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Canada eyeing implications of US plan to allow imports of prescription drugs

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s health minister says the federal government is in touch with U.S. officials to discuss the Trump administration’s plan to allow imports of cheaper prescription drugs from north of the border.In a statement, officials for Ginette Petitpas Taylor are describing the latest display of American interest in Canadian medication as further evidence of Canada’s commitment to more affordable prescription drugs.The statement says Ottawa is constantly monitoring the Canadian drug supply, and will work closely with health experts to better understand the implications for Canadians and avoid any adverse effects on supply or drug costs.The U.S. administration announced today it intends to set up a system that would allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.A recent spike in U.S. interest in cheaper Canadian medication — it has become a central issue in the American election campaign — prompted more than a dozen organizations to urge Petitpas Taylor to safeguard the Canadian supply.In a letter, the groups say Canada’s drug supply is simply not sufficient to support both the Canadian and the U.S. market.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EBRD Loans Moroccan Producer of ClimateFriendly Fertilizers €24 Million

London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the increased use of sustainable climate-friendly agricultural inputs with a €24 million loan to Elephant Vert, a Morocco-based producer of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.Elephant Vert is the first company in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region exclusively dedicated to the development and production of a full range of these innovative bio-inputs, the bank said in a statement.The EBRD’s financing will allow Elephant Vert to significantly boost the development, output and distribution of these biological products, which are used to increase agricultural yields while remaining cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The switch away from chemical fertilizers should lead to significant greenhouse gas emission savings of over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents each year in Morocco. Adil Chikhi, EBRD Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness in the SEMED region, said: “Elephant Vert’s business model is based on recycling and contributes to the EBRD’s objective of supporting a more circular economy. The production process consumes waste, leading to reduced landfills; and the final product is environmentally friendly, reduces water consumption in agriculture and fights soil degradation.”Laurent Chabrier, EBRD Director for Morocco, said: “We are very pleased to support this innovative and research-intensive project, which proves that Morocco is a fertile ground for new ideas. It comes at a very timely moment, just months before COP22 when the world will gather in Morocco to continue working on viable solutions to fight climate change.”Sébastien Couasnet, CEO of Elephant Vert, said: ‘“We have ambitious plans and were looking for a reliable long-term partner to finance our expansion. We found this partner in the EBRD. The Bank’s support goes beyond what you would expect from a financing institution.”Elephant Vert is also a pioneer in Morocco in terms of providing career opportunities for women so, in addition to the loan, the company will receive support from the EBRD’s Gender Advisory Services to further strengthen its equal opportunities policies. The project will also benefit from a grant under the EBRD’s FINTECC (Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change) program, which supports the demonstration of climate technologies with low market penetration.The EBRD started investing in Morocco in 2012. To date, the Bank has invested over €1 billion in 26 projects across the country.With MAP read more

