Twothirds Canada contributed to RRSPs with 49 choosing mutual funds 12 ETFs

MONTREAL — Two-thirds of Canadians polled would like to have put more money into their RRSPs for the 2013 tax year, according to a new survey that found average contributions were down slightly this time around.The Bank of Montreal’s RRSP deadline survey, conducted last week, said that Canadians were contributing an average of $3,518 to their RRSPs, down $26 from an average of $3,544 for the 2012 tax year.“It looks like from one year to the next, we’re consistent,” said Chris Buttigieg, senior manager of wealth planning strategy at BMO Financial Group.“If it was down $1,000, I’d be concerned,” Buttigieg said from Toronto.Buttigieg noted that Canadians are also juggling other priorities such as mortgages, car payments and month-to-month living expenses.Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of Canadians were making contributions to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan before the deadline, which expired at midnight Monday night, up from the year-earlier’s 63%.More than half of those surveyed said they were contributing as much as they could, although 35% of respondents said they could have contributed more, according to results of the survey released Tuesday.The survey also found that one in three who anticipated getting money back from the Canada Revenue Agency after making an RRSP contribution planned on saving or reinvesting the return, while one in four planned to pay down non-mortgage debt.Lower priorities were paying down a mortgage at 18%, travel or buying leisure items at 16% and home renovations or household expenses at 10%.The top investment choices for those surveyed were mutual funds at 49%; guaranteed investment certificates at 35%; bonds at 18%; stocks at 17% and exchange traded funds at 12%, the survey said.Now that this year’s deadline has passed, Buttigieg is encouraging Canadians to think ahead and consider setting up a savings plan budget for next year’s RRSP contribution.“It’s a tried, true and tested method.”Canadians have about $500 billion in unused RRSP contributions and that’s expected to increase to $1 trillion by 2018, Buttigieg said.The online survey was conducted by Pollara market research firm with an online sample of 1,007 Canadians from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

Sprint gets waiver from Softbank to talk with Dish Network evaluate offer

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Wireless company Sprint Nextel Corp. says it can now let Dish Network Corp. see its books and talk with Dish to see whether its competing offer to buy Sprint is better than its current deal with Japan’s SoftBank.Sprint said late Monday that SoftBank had waived provisions of its deal with Sprint that will allow Sprint to talk with Dish.SoftBank currently has a $20.1 billion deal with Sprint to buy 70 per cent of the company. Dish last month offered $25.5 billion for the whole company.Softbank says it brings expertise and cash to Sprint. It says it still wants to close its deal by July 1.Many Wall Street analysts view Dish’s bid as superior but risky, as it will result in a combined company with high debt. by The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sprint gets waiver from Softbank to talk with Dish Network, evaluate offer read more

Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game company DeNA in about face on

TOKYO – After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices.The announcement Tuesday means that Nintendo’s trademark game characters such as Super Mario and Pokemon could finally feature on smartphones and tablets. Such characters have been fiercely protected by Nintendo, appearing only on Nintendo platforms such as the Wii home console and 3DS mobile machines.Both sides said they will build a global membership service for various devices including personal computers, smartphones and Nintendo machines. The service is set to launch in the fall of 2015.They said the mobile games won’t be mere adaptations of the games already out for the Nintendo machines but developed especially for the smartphone experience.The alliance will be combining Nintendo’s intellectual property and game development skills with DeNA’s expertise in mobile games, the announcement said.Under the alliance, Kyoto-based Nintendo will acquire about 15 million DeNA shares or a 10 per cent stake. In return, DeNA will acquire about 1.759 million Nintendo shares, or 1.24 per cent of the company. Both acquisitions are worth 22 billion yen ($182 million). The payment is due April 2, they said.Nintendo has run into trouble in the past few years as people increasingly turned to mobile phones to play games and spend time on social networks. The company is expecting to turn a profit for the fiscal year ending later this month, a turnaround from red ink the previous year.Tokyo-based DeNA, founded in 1999, has a reputation as an innovator and is one of the most successful of a new generation of Japanese technology companies. It develops and operates a broad range of mobile and online services including games and e-commerce.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://twitter.com/yurikageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2015 3:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nintendo forms alliance with mobile game company DeNA in about face on smartphone strategy read more

