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Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond to receive Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Figure skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond will be receiving the highest honour in her home province — the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.Osmond left Marystown, N.L., for Edmonton at a young age, but her province and hometown continue to cheer for her, even re-naming the local arena after her in 2014.She and artist Christopher Pratt were among 10 people named today as recipients of the order, granted for “excellence and achievement” to former and current residents of the province.They will be inducted at a Jan. 29 ceremony.The Olympic bronze medallist and world figure skating champion was greeted with a parade when she visited Marystown in April, meeting with young skaters and performing at the arena.Dominic Lundrigan was arena manager when Osmond first laced up her skates as a kid and he recalled an enthusiastic young athlete who always pushed herself to skate faster and jump higher.Lundrigan called Osmond the “pride and pleasure” of the small town and said her visits always lift local residents’ spirits.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dick Van Dyke To Be Honored At Screen Actors Guild Awards

first_imgDick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.In making the announcement, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said, “Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment. From his career-changing Broadway turn in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and his deadpan humor in the Emmy winning ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ to his unforgettable performance as Bert in ’Mary Poppins,” he sets a high bar for actors. Stage, big screen, small screen, literally everywhere he has worked he has inspired millions of fans and has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and the world. He is so deserving of this honor and I congratulate him.”SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon said: “With Dick, it’s so much more than the proverbial ‘triple threat.’ He started his career as a radio announcer, game show host and comedian and was a spokesman for Kodak, among numerous other roles over his nearly 60-year career. His contributions to the success of the business and to his fellow performers is legendary as is his work with a number of the leading ladies of our times, including Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore — both previous Life Achievement Award recipients. His infectious laugh has warmed audiences for decades and is an unforgettable facet of his fabulous personality.”Holder of five Emmys, a Tony Award and a Grammy, Van Dyke at 86 still possesses the zest for life that first propelled him into the limelight more than a half-century ago with the Broadway and film versions of “Bye Bye Birdie,” the seminal ’60s situation comedy “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and the film classic “Mary Poppins.”For nearly twenty years Van Dyke has been tirelessly committed to his volunteer work at The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles’ century-old downtown shelter for the troubled and homeless. He helped raise millions for their new building program and is there without fail every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and times in between offering comfort and cheer, often with the Vantastix and members of his own family. He is passionate about raising funds for music and art programs for public schools and has performed at countless fundraisers. He became a spokesperson for the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation in 1967 after losing a granddaughter to that disease and in 2010 was named the first spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation.last_img read more

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Dalai Lama Foundation Announces Fundraising Campaign For Living History

first_imgThe Dalai Lama Foundation, a global, non-profit organization focused on peace and ethics education, today kicks off development of The Living History of the Dalai Lama, the first of three phases that will comprise the new Dalai Lama Foundation Global Center For Peace.Scheduled to launch in mid-2015, Living History will be a comprehensive, interactive, online experience that will chronicle the life and accomplishments of the Dalai Lama, one of the world’s best-known and most-respected advocates for peace.The Global Center for Peace is a three-part initiative designed to support and catalyze the advancement of peace, compassion, and social and economic change worldwide. The first phase, the Living History project, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds needed for development of the online experience. The second phase, the Incubator For GOOD, is a program that will enable social entrepreneurs aligned with the Dalai Lama’s messages of peace and compassion to collaborate, learn critical skills, meet partners and funders, and further develop their organizations. The final phase, a Bay Area-based Center for Peace, will be a physical space designed to educate, inspire and encourage action among the next generation of peacemakers throughout the world.“The Living History of the Dalai Lama will make the words and actions of this extraordinary man accessible to people across the globe so that new generations of change-makers will be motivated to further improve life on our planet,” said Darlene Markovich, President and Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Foundation. “We’re thrilled to kick off the Living History project as part of our new Center for Peace initiative, all of which will provide very tangible support and impact on our collective journey to advocate peace, ethics and compassion.”The Living History Project will educate and inspire people around the world with His Holiness’ message of world peace through an interactive, content-rich multimedia web experience that shares major events and the Dalai Lama’s extraordinary life’s work, with contributions from his friends and other universally recognized peace leaders such as rarely seen videos, photos and an interactive map highlighting his prolific world travels. It will also serve as an online social community that will share the many success stories of people, groups and organizations that were inspired by the Dalai Lama. Among his many honors, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.As His Holiness approaches his 80th birthday, the time is right to create the Living History and celebrate the more than 70 years of the Dalai Lama’s life’s work and accomplishments of this extraordinary man.
The mission of the Dalai Lama Foundation is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a non-dogmatic ethic of compassion. The Foundation was established with the Dalai Lama’s endorsement and advice. As noted by the Dalai Lama, “I am happy to endorse and lend my name to this effort because it promises to try to put into action many of the ideas for peace that I support.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Michael Phelps Foundation Honors A Decade Of Water Safety

