first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources (TSX:TECK.B) has announced plans to issue a special dividend to its shareholders, in addition to its regular dividend, and increase its share buyback program by $230 million.The diversified mining company, based in Vancouver, says the two measures are being taken because of Teck’s strong cash position.Its shareholders of record as of Dec. 15 will receive a supplemental dividend of 40 cents per share on top of the regular dividend, which is five cents per quarter.The total cost of the dividend payments on Dec. 29 will be $260 million. Teck will also spend an additional $230 million on its existing share buyback program to repurchase class B shares through the end of March.Teck’s B shares have recently traded about where they began 2017, just above $27, but were below $20 each in mid June. They closed at $27.06 on Thursday and opened Friday at $27.44, a gain of 1.4 per cent.Teck chairman Norman Keevil said in a statement that the board wants shareholders to benefit directly the company’s strong results.“We are also committed to adjusting our capital spending plans consistent with prudent management of our balance sheet as we move into 2018,” Keevil said in the statement, issued Thursday after the Toronto Stock Exchanged closed.last_img read more


first_imgGandhinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah filed his nomination papers on Saturday for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani accompanied Shah. The BJP chief submitted his nomination form to the Gandhinagar district collector and returning officer S K Langa. Earlier in the day, Shah addressed a rally with the National Democratic Alliance leaders and conducted a roadshow in Ahmedabad. BJP patriarch L K Advani had represented the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat for the last six terms.last_img


“The Gillard Government is making it crystal clear that those who pay smugglers are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process,” O’Connor said.“We are committed to breaking the evil people smuggling trade, deterring people from taking dangerous journeys by boat and saving lives at sea. O’Connor said returning the group to Sri Lankans sends a powerful message. The Navy yesterday intercepted a boat with 52 people heading to Australia, the latest in a series of busts on boat people.Among those arrested were 45 minority Tamils and 7 Sinhalese. There were 20 children on the boat, the Sri Lankan navy said. (Colombo Gazette) “When people arrive in Australia without authorisation, any claims they make for their reasons to travel to Australia are assessed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.“If these claims are not covered by Australia’s international obligations, they will be returned to their homeland wherever possible.“There is no visa on arrival, there is no speedy outcome, and there is no special treatment. Their return takes the number of Sri Lankans sent home to 1206 – 994 of them involuntarily – since August last year. “We will continue to transfer people to Nauru and Manus Island.” A further 28 Sri Lankan irregular maritime arrivals have been returned to Colombo after failing to meet Australia’s international obligations, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said today.The group departed Christmas Island yesterday and arrived in Sri Lanka today. read more


Sumathipala later discussed the issue with the Speaker and informed Parliament that the officer had been turned back. (Colombo Gazette) The Parliamentarian said that the Bribery Commission has no right to seek a meeting with him in Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today turned back an officer from the Bribery Commission who had attempted to hand over a letter to Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa.Weerawansa raised objections in Parliament when he heard that the officer had come and asked to meet him in Parliament instead of going to his residence. Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, who was in the Chair at the time, agreed that the Bribery Commission officer should have gone to Weerawansa’s residence to hand over the letter and not Parliament.


