Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is inviting public input on a mixed-use development on the Halifax Waterfront. Concept designs for the Cunard Block are being shown at a public open house today, June 16, and are available for viewing and input at www.my-waterfront.ca. Comments will be received until July 14. “We’re very pleased by the public’s interest in providing feedback into the design concepts,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development. “The input we receive helps refine development options to determine the best concept for the site.” Waterfront Development retained a team led by Lydon Lynch Architects to assist in the development of concepts for the site. Each design features ground level retail and residential space, and public open space around the building. One concept also provides the option for larger commercial and/or office space. Public engagement is a regular part of the Crown corporation’s development process. Information about other Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford projects is available at https://my-waterfront.ca/development/project-highlights . Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity and enhance tourism and public enjoyment of the waterfront.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to seek common ground as uncertainty looms over the future of NAFTA.Trudeau and Trump are to meet at the White House as round four of talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement get underway a few kilometres away in Arlington, V.A.But Trump has repeatedly signalled he’s rather rip up the deal before renegotiating it, casting a pall over the talks.Trudeau told a summit for businesswomen in D.C. Tuesday night that he views his meeting with the president as a continuation of their efforts to find ways to mutually benefit both countries.“President Trump got elected on many of the same goals I got elected on of making sure that people who don’t feel like the success and growth of the economy has worked for them do better,” he said.“We don’t always have the same policy prescriptions to do that but in our desire to help the middle class and those working hard to join it we always find common ground.”Trudeau will head into his meeting with Trump after talks with the influential House of Representatives’ Ways and Means committee, one of two bodies of U.S. lawmakers helping negotiators put forward the U.S. positions on trade.Talks kick off Wednesday with a discussion of government procurement, already a thorny subject as U.S. negotiators suggested during the last round of talks in Ottawa they want to limit access to Canadians and Mexicans to U.S. projects.After that, discussions will move onto developing remedies for trade disputes and on Saturday, the discussions are expected to turn to agriculture.Trudeau said he sees room for modernizing the deal, but also to make it more progressive.“Putting progressive elements into trade deals – labour protections, environmental protections – actually helps us make the case for trade and reassure people that the benefits of trade will be distributed more fairly and not just to the small number of people who’ve always benefited from it in the past.”That Trudeau is in D.C. as NAFTA talks resume was something of a coincidence; the trip was originally planned in connection with the summit he attended Tuesday evening.Prior to delving into trade issues Wednesday, he’s also meeting with an organization that promotes women’s education.On Thursday, he’ll leave for Mexico, his first official visit to that country.
TORONTO — Scotiabank says Benita Warmbold, a former chief financial officer of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, has joined the bank’s board of directors.Warmbold retired from CPPIB in June 2017.Before joining CPPIB as chief operations officer in 2008, Warmbold held senior leadership positions with Northwater Capital, Canada Development Investment Corp. and KPMG.She will serve as a member of the bank’s audit and conduct review committee and human resources committee.Warmbold’s appointment brings the number of women on Scotiabank’s board to six and increases the size of the board to 16 members.She also serves as a director of Methanex Corp. and SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS, TSX:SNC, TSX:MX)
by Lorne Cook And John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 4:57 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Audrey Bily, right, and Romain Debray, managers of La Bonne Biere, speak to the media in front of their cafe in Paris during its reopening Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. The cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen on Nov. 13, terrorizing central Paris reopened for business Friday. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Belgians seeking 2 new suspects in Paris attacks probe who used false IDs around Europe BRUSSELS – Belgian and French authorities were hunting two new suspects Friday in the Paris attacks who they say used fake identity cards around Europe and sent money to a relative of the man who orchestrated the attacks the day before the ringleader died in a shootout with French police.The two men, carrying bogus ID in the names of Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, had been travelling in a Mercedes with another Paris attacks fugitive, Salah Abdeslam, when the car was checked Sept. 9 at the Hungarian-Austrian border, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday.The same Kayal ID was used to rent a house in the Belgian town of Auvelais that authorities have searched as a possible site for making the suicide bombs used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, the prosecutor’s office said.