13 Oct

Stars Group shares surge on legal victory at the Kentucky Court of

first_imgTORONTO — Shares of The Stars Group Inc. surged in midday trading after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company.It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue.    The company’s shares gained $1.64 or 7.9 per cent at $22.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after news of the successful appeal.The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process. About US$300 million continues to be held in an escrow fund established under the merger agreement governing the US$4.9-billion acquisition of PokerStars in 2014 by the company then known as Amaya Gaming.Marlon Goldstein, chief legal officer of the Stars Group, says that it looks forward to putting the matter behind it as “we sharpen our focus on executing on our growth strategy going forward.”Despite the favourable ruling, the company says it expects the state to either seek a rehearing or a review by the Kentucky Supreme Court, both of which it intends to vigorously dispute.Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the ruling removes an overhang on the stock.“While we had not included the potential downside from a loss in our forecast or valuation, we nonetheless expect this decision to significantly improve investor confidence in the company given its elevated leverage,” he wrote in a note to clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

8 Oct

Liberals tap former RBC exec to be chairwoman of infrastructure bank

OTTAWA — The federal government is hiring the former chief financial officer at one of Canada’s largest banks to help oversee its new infrastructure-financing agency.Janice Fukakusa is being named the new chairwoman of the Canada infrastructure bank.Fukakusa retired in January from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) after a 31-year career at the bank.She will now have a role in selecting the remaining members of the board of directors that will oversee the agency’s operations, as well as the chief executive.The Liberals plan to have the new agency up and running by the end of the year.Ottawa is planning to infuse the new institution with $35-billion hoping to pry three or four times that amount from the private sector for large-scale projects.But the projects have to generate revenue, meaning they would result in new toll roads or bridges where user fees finance the construction costs.The Liberals have faced questions about how much risk taxpayers will take on in projects that the bank funds, and how much independence the chief executive officer and the bank’s board will have in investment decisions.The government’s designs for the bank will give the ministers overseeing it the ability to approve or reject projects for funding. Cabinet will also be able to easily hire and fire the chief executive and board chair.A Senate committee report released Thursday called on the government to ensure the independence of the board by drawing on Canadian and international best practices in governance.The report also raises concerns that the bank could find itself in competition with other Crown corporations, despite testimony from government officials that no federal entity currently fills the role set out for the new agency.Private investors can’t access the investment tools the bank will use to help them jointly invest with the public sector on infrastructure projects, senators on the committee were told by both Infrastructure Canada and the bank’s transition office. read more

8 Oct

Sri Lankas new envoy to Nepal presents her credentials

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Foreign Affairs, General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of the Army Staff, Dr. Madam Kumar Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Expert at the Office of the President, Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary, Bhupendra Prasad Poudel, Secretary at the Office of the President and other senior officials from the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs were  present on the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) The President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari received the Letters of Credence from Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Nepal Ms Wellage Swarnalatha Perera, at a special ceremony yesterday, the Foreign Ministry in Nepal said.The Nepal President also received the Letters of Credence from Mentor Patricia Villagomez Merino, Jozef Drofenik and Jagdishwar Goburdhun, Ambassadors of the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Mauritius to Nepal at the Ceremonial Hall of the Office of the President. Swarnalatha Perera is residential Ambassador and Mentor Patricia Villagomez Merino, Jozef Drofenik and Jagdishwar Goburdhun are based in New Delhi with concurrent accreditation to Nepal. read more

6 Oct

Bank of Montreal has service glitch customers briefly denied access to accounts

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:24 pm MDT TORONTO – A widespread problem at Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) automated systems Friday briefly left customers unable to withdraw money from bank machines or access online banking.The big Canadian bank said an outage began around 10:30 a.m. ET and customers were able to regain access to automatic teller machines and at points of sale just before 1 p.m.However, a problem with online services persisted into the evening and was resolved shortly after 6 p.m., the bank said.“We sincerely apologize to customers who were inconvenienced by service interruptions earlier today,” it said.Earlier in the day several customers from Vancouver to Toronto to Quebec tweeted that they were unable to make purchases using their debit and credit cards.Shares in the bank fell 26 cents to $58.92 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Montreal has service glitch, customers briefly denied access to accounts read more

