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first_imgTORONTO — Hate crimes were reported relatively more frequently in Hamilton last year than in any other city in the country, according to new data from Statistics Canada.As in previous years, the city outpaced Quebec City and Ottawa when it came to the 1,798 incidents reported to police across Canada last year.Following a 47 per cent surge in 2017, the number of police-reported hate crimes in Canada dipped 13 per cent last year, Statistics Canada reported. Despite the slight decline, the number of hate crimes in 2018 aligns with the upward trend observed since 2014.Hamilton, however, saw no decline last year, climbing 6.6 per cent in 2018 after a 30 per cent jump in 2017.At 17.1 reported incidents per 100,000 population, the Hamilton rate was more than three times the national average of 4.9 per cent per 100,000 people. By contrast, Quebec City had 11 and Ottawa 9.8.Some observers said the Steeltown numbers came as no surprise.“We have been a hot bed for far-right, neo-Nazi organizing,” said Matthew Green, executive director for the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. “What has been accepted as acceptable discourse now includes such a far range of racist, xenophobic, homophobic language that people feel like it’s OK for them to say things and do things under the guise of free speech that cross the threshold of hate crimes.”The Statistics Canada data, released on Tuesday, show 97 hate incidents were reported to Hamilton police in 2018. Of those, 41 were against the Black community, and another 30 were directed at Jewish people. In 2016, Hamilton saw 70 hate crimes reported, with 26 per cent aimed at the black population and 27 per cent at Jews.Hamilton Det. Paul Corrigan said the most common form of hate crime was graffiti, most of which involved swastikas, with assaults in second place.Tina Fetner, an associate sociology professor at McMaster University, said Hamilton has high levels of diversity and inequality. She wondered how many of the reports resulted in convictions. Diversity of residents is not reflected in the leadership of the city, Fetner said. At the same time, she said, hatemongers have had free rein.“There’s been a tolerance for extreme right and, some would say, hate groups that have been mobilizing around City Hall on a weekly basis,” Fetner said. “There’s been a tolerance for people with white supremacist ties (and) people with anti-LGBTQ histories who have been given a place to perform their activism with no consequences.”In a statement, Mayor Fred Eisenberger urged residents to stand up against prejudice, exclusion and discrimination.“The statistics show that hate is an ongoing challenge in our city,” Eisenberger said. “An increase in reported hate crimes can be a direct result of increased outreach by our police services or greater public awareness and encouragement of reporting hate.”Corrigan said Hamilton police have been providing officers with sensitivity training, talking about discrimination in schools, and hosting up to 70 events in the community each year. The fact that people are reporting hate incidents is a good thing, he said.“Being No. 1 is not where we want to be, but it does show that we are reaching out to communities and communities are talking to us,” Corrigan said.Green, however, said most racism and hate crimes remain unreported. He said city leaders had failed to publicly denounce white supremacy, thereby emboldening and legitimizing racism while unintentionally alienating marginalized members of the community.“We are unsurprised that there’s a growing boldness and public face to this movement that has been largely underground for the last decade,” Green said. “They have re-emerged but they certainly have not just appeared out of the blue.”Green, a former city councillor, also said what police call a hate crime is problematic.“We have to take a serious look at the threshold of a hate crime, who gets to decide what that is,” he said. “The laws as they stand create too much of an arbitrary decision by law enforcement.”Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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1 June 2010United Nations agencies are preparing to assist tens of thousands of people in the wake of tropical storm Agatha, which resulted in heavy flooding, landslides and other calamities in parts of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. All three countries have declared emergencies following the storm, which is reported to have caused 92 deaths in Guatemala – which received the largest amount of rainfall registered in over 60 years – and caused over 150,000 people to be evacuated. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that rains are continuing, especially in Guatemala, but the tropical storm has been downgraded to a low pressure system and is dissipating gradually.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated an initial amount of $50,000 for assessments and for defining an early recovery strategy. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) is requesting $500,000 to provide initial assistance to some 10,000 people for 15 days. This is in addition to the relief and food items being sent by the Government to the affected areas.The situation in Guatemala has been made worse by the ashes of the Pacaya volcano, which began erupting last Thursday in the south of the country.In neighbouring Honduras, 14 deaths have been reported in the wake of the storm. The WFP office in that country has pledged to deliver more than 12,000 pounds of food aid. Ten people have reportedly died in El Salvador, where some 11,000 people were evacuated. OCHA stands ready to support and has put a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team on standby. It has also provided a list of available emergency relief goods ready to be shipped from the UN warehouse in Brindisi, Italy. read more

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Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran gave evidence today before the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam.Mahendran was the Governor of the Central Bank at the time the alleged scam took place.

