Ottawa wont intervene in CRTCs BCEAstral decision Paradis

[np_storybar title=”Terence Corcoran: The telecom-media revolution stops here” link=”http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/10/18/bce-astral-the-telecom-media-revolution-stops-here/”%5D It’s a stunning but not illogical decision given the CRTC’s antiquated mandate as an all-knowing and all-seeing regulator. In denying telecom giant BCE’s bid to acquire the broadcasting assets of Astral Media, the CRTC stood athwart the 21st century communications revolution and said the revolution stops here.Read Terence Corcoran’s full comment piece here. [/np_storybar]Industry Minister Christian Paradis is giving the cold shoulder to any government intervention in the CRTC decision to block Bell’s friendly takeover of Astral Media.Paradis says the government won’t get involved to reverse the CRTC’s decision.He says the CRTC operates at an arm’s length from the government, its decision was clear and he respects the CRTC’s ruling.Paradis made his comments at the Canadian Space Agency south of Montreal.[np-related]BCE Inc. has said it will call on the federal cabinet to intervene, but a CRTC spokesperson has said a challenge would have to go to the Federal Court of Appeals rather than to the government.The surprise decision by the CRTC was announced after stock markets closed Thursday and marked the first major ruling for newly installed commissioner Jean-Pierre Blais, who took over in late June.Not only did Blais turn down one of the biggest takeovers ever submitted to the CRTC, he left little doubt about where he stood, or how he would respond should BCE return with a modified but essentially similar proposal.“This transaction would have resulted in an unprecedented level of concentration in the Canadian marketplace and we had grave concerns that BCE would be able to use its market power in an unfair manner and engage in uncompetitive behaviour,” Blais said.“Simply put this was not a good deal for Canadians” that could have restricted choice and raised prices of services, he added.Bell claims the deal would have given it control of 33.5% of the English-language TV market, a level it says should have been approved under guidelines set out in the CRTC’s Diversity of Voices policy, which governs the level of media concentration in Canada.But Blais said that had the regulator allowed the deal, BCE would have controlled almost 45% of the English TV viewership and almost 35% of the French. As well, it would have become the largest radio station operator in Canada and would have controlled over half of TV pay and specialty services.“At the end of the day, BCE demonstrated clearly that the proposed transaction would be good for BCE, but we were not persuaded that it was in the best interest of Canadians,” he said.Astral shares fell 16% Friday in response to the decision. Astral’s A shares fell $7.43 to $39.57 in late morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.BCE Inc. shares were down 73 cents to $42.90.The Canadian Press read more

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More must be done to protect Latin American children from violence –

Latin American children must be taught non-violence and have their rights protected since they experience violence mainly in family homes and Government institutions, according to a regional expert panel assembled by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The 250 experts, who met for three days in Buenos Aires, Argentina, signed the Buenos Aires Declaration on Violence against Children and Adolescents, which said that for children and women, Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. The Declaration recommends improvements in such areas as determining criminal responsibility and sentencing and banning corporal and psychological punishment as disciplinary methods, as well as ensuring the quality and equity of free education. To draw attention to the tragedy of violence against children, which plagues all regions of the world, the UN commissioned a Global Study on the topic, based on consultations with governments, social organizations in each country, and children. Leading the study is independent expert Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro from Brazil, who initiated the second round of consultations in Latin America Monday in Buenos Aires.Nearly 100 countries, including 18 in Latin America, have already responded to the consultations through questionnaires. The study will be presented next year to the General Assembly once the round of consultations currently behind carried out in nine regions is completed. “Democratic consolidation in Latin America will only be possible when children are educated in respect, freedom and non-violence and protected against any violation of their rights,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “According to the last days’ findings, values promoted by the family and institutions are often authoritarian values that use violence as their main tool.” Most of the abuses against children, including sexual assaults on girls, take place behind closed doors by trusted adults – parents, family members and family friends – the experts concluded. Children often suffer alone, afraid of speaking out or being punished, they said.“The silence and the unacceptable tolerance that surrounds abuse in family settings contribute to the current state of widespread impunity. We need a social movement from all Latin Americans, women and men, to break this silence now,” Nils Kastberg, Regional Director of UNICEF Americas and Caribbean Regional Office, said.In prisons, police stations and internment centres, the regional Governments, “instead of playing their role in protecting children and promoting their best interests are often the ones that perpetrate acts of violence against them, violating their rights,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (UNHCHR) Roberto Garretón said. In organizing the regional consultation, UNICEF collaborated with UNHCHR, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the Government of Argentina, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a committee of regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