first_imgThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign and the Michael Phelps Foundation this weekhonored the 10th anniversary of the Michael Phelps Foundation and the 10 years since the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Pool & Spa Safety Act with an event promoting water safety.At this week’s event, CPSC’s Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and Michael Phelps delivered remarks about each organization’s decade milestone and the continued importance of water safety.“As a result of the landmark VGB legislation, there have been zero drain entrapment-related deaths involving children in public pools and spas over the past decade,” said Acting Chairman Buerkle. “I’m honored to recognize this achievement, along with the achievements of the Michael Phelps Foundation and all our partners in the water safety community over the past 10 years. By working together, we will combat the public health crisis of fatal child drownings.”“The progress our Foundation has made over the past decade is remarkable, but far too many children are drowning each year,” said Michael Phelps, President of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “We are proud to come together with Chairman Buerkle, Pool Safely, and other partner organizations to make a difference in the lives of children, helping them to learn how to have fun while being safer in and around the water.”City of Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, along with Melissa Sutton, President of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, also gave remarks during the press conference lauding local and national water safety efforts while reinforcing the urgency of the issue.Following the press conference, the organizations convened a water safety event that included a swimming lesson with children from the City of Peoria and a swim stroke clinic with participants in the Special Olympics of Arizona. Michael Phelps, joined by Cathy Bennett, Program Director for the Michael Phelps Foundation and the instructor who first taught Michael how to swim, and World Champion Swimmer and Michael Phelps Foundation Advisory Council Member Allison Schmitt, led in-water activities that highlighted the elements of the Foundation’s signature IM program.After the in-water activities, participants joined more than 200 young swimmers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Colorado River for a community water safety event featuring water safety activity stations. To kick off the community event, Michael Phelps led children in taking the Pool Safely Pledge, which asks children to affirm that they will: ask parents for swimming lessons, never swim alone, and always stay away from drains in pools and hot tubs. In addition to Pool Safely, Michael Phelps Foundation, and the City of Peoria, other water safety organizations at the community event included: CPR Party, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, JCMF Children’s Charities, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, ZAC Foundation, City of Peoria Fire-Medical Department and Peoria Firefighters Charities.Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four years old. An average of more than 350 children under the age of 15 die each year in drowning incidents. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow Pool Safely’s simple steps, which save lives around swimming pools and spas:Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.Designate an adult Water Watcher to supervise children at all times around the water.Learn how to swim, and teach children how to swim.Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.Ensure every pool or spa has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards.To learn more about Pool Safely, or to Take the Pool Safely Pledge, please visit: www.poolsafely.gov.last_img read more

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TDs online brokerage service faces outage as customers complain on social media

first_imgTORONTO – Some Toronto-Dominion Bank customers are having problems using its WebBroker internet brokerage service and taking to social media with their complaints.Several Twitter and Facebook users are complaining about problems logging into or using TD’s WebBroker website since Friday, and complaints about the bank logged on canadianoutages.com on Tuesday began to climb at around 9:30 a.m.The bank posted a message on the WebBroker website saying it is experiencing a system issue that is affecting a small percentage of clients, and clients can use the TD Mobile App as it works towards a solution.TD Bank spokesman Paolo Pasquini said the bank plans to make capacity upgrades Tuesday night to WebBroker that will help solve intermittent delays some of its clients have recently experienced online. Pasquini said clients can also call TD Direct Investing (1-800-465-5463) to speak with an investment representative who can help process transactions on their behalf.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank our clients for their patience,” he said.TD WebBroker user Adam Kauppi said he started having problems using the service on Friday and called the bank for assistance, but hung up after waiting for two hours on hold.Kauppi, vice president of strategy and operations for U.S. startup Adcuratio, who lives in Toronto, said on Tuesday he eventually reached a TD Bank representative via Facebook, who offered to reimburse him the fee for four trades. However, Kauppi said he’s a fairly active trader — with transactions typically ranging from US$10,000 to US$200,000 — and that roughly $40 in refunded fees is not enough.“When you’re trading in big dollars, any matter of seconds changes considerable dollars, which doesn’t compare to the $9.99 commissions they’re going to reimburse me,” he said in a phone interview.Kauppi also expressed frustration that there were problems on Dec. 29, the last day of the trading year, because failure to execute trades can have tax implications. He said he plans to reach out to TD again to ask for free trades as further compensation.Pat Martin, a bookkeeper based in St. Catharines, Ont., estimated that she has lost a couple of thousand dollars due to missed buys and sells since she began having intermittent problems with WebBroker in recent days.However, she said that she has had problems with WebBroker at least a half-dozen times over the course of the year, but the recent episode was “exceptionally bad.” Martin said she tried to call TD on Friday, but gave up being on hold for more than an hour. She was unsuccessful reaching TD Bank by phone on Tuesday as well, she said.“I’ve dealt with TD since 2009… and it’s a hassle to switch to a different broker,” Martin said in a phone interview. “But this year, I’m going to seriously do some due diligence on other brokers.”last_img read more

