Energy stocks help SPTSX composite gain ground price of oil higher

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index climbed higher Thursday, helped by the energy sector, which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.91 points to 15,172.72.Revised upward global oil demand forecasts by the International Energy Agency helped to push up crude prices, says Kathryn Del Greco, an investment adviser with TD Wealth.“The market is continuing on the strength of the increase of the IEA on what is expected to be an increase of global demand and tightening in oil production by some of the producers,” said Del Greco.“We’re still seeing some follow through. Activity in crude is up.”The October crude contract rose 59 cents at US$49.89 per barrel, a six-week high.South of the border, stocks ended mixed and relatively flat on Wall Street, but a meagre gain for the Dow Jones industrial average was enough to mark another record.The Dow closed at 22,203.48, up 45.30 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index gave back 2.75 points to 2,495.62 and the Nasdaq composite index declined 31.11 points to 6,429.08.Rising U.S. consumer prices, which expanded 0.4 per cent in August as gas and housing costs grew, likely played a part in the modest movements, said Del Greco.“The CPI rose slightly more than expected so that increases the likelihood of a rate hike in December,” she said.The Labor Department reported Thursday that prices are up 1.9 per cent over the last year, which could mean inflation is speeding up. However, it’s not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused many drilling rigs and refineries to shut down.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.98 cents US, down 0.07 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract climbed $1.30 at US$1,329.30 an ounce.The October natural gas contract added one cent to US$3.07 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Ban to set up new climate change centre to support Pacific island

19 August 2008Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the United Nations and Samoa plan to establish an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre to help coordinate support to Pacific Island countries to combat the impact of global warming in their region. Given the direct impact of climate change on vulnerable States in the region, the new agency will focus its support on the mitigation, adaptation and reduction of the risk of disaster facing the Islands, Mr. Ban said in a message to the Pacific Islands Forum Summit meeting, held in Alofi, Niue.“I am very heartened that the Pacific island countries are making their voices heard on the subject of climate change,” Mr. Ban said. “Climate change is not science fiction. As your countries know all too well, it is real and present,” he added.His statement was delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Several UN agencies already collaborate with the Pacific Island Forum assisting on a number of issues ranging from farming and fisheries to urbanization and disability.Mr. Ban also expressed his condolences on the death last week of Greg Urwin, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, stating that “he inspired us all with his vision of a cohesive and prosperous Pacific region.” read more

UN sounds the alarm as dire humanitarian situation continues to grip Somalia

21 July 2010As Somalia remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis, it is vital to ensure adequate funding to assist the 3.2 million people – or more than 40 per cent of the population – who rely on international aid, a senior United Nations aid official stressed today. UN agencies and their partners have so far received only 56 per cent of the $600 million needed to fund critical areas such as health, water and sanitation, nutrition and livelihood support in Somalia, which is recovering from drought and years of chaos and is also in the throes of ongoing violence. “My major concern at this time of the year is that there is a renewed emphasis on ensuring that we do address the funding gaps in Somalia to help us to sustain the achievements that can continue to be made in one of the world’s most difficult and acute humanitarian crises,” said Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia.He told a news conference in New York that the situation in the Horn of Africa nation is characterized by severe child malnutrition, loss of livestock and livelihoods, as well as ongoing displacement owing to continued clashes between Government forces and Islamist militant groups.The conflict has led to Somalia being one of the countries with the highest number of uprooted people in the world – an estimated 1.4 million displaced within the country and almost 595,000 living as refugees in neighbouring countries. “Conflict is the driving cause behind displacement and most of it comes from Mogadishu,” he said, noting that 20,000 people were displaced in the capital in June, and an estimated 200,000 people have been displaced from the city this year. In addition, fighting in Mogadishu since March this year has led to more than 3,000 conflict-related casualties.“What I genuinely hope is that we try to find some way of reducing the impact of this conflict on the civilian population and all parties need to find more peaceful means of settling their disputes,” he said, adding that where that is not possible, to at least avoid the considerable collateral damage on civilians. Despite the ongoing crisis, Mr. Bowden noted that the situation in Somalia “isn’t all bad news,” although it is one of the most complicated humanitarian situations the UN is facing. Some major achievements include keeping the country free of polio amid a resurgence of the disease in a number of other African countries. This is thanks to the provision of clean water to 1.3 million people, as well as vaccination campaigns that were carried out, even in volatile areas. “We are able to make progress in terms of managing humanitarian operations in extremely difficult circumstances, which include control of large parts of the country by rebel groups and active conflict in other parts,” he noted. read more

