Its not easy being GG Payette tries to reassure staff as criticism

first_imgOTTAWA – Governor General Julie Payette says the criticism she is facing at the end of her first year in office is a natural course of events and in a memo to her staff she says they shouldn’t let the critics get them down.“As you know, a number of recent news stories and commentaries have portrayed an unfavourable image of our work at the beginning of this mandate,” Payette wrote in an email to all Rideau Hall employees on Sept. 27.“I sincerely regret if this has affected you and it shouldn’t in any way negatively impact the pride you take in your work and in being part of this office. Though not without challenges, the past year has been extraordinary. I am very proud of all we have achieved together to date and it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people.”But some insiders are questioning what exactly Payette thinks she has achieved as she gets set to mark one year on the job on October 2, and their concerns are spilling into the public realm and media.Payette has made some vocal enemies who use words like “disaster” and “outrageous” to describe her style and work as the governor general.Nobody close to Rideau Hall would speak on the record fearing reprisals but the general message is the same — Payette, whose whip smart intellect and headstrong personality suited her well in life as an astronaut, is like a square peg trying to fit into a very round hole as governor general.Their concerns range from her work ethic — she has attended 195 official events in her first year compared to more than 250 for the last two governors general — to her tendency to micromanage her staff.And she is breaking with a tradition that saw governors general visit all provinces and territories in her first year, missing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon to date.One insider says one of the biggest problems is that she insisted on reviewing all the governor general’s patronages — organizations she endorses and which can cite her role in their promotional materials — but a year into her mandate hasn’t released the new criteria.She isn’t the first to set new criteria. Michaelle Jean introduced new guidelines when she took office. But the length of time it is taking has upset some organizations which have received the governor general’s endorsements for decades.Payette said recently the patronage criteria will be posted soon.Payette’s decision to appoint as her top adviser a close friend with no experience in protocol or the governor general’s operations also ruffled a lot of feathers, and several senior staff have left in the year since Payette was sworn in.Payette did not agree to an interview with The Canadian Press. But in an interview with CPAC last week Payette addressed some of her critics head on, including saying the staff who left did so because they were looking to advance their careers and that she and they are still in touch.There are some who fear Payette is being treated too harshly for making changes to her workplace.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said there is a need to respect traditions but also allow new leaders to bring their own strengths to the role.“I think she’s been working at hard at that,” said McKenna.Barbara Messamore, an associate professor of history at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, said the job of the governor general is “not well suited to introverts” which may be one of Payette’s issues. But she also said the last three governors general kept up “punishing schedules” and Payette should perhaps not be considered a failure because she isn’t keeping up to them.Payette told CPAC she has learned from an early mistake when she spoke at a scientists’ conference and criticized people who don’t believe in climate change or who believe in creationism.“The purpose of my speech wasn’t to criticize but to encourage discussion, foster debate in a democracy, in a knowledge society,” Payette said in French.But Payette says she thought hard about the ensuing backlash after the speech and says she could have chosen her words more carefully.“I made a speech as I had as an astronaut and I’m not an astronaut any longer, I’m governor general,” Payette said. “I represent all Canadians. I’ve learned those lessons.”On Friday, Payette launched a new website, with her stamp on it. It unveils two initiatives she wants to spearhead. The first is called GGActive, to encourage Canadians to become physically active, and the other is called GGDirect, which will be an online program allowing selected groups to interact with Payette directly about topics such as Canada, space and science.last_img read more