The Royal couple will also meet with young athletes and para-athletes who will represent Sri Lanka at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.“We are delighted to have The Earl and Countess of Wessex in Sri Lanka to celebrate the strong links between our two countries, young people and the Commonwealth. Their visit comes just two months before we host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London and allows us to celebrate our Commonwealth links and the important role young people will play in developing its potential,” British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said. During their visit to the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Ratmalana, they will meet able and differently-abled young people following the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, and witness how the scheme helps the communication impaired integrate into society in meaningful ways. During the visit the Royal couple will meet young people overcoming challenges from a variety of communities across Sri Lanka. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex, arrived in Sri Lanka today.Their five day visit will focus on the long-standing UK and Sri Lanka relationship, the Commonwealth, education and young people, the British High Commission in Colombo said. Prince Edward is the youngest child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.They will represent The Queen at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on Sunday.The Earl and Countess will also travel to Kandy where they will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical Gardens. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Apple Inc., down $3.04 to $205.70The maker of iPhones faces more tariffs on some of its products in the escalating U.S.-China trade war.Newmont Goldcorp Corp., up 50 cents to $40.39The price of gold jumped as investors shifted their focus to less risky holdings.Conn’s Inc., up $3.69 to $23.85The retailer blew past Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts and also topped revenue expectations.CNH Industrial NV, down 28 cents to $9.98The industrial vehicle company is spinning off its truck unit as part of a five-year restructuring plan.Concho Resources Inc., down $3.71 to $69.44The oil and gas company is selling its New Mexico assets for $925 million to Spur Energy Partners.Chevron Corp., down $1.45 to $116.27The price of oil fell as the U.S. and China expanded tariffs on a wide range of products and further threatened global economic growth.Boeing Co., down $9.67 to $354.42United Airlines and American Airlines have both delayed until December the expected return of Boeing 737 Max jets.Bank of America Corp., down 46 cents to $27.05Bond yields fell sharply, which forces interest rates lower on loans.The Associated Press read more


Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Federal officials say there’ll be no problem adding Manitoba to the growing list of provinces where Ottawa will have to apply a carbon tax — but they’re still not ready to say exactly how the revenues raised by the tax will be given back to people in those provinces.“We’re still completely on track to implement in regions where it is required by Jan. 1,” said an official in Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office.Manitoba did a sudden about-face Wednesday on its plan to start charging a $25 per tonne carbon tax this fall. Premier Brian Pallister said he was backing off because he could not get Ottawa to promise it wouldn’t force Manitoba to raise that price to $30 in 2020, $40 in 2021 and then to $50 in 2022.Jack Mintz: Only in the Twilight Zone will carbon taxes make families ‘richer’‘Don’t kill yourself with good intentions’: Notley fires direct shots at Ottawa over proposed energy rulesWhy even the highest carbon price in a decade won’t save the planetMcKenna said she’s “perplexed” by Pallister’s move, since Ottawa is still in the middle of reviewing Manitoba’s plan to determine whether it meets the federal standard.Under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, provinces that don’t have at least a $20-per-tonne price on carbon emissions by Jan. 1 will have such a price applied by Ottawa. All revenues from it are to be returned to people of the province where the money is collected but the details about how that rebate system will work have yet to be announced.To avoid having the federal price imposed on them, all provinces had to submit their carbon pricing plans by Sept. 1 and McKenna told The Canadian Press recently that reviews of all those plans were ongoing. Speaking a few days before Manitoba’s pull-back, she said only Saskatchewan and Ontario were clearly lacking.Saskatchewan’s government has rejected a carbon price from Day 1 and is planning to sue Ottawa over it. Ontario’s new Conservative government under Doug Ford cancelled that province’s cap and trade system almost before the ink on its swearing-in papers was dry.Manitoba is now on that list, and it seems likely both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will be found lacking because their plans are to largely use existing programs rather than introduce new taxes.Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Newfoundland hasn’t made public its plan. Nova Scotia has a cap-and-trade regime on its big industrial emitters and it’s not clear yet if that will meet Ottawa’s requirement for a broad-based carbon price.Alberta will be fine for Jan. 1 but Premier Rachel Notley is no longer committing to raising her province’s carbon price in line with federal requirements because she is irritated that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in limbo. Regardless, if Notley loses the Alberta election next year to United Conservative Party under Jason Kenney, he intends to kill the carbon tax in that province entirely.A federal official speaking on background said the government needs to have all the reviews done and the plans in place by early December, if a Jan. 1 implementation date is to be met. She said an announcement on how carbon price rebates will work is likely come at the same time Ottawa announces which provinces have not met the federal standard.McKenna reiterated that she would prefer provinces to have their own plans, but “if they don’t there will be a price on pollution across the country.”When Ottawa first said it intended to force a national price on pollution, in the fall of 2016, it was at a time when the majority of governments across Canada were Liberal or carbon-tax friendly. While several of the Atlantic provinces were lukewarm at best to the idea of a carbon price, they still signed onto the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.One of McKenna’s favourite talking points was to say “80 per cent of Canadians live in a province with a price on pollution.”She can no longer say that.With several provinces backing away from carbon pricing the federal Conservatives are demanding the Liberals rethink their strategy.“The Liberal carbon tax plan is clearly in shambles,” Alberta MP Mike Lake said during question period Thursday. read more


FREDERICTON – Eastern Canadian premiers are stressing the need to make Canada’s case on cross-border trade at every opportunity in the Donald Trump era.The eastern premiers — including Quebec’s Philippe Couillard — and New England governors meet Sunday and Monday in Charlottetown.The host premier, Wade MacLauchlan, says current talks on NAFTA and softwood lumber will be top of mind, but all five premiers and six governors know the importance of bolstering trade ties.“They are all free traders. They believe in an open border and they see in their states the direct benefits of an open economy,” MacLauchlan said.Still, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said it doesn’t hurt to remind American officials that nine million jobs in the United States are linked to trade with Canada, and 30 states have Canada as their largest trading partner.“Trade with the United States is so important that we have to take every little opportunity we can find to reiterate the importance between the United States and Canada,” Gallant said.Earlier in the week — during a campaign-style rally in Arizona — Trump said the United States had been taken advantage of under NAFTA, and he didn’t think a deal could be reached.“So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point,” Trump said.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said while there are strong ties between the eastern provinces and nearby states, no one should take that relationship for granted.“Quite frankly I think that’s happened for a period of time, that previous governments spent their time in other places and not cultivating the relationship with the New England governors. They are an important trading partner,” McNeil said.“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done in Asia over the last 3 1/2 years with the growth of our exports in seafood, but let’s be clear, our American neighbours are by far our leading trading partner. We need to continue to cultivate that relationship and continue to build on it,” he said.McNeil said Nova Scotia exports about a billion dollars worth of rubber products from its Michelin plants each year to the United States, as well as lobster and other products.For New Brunswick, 60 per cent of exports go to New England.“This is an opportunity for us to talk about trade, talk about Canada-U.S. relations and talk about how both those things are very important to the New Brunswick economy, the Canadian economy and the United States economy, Gallant said.MacLauchlan said Prince Edward Island has seen its exports to the United States increase by 20 per cent in the first six months of this year.The elected officials will take part in a number of panel discussions on energy and food innovation. Representatives from companies such as Emera, Nalcor and Tesla are on the panels.As well, hundreds of businesses have been invited for “matchmaking” sessions to develop new cross-border trading relationships.It’s the first time the businesses have been invited to the sessions with the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Such sessions have been a regular component of meetings the premiers have held with the governors from southeastern states. Premiers, governors to discuss cross-border trade at Charlottetown meeting New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan, Rhode island Commissioner Marion Gold, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis, PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Maine Governor Paul Lepage, and Nova Scotia MLA Michel Samson pose for a photo atthe 39th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in St.John’s, N.L., Monday, August 31, 2015. Eastern Canadian premiers are stressing the need to make Canada’s case on cross-border trade at every opportunity in the Donald Trump era. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 8:33 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


