Perkins arrives to Phoenix practice way before call time, but still not the earliest

first_imgBut with him going up on a higher level, the 25-year-old forward knows that he has to take his game to different level as he hopes to learn from veterans Doug Kramer and Willie Wilson.“It’s not a shock to me seeing the press because coach Ayo has the most physically  demanding ones, so coming to another press, I’m already used to it,” he said. “I’m used with the press and moving as a big man and it’s something that I think I’m prepared for. But I’d really like to continue learning and talking to the older guys like Willie and Doug.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Starting Five: Week 9 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I thought I came in early to practice, but Chan was already in a sweat by the time I came in here and Wright was already getting up shots. So, yeah I got to get my work ethic up. I didn’t realize it was like that here,” he said.Perkins knows that it’s just the kind of effort the Fuel Masters will need from him as the team enters a new era with coach Louie Alas at the helm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re not the biggest team, but if I have to switch to three, I’m ready for it. We’ll show it to those teams that we have a lot of heart and we really work hard,” said the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft as he acknowledged on the size disparity the league’s best teams have against Phoenix.Perkins is also well aware of the luxury he has being in a virtually same system, with Alas also enforcing a defensive pressure similar to that of Aldin Ayo’s in La Salle. Jason Perkins listens to coach Louie Alas during Phoenix’s first practice session on Monday. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netLooking to make a good impression in his first day of work, Jason Perkins thought he was the first man at Upper Deck Sports Center when Phoenix began its team practices on Monday, coming to the venue an hour and a half early.But to his surprise, his sharp-shooting teammates Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright were already there. Chan and Wright were both soaked in sweat as Perkins entered the court.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:14Palace: No mass transport crisis yet in Metro Manila01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Another step in right direction

first_imgAs the curtain comes down on the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix, there is much to savour both on and off the track. Thanks to the media support and the advertiser interest, motorsport has dominated not just the sports pages but the public imagination.For a one-sport nation, it was deeply encouraging to see images racing cars on billboards, buses and pretty much everywhere there was any space. The larger-than-life cut-outs of drivers went well with the festive season. Quite fittingly, the Formula 1 cars and their drivers put on quite a sparkling show! The racing at all levels, including the support races, was of a high standard. The fact that all the 60 laps in the Grand Prix had enough material for a highlights package is fitting testimony to the technical brilliance of the Buddh International Circuit (BIC). A perfect race-track is one where every corner demands the highest levels of skills from the drivers, and the BIC does all that and more.The race had its share of drama, and though Michael Schumacher’s last F1 outing in India ended on a drab note, the drivers’championship stays alive. Aerodynamics whiz Adrian Newey’s work on the Red Bull cars has been phenomenal and Vettel is too good to not capitalise on it.But most of the time, you have to make the best of what you have on the day. This is where the skilled drivers work out the percentages and do exactly what is necessary to reap the maximum benefit.With the Red Bull being clearly faster than his Ferrari, Fernando Alonso produced a blistering performance. He extracted the best from his car to bring it home second and keep his hopes of winning the drivers’championship alive. Also fun were the moments when Lewis Hamilton gave Mark Webber a run for his money in the closing laps, and it was brilliant defensive driving from Webber that kept the McLaren at bay.Within 24 hours, F1 would have packed up and moved to Abu Dhabi. Another race, another country, and so it goes on. It will take a year before F1 comes back to wow us again and in that time, the sport will not be thinking too much about India.It is however, crucial that India does not forget about Formula 1. A country can get involved in Formula 1 in three ways -hosting a Formula 1 race, owning a Formula 1 team and having drivers from the country. As things stand, India checks all the boxes. The question is where do we go from here? The Buddh circuit has acquitted itself very well. The Force India team is getting better with every outing. That leaves the drivers, and already we have had two in Formula 1. The next generation is ready. With the right support from fans, sponsors and media, the next frontier for Indian motorsport is not just for drivers to make it to F1, but in a few years, to dominate it! (The writer is a former GP2 driver and is the only Indian to have driven in the American Indy Lights series)The second edition turned out to be an exciting race, all thanks to the characteristics of the circuit.advertisementlast_img read more