Football 5 plays that mattered in Ohio States loss to Oklahoma

Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass on the run during the Ohio State – Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Every week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 2 Ohio State’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma.Four-play, 92-yard touchdown driveOhio State had scored its first touchdown of the game less than seven minutes before Oklahoma and quarterback Baker Mayfield completely changed the game’s trajectory.The Sooners were able to pick apart the Ohio State pass defense Saturday night. That was most apparent during a dominant drive in the third quarter that ended up being the game-winning touchdown. Mayfield threw three passes for 87 yards on his way to one of three touchdown passes.His connection with Mykel Jones for 42 yards, after scrambling to avoid pressure, was the Sooners’ longest play of the game. The very next play, Mayfield fired a pass to Lee Morris in the end zone after sucking in sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison with play-action.That drive set the tone for a fourth quarter that Oklahoma commanded.Oklahoma INTFollowing an Oklahoma touchdown that gave the Sooners a double-digit lead, Oklahoma’s defense took advantage of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s inaccuracies with 11:11 remaining in the game.Barrett threw to his right to wideout Johnnie Dixon, but cornerback Parnell Motley read Barrett’s eyes and jumped in front of Dixon to intercept the pass at Ohio State’s 25-yard line. This set up another Oklahoma score, which made the lead insurmountable.Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) catches a snap during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOverturned incomplete pass sets up first and goalHowever, the touchdown set up by the interception almost didn’t happen. On third-and-8 with 9:33 remaining from the Ohio State 23, Mayfield threw to his right and found Jeff Badet, who appeared to be out of bounds. The Buckeyes thought they held Oklahoma to a field goal and kept the game within two scores.But after a replay review, Badet’s foot hit in bounds before his knee hit out of bounds with possession of the ball, giving the Sooners first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. The very next play, wide receiver Jordan Smallwood dashed into the end zone on a jet sweep to seal his team’s victory.Overthrow KJ Hill in end zoneFor all the struggles Ohio State had in the passing game against Oklahoma Saturday night, there were opportunities. Arguably Barrett’s most significant miss of the night came with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter when he overthrew wide receiver K.J. Hill in the back of the end zone.On third-and-goal from the Oklahoma 6-yard line, the Buckeyes had a chance to retake the lead by seven following Oklahoma’s tying touchdown on the drive before. Hill ran a crossing route and found himself open in the back left of the end zone, but Barrett threw it outside his reach incomplete.Barrett and the offense marched 69 yards in less than three minutes, but stalled on the goal line. What seemed fairly insignificant at the time possibly ended up being a fateful omen as Oklahoma would score three drives later and never look back.Senior safety Damon Webb (7) lines up prior to a play during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. OSU lost 31-16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTurnover on short field only turns into field goalAt the start of the second quarter with no score still on the board, Badet fumbled a pass behind the line of scrimmage, and safety Damon Webb scooped up the ball to give Ohio State possession in Oklahoma territory.For what had been a defensive battle to this point in the game, this was a possible offensive breakthrough. Ohio State didn’t have a short field, per say, but the offense still only had half a field to find the end zone with momentum on its side.Barrett completed a pass to Hill for 13 yards to set up first-and-goal at the Oklahoma 9-yard line. The next play, Oklahoma star linebacker Obo Okoronkwo dropped Barrett in the backfield. After an incomplete pass, Barrett connected with H-back Parris Campbell for a modest 6 yards, and the Buckeyes had to settle for a field goal.This was the first of what felt like many offensive possessions that could have ended in seven instead of three. read more

Why Are The New York Giants This Good

The New York Giants are not a particularly good football team — at least going by most surface-level analysis that goes beyond their win-loss record.Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.In today’s NFL, short passes have replaced power runs as a NFL offense’s bread and butter. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, 66.7 percent of this season’s pass attempts — and 38.8 percent of all offensive snaps — have been throws that traveled less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.As Neil Paine wrote for FiveThirtyEight back in 2014, the Giants’ offensive coaches were targeting a 70 percent completion rate for Manning in the 2014-15 season. He didn’t come close (63.1 percent), but what seemed like a historically high target in 2014 is today a plain reality: Both Minnesota’s Sam Bradford and New Orleans’ Drew Brees have completed more than 70 percent of their passes on the season so far, and several more are within striking distance.With a leaguewide average completion rate of 63.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference, the coaches’ canard about the three things that can happen when you throw the ball has been upended: Now the one good thing happens nearly two out of three times.The Lions are a useful example: Over the past season and a half, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, largely on the strength of short passes under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. On the season, 47.7 percent of the Lions’ passes have been thrown less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Detroit runs the ball less than any other team but the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Reference, and came into Week 15 as the league leader in both average plays per drive and average length of drive. It’s a Woody Hayes-approved three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, except when Stafford drops back it’s 7.4 yards and the cloud is a vapor trail.But in Week 15 he ran into the New York Giants.Stafford quickly discovered his array of screens to backs, tight ends and receivers weren’t going anywhere, as New York sniffed them out and schemed them away. Though pass rushers Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have drawn well-deserved attention for their work up front, it’s the back seven’s outstanding coverage that has suffocated pass-happy offenses such as the Lions’. On Sunday, the Giants defensive backs flew to the ball and wrapped up: Safety Landon Collins, corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, corner Eli Apple and safety Andrew Adams each were among the leaders in solo tackles for the day.The Lions abandoned the short pass and tried to establish the run. It didn’t work.Per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official site, nine first-down runs by the Lions gained a total of just 19 yards. And while Stafford has thrown nearly half of his attempts less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season, against the Giants that figure was just 35.9 percent.Forced to throw fewer, deeper passes, Stafford’s effectiveness numbers were down across the board: He completed just 61.5 percent of his passes, per ESPN.com, posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 71.8 and a QBR of 69.2. These numbers were all down from his season averages to that point of 66.7 percent completion rate, 97.8 rating and 72.5 QBR. His usual method of moving the chains denied, a quarterback under serious MVP consideration led his team to just two field goals.Over the course of the season, the Giants defense has allowed the second-lowest completion rate, and second-lowest passer efficiency rating, of any in the league, per Pro Football Reference.It’s little wonder ball-control teams such as the Lions, the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have done so poorly against them. Pass-reliant, hurry-up offenses such as the New Orleans Saints’ haven’t fared well, either; the Saints scored less than half their season average in Week 2.Offenses that go downfield more aggressively and more often, like Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s, have fared better against New York. But it’s impossible to argue with the results: The Giants defense has now allowed an average of just 17.9 points over their first 14 games — and they’re getting trending stingier at the best possible time.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Concerns about expartner were ignored because Im a man says father of