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for those gun-and-bomb attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in Paris.Belgian authorities said about 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, four days after the Paris attacks, the false identity card in the name of Bouzid was used at a Western Union office in the Brussels area to send a 750-euro ($817) money order to Hasna Ait Boulhacen, cousin of the purported attack ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.Both Boulhacen and Abaaoud died a day later when French police stormed their hideout in a Paris suburb.The two new suspects “are being actively sought by Belgian and French police services,” the prosecutor’s office said.Spurred into action by the Paris attacks, the interior ministers of the European Union moved Friday to grant law-enforcement agencies access to information gathered by airlines — data like passengers’ names, travel dates, itinerary, credit cards and contact details.The sharing of such data is meant to allow better scrutiny of known or suspected extremists.Under the passenger data deal, details would be collected from European carrier flights entering or leaving the EU, as well as from flights between member countries. Charter flights will be included, and all the information will be kept on file for six months.Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who chaired the meeting in Brussels, expressed his “pride that after so many years of negotiations, we have now been able to conclude an agreement.”The passenger record agreement proposal was first made in 2007, but it languished in the European Parliament for years as EU lawmakers struggled to strike the right balance between security concerns and privacy rights. The assembly must still endorse the deal but that is likely to happen within the next month.At least 5,000 Europeans are believed to have trained or fought in Syria and Iraq but authorities are struggling to track their movements and prove their activities. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the new system as “indispensable in the fight against terrorism.”The EU already has such passenger data deals with the U.S., Canada and Australia.In Paris, patrons began returning as La Bonne Biere, a corner cafe in the trendy central district targeted by the gunmen, reopened Friday.Since the attacks, the shuttered cafe has been piled high with flowers. Paule Zlotnik, a neighbouring shopkeeper, praised the decision to reopen.“It’s time they open and that we continue life as it was before,” he said.In surveillance video seen by The Associated Press, two gunmen in black calmly approached La Bonne Biere on the night of Nov. 13, firing deliberately on its outdoor tables before turning back toward a car rolling slowly behind them.
PAWHUSKA, Okla. – Growing up in an Oklahoma town she considered too tiny, Ree Drummond sought the bright lights of a city and headed west for Los Angeles.She never dreamed the journey would send her back to the plains of northeast Oklahoma, to a place with even fewer lights where she’s become known and built a brand as “The Pioneer Woman.”Visitors from all 50 states, Canada, South America and England have come to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, a store-bakery-restaurant she and her husband opened after starting a popular blog, then writing New York Times bestselling cookbooks and children’s books, hosting a Food Network cooking show and, her most recent venture, The Pioneer Woman Magazine. The magazine is the first of two planned editions released this month and available at The Mercantile and at Walmart, where she also has a signature line of cooking, kitchen and dinnerware. Her digital and print catalogues are all full of her quips about motherhood and quick-and-easy meals mixed with musings on her late basset hound and comparing her current life in cowgirl boots to one where she used to wear pumps.Recent blog entries covered everything from taking her homeschooled children to see the musical “Hamilton” on Broadway to finally finishing the TV show “Breaking Bad” and a forthcoming cookbook. Sony Pictures holds an option for a possible movie on her book “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels,” in which she recounts how she met her husband, who isn’t a smoker but whom she often calls “Marlboro Man.“I think people are drawn to ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ not because I am some fascinating person, but because I present things that a lot of people can relate to,” a self-effacing Drummond said in an interview with The Associated Press at the store, a retail and restaurant location she and her husband opened in October. “I’m not a chef, and I’m not an expert at anything. I’m just a mom and a wife.”Drummond grew up the daughter of a surgeon in Bartlesville, a town of about 36,000 people about 20 miles (32 kilometres) east of Pawhuska. As she puts it, she grew up on the seventh fairway of a golf course, a far cry from the working cattle ranch she now calls home. She left for school at the University of Southern California and, a few years after graduating, planned to move closer to home, to Chicago.Her plans took a detour when she stopped for a visit in Bartlesville where she joined some friends at a bar and met “a cowboy wearing Wranglers.” She went on to marry him in 1996, and never made it to the Windy City.The cowboy, Ladd Drummond, is part of a prominent family that operates a more than 400,000-acre (162,000-hectare) cattle ranch in Osage County, about 7 miles (11 kilometres) west of Pawhuska, population about 3,900.