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TSX advances on positive earnings news

Canadian stocks were slightly higher Thursday amid another heavy slate of earnings news in Canada and the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 10.7 points to 14,544.09.The Canadian dollar rose 0.07 of a cent to 90.72 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrials down 3.78 points to 16,497.87 despite well-received earnings reports from General Motors and Caterpillar.The Nasdaq jumped 20.39 points to 4,147.36 as Facebook and Apple blew past expectations while the S&P 500 index gained 2.92 points to 1,878.31.In Canada, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) posted quarterly net income of US$340 million or 40 cents a share, compared to 63 cents per share, or US$556 million, in the same period last year. The company’s guidance was for between 30 and 35 cents per share and its shares gained 41 cents to $38.76.Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) had quarterly net income of US$39 million or $1.20 a share. Ex-items, Domtar’s adjusted profit — reported in U.S. currency — was $1.29 per share for the quarter. Analysts had estimated $1.76 per share of adjusted earnings and $1.46 per share of net income for the quarter. Sales totalled US$1.394 billion, up from US$1.345 billion a year earlier. Its shares were off 44 cents to $106.75.General Motors says first-quarter profit fell 86 per cent to $125 million or six cents a share as a series of recalls dragged down its earnings. It was GM’s worst quarterly performance since it posted a net loss after leaving bankruptcy protection in 2009. Excluding one-time items, GM made 29 cents per share, far above analyst estimates of three cents per share and GM shares were up 61 cents to US$35.Caterpillar’s first-quarter earnings climbed five per cent to $922 million, or $1.44 per share. Earnings totaled $1.61 per share, excluding restructuring costs. Total revenue was nearly flat at $13.24 billion. Analysts forecast earnings of $1.21 per share on $13.09 billion in revenue. Caterpillar shares are up $2.78 to $106.16.After the close Wednesday, Facebook posted earnings ex-items of 34 cents a share versus the 24 cents that analysts expected. Revenue of $2.5 billion beat estimates of $2.36. The stock climbed $1.15 to $62.51.Shares in Apple Inc. jumped $39.25 or 7.48 per cent to $564 after the company announced Wednesday that it was increasing its dividend by eight per cent to $3.29 per share and that it will buy back an additional US$30 billion of its stock. Quarterly earnings rose seven per cent to $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per share, while revenue climbed by five per cent to $45.6 billion. The company also will execute a seven-for-one stock split in early June.Commodity prices were mixed as May copper ran up five cents to US$3.11 a pound and the base metals sector edged up 0.15 per cent.Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine pushed June crude in New York up 63 cents to US$102.07 a barrel. The energy sector rose 0.1 per cent.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down 1.2 per cent as June bullion moved down $9.90 to US$1,274.70 an ounce.Newspaper reports suggested that Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) has formally asked Newmont Mining Corp. to resume merger talks after their negotiations hit an impasse late last week. Other sources have said the North American-based gold miners had come close to agreeing on an all-stock deal, but their discussions broke down over which assets to spin out from the combined company. read more

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China notes potential in marine cooperation with Sri Lanka

Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Special Assignments of Sri Lanka, Zhang Hongsheng, Deputy Administrator of State Oceanic Administration of China and others attended the meeting.Dr. Amunugama said that during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent visit to China, both sides agreed to strengthen bilateral marine cooperation. Sri Lanka should seize this historic opportunity for development, give full play to the geographic advantage in the Indian Ocean, and further develop the “blue economy”. China says there is a huge potential in marine cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, such as cooperation in the fields of maritime connectivity, marine economy, fisheries, marine scientific research and environmental protection, and disaster management.Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang said the friendship between China and Sri Lanka dates back centuries ago and the bilateral cooperation is carried out in a friendly and mutually beneficial way. “China’s Belt and Road initiative aims at achieving common development and prosperity of regional nations. There is a huge potential in marine cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, such as cooperation in the fields of maritime connectivity, marine economy, fisheries, marine scientific research and environmental protection, and disaster management etc. China-Sri Lanka cooperation, including marine cooperation, is open and transparent, and we welcome any interested party to join us in the cooperation,” he said. He said this while speaking at the China-Sri Lanka Maritime Economic Cooperation and Management Meeting, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said today. China-Sri Lanka Maritime Economic Cooperation and Management Meeting was convened by the Indian Ocean Marine Affairs Cooperation in association with the Ministry of Environment of Sri Lanka, State Oceanic Administration of China and the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka.The meeting was held from 20 to 22 April 2016 and covered four major areas of marine economic cooperation, marine environment, marine scientific research and marine management.The Chinese delegation members are officials and experts from the State Oceanic Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Coast Guard and other departments. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Media Minister rejects statement made by his Secretary

Bopage had urged the media not to give recognition to the term ‘joint opposition’. (Colombo Gazette) Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka has rejected a statement made by his new secretary Nimal Bopage on using the term ‘joint opposition’ in the media.Karunathilaka said that the Government does not endorse the views made by his secretary.

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Ohio State mens hockey trying to get over the hump

The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team heads into the final third of its regular season campaign with plenty to prove. With an overall record of 8-11-5, the Buckeyes’ 25 points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association places them seventh out of 11 teams. OSU will have ample opportunity to make up ground on the teams ahead in the rankings as five of its remaining six conference series come against teams that sit above the Buckeyes in the CCHA standings. Of those two-game series, four will be held on their home ice at the Schottenstein Center. After posting a 7-4-3 mark in their first 14 games, the Buckeyes have struggled as of late, posting only one win in their last 10 times out. “We’ve had a good first half, but we need to get over the hump as a team,” said freshman defenseman Sam Jardine. OSU has recently gotten four players back from injury, and coach Mark Osiecki said he sees his roster’s improved health as a key to getting over that hump as March’s CCHA Tournament nears. “It’s important right now to get them back so they get some experience for a month before it really amps up,” Osiecki said. The team’s recent struggles may be attributable to the absence of former volunteer assistant coach RJ Umberger. Umberger, a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets and former Buckeye, used the NHL lockout as an opportunity to help coach his alma mater and instruct the current members of the Buckeye squad. Players said he had a positive impact on OSU’s performance. “Everyone took whatever he had to say and we put that towards the ice, that helped us a lot,” said sophomore forward Tanner Fritz. Throughout the Buckeyes’ ups and downs, senior goalie Brady Hjelle and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel seemed to have played consistently great hockey. Hjelle is second in the league with a 1.61 goals-against average and his .945 save percentage is second best in the country. Dzingel leads OSU in points (20) and goals (nine). His 11 assists are second only to Fritz’s 13. Dzingel and Hjelle were recently named to the Hobey Baker Award ballot which is given annually to the NCAA’s best player. No OSU player has ever won the honor. With the continued production of their top players, along with the added contribution of individuals returning from injury, OSU might have the potential to finish the season on its highest note. A strong showing over the next six weekends would put the team in position to make convincing runs in the CCHA and NCAA tournaments. The Buckeyes are set to play against Lake Superior State Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Boxing Day sales footfall drops despite huge discounts