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Trend of more stores opening on Thanksgiving likely to become the new

This season appears to mark the end of Black Friday as we know it.For decades, U.S. stores have opened their doors in wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. But this year, that changed when major chains from Target to Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving itself, turning the traditional busiest shopping day of the year into a two-day affair.That means that shoppers who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber could still head out to stores early on Black Friday. Others could head straight from the dinner table to stores on Turkey Day.And stores were able to attract both groups by offering door buster sales from $179 40-inch flat-screen TVs to $10 jeans at different times of the day.In Canada, retailers also scheduled a rush of Black Friday events in hopes that consumers will shop at home, rather than head south of the border.Whether it was extended hours at some of the country’s busiest malls or door crasher events and heavy markdowns, most big name retailers in Canada hopped on the Black Friday bandwagon with the fanfare once reserved for the Boxing Day holiday.It may just be a random November day for Canadians, but shoppers north of the border are increasingly buying into Black Friday, and the Monday after, which has come to be known as Cyber Monday because it’s when online retailers tend to hold their sales.In some ways, drumming up enthusiasm for Black Friday is a move of desperation for Canadian retailers who are dealing with consumers who expect a lot more from their local stores than they did five years ago.The high value of the loonie and the availability of many U.S. deals online have encouraged Canadians to spend their money at American retailers.In the U.S., Sam Chandler, 55, and his wife, Lori Chandler, 54, were a part of the early group. By the time they reached the Wal-Mart in Greenville, S.C. early Friday, they had already hit several stores, including Target and Best Buy. In fact, they had been shopping since midnight.“We’ve learned over the years, you have to stand in line early and pray,” Sam said.Stu and April Schatz, residents of Rockland County, N.Y., preferred to get a later start. They went to the Shops at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., which didn’t open until 7 a.m. on Black Friday, because they didn’t want to deal with the crowds that show up for openings late night on Thanksgiving or midnight on Black Friday.“It’s so much more civilized going in the morning,” said April Schatz, a teacher. “We wanted to enjoy our evening.”The earlier hours are an effort by stores to make shopping as convenient as possible for Americans, who they fear won’t spend freely during the two-month holiday season in November and December because of economic uncertainty. Many shoppers are worried about high unemployment and whether or not Congress will be able to reach a budget deal by January before a package of spending cuts and tax increases known as the “fiscal cliff” takes effect.At the same time, Americans have grown more comfortable shopping on websites that offer cheap prices and the convenience of being able to buy something from smartphones, laptops and tablet computers from just about anywhere. That puts added pressure on brick-and-mortar stores, which can make up to 40 per cent of their annual revenue during the holiday shopping season, to give consumers a compelling reason to leave their homes.That’s becoming more difficult: the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, estimates that overall sales in November and December will rise 4.1 per cent this year to $586.1 billion, below last year’s 5.6 per cent growth. . But the online part of that is expected to rise 15 per cent to $68.4 billion, according to Forrester Research.As a result, brick-and-mortar retailers have been trying everything they can to lure consumers into stores. Some stores tested the earlier hours last year, but this year more retailers opened their doors late on Thanksgiving or at midnight on Black Friday. In addition to expanding their hours, many also are offering free layaways and shipping, matching the cheaper prices of online rivals and updating their mobile shopping apps with more information.“Every retailer wants to beat everyone else,” said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, a research firm based in Charleston, S.C. “Shoppers love it.”Indeed, some holiday shoppers seemed to find stores’ earlier hours appealing. Julie Hansen, a spokeswoman at Mall of America in Minneapolis, said 30,000 people showed up for the mall’s midnight opening, compared with 20,000 last year. She noted that shoppers are coming in waves, and sales aren’t just being shifted around.“This is additional dollars,” Hansen said.About 11,000 shoppers were in lines wrapped around Macy’s flagship store in New York City’s Herald Square when it opened at midnight on Black Friday. That’s up from an estimated 9,000 to 10,000 shoppers who showed up the store’s midnight opening last year.Joan Riedewald, a private aide for the elderly, and her four children ages six to 18, were among them. By that time, she already had spent about $100 at Toys R Us, which opened at 8 p.m., and planned to spend another $500 at Macy’s before heading to Old Navy.