first_imgA father whose ex-partner murdered their son during a custody battle has claimed the authorities ignored his concerns about her because he is a man.  Matthew Spriggs said those tasked with protecting Archie Spriggs favoured Lesley Speed, who used a cushion and a scarf to smother and strangle the seven-year-old, because she was a woman.Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court unanimously convicted Speed on Monday after hearing how she was found with cuts to her neck, having killed Archie on the day of a family court hearing.Speed, of Rushbury, near Church Stretton, Shropshire, had denied murdering Archie on September 21 last year.She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Spriggs said of his son’s murder: “The true horror that myself and my family are continuing to suffer is truly indescribable.”The role of a parent is to protect their children from harm. To put the child’s life and happiness above their own.”I did all I could to protect my son but was denied the support I needed to do so.”  Lesley Speed was jailed for life over the murder of her son, Archie  In a lengthy statement read to the court by prosecutor Sally Howes QC, Mr Spriggs said he had a truly special bond with Archie, who had an “awesome” sense of humour.  Lesley Speed was jailed for life over the murder of her son, Archie Credit:West Mercia Police Mr Spriggs’ statement continued: “There is something wrong with a system which allows one parent to dismiss legal proceedings without consequence and an even bigger problem when despite laws on equality, the assumption is that a mother must be ‘good’ and a father ‘bad’.”There were so many failures and missed opportunities to safeguard Archie but because the concerns were raised by myself – his father – they were dismissed.”One person committed this heinous act against an innocent little boy but others were also complicit. Archie’s death could have been avoided. He should be with me now.”The killing had robbed Archie of his childhood and his future, said Mr Spriggs, who described his grief as unbearable.Speed watched and listened to the court proceedings via a videolink to HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.Defence counsel Rachel Brand QC submitted that Speed had suffered from a depressive illness for several years, which has led to a “distorted and negative” pattern of thinking.Sentencing her, Mr Justice Nicol said: “There can be no greater abuse of trust than to kill a child whom you should be protecting.”You may have believed that it would be harmful for him to live with his father. “That’s as may be, but, even if your belief on that score was genuine, it cannot begin to excuse your action.” 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.last_img read more

Triple H vs. Dean Ambrose headlines WWE Roadblock tonight

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jon Moxley Joins AEW Pinterest Google+ Videos Articles 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE’s Roadblock special event airs live tonight on the WWE Network from Toronto, Ontario, Canada starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT). WWE Divas Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya appears to have been added to the card for tonight. WWE has yet to confirm it as part of previews for the show, although both Charlotte and Natalya have made mentions of the match on social media.Here is the updated card for tonight.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchTriple H (c) vs. Dean AmbroseBrock Lesnar vs. Bray WyattWWE Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (c’s) vs. Sheamus & King BarrettNXT Tag Team Championships MatchScott Dawson & Dash Wilder (c’s) vs. Enzo Amore & Colin CassadyWWE Divas Champion Charlotte vs. NatalyaWrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE Roadblock 2016 starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) with brief updates on Twitter via @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articles Seth Rollins Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more

Zika spread by sex too says Scientist

first_img CDC says: Men spread Zika through Sex Recommended for you Related Items:Mosquitoes, sex, zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jan 2015 – The Jamaica Observer is reporting that a German virologist believes the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus which is now being detected in the Caribbean can be sexually transmitted. Bernhard-Nocht is from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg and in a 2015 medical report, the virologist suggests that the mosquito borne virus is detected in semen. It is the second time this pronouncement has come following research; the first was in 2008 when an American scientist contracted Zika Virus while in Senegal; a few days after returning home to Colorado, his wife was found with Zika. One view is that while Zika can be spread through sexual intercourse, which would also make it’s spread harder to control, it is likely this would NOT take over as the main route of transmission. Canada, three days ago, issued a warning to travelers about Zika, which has no vaccine. Turks and Caicos remains Zika free. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ADDS CARICOM NATIONS TO WATCH LIST MORE THAN PREGNANT WOMEN need to be concerned about Zikalast_img read more

ButlerTurner staying Independent PLP has other plans for Long Island

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 7, 2017 – Pure ‘bull crap’ is how Loretta Butler Turner describes talk that she is returning to the party of her Grandfather and the tone from the PLP camp is pretty much the same.   National Chairman, Bradley Roberts said Thursday will be a defining day for the Progressive Liberal Party as five seats will see their candidates ratified including Long Island, where Butler-Turner says she will run as an independent.Attorney Glendon Rolle, is expected to be approved as the PLPs standard bearer for Long Island.  Meanwhile the Free National Movement Leader, Hubert Minnis is reportedly planning to grab back three of the MPs who turned on him to put Loretta Butler Turner in the drivers’ seat as Opposition Leader.A report names Neko Grant, Richard Lightbourne and Andre Rollins as departing the Long Island MPs side due to conflicts, reportedly in her Senate appointments.   The Free National Movement has been aiming to reclaim spotlight as a viable option with announcements that it has a plan for National Health Insurance and about the Party’s Manifesto, which was actually released last week.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

