Watford boss Sanchez Flores eyeing Ecuador star Jose Cifuentesby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is eyeing Ecuador’s rising star Jose Cifuentes.The midfield sensation made his first full start for the national side against Argentina last Sunday and impressed despite a 6-1 beating.The Sun says Cifuentes, 20, still plays in Ecuador for Universidad Catolica where he is already attracting interest from a host of other clubs.Premier League champions Manchester City have already made contact to sound out whether a deal is possible while Celtic are another club keen.The youngster starred in the World U20 Championships in the summer leading to City trying to strike an agreement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mumbai: The resignation of Reserve Bank deputy governor Viral Acharya six month before the end of his tenure is not surprising and is unlikely to roil the markets, believe market participants. Acharya, who took over as the youngest deputy governor on January 20, 2017 had a three-year tenure, but resigned a few weeks ago due to “unavoidable personal circumstances.” “The early exit of Acharya is not surprising. The market anticipated it the minutes after the resignation of past governor Urjit Patel in December 2018,” home economists at SBI Research said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”But the news, although unfortunate, is unlikely to roil the markets,” they said. According to Japanese brokerage Nomura, Acharya’s departure is not a complete surprise, as frictions between him and the government on issues related to central banks’ independence had come to the fore, including in his October 26, 2018 speech entitled– ‘The importance of the independent regulatory institutions – The case of the central bank’. “At the margin, the composition of the monetary policy committee will likely become incrementally more dovish, in our view, as Acharya stood on the more hawkish side of the policy spectrum,” Nomura said in a report. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe SBI economists further said a few voices of concern are being raised here and there about Acharya’s pre- mature exit, just like it was done when the then governor Raghuram Rajan had announced his departure. It said institutions are more important than individuals and ultimately what is important is the credibility and the independence of any institution and nothing else. An analysis of RBI’s history, in respect of managing price stability since 1983, points out that almost all the governors have given prime importance to price stability, with the number of positive surprises in inflation numbers were also significantly high in earlier decades compared to current scenario, the SBI report said. Meanwhile, the All-India Reserve Bank Employees’ Association while expressing anguish over the sudden resignation said the government should ensure that Acharya’s successor is a political appointee but an economist of repute and that central bank governors and deputy governors should be appointed not based on their political affiliation but on merit.
A second federal probe is underway in Prince Edward Island alleging hundreds of people gained permanent residency in Canada by using local addresses where they didn’t live, under a provincial business immigration system that’s faced criticism for loose oversight.A search warrant from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) alleges 462 applicants to the provincial nominee program used Charlottetown homes belonging to two Chinese immigrants over the past four years as “addresses of convenience.”Lead investigator Lana Hicks says in the document, filed June 13, that she suspects the immigrants didn’t come to the Island and settle, contrary to the requirements of the provincial program.Rather, she alleged their immigration documents are collected and sent on to them, “at their real address elsewhere in Canada or back in China,” she writes.The allegations, which have not been proven in court, come just two months after two Charlottetown hoteliers were charged with aiding in immigration fraud, with the CBSA alleging 566 immigrants used the addresses of the siblings’ hotel and home.The siblings’ lawyer recently denied the allegations of misrepresentation in comments to reporters, and said they intend to plead not guilty.However, the latest allegations, if they lead to charges, would bring the total number of “address of convenience” cases to about 1,000 in the provincial nominee program (PNP), with all but a few of these immigrants gaining permanent residency in Canada.Permanent residents are immigrants who are not Canadian citizens, but they have been given permission to stay and work in Canada for five years before applying for renewal. They have most of the rights of citizens and can take advantage of social programs, but they can’t vote, seek public office, obtain a Canadian passport or hold jobs that require a security clearance.Under the P.E.I. program, the applicants provide the Island government with a $200,000 refundable deposit, and commit to invest $150,000 and manage a firm.After the deal is signed, the province nominates the investor to the federal Immigration Department as a permanent resident, which they usually receive in the mail before they fulfil the conditions of setting up a business and living on the Island.The province has already acknowledged that two-thirds of the PNP businesses in 2016-17, a total of 177 people, didn’t get the refundable deposit back, with the majority simply never opening a business.The June search warrant alleges that the 462 people giving the three Charlottetown addresses are “well beyond what would be expected for single dwelling homes,” and says the use of the addresses is “concerning and unreasonable.”“The numbers are indicative of what is known within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Canada Border Services Agency as an ‘address of convenience,’ which is created to facilitate immigration fraud,” writes Hicks.Hicks based her view that people weren’t living full-time at the homes partly on surveillance of the houses, and from “garbage grab” searches of documents thrown out from the homes.She says the immigrants’ statements that they intend to reside in Prince Edward Island are “the whole basis for their approval,” and notes that the province’s website and forms repeatedly state this requirement and expectation.The issue of false addresses has been arising in other provinces, say immigration lawyers.“It undermines the integrity and objective of the (provincial) programs. That’s why Islanders and all Canadians should be concerned,” said Betsy Kane, a veteran immigration lawyer in Ottawa.Last year, Chinese immigrants in Vancouver were sentenced to jail and fined for immigration fraud involving 1,600 immigrants for fraudulently helping them obtain permanent residency by measures that “included creating the fictitious appearance of Canadian residency.”The CBSA says that to date it can confirm 81 deportations from that case, with orders to remove 160 other people, with some appeals pending.Lee Cohen, an immigration lawyer who is representing the Charlottetown siblings in the earlier prosecution involving the owners of the Sherwood Motel, said in an email that he’s still reviewing his defence, and cautioned that there are problems with how the CBSA has proceeded.He says he suspects CBSA went “much too far … intimidating these accused with the huge posse of officers that raided their home on P.E.I. and mischaracterized their behaviour.”