“I only shop for sales,” she said.But some shoppers decided to stick to traditional Black Friday shopping hours. Joe Russell was hunting for a great deal on a large flat-screen TV and went to the Best Buy store in Watertown, Mass., shortly after midnight on Friday. But the long line of shoppers gunning for door-buster promotions deterred him from braving the freezing temperatures. So Russell, 47, returned to the store after sunrise and got a different TV for “a decent price.”“This is the earliest I’ve ever shopped,” he said.Elizabeth Garcia, a sales representative from the Bronx borough of New York City, also decided on a later shopping start at about 3:30 a.m. at Toys R Us in New York’s Times Square. As a result Garcia, who has three children ages three, five and seven, believes she dodged some of the lines on Thanksgiving when the store opened at 8 p.m. That’s good news since the crowds got to her last year, and she almost got into a fight over a Tinker Bell couch.“This year I wasn’t about to kill people,” she said.Meanwhile, Nicole Page of Bristol, Conn., shopped with her sister at a Wal-Mart in Manchester, Conn., at about 4:45 a.m. on Black Friday out of tradition. Page, who recently finished school and started working as a nurse, bought an electric fireplace for $200 that she said was originally $600. Her shopping cart also had candy canes, a nail clipper for her dog and other stocking stuffers.“We try to make a tradition of it. It’s kind of exciting,” she said.——Anne D’Innocenzio reported from New York. Mae Anderson contributed to this report from New York. Candice Choi contributed from Paramus, N.J. Tamara Lush contributed from Tampa, Fla. Mitch Weiss contributed from Greenville, S.C. Stephen Singer contributed from Manchester, Conn. Dinesh Ramde contributed from Milwaukee. Rodrique Ngowi contributed from Watertown, Mass. Carlos Juan Llorca reported from El Paso, Texas. Tom Krisher contributed to this report from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trend of more stores opening on Thanksgiving likely to become the new norm by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2012 3:39 pm MDT read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2013 5:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,701.63 up 61.65 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 15 cents, or 3.86 per cent, at $4.04 on 7,274,936 shares.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 1.62 per cent, at $1.88 on 5,287,040 shares. The energy sector led the advancers on the main index, climbing 1.21 per cent to 252.74 points. The price of oil advanced 29 cents US to $93.13 per barrel.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 65 cents, or 4.60 per cent, at $13.48 on 4,961,335 shares. MKM Partners downgraded the smartphone maker to a sell rating from a neutral one, citing lower likelihood of success for the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and lowered their price target from US$12 to $10 over the next 12 months. The company, formerly known as Research In Motion, dragged the information technology sector down 0.38 per cent to 28.77 points, making the sector the biggest decliner on the TSX.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.33 per cent, at $3.06 on 4,183,926 shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Up 32 cents, or 12.90 per cent, at $2.80 on 3,489,738 shares. The Quebec-based company`s stock jumped on news its 2012 year-end resource estimate includes 992,200 ounces of gold from its mine in Burkina Faso.Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 2.38 per cent, at $4.31 on 3,398,899 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,144.68 up 10.71 points):IROC Energy Services Corp. (TSXV:ISC). Oilfield services. Up 58 cents, or 24.47 per cent, at $2.95 on 4,114,042 shares. Contract oil driller Western Energy Services Corp. (TSX:WRG) said it will buy IROC Energy for $193.7 million, including $36.6 million in debt. Western`s stock fell 71 cents, or 8.96 per cent, at $7.21 on 1,027,986 shares.Border Petroleum Corp. (TSXV:BOR). Oil and gas. Up half a cent, or 12.50 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 3,857,200 shares.Companies reporting major news:Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU). Fertilizer. Down $5.61 or 5.16 per cent, at $103.14 on 1,142,554 shares. The fertilizer giant`s stock fell despite Thursday`s announcement that Agrium posted strong fourth-quarter profits and sales that beat market expectations. Agrium is embroiled in a bitter proxy fight with New York activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, its largest shareholder.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Down 63 cents, or 1.31 per cent, at $47.39 on 655,234 shares. The troubled engineering company hired a former Siemens executive to guide the company on ethics and matters of corporate governance. Former SNC CEO Pierre Duhaime and another former top executive, Riadh Ben Aissa, are facing fraud charges stemming from a contract involving the building of the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.Western Forest Products Inc.(TSX:WEF). Lumber. Up six cents, or 4.72 per cent, at $1.33 on 770,130 shares. The lumber producer`s profit in the fourth quarter jumped fourfold to $14.6 million from year-earlier $3.3 million as it recorded its highest sales in its history. Revenue also improved to $231.2 million from $220.7 million. The Vancouver-based company also promoted Don Demens to chief executive officer.
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US industrial production up 06 per cent in June