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“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a big shift, a sense of self-confidence a sense that it can be beaten,” David Nabarro said in an interview with the UN News Centre this afternoon. “[The shift] started in early December in Liberia, with some parts of the country that had been so badly affected beforehand reporting near zero or zero cases; other parts of the country at least beginning to feel better.”This, Dr. Nabarro said, is a major change from when he took up his position last August. He describes the situation then as ‘frightening’ and filled with unknowns. “We were bracing ourselves for some very bad news,” he said. “And there was bad news. September was worse, and October was difficult.”In September, cases in the region were rising by 150 per day and the daily tally was increasing exponentially, with the outbreak accelerating ahead of the response. Since then, the daily figure for new cases has reduced to about 50 per day, with the number of cases week-by-week gradually reducing. The Governments of the affected countries have been leading efforst to curb the spread of the virus, supported by the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER), operating in an area the size of France.In recent weeks, Dr. Nabarro said, the response has taken on a much more local feel, shifting from treatment, safe burials and community mobilization to focusing on identifying those most at risk and those who have the disease, isolating them, and tracking down everybody with whom they have had contact.“The phase that we’re involved in right now is called ‘case finding and contact tracing,’” he said. “It’s like detective work. And that’s where we are right now, with the absolute goal of reaching the point where there is no more Ebola infection in the region, and at the same time where we’re seeing a recovery of the normal aspects of life, like schooling, like healthcare, like agriculture and like markets, all the things that represent normal life coming back.”That ‘detective work’ is part of what helps drive numbers of new cases down towards zero. Once new cases are emanating only from lists of people cited as having been in contact with someone who has Ebola, progress is being made towards zero cases. If surprises and flare-ups are still occurring, then there is still more to be done.“In some parts of the region, I’m happy to tell you, that we really do understand the chains of transmission and the contact tracing is very good,” he said. “In other parts, we’re still getting surprises. Flare-ups suddenly occur.”To maintain the vigilance and rapid response times that are vital to eradicating Ebola, Dr. Nabarro underlined the need for experienced epidemiologists and anthropologists, who together can keep a close watch on the levels of disease and what’s happening in the population to respond to it.“We need them everywhere. We need hundreds of them,” he said, “because we need to be able to find every single person who has Ebola and keep them under surveillance and get them under treatment if they get sick and when they get sick.”The experts need the support of supervisors; need the most effective IT for communication; and need transport systems so they can be supplied with everything they need in places without roads or access of any kind. People, materials and money will be vital going forward, and Dr. Nabarro said he would ask Governments and foundations to contribute on his upcoming trip to Europe.He was also enthusiastic about news of success in efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola, and stressed that once a viable vaccine is approved, at-risk health workers should be the first immunized.“In the last few months, hundreds of health workers have got sick with the disease and too many of them have made the ultimate sacrifice,” he said. “I would like to be sure that the moment the vaccines becomes available, it’ll be the health workers who are most at risk who are protected.” read more

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky State has fired veteran football coach John L. Smith and replaced him with defensive co-ordinator Kevin Weston on an interim basis.The school added in a news release Tuesday that it will seek to “take the program to new heights.”Smith, who previously coached Division I programs at Louisville, Michigan State and Arkansas, was 7-25 in three seasons with the Division II Thorobreds. KSU was 0-10 this past season. He went 4-7 in 2016 and won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West division title before KSU lost the conference championship to Fort Valley State in overtime. Smith was named SIAC Coach of the Year.KSU athletic director Etienne M. Thomas thanked Smith for his “time, talents and dedication” to the program and wished him well.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIt was senior guard Kelsey Mitchell’s night Wednesday, scoring a team-high 30 points and becoming the program’s career leader in points en route to leading No. 12 Ohio State (9-2) to a 103-77 victory against Florida (5-4) in Gainesville, Florida.Mitchell, who came into the night with a long list of accomplishments on her resume, including being the NCAA all-time leader in 3 pointers made, eclipsed the Ohio State record in points set by Jantel Lavender — who played from 2007 to 2011 — at 2,818. Mitchell finished the evening with 2,840 points.In the first quarter alone, Mitchell shot 6-10 from the field and finished the quarter with 15 points. Five Ohio State players finished with double digits on the night, including guard Sierra Calhoun, who finished with 21 points and two assists.Florida senior Haley Lorenzen recorded a double-double for the Gators with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ohio State will hope to hang onto its momentum with a six-day layover in its sights before its next contest. The Buckeyes return to Columbus to face Dartmouth on Dec. 15. read more