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OSU junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell spikes the ball in the direction of two Rutger players in a match against the Scarlet Knights Nov. 8 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerAfter a late push, the No. 17 Ohio State women volleyball team fell short against Michigan in four sets (22-25, 14-25, 25-21, 23-25).After losing to No. 9 Illinois last week, junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said the Buckeyes (18-10, 9-7) needed to be more aggressive to beat the Wolverines (12-14, 7-9).While aggressiveness showed up at times, mistakes plagued the OSU offense throughout the match.In front of a crowd of 1,700 in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Buckeyes had 28 attacking errors while the Wolverines had 20. Those errors led to a .190 attacking percentage for OSU as Michigan hit .234 in the match.Down two sets to none, the Buckeyes won set three, and caused problems for the Wolverines in the fourth.After being down 17-9, OSU went on a 14-7 run to get back into the set. However Michigan used one final push to score the match-winning point.The Buckeyes and Wolverines each had three players tally double-digit kills.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger followed up her career-high 27 kills by tying for the game high with 14 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and Campbell had with 13 and 12 kills, respectively.Freshman defensive specialist Caroline Knop and freshman outside hitter Adeja Lambert led the Wolverines in kills with 14 each, followed by sophomore middle blocker Abby Cole with 10.Buckeye senior setter Taylor Sherwin followed up her historic night of achieving a top-five mark in total assists at OSU with a double-double, consisting of 42 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Valeria León followed up her career-high of 26 digs with 12, which tied Knop for the match high.The Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus for their final three home games of the season. OSU is scheduled to play an improved Iowa (13-14, 5-11) team that lost nine of its first 10 Big Ten matches, on Wednesday and Big Ten conference leader No. 4 Wisconsin (24-2, 15-1) on Friday. Minnesota (16-11, 6-10) is scheduled to play the Buckeyes in their final home match on Nov. 26. All three matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more


Members of the OSU synchronized swimming team compete in the U.S. Collegiate National Championships on March 28 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes clinched their 29th national title in program history.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State women’s synchronized swim team made history this past weekend by winning its 29th U.S. Collegiate National Championship on its own turn at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. While the championship brings an end to the 2015 season, the offseason isn’t necessarily a break.Coach Holly Vargo-Brown admitted she woke up the day after OSU picked up its title wondering what routines the Buckeyes would pull together for next year’s championships.“It’s a process that starts immediately after the season finishes,” Vargo-Brown said. “We’ll start looking for music, we’ll start choreography next fall and it takes five to six months to create and perfect what we ultimately end up with in March.”The Scarlet team’s routine this year was themed around time, with clock-like movements and the constant sounds of ticking in the background. The Gray team’s winning routine was themed around space, with intricate movements and flips incorporated into their choreography. The teams combined to give the Buckeyes their winning score of 93.0.Vargo-Brown said she enjoyed the idea of using concepts that work together for the theme, like using fire and ice to win the national championship last year in Arizona.Considering the meticulous work that goes in to each new routine, senior Heidi Liou said she was impressed by the Buckeyes’ execution.“I still can’t believe that all the hard work that we’ve put in paid off,” she said. “We were here during our spring training from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. We even had practice on Sunday.”Senior captain Khadija Zanotto needed a minute to find the words to explain how winning the national championship felt.“We won a championship my freshman year and now ending with a championship, it just feels like the perfect career here at Ohio State,” she said.After the Buckeyes’ outstanding season, Vargo-Brown was named the U.S. Collegiate Coach of the Year for the third time.“Certainly it’s not just me that coaches this program. I gratefully accept this for our entire coaching staff,” Vargo-Brown said. “The expectation of always giving your best helps us coach better student-athletes because we feel the energy and we gain motivation from that.”While Vargo-Brown has only been the head coach at OSU since 2012, she has a history with the Buckeyes spanning back to 1981 as a four-time letterwinner, All-American and as a member of the 1982 and 1983 U.S. Collegiate championship teams.“She really nurtures us and really tries to have a very cohesive team that’s focused on a championship and on winning,” Zanotto said. “She’s just a phenomenal coach and brings out the best in the athletes.”Now with yet another title under her belt, Vargo-Brown and the Buckeyes have a chance to dream about their next routine before putting it into action. read more