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2016 7:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 6, 2016, photo, an assembly line of new 2016 Altimas await backseat installations at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Miss. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for June. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) US industrial production up 0.6 per cent in June U.S. industrial production rose in June by the largest amount in 10 months, led by a strong rebound in auto production.The Federal Reserve says industrial production increased 0.6 per cent last month, the best showing since a similar gain last August. In May industrial production had fallen 0.3 per cent.The key manufacturing sector posted a 0.4 per cent rise, reflecting a jump in the output of motor vehicles and parts, which rose by 5.9 per cent after having fallen by 4.3 per cent in May.Output at the nation’s utilities rose 2.4 per cent as electricity production increased as warmer weather than normal boosted demand for air conditioning. Output in the mining sector edged up a tiny 0.2 per cent, the second small increase after eight straight monthly declines.The 0.2 per cent June gain in industrial production was stronger than the 0.2 per cent increase that many economists had been forecasting.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the June report offered a glimmer of hope for better days ahead for industrial production.“This latest broad-based gain hints that we’re starting to see some upward momentum,” she wrote in a research note.Overall capacity utilization rose to 75.4 per cent in June, compared to 74.9 per cent in May. At the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, U.S. industry was operating at just 66.7 per cent of capacity. Even after seven years of an economic expansion, the 75.4 per cent operating rate in June was below the 80 per cent average from 1972 through 2015.Both manufacturing and mining have struggled over the past year. Mining, which includes oil production, has been battered by a steep drop in oil prices which triggered sharp cutbacks in exploration and production. Manufacturers have struggled with falling export sales, reflecting global economic weakness and a strong dollar, which had made U.S. goods more expensive overseas.Despite the rise in June, industrial production has fallen for three consecutive quarters, dropping at an annual rate of 1 per cent in the April-June period after declining at a 1.8 per cent rate in the first quarter.There are now worries about what the June 23 decision by British voters to leave the European Union will do to global confidence. But there have been some hopeful signs that manufacturing is beginning to stabilize.The Institute for Supply Management reported that its closely watched index of manufacturing activity expanded for a fourth consecutive month in June. The index rose to a reading of 53.2, up from 51.3 in May. Anything above 50 signals growth.The ISM index had stayed below 50 from October through February before returning to expansion territory in March. read more

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Dame Vera Lynn breaks link with DDay concert organisers after backlash