“It was, kind of just, love that got me out here, and then after we got married I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I done?’ You know, ‘Where am I, and this is real. I live in the country,’” Ree Drummond said. “If I had sat down and tried to plan an empire there’s no way, no way any of this would have happened.”It’s paying off for her and, town leaders hope, Pawhuska.About 150 miles (240 kilometres) northeast of Oklahoma City, Pawhuska has one stoplight that blinks red in four directions. Most of the last 40 miles (64 kilometres) of a two-lane state highway headed into town from the west are dotted with ranches, occasional cellphone towers, more than 100 windmills, and no signs with directions to the town, much less Drummond’s store which she and locals call “The Merc.”Pawhuska City Manager Mike McCartney said he hopes to see an increase in the town’s “less than 50” motel rooms with plans to renovate a five-story building across the street from The Mercantile into a hotel. Many visitors stay in nearby Bartlesville or Ponca City, he said.Outside The Mercantile, drivers stop on Main Street to allow pedestrians to cross. On a sweltering June morning, as temperatures approached 90 degrees (32 Celsius), a line of people about 200 feet (60 metres) long and three to five persons wide, in spots, waited to enter the restaurant. Estimated wait time: more than two hours.“If it’s as good as all of her food that she cooks on her show” it will be worth the wait, said Laura Burton, 67, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.Kelli Linch, 52, of Rea, Missouri, drove more than five hours to eat at The Mercantile. She eventually opted for a takeout order.Linch said there are many things she admires about Drummond, including that she often speaks on her show about her church and her family.“I like that she’s simple, and just a Plain Jane kind of gal,” Linch said. Oklahoma’s ‘Pioneer Woman’ builds media empire on the Plains In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photo, Ree Drummond listens during an interview in Pawhuska, Okla. Growing up in an Oklahoma town she considered too tiny, Ree Drummond sought the bright lights of a city and headed west for Los Angeles. She never dreamed the journey would send her back to the plains of northeast Oklahoma, to a place with even fewer lights where she’s become known and built a brand as “The Pioneer Woman.” (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) by Ken Miller, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 12:07 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior Tiffany Cameron surveys the field during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s soccer team will open its regular season this weekend with two matches, one against Morehead State and the other against Eastern Michigan.OSU is hoping to repeat their success from last season, going 16-4-2, winning the Big Ten Tournament and making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the third Big Ten championship since coach Lori Walker took over the program.The Buckeyes fell in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at home against Oakland 3-1 on penalty kicks.Senior defender Megan Fuller, who finished third on the squad with six assists, will return to help anchor a defense that only allowed 14 goals in 22 matches last season. Fuller is one of seven starters returning from last season’s team.The Buckeyes’ biggest hole to fill this year is on offense, after the graduation of star forward Tiffany Cameron.Cameron, a two-time first team All-Big Ten choice and a 2012 second team All-American, scored 21 goals in her senior season and added five assists to put her at the top of the OSU record books with 47 points on the season.Morehead State struggled during 2012, managing only 2 wins, but look to improve this year with nine starters returning to the team. The Eagles are 0-1 all-time against OSU, losing 5-0 in 2005.Eastern Michigan, who is returning 10 starters from last season’s 11-6-2 team, will play their first ever game against the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes won their only preseason match, beating Miami (Fla.) 1-0 behind a 14th minute goal from freshman forward Nichelle Prince.OSU will take on Morehead State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The biggest April-to-May OPS increases since 2002 2Chase AndersonBrewers11878-40 Less than a month into the season, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed as good as dead. Toronto had 17 losses against only six victories (the worst record in baseball), was getting outscored by 1.1 runs per game and found itself threatening franchise records for April offensive futility. The Jays had enjoyed a handful of good seasons in recent years, but with such putrid stats — and the second-oldest roster in baseball — the party appeared to be coming to an ugly, abrupt conclusion.Then, just like that, the Jays started