Tata Communications tests UHD broadcast at Singapore F1 race

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, Sep 21 (PTI) IndiasTata Communications along with others have successfully tested the ultra high definition broadcasting during the Singapore Grand Prix and following the first ever end-to-end broadcast of an F1 race in UHD all races of the 2017 season will be shown in this format.Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider of Formula 1, Formula One management and Sky, have tested the technology and the successful proof of concept involved the installation of multiple state-of-the-art UHD cameras on the Singapore circuit.The footage from these was mixed in at broadcast centre onsite, and the UHD output distributed live to Skys headquarter in Osterley in the UK using Tata Communications Video Connect service.Video Connect enables broadcasters to deliver live video feeds over the worlds largest wholly-owned subsea fibre network, ensuring the highest quality experience for viewers.”This proof of concept with Sky and Tata Communications demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make F1 the ultimate sports experience by harnessing the power of cutting-edge broadcasting technologies,” saidJohn Morrison, Chief Technical Officer of Formula One Management.”Delivering the race action seamlessly in UHD from any Grand Prix location to homes requires superfast, reliable connectivity on a global scale,” said Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business at Tata Communications. PTI HSR ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

British boxer Amir Khan involved in road-rage incident in Manchester

first_imgFormer light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan was involved in a road rage incident on Tuesday night in Manchester and was attacked by a group of men after their car collided with the boxer’s Range Rover.Amir was driving a white SUV, worth over 100,000 pounds, in his hometown of Bolton in Greater Manchester when he took a wrong turn and collided with another car. The two parties then got involved in a heated argument and it is believed several men set on Khan with one man throwing a punch in his direction.No arrests have been made in relation to the incident, which took place at around 9.15pm on Friday, reports the Sun.A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to reports of road rage incident/assault.”It appears the person driving has made a wrong turn and this has angered the person behind them and there’s been an altercation. The driver of the first car was punched. There were no arrests. Anyone with information should contact us.”She added that items had been thrown but could not confirm what they were.last_img read more

Ziplining, desert islands, and blue agave: Explore the best of Mazatlan, Mexico

first_img 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenders America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider On the continuum of Mexican destinations, Mazatlan doesn’t get the same love as brand name cities like Cozumel, Cancun, and Cabo San Lucas. But the city’s fascinating history, beautiful beaches, and prime, protected location on the Sea of Cortez make it a worthy destination in its own right. Here’s the low-down on some of the best things to do in Mazatlan, along with the best places to eat, drink (and maybe even sleep) in the country’s “Pearl of the Pacific”. PlayOff the coast of downtown Mazatlan lies three tiny, seemingly uninhabited islands. The largest of the trio, Isla de Venados (Deer Island), is one of the area’s best places to escape the tourist hustle. There isn’t much on the island and that’s exactly the point — just enjoy the silence, hike the island’s rough, western “back side”, or dip into the waters of the Pacific for a snorkel. To get there, just visit the city’s piers where any fisherman will be happy to ferry you to and from the island. More ambitious travelers can even kayak or swim across.Related: It’s Not Always About the Worm: The Manual Guide to MezcalThere is no libation more Mexican than tequila. While true tequila must originate in and around the state of Jalisco, blue agave (a.k.a. “raw” tequila) is widely produced throughout the country. Mazatlan’s Los Osuna has been distilling the beverage since the late 19th century and provides tours and tastings of their sprawling plantation just outside of town. Somewhat curiously, a combined zip-line and tasting tour is also available, courtesy of Huana Coa Adventure Tours. EatStateside, Ramada hotels aren’t well-known for their killer, all-night clubs. But the five-star Ramada Mazatlan is unlike any other in the chain. The property’s Joe’s Oyster Bar is one of the most happening joints in the Zona Dorada district. From 11 a.m. until whenever they feel like closing, the beachfront dive bar is a hub for the city’s best live Banda music, Pacifico by the bucket, and dirt cheap margaritas. Here, you’re far more likely to rub elbows with local Mexicans than vacationing Midwesterners. (And the oyster and sopa de mariscos aren’t bad to boot.)For something a little more chill, Stone Island is a five-minute water taxi ride from Old Mazatlan. The island is a ramshackle collection of coconut plantations, tiny surf bars, and great, authentic restaurants. The family-owned Lety’s has been serving traditional Mexican eats — grilled seafood, brochetas de camarones (Mexican kabobs), and ceviche — for more than thirty years. The palapa-style joint is situated feet from the Pacific Ocean with a laid-back, unpretentious vibe that feels worlds away from anywhere.SleepThe city’s Golden Zone is well-known for its high-rise resorts and sprawling all-inclusives. Instead, head to Viejo Mazatlan (Old Mazatlan) for centuries-old guesthouses and beautifully restored, Colonial-style cathedrals. Melville Boutique Hotel is a tiny, real-deal, traditional Mexican inn tucked into a side street that even local cabbies don’t know about. The mismatched furniture, exposed wood beams, and pet parrots in the open-air garden courtyard all create a vibe that feels like crashing at your abuelita’s house. It’s also just a five-minute walk to the beach and the city’s famous historic square. Editors’ Recommendations This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneada last_img read more