Could you live on your retirement savings for 23 years

Precision isn’t always possible when it comes to retirement planning. That doesn’t mean you have to wing it and hope your savings don’t expire before you do.Looking at the income, living expenses and life spans of today’s retirees can help you make the right financial moves so your golden years aren’t tarnished by an unexpected shortfall.WHAT’S AN “AVERAGE” RETIREMENT COST?Government and Gallup data reveal a lot about what retirement is like for Americans today.It starts at age 61, even though many tell Gallup they planned to work longer. And based on some morbid math — the average remaining life expectancy of someone who’s made it to their early 60s (23.3 years), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — you should plan to be retired for at least a few decades.Your mileage may vary based on things such as your work (accountant versus rodeo clown, for example), diet, family health history and participation in extreme sports leagues.The average budget for a retiree, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, provides even more colour on what to expect when you’re expecting to retire. Older households, defined as ones headed by someone 65 or older, spend $46,000 annually, versus the $57,000 average spent by all U.S. households combined. The top three monthly expenses for those 65 and older are housing ($1,322), health care ($500) and food ($484).On average, about half of a retired household’s income comes from Social Security and private and government pensions, according to the BLS, with personal savings and investment and rental income providing 6.9 per cent.FIND OUT HOW LONG YOUR MONEY WILL LASTAn online retirement calculator can project a more accurate picture of your retirement readiness. It will use your current saving, spending and investment profile and some rules of thumb about historical investment returns, reasonable withdrawal rates and, yes, life expectancy. (Most calculators assume people will live into their 90s.)What if the calculator shows that at the rate you’re going, you’ll outlive your retirement savings? If you’re not yet retired, one of the best moves is postponing your retirement party. This strategy is especially valuable for those in their peak earning years.Besides reducing the number of years you’ll need to live off your savings, working longer allows more time for your investments to grow. Plus, the additional time contributing to Social Security could mean a bigger benefits paycheque down the road. Every year you postpone filing for Social Security after your full-benefit retirement age (66 or 67 for most people), your future monthly benefits check grows by as much as 8 per cent per year until you turn 70.HOW TO PAD YOUR Paycheque IN RETIREMENTIf you’re already retired and un-retiring or waiting to file for Social Security aren’t feasible, there are other ways to make up for the shortfall between retirement income and expenses.— Leverage your home. If you have substantial equity in your home, a reverse mortgage can turn this asset into income. You’ll receive a regular check as long as you’re living in the house. When you exit the premises to move elsewhere or on to the great beyond, the checks stop and your estate must repay the loan.— Shop for an immediate annuity. Although annuities are complex instruments — they’re essentially investments baked into an insurance policy — paying a lump sum upfront to get a guaranteed monthly payment for life may provide the income stability you need.— Withdraw less money during down years. A common rule of thumb among financial pros is the 4 per cent rule, which is based on research in all market conditions that shows a retiree can withdraw that amount annually from a portfolio invested half in stocks and half in bonds without depleting their financial reserves before they die. If you can be flexible and withdraw less, for example, when market returns are lower than expected or you’ve got reserves from previous years’ withdrawals, you can make your money last longer.— Seek assistance. There are government, non-profit and for-profit programs that provide benefits to struggling seniors. The National Council on Aging (NCOA.org) helps the 60-plus set navigate things such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, debt management programs and subsidized housing.______________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Dayana Yochim is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: dyochim@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @dayanayochim.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Retirement calculator: How much will you need to retire?https://nerd.me/retirement-calculatorDayana Yochim, The Associated Press read more

Police use water cannons on garbage site demo

The police used water cannons on a protest staged at the Meethotamulla garbage dumping site this evening.A tense situation arose at the site when residents in the area protested against the dumping of garbage at the location. The residents of the area have been protesting over the past several months urging the authorities to move the garbage to another location. (Colombo Gazette)

Ban speaks to PM assures UN support

The Secretary-General reiterated the United Nations commitment and support to the Sri Lankan people, the President, the Prime Minister and the new Government. (Colombo Gazette) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today and assured the support of the United Nations to Sri Lanka.The Secretary-General congratulated the Prime Minister on his election and commended his message of good governance and national unity. He noted that the peaceful nature of the polls as well as high voter turn-out were in part a reflection of this message. The Secretary-General encouraged the Prime Minister and the national unity government to seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans. He wished him success in the important task that lay before him. read more