“It is too early for me to be more detailed.”A spokesman for Prince Edward Island’s Office of Immigration said it has changed its program to focus on ensuring its entrepreneur class applicants are qualified, rather than based on a “first-in, first-out” system.Andrew Sprague said since introducing the reforms this year, the numbers in the business immigration program have fallen.He said fraud is not tolerated, and the province welcomes the CBSA investigations.“It is a serious crime to lie on an application, lie in an interview with an immigration officer, or to submit false information or documents. It’s fraud, it’s a crime, and we understand there are significant reprisals,” he wrote in an email.“We do not want to see this type of alleged activity occur in our province and will take any measures possible to prevent it, including working closely with CBSA.”Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, who was recently asked about the fraud case before the courts involving the two hoteliers, said his office is observing the cases, but declined to comment on whether Ottawa will require the Island to further alter its program.“This particular matter we’re looking at the investigation closely and following it,” he told reporters during a visit to the Island in July.Kane said immigrants who wouldn’t be able to gain access through other provincial or federal immigration programs with higher standards are finding their way in through P.E.I.“What you’re seeing is a gateway into the province (P.E.I.) to secure permanent residence,” she said.She said P.E.I. and Ottawa should end the practice of allowing permanent residency before demonstrating participants in provincial programs are complying with their conditions.“The answer to P.E.I. is instead of trying to create these business programs is to have people go and work there, and then after a year you can be nominated (for permanent residency),” Lorne Waldman, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, said in an interview.Kane said a system that grants work permit visas and ensures immigrants comply with the conditions before gaining permanent residency would be preferable.“They should show they have opened the business … and have a going concern with one to two years of tax returns filed and then look at it (permanent residency),” she said, adding there are many international students and potential immigrants who would comply with such a system.In her search warrant application, Hicks says if immigrants succeed in creating a false impression of residency, they could use the address to apply for Canadian citizenship, “or obtain a status they do not qualify for, and all the privileges that go along with that.”The Canadian Press is choosing not to name the couple facing the allegations, as the CBSA investigation is ongoing.The husband was contacted by telephone but declined to comment, referring the matter to the couple’s lawyer, whose name he did not provide prior to hanging up. He did not return a follow up call, email and text seeking the lawyer’s name.“I can’t answer questions from you,” the man said during the telephone interview.He said that in comparison to the Sherwood Motel prosecution, the allegations against him are “totally different.”— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia – Global financial leaders wrapped up an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Saturday by urging countries to brace for potential risks from trade disputes and other tensions.The meetings in Bali, Indonesia, this week were overshadowed by a spate of financial market turmoil and by the threat to global growth from the trade clash between the U.S. and China over Beijing’s technology policies.The International Monetary and Financial Committee, which advises the IMF’s board of governors, issued a communique on Saturday urging countries to keep debt under control, engineer policies to ensure credit is available in line with their levels of inflation and ensure sustained economic growth “for the benefit of all.”IMF members also pledged to avoid devaluing currencies to seek a trade advantage by making a country’s exports relatively cheaper.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that while global growth is still strong, it has levelled off. The IMF started the meetings in Bali by downgrading its 2018 estimate for global growth to a still robust 3.7 per cent from an earlier forecast of 3.9 per cent.“I think it’s not inconsistent to have a plateaued growth and downside risks that are the clouds on the horizon, some of which have begun to open up,” Lagard said. Adding that given the level of debt around the world, “we’ve given strong recommendations and in terms of trade: de-escalate and please dialogue.”Countries should seek to ensure their levels of debt are manageable and that policies foster growth for all, she said. “Sail together and we will be stronger. Focus on your policies. Don’t drift and let’s co-operate as much as we can because we will be better off together.”China’s central bank governor, Yi Gang, joined the chorus of consternation over the trade standoff, which has resulted in Washington imposing penalty tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of imports of Chinese products and Beijing responding in kind. Protectionism and trade tensions are “major risks” for the world economy, he said in a statement to fellow financial leaders.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin downplayed the level of alarm, saying he doesn’t lose sleep over the possibility that China might step up its sales of U.S. treasuries in retaliation for pressure from Washington to alter national economic strategies aimed at nurturing Chinese leaders in many advanced technologies.Mnuchin said it was still not certain if President Donald Trump would meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a Group of 20 summit late next month in Buenos Aires. Reports that such a meeting was likely raised hopes for progress on the impasse between the world’s two largest economies, stilling disquiet on financial markets Friday.“I don’t think any decision has been made in regards to a meeting,” he said, saying he favoured one. “The president will decide.”It’s unclear if the two sides can make enough progress before then given the limited room for manoeuvring. Apart from chronic U.S. trade deficits, the policies Washington objects to are central to Beijing’s strategy for guiding the economy for decades to come.Stepping up Chinese imports of U.S. goods and commodities such as liquefied natural gas won’t cut it, Mnuchin said.It’s “about structural issues,” he said. “This is not about buying more soybeans and buying more LNG.”“There have to be meaningful commitments to create a rebalanced trading relationship,” he said.Yi, the head of China’s central bank, said China “stands ready” to co-operate with everyone to support freer trade and investment.“Countries should jointly take measures against trade protectionism and strive to make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all,” he said.
NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court on Wednesday stayed non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav in a criminal defamation complaint filed by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal stayed the NBWs against the leaders and listed the matter for further hearing on April 29. The warrants were issued on Tuesday observing that they have failed to appear before the court. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLater in the day, Kejriwal’s counsel moved an application seeking the stay. Sharma alleged that in 2013, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) approached him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying that Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. However, he was later denied the ticket. Sharma claimed that on October 14, 2013 articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society. Yogendra Yadav was a member of the National Executive of the AAP till 2015, when he quit the party to launch Swaraj India.
Hamiltonians are on a celebrity hunt. Some big name stars, including Adam Sandler were in the city this week for a movie shoot and a few lucky residents managed to meet the funny man in person. Elise Copps tracked them down and has more on their brushes with fame.
Harper signs loan guarantee deal for Muskrat Falls despite Quebec’s outcry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:46 pm MDT HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Long awaited backing from Ottawa has vaulted a hydro megaproject that supporters say will unleash Newfoundland and Labrador’s renewable energy potential while opening an Atlantic power gateway.Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed off on a loan guarantee Friday that’s expected to save the province and Nova Scotia more than $1 billion in borrowing costs on the $7.4-billion Muskrat Falls venture in Labrador.He shrugged off Quebec critics who called it an unfair subsidy and said it’s a low-risk investment — even though the project has not been endorsed by an independent regulator.“I want to emphasize that this project is going to be a real game changer for this province and this region,” Harper told a news conference Friday at the 5 Wing Goose Bay airbase in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.“It is a genuine historic occasion and it is the beginning of what I think will be a very long era of prosperity and opportunity for the people of this region and the entire province.”The federal support, which Harper promised during last year’s election campaign, is included in a term sheet that would guarantee up to $6.3 billion in debt over 35 to 40 years for the financing of the project. The remaining cash to reach total cost of the development has been described as the two provinces’ initial down payment.Harper congratulated Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, whose determination on the loan guarantee he called “relentless.”Dunderdale said Muskrat Falls is the key to “a sustainable, prosperous future” that will allow her province to harness more of its energy resources — circumventing what she describes as transmission blocks thrown up by Quebec — at the lowest cost to the province’s residents and businesses.“You don’t see this kind of collaboration and co-operation in the country very often,” she said. “We have two provinces and the federal government doing a very significant piece of business together, important to all of our interests.”Dexter said Muskrat Falls will provide secure, reliable energy in a province where many families struggle to pay heat and light bills.“It means that we will for the first time not be at the end of the extension cord when it comes to electricity. We will in fact be part of an energy loop. We will be in a competitive energy situation for the very first time in our history.”The project would be built in the riding of federal Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, who has come under criticism for months for overspending his legal limit in last year’s election campaign.The Opposition NDP have also questioned Penashue’s involvement in the awarding of contracts related to Muskrat Falls.Harper dismissed the attack, saying Ottawa is not involved in the tendering or awarding of contracts for the development.“What the federal government is doing under this agreement … is providing a loan guarantee at extremely low risk, and frankly, I think in the long-term, zero cost to the taxpayers of Canada,” Harper said.“(Penashue) included this commitment to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and he is doing exactly what the people of Newfoundland and Labrador … elected him to do.”Dunderdale’s government has waited for the federal support before officially approving Muskrat Falls, which she said is now expected to happen before Christmas.The Quebec government has opposed Ottawa’s involvement as an unfair fiscal handout.“We’ll make sure that we use all tools available to us to make sure Quebec’s point of view is being heard, including judicial means,” Quebec Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Alexandre Cloutier told a news conference in Quebec City.“The federal government is acting against Quebec’s interests, using Quebecers’ money to deploy a federal grant to Labrador, and that will have a bad impact on Quebec’s economy.”Later in the day, Dexter said Quebec’s opposition to Muskrat Falls would merely reinforce Atlantic Canada’s support of it.