winning ballgames again. It started with two straight victories to close out April, followed by a .500 record in the first week of May. (Baby steps!) Then they got legitimately hot: Seven wins in an eight-game span as the month neared its midway point. And, after another brief mid-month hiccup (losing five of six), eight wins over the final nine games of May. Toronto was hitting again, pitching pretty well and clawing its way back into an absurdly stacked division race.Baseball can be a strange sport in that way, with hot and cold streaks coming and going without warning. So when a team has such a mercurial start to a season, how do we know which version is the genuine article? Toronto is hoping it’s the one from May, and history has good news — that’s more likely than it being the awful edition that showed up in April. But even so, one poor month may have buried the Jays in too deep a hole to escape.It’s hard to be much colder than Toronto’s hitters were in April. Out of the 480 MLB team-seasons since 2002,1The earliest season of monthly splits in FanGraphs’ splits leaderboard tool. the Blue Jays’ .645 April on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) ranked 30th worst; it also represented the seventh-biggest April dip from a team’s previous full-season OPS, down 110 points as it was from Toronto’s .755 OPS showing at the plate in 2016. Although perennial-MVP-candidate third baseman Josh Donaldson was in and out of the lineup with a leg injury, his absence wasn’t the only explanation for Toronto’s struggles. Starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit poorly when healthy,2Only adding to his disappointing record since donning a Jays uniform two years ago. aging sluggers Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales looked well past their primes and second baseman Devon Travis was the worst regular batter in baseball.The Jays’ improvement at the plate in May was even more remarkable than their April slump. Since 2002, only two teams — the 2015 Texas Rangers and 2003 Detroit Tigers — improved their OPS as much from May to April as this year’s Jays did.3For all the good it did those Tigers; they still finished with 43 wins, the second-fewest of any team in the 162-game era. And it was their worst hitters from April who caught fire most when the calendar flipped: Bautista’s OPS leapt from .554 to 1.055, Morales’s from .667 to .930 and, most remarkably, Travis’s from .388 to 1.019 (!). Only the surging Houston Astros had a better month at the plate than Toronto did in May. 14Michael FulmerTigers8869-19 22003Tigers.512.688+.177 52010Reds.713.873+.161 5James PaxtonMariners6734-33 42007Tigers.727.888+.161 The most improved pitchers of 2017 62004Yankees.723.877+.153 82002Angels.684.836+.152 15Ivan NovaPirates✓9678-18 YEARTEAMAPRILMAYDIFFERENCE 102012Phillies.640.776+.136 Source: FanGraphs 12Sonny GrayAthletics11291-21 8Josh TomlinIndians11488-26 ON-BASE PLUS SLUGGING AVERAGE 10Jeff SamardzijaGiants9873-25 9Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks9974-25 32017Blue Jays.645.809+.164 3Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks✓12081-39 Nelson was awful last season, but he’s striking out more than two extra batters per nine innings this year — and walking two fewer — in part by ditching his lousy sinker. For his part, Anderson was nearly as bad as Nelson last year; his 2017 tonic has been a drastic reduction in homers allowed, from 1.7 per 9 to 0.7.Needless to say, neither is likely to be so lights-out going forward. But of the two, Nelson seems more likely to hold on to his gains (he has the better peripherals and is allowing softer contact). And for now, the Brewers have two of the best pitchers in baseball — completely out of the blue. It’s one of the biggest reasons why the Brew Crew are above .500 and a game up on the Cubs for the top slot in the NL Central, after being projected in preseason for a fourth-place finish. Just call them the anti-Mets.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 72005Pirates.650.803+.153 92004Expos.552.691+.139 12015Rangers.611.797+.186 1Jimmy NelsonBrewers11970-49 6Luis PerdomoPadres11891-27 11Dallas KeuchelAstros9271-21 Includes pitchers with a minimum 100 innings per 162 team games in both seasons. Stats for 2017 through June 5.Source: FanGraphs 13Sean ManaeaAthletics9877-21 7Chris ArcherRays9266-26 When a previously solid hitting team (such as the Blue Jays, whose 2016 OPS was 1 percent better than average) suffers a poor April and bounces back in May, they usually deserve the benefit of the doubt. In a regression predicting each team’s rest-of-season performance based on its OPS in the first two months and its OPS the previous year4Again, using data since 2002., April is the least predictive. Performance in May and the previous year combined to carry about three times as much relative importance5According to the “lmg” (Lindeman, Merenda and Gold) function in R’s “relaimpo” package.. Also of particular note for an elderly roster such as the Toronto’s: Age was not significant in the prediction after controlling for a team’s various OPS splits.This isn’t to say a poor April means nothing. The Jays’ projected rest-of-season OPS would be 14 points higher if they’d hit in April like they did in 2016 as a whole. (That’s the difference between having the fifth-best offense in MLB and merely the 10th best.) But in conjunction with the lineup’s May recovery, it was more