Household debt and housing remain key risks for financial system Bank of

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s housing market and high levels of consumer indebtedness remain the top vulnerabilities for the financial system, but both have shown signs of easing, according to the Bank of Canada.The central bank said in a report Thursday that worries about the amount Canadians owe have begun to pull back, but it remains a concern.“Because the total amount of debt carried by Canadian households is so large, we know that it will be with us for a long time,” Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz told a news conference.The assessment came in the Bank of Canada’s latest financial system review, which assesses key vulnerabilities that could amplify or propagate economic shocks.Key risks associated with the vulnerabilities include a severe recession, a house price correction in overheated markets and a sharp spike in long-term interest rates.Federal mortgage lending rules have been tightening in recent years with the application of stress tests on borrowers. New rules implemented at the start of this year introduced a test for borrowers who do not require mortgage insurance and had not previously been subject to stress testing.The central bank said it will monitor the extent to which borrowers seek out alternative lenders, such as credit unions and private lenders, who are not always subject to the federal rules.“It’s still too soon to fully assess the impact of the newest changes to mortgage lending guidelines,” said Poloz, who added the bank is scrutinizing the housing and mortgage data as it becomes available.The tighter lending rules, and higher mortgage rates from lenders, have helped to cool the housing market in recent months from its red-hot pace it set at the start of last year.The central bank has raised its key interest rate three times since last summer and it is expected to raise it again later this year, perhaps as soon as July. The increases have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which are used to set the rates charged for variable-rate mortgages and other floating-rate loans. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages has also climbed in recent months as bond yields have risen.In assessing the housing market risk, the report noted that housing price growth has slowed, led by a drop in the Greater Toronto Area. However, it said the condominium markets in Toronto and Vancouver remain strong with some evidence of speculative activity.In addition to household debt and the housing market, the report also identified cyberattacks as a key area of concern.“Even as defensive capacity improves across the financial system, some attacks will inevitability succeed,” the report said. “Having strong recovery plans can help to quickly restore financial system functioning and prevent a loss in confidence.”Last week, two of Canada’s biggest banks warned that personal and financial information of up to 90,000 customers may have been accessed by “faudsters.”The Bank of Canada report comes as fears of a trade war have increased with the U.S. implementing new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and Canada replying with its own tariffs on U.S. goods.Poloz said the impact of the tariffs will be part of the Bank of Canada’s next monetary policy report, but added that the overall economic backdrop has improved over the past six months and that’s good for the financial stability.The Bank of Canada also announced Thursday that it will no longer publish its financial system review report twice a year.The report will become an annual review published in June and a member of the bank’s governing council will make a speech in the fall to update its assessment of the vulnerabilities and risks to the financial system.It will also create a new financial system hub on its website that will publish research and analysis throughout the year.The Bank of Canada’s quarterly monetary policy report will also include a more in-depth discussion of the relevant issues as warranted.last_img read more

WatchHackers who breached Ashley Madisons site are threatening to release nude photos

TORONTO — A Canadian-owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site, said Monday that it had taken steps to secure its sites.“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” the company said in a statement. “We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place.”Adultery a booming business: seeks London IPO as more women sign up to have affairsAshley Madison, dating website for married people, sues South Korea after being blockedAshley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” claims it has more than 37 million anonymous members around the world.While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog,, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site’s homepage on Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack.“We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails,” the message said, according to Krebs, before going on to demand that Ashley Madison, as well as another Avid Life Media site — — be shut down.“Shutting down AM and EM will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the message said. “We will release all customer records, profiles with all customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”Whoever hacked the sites claimed they did so to expose alleged lies Ashley Madison told customers about a service that allows members to erase profile information for a $19 fee, Krebs reported. Avid Life Media said it had launched an investigation into the breach and employed a top IT security team to “take every possible step towards mitigating the attack.”“Our team has now successfully removed the all posts related to this incident as well as all personally identifiable information about our users published online,” the company said. “Our team of forensics experts and security professionals, in addition to law enforcement, are continuing to investigate this incident.”Avid Life Media also owns a website called company said all its sites had been secured, with all unauthorized access points closed. It added that it had “stringent security measures in place,” but noted that the current online environment was one where no company’s online assets were safe from cyber vandalism.The Ashley Madison breach comes about two months after dating site suffered a cyber attack. read more

Palestinian Bedouin community faces demolition after Israeli court ruling warns UN rights