40th Anniversary Celebrations of ZNS TV

first_imgPhoto captions:Photo #1:  Board of Directors & General Manager – From left: Director, Oswald Munnings; Executive Chairman, Michael Smith; Director, Elaine Gomez; General Manager, Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs; and Deputy Chairman, Patric Walkes.Photo #2: BCB Executives – From left: Charles Russell, AGM/TV Administration; Beverly Curry, DGM/News (Acting); Darren Meadows, DGM/Operations & Northern Service (Acting); Eugene Higgs, Financial Consultant; Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs, General Manager (Acting); Keith Gomez, AGM/Engineering; Sandra Duncombe-Knowles, DGM/Human Resources & Training (Acting); Stanley Pinder, DGM/Radio, Plant & Maintenance; and Sean Adderley, AGM/Sales & Business Development.Photo #3: Check Presentation — Michael Smith, Executive Chairman, left, and Rev. Dr. Vaughn Cash, Sr. Pastor, Evangelistic Temple.Photo #4: 40th Anniversary of Television — ZNS Board, Executives & Staff, past and present at Evangelistic Temple Church Service Celebrating 40 years of Television Broadcasting in The Bahamas on October 15, 2017.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau  – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas launched the 40th Anniversary of ZNS Television on Sunday, October 15, 2017 with a church service at Evangelistic Temple on Collins Avenue.The Corporation celebrates the important milestone with the theme, ‘Celebrating 40 Years of Uniting The Bahamas,’ and with a swirl of events and activities this week, including:Luncheon at headquarters, which took place immediately after the church service on Sunday; Proclamation by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis in Newspaper Supplement on Monday; Breakfast for Staff, present and former, Tuesday; Long Service Awards presentation ceremony at Government House on Wednesday; Celebrations at the Northern Service which includes Luncheon for staff, present and former on Thursday; Customer Appreciation Day & Open House on Friday; and Sail Away to Harbour Island on Saturday.Photos by Kevin Williams capture the ZNS Team on Sunday.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

JAMAICA Prime Ministers Wife Most Hon Juliet Holness Signs JIS Condolence Book

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 27, 2017 – Kingston – Wife of the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, today (December 26), signed the condolence book opened at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in honour of the Agency’s late Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ian Boyne.   The veteran journalist passed away on Monday, December 18 following a period of illness.Mrs. Holness said Mr. Boyne was the epitome and example of how persons can live their lives to the fullest and, in the process, achieve and be the best they can potentially be.   She noted that Mr. Boyne’s long-running television programme, ‘Profile’, was a staple for numerous persons at home and abroad, adding that “many aspired to emulate the outstanding individuals he interviewed”.In extending condolences to his family and colleagues, Mrs. Holness said Mr. Boyne’s passing was a “great loss”, adding that “he will be sadly missed”.As Deputy CEO, Mr. Boyne provided oversight for the JIS’ Research, Print and Production (Editorial and Photo) Division.   Additionally, he hosted the Agency’s flagship current affairs interview programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.   Mr. Boyne also served as Chief State Liaison to the Office of the Prime Minister, Office of the Governor-General and Office of the Leader of the Opposition.   He was, however, arguably best known for his popular interview show, ‘Profile’, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year.Additionally, he hosted the television programme, ‘Religious Hard Talk’, and was a Sunday Gleaner columnist.   Mr. Boyne was a Minister of Religion and authored the book “Ideas Matter: Journey into the Mind of a Veteran Journalist’.   He also co-authored ‘Profile of Excellence’ with noted writer and motivational speaker, Glenford Smith.In 2009, Mr. Boyne was conferred with the Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, by the Government in recognition of his outstanding contribution to journalism.Mr. Boyne is survived by widow, Margaret, and three children.Release: JISPhoto credit: Dave Reid Related Items:last_img read more

School bus service in Clark County Wheels of fortune

first_imgThe big, yellow school bus: Hands down, it’s the foremost icon of public education in America.Following up on state audits that confirmed many school districts are far from fully reimbursed by Washington state for daily “basic” education bus service, state legislators have approved a new, improved funding formula.Spurred in part by a February 2010 court ruling on Washington school funding equity, a prototype formula goes into effect on Sept. 1. It was written into comprehensive school-funding reforms folded into Senate Bill 2261, adopted in the 2010 session.There’s not much new money directed to mitigate funding imbalances, so far. Educators hold out hope for positive movement, once Washington’s budget picture brightens.One significant change: A more accurate count of student riders.Rather than a one-week “snapshot” per school year, districts now must measure ridership during a three-day period: Three different periods, spread across the school year.For each three-day window, the highest and lowest counts will be tossed. Of the remaining three counts, the highest and lowest will again be tossed, producing one final median number.last_img read more

