Bowl. [ESPN]20 seasonsLos Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant announced — in a poem! — that this NBA season, his 20th, will be his last. Bryant has been injured often recently, playing in just 41 of 164 games the last two seasons. [The New York Times]32 countriesJapan is trying to figure out how to handle a population that is increasingly elderly, with a huge bearing on the rest of the world: By 2050, 32 countries will have a population with a greater share of senior citizens than Japan does today, according to the United Nations. [The Wall Street Journal]41 percentThe probability Oklahoma will win college football’s national title, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. The Sooners won the Big 12 championship over weekend. [FiveThirtyEight]$100,000Estimate for how much the department store Kohl’s will pay to use a cover of the Beatles song “All Together Now” in a national ad campaign of 15- to 30-second spots. The band’s iconic oeuvre is far from cheap, and securing song rights can take months of negotiation. But by using a cover artist for the song instead of the original recording, the advertising firm Kohl’s hired was able to roughly halve the cost. [The New York Times]200,000 viewsA convicted Czech pirate — to be more specific here, the kind of pirate who uploads movies or software he isn’t supposed to, not the kind of pirate who attacks boats and pillages — got software firms to agree not to sue him if he made an anti-piracy video and got 200,000 views for it within two months. The man succeeded in this endeavor, with more than 400,000 views so far, and now does not have to pay a lot of money to very angry multinational corporations. [BBC]3.38 millionU.S. opening week sales for Adele’s new album, “25,” the first to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen’s history of monitoring sales. [Billboard]4.8 millionA breach has compromised 4.8 million records of Hong Kong-based toy company VTech, potentially exposing customer account data to hackers. User passwords were encrypted using a crappy MD5 hash, and what’s worse, hackers can use the data to easily make connections between accounts for parents and their children. It all sounds like catnip for a fear-mongering local news broadcast near you. [Troy Hunt via Ars Technica]$20 billionClimate change talks begin in Paris today, with some early news bolstering confidence in a potential agreement: The U.S. and 18 other countries will double investment in clean energy to $20 billion, according to the White House. The measure has the support of technology and business leaders as well. [The Guardian]??? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ???We’re going for an unconventional digit today. Here is typically where we’d discuss the sales numbers coming out of Black Friday, and how [good/bad] they are and the [exciting/deleterious] effect that might have on holiday spending, which in turn could have an [unspeakable/Lovecraftian] impact on overall consumer spending. But my colleague Ben Casselman set me straight: All the numbers you’re reading about Black Friday sales are unreliable and often useless. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
On Sept. 24, Stacey Gordon took her place alongside the greatest athletes to ever don scarlet and gray — she was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, at the ripe age of 28. “It’s the most rewarding feeling you can possibly get,” Gordon said of being inducted. “You don’t expect to get it at that age, if at all.” Gordon played volleyball for the Buckeyes from 2001 to 2004 and in the process re-wrote OSU’s record book with the most prolific career in OSU women’s volleyball history. Gordon was a four-time All-American for the Buckeyes, the only one in the history of the program. She was named 2001 National Freshman of the Year and 2002 and 2004 Big Ten Player of the Year. She was twice named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2005. Following her senior year in 2004, Gordon was named AVCA Co-National Player of the Year, as well as Asics/Volleyball Monthly Player of the Year. Gordon holds records at OSU for kills, kills per game, digs, points and points per game. She is the all-time Big Ten leader and third in NCAA history with 2,978 kills. Not only was Gordon a dominant force on the court, she excelled in the classroom too. She was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten. To say that Gordon’s career as a volleyball player at OSU was successful might be a bit of an understatement, but her career might have taken a different turn had she stuck with her first love, hockey. Gordon grew up in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. “Sports in Canada compared to the United States are different,” Gordon said. “I grew up in a sports family, everyone played hockey.” She played hockey for 10 years, starting at age 4, but decided her best bet to make it to the next level athletically was either through volleyball or basketball. Gordon chose volleyball and soon began to excel on the