Spokesperson Liz Throssell said that the imminent destruction of buildings used by Khan al Ahmar al Helu residents comes after the Israeli High Court ruled against any further delay.“The community is home to 181 people – more than half of them children,” Ms Throssell told journalists in Geneva, noting that it is “at high risk of forcible transfer” owing to Israeli practices and policies “that coerce people and communities to move”.The Khan al Ahmar al Helu community has spent the last decade opposing the move in a part of the central West Bank called Area C.In total, around 7,000 people from 46 Bedouin communities live there “and we are concerned about all of them”, the OHCHR spokesperson said, noting that the community is located near existing “large Israeli settlements”.Describing Israel’s planning policy as “discriminatory” and incompatible with international law, Ms Throssell explained that “most properties are considered illegal” because planning permits are not granted to Palestinians in the area.  In an appeal to the Israeli authorities, the OHCHR spokesperson said that if the demolitions went ahead, “people would lose their homes, children would lose their schools” and residents “would lose their community”.Such a development would “likely amount to forced evictions” and violate the community’s right to housing, Ms Throssell said. She added that once demolitions take place, the community is expected to be encouraged to move about 10 kilometres away to a suburban area on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.Such a move is “not really appropriate for a community that has animals and needs grazing”, Ms Throssell said, adding that this had happened before, affecting 150 Bedouin Palestine refugee families between 1997 and 2007.“The demolition itself may not amount necessarily to forced eviction – the people may try to stay in the area,” she said. “But as you can imagine, it really increases the risk of forced transfer, so our main call to the Israelis, is not to proceed with the demolition of this community.”Ms Throssell added that international humanitarian law prohibits the forced transfer of the population of an occupied territory, regardless of the motive. read more

Baseball Ohio State limps to 73 loss in Big Ten opener against

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (17-8, 0-1 Big Ten) got off to a hot start, scoring three times against Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado in the first two innings.But the Cornhusker ace blanked the Buckeyes over the next 6.1 innings and Nebraska (14-12, 2-2 Big Ten) finished off a 7-3 win in the Buckeyes’ conference opener Friday night.“We tried to control [Alvarado]’s rhythm a little bit, but he was pounding the strike zone,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Give his competitive spirit credit, because he got popped in the mouth early in the game and stayed in there and kept competing.”With no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning, Husker junior shortstop Angelo Altavilla laid a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. Third baseman Conner Pohl threw the ball away, allowing Nebraska sophomore center fielder Joe Acker to score on the throwing error. Altavilla later crossed home plate on a single by senior first baseman Scott Schreiber to give Nebraska the 5-3 lead.In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single, a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry. Nebraska closer Jake Hohensee shut down the opportunity and polished off his sixth save of the season with his third strikeout.Junior Connor Curlis started on the mound for the Buckeyes and was nearly unhittable through three innings, sitting down nine of 10 batters with four strikeouts. But the game began to unravel in the fourth inning.Schreiber smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a no-doubter over the left field fence. Senior second baseman Zac Repinski kept things going with a one-out double to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners scored on a ground ball and a single to even the game at three.Curlis finished with eight strikeouts, surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ohio State extended its early lead when redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans deposited the 1-0 pitch directly above the 400-foot sign in center field during the bottom of the second inning that put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.“He came at me with the changeup first pitch and he didn’t hit with it, so I was sitting fastball and he left it up,” Romans said. “It’s kind of funny too, because we’ve got these new bat regulations and stuff and the wind was blowing in.”Nebraska scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning, closing the door on a potential Buckeye comeback. read more

Armed police surround London home over claims man inside has hazardous items

first_imgArmed police at the scene in NortholtCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP Police said items inside the property could be dangerous and officers have consequently not forced entry. Negotiators are present and a 200-metre cordon has been erected. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At this stage police believe there is one man inside the address. Whilst it is not known what the man has inside the property, police are treating seriously reports that the items could be dangerous and that attempts have been made by the man to prevent access to the address.”  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. Armed police have surrounded a property in London after claims a man barricaded himself inside with “hazardous items”. Around 80 people have been evacuated from the area near Wood End Lane in Northolt, north west London, after officers descended on the street shortly before 1am.  Steve Carroll, 42, told Get West London that armed police were using the nearby leisure centre car park due to an “emergency”.He said: “We got there around 8.20am for kids swimming lessons. When we arrived there was one car outside with lights on. By the time we parked in the leisure centre car park and walked round to the entrance there was 3 cars and 3 vans. Police cordon off Whitton Ave West #northolt and police all over Northolt Leisure centre. An “emergency” being announced on PA system.— Kaustav Bhattacharya (@jupiterorbit) October 22, 2016 Armed police at the scene in Northolt She said: “When I eventually got there, five vans were parked at the leisure centre. We don’t know what is happening. I have never seen anything like this on such a mass scale in Northolt.”London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade staff are working with officers.  Police said items inside the property could be dangerous “When we were coming out about 9.45am the car park was blocked off by police and there was police cars and vans everywhere. Armed police there too.”Dr Rekha Elaswarapu told the Evening Standard she was driving to the leisure centre at around 7.45am when she saw “police vans everwhere”.  Just outside the 200 m police cordon in #Northolt . @metpoliceuk say it concerns ‘ one occupant and hazardous items ‘ …— Ayshea Buksh (@AysheaBuksh) October 22, 2016 Police said items inside the property could be dangerousCredit:MAAA/ZDS  They added that there was no suggestion the incident is terror related and said it was not linked to any other ongoing investigation or operation. “The priority of the Metropolitan Police Service is to bring this incident to a safe conclusion,” the spokesman added.last_img read more