Starting operations new UN Ethics Office fields staff requests for advice

Conceived by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Office was formally established on 1 January as part of a set of new initiatives endorsed by national leaders attending the 2005 World Summit.“It’s been a very intense 16 days,” Melissa Parke, who is on loan from the Department of Management to jump-start the initiative, told the UN News Service when interviewed on Monday in the sparsely furnished Secretariat premises housing the Ethics Office.Ms. Parke, along with Elia Armstrong, an expert in public integrity from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, with support from Amal Abdallah, also lent by Management, are advising UN staff on the new policies while helping to assemble the interim office and lay the groundwork for a permanent unit that will eventually serve some 29,000 personnel worldwide.So far, they said, staff are taking advantage of the Office’s hotline number, calling to ask questions about accepting specific gifts, their financial disclosure obligations and whether whistleblower protection policies extend to certain cases.“The whole idea of an ethics office is to prevent problems before they arise,” Ms. Armstrong explained. “To try to identify, and to try to help staff identify, what is a conflict of interest and what their obligations and protections are.”In that light, the Office is consulting with other UN units to define a referral system for staff with various kinds of problems or complaints. Other tasks will eventually include awareness training on ethics issues.“It’s not a ‘gotcha’ or enforcement office,” Ms. Parke stressed, noting that the UN already has sound mechanisms to deal with misbehaviour when it occurs, such as the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), which serves as the world body’s independent watchdog.Initially, the Office was mistakenly perceived by staff members and delegates as a reaction to the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal, she said. They felt its proposed establishment amounted to an admission that the UN and its staff were generally corrupt.That misinterpretation helped fuel the controversy that made the Office one of the last items approved in the budget negotiations.Immediate creation of the Office was necessary, however, to administer the financial disclosure programme and the new whistleblower policy, both of which were mandated by the Assembly to take effect on 1 January as part of the Secretary-General’s broader reform initiatives.In the case of a complaint of retaliation for whistle-blowing, the Ethics Office will conduct a preliminary review to see if there was a credible case. If so, it will forward the matter to the OIOS.Under the new financial disclosure system, the value of gifts that UN officials will be required to report will drop from $10,000 to $250, and financial disclosure forms will be required from a far broader spectrum of officials than the current range of assistant secretary-general and up.Besides advising on obligations under that policy, the Ethics Office must administer the filing and acceptance of disclosure forms.These functions, integrated into an ethics resource, were key parts of the Secretary-General’s reform agenda and had been conceived well before the independent inquiry into charges of mismanagement and corruption of the Oil-for-Food Programme, the Office staff said.Because of the complexity of conflicts of interest issues in the current climate, ethics offices are becoming normal tools for effective management, they added.The UN Convention against Corruption mandates independent bodies, such as ethics offices, within civil service organizations to promote sound public administration. “If we’re promoting those offices, shouldn’t we provide the model here?” asked Ms. Armstrong.The next step in establishing the Office will be the appointment, by senior management, of a well-respected outside ethics expert to be the interim head of the Office.That appointment should take place by the end of the January, the staff said. read more

TransForce sees early signs that lower loonie helping Canadian manufacturing

TransForce sees early signs that lower loonie helping Canadian manufacturing MONTREAL – The Canadian dollar’s decline is showing early signs of helping the country’s manufacturing sector, says the head of the TransForce trucking and delivery company.The loonie has been worth less than the U.S. dollar for about a year and recently has been hovering around 90 cents US, providing some help for Canadian exports and for TransForce (TSX:TFI).“Maybe it’s going to be short-term but we’re starting to see a little bit more activity in our truckload sector right now,” CEO Alain Bedard said Thursday during a TransForce conference call.The Montreal-area company which has operations throughout Canada and in the United States, reported a big drop in fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday after markets.TransForce cited harsh winter weather, the closure of its oil rig moving business in Western Canada and severance costs as profit fell to $12.3 million in the fourth quarter, from $36.1 million a year earlier.Earnings per share decreased to 13 cents from 37 cents even though revenues increased to $792.6 million from $778.4 million.It said the 1.8 per cent increase in revenue in the quarter ended Dec. 31 was due to higher revenue in its package and courier segment as a result of its enhanced same-day delivery network in the United States.Bedard said TransForce has seen the impact of Canada’s dwindling manufacturing sector, including in Ontario’s auto industry.“Five years ago in Ontario we had lots of industrial customers…today we’re down 50 to 60 per cent of what we were serving. Those guys are all shut down, closed, gone,” Bedard told analysts.The problem has been compounded by a weak Canadian economy, whose slow growth has been fuelled mainly by grain and commodities in Western Canada, he said.The Canadian dollar’s value has dropped partly because oil, gas and metals are priced in U.S. currency, which has risen due to economic recovery and the Federal Reserve’s adjustments to its monetary policy.Notwithstanding the currency change, Bedard said he doesn’t foresee economic or market conditions changing significantly in early 2014, although the company expects to benefit from recent acquisitions and a drive for greater efficiency at its operations, including Vancouver.Consequently, TransForce continues to shed jobs, close operations in small cities and trim expenses until economic conditions improve, he said.TransForce has been auctioning off its Canadian rig moving equipment — used in the oil and gas industry — and the company took a $63-million impairment charge during the quarter.It plans to reduce rig-moving operations in the U.S. this year and Bedard threatened to get out of this highly cyclical business entirely unless conditions improve.“If things don’t improve then we’ll probably have to (look again) because we’re in the business of making money, not losing any, and if we cannot support a profitable operation we’re just going to walk away, sell the assets and do something else.”TransForce said its results in the fourth-quarter and in January were hurt by extreme weather that disrupted operations in Canada and the United States and even claimed the lives of three employees.Operations especially in Canada’s largest city were disrupted for several days in December after a major ice storm knocked knocked out electricity and clogged streets with broken branches and fallen wires.“When it hits Toronto it’s the worst for us because everything comes out of Toronto at 75 per cent to feed the network,” Bedard said.TransForce said its adjusted net income in the quarter was $21.5 million, or 23 cents per diluted share, compared with the year-earlier $37.8 million, or 39 cents per share.The company was expected to earn 40 cents per share in adjusted earnings on $805.3 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Securities added the weak results don’t suggest there’s anything “wrong with TransForce’s business model” as its competitors also face challenges that have hurt their stock price.“There is no reason to move TransForce’s 2014 or 2015 numbers as the strategy of extracting synergies from existing assets, M&A, stock buybacks has not changed,” he wrote in a report.Sytchev added that the move to scale back the TransForce energy services division is welcome, given its deterioration.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, TransForce’s shares gained 37 cents or 1.61 per cent at $23.30 in Thursday morning trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 11:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Strong demand helping Air Canada and WestJet Transat Q2 losses to surge