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first_img Twitter Facebook WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Updated RAW Preview: Clash of Champions contract signing, new Firefly Funhouse segment Pinterest Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE has posted highlights from last night’s RAW, including a clip (above) showing Braun Strowman destroying Vince McMahon’s limo backstage.McMahon fined Strowman $100,000 and pulled him from the previously scheduled Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble against Brock Lesnar.Bobby Lashley wins the Intercontinental Championship Google+last_img read more

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first_imgTemperatures hit 100 degrees on Sunday, setting a record for the hottest June 25 in Vancouver history.Sunday’s temperature narrowly beat out 1925’s 99-degree day, according to Will Ahue, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.Temperatures hit triple digits right before 4 p.m. on Sunday, the second straight day Vancouver saw heat reach the high 90s. Saturday topped out at 98 degrees, according to the weather service. Sunday was the first day this year Vancouver has seen temperatures reach 100 degrees, Ahue said.Normal temperatures for Vancouver at this time of year are in the mid-70s throughout the last three years, according to Ahue.“It is the summer,” he said. “We should expect a few hot days.”The heat isn’t expect to last into the week.“We’ve got cooler weather coming in,” Ahue said. “We’re going to feel our nice marine air coming into the valley.”Temperatures today are expected to stay somewhere in the mid 70s, and maybe get into the 80s, Ahue said. For the rest of the week, Ahue said, the weather will stay in that mid-70 to mid-80 range, and it should remain mostly dry.“We’ll probably fall into our typical pattern: morning clouds, afternoon sun,” he said. “It should be a nice summer week.”last_img read more

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first_imgStoke City have today completed the signing of defender Cuco Martina from Everton on a season-long loan deal.According to Sky Sports, the deal for Cuco Martina has been finalised today and both clubs have confirmed.#SCFC are delighted to welcome Cuco Martina to the @bet365 Stadium on a season-long loan from @Everton, subject to EFL and FA approval. #welcomeCuco pic.twitter.com/ui0ZqN8JP1— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 17, 2018Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Cuco Martina, primarily a right-back made 28 appearances for Everton last season and also spent time at left-back after Seamus Coleman recovered from injury.He is a Curacao international and has been capped 37 times, but born in the NetherlandsThe defender is Stoke City’s second loan signing from Everton and the third loan signing this summer – and the Potters also signed the centre-back, Ashley Williams.Stoke manager Gary Rowett said: “Cuco adds size, strength and power to our back-line and he has shown in the Premier League that he can play in a variety of positions.”Chief executive Tony Scholes added: “We are delighted to have secured the services of such an experienced player, whose versatility will give an added dimension to our squad.”last_img read more

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first_imgBOSTON (WSVN) – A pair of Massachusetts State troopers were put to the test Wednesday night as they frantically scrambled to wrangle a rabbit that was stuck on the Zakim Bridge.Dustin Finch tweeted a video showing two troopers with boxing chasing the rabbit, which was running near the concrete wall that runs along Interstate 93.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 22.22%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAfter several failed attempts to capture the rabbit, both troopers finally came together it scooped it up off the road.“Troopers caught this wascally wabbit on the Zakim Bridge tonight! Nice work,” Finch said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgSince the mid-1990s more polar bears have been coming ashore near Kaktovik. And in the last 10 years more and more tourists are coming to see them. (Photo by Jennifer Pemberton/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Polar bears are technically the largest land carnivore on earth. But they’re also marine mammals. And in the last couple of decades the Arctic sea ice has begun to vanish out from under them. So they are spending more time on land.Nowhere is this more visible than in the tiny Alaska Native village of Kaktovik, on the coast of the Beaufort Sea. And while we hear a lot of alarm about how vulnerable polar bears are to climate change, in Kaktovik, changing ice conditions have created something different: too many bears.There have always been polar bears around Kaktovik. But they used to be out on the sea ice, hunting their prey of choice: ringed seals.In the mid-1990s, that started to change. Locals started noticing more bears on shore. And researchers noticed that female bears were making dens more in the snow on land rather than out on the ice.