2 Oct

Southeast Asian regional bloc has much to offer rest of the world

“ASEAN represents a best case example of regional cooperation – nations joined together in a spirit of equality to advance prosperity and peace in the region,” John Ashe said at the annual ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting, held on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate.“By promoting regional integration, partnering for development and maintaining regional security, ASEAN is able to advance the goals of its individual members, strengthen the capacity for collective action and provide an example for other regions to emulate.” Mr. Ashe said that one of the areas in which ASEAN’s experience can benefit the rest of the world is regional cooperation for peace and security. “Recent upheavals in the Arab world, ongoing conflicts in Africa, in Central Asia, rising tensions in other parts of Asia and security-related problems in Latin America all highlight the pervasive regional challenges, whether political, security related or economic and social. Regional challenges call for regional solutions.“Regional cooperation can be a means of employing preventive diplomacy and for promoting conflict resolution,” he added. “You have already shown great foresight by constructively supporting the democratization process and encouraging political stability in your member State of Myanmar, which will chair ASEAN next year,” said the President.The meeting “noted with satisfaction” the continued dialogue and consultation between the secretariats of the two organizations and encouraged them to further enhance their cooperation, coordination and liaison functions, according to a news release issued afterwards. Among other things, the meeting also exchanged views on regional and international matters of common concern to ASEAN and the UN, including the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process, disarmament, conflict prevention, disaster management, and sustainable development. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also participated in the meeting, which was chaired by Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. read more

30 Sep

Kobe Bryant Turns To Magic Johnson For Lakers Advice

Kobe Bryant is so concerned about the state of affairs with his struggling Los Angeles Lakers that he reached out to another champion, Magic Johnson, for guidance on how to handle the drama.After seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall with his family, Bryant called Johnson and said the conversation was “very helpful. . .“We just talked about some of the experiences he went through and some of the systematic changes that he had to go through after Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) retired and how he kind of managed through that and how he dealt with that,” Bryant said to the media after the Lakers shootaround in preparation for their game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.Bryant was guarded about the specifics of the conversation, saying, “The advice I get from Magic, Michael (Jordan) and those guys, that’s always sacred. That’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”Johnson expressed his displeasure with the way coach Mike D’Antoni has used all-star big man Pau Gasol, said it “doesn’t make sesnes.”  A 7-footer with immense talent in the low post, D’Antoni has him playing on the perimeter mostly, which means the team has not been maximizing his skill set.Bryant remained relatively calm after the Lakers lost their fifth in six games at lowly Cleveland Tuesday night. But the fact that he called on Johnson speaks to his concern at his team’s 9-15 record going into Madison Square Garden.It would help Bryant and the Lakers if point guard Steve Nash could get healthy. He has missed all but one game with a leg injury that still will require another two weeks to heal, he said.“He’s getting closer,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “He worked out pretty well today. We see some flickers at the end of the tunnel.”Then he added: “He hasn’t progressed that far. But we’re getting closer. I just don’t want to build up expectations and he has a little setback and then everybody goes crazy. It’s going to be a whille. But a while, I don’t know what that is.” read more

30 Sep

OJ Simpson Was with Colin Kaepernicks Protest And Then

O.J. Simpon sided with President Trump over Colin Kaepernick when it comes to protesting the national anthem. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)/Julie Jacobson-Pool/Getty Images/)O.J. Simpson doesn’t think Colin Kaepernick made the best decision when he decided to kneel during the national anthem two NFL seasons ago. While the formerly incarcerated football star initially gave the ex-San Francisco 49er credit for standing up for his beliefs, he admitted he felt Kaep made a “mistake.”“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson told Buffalo News Friday, March 16. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag.“I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK,” adds Simpson, who generally sides with President Donald Trump on his stance on NFL players protesting. “I don’t disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn’t be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be.”Trump has voiced similar support for the flag and last year he called for players who exercise their first amendment right on the field to be fired.Ahead of Trump’s statement, Kaepernick left the 49ers and became a free agent. He hasn’t been signed by an NFL team ever since.Still, other athletes have protested the anthem too and his movement has spread beyond football and into leagues like the NHL.“When he did it the first time I thought, ‘Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit,’” Simpson said, reflecting on Kaepernick. “But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake.“I’m a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag.” read more