Strong demand helping Air Canada and WestJet; Transat Q2 losses to surge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2014 1:16 pm MDT MONTREAL – Lower costs and strong passenger demand in spite of higher fares and fees could propel Canada’s two largest airlines to new heights, according to industry observers.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets boosted his target price for Air Canada on Friday by nearly 42 per cent to $17, adding that the airline’s shares could nearly triple from the current levels to hit $30 under a best-case scenario of industry growth accelerating on a strong economy.“Air Canada is undergoing a fundamental and structural cost reduction initiative that is playing out in a climate of steadily increasing demand for air travel,” Spracklin wrote in a note.He said growing profits and undervalued shares are forming a “seldom seen” investment opportunity with the airline.Shares of the country’s largest carrier hit a more than six-year high Friday, peaking at $10.58 on heavy volume. They closed up 54 cents or 5.44 per cent at $10.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) shares had the best performance of all public companies in Canada last year and are up from a 52-week low of $2.07, but still well below the $21.05 price it hit in November 2006.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial also increased his target price for Air Canada to $12, from $8.50, citing several catalysts such as higher fares, stabilized costs and better than expected trans-Atlantic revenues are emerging for the airline.Higher airfares also prompted him to upgrade WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA), raising WestJet’s target price to $29, up from $27. That prompted the Calgary-based carrier’s shares to close up 68 cents or 2.65 per cent at $26.34.In addition to a “strengthening domestic fare environment” Doerksen pointed to stabilization in fuel prices and an increase in the valuations of airline peers.Meanwhile, Spracklin said Air Canada’s operating results are beating forecasts across all measures.Traffic increased by nine and 10.1 per cent in the past two months, well in excess of estimates for 6.5 per cent growth. Each one per cent gain adds an estimated $100 million in pre-tax operating income (EBITDAR) and 20 per cent to the share price at current levels, he wrote in a report.Analysts believe that several initiatives, including the launch of low-cost Rouge subsidiary, addition of more seating on Boeing 777s and the delivery of long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliners, give the airline a promising future.A survey of fares suggests that a dramatic increase in capacity on trans-Atlantic routes is not causing a dramatic reduction on fares as was feared.Fares on routes where Rouge is competing directly against Air Transat have remained relatively unchanged as neither carrier is offering major fare discounts, Doerksen said. That suggests the number of unsold seats are at acceptable levels for the carriers.Doerksen said a five per cent increase in summer fares that Transat AT (TSX:TRZ.B) indicated in March may not have held in more recent bookings, putting pressure on the Montreal-based tour company.The number of trans-Atlantic seats are forecast to increase nine per cent to 4.13 million this summer, driven by a 16 per cent increase from Air Canada.Transat is expected to report next Thursday much deeper adjusted losses in the February through April quarter. The second-quarter adjusted loss is forecast to be 35 cents per share on $1.14 billion of revenues, compared to a four-cent loss a year earlier, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.But Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets says Transat’s summer results will be good as the rollout of Air Canada Rouge is still in the early stages.“Longer term, we have concerns on whether Transat can effectively compete against a mature Rouge banner and expectations that WestJet will look to commit to a network expansion into Europe before the end of this decade,” he wrote.Although Transat gained flexibility by moving to a more seasonal fleet structure, it is less able than scheduled carriers like Air Canada and WestJet to adjust to challenges likes sudden changes in currency.Doerksen said Air Canada and WestJet are able to offset fare weakness on the trans-Atlantic by higher domestic fares, especially on Western Canadian routes and transcontinental journeys such as between Toronto and Calgary or Vancouver.Transat’s shared lost 18 cents to close at $9.47 on Friday.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