Human Sacrifice 3 found with slit throats in Anantapur

first_imgVillagers suspect treasure hunters would have killed them as they were temple custodians Three people, including two women, were killed in early Monday hours at the Shiva temple complex in Tanakallu Mandal village in Anantapur district in Korthikota. The motive behind the killings was not clear, but villagers suspect they would have been killed by some treasure hunters as they were temple custodians and remained on the temple complex. Identified the dead as S. His elder sister Kadapala Kamalamma, 70, Shivaramireddy, 70, and Satya Lakshmiamma, 70. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The temple was being restored in the 15th century and work was ongoing, said Kadiri Rural Circle Inspector T. Madhu. After midnight, some unidentified people came to the temple complex, allegedly slit all three people’s throats and sprinkled the blood on the Shiva Linga in the sanctum sanctorum and a few anthills. A native of Madanapalli in the district of Chittoor, Shivaramireddy is the temple priest and returned on Sunday evening from Madanapalli. He stays in Madanapalli with his wife and three children. Temple complex is 500 meters from the village and only in the morning people were alerted and informed the police. Dog squads have been pressed into service and research is on. So far, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

Vadivelus disrespectful comments on ShankarChimbu Deven unite Tamil directors

first_imgVadivelu.PR HandoutVenkat Prabhu and Suseenthiran are the latest filmmakers who have joined the long list of director to condemn Vadivelu’s comments on Shankar and Chimbu Deven.On Twitter, Venkat Prabhu wrote, “let’s spread love not hatred, don’t forget the creators” and tagged the three directors mentioned above, besides Shankar and Chimbudeven [sic].”His note in Tamil states that the director is the captain of the ship. According to Venkat Prabhu, the credit for a successful movie gets divided among actors, technicians and many others, but the blame for a failure solely goes on a director.Venkat Prabhu says that he is pained to hear such words from Vadivelu about Shankar who had given a major hit to his career in the form of Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei. About Chimbu Deven, he stated that he is a good human being apart from a sensible filmmaker.”We are here to make people happy and lets us spread love, not hatred. And please don’t forget the creators,” he said. Sueenthiran too wrote a letter on similar lines which can be read below:In an interview, Vadivelu had made degrading comments about Shankar and Chimbu Deven. Indeed, the comedian had said Shankar as “a graphics director,” while claiming Chimbu Deven know little about writing or direction. Shankar and Vadivelu sort out differences.PR HandoutHis disrespecting comments about the two filmmakers have been slammed by many filmmakers that include T Siva and Samuthirakani.It all started because of the issues between Chimbu Deven and Vadivelu during the making of Imsai Arasan 24th Pulikecei sequel. Shankar, who is producing the film, stood by the director’s side as the actor was making unreasonable demands.Irked by Shankar’s stand, Vadivelu decided to stop the shoot mid-way, causing huge losses to the makers.last_img read more

US deploys thousands of troops along border

first_imgCentral American migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, use a provisional ladder to climb down from the bridge that connects Mexico and Guatemala, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, 20 October 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Pentagon is deploying 5,200 active-duty troops to beef up security along the US-Mexico border, officials announced Monday, in a bid to prevent a caravan of Central American migrants from illegally crossing the frontier.The move represents a massive military buildup along the border, where some 2,000 National Guardsmen are already working to provide assistance to overwhelmed authorities.Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly said more troops are needed to tighten border security, and he has made political capital of the caravan ahead of crucial midterm congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain some degree of power.According to US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, US authorities are tracking a group of about 3,500 people traveling north through the Chiapas-Oaxaca area in southern Mexico.Additionally, officials were monitoring another group of about 3,000 people that had gathered at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico.Even as US officials unveiled details of the military deployment, migrants were trying to cross the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico on rafts made from truck tires, or by forming human chains to avoid being swept away.Others swam across after Mexican authorities refused to open a border bridge.McAleenan described the situation along the US-Mexico frontier as a “border security and humanitarian crisis,” and said border agents over the past three weeks had apprehended about 1,900 people per day illegally crossing.”Over half of these arrivals have been made up of family units and unaccompanied children who place themselves in the hands of violent human smugglers, paying 7,000 (dollars) per person to make the journey,” McAleenan said.The massive deployment marks a sharp increase from initial estimates last week, when US officials said about 800 active-duty troops would head south.It means that within days, the US military will have more than three times as many troops along the southern border as it does fighting the Islamic State group in Syria.’Please go back’Trump last week expressed frustration that the issue, which had been attracting growing cable news attention, had slipped from front pages as top figures in the Democratic Party were targeted by a series of mail bombs.He took to Twitter on Monday to again blast the migrant caravan, which is comprised mainly of Hondurans — many of whom are fleeing horrific gang violence.”Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” Trump wrote without providing evidence, doubling down on the hardline anti-immigrant rhetoric that helped fuel his 2016 election victory.”Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”Trump has been campaigning intensively for weeks, frequently hammering on the migrant caravan issue and stoking anti-immigrant concerns among voters.He is expected to hold 11 rallies in the days ahead of the November 6 midterms, which Washington pundits are characterising as a referendum on his presidency.The American Civil Liberties Union blasted Trump’s decision to send troops, calling the move a political one to fuel “his anti-immigrant agenda of fear and division” ahead of the midterms.”These migrants need water, diapers, and basic necessities — not an army division,” ACLU lawyer Shaw Drake said.New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called the move “grotesque,” saying it used “the military for purely political purposes.”The Democrats, for their part, have been caught largely flat-footed by Trump’s messaging on the caravan and struggled to present coherent alternatives.The Southern Poverty Law Center called the deployment an act of “defiance” that would not make the US safer.In April, Trump ordered up to 4,000 National Guardsmen to head to the border as a different migrant caravan wound its way north. About 2,100 have deployed.’Harden’ the borderAir Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of the US military’s Northern Command, told reporters the 5,200 troops would focus on trying to “harden” border crossings and surrounding areas, with work done by combat engineering battalions with experience building temporary fencing.Additionally, the Pentagon is sending military police and three helicopter companies equipped with high-tech sensors and night-vision capabilities.They will bring border personnel “exactly where they need to be, regardless of the conditions,” O’Shaughnessy said.Though soldiers are not conducting direct law-enforcement operations and will ostensibly be in a support role, they will nonetheless be deployed with their weapons, officials noted.In addition to the main caravans in southern Mexico, a group of around 300 migrants left San Salvador, the El Salvador capital, on foot Sunday heading for the border with Guatemala in the hope of eventually reaching the United States.last_img read more