Expect a soft landing for condo development housing market bankers say

[np_storybar title=”Housing market seen headed for mild correction” link=””%5DSlower sales and a flattening of home prices in Vancouver and Toronto will drag down national averages in the first half of this year, Royal LePage warns [/np_storybar]Canada’s leading bankers expect the country’s real estate market, including condominium development, faces a “soft landing” even though the slowdown is affecting mortgage lending.Speaking to a RBC banking conference in Toronto on Tuesday, the country’s top bankers said they don’t expect a dramatic downturn like one experienced by the United States about five years ago.The bursting of the U.S. housing bubble is considered a major cause of the credit crunch that swept Wall Street and then the global economy in the fall of 2008, after interest rates on sub-prime mortgages rose and defaults soared.By contrast, sub-prime mortgages have been less common in Canada and real-estate prices have trended upward for the most part — except for a few months during the 2008-9 recession and in some economically disadvantaged areas.“Our expectation is that the overall real estate market in Canada is still relatively solid,” Royal Bank CEO Gord Nixon said Tuesday.Despite reports that suggest Canadian housing is in crisis, he said the pullback is limited to a couple of markets, notably Vancouver.“We have seen a slowdown in sales and we’ve certainly seen a slowdown in mortgage demand but price levels are relatively stable,” he added, noting that by most metrics other than debt to disposable income indicators are in line with historic standards.“So our expectation is we’ve got this sort of soft landing scenario on the real estate side.”National Post The head of Canada’s largest bank said he expects RBC’s consumer lending growth will slow to mid single digits but it should see an increase in commercial loans.Nixon said the bank has relatively small exposure to the condominium market at $1.2-billion of a $700-billion loan portfolio and has requirements that protect it from troubled lenders.“We’re not overly concerned with respect to condo itself because our relative exposures are quite small — on a relative basis, the smallest of the Canadian banks,” he said.However, Nixon noted that a significant decline in the overall real estate market would have broader impact across the economy which would hurt the banking industry.While Nixon expressed confident with most parts of the bank’s businesses, he said RBC will focus on improving its underperforming Caribbean operations.Bloomberg Bank of Montreal CEO Bill Downe told the conference that BMo limited its exposure to the Canadian condo construction market at $700-million after watching some of the problems surface in the United States in 2007 and 2008.The bank is active in the U.S. mortgage lending market in the Midwest through its Harris Bank subsidiary.He doesn’t expect Canadian homeowner debt to keep growing at previous levels but not an “outright collapse in the market.”“In fact, house prices may just stagnate. Condominium prices may just stagnate for a couple of years. And that’s the definition of a soft landing,” Downe said.Downe predicted the overall U.S. housing market will show considerable strength this spring, stimulating commercial loans.After a strong fourth quarter with U.S. mortgages, Downe’s anticipating that the American economy will be much stronger this year, which will put upward pressure on interest rates in both countries.House prices may just stagnate. Condominium prices may just stagnate for a couple of years. And that’s the definition of a soft landing“I think the U.S. economy is going to perform much better in 2013 than people are anticipating,” he said.Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh said he also foresees a soft landing for the Canadian condo market, which poses the greatest risk.He watches 90-day delinquencies very carefully for signs of deterioration.“It’s elevated above 2007 levels but only a bit…it probably will come up a little bit but at levels that are well within our risk appetite.”The Scotiabank president denounced suggestions that Ottawa could privatize the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., which he described as an integral part of the Canadian housing system that helped to ensure the country survived the housing crisis unlike a similar U.S. entity.“It ain’t broke, it worked, it met the biggest stress test in our lifetime. Why fool around with it? It’s not a Fannie Mae.”Meanwhile, Waugh said the bank will make a decision this year on whether to stick with its plans to pursue wealthy middle class Chinese after agreeing to pay $719-million for slightly less than a 20-per-cent stake in Bank of Guangzhou.He said it’s a very intriguing opportunity that the bank has been focused on for a year and for which it raised the required capital.However, he warned the bank won’t wait forever to close the transaction.“There’s a world of opportunities. We’ll find a place for it if that one doesn’t go but we can’t wait forever.”Ed Clark, president of TD Bank, said he remains pessimistic about Europe’s ability to turn its problems around and said Canada’s long period of growth that surpassed the U.S. is over, assuming politicians don’t make decisions to reduce short-term expansion.“I’m more positive on the United States than I am on Canada in growth numbers.” read more