OLD RIVALS NOW STUDENTS Mattias Anderson works in Kiel with Wolff and

Mattias Andersson ended professional handball career with the title of German champion with SG Flensburg Handewitt. The 40-years old Swedish goalkeeper ended one chapter of his handball road to open another – coaching one, in the team of the biggest rival of his previous team.Yes, Andersson became a goalkeeper coach of THW Kiel where he will work with Niklas Landin and Andreas Wolff in the upcoming season.Andersson will stay based in Sweden with his family, but he will travel to Kiel twice per month to work with the goalies.This is, how those who remember him only from time in Flensburg, his comeback to Kiel where he played between 2001 and 2008 with many trophies including EHF Champions League title in 2007.PHOTO: THW Kiel ← Previous Story Fuchse Berlin beat Montpellier HB for the Heide Cup trophy! Next Story → Tatabanya Grundfos win tournament in Zagreb Mattias AnderssonTHW Kiel read more

Its surreal Kildare family syndicate scoops €500k in EuroMillions

first_imgA KILDARE FAMILY is celebrating after winning half a million euro in the EuroMillions Plus draw.The National Lottery said today that the winners were a family syndicate from Co Kildare who bought their quick pick ticket in a shop in Athy.The winners were understandably described as “excited” when they collected their cheque for €500,000 at the National Lottery offices.They won the top prize in last Friday’sEuroMillions draw on 25 October.They didn’t want their names to be revealed,  but did say: We’re so happy. We’ve been playing for years and while you always hope it’ll be you, you never expect it to happen. It’s all so surreal.The group’s €24 multi draw winning ticket was bought in Murphys, Ballylinan, Athy, Co Kildare on Tuesday 22 October.They toasted their good fortune with a glass of champagne, saying: “We’re looking forward to making plans for the win. It’s a really exciting time.”Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is a guaranteed €15 million (but you had to buy your ticket before 7.30pm).Read: Luck of the Irish: Another EuroMillions winner but they have yet to claim prize>Explainer: What happens when you win big money on a Lottery gameshow?last_img read more

Ireland loses one MEP to make room for Croatia in EU

first_imgIRELAND IS SET to lose one of its 12 MEPs when the next European elections are held in June 2014.The cut follows the approval by a European Parliament committee of a draft report which reallocates the number of MEPs to make space for Croatia when it joins the union this July.The recommendation by Europe’s Constitutional Affairs committee will see seats scraped from a number of other countries – predominantly larger ones – in order to make room for the 11 seats that Croatia will receive as a result of its population.After the rearrangement, Ireland (population 4.6 million) will be alongside Croatia (4.3 million) and Lithuania (2.9 million) in the number of MEPs it holds.The new arrangements also account for shifts in populations in other countries, and will see Spain gain four MEPs – from 50 to 54 – while France and Sweden will both get two more, to 74 and 19 respectively.Committee approval means the new system for seat assignments – which brings the membership up to 751, its legal limit under the Lisbon Treaty – is almost guaranteed to be approved by the parliament as a whole next month.The proposal will then be sent to the European Council – the body made up of the heads of government of all 27 member states – for final approval.Some difficulties for IrelandThe rearrangement will mean some difficulty for the Irish government, however, as last year’s Constituency Commission assumed Ireland would keep 12 MEPs when it proposed to maintain the status quo for the 2014 elections.New legislation will need to be brought through the Oireachtas this year to redesign the constituencies that currently exist – and possibly lead to another reform of the European constituencies.Ireland’s 12 MEPs are currently split equally between four constituencies: Dublin (which incorporates the four Dublin council areas), South (all of Munster except Clare), East (all of Leinster excluding Dublin, Westmeath and Longford) and North-West (the remainder of the country).The cut to 11 will mean the constituencies will have to be redrawn – and because Irish law requires the seats to return either 3, 4 or 5 members, the most likely prospect is a single constituency for Dublin (or the greater Dublin area) with the remainder of the country split on a north-south basis.last_img read more