first_imgAn obsession with making shops and high streets standing-room-only zones to pack in more and more retail space is transforming Britain’s towns for the worse – and could be costing the country billions, a new report warns.The decline of basic amenities such as street benches and sofas in shops is forcing millions of older people to think twice about venturing into shopping areas despite having more disposable income to spend than previous generations and even forcing them out of town centres altogether, it concludes.The study was commissioned by the care and housing charity Anchor which is launching a campaign to persuade retailers and councils to provide seating for shoppers.They argue that the absence of something as basic as somewhere to sit down is having a devastating effect on the lives of many elderly people, increasing their sense of isolation by deterring them from going out.A study by the International Longevity Centre UK think-tank to be published later this week calculates that the lack of basic measures to improve accessibility for older people could be costing British retails £3.8 billion a year in lost business. While many praised simple technological changes such as touch-screen systems in catalogue stores which made it easier to shop many said the basic difficulty of getting over-rode positive changes.The lack of public lavatories proved to be one of the biggest obstacles for some. Others complained not only that there was a shortage of places to sit down and that where it did exist it was often separate from passers-by, often even facing away from people.Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, said: “It’s unjust for older people not to have equal access to shops and leisure activities.“This generation is often cut off from the online world, so it’s crucial we enable them to connect in other ways.“Standing Up 4 Sitting Down calls for change that benefits everyone.“For shops, providing seating is a great opportunity to boost footfall and spending.“For older people, it offers the opportunity for important social contact to tackle loneliness, encourages physical exercise, and allows a generation the chance to live later life to its fullest.”Nona Hall, a 93-year-old Anchor resident from Attleborough, Norfolk, added: “Being independent is so important to me.“Even with my walker, it would be very difficult for me to make it to the shops without stopping for a rest part way.“More seating would allow me to be more active and venture a bit further into town on my own.“It would make it more enjoyable and stop me from missing out.” Seating can come in handyCredit:MICHAEL KAPPELER shopping It concludes that the simple absence of seats in shops could help explain what economists have dubbed the “retirement consumption puzzle” – the fact that spending declines with age even though people are often more comfortably off than when they were younger.The study links lower spending in old age with accessibility. It calculates, for example that older people with mobility problems spend 16 per cent less on clothing and 11.5 per cent less on leisure than those of the same age with no difficulty getting around but, crucially, no less than on essentials such as groceries. Even with my walker, it would be very difficult for me to make it to the shops without stopping for a rest part wayNona Hall, 93center_img merkel-obama That suggests that for many the real barrier is not cost but basic accessibility. The report concludes that the impact will be felt more and more in the coming years as the elderly population grows.“It is vital that all communities, large and small, better understand the changing demographics of their inhabitants,” it concludes.“The design of shops can prevent or encourage access to the high street and thus foster spending.“Local transport infrastructure can also determine whether an older person is capable of even making the journey to their local high street, and the actual design of the high street itself can be reviewed in order to make it more accessible for an older population.”A separate poll commissioned for Anchor’s “Standing Up 4 Sitting Down” campaign found that almost eight in 10 (78 per cent) of over-70s believe their local high street is not suited to their needs, rising to 88 per cent for women.Two thirds of older people specifically said that a lack of anywhere to sit down in shopping areas is a problem.The findings echo those of a research paper by a team of design and transport experts and engineers at Leeds University two years ago which warned that town centres are becoming virtual elderly-free zones as an unintended consequence of changes such as closing public lavatories and stripping out benches.The researchers recruited a group of older people with differing levels of mobility and asked them to travel into Leeds and record their experiences. 