TMX Group to acquire Trayport Holdings from ICE in deal worth 931M

TORONTO — TMX Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Trayport Holdings Ltd. from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in an agreement valued at $931 million.Under the transaction, TMX Group will pay $592 million in cash and sell Natural Gas Exchange Inc. and Shorcan Energy Brokers to ICE for $339 million.Trayport provides services to energy commodities traders, exchanges, wholesale brokers and central clearing counterparties.It has about 240 employees in offices in London, New York and Singapore.The companies said that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has approved the sale of Trayport to TMX Group.The sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE is subject to regulatory approval and notifications including approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau. read more

Three dozen UN Member States offer to help others prevent weapons proliferation

Responding to a Security Council resolution binding 191 United Nations Member States to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, three dozen governments have signed up to help other countries draft legal frameworks, put in place domestic controls, or share their experiences.The 36 countries, whose responses have been posted on the web site of the Security Council’s “1540 Committee,” range alphabetically from Argentina to the United States.Many of the excerpted replies are terse, asking that requests be specific, giving addresses where the relevant government officials should be reached and limiting their sharing to their own geographical regions. Others go into some detail, such as Liechtenstein, which offered to help other countries and noted that its own legislation had recently been updated to cover the suppression of the financing of terrorism and money laundering. The Committee said it has developed a matrix to analyze the first national reports submitted by 124 Member States and take into account information they may also provided to the UN Secretariat, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the 172-member UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, The Netherlands. read more

Steppedup attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for more peacekeepers

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least 60 people have been killed in Bangui in the past 10 days amid stepped-up attacks between the mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka and Muslims.OHCHR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva that on 27 March, at least 20 people were killed and 11 injured when a grenade was thrown at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service near the PK5 neighbourhood in Bangui. On 22 and 23 March, anti-Balaka elements attacked that same neighbourhood, where some 700 Muslims are believed to be stranded, in an attempt to take control of the zone. According to the Red Cross, at least 15 people were killed during the subsequent fighting and the intervention of the African Union peacekeeping mission (MISCA) and the French military force in CAR known as Sangaris.There are also reports of increased tensions and clashes between anti-Balaka elements and MISCA, with anti-Balaka reportedly directly targeting the mission’s military and civilian personnel on several occasions.This past Saturday, 24 people were allegedly killed and some 100 people injured, including at least one child, by Chadian soldiers on the outskirts of the PK12 neighbourhood, in the suburb of Begoua. “Although we are still trying to clarify the exact circumstances of this incident, it appears that Chadian soldiers fired indiscriminately at a crowd following an incident,” said Ms. Pouilly. “We are still trying to confirm the exact affiliation of these soldiers.”On Monday, she added, an anti-Balaka element reportedly threw a grenade at Chadian soldiers, before being killed by French troops. “In the light of this further deterioration of the security situation, we once again urge States to support the Secretary-General’s urgent appeal for thousands more peacekeepers and police,” Ms. Pouilly stated.Amid the ongoing conflict in CAR, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the deployment of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission that will be tasked, first and foremost, with protecting civilians in the strife-torn nation. The UN is uniquely positioned to deploy and sustain such a mission – which would aim at re-hatting as many MISCA troops as possible – with the full range of capacities required to address the complex crisis in the country. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population of CAR, need humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict that began in December 2012, when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks.More than 650,000 people are still internally displaced, and over 290,000 have fled to neighbouring countries in search of refuge from the conflict, which has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones. “The renewed inter-communal violence has triggered further displacement within the country and across its borders,” Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva.CAR refugees – mostly Muslim – continue to stream into neighbouring countries, according to the agency. In the past three months, more than 82,000 people from CAR have found shelter in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo and Chad.UNHCR added that it fears for the lives of 19,000 Muslims in the PK12 neighbourhood of Bangui, in Boda, Carnot and Berberati, to the west of Bangui, and in Bossangoa, further north. Ms. Lejeune-Kaba stated that the agency stands ready to assist with their evacuation to safer areas within or outside the country.She added that many of Boda’s Christians also fear the anti-Balaka militiamen, who operate with impunity. read more

Man dies in London after falling through ice on frozen lake trying

first_imgBEXLEYHEATH update: A man pulled from Danson Park lake after reportedly falling through ice while trying to rescue his dog is believed to be in a critical condition after being rescued by the emergency services.— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) February 28, 2018 A man has died after he was plucked from a frozen lake in a London park which he fell through reportedly trying to rescue his stranded dog.Emergency services were called to Danson Lake in Danson Park, Welling, south east London following the incident as temperatures plummeted to -2C.The man, thought to be in his 60s, was pulled from the water of the popular boating, sailing and angling lake in a sprawling public park and has been taken to a South London hospital.Scotland Yard confirmed last night that the man, who has not yet been identified, had died.The death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 3.55pm on Wednesday (February 28) to reports of a man in the water at Danson Park in Welling. “Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended.”The man, believed to be aged in his 60s, was recovered from the water and taken to a south London hospital where he died.”His next of kin are aware. The death is being treated unexplained.”The dog was rescued by boat from the 12-acre lake, the London Fire Brigade said.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Patterson says CJIAs new arrival building to be completed in June