Pakistan begins to issue new cards to Afghan refugees UN confirms

The United Nations refugee agency today confirmed that it assisting the Government of Pakistan to issue new refugee cards to more than 1.6 million Afghan refugees in the country, certifying that they are legally in the country and should be allow access to social services and basic rights.The refugee card “protects against risks such as extortion, arbitrary arrest and detention as well as deportation under Pakistan’s Foreigner’s Act,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva.Under the two-phase process, current card holders of the so-called proof-of-registration (PoR) cards will get a replacement card valid until the end of 2015. The current ones were set to expire on 30 June.From July to the end of this year, Pakistani authorities will register and issue individual cards to some 150,000 children born during the past five years.In addition, under the initiative, another 330,000 Afghan children below the age of eighteen will receive birth certificates for the first time. Mr. Edwards said that the UN agency “welcomes the issuance of birth certificates,” adding that it offers important protection for refugee children as it helps to prevents statelessness, makes it easier for children to access social services and schooling, and allows for the issuance of documentation.In July of last year, Islamabad announced that it would renew the commitment of Pakistan, the world’s largest refugee-hosting nation, to continue to provide protection and safety to Afghan refugees. The announcement came as Pakistan finalized a new national policy for Afghan refugees, which includes recommendations for extending PoR cards and continuing a tri-partite arrangement between Pakistan, Afghanistan and UNHCR governing voluntary returns of the refugees.Pakistan has hosted millions of Afghan refugees since the Soviet invasion of 1979 and UNHCR has been engaged with the Government of Pakistan, as well as with those of Iran and Afghanistan, in managing their stays and facilitating voluntary returns.Since 2002, UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme has helped nearly 4.8 million Afghans return home from Pakistan and Iran. The UN agency also supports the sustainable reintegration of Afghans who decide to return to their country. read more

Ban appoints Irish national as new deputy envoy for GuineaBissau

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his Deputy Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau.Ms. do Valle Ribeiro will also serve as UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the West African country.The new deputy envoy possesses more than 25 years of development and humanitarian experience in progressively senior leadership positions with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, according to a UN spokesperson. Most recently, Ms. do Valle Ribeiro was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola. Prior to that appointment, she served in that capacity in Mauritania. She held various senior positions with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) starting in 2002. Ms. do Valle Ribeiro worked for non-governmental organizations, Save the Children from 1992 to 1999, and for Concern from 1984 to 1990.Ms. do Valle Ribeiro will succeed Gana Fofang of Cameroon, who held the deputy post since February 2011. In today’s appointment, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson extended the UN chief’s gratitude for Mr. Fofang’s commitment and dedicated service during his tenure in Guinea-Bissau. read more

Vladimir Vranjes to Pick Szeged

Pick SzegedVladimir Vranjes Bosnian line player Vladimir Vranjes (25) will join Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged for the upcoming season. After only a season in Spanish Ademar Leon, Vranjes had to find some new challenge due poor financial situation in the club. He came to Spain in 2012 from RK Borac Banja Luka. Vranjes is also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. He is known as a good defensive player… ← Previous Story Draw for Junior WCh 2013: France and Denmark in Group A – Germany and Croatia in Group B Next Story → NEW BOMB IN SKOPJE – Allison Pineau to ZRK Vardar SCBT! read more