“The only effect that will have in Atlantic Canada is that it will strengthen our resolve to ensure the project is completed,” he said.If it goes ahead, Muskrat Falls would be the largest single public expenditure in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, costing almost as much as its annual budget.It is expected to begin generating power in 2017, and some of that electricity would flow to Nova Scotia through subsea cables.Opponents say Dunderdale has not proven the case for Muskrat Falls, accusing her of fast-tracking a project without legislative committee scrutiny or debate that could burden future generations if it soars over budget.She has countered the criticism by releasing a series of government-commissioned reports in recent weeks. They conclude the project is a viable, clean source of renewable energy that would wean the province off fossil fuels.Dunderdale has refused further review by the province’s Public Utilities Board since it declined to endorse Muskrat Falls last spring, citing a lack of updated information.If it proceeds, Muskrat Falls would be capable of generating up to 824 megawatts of electricity, 170 megawatts of which would go to Nova Scotia annually for 35 years. That would serve about 10 per cent of that province’s power needs.The development is a joint venture between Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility company, and Nova Scotia private utility Emera (TSX:EMA).Nalcor Energy would be responsible for the construction of the dam and power station in Labrador as well as transmission lines on the island of Newfoundland. That is expected to cost about $6.2 billion.Emera would build a 180-kilometre subsea link that would transmit the power from Cape Ray in southwestern Newfoundland to Lingan, N.S., in Cape Breton. Chris Huskilson, Emera’s CEO, said Friday that is expected to cost between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion, though final figures would be presented to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board in the future.Emera has until July 2014 to opt out of the deal, but Harper said he is confident it will go ahead.“I don’t see anything in Nova Scotia that will change that, so I’m very confident that everybody who’s a party will remain a party,” he said. “This is a project that is in everybody’s interest.”Preliminary work on a road to the site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay has already started.The project has been on the drawing board in one form or another for decades. In 1980, it passed an environmental assessment but was set aside due to market access and financing issues.
“It is worthy of note. Let’s see how the Government is going to respond,” Lakhdar Brahimi said in an interview with the UN News Centre, in regard to reports that the head of the major opposition coalition, Moaz Al Khatib, said that he was willing to talk to representatives of the Government outside of Syria and under certain conditions.“And let’s see how the colleagues of Moaz Al Khatib are going to react,” Mr. Brahimi added, noting that the opposition leader said that among the most important conditions for the talks was the freeing of 160,000 political prisoners.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than 4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite the failure of international efforts to bring about negotiations to stop the fighting, and whatever the result of Mr. Al Khatib’s comments, Mr. Brahimi reaffirmed today the importance of talks toward a political agreement. “Our efforts at starting negotiation have not been very successful. But the military campaigns have not been successful either in finishing the conflict. In fact, the conflict is expanding and damages inflicted on the people and the country are growing,” he said. “Nobody has said it’s going to be easy,” he added. “But perhaps negotiating is better than killing each other.”Yesterday, Mr. Brahimi briefed the Security Council on the latest developments and told reporters afterwards that the 15-member body must act now because Syria was being destroyed “bit by bit,” with that destruction posing a threat to the entire region.Today, he called for the Council to act in a unified manner, using the Geneva communiqué, which was issued after a meeting of the so-called Action Group for Syria last June and which lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria.Amongst other items, the communiqué called for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.Mr. Brahimi said that the communiqué was still a good basis for a political solution, but it had been interpreted differently by the people who have signed it and by the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States. What is needed, he stressed, is for the P5 to come to “a common understanding of what Geneva meant.” The communiqué could then be transformed into an international agreement, through, for example, a resolution of the Council to bring about the necessary negotiations.“I think they can make the Geneva agreement operational,” he said, referring to Council members. “I think they could do that if they speak in one voice.” In his remarks today, Mr. Brahimi said he does not plan on returning to Syria unless there are developments there that require his presence, commenting that otherwise he had a good team on the ground. “If I go to Syria it’s because there is something that I need to do,” he said. Mr. Brahimi’s remarks came as a humanitarian pledging conference for Syria chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded in Kuwait today, raising over $1.5 billion to assist civilians affected by the ongoing conflict over the next six months, including those taking refuge beyond Syria’s borders.
