first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index posted its best day in six months despite a pullback of cannabis stocks on the last trading session before Wednesday’s legalization.The upturn in markets was almost global, where the stock losers of the past few days outperformed led by the technology sector, said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.The activity comes as U.S. corporate earnings have started to roll in with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley on Tuesday outperforming some forecasts, suggesting a solid earnings season ahead.“We’ve seen the selloff, a little bit of a correction and you’ve seen some decent results come in. I don’t think there are any growth or macro concerns that would warrant further downward pressure,” he said of equity markets.Bernes said bond yields, which drove investor anxiety when they increased to multi-year highs, have retreated in the last few days to provide some support to equity markets.“I think from here we’re probably past the selloff,” he added.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 170.27 points at 15,579.74, a high for the day on 280.4 million shares traded.The market was led by technology stocks that were up about four per cent. Heavily weighted sectors like industrials, energy, financials and materials were also up. Only gold and health care closed down.Bernes said he doesn’t believe there are any fundamental drivers for Tuesday’s 3.4 per cent slide in cannabis stocks a day after they enjoyed large gains. The sector has been highly volatile even though the market capitalization of various producers have surged since the Liberals promised to legalize recreational cannabis use three years ago.“The prices ran up on hope but now that actual sales are going to happen and it’s going to be legal you’re going to start seeing a differentiation as the winners and losers kind of sort themselves out,” he said. “So it should be interesting. I think investors are positioning for the next stage in the evolution of this market.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 317.67 points at 25,568.22. The S&P 500 index was up 33.30 points at 2,784.09, while the Nasdaq composite was up 103.98 points at 7,534.72.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.29 cents US compared with an average of 76.96 US on Monday.The loonie’s rebound against the U.S. dollar and the Euro came after a Bank of Canada survey on Monday signalled a healthy business outlook which gives a green light to further interest rate increases.The November crude contract was up 14 cents at US$71.92 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down three tens of a cent at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 70 cents US at US$1,231 an ounce and the December copper contract was down nine tenths of a cent at US$2.78 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — The four Native American tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a spill would not greatly impact tribal populations.The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux in recent weeks all have sought permission from a federal judge to contest the results of a study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers.The Corps recently made public a 140-page technical report detailing its work over more than a year. It says the pipeline doesn’t pose a higher risk of adverse impacts to minority and poor people.Judge James Boasberg is working with the parties to determine the best way to proceed. A status conference is scheduled Wednesday in Washington.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the services available for residents include those offered by the Canadian Red Cross, along with other resources such as dog-walking services, business resources, general recovery information, and psychosocial services.Evacuees will also be able to speak with Centre staff over a cup of coffee or tea about their experiences, giving them someone to hear their stories.The Resiliency Centre will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. seven days a week until the Old Fort landslide situation is resolved.The Centre will be located at 9940 102 Avenue and is situated between the BMO Bank and Domino’s Pizza in Fort St. John.Calls can still be directed to the PRRD by calling 250-784-3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is going to be opening a new resource for residents who have been evacuated from the community of Old Fort due to a two and a half week-old landslide.The PRRD said that the new Resiliency Centre will be open starting Thursday for members of the Old Fort community to gather, interact, and learn about support services that are available.Resiliency Centres are activated by local governments for members of the public who have been affected by disasters, including floods and wildfires in recent years.last_img read more

Rabat – International analytics company New Frontier Data released new data on drug trafficking on September 10. The analytics company claims that Morocco is Europe’s biggest cannabis supplier.A graphic shows that 62% of cannabis seized in Africa was from Morocco in 2016. Security services, according to the visual, seized a total of 937,414 kilograms of hashish between 2012 and 2016.New Frontier Data also say that Morocco is the world’s largest – albeit illicit – “supplier of cannabis to Europe.” The data quoted a recent report, providing statistics on how Europe imports cannabis from Morocco.Read Also: Morocco Foils Trafficking of 700 Kg of Cannabis Resin in Northern MoroccoA report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in 2019 says that can Cannabis resin is “mostly imported from Morocco, with Libya emerging as a major hub for resin trafficking.”The report pointed out that Morocco’s proximity to Europe makes it a center for drug trafficking.