The new arrival building located on the south-western section of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is expected to be completed in June.An artist’s impression of what the completed CJIA expansion project will look likeThis is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who, on Monday, during a local radio programme said that the project was almost 80 per cent complete and had some two months more before completion.This announcement comes on the heels of complaints being made by passengers entering the country about overcrowding and congestion in the arrival area.In order to facilitate the ongoing expansion project, the immigration and security operations were shifted to the former Greeters Hall.After the mandatory security checks, passengers would then proceed along another corridor to the Departure Lounge area to await boarding.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David PattersonThe expansion project is geared at addressing four critical areas: insufficient public parking; overcrowding within the terminal; conflicts of parking aircraft while at the same time permitting larger aircraft on the international apron and a safety area in the event of an aircraft overshooting the runway.The project is expected to result in two air passenger boarding bridges for passengers’ arrival and departure; a 450-person departure seating area and escalators and elevators, in addition to the extended runway that would cater for categories of larger aircraft.The Minister further noted that the project was progressing smoothly and on schedule to the completion date, and this is a planned stage of the renovation works to accommodate construction while maintaining operations of the existing terminal.In February last, President David Granger and his Cabinet were given a tour of the airport, and were updated on the progress of the works.During a presentation on the project, it was revealed that some US$114 million has thus far been expended on the airport, while an additional US$27 million would be spent before the end of the year.The airport expansion works are between 75 and 80 per cent completed. The Project’s Manager, Carmichael Thorne, during his presentation, stated that under the previous Administration, Guyana had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued, but with a reduction in its design and capacity. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL, Oil rush sends airport arrivals through the roofSeptember 25, 2017In “Business”CJIA revenue collection up by 13% as at Nov. 30December 29, 2016In “Local News”CJIA revenue collection up by 13%December 29, 2016In “latest news” read more

The government treats people like gobshites John Wilson

first_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter “Really and truly, Labour have been decimated – but that’s nothing unusual. The junior party in any coalition suffers the brunt of the people’s anger.”He said that one of the main reasons the government was being punished was recent controversies surrounding people with chronic illnesses losing their discretionary medical cards and being “forced to beg for their legal entitlements”.‘Lucky to be alive’Wilson had intended to run as an independent candidate in the local election in the Cavan-Belturbet area but had to drop out due to ill health.He was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year, but said he was feeling well after an operation successfully removed the growth.I’m very, very lucky to be alive. The opertion was successful. Cancer to me was always going to happen to somebody else. It was never going to happen to me. I’m feeling very, very well, thank God. I’m so honoured that Luke Flanagan picked me as a first reserve.Wilson wasn’t the only one in Castlebar reacting to Gilmore’s resignation.Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that Labour needed more than a change of leadership.“Nobody takes pleasure in somebody else’s demise, but if the Labour party really listen to the electorate what they need to do is something more radical than just change their party leader. They need a fundamental change in how Labour are behaving in government.The people are appalled that the Labour party have been a crutch to Fine Gael to implement their austerity policy. People can’t afford to wait until a General Election. They want change and they want it now. Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Pearse Doherty dissecting the second count figures. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson and Flanagan Source: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieGARDA WHISTLEBLOWER JOHN Wilson has slammed the government, saying it treats Irish people “like gobshites”.Wilson said the Cabinet was full of “arrogant” people who “look after their own little world”.He welcomed Eamon Gilmore’s announcement yesterday that he would be resigning as leader of the Labour party, after a disastrous local election that saw the junior coalition party poll at around seven per cent nationally.Wilson said that members of the Fine Gael Labour coalition represented “some of the most arrogant individuals that have ever been in any government in this country”. He said his comments were directed at Gilmore and other ministers such as Ruairi Quinn, Phil Hogan and former justice minister Alan Shatter who resigned earlier this month.Shatter’s demise was sealed by the Guerin Report into corruption in an Garda Síochána, some of which was exposed by Wilson.The former garda made the comments while at the Midlands North West count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo yesterday. He was there to support Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.Wilson is Flanagan’s first substitute should he be unable to serve his full term in Brussels, however Flanagan admitted such an outcome was unlikely.The Roscommon TD was elected on the second count with 129,561 votes. The quota was 129,290 votes. Counting in the constituency will resume this morning, with six candidates still in contention for the three remaining seats.Last month, he told the Dáil that he and Wilson were followed by an unmarked Garda car when visiting the headquarters of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in Dublin to expose further allegations of corruption within the force.‘Are you watching Ruari Quinn?’Wilson said it was “insulting” that education minister Ruairi Quinn dismissed Flanagan’s success as a “protest vote”, saying he was a serious candidate who had been elected at local, national and now European level.When Flanagan was elected, he, Wilson and others chanted: “Are you watching Ruari Quinn?”center_img Teary-eyed Luke Ming Flanagan and John Wilson after first count. #ee14 #ep14 #mnw— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014 Wilson said voters have turned their backs on the government because they have ignored the needs of the people.Mainstream parties have forgotten about their grassroots, basically. They have forgotten about the basic needs of the people. The way to judge any government – not just this junta – is the way it treats the underprivileged and the needy in society. This government is solely a government for the economy. They have forgotten about society. Sitting Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins said Gilmore wasn’t the problem within Labour, but noted that the Tánaiste had made the wrong choice of portfolio in Foreign Affairs as it wasn’t “appropriate” for the country’s deputy leader “to be out of the country so much”.Higgins suggested that Gilmore take an economic portfolio in the upcoming government reshuffle.“I have nothing but the height of praise for Labour. I’ve seen Labour in governments before where they lost their nerve … The minority party in government inevitably and invariably takes the hit.“I hope they can regroup because they’ve been very good partners in government, very responsible. Minister by minister they’ve been absolutely superb,” he added.Higgins is certain to lose his European seat when the Midlands North West count resumes today.The other candidates still in the running include Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, Mairead McGuinness of Fine Gael, independent Marian Harkin, Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Thomas Byrne, both of Fianna Fáil.Election 2014 Liveblog: European and local results (plus Gilmore resigns) as it happensRead: Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leaderRelated: Ming: No, I won’t send areplacement to Brusselslast_img read more