“The Fish and Wildlife Service biologist started hearing about increasing numbers of polar bears on land from residents as early as the early 2000s,” Jennifer Reed said. Reed works for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which surrounds Kaktovik.When they started seeing more bears on land — and in town — than ever before, the community asked for help.So, Reed and other federal wildlife managers came in and started teaching people bear safety — like what to do if a bear came into the village, and how to get it to leave without hurting it.And then in 2008, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced that polar bears were threatened in the United States. Not because their numbers were declining, but precisely for the reason they were coming ashore in Kaktovik: their world was changing and fast.Suddenly the whole world was aware of the polar bears’ plight. And that’s when outsiders started showing up in Kaktovik: tourists, who wanted to see polar bears before they went extinct.“Before 2011, you know, visitor numbers for polar bear viewing in Kaktovik were, gosh, less than 50 annually,” Reed said. “Today we’re talking about hundreds and hundreds of visitors many from around the world each year.”More than 2,000 people came to Kaktovik last year to see polar bears. That’s a major tourism boom for a town this size in a place this remote.Polar bear tracks on a shallow lagoon of the Beaufort Sea, headed toward Kaktovik. (Photo by Jennifer Pemberton, Alaska’s Energy Desk)Most of the tourists come in the fall, for a number of reasons. That’s when the sea ice is the farthest away from the shore, forcing the bears toward land. Also that’s when the people of Kaktovik harvest three bowhead whales.At the edge of town, there’s a huge pile of bones, where the community has been taking their whale remains for decades.It’s not safe to walk to the edge of town alone any time of year, so I hitch a ride with Bruce Inglangasak, an Inupiaq subsistence hunter who offers wildlife viewing tours, including polar bear tours in the fall.Inglangasak says he’s seen a lot of changes since he moved to Kaktovik — bigger storms, less sea ice, more polar bears.The bone pile is at the end of the old airstrip, a narrow strip of land with the frozen Beaufort Sea on both sides. Even in summer, the road is covered in so much snow, we can’t get any closer than maybe a half mile.There aren’t any bears at the bone pile today, but Inglangasak says he sees bears year round.“All winter, we see them going east or west,” Inglangasak said. “They migrate along the coastal coastline where the pressure ridges are. That’s where the seals have their dens.”As summer progresses and turns to fall, the ice will be gone and some bears will be stranded near Kaktovik until the sea freezes again in October or November.Those stranded bears are a guarantee for tourists. But not everyone is on board with the attraction.When Inglangasak became a licensed guide, he says 90% of the town was against commercial tourism.“The community was scared about, you know, activists that was going to try to get us to shut down the whaling — subsistence whaling,” Inglangasak said. “But that’s not true.”The tourists haven’t stopped whaling, but there are still people in Kaktovik who feel like visitors gawk at their subsistence activities. It’s an invasion of privacy.Also, late last year Congress opened up part of the Arctic Refuge to allow oil exploration and development on the coastal plain where Kaktovik is located. So, the town is preparing for a potential oil boom. It could be a game-changer for the whole region.And for some people, that makes polar bear tourism — and the money it brings in — seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the potential of oil.But that’s months or years away. And right now, there’s plane load after plane load of tourists eager to see Alaska’s most iconic endangered species.This story is part of the podcast, Midnight Oil: The Big Thaw, from Alaska’s Energy Desk. To hear more, visit the website or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.last_img read more

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first_imgBrendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesThe House on Thursday gave a significant boost to President Donald Trump‘s promise to cut taxes, narrowly passing a GOP budget that shelves longstanding concerns over federal deficits in favor of a rewrite of the tax code that Republicans promise will jump-start the economy.The 216-212 vote permits Republicans to begin work on a follow-up $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats. The tax bill is the top item on the GOP agenda, would be Trump’s first major win in Congress — and, Republicans hope, a much-needed boost for the party’s political fortunes on the eve of next year’s midterm elections.GOP leaders scrambled in recent days to overcame opposition from House conservatives unhappy about deficits and debt, and lawmakers from Democratic-leaning high-tax states, who are upset about plans to curb the state and local tax deduction.The Senate passed the measure last week and the House endorsed it without changes, a step designed to allow Republicans to move quickly to the tax measure in hopes of passing it into law this year. The goal is a full rewrite of the inefficient, loophole-laden tax code in hopes of lower rates for corporations and other businesses and a burst of economic growth.Big news – Budget just passed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017Republicans view passage of the upcoming tax measure as a career-defining dream, and its importance has only grown in the wake of the party’s debacle on health care. But the tax plan’s popularity is not a given with voters, and fissures among Republicans already threaten to slow the measure.Twenty Republicans opposed the measure, a mix of spending hawks and centrists. Several lawmakers from New York and New Jersey who supported the House plan earlier this month opposed the measure over worries about the state and local tax deduction.