“Because of its proximity to Morocco, Spain is particularly important when it comes to quantities of cannabis resin seized, accounting for almost three-quarters (72 %) of the total quantity seized in the European Union in 2017,” the report said.Cited by the New Data Frontier, a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), confirmed that Morocco remains the world’s largest producer of cannabis. The report shows that Morocco produces over three times more than the next highest contender, the European country Moldova.Cannabis production in the country continues to grow, with the production of cannabis herbs increasing from 35,653 tons in 2016 to 35,703 tons in 2017, the report added.CrackdownNew Frontier Data said that Morocco’s broad production of cannabis is reflected in seizures and the crackdown against drug trafficking.“Morocco’s vast production is reflected in the size of related cannabis seizures, characteristically measured by the ton. In one July 2019 haul, Moroccan police seized a record 27.3 tons,” the news report said.In addition to July’s seizure, Morocco’s security services aborted tens of drug trafficking operations throughout the year.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation seized seven tons of Cannabis in Casablanca in April.In March,  police seized 1.675 tons of Cannabis resin in Fez.  Police also seized 13 tons and 750 kilograms of hashish at Tangier Med Port.Morocco continues to exert heavy pressure on the illicit drug trade. In 2018, the North African country announced the implementation of “a multi-dimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs and is determined to place civil society in the forefront of this national strategy.”Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said last year that Morocco prosecuted 107,000 people in 2017 in drug cases, an increase from 36,000 people per year during the previous decade.A report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)  earlier this year shows that hashish is the most common drug that police seized in Africa.The 2018 report shows that Morocco is where the largest quantities of cannabis were seized in 2017: 117 tons of cannabis resin and 283 tons of cannabis. read more

TORONTO — The loonie dropped sharply after the Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, as North American stock markets pulled back on profit taking.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.30 cents US, down 0.65 of a cent.“The loonie seems to have had its peak when the Bank of Canada was raising interest rates and the reports of year-over-year economic growth were coming out stronger than people had expected,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“Now people are seeing that rates aren’t going to go up as fast in Canada as they were before and that economic growth in Canada will probably be lower next year than it was this year.”The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes since July in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The central bank warned it expects to stick to its rate-hiking path, although at perhaps a more tentative pace.In its scheduled announcement, the bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.The move in the loonie Wednesday came as the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 50.37 points to 15,854.77.South of the border it was also a negative day, with U.S. stocks giving back most of their profits earned Tuesday.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 112.30 points to 23,329.46. The S&P 500 index gave back 11.98 points to 2,557.15 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 34.54 points to 6,563.89.“I think in general markets have had the longest run, especially the U.S. markets, without a five per cent correction in recent or longer memory,” said Levine. “It’s not surprising you get some profit taking after some big runs. We keep expecting the five per cent, the 10 per cent correction, but we keep never getting it.”Still, Levine added, while U.S. stocks are at the high-end of historic valuations, “they’re not blowout, stupid valuations.”In commodities news, the December crude contract lost 29 cents to close at US$52.18 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down five cents at US$3.08 per mmBTU.The December gold contract added 70 cents to US$1,279.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.18 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Facebook Inc.’s shares surged in pre-market trading Thursday after the largest social-media company on Wednesday posted robust quarterly sales growth and signalled it may be close to resolving a U.S. privacy investigation, easing investor concerns about the impact of regulatory threats.First-quarter sales jumped 26 per cent and monthly visitors at Facebook’s main site topped projections. The company also said it set aside US$3 billion in the quarter related to an inquiry by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has been in discussions with Facebook over potential violations related to a 2011 consent decree in the wake of privacy missteps. Facebook estimated the loss related to any settlement could be as high as US$5 billion.Shares were up 9 per cent to US$199.29 during pre-market trading at 6:41 a.m. in New York Thursday, after closing Wednesday at US$182.58 where they were up 39 per cent for 2019.The better-than-expected revenue indicates that users and advertisers haven’t been turned off by a series of privacy breaches, scandals and questions about the company’s influence on political discourse. Facebook’s business has remained resilient mostly on the strength of its sprawling network of 2.7 billion average monthly users and its ability to let marketers precisely target them with ads.