But Vicky Brock, director of data at ReBOUND returns, warned: “After the trading year that 2018 has been retailers desperately need to get people into the stores.  The High Street, which saw a drop of 1.1 per cent by 4pm, was not as badly hit as out of town retail parks and shopping centres, where footfall was down by 5.3 per cent and five per cent on average.  This is because shoppers are treating it as a leisure activity, and therefore picking a spot where they can also enjoy a coffee or lunch, the analysts believe.Though the figures represent the third consecutive year-on-year fall, it is more modest than the 5.5 per cent drop between 2016 and 2017. Over the last few years, footfall on Boxing Day has consistently been about 10 per cent lower than on Black Friday and Springboard say that the latest figures show that it is losing its importance as a shopping day. However, online sales were predicted to rise from last year with average discounts of 43 per cent, up six per cent since last year, according to research by LovetheSales.com, a discount aggregator. They also found the more than 53 per cent of all products were discounted. Clothing saw the biggest discounts, with an average of 46 per cent off and online retailer Asos, which issues a profit warning earlier this month, offering reductions of up to 89 per cent. Liam Solomon, retail analyst at LovetheSales.com said “Since late December discounts have remained uncharacteristically high – we’re expecting this trend to continue deep into January with better discounts, as retailers try to shrug off a tough 2018. We expect the best bargains will be predominantly in fashion and in particular warm clothing.”  The Boxing Day sales fell flat as the number of people heading to the shops dropped for the third year in a row, despite retailers to offer huge discounts. Average footfall across the UK fell by 3.1 per cent, experts said, disappointing retailers who had hoped that the festive period would provide a boost at the end of a bad year. Despite some queues outside stores in the early hours of the morning, many of those looking for a bargain chose to do so online, where more than half of all products were reduced and the average reduction was at a record high of 43 per cent. Poor sales means that retailers are likely to continue slashing prices as low as possible with discounts continuing way into January. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––But the sales could see an increase in the number of profit warnings in the new year issued in the new year, experts warned, as many of the items sold online will be done so at a loss.  As shops began to close their doors figures from retail intelligence specialists Springboard showed that footfall was down by an average of 3.1 per cent from Boxing Day last year.  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. Shoppers enter Selfridges on Oxford Street, London as the department store opens for the Boxing Day salesCredit:PA Shoppers queue along Princes Street, Edinburgh, waiting for stores to open for the Boxing Day salesCredit:PA “Low consumer confidence has fuelled relentless discounting both online and on the high street, starving high street stalwarts of passing trade.”It has been a torrid year for retailers with notable high street names such as Poundworld and Maplin falling into administration, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams announcing plans to shutter stores, while Superdry, Carpetright and Card Factory issued profit warnings.They retailers have been battling higher costs, low consumer confidence and people increasingly shopping online. The trading statements which will show just how hard they have been hit are expected in January.  “An online sale is more costly than in a physical store because you have a much higher return rate. If shops reduce something by 70 per cent then they might make a little bit of a margin selling it in a store but they are going to lose money or not make anything selling it online.”She said that retailers are now likely to “discount quite hard” to get rid of left over stock and “draw a line under a horrible year”. Richard Perks, Director of Retail Research at Mintel, said that consumers could expect to see bumper discounts this year as “there is probably going to be quite a lot of stock to clear this Christmas” but heavy discounts could lead to a number of profit warnings in the new year. Chris Daly, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, added: “The quiet high streets across the country confirm that the days of setting the alarm to be first in line for the Boxing Day sales are long gone.”Today’s low footfall figures represent the final chapter in the tale of an exceptionally bleak year for traditional retail, when even high street giants considered ‘too big to fail’ stumbled. Shoppers enter Selfridges on Oxford Street, London as the department store opens for the Boxing Day sales Shoppers queue along Princes Street, Edinburgh, waiting for stores to open for the Boxing Day sales read more

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Best Cop implicated in murder of city businessman says he was