a blip on the radar than a sign of impending collapse.Now for the bad news, Toronto. A poor April record can sink a team’s playoff chances, even if it doesn’t represent their true talent level. Since MLB added the extra wild card in 2012, the worst April record by an eventual postseason team was 7-14 (.333), by the 2015 Texas Rangers. By comparison, Toronto’s April record was a full game worse, at 8-17 (.320). Of course, some of that is chalked up to the fact that teams with playoff-caliber talent don’t tend to suffer such rough starts, but it also speaks to the challenge posed by falling so far down the standings, so quickly. Even if every game were a coin-flip from May onward, the Jays’ April record dropped their playoff odds from 33 percent in preseason to 10 percent after one month.They’ve since risen to 21 percent under “coin flip mode” — or higher, if you account for the talent on Toronto’s roster. But any way you cut it, a team that boasts one of baseball’s top 10 or so most talented rosters will probably find itself outside the playoffs at season’s end. And if that does happen, they can look back and blame it the extra month of spring training that Toronto decided to take in 2017.Milwaukee’s dynamic duoEarlier this week, we detailed the horror show in Queens, formerly known as the Mets’ pitching staff. The Mets entered the season with several pitchers who they thought were aces, only to see a historic decline in 2017. The Milwaukee Brewers are enjoying the opposite scenario: Several pitchers who looked like liabilities before the season have transformed into elite starters (for now).Specifically, each of the two hurlers who’ve reduced their fielding independent pitching (FIP)6Relative to the league, so using FIP-. most between 2016 and ’17 wear Milwaukee uniforms: Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson. (These numbers are through the games of June 5; Nelson and Anderson have both made — and won — starts since.) PITCHERTEAMNEW TEAM?20162017DIFF. FIELDING INDEPENDENT PITCHING MINUS 4Chris SaleRed Sox✓7943-36
← Previous Story Iceland and Tunisia 22:22 save hopes for knock-out stage! Next Story → France beat Norway in derby of Day 5 Germany and Sweden had easy tasks to outplay South American teams in their matches of Sunday’s programm at IHF World Championship in France. Although it was expected that reigning European champions, Germans, had no worries against Chile 35:14 (Andreas Wolff saved 16 balls, Kochlbacher), rampant Swedish performance over always dangerous Argentina 35:17 (16:11) surprised everyone.Chile – Germany 14:35 (6:17)Chile: Oliva, Barrientos – Em. Feuchtmann (2), Frelijj (2), Moll (2), E. Salinas (2), Donoso (1), Erw. Feuchtmann (1), H. Feuchtmann (1), R. Salinas (1), Lopez (1), Reyes (1/1)Germany: Wolff, Heinevetter – Kohlbacher (8), Dahmke (7), Kühn (4), Gensheimer (4/4), Häfner (3), Wiencek (3), Ernst (3), Reichmann (2), Pieczkowski (1), Groetzki, Fäth, Drux, LemkeScandinavians with the new coach Andresson had a lot to offer, especially defensively in the first two matches of the tournament. They put “Gauchos” only on six goals in the second half. The TOP scorer was Zachrisson with eight goals, while Palicka had a good role between the posts with 11 saves. On the other side, Sebastian Simonet netted five goals.PHOTO: IHF
A series of storms from the Gulf of Alaska will combine with an atmospheric river event to bring heavy rain and the chance of minor flooding to Southwest Washington early next week.The National Weather Service in Portland says flooding is possible Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an NWS hydrologic outlook and forecast discussion released Friday.“While the details are uncertain, there is potential for 2 to 5 inches of rain in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington Monday night and Tuesday,” the weather service said.The heaviest amounts of precipitation will hit the Willapa Hills, the North Oregon Coast Range, and the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.Sharp rises are likely on rivers draining the three listed areas, and minor flooding is possible.The timing and location of the deluge of wet weather is uncertain. The weather service said it will issue watches and warnings for specific rivers and areas if the conditions warrant.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac reckons that the side haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal, despite their three-game winning runThe Bavarians have overcome a run of four games without a victory following recent wins over VfL Wolfsburg, AEK Athens and Mainz 05.While the pressure has reduced significantly for new coach Kovac, he refuses to take his eye off the ball ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with fourth-tier side Rodinghausen.“We are back on track, but we also want to win the next games,” said Kovac on FourFourTwo.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I saw a lot of good things over the weekend. But, we have to score more goals.“In the games [at the start of the season], every shot was a goal, it’s not like that anymore. The last three games we have brought a concentrated performance.”The Croatian also insisted that 18-time DFB-Pokal winners Bayern will not take Rodinghausen lightly.James Rodriguez, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Sven Ulreich are all expected to be absent, while Leon Goretzka and Mats Hummels could feature.