“Advertisers continue to be stuck on Facebook, despite its many challenges,” EMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson wrote in a note following the report. “What they care most about is its vast user base and its targeting capabilities.”Quarterly sales rose to US$15.1 billion, the Menlo Park, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement. That topped the US$14.97 billion average prediction of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Facebook’s namesake social network now reaches 1.56 billion users every day, matching Wall Street estimates, and 2.38 billion a month on average, slightly better than expectations.Related Stories:U.S. Justice Dept to open Facebook antitrust investigation -sourceFacebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica rowJudge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed, calls company’s views ‘so wrong’The company’s sales gains are increasingly being driven by photo-sharing app Instagram and advertising in its Stories feature, a Snapchat copycat. Facebook also recently started testing an e-commerce product called Checkout, allowing people to buy products within Instagram, another potential source of revenue via the fast-growing app.On a conference call Wednesday following the report, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said more than half a billion people use each of the three Stories products daily and 3 million advertisers utilize the feature across the network, adding that “we’re definitely seeing a lot of value for businesses on Instagram, and we believe the same on Facebook.” In the first quarter, the average price for ads declined, partly because more ads were being served for features like Stories, which have lower prices than conventional Facebook and Instagram feed ads, according to Chief Financial Officer David Wehner.Excluding the legal costs set aside for the investigation, profit was US$1.89 a share, topping the average analyst estimate of US$1.62. Shares surged as much as 11 per cent in extended trading.Net income, including the legal costs related to the FTC inquiry, fell to US$2.43 billion, or 85 cents a share, Facebook said. In last year’s first quarter, the company posted earnings of US$4.99 billion, or US$1.69 a share, on US$11.97 billion in sales. Facebook noted that “there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome” in regards to the FTC investigation. But even a fine of US$5 billion would likely be manageable for Facebook, which had US$45.2 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of the recent quarter.Still, Aho Williamson said advertisers should pay attention to further developments in the company’s talks with the FTC, especially the potential for any agreement to include changes to the way the company does business. “This is a significant development, and any settlement with the FTC may impact the ways advertisers can use the platform in the future,” she wrote.The company has come under intense scrutiny over the past several years for the amount of personal information it collects from users, as well as how it safeguards and shares that data. Since reports in March 2018 that it allowed the personal details of tens of millions of users to be shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has been the subject of probes by governments around the world. Earlier this month, the company faced fresh criticism for taking too long to remove a live video of a mass shooting in New Zealand.The social network also recently disclosed that millions of Facebook and Instagram passwords had been stored unencrypted — in plain text — and visible to employees, though the company said the information wasn’t used improperly. Researchers also found troves of Facebook user information inadvertently posted publicly on Inc.’s cloud servers.Seeking to stem the tide of criticism, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg recently called for new global regulations governing the internet, recommending governments come up with rules on hateful and violent content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. His statements came after Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator, urged the breakup of Facebook and other internet companies. She said the businesses have amassed too much power and are damaging the economy and American democracy.In March, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is undertaking a massive overhaul to focus on private, ephemeral and encrypted communication, saying that more people want to interact privately or in more intimate groups — rather than the open-sharing model he built the company around. It’s not yet clear what the impact will be on advertisers. The company also aims to integrate Facebook’s different online properties, allowing users to send messages between WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Critics argue that this move would make it harder for regulators to split up the company.On the call Wednesday, Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook is focused on building a platform centered around privacy, which he said would alleviate users’ fears around privacy or their posts coming back to hurt them later. He added that Facebook doesn’t know exactly how this shift will affect the business, but he’s confident encryption won’t have a big impact.“There needs to continue to be both the digital town square and and the digital living room,” Zuckerberg said. “We understand regulation may hurt our business but we think it’s right.” read more