court. “I tried it out and stuck with it ever since,” she said. A very highly touted recruit out of high school, Gordon knew she wanted to attend a Big Ten school because of the league’s volleyball prestige. OSU seemed to be a perfect home for Gordon. “I knew what OSU had to offer in terms of the volleyball program,” Gordon said. “It just felt like a fit for me — the people, the team.” After her first trip to campus, Gordon knew there was something special about OSU. “The pride of being a Buckeye, people don’t really realize until they get to campus what that feeling is,” Gordon said. She easily adjusted to the college game, earning All-America honors as a freshman and playing a key role for a team that reached the Sweet 16. “You are a freshman, you don’t even know what awards they give out,” Gordon said of being named All-American her first year on campus. “It’s a great feeling, but a little overwhelming at the same time.” Heading into her sophomore season, Gordon did not let her accomplishments from the year before go to her head. “I wasn’t thinking of what kind of awards can I get this year,” Gordon said. “I never really changed my demeanor.” The team began to look to Gordon as one of the leaders going into her second season. “Her leadership was more the ‘do as I do’ type of leadership,” former OSU women’s volleyball coach Jim Stone said. “People, when they see someone play like that, they want to be part of it.” Gordon led the Buckeyes to a 21-11 and 13th place finish in the final AP women’s volleyball poll that year. Her junior year at OSU didn’t go as well as the first two, however, as the team finished 11-17 with a disappointing ninth place in the Big Ten. Gordon found herself facing an unfamiliar opponent: adversity. “It’s one of the hardest things I have been a part of,” Gordon said. “It probably couldn’t get any worse.” Gordon could tell early on that her final year at OSU would not end up like the previous one. “I knew we had a lot of potential,” Gordon said. “Players were different, attitudes were different.” She was right. The 2004 team was the most successful that Gordon would play on in her four years as a Buckeye. The team went 30-4, reaching the Elite 8, and Gordon was named to her fourth All-American team. Team accomplishments always came above individual accomplishments for the always-modest Gordon. “We were two points away from a Final Four and I would give every award back to have that,” she said. “It was going into the tournament as a team. I look at that as the best part of my senior year.” Though Gordon might not admit it, athletes of her caliber don’t come around very often. “She has athletic skill that a lot of kids don’t have,” Stone said. “(Football coach) Jim Tressel made the comment at a banquet that she was the best athlete on campus, regardless of sport.” Gordon’s success on the court may also be contributed to her competitive personality. “She did everything 100 mph,” Stone said. “How she was on the court, she was that exact same person off the court.” Walking off the court her last time as a Buckeye was tough for Gordon. “It was my last game, it was my best game I played in four years,” Gordon said. “It was a sad time taking the jersey off knowing you are never going to put it on again.” Once her playing days at OSU were over, Gordon jumped right in to professional volleyball. The life of a pro volleyball player is not always easy, especially because most pro leagues are overseas. “The life of a pro volleyball player, you learn to live on your own,” Gordon said. She has played in Turkey, Spain and Puerto Rico in the last five years and often has to learn a whole new language when moving from team to team. “The only thing you know going into a new country is the volleyball,” Gordon said. Though the experience takes some getting used to, Gordon enjoys taking her talents overseas at the professional level. “Not a lot of people can say that they have traveled to 10, 11, 12 different countries,” Gordon said. “It’s a whole new life and a whole new experience in itself.” In the middle of last season, Gordon got an unexpected phone call from OSU, telling her she was part of this year’s induction class for the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. “I was in Puerto Rico playing at the time, I was pretty shocked,” Gordon said. “It was pretty cool.” Gordon returned back to Columbus for the weekend of the OSU vs. Eastern Michigan University football game, where the inductees were given a banquet Friday and recognized on the field at halftime of the game Saturday. She made a point to visit the Hall of Fame, but it still didn’t sink in that she was part of such an elite group. “I felt like a tourist, I was taking pictures,” Gordon said. Being introduced at halftime was just icing on the cake for Gordon. “It was cool, especially to be recognized in that atmosphere,” Gordon said. “That is the best way they could do it, I think.” Today, Gordon is preparing for a different type of challenge: a wedding. “My plans right now are wedding plans,” Gordon said. “Creating a new life with my future husband. It’s a pretty cool outlook; I’m pretty excited about it.” But it won’t be long until Gordon continues doing what she loves: playing volleyball. Gordon leads a busy life, but she takes it all in stride. “Life hands you all kinds of different curves,” Gordon said. “You have to challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone.” Gordon’s career may lead her all over the world, but she never forgets her time as a Buckeye. “The laughs, the memories, the victories you share with your teammates,” Gordon said. “I miss those girls more than anything. I miss playing for OSU more than anything.