Photovoltaïque le gouvernement suspend les aides

first_imgPhotovoltaïque : le gouvernement suspend les aidesUn nouveau système de subvention est en préparation. En attendant, coup d’arrêt pour la filière photovoltaïque en France. Le gouvernement a annoncé hier une remise à plat du soutien public à l’énergie solaire. Il souhaite en limiter le coût pour les consommateurs d’électricité et réduire la dépendance de la France vis-à-vis des importations de panneaux solaires chinois, rapporte l’AFP.La concertation des pouvoirs publics avec les industriels sera donc accompagnée d’un moratoire sur les nouveaux projets et devra aboutir à la mise en place d’un nouveau système d’aide d’ici mars 2011, destiné à durer jusqu’en 2020.Seront épargnés par ce moratoire, les producteurs qui ont déjà versé un acompte à ErDF, filiale d’EDF chargée du raccordement des centrales solaires.Selon François Fillon, l’essor du photovoltaïque est “nettement plus rapide que prévu” et aurait “un coût pour la collectivité et pour le consommateur final de l’électricité”, indique l’AFP. Depuis 2008, la puissance du parc de panneaux solaires a été multipliée par dix. Elle devrait atteindre 850 mégawatts à la fin de l’année. Un essor qui a pour principale conséquence la hausse pour tous les consommateurs français de la taxe sur l’électricité qui permet de financer le développement des énergies renouvelables. En janvier, les factures devraient voir une hausse de 3%.Actuellement, 80 à 90% des panneaux installés dans l’Hexagone sont des produits bas de gamme importés d’Asie, selon un rapport parlementaire. Le nouveau système veut réduire le recours aux importations chinoises. Le 3 décembre 2010 à 14:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez

first_imgFacebook Alex Rodriguez hints at Jennifer Lopez destination wedding Code Vein: Successor of the Claw Trailer (PS4) Now Playing Up Next Google+ Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Jennifer Lopez Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar Finn Balor appears to get married, Posts photo to Instagram Alex Rodriguez Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Now Playing Up Next Not Your Average BASE Jump Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar Finn Balor has recently posted a new photo to Instagram confirming he and FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez have married.We recently reported Balor had posted a photo to Instagram with himself and Rodriquez in the jungle in what appeared to be a wedding ceremony. Back in July, Balor requested two months off following SummerSlam to recharge, which WWE granted.  You can check out Balor’s recent Instagram post below: Pinterest A Hint As To Where ARod And JLo Will Get Married Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlex Rodriguez hints at Jennifer Lopez destination weddingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:10/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 88.74%0:04Remaining Time -1:06 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Werder Bremen now with more European Klaassen

first_imgMidfielder Davy Klaassen has joined the Bundesliga team and believes he can do a good job in the German tournamentAfter spending six years in Netherland’s Ajax, and one with English Premier League side Everton, Davy Klassen has joined Werder Bremen.The midfielder has already debuted in the German Bundesliga and is looking to bring a new way of play to the team.“He told me that he really wanted me and how he saw me in the team,” the midfielder told the Bundesliga official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“After that talk, I was convinced to go here because I can show myself and get the best out of myself here.”“The goal is to reach European football this season. No one wants to play for 12th or 13th.”And when asked about his compatriot Arjen Robben, he was clear to say he is “my favorite player. He’s still so good, the best player I’ve played with. On the pitch a winner, an easy guy off it.”last_img read more

Washougal MX Park to host Spartan Sprint Race

first_imgWhat: Spartan Sprint Race. About 6,000 participants will compete in an extreme four-mile race with obstacles that could include crawling under barbed wire, fire walking, gladiator battles and heavy lifting. Spectators can watch the race in several areas and will have access to raffles, live entertainment and other festival perks.Where: Washougal MX Park, 40205 N.E. Borin Road., Washougal.When: Saturday, June 16. Heats start at 8 a.m. and last until sundown.Cost: $15 cash at the gate. Admission includes $5 in Spartan bucks redeemable at the merchandise tent, a festival map, access to some obstacles and the gladiator pit and vendor tents. Free for kids age 13 and younger.Information: Spartan RaceThere’s nothing like the smell of mud, blood and barbed wire in the morning.At least there isn’t for Judith Schoenberg, 55, of Vancouver. She’s been training hard and says she’s ready for whatever comes on Saturday’s Spartan Sprint Race in Washougal.The extreme race — with obstacles that aren’t revealed until the runners actually encounter them — could include any number of grueling challenges, including a fire pit, freezing ice bath, gladiator fight or, of course, a field of barbed wire.Schoenberg, her husband Rob, and other family members make up the 6-person team “Crixus,” named after the character on the TV series “Spartacus.” As a family of fitness enthusiasts, the notion of the race, which has come to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, seemed exciting, she said.last_img read more