Fallout Continues Over ExelonPepco Merger Rejection

first_imgThe District of Columbia Public Service Commission rejected a settlement that would have supported the merger of Exelon and Pepco, but in its place, the commission offered its own set of conditions. On Feb. 26, the public service commission rejected the Exelon-Pepco merger, 2-1, with commission Chairman Betty Ann Kane and Commissioner Joanne Doddy Fort voting against it. Essentially, Kane and Fort rejected the settlement agreement that the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) negotiated with Exelon in October 2015.Kane and Fort said even with the settlement agreement, Exelon hadn’t met the test of whether the merger is in the public’s best interest while Commissioner Willie Phillips respectfully disagreed.Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey have agreed to the merger in addition to the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The District is the only jurisdiction that hasn’t approved the merger, and if it doesn’t the merger falls apart.The settlement agreement, known as the nonunanimous settlement agreement (NSA), would have provided District ratepayers benefits such as a one-time credit of $50 for residential ratepayers, setting up an Exelon office in the District, hiring 102 residents to work for the company, no rate increases until March 2019, $17 million to support the District’s alternative energy program, and millions to assist seniors and low-income residents in paying their utility bills.Kane said there were four reasons for rejecting the NSA and therefore the merger. She said that non-residential ratepayers couldn’t participate in the proposed $25.6 million Customer Investment Fund (CIF), which was unacceptable; Exelon as the sole developer of a solar generation facility at Blue Plains and Pepco as the developer of four public purpose microgrids are moves that would be inconsistent with the District’s restructured market; the use of the CIF for sustainability projects and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program payments don’t improve Pepco’s distribution system and doesn’t advance the commission objective to modernize the District’s energy system; and the proposed method of allocating the CIF to District government agencies and designated funds deprives the commission of the ability to enhance the distribution system that would benefit District ratepayers.However, Fort offered an alternative to Exelon. Fort’s plan would require Exelon defer a decision on the $25.6 million Customer Base Rate credit until the next Pepco rate increase; remove the provision that would designate Exelon as the solar developer and require Pepco to manage a process that would allow DC Water to select the solar developer through its procurement procedures; create an escrow fund with two sub-accounts at Pepco to hold $32.80 million of the $72.8 million CIF funded by Exelon; $21.55 million to modernize the District’s energy system and $11.25 million for energy efficiency and conservation initiatives that would focus on housing units for low-income District residents and strike Pepco’s provisions to develop public purpose microgrids.Fort said the merger would get her support if her plan was accepted by Exelon. In the second vote, the offer of the alternative plan was approved with Fort and Phillips voting in favor of it while Kane voted “no.” Exelon has 14 days to consider whether to accept Fort’s plan and if they do, she and Phillips said they will approve the merger.Bowser said that her administration will examine the commission’s order before deciding its next course of action. “The Public Service Commission took the framework we negotiated and made adjustments,” the mayor said. “We will have to carefully review the commission’s order to determine if it meets our goals for ratepayers, especially residents.”People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye was cautiously optimistic. “At this point, we are carefully reviewing the order to understand the alternative terms put on the table to determine our next steps,” Mattavous-Frye said. “Going forward, our task will continue to be to ensure that any possible agreement will result in rate relief, consumer protections, and major investments in reliability, jobs, and renewable energy.”The D.C. Council has no say on the merger but D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), a longtime proponent of the merger, doesn’t support it and wasn’t happy with Fort’s plan. “They are just tinkering around the edges with the NSA plan,” Cheh said. “This is an inherent conflict of interest and isn’t the way we do business in the District of Columbia.”Douglas Sloan, a District political strategist, said the commission’s proceedings on the merger have been weak and Exelon has come out the winner already. “I was in favor of rejecting the merger,” Sloan said. “I think the alternative plan is milquetoast and Exelon will accept it. D.C. will get stuck with a bad deal that will haunt ratepayers in 2019.”last_img read more