“This isn’t over,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who opposed the budget after voting for it earlier this month. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said concerns by lawmakers such as MacArthur about the deduction would be addressed in coming days, and it was the topic of a post-vote meeting that included top GOP leaders.“We stood firm … to let them know we’re not kidding,” said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., as he exited the session.A battle over tax-free contributions to retirement accounts has also broken open, and Republican tax writers have yet to lock down dozens of crucial details on tax rates and preferences. Republicans may also drop efforts to fully repeal taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, even though the idea is a longstanding feature of the party’s tax agenda.The underlying budget measure abandons the Republican Party’s longstanding promise to rein in deficits in favor of Trump’s boast of “massive tax cuts.” The measure drops proposed cuts to mandatory programs such as food stamps, though conservatives promise to take on spending cuts later.“I still feel strongly about addressing unsustainable mandatory spending,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who chairs the House Budget Committee. “I think we will tackle this important issue in the future. We don’t have a choice.”Democrats united against the plan, arguing its tax cuts will pad the bank accounts of the wealthy and the balance sheets of corporations, while delivering modest relief — or none at all — to middle-income taxpayers.“These tax cuts will not create an economic boom, but will instead lead to a higher concentration of wealth among the rich, while dramatically increasing deficits and debt,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.The budget plan calls for $5 trillion in spending cuts over the decade, including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and the Obama-era health care law, though Republicans have no plans to actually impose those cuts with follow-up legislation. Some Democrats criticized the measure for ruthless spending cuts; others took the opposite approach, failing it for tackling the deficit.Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said immediately after the vote that he’ll release the tax measure on Nov. 1 and a panel vote is expected the week of Nov. 6 in hopes of a House vote before Thanksgiving. That timetable is ambitious as numerous details, including ways to raise revenues to help finance cuts to individual and corporate tax rates, remain unresolved.House Republicans, for instance, are looking at curtailing tax-free deposits in 401(k) retirement accounts, a move that could raise revenue in the near term as retirement savings shift to Roth-style accounts that are funded with after-tax earnings.Trump says he opposes curbing 401(k) donations, however, which tossed a monkey wrench into the process. And Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., came out squarely against reducing the cap on 401(k) contributions in an interview on CNN Thursday morning.“To do tax reform, you need money. And right now, even as we speak, they appear to be going wobbly on some of the issues they’ve raised with great certainty in previous weeks,” said top Ways and Means panel Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts. “They’ve got a revenue problem, a real revenue problem. And you have to make some dramatic changes to benefits that people across America have come to expect and enjoy.”An Associated Press-NORC poll released Wednesday found most Americans saying Trump’s tax plan would benefit the wealthy and corporations, and less than half believing his message that “massive tax cuts” would help middle-class workers. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Friday, January 6, 2017 Tags: Caribbean, St. Kitts, Wyndham Hotel Group Travelweek Group Wyndham sets its sights on Nevis with brand new Wyndham Grand resort << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img PARSIPPANY, NJ — Wyndham Hotel Group continues to bolster its robust Caribbean pipeline by bringing ‘approachable luxury’ to the shores of Nevis with the island’s first Wyndham Grand resort.The beachfront Wyndham Grand Nevis will be situated within Northern Pointe Resort, a new 30-acre luxury real estate development being built along Long Haul Bay in the Parish of Saint James. When completed in 2019, the resort will boast 170 suites, condominiums and villas ranging from 900 to 5,100 square feet; a private beach club; five dining areas; infinity pools; more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a spa.“Nevis is known around the world as one of the most desirable yet exclusive vacation spots in the Caribbean, and as more travellers discover this tranquil paradise the demand for more upscale accommodations will grow,” said Paulo Pena, President and Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group. “Wyndham Grand’s distinct experiences and understated approach to luxury will bring a unique accessibility to this elite island. Adding Nevis to an impressive growing list of amazing global destinations – including Shanghai, Istanbul, Chicago, Phuket and Barbados – not only positions us to raise the Wyndham Grand flag in even more top-tier locations, but it also expands our managed hotel portfolio here in the region and further solidifies our commitment to providing unparalleled guest experiences to all travellers.