Latest SpongeBob iOS game includes 9999 inapp purchase

first_imgAlthough SpongeBob SquarePants has fans of all ages, Nickelodeon clearly aims the character and anything he puts his name to at children. So it’s surprising to see just how much and how expensive the new SpongeBob iOS game turns out to be.Yesterday, Nickelodeon launched a new game on the App Store called SpongeBob Moves In. It costs $1.99 to purchase, which is fair enough, but then has in-app purchases ranging in price from $0.99 right up to $99.99. That’s right, you can spend $100 in one transaction in this game.The game sees you play out SpongeBob’s life and doing everything you’d expect SpongeBob to do while ensuring his home city expands and runs smoothly. Achieving the in-game goals requires currency though, which takes the form of both Jellyfish Jelly and Coins. These can be earned, but also purchased as an IAP.Nickelodeon has made it very clear when you first load the game that it’s possible to spend money when playing and that charges will appear on your iTunes account. However, it isn’t clear why they have included such expensive IAPs in what is essentially a game for kids.Jellyfish Jelly can be purchased for as little as $0.99, but that only gets you 25 jars. The amount you can acquire then goes up to the most expensive tier, which gets you 4,000 jars for $99.99. Purchasing coins isn’t much cheaper. Again, $0.99 gets you 100 coins, but you can spend as much as $49.99 buying 10,000 of them.Any parent buying this app for their kids to play would do well to ensure in-app purchases are disabled, otherwise they could find themselves with a very large bill spent on jelly and coins.last_img read more

Ill judged People are criticising Belfast Airports Brexit advertisement campaign

first_img‘Ill judged’: People are criticising Belfast Airport’s ‘Brexit’ advertisement campaign The airport yesterday launched its Vote to Leave campaign, which is directed towards people living in the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland. Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Images BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT has come in for some criticism online for its new advertisement campaign, which aims to capitalise on Brexit to secure more passengers from the Republic.The airport yesterday launched its Vote to Leave campaign, which is directed towards people living in the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland.The campaign’s purpose is to convince people in the border counties to fly from Belfast rather than the larger Dublin Airport.The Euro being stronger against the Pound and a closer distance to Belfast rather than Dublin are put forward as reasons for flying from the airport.However, the campaign tagline “Vote to Leave” and its message to “choose Bexit” has irked a number of people.Brexit is seen as a contentious topic across the UK and Ireland, especially in the border counties which face uncertainty around the possibility of a hard border and what it could mean for people’s livelihoods.People took issue with the timing and wording of the advertisement. Others questioned why the airport would use a Brexit emssage“Why a Brexit message in a market that perceives it negatively?” one user wrote on Twitter.Political commentator Patricia Mac Bride said:Hey @BelfastAirport you realise this is not a clever play on words, right? Your airport code is BFS not BE and majority here voted remain. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of the entrance to Belfast International Airport in 2012. Jun 13th 2017, 6:45 AM In recent years, Belfast International Airport has faced increasing pressure from its bigger counterpart in Dublin.Dublin Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world. It revealed last year that 1.2 million passengers from Northern Ireland passed through in 2015, a 37% increase on the previous year.Belfast Airport’s ad campaign will run throughout June and July. A spokesperson for the airport said that the purpose of the campaign had been to make an impact.“We wanted to make an impact with our next marketing campaign…and we have certainly done that,” they said.Read: Shane Ross wants ‘to take on monopolies’ with independent third terminal at Dublin AirportRead: ‘We can’t keep our head in the sand’: Only 3 armed gardaí covering Dublin Airport Share2 Tweet Email Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 6:45 AM 18,889 Views 16 Comments File photo of the entrance to Belfast International Airport in 2012. Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Imageslast_img read more