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) called on the international community to show generosity to the victims and make up for a more than 50 per cent shortfall in an already existing emergency operation for Haiti. Given the extensive damage, “thousands of families depend now on international assistance to get from one day to the next,” the WFP Representative in Haiti, Guy Gauvreau, said. On the Dominican Republic side, a joint UN relief agency assessment team in Jimani, where over 300 people are feared dead or missing, found that some 5,000 people, or nearly 1,000 families, are in urgent need of assistance. Across the border in Haiti, where nearly 1,700 people have so far been reported dead or missing, WFP has already begun using helicopters to deliver 40 tons of food to Fond Verrettes, a farming town of 45,000 built on a dried riverbed, now almost totally destroyed. More than 500 houses were washed away by a flash mud flood while many victims were sleeping, leaving some 680 people so far reported killed or missing. Six WFP staff are already overseeing food distribution for 8,400 people in the town, most of them now homeless. With the sole road cut off by water, air transport is the only way in. The agency will send another 20 tons of food to the town of Mapou, where some 1,000 people are reported missing. Emergency rations include fortified biscuits, rice, cereal flour and vegetable oil. The flood victims will benefit under an operation WFP launched in March to help 140,000 vulnerable people affected by months of political and civil unrest. “But to help all those affected, we need donors to be as generous as they have been in the past,” Mr. Gauvreau said. To date, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland have supported the emergency operation but there is still a substantial shortfall of $6.3 million, or 56.4 percent of the total amount sought. read more

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an assault that took place on a young woman in Dublin overnight.The woman, aged 22-years-old, was attacked by a man from behind and was punched in the face.EscapeThe woman is believed to have screamed for help and managed to fight off the man and escape. The man fled the scene on foot.The incident happened at approximately 12.30am in Dublin 6 area.Following the incident, a man in his late 40s was arrested and is currently being held at Terenure Garda Station.The gardaí confirmed that the woman was taken to hospital following the attack, but her injuries are not believed to be too serious.Garda investigations are ongoing.Read: Gardaí search for Cork man missing since the early hours of Saturday>Read: Two women in their 20s die in Donegal house fire>last_img read more

first_imgTalking Tree : un arbre centenaire partage son quotidien sur Facebook, en vidéoBelgique – L’installation Talking Tree a été créée par EOS Magazine. Elles donne la parole à un arbre bruxellois, lequel intervient sur les réseaux sociaux.Cette initiative originale a pour objectif  de suivre la croissance et le quotidien d’un arbre centenaire de Bruxelles. L’arbre a été équipé de différents capteurs afin de pouvoir mesure son développement et de capter les changements de son environnement. Il est ainsi doté d’une cellule photovoltaïque, d’un micro, d’une webcam et d’un détecteur d’ozone ainsi que d’une station météorologique.Les informations sont collectées en temps réel et un logiciel spécialement créé pour cette expérience traite les données. Celles-ci retranscrivent les conditions de vie de l’arbre en langage humain et les informations sont affichées ensuite sur le site de l’opération La vie de l’arbre est alors visible sur différentes plates-formes telles que Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube ou encore Soundcloud.Découvrez l’installation en vidéo : Le 25 octobre 2010 à 12:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s not easy to say for certain whether 3D movies are The Next Big Thing, or represent a passing fad that’s lingered on for a bit longer than most. Either way, researchers are hard at work cutting down some of the barriers that have made 3D screens tedious to use in the past.Unless you’re rocking a 3DS, chances are pretty good that you’ve had to use glasses to achieve the 3D effect. These work by filtering out polarized light for each eye. Projectors or LCD’s can use that to polarize images and show a slightly different perspective to each of the wearer’s eye. There are big downsides, however.These glasses can be expensive, plus they’re one more barrier between you and movie-watching. Want to invite a bunch of friends over to watch the latest flick in 3D? Better hope you happen to have a bunch of spare sets. Many die-hard movie fans and critics (like the late Roger Ebert) also criticized the glasses for making films seem dimmer — a side effect of filtering out half the light that would normally reach each eye. So, what to do?The Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks it has an answer. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) in conjunction with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, just finished a prototype for a new display type called Cinema 3D. It uses of an array of lenses and mirrors that can present a 3D image to anyone sitting anywhere in the theater.Unfortunately, this kind of set-up only works if the people seated are relatively still. So traditional movie theaters are fine, but don’t expect these displays to be available in your home, ever, essentially. Each screen would require a precise arrangement of lenses to send an image to each individual seat position. Again, in a theater where the layout is known, this isn’t a big deal. But in the home or anywhere else people move around, get popcorn, etc. and don’t come back to sit in the exact same spot, it simply doesn’t work.Cost is another huge concern. MIT professor Wojciech Matusik says that he’s not sure it will ever be financially feasible, adding, “We are optimistic that this is an important next step in developing glasses-free 3D for large spaces like movie theaters and auditoriums.”Right now the team only has a prototype that’s about the size of a standard sheet of paper, but they believe that, in time, they could scale it up to any size. No word yet on if this eases the problems many other viewers have with 3D, namely motion sickness and headaches.