Updated: 11:03 PM September 16, 2018 One hospitalized after shooting near Dave and Buster’s , Posted: September 16, 2018 MISSION VALLEY (KUSI) — One person was wounded Sunday evening in a shooting near the Dave and Buster’s in Mission Valley.The shooting occurred just after 8:30 p.m. near the Dave and Buster’s arcade and restaurant in the 2600 block Camino Del Rio North in Mission Valley, according to San Diego Police Officer John Buttle.The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. Their condition is not known at this time.The suspects were a man and woman and the victim was a 26-year-old man, Buttle said.“They got into an argument,” he said. “The suspects ran to Camino del Rio North, turned around and shot at the victim.”The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation, Buttle said.The shooting was near Dave and Busters but the entertainment business was not involved in any way, Buttle said.This is a developing story, we will update as more details become available. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
This year is different.The deep divisions over the budget have led to a series of unprecedented steps this year, from a month-long delay in the House organizing to Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoing $390 million from the budget. These divisions paved the way for a period when the Legislature was literally divided, between Juneau and Wasilla.The Legislature has passed a bill funding the capital budget, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he’s glad about it.That means he’ll likely sign Senate Bill 2002, although he could still veto parts of it that he vetoed in an earlier bill. The bill allows the state to receive close to $1 billion in federal matching funds.Federal dollars aren’t the only news in the capital budget funding bill.Dunleavy’s signature also would mean the preservation of 54 separate state accounts, through what’s known as the “reverse sweep.” These accounts fund power cost equalization; university scholarships and loans; medical education; vaccines; and other areas.The Legislature reversing Dunleavy’s vetoes may not mean much.Dunleavy still has the ability to veto these items again, and he’s indicated he will. On Twitter, Dunleavy said the reversals in House Bill 2001 are “yet another attempt to blow up the size of government,” and that he stands by the earlier vetoes. He also said he considers the vast majority of the budget to be final. So while the capital budget and items funded by the reverse sweep may move forward, other cuts will likely remain.The university budget remains uncertain.Dunleavy’s administration has indicated he could reduce the size of the cuts this year from $136 million to $96 million. But it’s not clear whether the governor will attach strings to the money that the university may find difficult to accept.The Legislature may have passed a $1,600 permanent fund dividend — but that doesn’t mean that’s what Alaskans will receive.Dunleavy could veto the funding, since it’s less than the full, roughly $3,000 PFD that Alaskans would receive if the state followed the formula in a 1982 law.It’s possible there may not be a dividend.The governor and all legislators say they want Alaskans to receive dividends this year. But they will have to agree on an amount. And the legislative majorities that passed the $1,600 PFD see a larger amount as unsustainable, threatening the future of the permanent fund’s earnings reserve and of PFDs. Dunleavy says government spending is unsustainable.The Legislature may not be done for the year.Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham independent, sent a letter to Dunleavy on Wednesday saying they’d like to have a third special session focused on the future of use of permanent fund earnings. They said they’d like to collaborate with the administration on the timing and location of the session. The next time the Legislature meets, it could consider overriding Dunleavy’s vetoes again.The second special session is ending, but lawmakers will keep meeting.A bicameral permanent fund working group is planning meetings to discuss the future of permanent fund earnings and the PFD. The work they do could lay the groundwork for a third special session.We should know more next week.That’s when the Legislature is likely to transmit the bill funding PFDs and reversing the vetoes to Dunleavy’s desk. It’s still possible Dunleavy will allow the $1,600 PFD to become law. Between budgets passing and parts being vetoed, the reverse sweep and a divided Legislature, it can be a confusing time. But there are some essential facts that may be helpful to keep in mind:
映画も本編も大盛り上がりを見せる中、コミックス20巻の表紙が到着です！文化祭編の面々がカッコいい！発売は9月4日！お楽しみに！！ pic.twitter.com/qJ93EQKuPz— 僕のヒーローアカデミア公式 (@myheroacademia) August 20, 2018Without spoiling too much of what the show still has in store, know that My Hero Academia has been hurtling toward some exciting plot developments, and as things grow in scale throughout the next few chapters, we’re likely to see several more cool covers just like this one. The show, which follows young Izuku Midoriya, is all about a group of heroes and villains – and the powers that set them apart from the rest of society (who all mostly have powers, too!).Midoriya was born without a “quirk,” or the type of powers everyone else in society has. For someone who wants to be a superhero, this is a problem. That all changes when he meets up with his idol All Might, and finds himself working to become a hero on his own. It’s all about Midoriya finding his inner strength and figuring out how to be himself on his own terms while working with a series’ of other characters who support him and help him out on his quest while facing off against a cavalcade of villains.Looking forward to seeing more of the story unfold? Make sure you don’t miss the next volume of the manga, then!New to My Hero Academia? Learn everything you need to about the series in our Real Good Guys You Guys series. Find out which character now has a scar just like his son. Add all the best MHA t-shirts to wardrobe but most importantly stay on top of all anime news here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target My Hero Academia is a fantastical show already, and it shows with every single volume that’s released along the way. Whether the singular covers promote a particular character or make for an assemblage of some of our favorites, it’s always a spectacle to see what’s coming next. The latest, which corresponds to Volume 20, looks quite familiar, and we can’t wait to flip through its pages.If you haven’t been following, Midoriya is taking on Gentle during the series’ Culture Festival, and this volume is rife with some pretty darn explosive battles as a result. The cover shows off some references to popular films like Star Wars, though it has its own unique look for all the heroes involved. Midoriya’s in the center of course, but everyone else looks a bit cartoony on the sidelines except the major players for this collection. You can see Gentle and assistant La Brava pointed out here on the cover, for one. Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘My Hero Academia’ Toys
Kurseong: It takes a lot to surprise Rajinikanth, the Superstar who has been, time and again, depicted as a superhuman on celluloid and in the thousands of jokes woven around his alleged super human powers.However, Rajinikanth has expressed surprise as to why the beautiful locations in the Queen of the Hills haven’t been explored in celluloid films yet.West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb met the Superstar in Kurseong on Thursday carrying good wishes and a flower bouquet from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRajinikanth is at present in Kurseong to shoot for an untitled Tamil movie directed by Chennai-based filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj. The film is being shot extensively in Kurseong and Darjeeling.Talking to media persons after the meeting, Rajinikanth stated: “I am surprised that Darjeeling, which is such a beautiful place with such beautiful locations, has not been explored yet. Though through this film, the whole country will know everything about this place and will explore it.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThalaiva (leader) was all praises for Darjeeling. “This is the land of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Subash Bose and Ravindranath Tagore. I am really happy to meet such lovely people, good and kind-hearted people here. I am here in Kurseong and Darjeeling for the next 30 days to shoot for a film,” stated Rajinikanth. The Superstar was happy regarding his film “Kaala.” “By God’s grace it’s doing well throughout the country,” stated Rajinikanth.When confronted with the question on his political plans on the backdrop of Kamal Hasan floating a political outfit, Rajinikanth sidestepped the question saying: “I have come here as an actor.”Even Minister Gautam Deb did not disclose if they had any political discussion. “I don’t want to discuss anything political. As an emissary of the Chief Minister, I requested Rajinikanth ji to promote Darjeeling and Dooars as a film shoot destination. I requested him to share his experiences of Darjeeling with others. Our State Government will provide all cooperation for a hassle free shoot,” assured the Minister. Before coming to Darjeeling Rajinikanth had called up CM Mamata Banerjee, stated Gautam Deb.The Minister also stated that the Superstar was truly impressed with Darjeeling. “The director had visited all the Hill Stations and then zeroed in on Darjeeling. I told him that numerous films including Aradhana, Barsaat Ki Ek Raat, Barfi and Jagaa Jasoos have been shot in Darjeeling,” stated the Minister.The Minister also stated that the situation in the Hills is normal and peaceful now. Incidentally, Darjeeling had witnessed a prolonged agitation in June 2017, including a 104-day long bandh.”The credit for bringing back normalcy goes to the people of the Hills and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee” stated Deb.Rajinikanth had arrived in Kurseong on June 6. The shoot started in Kurseong from June 7 and will continue till June 15 at Eastern Forest Rangers College. From Kurseong, the superstar will head for Darjeeling, where the film will be shot from June 17 to July 6. The film will then be shot in Kurseong again from July 7 to July 12.