Hatzigiannis wows at intimate concert

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mihalis Hatzigiannis has given a small group of die hard Greek Australian fans the chance to see him up close for an intimate concert, the first of its kind in the new Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture. On Thursday night, just two days before his major concert at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) was able to book the signer for a small fundraising concert for the new centre. With each ticket going for $300, about 110 fans and members of the Greek Australian community flocked to see the singer. In a more approachable and energetic set, Hatzigiannis started with music from his newest albums, Mesa Sou Vriskome and Kati Dinato. Backed by a phenomenal orchestra travelling with him from Greece, he encouraged the whole audience to get up from their seats and dance along with the music. Young and old got as close to the stage as possible, creating a tavern atmosphere in the new centre. Opened just weeks before, it was the first time the GOCMV held a special event in their new building, and with a headliner like Mihalis Hatzigiannis, it was christened with style.The Greek star is now booked to perform a huge concert alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at 6pm.Tickets are still available, and can be purchased online at more information visit read more

Black Lightning Is Back So Where Does He Go Now

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img By this point, Black Lightning has firmly established what kind of superhero show it intends to be. Now it has to figure out where to take things from here. We have an older hero coming out of retirement in the face of rampant gang violence in his city. We have a younger superhero just discovering her powers. All the show needs is something for these characters to do. By the end of last night’s episode, it didn’t quite find that, but it set some interesting things in motion. It’s the first time we get a clear idea of where the season plans to take Jefferson Pierce and his family.Right away, Black Lightning has to deal with something other than The 100, at least at first. Hearing a strange noise in the boys’ bathroom of his school, Jefferson rushes in to find a boy going into an uncontrolable rage. Rage that gives him super strength. Jefferson tries to calm the situation with words, but soon has to resort to some well-placed lightning bolts to knock the kid out. He finds a strange drug in the boy’s pockets and immediately suspects the 100. One fight with a dealer later, he has a name: Two Bits. Even the dealer knows it sounds kind of dumb. Jefferson also gets a lead from the kid he found in the bathroom. He learns the name of the dealer who sold the strange drug, which we learn is called Green Light. Unfortunately, that dealer is already dead. He overdosed on his own supply.Meanwhile, Tobias Whale is feeling some heat from Black Lightning’s recent activities. His boss, Lady Eve is losing money. With Black Lightning’s return, people aren’t as scared of Tobias anymore. She makes it clear he needs to do something about that. People may not be scared of Tobias, but they should be scared of Lady Eve. She has tremendous presence in every scene she’s in, and she’s terrifying. When their conversation ends and you realize she’s been sewing up an awake, living person… chills. Tobias gets right on making people fear him again, starting with the doctor who originally reported Black Lightning’s death. Since Black Lightning is still alive, he decides to take the doctor’s life.Jill Scott as Lady Eve and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Carin Baer/The CW)Anissa also gets to explore her heroic side this episode. She happens upon two drug dealers trying to sell to her students. She gets the girls to safety and stares down the dealers. It’s a great moment, and you know it won’t be too long before she does a lot more than stare. It takes a little bit to get there. Just as her father did, she has to decide to take the first step towards vigilantism. At a family dinner with Inspector Henderson that night, she bristles at Henderson’s implication that Black Lightning is a criminal. She goes as far as to say that the superhero is doing the police’s job for them. The exchange gets her so heated, she immediately takes her anger out on the dealers from earlier. She sends them flying across the gas station parking lot with one punch. As cool as it looks, that kind of violence isn’t clean, and Anissa learns that being a vigilante isn’t as easy as Black Lightning makes it look. She realizes she’s done some serious harm to these guys. Yeah, they’re drug dealers, but she can’t just leave them for dead. She calls an ambulance. I guess this is the moment she decides she isn’t a murderer.While Anissa is dealing with her own superhero awakening, Jefferson is investigating the source of Green Light. It turns out he and Two Bits grew up together. At first, he tries to get information out of him by posing as a concerned