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has revealed he is pleased with Isco despite benching the player on Saturday.Solari insists he is satisfied with Isco despite only using the former Valencia man as a late substitute during Madrid’s 2-0 LaLiga win over Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.Isco was not in the matchday squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League 2-0 win at Roma and also started from the bench when Valencia came to town on Saturday night.An early own goal Denmark’s Daniel Wass set Madrid up for the win before a Lucas Vazquez strike ensured the European champions picked up all three points after Isco was brought on to the pitch.Madrid also have goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to be grateful for, after his key saves kept Los Che at bay and gave Solari a much-needed win after last week’s disappointing loss to Eibar.Just in: Isco adds to Real’s injury problems George Patchias – August 28, 2019 Real Madrid’s Isco has added to Zinedine Zidane’s problems after suffering a hamstring injury.According to Marca, the problem has developed in his right hamstring,…Isco is yet to start a game for Madrid since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui, although he has been recovering from appendicitis surgery.Solari, who has regularly denied there’s an ongoing rift between him and Isco, again praised the Spain international despite preferring to name Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos in his XI.“He would be decisive when we had a transition,” Solari said, according to FourFourTwo.“[I am] satisfied with him and with everyone.”last_img read more

first_img Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Macau-based electronic gaming equipment distributor Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE) booked a 361% increase in net profit to HK$20.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2018, buoyed by increasing business across Southeast Asia.Revenue of the group grew 27% year-on-year to HK$109.6 million, including HK$65.6 million from the technical sales and distribution of EGEs, HK$3.7 million from the sale of spare parts, HK$8.5 million from consultancy and technical services and HK$2.5 million from the sales of refurbished EGMs. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status While APE’s largest segment – technical sales and distribution – saw a 10% decline on 2017 numbers, the final revenue figure was boosted significantly by two lease sales made in Cambodia and the Philippines totaling HK$30.4 million, the company said.It also noted that Southeast Asia would continue to present the key growth opportunities in 2019, stating those markets “are growing quicker than Macau SAR.“In particular, Suncity’s new casino opening in Hoi An in Vietnam and growth in new casino resorts in the Philippines and Cambodia have potential to bring new business to the group,” APE added.“In Macau SAR, which continues to be the core market for the group, there will be the opening of two new planned casinos, namely Grand Lisboa Palace and Lisboeta both in Cotai, which can bring new revenue opportunities to the group.” Load Morelast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer On-Boarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Key Account Executive at AmetrosFull-Time Custom Account Coordinator at RocheFull-Time Sales Operations Consultant at RocheFull-Time Disaster Restoration Crew Chief & Technician at ServiceMaster Disaster Associates, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Retail Project Merchandiser via Advanced SolutionsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Retail Merchandiser at HallmarkSubstitue Teachers, Educational Assistant, LPN & Nurses at Wilmington Public Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgUNICEFRohingya refugee children are likely to be put at greater risk ahead of upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons, UNICE warned on Tuesday.The global body referred to the health and safety of more than 520,000 Rohingya children living in overcrowded camps and informal settlements in Bangladesh.UNICEF said overcrowding in refugee camps could lead to devastating disease outbreaks, displacement and death.“As we get closer to the cyclone and monsoon seasons, what is already a dire humanitarian situation risks becoming a catastrophe,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh.“Hundreds of thousands of children are already living in horrific conditions, and they will face an even greater risk of disease, flooding, landslides and further displacement.”Beigbeder pointed out that unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene conditions could lead to cholera outbreaks and to Hepatitis E, a deadly disease for pregnant women and their babies. “Standing water pools can attract malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Keeping children safe from disease must be an absolute priority,” he added.More than 4,000 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported among the refugee population, with 32 deaths including at least 24 children.UNICEF and partners have launched a diphtheria vaccination campaign, and are working to provide children and families with access to safe water and sanitation facilities.However, UNICEAF said, overcrowding and the growing risk of extreme weather increases the risk of further outbreaks.Tropical cyclones generally strike Bangladesh in two seasons – March through July and September through December.UNICEF mentioned that in May last year, cyclone Mora barreled through the region, destroying approximately one quarter of the makeshift shelters in Rohingya refugee camps and causing widespread damage.Bangladesh has generously taken in more than 650,000 Rohingya refugees since 25 August already and has been working with UNICEF to deliver life-saving support to the most recent and previous influxes of Rohingya refugees as well the host community in Cox’s Bazar.last_img read more