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKaneville housewife succumbs to Kuru-Kururu public road accidentMay 24, 2018In “Crime”Driver of Allion in smash-up on the Kuru-Kururu public road succumbsMay 19, 2018In “Crime”2nd person succumbs in two vehicle smash-up on the Kuru-Kururu public roadMay 17, 2018In “Crime” Two friends were earlier today arraigned with the stabbing to death of 53-year-old Rohan Persaud of Samatha Point Grove, East Bank Demerara which occurred on Wednesday last.Heeman Gocool and Khemraj Persaud appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on February 13, at Samatha Point, Grover, EBD, they murdered, Rohan Persaud.Dead, Rohan PersaudThey were remanded to prison until March 12, 2019. It was reported that on the day in question, Persaud was stabbed to death by one of the two men whom he had accused of having an affair with his reputed wife.His body was found with a gaping wound to the abdomen. At the time of the discovery, his T-shirt was also rolled up around his neck while his back several marks of violence.It was previously reported that one of the suspects moved in with Persaud following a misunderstanding with his brother. However, while there, he started to have an affair with the now dead man’s wife.This nevertheless resulted in several arguments between the now dead man and his reputed wife causing her to leave the home.Meanwhile, it was during a drinking spree that the suspects and Persaud had an argument which turned into a scuffle. The suspects, according to the police picked up a stingray (fish) bone and dealt Persaud one stab to his abdomen.He fell to the ground and was left at the scene while the two suspects fled the scene. read more


first_imgMicro Vault Mach : une clé USB 3.0 signée SonySony vient de lancer une nouvelle série de clés USB 3.0. Baptisées Micro Vault Mach, elles sont conçues pour résister aux chocs grâce à leurs coques en aluminium, et sont déclinées en quatre versions allant de 8 à 64 Go.Sony enrichit sa gamme de clés USB d’un premier modèle 3.0 baptisé Micro Vault Mach. Disponible en quatre versions, allant de 8 à 64 Go, cette clé offre des taux de transfert très performants, pouvant atteindre, d’après le constructeur 120 Mo/s en lecture. La clé de 8 Go devra, elle, se contenter de 60 Mo/s, et la vitesse de lecture sera réduite à 30 Mo/s pour un usage USB 2.0.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sony présente la Micro Vault Mach comme une clé très résistante, capable de supporter des chocs grâce à sa coque en aluminium brossé qui lui offre aussi la légèreté. La clé pèse en effet seulement 14 grammes. Comme les précédents modèles de la firme japonaise, le connecteur USB de ces nouvelles clés est rétractable. Aucun risque donc d’en perdre le capuchon !Reste seulement à connaître les prix des quatre Micro Vault Mach, qui seront commercialisées d’ici à la fin du mois. A noter qu’elles seront garanties cinq ans, et seront proposées avec des logiciels téléchargeables, dont File Rescue et Pict Story. Le 23 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgJurgen Klopp’s side had been heavily linked to the Roma Goalkeeper, but it now looks likely Alisson will be staying in Italy.According to Sky Sports, Liverpool are unwilling to match Roma’s whopping €80 million valuation of the Brazilian shot-stopper, with Real Madrid now favourites to secure his services for next season.Alisson has enjoyed two impressive years at the Stadion Olimpico and has firmly established himself as Brazil’s number one going into the World Cup in Russia.He stated his belief in his future being resolved within the next few days, speaking after yesterdays friendly victory over Austria: “I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup,”“To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil.”“There are possibilities on which we are working, but always together with Roma and with respect to my club.”This news will be a blow for Liverpool fans who had hoped to replace Lloris Karius as quickly as possible, following his now infamous performance in the Champions League Final last month.last_img read more


first_img Gaming Share your voice 0 The drama between Apex Legends players and Respawn started last Tuesday with the release of the Iron Crown Collection Event. The limited event included a new solo mode, which was something fans have been asking for quite a while because the game places players into groups of three. However, it was the special edition outfits that became a point of contention. The event had a selection of skins that were only obtainable during the two weeks it ran. While players could obtain a few outfits for free, the rest would need to be purchased via loot boxes, which didn’t guarantee a certain skin would be in the box. Players took to Reddit and Twitter to express their disappointment. Respawn responded on Friday with a post from project lead Drew McCoy about an update to the Iron Crown event. Players were told that character skins will be made available at the in-game store starting Aug. 20. The outfits will be rotated every two days until Aug. 27, allowing players to buy the outfits they prefer for 1,800 Apex Coins, or