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe 36-square-mile Nevis is the smaller of two islands which make up the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Travel to the island is on the rise with overnight visitors and cruise tourism increasing every year since 2013.Late last year Wyndham Hotel Group opened Puerto Rico’s first TRYP by Wyndham hotel in San Juan and announced plans to manage the five-star Sam Lord’s Castle Barbados, A Wyndham Grand Resort. The hotel giant currently has 13 hotels operating in the Caribbean under its Wyndham Grand, Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Ramada and Howard Johnson flags.More information on the resort development can be found at npnevis.com. Share Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img CANNES, France (AP) — Yorgos Lanthimos has people in Cannes imagining themselves as animals.The Greek director has set the Croisette abuzz with his film “The Lobster,” which puts Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a couples-dominated world where single people are given 45 days to find a mate, or be turned into the animal of their choice. Farrell’s sad-sack central character chooses a lobster, in part because the crustaceans mate for life. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “The films that I made in Greece were extremely small films made with five friends,” he said. “It’s a very different way of working when you enter a film-industry environment and there are very strict rules. People don’t feel comfortable breaking those rules and people are not maybe equally passionate as your friends.”On the positive side, “you have a proper structure and people are very professional and they know what they’re doing.”“You have a little bit more financing, you’re certain you’re going to be able to finish the film,” he said. In Greece — still coping with severe financial crisis — “you don’t even know if you’re going to be able to take your film to a festival, because you barely have enough money to produce the film.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Director Yorgos Lanthimos attends a press conference for the film The Lobster, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Top Stories Lanthimos’ sharp satirical surrealism has sparked anthropomorphic musing up and down the Croisette. A dog? A cat? What beast is best?“I’d be a bird,” Lanthimos said in response to the inevitable question. “I dream a lot about flying.”Lanthimos can plan to do a lot more flying as a rising star on the international cinema circuit.“The Lobster” has been gobbled up by Cannes critics and audiences. Farrell — unrecognizable behind glasses, moustache and unflattering paunch — is considered a contender for the festival’s best-actor prize when awards are announced May 24.The film’s absurd, disturbing world and deadpan tone will be no surprise to fans of Lanthimos, who made the Oscar-nominated reality-show dystopia “Dogtooth.”“The Lobster” is set in a strange but fully realized world, just far enough away from reality to make viewers question the social rules we accept as normal.Lanthimos thinks reality is an overrated quality in movies.“I don’t find that interesting to do as a film, just to represent real life,” he told The Associated Press.“There is no realism in film anyway. Even if it is pretend realism, it is still pretend.” “The Lobster” is the first film Lanthimos has made outside Greece, and his first in English. It was shot in Ireland with an international cast that includes Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly.Farrell told reporters at a press conference that the screenplay “was by far the most unique and particular script that I had ever read. I didn’t understand it either, and I’m not sure that I still do.”The script may be elusive, but Lanthimos said all the cast members instinctively understood where he was coming from.“They all got it immediately,” he said. “They held it together, and it helped a lot. Because even if I’d had the slightest problem with the cast and at the same time I had to cope with making a film in a different country (where) it’s a very different experience and a different way of making films — I’m not sure if I would have gotten through it if I didn’t have such absolute support from them.”“The Lobster” is the most expensive film Lanthimos has made, and should guarantee his next budget is bigger still. For the director, now based in Britain, that prospect is both frustrating and exciting. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_imgTiger is not yet ready to take to Aussie skies againPhoto credit: Simon Clancy Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H As Tiger Airways Australia prepares to enter Federal Court this afternoon, parent company Tiger Airways Holdings announced from Singapore that its Australian business recorded an operating loss of S$23.2 million (AU$17.3 million) for the quarter ended 30 June 2011, a significantly higher loss than the S$10.6 million achieved last year.   According to Tiger Airways Holdings acting chief executive Chin Yau Seng however, the group remains committed to its Australian arm.“We believe there is money to be made in this segment and we remain committed to trying make it work,” Mr Chin told reporters in Singapore.“As to whether we have ever considered pulling the plug, we are nowhere close to that tipping point at this point in time.