28 Sep

We Updated Our College Football Model And Now Michigan Looks Slightly Less

2Ohio StateMichigan Wisconsin OklahomaPenn State— How accounting for head-to-head results changes playoff odds 5MichiganWisconsin Penn State ColoradoOhio State— 8Colorado—MichiganWashington Alabama9292 How the top 10 teams have fared head-to-head 6Wisconsin—Ohio State MichiganPenn State 4Washington——Colorado We’ve been getting a lot of angry notes from Michigan fans. And even though I’m from East Lansing, I think they have a point. Sort of.Here’s the rub: Michigan fans claim their Wolverines have a shot at the college football playoff, even though they rank fifth (the top four teams make the playoff) and have finished their regular season (Wisconsin and Penn State are playing for the Big Ten championship instead).Even the most rabid Michigan backers don’t expect their team to displace any of the current top four if everyone wins out. Undefeated No. 1 Alabama is one of the strongest college teams in history and will become the SEC Champion if it beats Florida on Saturday. No. 2 Ohio State — which, like Michigan, is idle this weekend — just beat Michigan last Saturday. And No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are potential one-loss conference champions, while two-loss Michigan is neither of those things.Alabama would have a decent shot at the playoff even with a loss, but if either Clemson or Washington falls, another slot could open up. Apart from Michigan, the most plausible contenders to fill it are Wisconsin and Penn State — whichever one wins the Big Ten championship — and Colorado, if it beats Washington for the Pac-12 title.Wisconsin, Penn State and Colorado would each be 11-2 conference champions, as compared to 10-2 non-champion Michigan. The playoff selection committee explicitly accounts for conference championships as part of its selection criteria. So Michigan has a hard argument to make, it would seem.Except for one thing: Michigan played Wisconsin, Penn State and Colorado. It beat all three of them. And although the committee says it considers conference championships, it also says it takes head-to-head results into account. How would the committee weigh everything? Nobody’s quite sure. RANKSCHOOLWINSLOSSESPLAYING THIS WEEK Oklahoma65 10Oklahoma State——Oklahoma Oklahoma State12 Michigan16 3Clemson——— Ohio State92%94% CHANCE OF MAKING COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF Penn State2122 Clemson8081 Washington6666 SCHOOLPREVIOUSLYWITH HEAD-TO-HEAD ADJUSTMENT Wisconsin3021 Colorado1010 7Penn StateOhio StateMichiganWisconsin 9Oklahoma—Ohio StateOklahoma State Our college football playoff model, however, had been putting a fairly heavy thumb on the scale against Michigan. That’s because we’d programmed it to account for conference championships, but not for head-to-head results. Why not? There wasn’t any particularly good reason; we’d intended to build in a head-to-head adjustment earlier this fall and then got distracted by that whole presidential election thing. Also, because head-to-head results didn’t happen to matter very much in the first two years of the committee’s rankings — there was no case analogous to the one Michigan faces this year — we didn’t have much data on how much the committee really cares about them.Still, we think making some effort to account for head-to-head results is better than nothing, even if we’re basically just making an educated guess about the magnitude of the effect. So we’ve built an adjustment into our model. As before, the program runs a series of simulations in which it plays out the remaining games and estimates how the committee will rank the teams. Then there’s a new step: It checks to see if teams that are ranked in close proximity played one another. If in one simulation it initially had Colorado ranked No. 4 and Michigan No. 5, for instance, it might flip them because of the head-to-head result. Or it might not: The magnitude of the head-to-head adjustment is randomized a bit from simulation to simulation but generally set to a fairly conservative value. (We’ll recalibrate everything next year; how the committee untangles Michigan and the other teams will tell us a lot about how much it really cares about head-to-head play.)As a result of this change, Michigan’s chance of making the playoff increases to 6 percent. That’s still not very good — the model thinks it’s unlikely that the committee will put an idle team into the playoff, especially when it has two losses and didn’t win its conference championship. (The loss to Ohio State is especially complicating, because the committee would have to take two teams from the Big Ten but not the conference champion?) The committee could also evade the head-to-head question by taking two-loss Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, whichever one wins the Big 12 this weekend,1The Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game, but Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are playing one another, and it just so happens that the winner of that game will win the Big 12. instead of a second Big Ten team. But 6 percent is an improvement for Michigan from the 1 percent chance our model gave it before the adjustment. 1Alabama——— Apart from Michigan, this change also affects Ohio State’s calculus a bit. Aren’t the Buckeyes shoo-ins? Would the committee really demote a team all the way from No. 2 to No. 5?Probably not, but consider what happened in 2014. The committee — to our model’s surprise — dropped TCU all the way from No. 3 to No. 6 in its final rankings despite TCU having won. We learned from that experience that the committee isn’t necessarily all that consistent from week to week. So Ohio State, which won’t be the Big Ten champion, might be just a little bit nervous if the committee decides it values conference championships highly.But it matters which team wins the Big Ten instead of Ohio State. If it’s Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have less to worry about because they beat the Badgers head-to-head. (Wisconsin might make the playoff as a second Big Ten team, but probably not without Ohio State making it as well.) Ohio State lost to Penn State in the regular season, however. So if Penn State wins the Big Ten, it will be able to cite both a head-to-head victory and a conference championship in its case to get in ahead of Ohio State. Our model expects that Ohio State would probably still make it under such circumstances — quite possibly alongside Penn State — but it isn’t quite as safe. (In the new version of our model, Ohio State has a 97 percent chance of making the playoff if Wisconsin wins the Big Ten and a 91 percent chance if Penn State wins instead.)So almost no matter what happens, we’ll be left with a bit of a mess. One solution? Expand the playoff to six or eight teams, so the close calls stemming from janky conference-championship scenarios are resolved on the field and not in a conference room. read more