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Gjorge Ivanov, the conservative President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) blamed Greece for the ongoing impasse in the name dispute while calling upon Brussels to urge the Greek government to unblock the Balkan state’s European ambitions. Ivanov urged the European Union to convince Greece about the benefits stemming from FYROM’s potential accession. Helping FYROM join the EU, Ivanov said, would also help polish Greece’s image in the eyes of the Slav-Macedonian people who, he said, are slated to vote in a referendum on any settlement. He said the economic crisis prevents Greece from seeking a solution, suggesting that Skopje favours a mutually accepted name for use in international organisations. Diplomatic sources in Athens denounced Ivanov’s remarks as groundless. An EU candidate since 2005, FYROM has so far failed to open membership talks because of the dispute. The erection of a 22-metre-tall bronze statue of Alexander the Great in the capital Skopje earlier this year has deepened the rift with Athens, which accuses FYROM of stealing its ancient heritage. Newly re-elected Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski last week vowed his government “will not accept any change… of the constitutional name of Macedonia.” Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British researchers have found three out of every five people who try their first cigarette could become daily smokers.From over 200,000 people surveyed in data sets from separate surveys from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand, researchers calculated that 60.3 per cent of respondents who said they had tried a cigarette, 68.9 per cent said they had progressed to daily smoking. Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London and lead researcher said this is the first time the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data. “In the development of any addictive behaviour, the move from experimentation to daily practice is an important landmark,” Prof Hajek said.“We’ve found that the conversation rate from ‘first time smoker’ to ‘daily smoker’ is surprisingly high, which helps confirm the importance of preventing cigarette experimentation in the first place.” It was also discovered that only very few non-smokers who try e-cigarettes become daily vapers. Dr George Stabelos said he would agree these results are in line with what has been observed in terms of behaviour in the population. “Once you experiment, then that’s eventually a ticket of entry to a long-term habit and the evidence is that this habit can be restricted to smoking alone or can extend to other forms of drug use such as other recreational and illicit drugs,” said Dr Stabelos.“Smoking is one of the highest priorities in terms of what we need to do to improve the health of the population.”The anti-smoking efforts implemented in Australia such as plain packaging and smoking bans have thus far had a positive impact, with an increase in people thinking about and making attempts to quit smoking. The warnings on packaging was also found to “put young people off,” the ABC reported. In Greece however, the smoking rate remains very high for both sexes with males aged 15 and over smoking an average of 21 cigarettes per day and women an average of 17 per day, a World Health Organisation report revealed. While the health status of the Greek population has generally improved over time, challenges such as cancer mortality and the impact of heart disease remain. Establishing national cancer screening programs, enforcing the ban on smoking in public places and promoting lifestyle changes geared towards diet and exercise also remain key areas of consideration by the relevant authorities. Prof Hajek said the results provide compelling reason to continue anti-smoking efforts targeted at adolescents. The surveys used different methodologies and yielded different results, so the estimated 68.9 per cent ‘conversion rate’ from experimentation to daily smoking has a margin of error (between 60.9 and 76.9 per cent).Data were analysed to calculate the conversion rate from ever trying a cigarette to smoking daily. However the study’s limitations include the different results yielded so the conversion rate is approximate. Respondents’ memory recall of their smoking history is also an issue that may have affected results.