Such was the strength of feeling conveyed on social media that organisers eventually blocked any further comment about the concert on their Facebook page.Nigel Hay wrote: “My great uncle, Sir Maurice Holmes, came ashore on Juno Beach on D Day where he was Beachmaster – I am absolutely certain he would have given you your marching orders in no uncertain terms.“The 75th anniversary of Normandy is a commemoration. It is not a party, nor a circus. This beach is a totally inappropriate venue to hold a pop concert. People will wish to visit Sword, amongst other beaches, that day to quietly reflect and to honour the men who fought their way in.”Sal Williams-Larby said: You are disrespecting my grandfather and every other veteran that lost their lives fighting for your freedom on that very spot.”And Jean Ellwood pointed out that many families have scattered the ashes of their fathers and grandfathers there.“The Normandy beaches are a battlefield where many thousands of soldiers died,” she wrote.“There are human remains that still lie buried there. Would you hold a concert in a cemetery? It is a sacred area, and a total desecration to hold a concert there.”A statement released on behalf of Dame Vera noted that she was “always keen to support charitable endeavours, especially those that benefit veterans.”It added: “When she gave her written support to the Liberty Concert last October, the precise venues, dates and types of performances were unknown.   “As Michiel Florusse the organiser himself suggested, Dame Vera’s name will be removed from the Board until the organisers have, not only spoken to the various veteran organisations and the veterans themselves on July 21, but also have had a meeting with Dame Vera to clarify the situation.'”Those of us old enough to remember the D-Day Landings and the generations that followed us, owe our freedom to the servicemen who fought so bravely, and the thousands who gave their lives in Normandy. They will be  remembered forever.”Mr Florusse told the Telegraph that there were currently no plans to change the date or the location of the concert and that they hoped to reassure those opposed to the event at the public meeting on July 21.Liberty Concerts said online: “We sincerely believe that a respectful use of symbolic historic moments and places provide a chance to come in the hearts of the youth and the media on a meaningful and effective way.” 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. Sword Beach in Colleville-Montgomery, near Caen, FranceCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images Sword Beach in Colleville-Montgomery, near Caen, France Gravestones of British servicemen who died during the Normandy landings, at the Ranville Cemetery But when organisers announced that the event would be held on Sword Beach on June 6 2019, which will coincide with ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, attended by the dwindling group of elderly D-Day veterans, the reaction was overwhelming.A petition had received almost 1,000 signatures by Friday night and scores of people expressed their disgust online, stating it was in “very bad taste”.Virginia Lewis-Jones, Dame Vera’s daughter and spokeswoman, said her mother could understand the concerns and had “no idea” what kind of event it was going to be when she lent it her backing.She was baffled when told that one of the Dutch organisers, Michiel Florusse, had been telling campaigners that the concert had her support.It was subsequently agreed that she would be removed from the board until he had met with the veterans, their families and opponents of the event next month at a hastily arranged meeting in Portsmouth. Gravestones of British servicemen who died during the Normandy landings, at the Ranville CemeteryCredit:Paul Grover It has been billed as a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day; a concert on a Normandy beach that purports to have the backing of Dame Vera Lynn.However, the Forces’ Sweetheart has asked for her name to be removed from the organisers’ website after the event attracted a wave of fierce opposition from veterans and their families who warned it was “shameful” and disrespectful” to “dance on the graves” of war heroes.The concert is expected to start with films, parachutists and stories about the Normandy landings.Several “international top artists and DJs”  will then take to the stage under the concert’s slogan “Fight for Freedom” although no specific acts have been confirmed.Organisers said it was intended to “inform and involve” millennials and that only artists with a “fitting message” and style would be included.Dame Vera, 101, agreed to join Liberty Concerts “board of recommendation” as an honorary member last year before any specific details about the concert, including date and venue, had been agreed. read more

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Budget 2014 had greatest impact on lowincome groups

first_imgA NEW ANALYSIS of Irish budgets from 2009 – 2014 showed that the greatest impact Budget 2014 had was on low-income groups.The paper, from the Economic and Social Research Institute, looks at the distributional impact of tax, welfare and public service pay policies in Irish budgets from 2009 – 2014.It analyses the available evidence on the impact of Budget 2014, and of the series of budgets from October 2008 up to and including October 2013.ResultsThe results show that Budget 2014 had its greatest impact, which was a reduction of 2 per cent, on low income groups.Meanwhile, the lowest impact was on some middle income groups (a loss of 1 to 1.25 per cent) while the top income group lost slightly less than 1.75 per cent.It noted that the results for 2014 are quite different to those of the full period from 2009 to 2014, as over that period, all income groups experienced losses.Income loss was in a narrow range of between 11 and 12 per cent for most income groups.The greatest losses were for those in the highest 10 per cent of household income, as this group saw losses of about 15.5 per cent. These losses were mainly from tax increases and reductions in public service pay.But at the other end of the income scale, policy-induced losses were somewhat higher than average (about 12.5 per cent) for those with the lowest incomes.The ESRI said that these results “do not conform with either a progressive pattern (losses increasing with income) or regressive pattern (losses declining with income)”.Over a substantial range the pattern is broadly proportional – similar percentage losses for each income group. But this does not extend to whole income distribution. Contrary to some perceptions of a sharper squeeze on middle income groups, the greatest policy-induced losses have been at the top of the income distribution, and the next greatest losses at the bottom.To read the full document, click here.Read: Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month>last_img read more