24 Sep

Gold record for AgnicoEagle with more found in Finland and Mexico

first_imgAt December 31, 2007 Agnico-Eagle’s proven and probable gold reserves hit a record of 16.7 Moz, an increase of 33% over the year end 2006 level. The 4.5 Moz growth in gold reserves was a result of successful definition drilling at development projects, which converted 1.6 Moz to reserves, and the acquisition of the Meadowbank project. Gold resources also continued to grow to record levels. Indicated mineral resources now stand at 2.8 Moz while the Inferred mineral resource stands at 4.7 Moz.With its largest ever exploration program now underway, combined with better drilling access, the company says it is well positioned to achieve its gold reserve target of 18-20 Moz within the next 12 months. “With the growth in Reserves and Resources at several of the key development projects, it is anticipated that the upper end of this target range may be exceeded within the next two years as promising results continue to be encountered outside of the current envelopes.”In the northwest quadrant of the Pinos Altos property in Mexico, the initial Inferred resource estimate on the Creston Colorado zone is 7.7 Mt, grading 1.4 g/t gold, or 0.4 Moz. A scoping study for a stand-alone operation is underwayDeep drilling at Kittila in Finland has confirmed the depth extension of the main Suuri deposit to some 1,000 m (approximately 350 m below the current reserves and resources). These results have not been incorporated into the current resource estimates“The steady growth in gold reserves, and more importantly, gold reserves per share continues to add value for our shareholders. With gold reserves and resources at record levels, and with several of our large deposits open for further expansion, we anticipate further resource to reserve conversion in 2008” said Sean Boyd, Vice-Chairman and CEO. “Additionally, the recent deep exploration success at Kittila provides optimism that this property is one of several in our portfolio that could ultimately grow to contain over 5 Moz of gold reserves” added Boyd.The Company’s budgeted exploration expenditure in 2008 exceeds C$65 million and is expected to result in drilling of approximately 270 km using 25 drill rigs. The total expenditure is the highest level in the company’s history.Currently, each of Agnico-Eagle’s 16.7 Moz of gold reserves are at sites under construction, or in production, and are located in mining-friendly regions with low political risk.last_img read more

20 Sep

Le Sénat rejette le texte sur la protection de lidentité

first_imgLe Sénat rejette le texte sur la protection de l’identitéLa bataille entre le lien fort et le lien faible touche à sa fin, mais c’est l’Assemblée Nationale qui aura le dernier mot pour voter le texte final sur la protection de l’identité des français. Rappelons ce qu’est le lien fort: un lien électronique qui permettrait, notamment lors d’enquête judiciaire, d’accéder à une base de données comme les empreintes digitales, la reconnaissance faciale…Les sénateurs, eux, semblent privilégier (340 voix contre 4)le lien faible qui empêche de faire le lien systématique entre l’identité et les empreintes biométriques et inversement. Cette décision n’est donc pas vraiment du goût du gouvernement, qui a fait adopter un amendement de dernière minute pour réintroduire le lien fort, mais quoi qu’il arrive, c’est l’Assemblée qui validera ou non le texte.Le gouvernement est favorable à l’utilisation de ces données personnelles chiffrées dans le but “de protéger les citoyens, en mettant en place les procédures et les moyens qui le permettent !”, selon Philippe Richert, ministre auprès du ministre de l’intérieur. Le 27 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