Kasilof River Dipnetting Area Expanded

first_imgDipnetting on the Kasilof River is allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. In addition to expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-37-19 increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to six per day and twelve in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Only Alaska residents can participate. King salmon or non-salmon species may not be kept in the Kasilof River personal use salmon fishery.  Any king salmon, Dolly Varden, or rainbow/steelhead trout caught while dipnetting must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Personal use dipnetting from the shore will be allowed in an expanded area from ADF&G markers on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Dipnetting from a boat is allowed from ADF&G markers located on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to ADF&G markers at approximately river mile 3 of the Kasilof River. The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site.  The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. This regulatory change is effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is expanding the Kasilof River personal use dipnetting area.last_img read more

Govt plans 2nd nuclear plant in Barishal PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee programme of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSMC) through video conference from her Ganabhaban residence on Monday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the second nuclear power plant would be constructed in the southern part of the country.“The government has already conducted survey in several islands in Barisal and we will choose any of those islands to construct the country’s next nuclear power plant,” the premier said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee programme of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSMC) through video conference from her Ganabhaban residence.The prime minister said a feasibility study is also going on to supply gas from Bhola to Barisal aimed at flourishing industries in the region.Health minister Mohammad Nasim spoke on the occasion from BSMC premises while state minister for health and family welfare Zahid Malik was present at the Ganabhaban.Later, the prime minister exchanged views with government officials, teachers and former students of the college and assured them of taking projects to resolve the residential problems of the teachers, students, nurses and staffs.Pointing out her government’s plans for development of country’s southern part, the prime minister said the region was neglected for a long time. Barisal, once known as the ‘Shashya Bhandar’ (crop storage) and ‘Venice of Bangla’ has lost its glory due to negligence.The present government after taking office in 1996 has been conducting massive development work in the southern part of the country particularly for improving the communications system.‘We want to regain the glory of Barisal through boosting agricultural production, industrialisation and infrastructural development of the region,” she said.The Padma Bridge along with rail line would play important role in socioeconomic development of Barisal, she said adding that the rail line on Padma Bridge would go up to Paira Port via Barisal. A feasibility study of the project, with the support of the British government, is being conducted, she added.Sheikh Hasina said bridges are being constructed on Paira River, Bishkhali River and Agunmakha River to establish direct road communication from Barisal to Bhola and Barguna.Sheikh Hasina said the Paira Port will be turned into a deep sea port in future. Construction of a 1300 MW power plant is about to be completed, she said.Sheikh Hasina said to ensure healthcare services for all the government has established 18,500 community clinics and union health centres across the country. Besides, the government has taken steps to ensure food security and nutrition for everyone.The government has established institutes for treatment of kidney, neurology, cancer, ENT and ophthalmology, burn and plastic surgery as well as created post graduate nursing institutes to provide high quality nursing services to patients.Later, the prime minister through a video conference from her Ganabhaban residence inaugurated four multistoried building comprising 345 flats constructed at Doyagonj and Dhalpur for cleaners of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).LGRD and cooperatives minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain spoke on the occasion while senior secretary of the LGRD and cooperatives Jafar Ahmed Khan gave a presentation on the project.Mayor of DSCC Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, chief executive officer Khan Mohammad Bilal and a number of beneficiaries of the project spoke on the occasion from Doyagonj side.The government in 2013 took up the project for constructing five residential buildings at Doyagonj, five at Dhalpur and two at Sutrapur at a cost of Tk 1,900 million for cleaners of the city corporation.Under the project four buildings were inaugurated today, Monday and construction work of eight other buildings is going on.Addressing the function the prime minister hoped that children of the cleaners will get proper education and prepare themselves in operating modern equipment of cleaning.She said the government would procure modern vehicles and equipment for conservancy department of the city corporations to conduct daily cleaning operation.“We want every homeless person to get home. The cleaners provide us services to keep our neighborhood neat and clean. So it’s the duty of the government to give them a clean environment to live in,” she added.last_img read more