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Nintendo cuts Wii U price by 50 offers Wind Waker HD for

first_imgWith sales of the Wii U coming in well below what both Nintendo expected and what the Wii achieved over the same period of its lifetime, many were calling for a price cut. As far as Nintendo was concerned that wasn’t going to happen. They are already the lowest price next-gen console before the competition launches, and the Wii U is still being sold at a loss.But today Nintendo announced that a price drop is coming on September 20. The Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set will retail for $299.99 instead of the current $349.99. That makes the Wii U $100 cheaper than a PS4, and $200 cheaper than the Xbox One.The deal gets better, though. Nintendo is also going to offer a The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Bundle, which will see Wind Waker HD included with a Deluxe Wii U for the same $299.99 price. So you’re getting a free game that would otherwise cost $50 for a limited time. This bundle edition will have gold lettering and a Hyrule crest on the GamePad, as well as a download code for the digital version of the Hyrule Historia book. The copy of Wind Waker HD is also a download, not a physical disc.The price drop, free game, and new titles being released including Super Mario 3D World and a new Donkey Kong game should allow Nintendo to have a better holiday period. If you also count the 2DS, a $130 2D-only version of the 3DS, this Christmas you could pick up both a Nintendo console and handheld for $430, which is on a par or just below what you’d be paying for a PS4 with a game. For parents with a young child in the house, that’s going to be a pretty tempting deal.As we know the Wii U is still selling at a loss, this price drop has got to hurt Nintendo. But ultimately they needed to do something to kickstart sales again. If it works that loss won’t matter as it will be made up for in increased games and accessory sales. But if things continue as is, it will just speed up Nintendo’s need to try something more drastic or consider making the Wii U have a much shorter lifecycle than intended.last_img read more

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Only 999 Pairs of This Moon LandingInspired Shoe Are Available

first_img As America celebrates the “giant leap for mankind” on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Swiss performance brand, On, is letting people recreate the “moon walk” with a new, limited-edition sneaker — and only 999 pairs are available worldwide (50 pairs in the U.S.).Launching on July 18, the Cloud Edge Moon was inspired by the vintage moon boot worn by Neil Armstrong during the historic Apollo 11 landing. The front and heel Velcro straps are two defining features that closely resemble Armstrong’s lunar footwear. Each pair has a number printed on the front Velcro strap, indicating which shoe of the 999 pairs available worldwide it is.(Photo Credit: On)The back strap displays “MISSION MEMBER” with a space for the owners to write their names. The Cloud Edge Moon’s platform is constructed of Zero Gravity Foam, for that “running on clouds” (or moon) sensation.(Photo Credit: On)“While most of our shoes focus on elements that enhance training and performance, the Cloud Edge Moon is all about comfort and design,” said On co-founder David Allemann. “We also wanted to pay tribute to the thousands of people who made the Apollo 11 landing possible 50 years ago, especially the two daring astronauts who took on the mission.”(Photo Credit: On)The Cloud Edge Moon retails at $250. Only 999 pairs of the limited-edition Cloud Edge Moon will be distributed across the world, with 50 available in the United States. The shoe is available for pre-order now and available for purchase July 20.To be notified when the limited-edition Cloud Edge Moon drops, sign up at On’s website here.More on Geek.com:100 of the World’s Rarest Sneakers Are Up for AuctionNike kyrie 5 ‘UFO’ Brings Conspiracy Theories to SneakersNike Announced Paul George 3 ‘NASA’ Sneaker and Clothing Line Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have LeakedBest Sneakers of Summer 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Weather for TCI Weekend

first_img Related Items:Weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – Turk and Caicos Islands the weekend forecast looks to be mostly sunny and clear with a 20% chance of rain. So make it a good one TCIslanders. Recommended for you Two systems developing off California Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Four Systems under watch in Atlantic Weekend Weather Watch – storms and general TCI weather for weekendlast_img