Parents Urged to Report When Missing Children Return Home

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging parents and guardians to notify the relevant authorities once missing children return home.“If you report your child missing, we are asking that when your child comes back, you make the report…, so we are clear about what is happening,” she said.Miss Hanna was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert system through a multisectoral approach at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston, on May 14.She noted that of the 1,800 children that were reported missing in 2012, approximately 1,621 have been returned.“There are others who perhaps have been returned, but have not been formally reported,” the Minister said.Miss Hanna is encouraging children to inform their parents and guardians about their whereabouts.“It is not wise to go somewhere without your parents or guardians knowing where you are going,” she emphasised.Meanwhile, Registrar at the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, said dialogue is ongoing with the island’s leading newspapers to have the names of the children who have returned home published on their websites.He added that the OCR, Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Child Development Agency (CDA) have also committed to publishing the names and photographs of children who have returned home.In the meantime, Minister Hanna said some of the children who go missing, run away from home in an attempt to escape abusive situations or as a manifestation of impulsive behaviour, which put their lives in jeopardy.As a consequence, she informed that psycho-social support will be given to a recovered child and his/her family to aid in the healing process and to equip caregivers with the requisite knowledge and skills to protect the children in their care.“This will be achieved by the joint intervention of the trained professionals at the Child Development Agency and the Ministry of Health, and these agencies are represented here today as signatories of the Ananda Alert Memorandum of Understanding,” she said.Signatories to the MoU include: Child Development Agency; Jamaica Information Service; Office of the Children’s Advocate; Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica; and the Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.The MoU is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Under the Ananda Alert system, when a child is reported missing, his or her name and picture will be publicised on various media, such as television, radio, billboards and multimedia equipment in stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and other locations.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Winnipeg police release drawing of suspect in case of woman missing two

first_imgWINNIPEG – Police have released more details, including a composite drawing of a suspect, in the disappearance of a Manitoba woman two years ago.Thelma Krull, 57, left her Winnipeg home to go for a walk on the morning of July 11, 2015. Her glasses and cellphone were found in a park, but Krull hasn’t been seen since.Sgt. Wes Rommel of the Winnipeg police homicide unit says it’s believed she was abducted that morning after she got to Civic Park.“We believe … she was involved in a physical altercation with a male and was forcibly removed from the area,” Rommel said at a news conference Thursday.“Shortly after the initial encounter, Thelma was observed with this male … and she appeared to be in distress,” he said.“That is based on some evidence at the scene and is based significantly on … what we believe to be a credible sighting of Thelma with this male.”Rommel said investigators believe the man had access to a home in the Civic Park neighbourhood and may have been living there or staying temporarily.There is nothing to suggest the two may have gone far, he said. There have been no reports of their being seen together other than the one sighting by a witness, who first came forward a year ago.“Our team scoured that area. They went over every inch of outdoor, exterior wooded area (and) community area,” Rommel said.“I don’t think it’s possible that they walked a mile or a long distance. It’s reasonable to believe, based on the information that we have and the lack of reports that we have received, that there was a location very close by.”The suspect is described as Indigenous, in his 40s, between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight and weighing about 270 pounds. He had dark hair in a bowl cut or was possibly wearing a dark-coloured skull cap or beanie on his head.Anyone who can recall seeing the man or knows of someone fitting his description living in the area at the time is asked to contact police.Krull’s family has been co-operative throughout the investigation. Her daughter appeared at a new conference on the first anniversary of her mother’s disappearance asking for the public to come forward with any tips so the family could have closure.Asked on Thursday if Krull is still alive, Rommel said that was a difficult question to answer.“It doesn’t look good but, at the same time, I am not here to remove anybody’s hope.”last_img read more

Oil storage firm Gibson Energy sells trucking assets to grow terminal core

CALGARY — Gibson Energy Inc. says the sale of its trucking arm means it has completed all of the non-core asset sales it targeted a year ago as part of a strategy to focus on its Alberta oil storage and handling assets.The Calgary-based company, which helps send one in four barrels of crude exported from Western Canada through its Hardisty terminal in central Alberta, says it will pocket about $100 million from the sale, bringing its divestiture proceeds to about $325 million since early 2018.It says Trimac Transportation has agreed to pay about $70 million for the trucking assets and a Trimac affiliate is to pay $30 million for property in Edmonton containing a field office and shop, with the deals expected to close later this year.Gibson previously announced the sales of its environmental services and wholesale propane businesses for about $225 million.The company reported 2018 net income of $151 million on revenue of $6.8 billion, up from $44 million on $5.7 billion in 2017, as it invested $302 million to build new storage tanks in Edmonton and Hardisty and a pipeline in the U.S.It plans to spend $200 million to $250 million on capital projects this year.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