La Niña : le phénomène climatique touche à sa finLe phénomène La Niña, responsable de pluies diluviennes dans certaines régions, et de sécheresse dans d’autres, arrive à son terme, affirme l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM). Les impacts du phénomène climatique devraient dans les semaines à venir se révéler quasi-neutres.Dans un communiqué publié sur son site, l’OMM affirme que l’épisode climatique La Niña “arrive à son terme”. Ce phénomène avait débuté l’été dernier, mais c’est en janvier qu’il a atteint son intensité maximale. A la fin de l’année 2010 et au début de 2011, le nord et l’est de l’Australie, l’ Indonésie, l’Asie du Sud Est et le nord de l’Amérique du Sud ont été touchés par des pluies torrentielles engendrées par un épisode de La Niña “relativement fort” explique l’OMM. La sécheresse qui touche l’est de l’Afrique équatoriale, la partie centrale de l’Asie du Sud-Ouest et le sud-est de l’Amérique du Sud est elle aussi imputée au phénomène climatique qui “se caractérise par des températures de la mer en surface anormalement basses dans le centre et l’est du Pacifique tropical”. Il s’agit du phénomène inverse d’El Niño, qui engendre dans les mêmes zones des températures de la mer en surface anormalement élevées. Mais depuis le mois de février, les impacts de La Niña dans les océans se sont atténués. Quant aux aspects atmosphériques de l’épisode, ils ont commencé à décliner à la fin du mois d’avril, précise l’OMM. Aujourd’hui, à la fin du mois de mai, les météorologues affirment que le phénomène touche à sa fin. L’OMM prévoit alors pour le milieu de l’année “des conditions quasi neutres – avec des températures de l’océan, des régimes de précipitations tropicales et des vents atmosphériques au-dessus du Pacifique équatorial proches de la moyenne à long terme”. Toutefois, souligne l’organisation, “cette période de l’année est connue pour ne pas être particulièrement propice à la prévision”, le système océan-atmosphère étant encore “assez sensible et souple”.Le 24 mai 2011 à 19:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
1. Puppy swimIt’s three splashes of yay for Doggie Dive. This annual pool day for pooches is hosted by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington as dogs of all sizes can take a swim in the outdoor pool at the Lake Shore Athletic Club, 2401 N.W. 94th St., Vancouver. Seasoned swimmers can fetch in the large pool, while small dogs or inexperienced canines can try the wading pool from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24. Admission is $15 per dog. 360-213-2626 or http://southwesthumane.org/engage/events/doggie-dive/2. Outdoor screenDrive-in at Zidell Yards will create a temporary outdoor movie theater for cars, bicyclists and walkers alike, fashioned after the classic drive-ins of yesteryear. Those not in cars, be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Hosted by the Northwest Film Center, the movie lineup will feature the James Bond classic “Goldfinger” for Sept. 23, followed by Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons in “Space Jam” on Sept. 24; John Cusack stars in the teen comedy “Say Anything …” on Sept. 25, and Paul Newman finishes the lineup with “Cool Hand Luke” on Sept. 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. with films beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Zidell Yards, 3030 S.W. Moody Ave., Portland. Admission is $8 to $10. http://nwfilm.org/film-series/drive-in-at-zidell-yards-23. Eins, zwei, dreiHarvest festivals abound this weekend. Join Shorty’s Garden and Home for its last Harvest Celebration and Oktoberfest, celebrating once more with the original Donaumusikanten from Germany, with new songs from the Munich Oktoberfest. Enjoy a variety of hand-crafted beer from Mill City Brew Werks and a variety of German cuisine from Mill Creek Pub from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 23 at the garden’s Vancouver location, 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Tickets are $20 for those 21 and older. Shorty’s follows up the German festivities with its Autumn Brewfest from 2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 24. Attendees can meet the brewers and owners of local breweries and cider houses during this third annual event, featuring 26 craft beers and ciders on tap. There will be music by Justin Sheehy from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by Abbey Roadster from 6 to 10 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Steakburger, The Nomad’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and Southern Specialties. Tickets are $15 for those 21 and older, and include a souvenir pint glass and five tasting tokens. 360-892-7880 or www.shortysgardenandhome.comThe Alderbrook Park Oktoberfest will run from 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 24 at the private park, 24414 N.E. Westerholm Road, Brush Prairie. The day will feature German music, a stein-holding contest, beer garden, family activities and weiner dog races at 2 p.m. There will be music throughout the day, with a concert by Petty Fever and The Cat Jugglers at 7 p.m. Admission is $10; $6 for ages 4 to 16; and free for ages 3 and younger. The park is restricted to those 21 and older after 7 p.m. 360-882-4444 or http://alderbrookparkevents.comThe annual Oaks Park Oktoberfest features authentic German food, beers from Bavaria, festive games, a children’s area, cooking demonstration, wiener dog races at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, dancing and polka bands. The amusement park attractions are also open to visitors. The festival runs 3 p.m. to midnight Sept. 23; 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 24; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland. Admission is $5 for ages 16 to 61, $2 for ages 15 and younger and $3 for seniors. 503-233-5777 or http://oaksoktoberfest.com