Rick and Morty Delivers Spy Drama Susan Sarandon and a Pickle Mech

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Going in, we knew this episode would be weird. It’s called “Pickle Rick.” And all the promos for it showed that Rick has turned himself into a pickle. He’s PICKLE RIIIIIIIICK! Along with Morty, we’re all wondering why exactly he decided to turn himself into a pickle, but Rick tells his grandson to stop looking for extra layers. He transformed himself into a pickle just because he could. No other reason. Of course, given the tone season, three has established we know that’s not at all true. The rest of the family catches on pretty quickly that Rick has turned himself into a pickle to get out of family counseling.Morty notices a Rube Goldberg machine set to go off 10 minutes after the family would be gone that would inject him with (probably) anti-pickle serum. When he denies that the serum would turn him back into a human, Beth takes it to counseling, since it obviously isn’t important. That gets us to the point where the episode can really begin. Rick is stuck as a pickle, and the rest of the family is stuck in therapy. What follows is nearly half an hour of violence, gross-out humor and running from feelings.Two episodes in (three, counting the premiere back in April), a theme is emerging in this season of Rick and Morty. Where other cartoons would try to restore the status quo as soon as possible, Rick and Morty is forcing its characters to deal with the consequences of having Rick in their lives. Last week saw the kids working through their anger in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. This time, they’re going to therapy. While Morty and Summer seem game, it quickly becomes clear that Beth is avoiding counseling nearly as much as Rick is. We learn that this was recommended by the school after Morty peed himself in class and Summer was caught huffing enamel.(Via Adult Swim)The Susan Sarandon-voiced Dr. Wong (Beth: “racist name, by the way”) turns out to be very good at her job. She immediately recognizes that the kids’ problems are symptoms of larger issues at home. And wouldn’t you know it, their troubles and insecurities revolve around Rick. I appreciate that this season is going deep in exploring the consequences of having someone like Rick around. It would be easy for the season to continually rehash the family struggling with divorce, episode after episode, but the Smith/Sanchez family’s problems go beyond that. Beth keeps trying to use the therapy as discipline for her children, but the therapist isn’t letting that happen. Dr. Wong keeps bringing the conversation back around to her issues as well as Summer’s and Morty’s.Meanwhile, Pickle Rick’s life turned into an action movie. After a cat knocked him into the driveway, and a rainstorm carries him into a sewer, Rick needs to find a way to move again. He kills a cockroach and stimulates its brain to get around the sewer, and soon he moves on to rats. Rick harvests rat body parts to build an organic mech suit, brutally slaughtering every rat in the sewers. The carnage continues when he exits the sewers into an unnamed foreign embassy who’s up to some shady stuff. When they refuse to let him leave, he murders all of them with complicated traps and lasers. They even sick a prisoner named Jaguar on him, promising to release Jaguar’s daughter, if he kills the pickle. All this provides a fun, violent contrast to the real emotional problems the rest of the family is dealing with.(Via Adult Swim)Rick and Jaguar team up once they realize that Jaguar’s daughter has actually been dead the whole time. Working together, they escape via helicopter and blow up the facility. It’s a bloody, brutal and funny sequence, but it’s all in service of Rick running away from his feelings. Even when Jaguar tells Rick he hopes he gets back to his daughter; Rick brags that he has infinite daughters. He constantly reminds himself and everyone around him how expendable his family is, but he keeps going back to them anyway. Maybe he’s not entirely over the fact that he abandoned his actual daughter to a Cronenberg apocalypse.In any case, he has to go back to therapy, if only to get the anti-pickle serum. While there, Dr. Wong does some real work with him. She rightly points out that he constantly puts himself in danger to distract from the real work of maintaining a relationship with his family. Rick clearly recognizes that he needs them because he goes to such great lengths to keep them around. He just doesn’t want to put in the work of maintaining real relationships with them. Because it’s not fun or exciting, it’s just necessary. Rick is a genius. He can turn himself into a pickle and still invent elaborate ways to kill people. What he can’t (or doesn’t want to) figure out is how to connect with his family.(Via Adults Swim)Of course, it wouldn’t be Rick and Morty if it didn’t follow up half an hour of violence and hilarity with a gut punch. The counseling helped Morty and Summer, to the point where they’re eager to go back. Rick and Beth, however, are too uncomfortable exploring their issues to listen. While Rick and Summer grow ever more insistent on going back, Rick and Beth deliberately ignore them, and plan to go out for a drink later. God, that’s a depressing note to go out on. At least the post-credits scene where Jaguar saves Rick and Morty from the death piano in the opening credits was funny. For the second week in a row, Rick and Morty delivers real emotional storytelling perfectly mixed with weird, often disgusting, belly laugh-inducing comedy. Not every show can master such a delicate balance in tone. And certainly, not every show can turn such a stupid premise (PICKLE RIIIIIIICK!) into a compelling episode. God, I never want this season to end.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Five rare spider species found in Dantan village of West Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: A fresh scare of Tarantula spider gripped the villagers of Dantan in West Midnapore on Sunday, after five rare species of spider having similarities with Tarantula were recovered from the village.Locals are, however, suspecting that the spiders found at Dantan are of Tarantula species. The forest department officials have recovered the spiders and are yet to confirm their species. It was learnt that some more spiders were found at Salboni in the same district. The forest department has started an extensive search from the areas the spiders have been recovered. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSanjay Dey, a resident of Manoharpur village under Dantan block 1 on Sunday morning found five spiders among which three were beaten to death by the locals, while one managed to flee. The villagers confined one spider inside a glass jar. Some of the locals have expressed their anxiousness after one spider disappeared from the spot.It may be mentioned that tension spread among the villagers of Debra in West Midnapore after a woman was bitten by a rare species of spider. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe victim, Mamata Patra Santra, a resident of Raghunathpur village was admitted to Debra Super specialty hospital after she was stung. Locals, however, claimed that a Tarantula spider had bitten the victim. After being informed, the forest department officials reached the spot and recovered the spider. The insect had stung her hand following which it had swollen. Scare of Tarantula spiders reached the city as a woman was admitted to a private nursing home in Garia after being bitten by a spider. Tarantula is a species of spider that is commonly found in South America and Africa. Senior officials from the district health and forest department on Sunday visited the district to assess the situation. The forest department officials have started an investigation to identify the insect that had bitten the villager and where it had come from.The district administration suspects that the insects are coming from the adjacent areas of the Kasai river. Though, the forest department officials are yet to identify the insect, it has already brought back the fear of Tarantula in the villages of West Midnapore district. They suspect that this could be a poisonous spider. According to the villagers, the insect that stung the victim is furry and looks almost like Tarantula.The patient has been given antibiotics. According to a forest department official, there is no fear of death in such cases. There are 100 types of Tarantula in the world. They are found Africa, South America, some parts of Asia and Australia.last_img read more