ALEXANDRIA, La. — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana.American Electric Power, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the final 4,100 acres (1,650 hectares) are now part of the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge.The land links the two northernmost chunks of the refuge in east-central Louisiana, which is home to waterfowl and Louisiana black bears and is a stopping place for migratory birds.Spokesman Mike Williams says the Columbus, Ohio-based company planted more than 2 million bottomland hardwood trees on 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) within a few years of the 2001 agreement for carbon sequestration credits.Williams says AEP hasn’t used any of the credits.The Associated Press read more

UN committee welcomes resumption of direct talks between Israelis Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to direct negotiations starting on 2 September, following an invitation from the United States Government and a statement earlier this month from the Middle East Quartet.“We are looking forward to a serious, time-bound, credible and comprehensive political dialogue with a clear agenda and terms of reference aimed at resolving” all permanent status issues – including the status of Jerusalem – by the 2011 target date, the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People said in a statement.The Committee stressed that it is essential that the parties adhere to their commitments, especially those within the framework of the Roadmap, the internationally approved plan for a two-State solution in which Israel and the Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security.To this end, it said, Israel must maintain its current partial moratorium on settlement construction, as well as dismantling settlement outposts and ending evictions.“We are also looking forward to a sustained and vigorous engagement by the international community, extending beyond the inaugural summit, which would translate into a credible mechanism to hold the parties to their obligations, monitor progress, and ensure that the negotiating process is conducted in good faith.”Direct bilateral talks have not been held since late 2008, but indirect, or proximity, talks resumed in May this year, with the former United States senator George Mitchell shuttling between Israeli Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas. 31 August 2010A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights today welcomed the recent decision by Israelis and Palestinians to resume direct talks with the aim of resolving all permanent status issues. read more

Alberta energy royalty review to be led by CEO of ATB Financial

EDMONTON — Alberta’s NDP government has taken a first step toward fulfilling its promise to determine whether taxpayers are getting a fair portion of profits from development of their oil and gas resources.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd announced Friday that Dave Mowat, the head of Alberta’s Crown-owned bank ATB Financial, will lead a panel review of oil and gas royalties. Preliminary findings are to be filed by the end of the year.Mowat said the goal is to find a royalty environment where “the province is successful, the companies are successful, and ultimately the communities of Alberta are successful.”McCuaig-Boyd said the findings will be made public.“We’ve said (all) along with industry and to Albertans that we’re going to be clear in this process and transparent,” she said.The terms of reference for the panel have not been decided. That prompted reporters to ask Mowat why he would accept a job without knowing exactly what he can explore.“We’re finalizing the terms of reference. We’ve talked about the outcomes we’re trying to get,” he replied.Mowat said he will work on the panel while continuing duties at ATB.Alberta happily keeps punishing itself with ‘bold and ambitious’ carbon levy increasesTemperature check: Alberta makes big move on carbon emissionsAlberta boosts carbon tax to $20 a tonne starting in 2016 as part of climate change planThe review is one of a number of business-related initiatives the NDP has introduced since taking office.On Thursday, it announced stricter rules on carbon emissions for large industrial producers, along with a doubling of the carbon levy on those who exceed the limits.The government has also hiked taxes on corporations to 12 per cent from 10 per cent and is contemplating splitting up Alberta’s energy regulator, saying it has a conflicting role as both watchdog and promoter of energy development.Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Friday’s announcement, with its paucity of detail, adds another layer of uncertainty to an energy industry already struggling with low oil prices.“We were at least hoping today’s announcement would provide clarity,” said Jean.Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark, went further, calling on McCuaig-Boyd to be replaced.“The chaos caused by a half-baked review will drive even more investment capital out of Alberta, which means even more job losses for Albertans,” Clark said.But Martin Pelletier, portfolio manager with TriVest Wealth Counsel in Calgary, said ATB Financial is a big lender to the energy industry, meaning Mowat has a solid understanding about the impacts of royalty changes.“I think that’s a great selection and certainly a positive message is being sent toward the industry,” he said.Gary Leach, president of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, added that Mowat is a well-respected business leader. “EPAC believes his appointment lends credibility to the royalty review process.”It will be the second royalty review in less than a decade.In 2007, former premier Ed Stelmach commissioned a review that recommended a 20 per cent hike in royalties to bring in an estimated $2 billion more a year to the treasury. However, oil companies disputed the data and analysis, and the changes were eventually rejected or watered down considerably.Non-renewable resource revenues were forecast to bring in almost $9 billion in the fiscal year that ended this past March, to help pay for government spending that is approaching $50 billion a year.The 2015-16 budget — introduced this spring by the Progressive Conservatives but never passed — projected those revenues will plunge to less than $3 billion due to the worldwide oil glut.— with files from Lauren Krugel in Calgary read more