What will will the weather throw at us this week? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this weekend.2A state final: Hockinson beats Tumwater 35-22 for first state titleTACOMA — Elated teammates joined the sea of fans as celebratory smiles stretched across one side of the Tacoma Dome.The Class 2A state title game was long over, the trophy presentation in the rearview mirror.And for the first time since the final seconds of Hockinson’s 35-22 victory over Tumwater to cap an undefeated season, quarterback Canon Racanelli and his head coach, Rick Steele, made eye contact.Few words exchanged, only tears shared when they embraced.“That kid had it all on his shoulders,” Steele said, “all year long.”No different Saturday, either, in the program’s biggest game to date. And Racanelli delivered — just like he has all season — but so did every single player, too, helping Hockinson win the school’s first football state championship.‘Like a second father:’ Hockinson coach Rick Steele’s impact goes beyond football fieldHOCKINSON — Rick Steele wants his sleep back.
Staff employed at restaurant organisation Casual Dining Group (CDG), which operates 280 restaurants in the UK across brands such as Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge, have drawn down £902,623 since May 2019, using a new flexible pay benefit.The financial benefit, provided by Wagestream in partnership with Fourth, was implemented for 7,000 CDG employees in May 2019 as part of the organisation’s recruitment and retention strategy, as well as to combat financial stress.The benefit enables staff to access and draw down a percentage of their earned wages any day of the month prior to their scheduled payday for a flat fee of £1.75. The benefit is not a loan, so no interest in charged on the transaction.Since its introduction in May 2019, 19% of CDG employees have used the Wagestream app at least once.The introduction of the benefit was communicated to employees through an organisation-wide announcement, video content and an email campaign. There was also an on-boarding process on the Wagestream app once staff had enrolled.The flexible pay benefit operates alongside CDG’s existing benefits package, which includes income protection and private medical insurance for staff and their immediate family.Claire Clarke, group HR director at CDG, said: “Staff have responded enthusiastically to our partnership with Wagestream and we can see this establishing itself as a key part of our offer to candidates.“The ability to retain staff is already paying dividends for us as a business and, if we can improve recruitment and retention, then Wagestream is a no-brainer.”
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Emirates Airline celebrated its first flight from Dubai to a South Florida airport in Broward.The plane arrived from Dubai, Thursday morning, and was greeted by a special water cannon salute at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.It will be the first of many flights to take off from Fort Lauderdale to the Middle East, once a day, seven days a week.According to officials, the economic impact is expected to be substantial.Emirates will connect South Florida to more than 154 destinations across the world.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Indian team has all bases coveredTwitter/BCCIAfter the close-run thing against Afghanistan, it is unlikely that the Indian team would even think about taking West Indies lightly. The Caribbean side have fallen apart as the tournament has progressed but there is always enough firepower in this team to surprise any opposition on their day. Nobody knows this better than Indian cricketers who have seen what many of these players can do in the IPL.The most prominent West Indian performer in the 2019 season of the T20 league – Andre Russell – is out of the tournament with an injury. Other key names such as Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard are not even in the squad. But there is still Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer. The two batsmen have shown glimpses of their talent but have been unable to produce a big knock. Even apart from these two, there are some high-quality players who could put India in trouble. Here are the biggest reasons why India should by wary of West Indies and why the Caribbean team is more than capable of defeating them. Presence of great talent in battingWest Indies have a bad tendency of just falling apart in certain matches. However, they have a batting line-up which is full of highly-talented and capable batsmen. Gayle and Evin Lewis are well-known for their power hitting. Shai Hope has proved his class several times, including against India. Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are brimming with talent. Captain Jason Holder is a highly efficient batsman and Carlos Brathwaite’s abilities are now legendary. With such a batting line-up, the possibility of a big score being posted by the team can never be discounted. If the Windies team do manage a big score batting first, it could spell trouble for India.Quality in the pace departmentWest Indian bowling in the World Cup looked very strong early on but has progressively become ordinary. But if there is some bounce in the wicket, their pacers could come into their own. The likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas and Kemar Roach are very effective on their day. Batsmen such as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul won’t find the going as easy against them as they did against Pakistan in the case of their being some help for bowlers.Experience of IPL and playing IndiaHaving played the Indian bowlers in the IPL, the likes of Gayle, Hetmyer and Lewis may not feel as daunted by the challenge of facing Bumrah and co. as some other batsmen. The psychological advantage thus gained would be highly crucial. Apart from that, West Indies also played an ODI series in India last year where batsmen such as Hope and Hetmyer got runs. This prior exposure may come in handy for West Indies.