first_imgKimberly Paynter/WHYYPatrice Banks own the Girls Auto Clinic in Upper Darby, Pa.Patrice Banks is now a mechanic, and the owner of a successful auto clinic, but there was a time when she avoided taking her own car in for routine maintenance.“I was afraid I was going to be taken advantage of,” she says. “I was tired of feeling helpless and having to go talk to a guy.”Banks, who was working as an engineer at DuPont at the time, thought she’d feel more comfortable with a female technician. There was only one problem: “I couldn’t find a female mechanic,” she says, “so I had to learn it [myself].”She enrolled in night classes at a technical school. “I was the only girl with a bunch of boys, 19-year-old boys,” she says. “That was interesting. I was 31.”Eventually, Banks left her six-figure salary as an engineer. She worked in a couple Philadelphia garages for free while she completed her training, and in 2016 she opened the Girls Auto Clinic repair center in Upper Darby, Pa., which is staffed by female mechanics. To make the shop more appealing and convenient for women, she also opened an adjoining manicure-pedicure and blowout salon.Banks recounts her experiences and provides tips for car maintenance in her book Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.Interview HighlightsOn her decision to pair the auto shop with a nail salon Me and my girlfriend that I worked with at DuPont would go to this specific Jiffy Lube on our lunch break because there was a nail salon next to it. We’d drop our cars off and we’d walk next door and get our nails done while we waited.We just thought we were the smartest people, because it’s lunch [and] we’re killing three birds: We’re out to lunch, we’re getting our oil changed and we’re getting our nails done and we’re back at work all in about 45 minutes to an hour. It was fabulous and we would do that every couple of months when we needed our oils changed.I started thinking about opening this shop. … Women, it’s like a chore, we hate going in to get our oil changed — it’s always a chore, it’s always a burden. But we look forward to doing things like getting our nails done. And so I thought it would just be cute and just [be] the cherry on the top when I tell people, “I have a shop that caters to women. Full service auto repair, all female mechanics!” They’re like, “Woah!” I’m like, “And there’s a nail salon there.”On making customers feel comfortable at the shop People are coming in, especially women, with that guard up. In order to get them to trust you, you have to let that guard down. So No. 1 is just listening to them and respecting their opinion. Looking at them when they’re talking to you. … Stand in front of them and talk to them, and I make sure they don’t leave without feeling comfortable about spending their money.I want them to say, “Yes, my car needs this. I believe my car needs this and this is how much it’s going to cost.” So we take them out to the shop and we show them.Mechanics do a lot of diagnosing from hearing, seeing, feeling and smelling. So if we can hear, see, feel and smell it, so can you. So I’m going to show you what I’m looking for, what I’m feeling for, so you can feel comfortable and you know this is what’s going on with [your] car. … It’s just about transparency and communication.On whether your car needs regular or premium gas The difference in the grades of gas is the temperature that the engine burns the gas. So if you have an engine designed to burn 87, which is the regular grade, if you put premium gas in it, you’re not doing it any good because the engine is not designed to burn the gas at that temperature. Now, if you have an engine, like a BMW, that’s more sophisticated and engineered, high performance, it’s going to need the high performance gas because its engine was designed to burn it and compress it at a different temperature. …How you know what type of gas you should have is by looking in your owner’s manual. A lot of times it will be on the gas door. But one of the things I tell women is luxury cars, if you have a luxury car, it’s going to be more expensive for the gas, for the fluids, for the repair — everything is going to be more expensive on it. Keep that in mind. The most important decision you can make for your car is the type of car you buy.Sam Briger and Seth Kelley produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Nicole Cohen adapted it for the Web.Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Print Friendly Version Story Links Louisville carded an 8-over par 280 in the first round on Sunday morning, then struggled and an fired an 8-over-par 296 in the afternoon tie sit in a tie with North Carolina for the lead after two rounds, just three shots ahead of North Florida. The Cardinals and Tar Heels both shot an even-par 576. Schmid and Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer are tied for first in the individual standings at 138 (-6). Schmid raced off to a fast start collecting 10 birdies in the first round of action, including scoring on six of the first nine holes. He took a step backward in the second round by shooting a 1-over-par 73.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky.- University of Louisville’s Matthias Schmid fired a 6-under-par 138 to lead the Cardinals’ men’s golf team to a tie for the lead after 36 holes of play Sunday at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the Sawgrass Country Club. Third-round play is scheduled for Monday. Louisville is paired with North Carolina and North Florida with tee times beginning at 9:10 a.m.Two Cardinals are tied for 15th place after shooting a 1-over-par 145. Jiri Zuska shot an opening round 69, but came back in the afternoon to card a 76 to finish with a 145. John Murphy matched his teammates 145 by firing a 71-74=145.Devin Morley and Simon Zach are tied for 43rd place after shooting a 6-over-par 150.last_img read more