VANCOUVER — It’s been a big year for Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing, filled with competition, love and even a natural disaster.“It’s just been an exciting year, honestly,” said the 26-year-old.Messing placed 12th at the Winter Olympics in February, proposed on a mountaintop in October and felt his house shake as an earthquake rocked Alaska last week.But the skater said he isn’t rattled heading into the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver this week.“It’s the final. We don’t have to qualify for anything else. There’s no pressure,” he said.” We just get to go out, entertain the crowd and leave with smiles on our faces.”Messing wasn’t initially in the event’s lineup, with his scores on this year’s Grand Prix circuit qualifying him instead for the first alternate position.He gained a spot when reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan dropped out with an ankle injury.“I’m really bummed that he couldn’t make it, honestly,” Messing said. “Injury’s just one of those things that we have to avoid and dodge. And we all work so hard to be at the top of ours games.”Despite Hanyu’s absence, the men’s competition will be fierce, featuring Japan’s Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno and reigning world champ Nathan Chen from the U.S.Other Canadians — including Kirsten Moore-Towers and her pairs partner Michael Marinaro, and ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier — didn’t make it to the finals this year, leaving Messing the lone Canadian in the competition.“All of us have the potential to have qualified to make it here and all of us just fell a little short,” he said. The finals wrap up a packed 2018 schedule for Messing, who went to his first Olympics this year. The Canadian contingent put on an impressive performance at the Pyeongchang Games, capturing gold in the team event and ice dance, and bronze in pairs and ladies.Messing followed South Korea with a series of appearances at international competitions, winning gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany at the end of September.Then he hit the Grand Prix circuit and took home silver from Skate Canada in October — just two days after getting engaged.This season has held some disappointments, too, including a fifth-place finish at a Grand Prix event in Russia in November.Messing said he struggled to get his body feeling right after a 31 hours of travel, but learned how he could better handle similar situations in the future.This year has also held surprises. Last week, the Canadian-American dual citizen was at his home outside of Anchorage, Alaska, when the ground began to shake. Messing grabbed his fiancee and they stood in a doorway as items flew off the shelves around them.While the 7.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed a number of buildings and roads, Messing’s home was relatively unscathed. The ice rink he’d built in the backyard hadn’t even cracked.“We definitely got lucky,” he said.Through out the year, Messing has continued to work on one particular element of his skating — the quad Lutz.The figure skater said he’s been landing the jump in training all year but hasn’t yet been able to stick it in competition.“It’s kind of an evasive element right now,” he said, adding that he hopes to break it out at the Grand Prix finals in Vancouver. While this year’s frenetic pace could burn some people out, Messing has drawn energy from the constant competitions.“I was so ecstatic, so happy about the whole thing,” he said. “I just wanted to keep skating, keep bettering myself and really, I haven’t really stopped since the Olympics.”Staying focused, he added, has been about managing emotions.“I’ve been skating for 23 years, so my body knows what to do,” Messing said. “It’s such a technical sport that your body has to be at 100 per cent to pull off these ridiculous jumps. It just kind of comes down to how you feel.”Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
“He would wait for her after a 12-hour shift outside her work and Molly went into her shell more and wasn’t herself. She went quiet and didn’t speak to us as much as she used to.”On one occasion she came downstairs in an outfit and her mum said how nice she looked but then she changed because Matt said she had to change. I thought it was wrong and controlling.”We went to a BBQ and he was taking photos of Molly texting on her phone. I felt angry. She showed me some of the calls and there were 32 in just half an hour on one morning.”Matt rang my phone on someone else’s number so I answered, and he asked me why had Molly blocked him. He sounded angry. I did not approach him but I told her she needed to end it and I let her deal with it.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A man who banned his girlfriend from using Snapchat and controlled her use of Facebook has been jailed for his psychological abuse after a relationship that lasted less than a month.Matthew Bailey, 24, prohibited care assistant Molly Cunliffe, 19, from posting selfies on Snapchat, ordered her not to swap Facebook and Instagram messages with heterosexual men and told her she was not allowed to put kisses at the end of social media posts.Bailey would regularly check Miss Cunliffe’s mobile phone, tell her what to wear and demanded she send him pictures to prove she was at home.During a four-week romance, Bailey also bombarded Miss Cunliffe with calls – sometimes up to 30 calls in the space of half an hour – and then falsely accused her of cheating on him whenever she did not answer.In one phone call, Bailey warned her: “You’ll get a car through your front window and I’ll stab you in the neck. You know what I’m capable of.”Miss Cunliffe, from Bolton, Greater Manchester tried to end the relationship but Bailey then threatened to kill her family.At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Bailey, from Horwich, near Bolton was jailed for six months after he was found guilty of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship. He was also barred from contacting Miss Cunliffe for five years under the terms of a restraining order. Miss Cunlffe’s father John said: “I thought Matt was very forward and very over friendly and I wasn’t too happy about the relationship. He was always on her and following her about and was too possessive. The court heard the couple met in April having found each other on Instagram where Miss Cunliffe has 5,000 followers. “It didn’t bother me at first that she was on her phone a lot, but I didn’t want to be in a relationship with someone who was always on their phone. “But District Judge James Hatton told Bailey: “This was a short relationship which quickly became unpleasant. The complainant was credible and tried to end the relationship. She told the truth. Her father was concerned and described the change in her.”The victim has experienced an extremely unpleasant time in her life. You were involved in domestic abuse almost through the whole relationship – you belittled her. “Bailey was also ordered to pay compensation to Miss Cunliffe plus costs and surcharges of £735. The pair went to Five Guys in Manchester for their first date, and Miss Cunliffe told the hearing: “We saw each other for four days in a row and at first he was good but he started getting controlling. On day two we became official – then the name calling started on day four. I felt quite devastated and upset.”We had to meet at certain times, and I have to be up and dressed at certain times. He would ring me several times in the morning and would accuse me of sleeping with someone else if I didn’t answer. I felt like I was trapped.”I tried to end the relationship three times but he kept saying he would change only to then threatened to kill me and my family.”Bailey’s friends also called Miss Cunliffe telling her to “stop with her attitude” and during one flashpoint the jealous boyfriend threatened her with a pool cue in a pub after a row about him flirting with another girl, the court heard. Bailey denied wrongdoing and said: “It was a fast moving relationship and I thought her dad liked me. She got quite jealous about my girl friends and I would look at her phone to gain stability in the relationship.”When she said I would ring her every day, I would ring to wake her up for work – we had a joke that she had a personal alarm clock. She had never said that I shouldn’t call. She was always on her phone.”