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. File PhotoJatiya Party chairman and leader of the opposition in parliament HM Ershad will return home Monday from Singapore as his health condition has ‘substantially’ improved, reports UNB.The JaPa chairman is schedule to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:30pm on Monday in a flight of Singapore Airlines, said a party press release on Saturday.It said Ershad has already been released from National University Hospital, Singapore as his physical condition is now stable.On 20 Jan last, Ershad went to Singapore for treatment as he was suffering from various health complications, including liver and knee problems.On 10 December 2018, Ershad had gone to Singapore for receiving treatment and returned home on 26 December, just three days before the national election.Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the grand alliance bagged 22 seats.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:58 Share Listen Texas has had its share of mass shootings, most recently last year at Santa Fe High School, and the year before at a church in Sutherland Springs, where 26 people died.After every shooting, debates about how to avoid them are renewed. And a central part of those debates are calls for stricter gun laws and often for a ban of one particular type of gun that’s been used in some of the deadliest shootings: the AR-15 style rifle.It’s basically the civilian version of the military grade M16 and M4. The main difference is that it can fire only one shot per trigger pull.There are many political arguments for and against a ban of this type of firearm, but let’s cut through the noise and examine the factual ones.Former astronaut Mark Kelly has been a vocal proponent of gun control. He says it’s too easy for civilians to get their hands on an AR-15, which is one of America’s most popular rifles.Kelly and his wife Gabby Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was severely injured in a mass shooting in 2011, were in Houston recently to promote gun control candidates in last November’s election.“More deadly than a 1930s era Tommy gun,” Kelly, who also served in the U.S. Navy, said about the AR-15. “But the standard to buy one (is) much lower.”He doesn’t call for an outright ban, but would like it to be harder for people to get one of these rifles.Many gun rights advocates, on the other hand, downplay the lethality of AR-15s.Dan Allford is one such advocate. To make his point, he demonstrated the impact of a few different weapons at a gun range just south of Hempstead.He shot an AR-15, a semi-automatic AK-47, a .300 caliber Winchester Magnum, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 millimeter handgun at wood and metal targets to see which gun has the most penetrating power.It’s the heavier shotgun slug that wins, not the faster – but lighter – round from the AR-15.“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a devastating round,” he said. “But it’s still not enough energy to humanely kill deer.”The focus on the AR-15 is misplaced, Allford said. He said that if you move to ban that rifle, you would have to logically include lots of other firearms, including shotguns.But shooting through wood planks is one thing – the human body is another.Kulvinder Bajwa, a trauma surgeon at the University of Texas Health Science Center and active U.S. Army reservist, said when it comes to lethality, it’s the velocity of the bullet that matters, and the one typically used with the AR-15 is one of the fastest around. It travels at more than 3,000 feet per second.“AR-15, along with what it hits and where it hits and how it hits causes an intense amount of damage as it goes through a body,” he said. “Because the body is not going to be able to stop it or not going to be able to predict the patterns and it transfers that kinetic energy into that tissue and then that’s where you see this blow-out on the other side.”It’s why, Bajwa said, the military likes this type of rifle.“In that caliber mostly used for war, they’re meant to kill but if they miss, there are severe injuries,” he said. “So either way you take somebody out of the fight.”Enter Paul Howe. The former Army special operations team leader teaches combat shooting for both law enforcement and civilians in Nacogdoches.He said it makes no sense to single out one weapon or one type of bullet to ban.“You really can’t because they have taken that platform – and that’s what I call it – that weapon style, and put it in so many different calibers now,” he said. “So do you ban a weapon style or just that bullet and that caliber? Where does it stop from there?”There was a time when AR-15-style guns were banned, starting in 1994. But it was only for 10 years and Congress let the ban expire. For now, the debate continues over what good banning certain guns might do. Mitch Barrie/FlickrThe AR-15 is popular among gun owners. It has been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings, often resulting in calls to ban the military-style rifle for civilian use.