Kurt Angle confirms recent talks with Triple H about a return to WWE, expects…

first_img June 24, 2016 at 12:43 am I say with the recent suspension of Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton not back from his lengthy absence, I think he’ll return as part of the draft. Or right before SummerSlam! One wonders on his journey through WWE someone will show him Suplex city? Hmmm…I though the win over the Undertaker was ugly, as in how uncomfortable it was to watch UT look like a frail old man in that match, I would say Lesnar would cripple him, problem is Angle would be the one saying `don’t hold back`. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Jeremy King John Cena needs to be US Champ. Has an open challenge on Raw, Angle’s music hits. Videos Articles June 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm Videos Articles wont be involved in draft split? maybe he’s taking a page out of Jericho’s book, say wont be there and just happen to show up Triple H June 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT June 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm Wow, WWE’s/NXT’s roster is looking more & more like TNA than TNA’s roster is right now. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Al79 Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call June 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte During an interview with Mark Madden on his radio show in Pittsburgh, Kurt Angle confirmed he had talks with WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque around six weeks ago about making a return to WWE.“It was a good conversation. We’re in good spirits, we’re on good terms. Will I return? Yes, I don’t know when.”Angle did say he has not been contacted about being part of the upcoming brand split in WWE and said he wasn’t expecting anything at this point.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleManiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 55.49%0:02Remaining Time -0:25 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 June 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm David Wells Now Playing Up Next David Wells Kurt Angle Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania They’ll chant it as long as he comes out to his old music! It just fits! Now Playing Up Next June 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm Gary Stephenson Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next June 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm I met him for $20 in TNA, got a picture and items signed for another $10. Good luck getting all that for under $200 next year at WM fanfest. Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Google+ Aaron David Harwood He said he’d never go back… and yet here he is… they all come back eventually… or end up working at Wal-Mart, right Shane? I say save him for the final draft pick. Also, highly interested to see if the crowd still chants “You Suck!” when he comes in. XD Facebook b d this, done correctly, could be pretty damn great. Oh it’s true it’s true! Jeffery Adam Phillips Now Playing Up Next June 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm Videos Articles Ronda Rousey 14 COMMENTS Screw the surprise entrant. Have him (dressed up face covered so we do not know who) have him randomly attack people during matches and backstage for months…. And after many failed attempts he finally get revealed….. Could even have him steal belts for a while, too but make this roster wide. Attacking Raw Smackdown womens division NXT… Just random wrestlers randomly I know it sounds boring and done before but if done correctly it would create a great storyline. Everyone would be under suspense of getting attacked, could create odd duos to look out for each other. Could even throw in a bit of a stalker act. Make him a threat!! Comments are closed. Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Be great to have him back. met him in London, really nice guy. June 22, 2016 at 9:25 am June 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm TheCyberZon June 23, 2016 at 1:44 am I met him in TNA on 3 different occasions for autographs & pictures. Was a super nice, classy guy every time. TNA really knows how to treat its fans most of the time without breaking their banks. Too bad they’re run by idiots who are seeing them sink lower & lower. TheCyberZon June 23, 2016 at 1:48 am Glen Värîs Glenn Wolf Steven Herrera June 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm Wayne Martinlast_img