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SDPD begins recruitment campaign to reach full staffing by 2020

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Posted: June 27, 2018 Sasha Foo June 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe San Diego Police Department is embarking on a major campaign to hire more police officers. For the first time, the department in the nation’s eighth largest city is hiring a marketing and advertising firm to help the police force achieve its hiring goals.We sat down Wednesday with Police Chief David Nisleit who told us his goal is to achieve full staffing levels of more than 2,000 officers by the year 2020. Currently, the department is about 211 officers short of that target.Although officers’ pay was one of the reasons that San Diego has had problems recruiting and retaining officers, the city’s compensation package is about to improve. As of July 1, police officers will get an 8.3% pay raise, with a series of additional pay hikes, totaling about 25% in the next two years.Nisleit said the boost in salary will make it easier to recruit new officers. He said there will also be more opportunities for young officers to advance more quickly to specialized assignments as more veteran officers retire or leave the force.On average, 14 officers leave the SDPD every month. According to Nisleit, 500 officers will be eligible for retirement in the next five years.An officer must be 21 years old by the time he or she takes the oath and some college experience is preferred. Officers who can speak a second language also qualify for extra pay.The police chief said an officer in their third or fourth year can make a base pay of almost $100,000. “That’s not with overtime, or holiday pay or shift differential, so you’re going to make over $100,000,” Nisleit said.The chief said he will look for candidates who reflect the diversity of the San Diego community. “It’s not one size fits all. You know, I’m looking for the athlete, I’m looking for the scientist. I’m looking for the teacher; people that are from all walks of life that come in and bring theiir experiences to the team and make us one big strong unit,” he said. SDPD begins recruitment campaign to reach full staffing by 2020last_img read more

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Horatio AlgerDenny Sanford scholarship award winner at National University

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – National University’s new Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford Scholarship—the first 10 recipients have been announced.The Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford Scholarship Program was established through a generous multi-million donation to the Horatio Alger Association from renowned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who is well known in San Diego for his generosity.100 students will be recognized over the next ten years with $25,000 each, according to National University.Cecilia Gonzalez, who is a Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford Scholarship Recipient, joined Good Morning San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, Horatio Alger-Denny Sanford scholarship award winner at National University Posted: July 24, 2019last_img read more

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LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of September 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are several opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Pianist Ricky LauriaThursday, October 4, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, October 5, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks?  Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of October 14, 2018)In “Community”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of October 28, 2018)In “Community”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

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Wilmington Household Hazardous Waste Day Set For May 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9am to 2pm, in the parking lot of the West Intermediate School (22 Carter Lane).The event is FREE for Wilmington residents. Proof of residency is required.View the event flyer for more information. Contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 with any questions.What To Bring From The Workbench:Oil Based PaintsStains & VarnishesWood PreservativesPain Strippers/ThinnersSolvent AdhesivesLighter FluidWhat To Bring From The Yard:Weed KillerChemical FertilizersFlea Control ProductsMoth BallsPoisons, Insecticides, FungicidesWhat To Bring From The Garage:Fuels/Gasoline/KeroseneEngine DegreaserBrake Fluid/Carburetor CleanerTransmission FluidCar Wax, PolishersDriveway SealerAntifreezeRoofing TarSwimming Pool ChemicalsMotor OilCar BatteriesPassenger Vehicle TiresWhat To Bring From The House:Rubber Cement, Airplane GlueFiberglass ResinsAerosol CansPhoto ChemicalsFurniture PolishFloor & Metal PolishOven CleanerOrain & Toilet CleanerSpot RemoverRug & Upholstery CleanerHobby Supplies, Artist SuppliesChemistry SetsFluorescent BulbsWhat NOT To Bring:Empty Containers/TrashLatex PaintCommercial or Industrial WasteRadioactive Waste, Smoke DetectorsInfectious & Biological WastesAmmunition, Fireworks, ExplosivesFire ExtinguishersPrescription Medicines/SyringesPropane & Helium TanksHow To Safely Transport Hazardous Materials:Leave materials in original containersTighten caps & lidsSort and pack separately: oil paint, pesticides, and household cleanersPack containers in sturdy upright boxes & pad with newspapersNEVER MIX CHEMICALSNEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous materialsNOTE: Please solidify Latex Paint by removing lid to allow paint to dry out or by adding an absorbent material such as “kitty litter.” Then dispose of hardened paint with trash.Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Household Hazardous Waste Day Set For May 11In “Community”Wilmington Household Hazardous Waste Day Set For May 20In “Community”Wilmington Household Hazardous Waste Day Set For 5/9In “Government”last_img read more