Further speakers announced for TravelManagers National Conference

first_imgFurther speakers announced for TravelManagers’ National ConferenceFurther speakers announced for TravelManagers’ National ConferenceTravelManagers’ recent announcement regarding their upcoming annual National Conference caused something of a stir within the travel industry, thanks in no small part to their destination: Hawaii’s Oahu. However, the company’s Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says there is also much excitement around the calibre of the speakers who will be addressing the conference this year.“We are immensely privileged to have Turia Pitt joining us in Oahu,” says Gazal. “Both she and our other keynote speaker, Chris Paulsen, have a lot to share in terms of their stories of personal and professional achievement, and they’re a great fit with this year’s conference theme: success.”Gazal says that in addition to the two keynote speakers, the attendees will also hear from six personal travel managers (PTMs), each of whom will share the “Secrets of [their] Success” during the three-day event.“It’s a key feature of TravelManagers’ business model and culture that our PTMs share ideas, experience and knowledge with their colleagues, recognising that each individual has something to contribute and something to learn.”One of this year’s PTM speakers is Nakita Byrne, who is representative for Mount Arthur, NSW: last year she won the prestigious Avis Travel Agents Scholarship of Excellence.“Nakita is an outstanding example of someone who, despite being based in a regional location, has built a successful business and manages to juggle this with the demands of being a working mum of two pre-school children,” says Gazal. “She’s got a lot to share in terms of achieving a great work/life balance.”PTM Sue Kuti is also on the list of speakers, thanks to her success in building a niche business with her small group tours. Kuti, who is representative for Randwick, NSW, has personally escorted tours to destinations as diverse as Cambodia, Malta and Alaska, and in the eleven years she has been with the company has been awarded numerous TravelManagers awards, including Best Customer Service in 2016 and the Online Marketing Award in 2017.Queensland-based Erin Ross has worked in the travel industry for more than eighteen years and has been invited to speak at the annual National Conference about reinventing herself to build a successful life, while South Australia-based Josh Faddoul will discuss the value of having a mentor in building a successful business.“We also have Mark Elevato talking about the importance of having a strong and trusting partnership with the National Partnership Office [NPO],” says Gazal. “Mark has employed the resources, support, strength and leverage of a multi-million-dollar travel management company to deliver outstanding, personalised service to his clients, building a successful business in the process.”The final PTM presentation will come from Michelle Schultz and Julie Painter, who between them have thirty years’ experience in the travel industry, and who have collaborated to create a successful ladies-only small group tours business.“We now have more than 530 PTMs within the TravelManagers group, which represents a phenomenal wealth of experience, expertise and innovative thinking,” says Gazal. “That’s not eventaking into account the depth of experience supporting our PTMs in marketing, sales, technology, finance and business mentoring within the NPO”Gazal reports that this year’s conference attendees will, for the first time, hear from an NPO speaker about their personal journey within TravelManagers.“Tania Myles is responsible for Digital Marketing Support,” explains Gazal. “She has worked very closely with the PTM network in the launch of their own individual websites, so it’s a great opportunity for her to talk about what this project and role mean to her and to share her pride in what they have achieved collectively.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

Man arrested for drugs possession

first_imgA 23-year-old man was remanded in custody for eight days in Nicosia on Saturday on suspicion of possession and trafficking of drugs.The man was arrested on Friday evening after he tried to evade a police check.Police said the man, who was in his car at the time, was stopped by drug squad officers at 7.40pm.  The suspect reversed his vehicle in a bid to escape but crashed into a patrol car.No one was injured in the incident.Officers searched his car and found 60 grammes of cannabis, a precision scale, and an undisclosed amount of cash.He was arrested at the scene and was brought before a court on Saturday which ordered his remand. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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