19 Sep

WWE attendance (8/6-8/10, TV Tapings, Australia tour)

first_img Cesaro Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Facebook Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next WWE attendance figures from August 6 to August 10, 2015. * 8/6 live event in Brisbane, Australia: 9,000 fans.* 8/7 live event in Melbourne, Australia: 15,000 fans (sellout).* 8/8 NXT live event in Largo, Florida: 375 fans.* 8/8 live event in Sydney, Australia: 11,000 fans.* 8/9 live event in Vancouver, British Columbia: 6,000 fans.* 8/10 RAW TV Tapings in Everett, Washington: 8,000 fans (sellout).Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 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 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itcenter_img Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter WWE returning to Australia in October, will tour three cities Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

19 Sep

Washington Legislature approves supplemental budget plan

first_img OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature sent Gov. Jay Inslee a supplemental state budget Thursday that puts more money toward teacher salaries, a final step in a multiyear process to bring Washington into compliance with a state Supreme Court mandate on education.The Senate passed the plan with a 25-24 vote shortly after the House passed it 54-44 on the last day of the 60-day legislative session.“This Legislature didn’t accomplish everything that we set out to do this year, but we did accomplish our budget goals,” said Democratic Sen. Christine Rolfes, the chamber’s main budget writer. “We are investing not only in the well-being of us, the current generation, and the well-being of our communities, but we’re investing in the future of the younger generations.”The plan makes several tweaks and adds more than $750 million in net spending to the current $43.7 billion two-year state budget that was adopted in the summer.While the main focus is on education funding, the budget also allocates additional money for mental health, heath care and higher education, among other areas. The overall plan also provides a one-time property tax cut next year. A school group walks down the steps of the Capitol Rotunda, Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on the final day of the regular session of the Legislature. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)last_img read more

19 Sep

House panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a 10-5 vote. The full House could vote on it in the coming weeks.The legislation comes amid an outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest and led Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. Health officials have reported at least 54 known cases in Washington and four in Oregon.Washington is among 17 states, including Oregon, that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for “personal, moral or other beliefs,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Washington now allows vaccination exemptions for children at public or private schools or licensed day-care centers based on medical, religious and personal or philosophical beliefs. Unless an exemption is claimed, a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of acquired immunity for nearly a dozen diseases — including polio, whooping cough and mumps — before they can attend school or a child care center.last_img read more

3 Sep

Dont escape from election Nasim tells Oikya Front

first_imgMohammad NasimHealth and family welfare minister Mohammed Nasim today called upon the Oikya Front leaders not to escape from the upcoming election being feared of defeat.“We do believe in free and fair election. The game has began, don’t flee from the final match of December 30,” he told a victory day celebration rally in city’s Shahbagh area.Sammilita Muktijuddha Sangsad and Samillita Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) organised the event titled “Bijoy Mancha”.Nasim recalled the supreme sacrifice of three million martyrs and national four leaders on the victory day.He urged the Awami League activists to make door to door campaign ahead of the national polls and seek votes in favour of his party.Speaking on the occasion, shipping minister Shajahan Khan criticised Kamal Hossain’s role and his remarks towards journalist.Sammilita Muktijuddha Jote Chairman Helal Murshed Khan, SSJ president Golam Kuddus and SSJ general secretary Hasan Harif, among others, spoke.last_img read more