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related After being implicated in the execution of Godfrey Scipio, called “Saga”, Police intelligence rank, Corporal Derwin Eastman has surrendered to detectives at the Brickdam Police Station. This was confirmed by A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman.His name was reportedly called by Aubrey Bobb, 26, of Kitty, Georgetown, who was arraigned for the murder. Bobb claimed that Corporal Eastman had loaned him the firearm to shoot the businessman as he was leaving a Kitty hotel in the company of a female last month.Corporal Eastman (right) receiving his award as Best Cop in A Division in 2015After making the allegation, Eastman was contacted via mobile phone to visit the Criminal Investigations Department. On Wednesday last, another rank was taken into custody since his name was also called during investigations into the execution.However, Eastman is of the view that he was set up, citing he was not in any way connected to the fatal shooting which occurred on October 12. He told reporters on Thursday that he was “set up” by members of the Guyana Police Force.Moreover, he noted that he would have arrested the accused on several occasions for armed robbery and feels that the suspect is implicating him in the murder as “payback”.Eastman is also holding out that after Scipio was killed, he along with other investigating ranks reviewed the CCTV footage and he was able to identify and name Bobb as the shooter. In light of the recent allegations, Eastman is requesting a confrontation between him and the suspect.Eastman is reportedly being questioned based on a statement given to the Police by the suspect who is already incarcerated for the murder.A senior Police rank told this publication that the bullet that killed Scipio did not match that the gun belonging to Eastman.“We are however looking at all angles since we have reports that Eastman might have been involved in activities that are not consistent with policing duties.” With this in mind, the senior rank noted that investigations are continuing.Corporal Derwin Eastman, who joined the Guyana Police Force in 2012, was commended for his exemplary work in the Force in 2015 and was awarded the Best Cop prize at the Force’s annual prize giving ceremony.Dead: Godfrey ScipioOn the night of the fatal shooting, the well-known businessman was reportedly leaving the hotel in the company of a female and as he approached his motorcar, he was accosted by the lone gunman who arrived on a motorcycle.Initially, the incident seemed as though it was a robbery since the gunman relieved the businessman, who is also called “Saga” of the gold chain he was wearing, but Police are now working on a theory that Scipio’s death might have been a hit.After relieving the man of his jewellery and other valuables, the perpetrator reportedly fled the scene but not before shooting the businessman to the right-side of his abdomen.Scipio fell to the ground and was picked up and taken to a private medical facility where he subsequently died. From reports received, he died as a result of severe damage to his intestines.In April 2011, the businessman was shot at Cummings Lodge during a shootout after four armed men discharged rounds during a robbery. read more

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Israel extends temporary ceasefire to 9pm tonight as Gaza death toll passes

first_img Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn the hours leading up to the pause, however, the violence continued, with Israeli air strikes killing 23 people, among them four children and a paramedic, Gaza medical services said.The conflict, which began on 8 July when Israel launched an operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza and destroy Hamas tunnels, has cost the lives of more than 1,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 39 Israelis, all but two of them soldiers. Palestinians hug each other after seeing their homes destroyed, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe respite came after pessimism prevailed, with the Israeli security cabinet rejecting a ceasefire proposed by Kerry, according to reports in the Israeli media. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIt gave residents a chance to return to their homes to pick through the ruins, though for many, there was nothing left.The diplomatic push for a lasting truce resumed this morning, when the foreign ministers of key players in the conflict gathered for talks in Paris, including Kerry. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesYesterday, the top US diplomat said in Cairo that both Israel and Hamas “still have some terminology” to agree to on a ceasefire, but added they had “fundamental framework” on a truce.Under the proposal, once a humanitarian lull takes hold, delegations from Israel and Hamas would arrive in Cairo – which has mediated past conflicts between the two – for indirect talks that could lead to a lasting deal.- © AFP 2014.First published 7.26amRead: Gaza: Israel and Hamas ‘agree 12-hour ceasefire’>Read: Baby delivered from dead mother in Gaza> Updated 5.13pm Palestinian Mazen Keferna cries upon his return during a 12-hour cease-fire to the family house destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesISRAEL HAS AGREED to a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, Israel television has said.The security Cabinet agreed to prolong the 12 hour truce that began this morning, extending it until midnight local time (9pm GMT).It comes after the bodies of more than 100 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza today, raising to over 1,000 the overall death toll of Israel’s onslaught on the territory since 8 July.Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the bodies were retrieved in the three hours since a humanitarian truce came into effect.Thirteen bodies were recovered in Shejaiya in eastern Gaza City, 13 more in Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat in central Gaza, and nine in north Gaza. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA 12-hour ceasefire entered into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 5am this morning, the 19th day of a conflict that has killed hundreds.Israel and the Islamist movement said they would observe the temporary ceasefire, after US Secretary of State John Kerry was unable to reach a lasting truce during talks yesterday in Cairo.last_img read more

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New rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across