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Books open for MSC Seashore’s inaugural season Posted by Tags: MSC Cruises, MSC Seashore << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, June 26, 2019 GENEVA — MSC Cruises has opened the books on MSC Seashore’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean. Starting in June 2021, the ship will sail a seven-night itinerary calling at Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valetta.Sales open today, June 26, exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members for a two-week period, as one of the many benefits of the program that rewards loyal MSC Cruises’ guests. All other guests will be able to book cruises starting July 11. MSC Seashore will be the third ship in MSC’s Seaside generation, following MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and the first of two enriched Seaside Evo ships with extended public spaces, more staterooms and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any cruise ship in the company’s fleet.“Each and every ship that we build is different,” says CEO Gianni Onorato. “MSC Seashore is an evolution of the ground-breaking Seaside prototype but this enriched ship has allowed us to further enhance the guest experience with the introduction of new features and facilities as well as some further improvement of the existing ones. With an increased capacity and expanded facilities, MSC Seashore will offer guests myriad opportunities to get closer to the sea, providing yet more options for vacationers to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean when the ship comes into service.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe increased size of the ship by 52 ft. has allowed for some of the public spaces to be redesigned, creating new public areas as well as optimizing the location of other areas throughout the ship. A new double deck show lounge has been created below the aft pool, which is now on Deck 8, while the indoor pool on Deck 18 will be extended with an additional deck over and around the pool. The family offering has also been expanded with an even bigger kids’ area and the ultimate state-of-the-art waterpark. A brand-new restaurant will be introduced for Aurea guests as well as an additional main restaurant. There will be a new location for the specialty restaurants on Deck 8, as the buffet will move to Deck 16. This new position for the specialty restaurants allows for waterfront seating on the iconic waterfront boardwalk bringing guests ever closer to the sea as they enjoy their lunch or dinner.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthMSC Seashore will also feature new stateroom designs such as connected staterooms for families and groups. The MSC Yacht Club will offer a new style of suite, featuring a walk-in wardrobe. In addition, there will be two more luxury suites with whirlpool baths, and 28 more terraced staterooms with their own private area for sunbathing.MSC Seashore, as well as the fourth ship from MSC Cruises’ Seaside-generation is being built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri.When booking MSC Seashore over the initial two-week opening of sales period exclusive to them, MSC Voyagers Club members will not only be able to have the first selection of staterooms, but also receive a special 5% discount in addition to their 5% loyalty discount. All other guests will enjoy a 5% early booking discount until Sept. 11, 2019. Prices start at Cdn$1,249 per person for a balcony stateroom.MSC Seashore will commence its maiden voyage on June 13, 2021 and will be joined 18 months later by a second Seaside EVO ship in autumn 2022. Travelweek Group Share
Regional carrier, Skywest Airlines welcomed 9.1 percent more passengers in May this year compared to the same month last year, carrying up to 31,000 passengers.The airline’s revenue per passenger kilometres also rose by up to 6.76 percent in May from 23,725 last year to 25,330.The increases pushed the carrier’s total number of passengers carrier for the financial year to date up by 1.43 percent to 332,000 from 327,000 during the same period last year.Skywest has also welcomed an increase in its load factor by 2.24 percent for the financial year to date compared to last from 53.73 percent of 55.98 percent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Spreading across the global travel radar, Tasmania is pegged to be one of the hottest holiday destinations worldwide during the year.Drawn to its under-the-radar feel, upcoming art scene and pristine nature, the state located below the main Australian island is expected to draw a large number of visitors from across the world, according to research compiled by guidebook producers, Mr & Mrs Smith.Meanwhile London is also expected to win gold in travel this year with the 2012 Olympics playing its role in drawing travellers into the city, as Sri Lanka’s beaches and temples score international appeal from experience-seekers in 2012.Also making the hottest six destinations this year is Laos’ Luang Prabang for its off the beat track as well as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Fiji’s offshore islands. According Mr & Mrs Smith research, as well as flocking to undiscovered destinations, travellers are also expecting the travel industry to produce ‘more bang for a buck’.With the modern, cash savvy traveller making way across the globe, the guidebook company explained extra value expectations will become the key driver for holidaymakers.“It’s not about luxe for less, as such, more about seeking quality value-adds at all price points, and spending smarter, with resort’s touting ever-more appealing offers from free experiences to extra nights, half-board stays, gratis breakfasts, transfers and spa treats,” research read. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Justin Bieber working with YouTube on ‘top secret project’ by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2019 4:48 pm PDT NEW YORK — Justin Bieber got his start posting cover songs on YouTube and now he’s working with the platform on a “top secret project.”YouTube announced Thursday that it is planning a project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star, set to premiere next year. No more details about the Bieber special were revealed.Before releasing his debut song in 2009, Bieber gained popularity from posting his performances on YouTube. He went on to top the pop charts with hits like “Sorry” and “Boyfriend,” win a Grammy Award and tour the world.YouTube announced a slate of new programming Thursday, including documentaries on Colombian singer Maluma and socialite Paris Hilton. They also said “Kevin Hart: What The Fit” would return for a third season next year._____Online:https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/04/2019-brandcast-stage-highlights.htmlMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – This Nov. 22, 2015 file photo shows Justin Bieber at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. YouTube announced Thursday, May 2, 2019, that it is planning a project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star, set to premiere next year. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email