first_imgAlmazan says Jane Doyle has fled to Canada but that Philippine police will seek her extradition after an arrest warrant is issued.Almazan said Thursday that Jane Doyle had romantic relations with one of the other suspects, the family’s driver-bodyguard, and that she was seen talking with the two other suspects, including the alleged gunman, a week before the killing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories center_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Patients with chronic pain give advice Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine police have filed a murder complaint against the Filipino wife of a Canadian man who was gunned down at a beach resort in a southern city last month.Surigao City police investigator Rose Marie Almazan says prosecutors are expected to file a case next week against Jane Doyle and three Filipino men for the Aug. 12 fatal shooting of 62-year-old Harry Doyle of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

first_img The “”StoneHill Group””:, which offers mortgage quality control, due diligence, compliance audits, and more, has hired Stephen M. Witters as system administrator.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Witters is a computer network and systems administration professional with 11 years of experience in a variety of technologies, including Microsoft and Cisco products. Prior to joining the StoneHill Group, he was a network administrator at Tensar International Corporation.According to a release from the company, Witters’ hiring was necessitated by recent expansions at the company’s Atlanta headquarters and by the addition of a new office in Florida.””Maintaining a state-of-the-art data center and keeping our technology infrastructure secure allows us to continue our compliance to SSAE 16 auditing standards,”” said David Green, president of the StoneHill Group. “”Stephen’s experience and credentials will help us continually grow that infrastructure as we add new clients and develop new mortgage banking services.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-10-03 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology New,StoneHill Group Expands IT Staff with New System Administratorcenter_img October 3, 2013 448 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_img(Photo: @TIU_Football Twitter) One day after adding veteran Tramon Williams to a contract, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has signed another player — rookie free agent cornerback Jarell Carter.In corresponding moves, the team has waived/injured linebacker Alani Fua and cornerback Ronald Zamort. Zamort had been playing first-team reps before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Saturday’s Red and White Practice.Carter played his college ball at Trinity International, an NAIA program in Deerfield, Illinois. As a senior in 2016, Carter started all 11 games, registered 66 tackles and led his team with three interceptions. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In 36 career games, he finished with 156 tackles, 28 passes defensed and six interceptions. Twice he earned NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) All-American honors. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgBuilding on the success of its 2019 USA and Canada Collection launch, premium escorted journey operator, Insight Vacations, has released a $699 return airfare (inclusive of taxes) with American Airlines to North America.Available when booking select 2019 itineraries, guests can choose from over 16 crafted trips to discover North America’s most majestic landscapes, iconic destinations and culturally diverse places. Insight Vacations has also partnered with American Airlines, ensuring Insight guests get the best deal for their North American journey.Lorraine Sharp, Managing Director of Insight Vacations said: “Our $699 airfare not only represents great value, but shows our team have thought of all the finer details to ensure a seamless experience for both travel agents and their clients. What better time to travel and experience North America than with this incredible offer.”Guests can journey on the Best of Eastern Canada and USA for a cosmopolitan escape from cities to natural wonders and a range of activities. Explore the Southwest on Enchanting Canyonlands and its vast majestic landscapes, a panoramic stage for Mother Nature’s best work. Or, for an unforgettable experience journey coast-to-coast on America the Beautiful, immersing guests in the bright lights of LA and Las Vegas, toe tapping in Memphis, Southern hospitality in Charleston, historical monuments in Washington and ending in NYC, the city that never sleeps.The air offer is valid from 13 July 2018 to 31 August 2018, unless sold out prior.The fine print – the deal is based on fares to and from the nearest available airport to the trip’s start and end point on international flights and internal North America flights operated by American Airlines. Airfares are valid for travel in economy class departing from ADL/BNE/MEL/PER/SYD for travel between 1 April – 4 April 2019, 19 April-27 June 2019, 12 July-19 September 2019 and 3 October-15 November 2019. Seasonality surcharges apply for travel between 5 April-18 Apr 2019, 28 Jun-11 July 2019 and 20 September-2 October 2019. A fee of $350 will apply to air bookings where any flight sector is outside of the airlines system date range. A surcharge will apply if the necessary booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required.For more, see, or call 1300 727 767.last_img read more