State’s congressional delegation reacts to Mueller indictments

first_imgMembers of Washington’s congressional delegation weighed in Monday on news of the indictments announced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russian government officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.Democratic Sen. Patty Murray said, “Today’s developments underscore just how critical it is for Robert Mueller to continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead — without threats or intimidation, and with all the resources he needs — so the American people get the full explanation they deserve.”The phrase “no one is above the law” was used by both Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, as Mueller’s investigation continues.“These charges may only be the beginning of holding individuals accountable,” Cantwell said. “Mueller’s investigation, as well as Congressional investigations, must continue and the justice system must act.”Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Manafort business associate Rick Gates were indicted on felony charges of conspiracy, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and funneling millions of dollars through offshore accounts.Also revealed Monday was that George Papadopoulos secretly pleaded guilty Oct. 5 for lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian government officials.last_img read more

Dormant theater troupe, Pacific Stageworks, plans fundraiser show

first_imgLocal theater lovers who flash back a decade or two will recall a rich, diverse, thriving theater scene in Vancouver and Clark County. Compared with today, a surprisingly big group of working troupes used to get mentioned in this newspaper’s theater listings and stories.Old Slocum House Theater. Blue Parrot Theater. Vancouver Community Theater. Heartland Theater Productions. Masque & Mirror Theatre Company. Tears of Joy Theater. Grassy Knoll Productions. ACME Productions. Arts Equity. Serendipity Players. Several of these formed a Clark County Theater Alliance and staged plays at a once-and-future church, the Columbia Arts Center.But since then, due to everything from unaffordable and vanishing venues to “artistic differences,” nearly all of those groups have folded. Magenta Theater is Vancouver’s sole downtown theatrical success story today, and its popularity is due both to reliably people-pleasing fare (Sherlock Holmes, Jeeves and Wooster, “Miracle on 34th Street”) and, arguably, to the absence of any other downtown theater draws. And even though Magenta has grown into a big and busy business, it remains a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Working Clark County thespians tend to find opportunities — and paychecks — in Portland, which boasts many dozens of theater companies, from experimental and DIY to well-funded and highly professional.“In Portland, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a theater company,” said Heather Blackthorn.One of the Clark County groups that started, sputtered and stopped after just a handful of productions early in this decade was Pacific Stageworks. Blackthorn wasn’t involved with Pacific Stageworks, but she was and remains an irrepressible thespian who acted at Clark College and with Blue Parrot before life and family took her to places as far-flung as Puyallup and Kansas — where she kept studying acting and launching little grass roots theater companies, she said.Now, life has returned Blackthorn to Vancouver, and she sums up her feeling this way: “I’m back! Let’s put on a show!”last_img read more

Umtitis injury increases Barcelonas defender problems

first_imgTerrible news for FC Barcelona, as they may be pushed to sign a new defender during the winter because Samuel Umtiti got a knee injury and will need surgery.It appears that defender problems keep piling up for FC Barcelona this season, Gerard Pique’s dip in form was enough and Samuel Umtiti has been confirmed with a knee injury that will require him to undergo surgery.The French centre-back had been suffering pains on his left knee with a clear problem on his cartilage that he had since before the World Cup and now the pain was too great to ignore from the club, the player needed to undergo tests that confirmed he will need to undergo surgery and will take him out of any competition for at least the next 50 days.The Catalan club has urged the player to get that operation as soon as possible because they will want him to get back in training after the next international break, but the doctors have already warned the club that the player may need a little more time than that to completely recover.This terrible news for Barcelona come just one day before a very important La Liga match against Athletic Club, and a few days before they have to visit Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League.Manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that the player will miss the next match and didn’t disclose the possible surgery, mainly because the club is still hoping that Samuel can recover only with rest but the doctors have already adviced the opposite.This new development leaves Barcelona with options that have alarmed all the supporters, because they consider the club practically doesn’t have good enough players for the next two months.🎯— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) September 5, 2018Gerard Pique’s role without UmtitiWe’ve already discussed Gerard Pique’s dip in form that has made him commit terrible mistakes in the last two matches against Girona and Leganes, the club desperately needs him to increase his performance level because Umtiti was their defensive player who was delivering the best performances thus far.With this unexpected setback, it should be Pique’s time to get back in focus and get rid of all the distractions that have kept him from reaching his best level of performance that we all know he can deliver. This Saturday’s test becomes one of the most challenging for Pique and Barcelona, especially with the mindset he will have at the start of the match against Athletic Club as he has been under serious backlash in the last couple of weeks.There is no excuse for him right now, either he steps up to perform or his club will lose very vital points that they desperately need to win this weekend because of the Madrid Derby where one of their direct competitors will surely drop points at the Santiago Bernabeu later during the day.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.On paper, Gerard Pique is without question one of Barcelona’s best players and this is the best moment in which he is going to have to prove that now that Samu is not available for the next few matches. But the Catalan club has another problem, that is the defender they will have to use to replace Umtiti, their options are quite limited and alarming as well.💪⚽ Play hard, work hard @clement_lenglet #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴— FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_fra) September 12, 2018Lenglet and VermaelenThe first and most obvious option to replace Samuel Umtiti during this time he will be injured, is his compatriot Clement Lenglet who just came back from a suspension after getting sent off in the match against Girona. There shouldn’t be a problem with the former Sevilla player, he should be able to play instead of Samuel without an issue.The only thing he needs to control a little bit better is his temper, which was the reason he received that red card that fortunately didn’t carry a longer suspension. The other option is Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is perhaps one of Barcelona’s most failed transfers in recent history and somehow has managed to remain in the Catalan club despite hardly ever playing any games.During the last match against Leganes, Ernesto Valverde decided to give Thomas his first start of the season and the result couldn’t have been more disastrous. Barcelona lost the match and Vermaelen made an awful pair with the also mentioned Gerard Pique, it’s unlikely that the manager will give him another chance for this game against Athletic but Vermaelen needs to improve his level if he wants to help out the squad during such difficult times.As far as tomorrow goes, Valverde will use Pique and Lenglet if nothing extraordinary happens, but everybody at the club is nervous for what might happen against the likes of Iñaki Williams or Iker Muniain at the Camp Nou.[📋 SQUAD LIST]⚽ #BarçaAthletic🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 28, 2018Which two defenders should Valverde use against Athletic Club in your opinion? Please share your thoughts in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Canada commends TCI for tourism bounceback