US Congress looks to condition loans to Nicaragua on political changes

first_imgRelated posts:As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship 35 years after Somoza’s overthrow, not much for Nicaragua to celebrate Presidents Obama, Solís sign historic security donation for Costa Rica Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over military camp near border Nicaraguan politicians and economists expressed concern Thursday after the United States House of Representatives passed a bill calling for economic sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s government forrestricting free elections and curbing political freedoms.The Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) was passed unanimously Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate would have to pass the bill and President Barack Obama would have to sign it in order for the bill to become law.According to Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the bill’s main sponsor, the law looks to “stop Ortega from accessing international funds until he adopts reforms that promote democracy, strengthen the rule of law, respect human rights, and celebrate free, fair, and transparent elections supervised by electoral observers.”“It’s unfortunate, but this is the result of the misrule under Ortega, who has been building a dictatorship disrespecting all human rights,” Violeta Granera, an ex-candidate for the vice presidency told AFP.On the wrong trackThe main Nicaraguan opposition candidate was banned earlier this year from the Nov. 6 general elections, in which President Ortega of the Sandinista National Liberation Party (FSLN) is seeking a third consecutive term. Opposition leaders have called this year’s elections an “electoral farce.”The opposition has said it will continue to try and undermine Ortega’s reelection plans by intensifying calls for abstention and protest, hoping to force a new election with international observation and an impartial electoral tribune. They also made an effort this week to reorganize under an expanded coalition.Nicaragua receives $250 million in loans annually from entities like the World Bank and the International Development Bank. The NICA bill making its way through the U.S. Congress is aimed at making it more difficult for Nicaragua to receive such loans on a long-term basis by leveraging U.S. influence on international lenders.Ortega’s government responded Thursday in a news release to the U.S. House’s vote on the bill, saying it was a “violation of international law and the United Nations charter.”Nicaraguan opposition reorganizesOn Thursday, Nicaraguan opposition parties announced the creation of a new “Broad Front” party that brings together the country’s conservative parties with Sandinista dissidents and other opponents of Ortega’s administration.Leaders hope the new alliance will revive the opposition’s chances of defeating Ortega.“The goal is to unify all the government opponents to speak out against the wrongs of this electoral process,” said Fabio Gadea, the 2011 presidential candidate for the Independent Liberal Party (PLI). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

New Couch Syndrome The Real Deal

first_img First-time homebuyers spend their money differently than experienced homebuyers after they move, according to a new study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).Using data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the NAHB found that homebuyers that were new to the home buying market had the highest average expenditures for both appliances and furnishings, and outspent experienced homebuyers and nonmoving homeowners in both these categories.New homebuyers spent an average of $3,094 on appliances, compared to an average of $1,889 of existing homebuyers’ expenditures. New homebuyers also outspent existing homebuyers on items such as washer/dryers, refrigerators, televisions, freezers, and lawnmowers and yard equipment. Nonmoving homeowners only spent an average of $1,182 annually on appliances.Furnishings are also popular purchases for first-time homebuyers, who outspent experienced homebuyers $3,778 to $2,258. According to the report, new homebuyers spent an average $687 on living room tables and chairs, and $345 on dining room and kitchen furniture. Window covering was also a popular purchase among first-time homebuyers, who spent on average $215 for a little privacy. Existing homebuyers only bought $78 worth of window coverings, and nonmoving owners spent a meager $21, which is 10 times less than first-time homebuyers. Annually, nonmoving homeowners only spent a total of $708 all year on furniture.The only category in which existing homebuyers outspent new homebuyers was in alterations and repairs—which was an average of $4,085. New homebuyers only spent $3,729 on repairs and alterations, but were more likely to outspend their experienced counterparts when it came to outside projects, such as fencing, a new driveway, or a new walkway. Nonmoving homeowners spent more annually on repairs and alterations than appliances and furnishings combined. Collectively, however, nonmoving homeowners drive most of the demand, and spend the most money, on appliances, furnishings, and repairs, but only because there are more nonmoving homeowners in a given year than there are homebuyers, whether first-time or experienced. July 13, 2017 590 Views expenses experienced homebuyer First-Time Homebuyer 2017-07-13 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img New Couch Syndrome: The Real Deal Sharelast_img read more