“We believe we have the right low cost model to serve the Australian market.”In a statement, the group said it expected Tiger Airways Australia to report a net loss for the financial year, blaming the impact of higher fuel prices and the disruption to air travel due to ash from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano.   Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said it had found further deficiencies in the airline’s resubmitted documentation, making matters worse for the carrier.“Deficiencies have been identified in documentation which is required for the civil aviation authority to assess whether Tiger can go flying again,” CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson told the ABC. “Tiger has to correct these deficiencies before we can complete that assessment.“This is going to take some more time.”Overall, the Tiger Airways group recorded a loss before tax for Q1 of the fiscal year of S$12.2 million compared to a profit of S$1.3 million the year prior, with Tiger Airways Singapore recording an operating profit of S$7.5 million, a 44.4 per cent decrease from last year. last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Kurt Warner celebrates with fans as he leaves the field after the Cardinals victory over the St. Louis Rams in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 34-10 to clinch the NFC West Division title. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Despite all of his success, Warner said nothing could prepare him for Saturday’s news.“There are certain things in life that, regardless of how much you think about it, you’ll never know what it feels like until you’re there,” he said. “What it’s like to get married, what it’s like to have your first child or have a child, what it’s like to win the Super Bowl if you play football. Certain things people always ask you, ‘What does that feel like?’ And you can’t ever prepare for that. And the Hall of Fame is kind of one of those things.”Warner is joined in the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 by two of his NFL Network colleagues in running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, as well as kicker Morten Andersen, safety Kenny Easley, owner Jerry Jones and defensive end Jason Taylor. – / 29 0 Comments   Share   center_img Former Arizona Cardinal Kurt Warner being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame may be the exclamation point on a one-of-a-kind football career, but Warner wants everyone to know he’s not close to being done sharing his experience with others.“What an amazing opportunity now to be able to use my story and where I started to now where you finish to encourage and inspire others, regardless of the field that they want to go into or the dreams that they have,” he told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “To say, ‘Hey, sometimes the circumstances don’t look like it. Sometimes people are gonna tell you you’ll never do it. But I was there, and now I end up in this place and others have that same opportunity if they just keep believing.’” Warner’s story is one of the most unique and interesting in the history of the NFL, having gone from an undrafted free agent out of University of Northern Iowa who had to resort to bagging groceries to support himself to a Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer.“It’s pretty surreal, pretty incredible,” he said. “What an amazing ride that I’ve had. Just going so many different places. Can’t believe you end up here.”Warner played 12 seasons from 1998-2009 with the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Cardinals. He also was a member of the Green Bay Packers practice squad in 1994 and played three seasons with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League and one with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe.Although it hasn’t always been easy, Warner is thankful for everything he’s gone through.“Thanks, God, for taking me on this path,” he said. “Thank you that you chose me for this, because no one will ever have a story like mine. No one will ever take the path that I did to end up in the Hall of Fame.”The 1999 and 2001 NFL Most Valuable Player went to three Super Bowls in his career, winning Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. He took the Rams back two years later and led the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. These are the only Super Bowl appearances in both franchises’ histories. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Kurt Warner, former Cardinals quarterback and Hall-of-Famer Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2019 4:59 pm PDT Vancouver artist Stephen Waddell wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO — Vancouver artist Stephen Waddell has won the $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award.Waddell received the honour at a gala in Toronto on Tuesday night.In addition to the cash prize, Waddell will be featured in a solo exhibition during the 2020 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of his work will be published.Waddell, who was shortlisted for the same award last year, is known for his photographs and paintings of urban spaces, which have been exhibited in galleries across the globe.He beat out two other finalists for this year’s photography prize, Shannon Bool and Althea Thauberger, who will each receive $10,000. Founded in 2010, the Scotiabank Photography Award celebrates the creative vision and accomplishments of Canadian photographers.The 2018 winner, Moyra Davey, has a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, which is open to the public free of charge through Aug. 4.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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