first_imgNew rules will allow you to use Netflix or Spotify unrestricted across the EU The measures were approved yesterday allowing “cross-border portability” of paid-for online content. 18 Comments By Darragh Peter Murphy http://jrnl.ie/3111009 File picture. Image: Shutterstock File picture. Nov 30th 2016, 2:07 PM 19,956 Views center_img Share25 Tweet Email3 THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has approved new rules that will compel providers of online streaming services to offer the same access in different EU member states.The measures, approved yesterday, allow for the “cross-border portability” of paid-for online content. They mean that you will be able to use your Netflix or Spotify account, for example, unrestricted across the EU.The measures will prevent providers of online streaming for films, games, music or sports from restricting a user’s access while they are in a different EU country.To become law, the European Commission and European Council – made up of representatives from member state governments – must approve the measure.Fine Gael Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune welcomed the new rules, saying that they provide much-needed clarification for customers of online streaming services like Spotify and Netflix.“Many Irish consumers subscribe to online streaming sites.For example, Netflix has around 200,000 Irish customers, and Spotify charges up to €9.99 per month for access to their premium content, so it is important that consumers now have uniform EU standards when it comes to these services.“In fact, many consumers use these sites most frequently when travelling or abroad for studying, so ensuring they will be able to use them in another member state is the right step to take.” File picture of Spotify on an iPhone. Source: ShutterstockResidenceAt present, copyright-protected online content lacks cross-border portability, stopping users from streaming their content while abroad.“However, these new rules change that based on your permanent residence of one member state, so that content available in that country will be available when you travel in the EU, for business, holidays or for studies,” Clune added.The measures include random checks via subscribers’ IP addresses to check that the user is from an EU member state.The measures, approved by the Parliament’s legal affairs committee yesterday, also exclude any tracing or geolocation, increasing the protection of personal data.Parliament rapporteur Jean-Marie Cavada said the reform was “much awaited” by EU citizens. The measure allows for protections of “territoriality”, however – protecting the Continent’s film sector.“The provision of copyright-protected online content services is still largely characterised by territorial and exclusive licensing practices, which result in a lack of cross-border portability in the EU,” he added.“This will change with this proposal. As long as Europeans have submitted proof of permanent residence in their member state of residence when subscribing to an online content service, they will have access to the proposed content whatever device they use and whatever member state they are travelling in, for whatever reason, be it professional, private or for studies.”Separate proposals – aimed at ending “geo-blocking” in online shopping – were announced earlier this year. They are due to come into effect in 2017.Read: Ireland wants the EU to make shopping online as cheap as the rest of EuropeRead: Explainer: So what do the EU’s new plans for online shopping mean for you? Image: Shutterstock Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 2:07 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Clark County outpaces Multnomah County for new residents

first_imgAs a suburb, Clark County is typically inferior to that big city across the Columbia River — at least numerically. We’ve got fewer people, fewer jobs, fewer vegan restaurants, fewer lines in front of those restaurants and no claim to fame for our naked bike rides or monstrous bookstores.But last year, Clark County gained more people than Multnomah County, Ore.Clark County grew by 9,095 people in 2017, an increase of 1.95 percent, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census. Multnomah County, Portland’s home county, gained 6,016 people. Most of the growth comes from people moving to the metro area rather than natural increase (births outnumbering deaths).“That’s actually not surprising,” said Nick Chun, manager of the Oregon Forecast Program at Portland State University’s Population Research Center. “All the projections have Clark County growing the fastest out of the seven counties.”Since 2014, he said, Clark County has captured between a fifth and a fourth of the Portland area’s net in-migration. Many of our newcomers are families with children.He said Clark County is expected to continue growing at a healthy clip. While there are different narratives people use for why that is happening, Chun said it’s partly due to people living in Vancouver and commuting to Portland. He expects Clark County to “capture a stable, if not increasing share,” of the metropolitan statistical area’s population.last_img read more

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Report nearly 100 employees including onair talent fired from ESPN

first_imgAfter 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) April 26, 2017 After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 26, 2017 ESPN outlined the network’s new approach on its website, saying it will place an interest on the ESPN App with a “multi-screen approach around big events.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – ESPN has announced it will layoff nearly 100 employees, including on-air talent, according to FOX News.The popular sports television network reportedly sent a memo to employees, Wednesday, that about 100 employees will be fired. FOX News obtained ESPN president John Skipper’s memo, that said:“Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent-anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play-necessary to meet those demands,” Skipper wrote. “We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs. These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts and their many contributions to ESPN.”A number of now-former ESPN employees and on-air personalities announced that they have been laid off on Twitter. Add me to the list. Just got the ‘call.’ I’ve been informed my contract will not be renewed at ESPN.— Dana O’Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 26, 2017center_img — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 26, 2017 I was treated great by #ESPN during my 3 years. Time to find out what’s next. Will miss all the great people I worked with! #ToTheNextStep pic.twitter.com/ZIBHFvFZeJ— Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzESPN) April 26, 2017 Want to thank https://t.co/r6GdLhHkPg for 9 fun years. Absolutely loved the gig. And very much look forward to continuing my work at TSN/RDS last_img read more