old friend. When that gets him nowhere, he returns as Black Lightning. Electric punches are much more persuasive. He gets a drop location but not much else. That turns out to be more helpful than it sounds. His new suit has X-Ray vision. That makes things easier. Or it would if he weren’t distracted by a loud bang nearby. That’s Anissa, once again using her powers, only this time not out of anger. She and her new girlfriend, Grace are walking out of a bar when some strange men attack them. When Grace gets knocked out, Anissa goes into action. She does some serious damage to the attackers, which she doesn’t feel nearly as bad about. It certainly helps that Grace agrees that Anissa should hurt bad people if she has the power to do so. We know a father-daugher superhero confrontation is coming, but it doesn’t happen this episode. By the time Black Lightning checks out the loud noises he heard, Grace and Anissa are gone.Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Carin Baer/The CW)This is the first episode that doesn’t have a ton of forward momentum. It’s all set-up for future dilemmas and confrontations to come. Thankfully, this show recognizes that it has to give us some superhero action even during a setup episode like this. Jefferson gets a minor victory in the end. The kid from the beginning runs to a drug den for another dose. His dad calls, asking Jefferson for help. One loud, hallway punch-fight later, the boy is safe. It’s a fun action sequence, but what’s really interesting is what it sets up for the future. Due to Jefferson’s unwillingness to expel the kid from school, he’s forced to give up final say over disciplinary issues. In the future, they’ll be handled by a vote from the board. It’s implied that the board is largely made up of older white people. And they probably won’t have as much sympathy or understanding for the students’ situations as Jefferson does.Tobias is emerging as more of a villain as well. We meet his henchwoman, Syonide, though we don’t see her do much yet. She is smart though. When news breaks that Khalil’s shooting during the protest last week severed his spinal cord, she sees an opportunity. At her suggestion, Tobias makes a massive donation to pay for Khalil’s hospital bills. Now on his good side, he visits Khalil in the hospital at night and convinces him that Black Lightning is the reason he’s paralyzed. It sounds like Tobias wants to turn Khalil into a supervillain. And since Khalil is Jennifer Pierce’s boyfriend, that’s going to make for a much tougher fight than anything Black Lightning’s faced so far. This episode may not have been Black Lightning’s best, but it set a lot of different parts in motion. It made some big promises, but from what we’ve seen so far, I have no doubt this show can live up to them.last_img read more

Official press release on free WWE Network in February

first_img WWE issued the following press release:WWE® NETWORK FREE IN FEBRUARYSTAMFORD, Conn., January 29, 2015 – Due to the tremendous response from fans to the free November promotion, WWE (NYSE: WWE) will again offer a free month of WWE Network to new subscribers during February in advance of its biggest event of the year, WrestleMania® 31 on Sunday, March 29. During the month of February, subscribers will have access to all of WWE Network’s programming including a live podcast hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin® this Monday, February 2 featuring Triple H® and the all-new, live pay-per-view event WWE FAST LANE™ on Sunday, February 22.“Last November we offered a free month of WWE Network to new subscribers with great success, helping us reach the 1 million subscriber milestone,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “We are excited to extend the same opportunity in February to those who have not yet subscribed so they can experience all that WWE Network offers right before WrestleMania.”This past Tuesday, WWE announced that WWE Network had surpassed 1 million subscribers just 11 months after launch, making it the fastest-growing digital subscription service. These results were driven primarily by the successful free November promotion, the launch of the service in the UK and significant additions for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony and Samsung. The U.S. English language version of WWE Network is available direct to consumers in more than 170 countries and territories and recently launched in the UK and Ireland.WWE Network’s one-of-a-kind programming includes all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more than 2,000 titles in its video-on-demand library.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 21.40%0:00Remaining Time -0:29 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 Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Triple H Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Videos Articles These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other WhatsApp Videos Articles Vince Mcmahon Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced last_img read more

SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown taping results to air 10/15/15

first_img The following was taped on Tuesday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.WWE Smackdown tapings for October 15, 2015:* Roman Reigns def. Bo Dallas.* Sheamus & King Barrett def. Cesaro & Neville.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens def. Zack Ryder.* Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev with Summer Rae as special guest referee.* Luke Harper & Braun Strowman def. The Prime Time Players.* WWE Divas Champion Charlotte def. Alicia Fox in a non-title match.* The Dudley Boyz & Dean Ambrose def. WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day via DQ. New Day used the trombone to setup the DQ finish.* Post-taping Bonus Match: Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 Twitter Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Seth Rollins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles Pinterest Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Videos Articleslast_img read more

Lloris Belgium is the most complete team at the World Cup

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris is braced for a challenging encounter against the World Cup’s “most complete team” in Belgium in today’s semi-final tieLes Bleus will be participating in their sixth World Cup semi-final today against Belgium’s “golden generation”, who are unbeaten in their previous 24 matches and have won all their games at Russia.Roberto Martinez’s side proved their title credentials in the previous knockout round, where they eliminated Brazil with a convincing 2-1 win over the former world champions.And Lloris is aware it will require a team effort to stop the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“In attack, Belgium boast plenty of quality — they also have strength in depth,” said Lloris, according to ESPN.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We must be solid — the answer is to work collectively, be as structured as possible, and disciplined to avoid giving them much space.“They are confident after that wild comeback against Japan and the beating the favourites Brazil — I reckon that the Belgians will be very confident coming into this one.“This Belgium is the most complete team at the World Cup, in terms of every aspect. They can defend and attack, they can counter-attack, they can dominate in the air or on the ground — they have everything that they need to be a great team and they are, in fact, a great team.”The two nations will face off at the Saint Petersburg stadium at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Marcelos wife hints at Juve switch

first_imgReal Madrid defender Marcelo could be the next in line to join Serie A giants Juventus next season following the capture of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo last summerAccording to reports in Spain, Marcelo will wrap up a deal with the Old Lady if they make an offer in the winter transfer windowAnd the Brazilian’s wife Clarice Alves has fuelled transfer speculations about his husband’s move to Turin.“Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid farewell was bad for us”, she said (as reported by Calciomercato).Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We used to spend a lot of time together. I know his mum very well and I know Georgina too. She is marvellous.“My son is a very close friend with Junior, the son of Cristiano Ronaldo. His farewell from Madrid left us empty”.It’s reported that Madrid are not willing to let the Brazilian go for anything less than € 50 million.In addition to that, the Old Lady may only sign Marcelo if Alex Sandro is sold in the summer.last_img read more

Herrera claims 3rd Congressional District win

first_imgRiding a coast-to-coast Republican wave, state Rep. Jaime Herrera won victory -Tuesday over Democrat Denny Heck in Washington’s hard-fought 3rd Congressional District race to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver. Heck conceded the race at about 9:30 p.m. after results from the entire district showed Herrera leading Heck 52.92 percent to 47.08 percent. Herrera will join a large freshman class of Republicans in a party poised to take control of the U.S. House in January. Asked how she felt about being part of a historic Republican sweep, she said, “Amazing!”She took the stage at the Red Lion -Hotel Vancouver at the Quay at about 9 p.m., surrounded by her family, and declared, “We’re going to win this thing!”“The most powerful words in a democracy are, ‘The people have spoken,’” Herrera said. At that point, the vote from Cowlitz County was not yet available, and she stopped short of claiming victory. But she said she was confident that “when all the votes are counted” she would win the right to represent the 3rd Congressional District.“Only in America can a 31-year-old from a modest background have the opportunity to serve in Congress,” she said. Herrera said she ran for Congress to serve all the families of Southwest Washington, regardless of their political affiliation, and pledged to keep her campaign promise to help control spending in Congress.last_img read more