2 Sep

Santa Fe Shooting Casts Pall Over Runoff Elections Unlikely To Shift Votes

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /00:42 Xcenter_img Al OrtizVoters will cast their ballots in Tuesday’s runoff elections with the Santa Fe High School shooting fresh in their minds. But it’s unclear whether the attack will influence the outcomes.As in the first round of primary voting, Republicans and Democrats are competing in separate elections. Political scientist Bob Stein of Rice University says that makes it unlikely a last minute surge in turnout will affect any of the contests. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “If there’s any turnout effect, I suspect it might be on the Democratic side and in some of the more liberal Democratic primaries, and particularly the one between [Lizzie Pannill] Fletcher and [Laura] Moser in the Democratic 7th [Congressional District primary runoff],” Stein says.Stein says that, if Santa Fe were to affect turnout in that race, it would most likely benefit Laura Moser. Both Moser and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher strongly favor stricter gun control laws, but Moser is widely regarded as the more progressive of the two candidates.Estimates from the Harris County Clerk’s office put the maximum Republican turnout during early voting at 51,093, just over half the level seen during the 2014 midterm primary runoff elections. The clerk’s office estimates the maximum Democratic turnout during early voting at 50,047, more than two-and-a-half times the 2014 level.last_img read more

2 Sep

Full Show Pressing For Disaster Relief Funds Political Roundup And Musician Pete

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We get an update from the National Weather Service on the heavy rain that’s been affecting the region.And, since Hurricane Harvey made landfall nearly two years ago, we’ve heard more and more about how Houston’s concrete landscape worsens flooding. Despite the warnings, the city continues to allow development in places experts say it shouldn’t. News 88.7’s Jen Rice takes a closer look.Also this hour: Local and state officials are joining the call from Congress for the White House to release billions allocated more than a year ago to Texas. But will the full court press work? We discuss that and other recent developments in our weekly political roundup.Plus, there are all sorts of great restaurants in Houston — many known for their food and atmosphere. But some are known for their kitsch. Our foodies from The Full Menu share some of their favorite unique themed restaurants around town.And musician Pete Yorn performs two new singles off his upcoming album.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listenlast_img read more

1 Sep

Facebook Removes Disinformation Attributed to Iran and Russia

first_img Popular on Variety Turns out Russian intelligence agencies aren’t the only ones using Facebook for disinformation campaigns: The social media giant announced Tuesday afternoon that it had been able to identify and remove several hundred pages and accounts associated with Iranian state media.Separately, the company also removed content associated with Russian intelligence services, as well as a group of accounts associated with Middle East media organizations that acted in concert while pretending to represent independent entities.Some of the content associated with Iranian state media had been published by Liberty Front Press, a group that claims to be an independent media organization but that the company actually was able to link to Press TV, which is associated with Iranian state media.Liberty Front Press operated 74 Facebook pages and 70 Facebook accounts, as well as 76 accounts on Instagram. Its pages were followed by 155,000 Facebook accounts, and it held 3 events. A separate set of accounts associated with Liberty Front Press pretended to operate under the guise of other news organizations. These 66 accounts not only engaged in misinformation, but actually tried to hack the accounts of Facebook users and spread malware over the platform.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg painted these measures as part of the company’s efforts to secure election integrity in a call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “2018 is a very important election year,” he said. “This is really serious, this is a top priority for our company.”However, the timing of the announcement raised some eyebrows: Facebook announced the account deletions just two hours after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pled guilty to campaign finance law violations and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of fraud, making it one of the busiest news days of the summer.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

28 Aug

Be careful not to compromise a crime scene

first_imgPolice have recently found that, in their eagerness to spread police successes on social media, members of the community can inadvertently compromise crime scenes and the investigation of the crime itself. When suspects are arrested, it is important to remember that identity parades will form part of the investigation process. Therefore, photographs depicting the faces of suspects should not be distributed at all, since it can have a negative impact on the investigation and any identity parades to be held in connection with the case.By preserving a crime scene, the evidence collected will be of a better quality, thereby ensuring a higher conviction rate. A crime scene not only includes the place where the crime was committed , but also the area surrounding the immediate crime scene and can cover a very large area.In the investigation of a crime, police gather information and physical evidence which can be used to help solve the case. If you preserve the crime scene, then police will be able to gather uncontaminated evidence. The more the crime scene is damaged, the less evidence can be collected and used. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite You can preserve a crime scene by doing the following:-· Take care of the injured,· Limit your movement on the crime scene,· Avoid contact with visible evidence,· Leave the scene undisturbed,· Don’t move around the scene to establish what damage or losses were incurred,· Don’t touch or move any items at the scene,· Leave the crime scene, but be available for questioning by police,· Use an alternative route, not the ones used by criminals,· If possible, lock the premises but be on hand to unlock for police,· Do not distribute facial images of the suspects.Every person at, or in the vicinity of a crime scene, is a potential witness. Tell police everything you know, no matter how small or insignificant you think your input will be. Entrust the crime scene to police because, in doing so, you have taken the first step in enabling police to identify the criminals, arrest them and bring about their conviction.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