As Election Day draws closer, political candidates in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area working feverishly to get people to vote for them and elections officials are dealing with what appears to be heavy early voter turnout.On Oct. 27, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was hard at work at the Largo Town Center Metro Station talking with commuters and handing out literature. Van Hollen, who is the Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate, told the AFRO that he is going to “go strong” until Election Day, which is Nov. 8.“There are a few days left until the election ends and I am going all over the state to talk to people about what is at stake,” Van Hollen said. “I think a lot of people will be glad when this election is over with. I am also urging people to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.”Anthony Brown is the Democratic nominee for Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District. (Courtesy Photo)Van Hollen wasn’t the only candidate working Prince George’s County. Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives seat that was vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and he too was engaging voters.“I am out here working,” Brown told the AFRO on Oct. 28. “I have been traveling to North Carolina to talk up Hillary Clinton and I am campaigning here to make sure that I win my own race.”While Van Hollen and Brown face Republican and other third party opponents, they are expected to win easily because Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in the state, 2 to 1, and in Prince George’s County 4 to 1, respectively.Early voting appears to have been a success in Prince George’s County. Maryland Board of Elections officials say that Prince George’s first day of early voting, Oct. 27, is up 101 percent this year from 2012.Early voting in Maryland ends on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. and there are nine centers throughout Baltimore City.There is also a flurry of campaign and voting activity in the District of Columbia. At stake in the District are two at-large positions on the D.C. Council races in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 8, in addition to an at-large D.C. State Board of Education race, there are contested races for that board in Wards 7 & 8 and all of the advisory neighborhood commissioners positions are in play.D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) and Ward 8 Democratic candidate Trayon White are running unopposed while former D.C. Mayor and council chairman Vincent Gray (D) is running for re-election as a Ward 7 council member with no serious opposition. D.C. Council members Robert White (D-At Large) and David Grosso (I-At Large) have significant advantages in winning election and re-election, respectively.Marcus Batchelor is running for the Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education seat. (Courtesy Photo)Todd told the AFRO that he is going to be campaigning for re-election as if he had an opponent. “I never hesitate to engage the voters of Ward 4,” the council member said. “I want to touch every single voter. We need to have a strong turnout in Ward 4.”Robert White is a Democrat who is a shoo-in because of the city’s 10 to 1 Democratic registration over Republicans and no Democrat who has run at-large in the city has lost. Grosso has a substantial fundraising and campaign operation that overshadows the Republican, Statehood-Green and independent candidates.There has been a lot of activity in the Ward 8 race for board of education. Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education candidate Markus Batchelor has been endorsed by Trayon White, Robert White and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D).“I believe that Markus is an excellent choice to represent us as the new school board representative. He has shown a consistent commitment over the years, serving on the front lines in Ward 8 in various capacities. Join me in showing your support for Markus Batchelor,” Trayon White, who served as the ward’s representative on the board of education from 2011-2015, said.Batchelor is facing incumbent Tierra Jolly, who has been endorsed by outgoing Ward 8 D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D), Grosso, Evans and the Washington Teachers’ Union. Ward 7 Board of Education member Karen Williams has been endorsed for re-election by the Washington Teachers’ Union while facing educator Marla Dean and longtime activist Dorothy Douglas.Early voting in the District started on Oct. 22 and ends on Nov. 4.In addition to candidates, there will be referendums on the ballot in Maryland and the District. In Prince George’s County, voters will be asked to decide whether to expand the county council to two at-large seats and in the city, voters will decide on whether to support D.C. statehood.