approximately $18. In a Reddit thread about the update, players lashed out at the development team and responses from McCoy and Respawn community manager Jay Frechette. The two explained the decisions made by the developers to angry players but also fired back at commentors.”Just give us the opportunity to make changes and do the right thing, that’s all,” McCoy told one poster. “Also, don’t be a dick. It was quite the treat to wake up on Wednesday to a parade of awful Tweets because someone posted an old quote of mine here. Devs are people too, ya know.” On Tuesday, the Apex Legends subreddit was somewhat calm following the apology from Zampella. The top comment on a thread about the apology says both developers and some players were acting like jerks while issues with the game have yet to be resolved. Respawn Entertainment didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.  Post a commentcenter_img pic.twitter.com/j8woV7g9Tx— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) August 19, 2019 Tags There’s some bad blood between Respawn Entertainment and its player base.  Respawn Entertainment Respawn Entertainment’s CEO apologized on Monday after members of the development team referred to some Apex Legends players as “freeloaders” and called one person “a dick.” The heated argument between players and developers took place on Reddit Friday on a thread about the upcoming update to the Iron Crown Collection Event. Respawn’s Vince Zampella said members of his team had “crossed a line.” “I apologize to any of our fans that were offended,” he tweeted Monday. “I will always stand behind the team here at Respawn and support them on speaking out against some of the toxic and nasty comments being directed at them, including everything from death threats to comments aimed at their family and loved ones. But we wouldn’t contribute to it when we do comment, and add to the very thing we want to prevent.”last_img read more


first_imgAfter a two year hiatus, Out North Theater in Anchorage has re-opened. And their newest show harks back to their beginnings–raising awareness of new artists and social issues.Download Audio“The Perfect Arrangement” starts out like the perfect 1950s sit-com. Three couples sit around a living room discussing hors-d’oeuvres and mixed drinks.“Please everyone, eat up! If there are any of Norma’s canapes left over, I’ll eat every single one!” exclaims one character.But the show soon takes a turn — the perfect couples have a dangerous secret. They are hiding their sexuality while others are being persecuted for that very same reason.“Every poor bastard that you fire walks right by my desk, sobbing and destroyed,” exclaims one of the women. “And I sit there, staring at my wedding band, feeling every inch the fraud I am. And today that got to me, okay? When Oswald Mews, who you know is not a damn fag, walked out with his life in shambles, unemployable, fired for something that isn’t even true for him but is very true for us, it got me.”Out North’s first production since their temporary closure deals with the Lavender Scare, when government employees were fired for being homosexuals. It’s being produced by Anchorage’s newest theater company, Walking Shadows. Company founder Krista Schwarting says “The Perfect Arrangement” is helping fill the gap of socially conscious productions in Anchorage. She says equal rights and treatment for LGBT community are still issues today.“I’m still watching all of these debates happening of a marriage still being between a man and woman. Yes, we have come a ways. But we still have a ways to go.”Out North Board President Caleb Bourgeois says the play fits the organization’s history and mission perfectly.“Out North is this 30-year-old organization that started as an LGBT theater company, so producing plays that at that time really were not in public sphere, not in the public eye of Anchorage.”Bourgeois says the organization took a break in 2013 because of financial troubles. The board laid off staff, reorganized and now they’re back, offering work space for artists and theater companies, and a radio station that plays local music and podcasts.“But Out North is just special because it privileges the underdog and really gives that opportunity for the emerging artist or the underrepresented artist or person to be able to share their story and their voice.”The west coast premiere of “The Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne starts in Anchorage Thursday night at Out North Contemporary Art House.last_img read more