17 Aug

PO Cruises launches white parties

first_imgThere was a white out at sea last week with P&O Cruises’ first Bianco party lighting up the top decks of Pacific Dawn.   One of four new party concepts to be rolled out across the fleet in the coming months, Bianco, the P&O White Party, is leading the cruise line’s entertainment revolution.   P&O Cruises Entertainment Director Brett Annable said the new concept was well received by guests onboard Pacific Dawn’s seven-night Pacific Islands itinerary from Brisbane.   “With a DJ pumping out tunes from a specially-designed stage on the dance floor, smoke cannons, special white cocktails and party-goers of all ages embracing the white theme, the inaugural Bianco party was a great success,” Mr Annable said.   “The dance floor was full all night, the selfie wall was very popular and the atmosphere was electric, just as we hoped.”   Every cruise of three nights or more will feature the Bianco night while the new Gatsby-themed event, Vegas pool party and Back to School party will occur on cruises of four nights or more. Pacific Island cruises will continue to offer an afternoon island-themed sailaway party.Source = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

15 Aug

Report Recovery Testing Normal Economic Assumptions

first_imgReport: Recovery Testing Normal Economic Assumptions Perhaps it’s only fitting that the recovery cycle of a recession like no other would itself be like no recovery that has come before. The continued—and oddly sluggish—recovery cycle the U.S is currently experiencing in not, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings and Oxford Analytica, on course to run the typical peaks-and-valleys cycle of the five major economic expansion periods the U.S. has experienced since the early 1970s.“Conventional wisdom assumes certain patterns to economic recoveries, based on 40 years of global boom and bust in the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said John Olert, chief credit officer at Fitch. “But this recovery seems different.”One major difference this time is that interest rates and stimulus spending will probably play diminished roles in the overall U.S. recovery, the report stated. This, despite the fact that interest rates historically play a rather prominent role in housing recovery.Though the report qualifies U.S. interest rates to be “at supportive levels,” these rates have already been at or near historic lows for several years, and the economy is still shaking off the cobwebs. And because the overall economic picture has greatly improved from its 2009 and 2010 doldrums, and because housing markets are seeing more activity than in those years, interest rates are about to increase.On top of that, the report found, the large financial stimulus that helped keep the economy from plummeting and spurred some recovery has declined significantly in the face of budgetary realities. So it, too, will not have the same effect on national growth.It’s worth noting, however, that while the housing market is improving, it is not improving with the verve many economists had predicted just a couple months ago. In fact, a report released by Fitch Ratings in late April showed that sales of both new and existing homes in March fell short of expectations, while housing starts also failed to live up to optimistic predictions that the end of an unusually harsh winter would spell growth in all areas of the housing sector. However, it is also worth noting that spring 2014 numbers are measured against those of spring 2013, which was, after a period of relative stagnation, an especially productive spring.Still, economists who once predicted increasing demand and shrinking inventories upon the advent of spring have dialed down their talk of housing growth, even though Mike Simonsen, co-founder and CEO of real estate data firm Altos Research, said in April that it is not a good idea to draw conclusions about the demand for homes based on sales. “You can’t tell how many people want to buy homes by how many are sold,” Simonsen said.Increasing confidence among many Americans that the economy is getting there may stem from housing recovery and a strong equity market, which are improving, just not as quickly as some had predicted. Fitch and Oxford suggested that the U.S. economy may also benefit in the long run from the energy boom—which, in some markets, such as Houston, where the coming Exxon Mobil headquarters development is expected to bring 10,000 jobs, has triggered significant growth in housing sales and construction—and global competitiveness through increased trade. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Existing-Home Sales Fitch Ratings Housing Starts Mortgage Rates New Home Sales Recovery 2014-05-16 Scott_Morgan May 16, 2014 496 Views last_img read more