US regulators adopt weakened rule on derivatives trading critics say large banks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2013 2:30 pm MDT US regulators adopt weakened rule on derivatives trading; critics say large banks to benefit WASHINGTON – A rule intended to loosen the largest U.S. banks’ control over the trading of complex investments and help safeguard the financial system was weakened Thursday by regulators.Critics say the changes will allow major Wall Street banks to continue to dominate the $700 trillion derivatives market.The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the rule on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Jill Sommers cast the lone dissenting vote.Under the rule, investment firms would be required to request price quotes for a derivatives contract from a minimum of two banks this year and three beginning in 2014. An earlier proposal had called for price quotes from at least five banks.Derivatives are investments whose value is based on some other investment, such as oil and currencies. The market was largely unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis. The rule was mandated by Congress under the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul.By requiring fewer price quotes, critics worry that the market will be less competitive. Five of the largest U.S. banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley — account for more than 90 per cent of total derivatives contracts.Dennis Kelleher, the president of Better Markets, a group that advocates stricter financial regulation, said banks opposed the requirement for more price quotes “to prevent a level playing field, competition and transparency.”Requiring a larger number of quotes gives banks and financial firms that aren’t in the dominant group the opportunity to enter the market and makes it more competitive. That could potentially lower prices for all users of derivatives, such as farmers, airlines or oil companies.Under the rule, banks and other financial institutions would be required to trade derivatives contracts on new electronic exchanges.CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler says that will create more transparency because everyone who wants to compete in the marketplace will be able to see prices before deciding to invest. Prior to the rule, they could not.“This is a significant shift toward market transparency from the status quo,” Gensler said.Commissioner Bart Chilton said the commission could have achieved greater transparency by approving the original proposal. But he said a compromise was better than no action.“By failing to act, we leave in place unregulated dark markets. These are the very dark markets that got us into the economic mess in 2008,” Chilton said.Wall Street banks had opposed requiring a minimum number of bids for derivatives contracts.An official for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wall Street’s largest lobbying organization, says the rule could ultimately hurt the everyday investor that it seeks to protect.Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., acting president and CEO for SIFMA, contends that more bids could chase financial firms out of the trading exchanges. That’s because some might fear confidential price information could be widely broadcast. Fewer firms could lead to less liquidity in the market. That would slow trading.Under the rule, however, the bids would not be made public.The lower requirement illustrates how banks have managed to tweak rules written by Congress three years ago that are still being finalized by regulators.The banks have also succeeded in weakening a rule that would ban banks from trading for their own profit. The latest version of the so-called Volcker Rule includes an exemption for banks to make such trades when they are used to offset others risks taken.The rule was named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Its adoption has been delayed largely because of the banks’ objections. read more

AutoCanada stock plunges after sobering outlook for 2015 amid lower oil prices

AutoCanada stock plunges after sobering outlook for 2015 amid lower oil prices by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2015 6:10 am MDT EDMONTON – Shares in AutoCanada Inc. (TSX:ACQ) plunged more than 20 per cent Friday after the auto dealership company issued a sobering outlook for 2015 due to the troubles in Canada’s energy industry caused by low oil prices.The Edmonton-based company’s stock closed down $8.99 at $33.75 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as low as $32.78.AutoCanada announced after markets closed Thursday that 2014 was a good year until December, but that this year will be challenging because of the job losses in the energy sector.It said sales and margins in the first two months of 2015 have been significantly lower than forecasts.The company also said unusually heavy snow has also been a factor in the Atlantic provinces.“The company is aggressively taking the necessary steps to address these challenges at the individual dealership level,” the company said it an earnings report issued after markets closed Thursday.AutoCanada operates 48 auto dealerships in eight provinces.For the fourth quarter, the company earned a profit of $14.9 million or 59 cents per diluted share, up from $9.6 million or 44 cents per diluted share. Revenue nearly doubled to $653.5 million from $319.7 million a year ago.For the full year ended Dec. 31, AutoCanada’s revenue was up 57.2 per cent or $805.7 million to $2.2 billion from $1.4 billion, while its net income rose to $53.1 million or $2.30 per diluted share from $38.2 million or $1.83 per diluted share in 2013.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated AutoCanada’s annual revenue for 2014. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Referees Greeted With Standing Ovation In Return