Datamine, since 2015 a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc, has announced the acquisition of DataBlast, a leading drill and blast solution for open pit mines. “We are excited to acquire the DataBlast mining software business which fits very well alongside our existing solutions for open pit optimisation, mine design, scheduling and ore control,” said Damian McKay, CEO of Datamine. “DataBlast is the most comprehensive package on the market for design, measurement, management and reporting of all drill and blast activities.”“DataBlast is known for its superior customer service, complete blasting solution and ability to handle all requirements from simple designs to complex multi-seam blasts” said Peter Duniam, Director of DataBlast. “We are looking forward to working as part of the Datamine team to deliver our technology and expertise to customers around the world, and continuing to support existing customers such as Rio Tinto, Glencore, Ok Tedi and Boliden.”DataBlast is a specialist drill and blast system for use in surface mining operations, developed over a five year period by some of the world’s most experienced drill and blast experts. DataBlast drives operational improvement through its comprehensive design capability combined with systematic management control and reporting functionality. It is a multi-user system covering the entire drill and blast process from design to in-field operations. Users can electronically transfer data, respond to changes in real time, and generate reconciliation reports to help identify trends and improve blasting performance over time.
“There’s a reason we woke up early,” says Chris Pratt at the end of the first official trailer for Passengers, a sci-fi adventure, thriller, and love story that takes place on a spaceship headed to an off-planet colony.Passengers was one of the scripts on the 2007 Black List, which is a list of the most liked, but unproduced screenplays. Even just from the two-and-a-half minute trailer, it’s easy to see why. The story follows Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora) and Chris Pratt’s (Jim) characters, who wake up on the ship after only 30 years of a 120-year hibernation.The film is a mix of romance–as the two stranded passengers get to know each other and go on a date at a bar tended by a robotic Michael Sheen–and action, with our heroes working to figure out how and why they woke up early.It’s unclear what kind of conflicts they’ll be facing (or how Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishbourne will play into it), but there’s spacewalks, power outages, a sun flyby, and a lot of chemistry.We can’t wait for this one. Passengers, which is directed by The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum, comes out in theaters on Dec. 21. Watch the trailer below.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Trump on Wednesday indicated that total national security spending would drop under the administration’s fiscal 2020 budget request from $716 billion this year to $700 billion. The president made the surprise announcement to reporters during a Cabinet meeting. He told his cabinet to trim spending by 5 percent across all agency budgets but it appeared the Pentagon would sustain a smaller cut, reported Defense News. Secretary Jim Mattis has said that DOD spending needs to rise by 2 to 3 percent above inflation to pay for modernization and continue rebuilding readiness, but that may not be realistic in the current political environment.Trump’s remarks caught top White House officials off guard, and White House and Pentagon officials declined to elaborate specifically on his comments. “The president has been clear that he is serious about cutting spending, and that was the message he reiterated to his Cabinet yesterday,” a senior administration official told Stars and Stripes on Thursday.Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Scaggs
Bethel’s tribe, ONC announced Monday that they will no longer provide funding for the city’s transit system. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the tribe and the city council at ONC’s offices. Gloria Simeon, President of the ONC Council, says uncertainty of federal funding is a big reason they’re pulling the money.“The sequestration and what’s happening on the national level leaves us in a quandary because we don’t know what the funding is going to be in the next few years,” Simeon said.“We have a new administration coming so we need to kind of close in our funding until we know what’s happening and being basically two years paid in advance in our agreement with the city, we cannot advance any more money in in-kind contributions.”The city has been managing the transit system with contributions from ONC and matching state and federal grants since 2008. Simeon says ONC has contributed about three quarters of a million dollars to date and the council voted unanimously at their regular meeting last week to stop funding it. She says ONC needs to devote more resources to their low-income housing project.The city council in their Tuesday regular meeting showed strong, but cautious interest in stepping in to fund the system. They would have to commit nearly $100,000 from their 2016 budget, which won’t be done until June.John Sargent who manages the city’s grants said Monday ONC cut comes as the city is poised to secure significant transit funding.“We have four buses right now,” he said. “We just got a brand new bus for $63,000 on last year’s grant and we have a bus in the current budget for next year. That would be another $63,000 bus, which we could get delivered and we were hoping to apply for a third bus. So within two years we would have had three new buses.”Shannon Sumner says her decision to move to Bethel from Seattle to work for the Kuskokwim Campus of UAF was partially due to the city’s transit system. She says she rides the bus to work every day and her budget will feel a pinch if it goes away.“I buy a bus pass. It pretty much costs me $3 a day to get to and from work,” Sumner said. “If I take a cab it’s going to cost me $12 a day to get to and from work, and that is a big huge budget difference.”Bethel will have to find another source of funding quickly as a grant requiring matching funds is due in December. If they don’t, Bethel’s bus service could end June 30th.