Portland ground zero for protests between right leftwing

first_imgPortland: Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump’s attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons and closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us They were largely successful. Six minor injuries were reported. “This was a dynamic event with demonstrators frequently moving from one part of the city to another,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at an evening news conference on Saturday. Leaders of the right-wing groups vowed to return to Portland, saying they would keep coming back to the liberal West Coast city so long as the left-wing antifascists, known as antifa, groups remained active. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us President Donald Trump weighed in early Saturday, writing on Twitter that “Portland is being watched very closely… Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job.” He also wrote that “major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION of TERROR.'” It wasn’t immediately clear what he meant by that because there’s no mechanism for the United States government to declare a domestic organization a terror group. Joe Biggs, the organiser of the right-wing gathering, said it was a success. “Go look at President Trump’s Twitter,” he told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Advertise With Us “He talked about Portland, said he’s watching antifa. That’s all we wanted,” At the evening news conference Portland’s mayor said Biggs was not welcome. “We do not want him here in my city. Period,” Wheeler said. Wheeler tied the demonstrations to “a rising white nationalist movement” and a growing sense of fear in the country. “We’re certainly seeing that play out,” he said. “Portland being a very progressive community is always going to be at or near ground zero of this battle.” The events began late Saturday morning. Flag-waving members of the Proud Boys, Three Percenters militia group and others gathered downtown, some wearing body armour and helmets like the antifa protesters. Police said they had seized the weapons, including shields, from multiple groups as they assembled along the Willamette River, which runs through the city. More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, were in the city for the right-wing rally. Portland Police said all of the city’s 1,000 officers would be on duty for the gathering that was hyped on social media and elsewhere for weeks. As of early afternoon, most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge. Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black-clad, mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters from following them. But hundreds of people remained downtown and on nearby streets, and there were skirmishes throughout the day. Police declared a gathering of mostly left-wing protesters near Pioneer Courthouse Square a “civil disturbance” and told people to leave. Police spokeswoman Lt Tina Jones at one point said there were about 1,200 on the streets, but that number fell throughout the day. The self-described anti-fascists had vowed to confront the right-wing rally, while leaders from the far right urged their followers to turn out in large numbers to protest the arrests of six members of right-wing groups in the run-up to the event. Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, who organized similar rallies in 2017 and 2018 that erupted in clashes, surrendered Friday on an arrest warrant for felony rioting. He was at a confrontation that broke out on May 1 outside a bar where antifa members had gathered after a May Day demonstration. In a video he livestreamed on Facebook, Gibson accused the police of playing politics by arresting him but not the masked demonstrators who beat up conservative blogger Andy Ngo at a June 29 rally that drew national attention. A video of that attack went viral and led the Proud Boys, who have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to organize Saturday’s event. Police continue to investigate several incidents from clashes on May 1 and June 29 and are politically neutral, Jones said. Authorities had asked residents not to call 911 Saturday unless it’s a life-threatening emergency and to stay away from the heart of downtown. Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said authorities tried to keep everyone safe and allow people to exercise their free speech rights during the rallies. “Today was a long and arduous day,” Outlaw said at the news conference. “The disruptions were held to a very small area of downtown Portland.”last_img read more

Japans NTT Data agrees to buy Dells IT services unit for 3

first_imgJapan’s NTT Data Corp said on Monday it has agreed to buy Dell Inc’s information technology consulting division for over $3 billion to expand in North America and bolster its services business.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The Japanese company said it would pay around $3.05 billion, an amount that excludes debt and unspecified advisory fees.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, people familiar with the situation said earlier. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.last_img read more

Beef prices fixed at Tk 525 for Ramadan

first_imgThe Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Monday fixed the prices of beef at Tk 525 and buffalo at Tk 480 for the holy Ramadan, which are Tk 75 and Tk 60 higher respectively than the last year’s prices, reports UNB.The DSCC authorities fixed the prices of mutton at Tk 750 and that of lamb at Tk 650, which were Tk 720 and Tk 600 respectively last year.DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon disclosed the decision after a meeting with meat traders at Nagarbhaban in the city.The mayor said the newly-fixed prices would remain effective until 27th Ramadan.last_img read more