first_imgIt is proving to be an IPL for the veterans — Harbhajan Singh, then Andre Russell, Yuvraj Singh and now Chris Gayle. After Kings XI Punjab were invited to bat first on a two-paced surface at Jaipur, KL Rahul was dismissed in the very first over. This forced Gayle to buckle down and suss the surface.However, when he got past 6 runs, he scripted a record by becoming the fastest batsman to breach the 4,000 runs mark in the IPL. And then he motored along — it was vintage Gayle — it was the Gayle who took centre stage and pounded Jaydev Unadkat for 18 runs to gallop along to 50. He was not stopping anytime soon and blazed away.However, it was a short fast bouncer from Ben Stokes which cramped Chris Gayle as he hooked it away, but Rahul Tripathi was sharp at deep mid-wicket, as he leapt and latched on to a smart catch to end a breezy bright innings.Rajasthan clawed back after Gayle’s dismissal Chris GayleIANSRajasthan clawed their way back into the game after Gayle’s dismissal. Nicholas Pooran and Sarfaraz threw the bats around in the final overs to propel the score to 184 in their allotted 20 overs. It was not a very good day for Jaydev Unadkat who leaked runs in the middle and final phase.”New recruits in the side, lots of young talent. New season, new hopes. Don’t think the wicket will change much, but we were also looking to bowl first. Hopefully with our bowling attack we can defend the score. As far as this bunch goes, they are very keen, and there is no baggage from the past (given that Kings XI haven’t won a game at this stadium), so we don’t care about the old records,” KXIP skipper R Ashwin said at the toss. Gayle missed out on his centuryIANSFor Ajinkya Rahane, it was exciting to start in home conditions and he wanted his side to enjoy themselves out in the field.”It’s important to start well, and the preparation that we have had has been fantastic. We need to start well, get some momentum, and stay in the moment. We’ll bowl first. Looks like a good wicket. We have had some practice matches. Won’t change much, this pitch. It’s all about staying in the moment and following the process,” Rahane said.last_img read more


first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneThe South Texas Family Residential Center is an immigrant detention center in Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio.A week after reports first surfaced that a migrant child had died after leaving an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility near Dilley, state officials have opened an investigation into possible abuse or neglect.Until now, such probes — by government agencies and media alike — have been stymied by a lack of information. After reports of a child’s death emerged on social media, the child’s family has remained quiet, and its lawyers have declined to provide any identifying information about the child, including his or her name, age and specific cause of death.ICE officials denied last week that a child had died in any of its facilities, but said they couldn’t investigate without more information. State officials and lawmakers lamented the same obstacle at a Thursday morning committee hearing, pleading with the family or their supporters to provide any further details.The family’s pro-bono counsel, of the Washington, D.C., law firm Arnold & Porter, passed that information on to state investigators on Thursday afternoon shortly after the hearing.“We have provided the information requested by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and are cooperating fully with them,” a spokeswoman for Arnold & Porter confirmed Thursday afternoon.Both the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission are investigating the incident, the agencies confirmed.News of the investigation was first reported by The Dallas Morning News.The agencies have not released any information about the child, saying only that officials have sufficient information to open an investigation. The family’s lawyers said earlier this week that the “small child” “tragically died after being detained by ICE in unsanitary conditions.”ICE facilities are federally run, but Texas state agencies have certain powers to investigate them. DFPS can investigate any allegations of abuse or neglect of a child at the facilities, and HHSC licenses such facilities.The Dilley facility, in South Texas, is one of two family detention centers in Texas and has the capacity to hold 2,400 people. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgThe current generation of games consoles are more than just machines for playing video games on. You can surf the web, access services like Netflix, and stream media through them from different devices. Sony has decided to take that additional functionality a step further by announcing a new media hub called nasne.Nasne combines a digital tuner with a 500GB hard drive in a box that looks like a squashed PS3. It connects to your home network and allows for both digital terrestrial and satellite programming to be recorded on to the drive for later viewing, but you can also stream that content to your PS Vita, Sony-branded tablets, laptops, and smartphones.The nasne may be a standalone box, but you can plug up to four of them into your PS3, effectively giving you access to four channel recording simultaneously. Alternatively, you don’t require a PS3, you can instead just hook nasne up to your home network and access it through a PS Vita.Deciding what to record and watch is handled through a free app that ships with nasne called torne. There are versions available for the different platforms, with both PS3 and PS Vita apps confirmed. Sony must also have an Android app ready for its tablets and smartphone though, and another for Windows.For the moment, it looks as if Japan is the only market Sony will release nasne in, and that happens on July 19 with the media hub costing around $210. That’s quite expensive seeing as you only get one tuner and 500GB of storage, but then Sony isn’t known for offering cheap console peripherals.More at Sony Japan, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more