In recent years scientists have concluded that the origin of gold was the product of an ancient, explosive cosmic event. If you wear a gold ring, there’s a good chance that what you see when it gleams on your finger comes courtesy of a cosmic explosion that happened about 4.6 billion years ago. That’s what two astrophysicists said in a new paper published in Nature in May 2019, which supports the theory that a binary neutron star merger brought to Earth elements such as gold and platinum. While the relatively rare element has been cherished by mankind since at least the 2nd century BC in fragmentary records, the origin of gold was a mystery until the 21st century.Gold has been cherished by mankind since at least the 2nd century BCAstrophysicists Szabolcs Marka at Columbia University and Imre Bartos at the University of Florida said in their study that the collision produced 0.3 percent of Earth’s heaviest metals — including gold, platinum, and uranium.Two gold bracelets from the Hoxne Hoard, in the British Museum. Photo by Fæ CC BY-SA 3.0“This means that in each of us we would find an eyelash worth of these elements, mostly in the form of iodine, which is essential to life,” Bartos said in a statement released to the media. “A wedding ring, which expresses a deep human connection, is also a connection to our cosmic past predating humanity and the formation of Earth itself, with about 10 milligrams of it likely having formed 4.6 billion years ago.”Related Video:This collision is thought to have happened about 100 million years before the Earth was formed, seeding the solar system with the elements.“All the atoms in your wedding band, in the pharaoh’s treasures and the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and still threaten us all, so the story goes, have been formed in cosmic gong shows that reverberated across the heavens,” according to the New York Times.Neutron Star Merger. Photo by NASA“It’s the greatest fireworks show in the universe,” David Reitze of the California Institute of Technology and the executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, told the Times.It was an explosion in 2017 that led many astrophysicists to support this conclusion. On the morning of August 17th, “a ripple in space passed through our planet,” said EarthSky. “It was detected by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors. This cosmic disturbance came from a pair of city-sized neutron stars colliding at one third the speed of light.”Astronomers around the world seized their telescopes in response. What they saw less than 24 hours later was the birth of a brand new star, a kilonova, in a galaxy called NGC 4993, which is some 130 million light years away from Earth.“On August 17, 2017, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory detected gravitational waves from a neutron star collision. Within 12 hours, observatories had identified the source of the event within the galaxy NGC 4993, shown in this Hubble Space Telescope image, and located an associated stellar flare called a kilonova (box). Inset: Hubble observed the kilonova fade over the course of six days.”They also spotted a golden glow. “The spectrum of the kilonova contained the fingerprints of the heaviest elements in the universe,” said Earth Sky. “Its light carried the telltale signature of the neutron-star material decaying into platinum, gold and other so-called ‘r-process elements.’ ”When studying the fireball, astronomers came to the conclusion that it created a cloud of gold dust that was many times more massive than the Earth.In their work, Bartos and Marka compared the composition of meteorites to simulations of the Milky Way. They found that a single collision could have occurred about 100 million years before the formation of Earth, some 1,000 light years from the gas cloud that formed our Solar System.Read another story from us: Universe’s First Ever Molecule Observed in Space for the First Time“Our results address a fundamental quest of humanity: Where did we come from and where are we going?” Marka said. No doubt the origin of gold has played a huge factor in the ensuing history of humanity.