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RR Donnelley Acquires LibreDigital

first_imgOther recent R.R. Donnelly acquisitions include Journalism Online Inc., and its Press+ service, an automated service that allows publishers to created paid content models and charge subscription feeds for their web offerings. R.R. Donnelly has added another company, LibreDigital, to its portfolio. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed.LibreDigital provides digital replicas, digital content distribution, e-reading technology, content conversion, data analytics and business intelligence services, according to a press statement. In addition to these services, LibreDigital also supplies content for over 40 e-commerce sites.“Adding LibreDigital’s proven, innovative capabilities to our digital content creation and delivery platform will enable us to offer our publishing, retail, e-reader provider and other customers an even broader selection of services,” says Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of R.R. Donnelly.last_img read more

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Sleeping with a phone Study shows were taking devices to bed

first_img Share your voice Mobile Sleep Here’s how to use YouTube’s Take a Break feature 1:43 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment A new study shows how we can’t put down our phones. Artur Debat/Getty Images Our phones rarely leave our side and a new study from Common Sense Media shows it’s no different overnight. A third of teens actually sleep with their devices — girls more than boys, according to findings (PDF) in The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States. Parents apparently aren’t better, though, with 62% keeping phones in reach of their bed. Read more: Sleep apnea might be why you feel tired after a full night of sleep | Pink, blue and brown noise are the secret to a better night’s rest.Both teens and parents wake up during the night to check notifications, teens a little more than parents. The study found that parents are more likely to get on their phones because they received a notification or because they couldn’t sleep, while teens got on their phones because they wanted to check social media or they received a notification. Despite health officials warning not to use phones an hour before bed, 60% of parents and 70% of teens check their phones within 30 minutes of falling asleep at night. “Parents may feel that it’s too late to take back control once their kids are so attached to their phones and tablets, but with studies linking poor sleep to a number of mental and physical health problems, as well as diminished academic and cognitive performance, I urge parents to consider these findings as a wake-up call that device use might truly impact the health of their children and themselves,” James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, said in the report. The study found that while both parents and teens feel phones are increasingly distracting, neither seems to think they are the problem. Since 2016, parents reported feeling 18% more addicted to phones but teens said they felt 11% less addicted. The feeling that the “other” was addicted to a device increased for both parties from 2016.  0last_img read more

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Walmart Summer Savings 2019 This NutriBullet Pro blender is 75 off

first_img Normally $129, this blender churns out ultrasmooth drinks, nut butters, purees and even homemade baby food. Plus, it comes with a set of mugs that attach directly to the blender base so you don’t have to dirty an extra cup to drink from — and a to-go lid for taking your smoothies with you. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 34 Photos Save $75 Amazon Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals Now playing: Watch this: Walmart NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Appliances Tags Read CNET’s review of the NutriBullet Pro 900 blender $54 at Walmart Review • The NutriBullet lands off-target $79 See it The NutriBullet Pro 900 promises to pulverize “the toughest fruits, vegetables, seeds and superfoods” for ultracreamy smoothies that truly live up to their name, not to mention homemade nut butters and veggie purees. It includes two cups (a 32-ounce “colossal cup” with a silicone lip-protecting ring for smooth sipping in case you don’t have a straw and a 24-ounce cup with a handled lip guard), plus a flip-top to-go lid for easy portability. See It Walmart A blender can be a real workhorse in the kitchen, so if you plan to put it through its paces — smoothies, soups, sauces, desserts, nut butters, slushy drinks — you’d better invest in a robust model. Vitamix may be the gold standard for this type of appliance but this nine-piece NutriBullet Pro 900 blender can handle anything you want to pulse, puree or emulsify. And it’s a great deal at Walmart right now — 54% off yesterday, and slashed even further to 58% off today. Note that CNET may receive a share of revenue from any purchases made via the links on this page. Read more: The best kitchen and cookware deals at Walmart’s Summer Savings | The best anti-Prime Day sales Mentioned Above NutriBullet Pro 900 1:43 $150 NutriBullet Pro 900 series blender, $54 Share your voice 0 Post a comment Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Walmartlast_img read more

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Union Minister asks polavaram project authority for report on

first_imgNew Delhi: Irked over the way Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to go ahead with reverse tendering in regard to Polavaram project, the Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Shekawath has asked the Polavaram Project Authority to give a detailed report on the issue of reverse tendering and how it could adversely affect the project works. The PPA is in the process of preparing the report and would be submitting a report to the government by Wednesday.last_img

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