When referee Gene Steratore  turned on his microphone at midfield to greet the captains for the pregame coin toss Thursday night in Baltimore, the crowd could hear him say: “Good evening, men. It’s good to be back.”And with that, the fans roared.That act likely will be played out in stadiums across the NFL on Sunday, as the traditional officials retake their positions on the field and the much-maligned replacement officials faded to black.Steratore and his seven-man crew donned their familiar stripes for the first game of Week 4 after three weeks of replacement officials created moments of chaos throughout the league. The new/old officials predictably were  serenaded with a hearty round of boos for one call that went against the home team, but there were no headline-making gaffes.“You know we always pride ourselves in being a face without a name,” Steratore, a 10-year league veteran, told The Associated Press about an hour before kickoff. “This will be a little different, but I don’t expect it to last too long. And that’s the goal — is that we can let them get through that portion of this. It’s happy to be back; it’s happy to be appreciated. But then as soon as the game starts, it’s happy to disappear again and let the entertainers entertain.”The final pass of the game sailed out of the end zone, saving the regular refs from the same type of call that brought the replacements to the height of unpopularity just three days earlier.Referee Gene Steratore and his crew didn’t have to decide which player came down with the ball, and fans and players aren’t going to spend Friday going ballistic that their team was robbed. From the pregame cheers to the final whistle, it was overall a good return for the NFL’s veteran men in stripes, who ran a mostly smooth and efficient game Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens edged the Cleveland Browns, 23-16.“It was great to have those guys back,” Ravens running back Ray Rice said. “It looked like they knew what they were doing.”.The league’s experiment with replacement officials ended on “Monday Night Football” in controversy. A touchdown was awarded even though replays appeared to show it should have been an interception. From then on, the posturing was done. The sides got down to serious negotiating with Thursday night’s return the result.“I thought they handled (the game) great,” Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said. “I had all the confidence in the world that this was going to be officiated in the right way.”The love for the officials was evident all evening. About an hour before kickoff, they walked on the field and heard cheers from the early arrivals. A few minutes later, Steratore was shaking hands with Shurmur near midfield and getting a hug from Ravens face-of-the-franchise Ray Lewis  at the 30-yard line.Later, when the crew returned, it received a standing ovation, and the officials doffed their caps to the crowd. One fan held up a sign that read: “Finally! We get to yell at real refs! Welcome back!” read more

Government accepts Bill to allow for symphysiotomy compensation

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS said it will accept a cross-party Private Members Bill which could allow for the statute bar to be set aside so survivors of symphysiotomy could seek compensation in the courts.Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Health Minister Dr James Reilly said he would not oppose the proposed legislation despite its “serious flaws”.He warned that although Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin’s laws might not achieve their objectives, the coalition did not want to send out the “wrong message” by not accepting the bill.The Fine Gael deputy said he wanted to signal his “intent to do whatever is possible to bring closure” to the women affected by symphysiotomy.Symphysiotomy was a surgical procedure used in Irish maternity hospitals until the 1980s. It involved the unnecessary unhinging or breaking of the patient’s pelvis during or after child birth. Chronic pain, mobility issues and incontinence are all problems associated with the procedure.Performed in the place of the more commonplace Caesarean section, symphysiotomies were often carried out without prior knowledge or consent. According to the Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SOS) group, some doctors favoured the operation long after it was discontinued in other countries “mainly for religious reasons, by obstetricians who were opposed to family planning.”Reilly said that he would ensure “closure” for the approximately 200 survivors by the end of this year. He said he will brief the government further once he receives the independent Walsh Report before quickly deciding on further actions.“Actions must bring closure for those who have been harmed, and who we cannot give back their lives,” he said. “But we can ensure resources flow to them and not elsewhere.”The Minister’s speech was met with a round of applause. Many of the victims, some who are in their 70s and 80s, were at Leinster House for the debate this evening.They want to be allowed bring their fight for justice and redress to the courts. Currently, the statute of limitations on personal injury in Ireland is just two years but many of the women were unaware of the cause of their pain for decades. Most were first-time mothers who did not know what childbirth entailed.The bill is based on the precedent of the Statute of Limitations Act 2000, which lifted the bar for sexual abuse victims of residential institutions.More than 75 per cent of the procedures were committed at insured private hospitals that are still liable for injuries received. The country’s final symphysiotomy was performed in Our Ladies of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in 1984.Although many victims are willing to engage with legal processes, other survivors continue to await the final Walsh Report commissioned to examine the practice. Its publication is due shortly.Read: Symphysiotomy survivors gather to recount stories of tortureInterview: ‘I didn’t know if my baby was dead or alive for two days’last_img read more