Related posts:Chiquita gets takeover proposal that would kill Fyffes deal UN warns of risk to banana supply after disease spreads Coffee futures rise to 25-month high on global deficit forecast Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’ NEW YORK – Banana giant Chiquita rejected Thursday thetakeover bid by Brazil’s Cutrale and Safra groups, calling their offer “inadequate” and sticking to its plan to merge with European fruit seller Fyffes.The board of Chiquita Brands International turned down the $13 a share, $611 million cash offer for all of its stock made Monday by Cutrale, a global power in orange juice and other fruit juices, and Safra, the wealthy Brazilian investment bank.The offer “is inadequate and not in the best interests of Chiquita shareholders,” the board said. “Having made such a determination, Chiquita has determined not to furnish information to, and have discussions and negotiations with, the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group at this time.”The board said it would continue to back the merger with Fyffes, which would create the world’s largest banana purveyor, with $4.6 billion in annual revenues.That all-stock deal, announced in March, would allow Chiquita to avoid higher U.S. taxes by relocating its statutory headquarters to Ireland, a so-called tax inversion.Chiquita shareholders are slated to meet and vote on the merger in a special meeting on Sept. 17.But the board’s rejection Thursday appeared to leave the door open for a better offer from the two Brazilian suitors.The two companies had argued that theirs was a better deal for shareholders, who have sold off Chiquita shares in the wake of strong comments by U.S. President Barack Obama and other top officials against tax inversions like that which Chiquita is planning.Down about 17 percent since the Fyffes merger was announced, Chiquita shares jumped more than 30 percent Monday on the Cutrale-Safra offer.Since then they have traded above $13, suggesting investors expect a better offer.In after-hours trade Thursday, following the board’s rejection, the shares were at $13.50, barely changed from the day’s official close. Facebook Comments
Buyers’ Remorse: Breaking Down Homeowner Regrets Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Many young homebuyers, despite feeling happy overall happy with their home purchases, felt rushed and dissatisfied with the mortgage process. According to a study from Zillow, 81% of young homeowners (between 18-34 years old) had at least one regret about their home, compared with 65% of those 55 years and older, with the biggest disparity being regrets about their mortgages.”The American Dream of homeownership is still alive and well, and younger buyers who are building families and forging their careers must stretch their budgets to achieve it,” said Zillow Director of Economic Research Skylar Olsen. “They have long wish lists to fit their needs, and are often navigating the process of buying for the first time. While their inexperience may lead to wishing they’d done some things differently, few homeowners regret making the decision to buy instead of rent.”Zillow notes that the lower level of satisfaction among younger buyers could be due to their inexperience with the homebuying process. Additionally, many of these buyers are likely still living in their first home, and 29% of young homeowners regret rushing the process, compared with 12% of older buyers.Millennial homebuyers are also contact more lenders than other groups when planning to buy a home, but are still impacted by more debt affecting their credit scores, and therefore their interest rates.Many millennials are turning 34, the median age of first home purchases, and Zillow states that for these potential buyers, being educated and prepared can help avoid some of these common regrets.High mortgage rates make up the highest share of regrets for first time homebuyers, with 30% of homebuyers aged 18-34 reporting high mortgage payment as their biggest regret, compared to 12% of buyers aged 55 and up. Other regrets include feeling rushed during the mortgage process, high interest rates, type of mortgage, and simply deciding to buy a home instead of renting. Homebuyers Millennials mortgage regret 2019-05-29 Seth Welborn May 29, 2019 505 Views
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D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “It’s a real unfortunate situation, what happened to Levi,” Young said Monday in Flagstaff. “I’ve just got to pick up the reigns and keep it going.”Young has never taken a snap at left tackle in an NFL game — let alone started one — so it’s fair to question just how ready he is for the role.However, the 24-year-old is confident that while he’s still got work to do and room to improve, he is up to the task.“I’m being coached by one of the greats, Russ Grimm,” he said. “People believing in me, the coaching staff just plugging me in there to go right away.”Young, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2011. He spent most of last season on Arizona’s practice squad.He said he began college as a defensive lineman before being moved to right tackle, and then finished his time in school at left tackle.So, he said this is his third year on the left side of the offensive line.“I’m still learning the ropes; I’ve just got to get better,” he said.Young knows struggles could cost the team wins and him a job.“No spot on the football field is guaranteed, you always have to work and keep on working,” he said, adding that there are always players who could replace him and get the job done. “It’s up to me and it’s up to rest of the coaching staff to put me in the right situation and get the job done.” Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report The Arizona Cardinals re-signed Levi Brown in the offseason because they felt it would be better to keep him around than try to replace him.Unfortunately, both possibilities have come true.The Cardinals lost Brown to a torn triceps Friday night against the Oakland Raiders, putting his season in doubt and the Cardinals line in a state of flux.Enter D.J. Young.The second-year pro out of Michigan State will get the start at left tackle for the Cardinals Thursday against the Tennessee Titans, making him the first candidate to replace Brown. 0 Comments Share