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Canada is calling the recovery of the TCI tourism industry, ‘strong and speedy’ and that is good news for the Turks and Caicos in the second largest visitor market to the islands.   TravelWeek, online is reporting electricity is restored, water is restored and that work is on tirelessly to address the pending issues.The Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs is quoted in the report saying that scheduled off season maintenance of resorts and hurricane repairs are on track for reopening in line with the coming high season.    Among the resorts welcoming guests are:  The Seven Stars, Atrium, Caribbean Paradise Inn, Grace Bay Suites, The Sands and the Somerset.There have been resort openings within the past week too, including Windsong, Shore Club, The Palms, Regent Grand, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Villa Del Mar, the Venetian, the Tuscany and Reef Residences.    Seven other resorts are due for openings this month, October: Amanyara, Coral Gardens, Ocean Club West, Blue Haven, Beach House and Gansevoort.The article which was published last week also features a report on the British Virgin Islands, a fellow UK overseas territory which also took a beating in historic Hurricane Irma.   The BVI is however, unable to give the kind of report as is the Turks and Caicos – with assessments reportedly still ongoing on the island; damages were said to be over $290m for BVI.    TCI Minister Higgs said the tourism product will continue to evolve to be more creative and innovative.A number of popular hang outs and shops were also highlighted in the article as open including IGA Gourmet, Regent Village, Fresh Catch, Mango Reef, Danny Buoys and Coco Bistro.Photo credit: Daily Hivelast_img read more

Virgin Galactic wants you to get up close with SpaceShipTwo rocket motor

first_imgFirst published Feb. 11, 2019, 8:51 a.m. PT.Update, 12:48 p.m. PT: Adds more background information. 15 things you need to qualify for NASA’s astronaut program (pictures) Tags Comment “The desire to explore space has been an inspiration since time began and, in recent decades, an incredible catalyst for innovation,” Branson said in a release. “I hope our donation will also play a small part in inspiring the thousands of visitors as they pass through the new gallery in years to come.”Virgin Galactic ultimately plans to take up space tourists, with Branson saying last summer he intends to be one of the first passengers. We also know that they’ll be wearing Under Armor gear.The test flight in December put Virgin Galactic a step ahead in the private space tourism race. SpaceX has ambitious plans to carry passengers around the moon and Blue Origin is conducting rocket tests, but both rival companies have yet to carry humans into space. 1:47 1 Sci-Tech Tech Industrycenter_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: The hybrid rocket motor from Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be on display in Washington, DC, in 2024. Until then, it’ll remain in Chantilly, Virginia. Eric Long/Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Virgin Galactic wants the world to see the rocket motor that brought SpaceShipTwo to space.Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company made history with the craft, named VSS Unity, when it skimmed the edge of space in December.The rocket motor was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, the company announced on Monday, and it’ll be exhibited in its Future of Spaceflight gallery.Unfortunately, that gallery doesn’t open until 2024 so the motor will be displayed at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, for now. It’s likely the Smithsonian will gather items from other private spaceflight companies, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, in the meantime. Virgin space plane skims the edge of space 15 Photos Blue Origin Space Richard Branson SpaceX Virgin Galacticlast_img read more