Santa packs an iPhone 4S uses Siri to stay on top of

first_imgHe’s making a list and checking it twice, and now Santa’s tapping the home button and asking Siri who’s been naughty or nice.Apple’s latest ad shows jolly old St. Nick making use of the iOS voice assistant to check the weather, get directions, and stay on top of his nearly four billion holiday appointments. Santa’s schedule is obviously a little more action-packed than any workaday iPhone 4S user, but it sure would be interesting to know if an iPhone can actually handle that many events.It’d also be fun to know if Santa’s head elf (possibly Buddy?) has jailbroken his old iPhone 4 (which Santa would have no doubt handed down when he upgraded) in anticipation of someone porting a more legitimate version of Siri to older iOS devices. That’s been made possible because of an unencrypted batch of files that arrived to developers just days ago in iOS 5.0.1.One thing’s for certain: Santa’s bag is probably bursting with new iPhones and iPads. The iPhone is currently burning up the sales charts around the globe, with 5 versions of it sitting comfortably in the top 15 phones sold in the UK for the first week of December. It’s widely expected that the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones will be the top sellers this holiday season.And even with rumors swirling about the arrival of an iPad 3 or iPad 2S in February, retailers everywhere are confident that the iPad 2 will continue to fly off store shelves. Piper Jaffray analysts have predicted that Apple will move upwards of 13 million this quarter.More at the Apple channel on YouTubelast_img read more

Google unifies messaging under the name Hangouts

first_imgAs we reported a few weeks ago, Google has announced their unified messaging platform is now called Hangouts for iOS, Android, and the PC.Google’s messaging services have been a mess for a long time, such that even Vic Gundotra called them fragmented on stage at Google I/O. In his explanation of how to solve this problem, Gundotra made it clear that the path to a solution was a total re-imagining of how you communicate online. The solution, once internally named Babel, is now known as Hangouts. This service allows for group conversations and one on one conversations to exist between users in a desktop environment, iOS, and Android.Google Talk, G+ messenger, and Google+ Hangouts have all come together into a single service. From whatever platform you choose you can have one continuous conversation with users that stays in your Gmail account indefinitely. You can return to a conversation you haven’t participated in for days and days, and access it from mobile or web. Conversations can now have images added from any connected device, and you can launch the multi-user video chat service Google has had as a part of G+ at any point in the conversation.The only thing missing, and we’ve been assured it is something being considered for a future release, is Google Voice. The messaging and phone call service Google has had on Android and iOS for a little while now, but for right now this communication tool will remain separate. Hangouts is expected to be available in the App Store and the Play Store within the next few hours, but you can install the Chrome Hangouts extension now.Now Read – Biker mods helmet to use Google Glass as GPS heads-up displaylast_img read more

Get Yourself a Pair of Pumas Sonic the Hedgehog Sneakers on June

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineLive-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 Back in March, Sega announced a partnership with Puma to release a line of sneakers based on Sonic the Hedgehog. Today, the company revealed the sneakers are coming out on June 5. That’s less than a month away, which means it won’t be long until fans can adorn their feet with footwear themed around Sonic and his nemesis, Dr. Eggman.First up is the RS-O Sonic, which draws inspiration from the blue hedgehog and the first game’s beloved Green Hill Zone. The upper part of the sneaker is made from a textured suede which has Sonic’s iconic blue coloring, while the red outsole represents his shoes. Gold rings and green grass also adorn the sneaker. The upper portion features micro ventilation perforations, embroidered Puma Formstrip, and a deboss of Sonic’s head and gold rings. Golden rings also appear on the sneakers’ laces. The mid and insole feature checkered print from the game, as well as 16-bit grass print on the heel. The outsole has red rubber and a Sonic logo underprint. The tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding.The RS-0 Dr. Eggman is all about Sonic’s evil foe. The sneaker takes cues from the villain’s outfit and his Eggmobile. The upper portion features a pebbled patent leather with micro ventilation perforations, a debossed Puma Formstrip, and a debossed Dr. Eggman head that shoots fireballs from his Eggmobile. The bad doctor’s face and fireballs are debossed on the media heel, while golden rings are featured inside of the lace. The footbed has black and yellow caution stripes from the Eggmobile. The metallic outsole and caution stripes are based on Eggman’s machines. The sneakers’ outsole features translucent blue rubber and a Sonic logo underprint. Like the Sonic RS-0, the tongue label has the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding. You can expect both sneakers to come packaged in a special box inspired by Green Hill Zone.Both sneakers cost $130. Considering how unique (and stylish) they are, that isn’t a bad asking price at all. I’m not the biggest fan of themed sneakers, but even I kind of want a pair. They really do look nice!If you’re interested, the sneakers will be available over on Puma’s website. If you’re going to E3, perhaps you can buy a pair before attending the big show. You’re sure to attract attention as you stand in line for hours.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Driver flees scene of early morning crash

first_imgThe Washington State Patrol is looking for the driver of a car who fled the scene after a Wednesday morning crash in north Clark County.The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 northbound about three miles south of Woodland. According to a state patrol bulletin, Nadav Zimmerman, 22, of Bellingham was driving a 1991 Subaru Legacy when he was hit from behind by a light-colored passenger car traveling at a “high rate of speed.”Both cars stopped at the scene, but the unknown female driver of the other car got back into her car and drove north on I-5.Zimmerman and his two passengers, Scachar Samina, 22, and Ariana Resnick, 45, were all sent to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center with neck and back pain. All three are from Bellingham. Zimmerman and Resnick were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning. Samina was not listed in the hospital records.Their car was totaled.The crash was caused by speeding and inattention, the state patrol said. Charges are pending.last_img read more

Municipality updating Anchorages dated land use plan

first_imgData is driving the formation of the newest Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)The Municipality of Anchorage is well on its way to producing an updated land use plan for the Anchorage Bowl.Download AudioThe map currently in use has not been updated since 1982.The most-recent projections – which have been adjusted since the price of oil has declined – anticipate Anchorage’s population will grow between 15,000 and 45,000 people within the next 25 years.That means city planners need to figure out how Anchorage can change to accommodate the growth.The municipality this week hosted two open houses, inviting the public to examine more than a dozen maps outlining everything from public transportation routes to zoning districts.Jody Seitz, an associate planner for the municipality, is examining a color-coded map of Anchorage outlining exactly which parcels of land can be used and how restricted development is for each parcel.“Each one of these purple places is a place that is not constrained by wetlands, seismic, topography, it’s the net-buildable land in Anchorage,” she said. “And you can see really quickly there’s really not much.”The purple blocks of land Seitz is referring to are scattered around the map, but the parcels are small – very small.Due in part to the city’s position between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, as well as a variety of state, military and federal lands, the municipality is limited in how far it can expand outwards.Seitz says this leaves planners with some questions to answer:“The question is, where do you put housing? How do you build the type of housing that is gonna use what we have efficiently?” she said. “And then how do you preserve the land for industry and commerce so that the people can have jobs?”Housing and jobs are not the only questions in need of answers. Seitz says as Anchorage’s population grows, other community aspects, like schools, grocery stores and retail outlets, must be taken into account as well.These are all issues municipal planners are trying to address with the updated Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map. The plan lays the groundwork for what types of buildings can be built where, how dense development can be, and it will shape the aesthetic feel of neighborhoods and Anchorage as a whole.Seitz says future developers will likely be working with existing land in need of revitalization.“So that means that where buildings are deteriorated and really probably should come down, maybe they could be redeveloped,” she said. “Maybe where there’s vacant land, there could possibly be an in-fill project.”“Then the question is, ‘How do you make that attractive, accessible and work with the whole area, so that you’re not just imposing something that’s completely out of character for the neighborhood?’”The land around Anchorage is an intricate combination of housing, commercial and industrial areas mixed with space for schools, parks and numerous other things important to the community at large – including the preservation of the city’s green space.The maps are not finalized, yet. Seitz says the feedback from the open house events – and other public comments – will be taken into account:“We’re pulling together everything we can know about land use in Anchorage and making the best recommendations that we can in working with the community to really fine-tune those and determine, ‘what does the community really wanna see here?” Seitz said.In addition to public comments, data ranging from the city’s wetlands designations and seismic characteristics, to population density and airport noise are all taken into account.Public discussion on this version of the map ends April 29th. After that, the map will be adjusted based on public comments, then put forward to the planning and zoning commission for a public hearing. Then, later on, to the full Anchorage Assembly.last_img read more