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Rep Cuellar Says Border Patrol Advising Trump On Options For A Wall

first_img Share U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESU.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar is a Laredo Democrat.Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, says the U.S. Border Patrol is making recommendations to incoming President Trump for the kind of wall that might be built between Texas and Mexico.  Cuellar personally opposes a physical barrier saying it could damage the international commerce that daily flows across the U.S.- Mexico border at Laredo, the largest inland port in the United States.Cuellar told Texas Public Radio he recently met with several border patrol chiefs who told him they believe better surveillance technology and access roads along the Rio Grande River would improve border security better than bricks and mortar.Here’s an excerpt of Rep. Cuellar’s conversation with TPR’s Shelley Kofler. Interview airing on Texas Public RadioTPR was unable to reach U.S. Border Patrol representatives for a further discussion about their recommendations.Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday June 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAll kids — regardless of income level — in Baltimore City Schools will be able to receive free lunch and breakfast, a “great equalizer” for poor kids in the minds of many child advocates. We’ll talk to Delegate Keith Haynes, of District 44A Baltimore City, the chief sponsor of the legislation. Plus, our regular contributors Stephen Janis of The Real News Network and the AFRO’s Roberto Alejandro discuss the ACLU’s lawsuit against Maryland in reference to deplorable conditions at the Baltimore City Detention Center, among other issues.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

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Congressional App Challenge for 8th Congressional District High School Students

first_imgThe Congressional App Challenge is now open for submissions from high school students in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. Students can create and submit their own original apps for mobile phone, tablet, or computer platforms. Apps will be judged by a panel of local community leaders engaged in STEM fields, and winners will have their apps featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.The submission period is open until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15 and winners will be announced on Feb. 22. For more information go to congressionalappchallenge.us.last_img read more

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Puppies and kittens to adopt at the kennels

first_imgThe adorable Chow-cross puppies at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) kennels are still looking for a loving home, as well as other dogs.A male Yorkshire (Yorkie) Terrier was found in the Modelkloof area recently. If this dog belongs to you, please contact the AACL to claim him.There have been no felines at the kennels recently, but now there is a cat with eight kittens. The kittens are playful and waiting to crawl into your heart. You won’t be able to resist adopting once you see these little fur balls!A special thank you to Pierre Massyn for his contribution of dog food, and Robin and Jen for their Mandela Day good deed in donating dog and cat food towards the league.A drop-off box is at Mortimer Toyota, so if you want to donate any dog / cat food or blankets, etc, you know where to go.If you are interested in making a contribution towards the AACL or you have a query, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 before the Limit Hill robots) or contact Annamarie on 076-151-1784. The league is always grateful for any and all contributions.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Kavitha Gnanamurthy

first_imgOTM Tech Theatre was a good initiative since a lot of the time B2B travel people are not aware about how the online travel industry is going and what other brands are doing so this was kind of educational for both the buyers and the sellers.last_img

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Predicting the Path of SingleFamily Home Prices

first_img Share November 18, 2016 497 Views Predicting the Path of Single-Family Home Prices Home Prices Mortgage Rates Trump Administration 2016-11-18 Seth Welborncenter_img In the first full week after the election, mortgage rates skyrocketed by nearly 40 basis points up near 4 percent, their largest weekly increase in more than three years, according to Freddie Mac.“The recent rise in mortgage rates is largely attributed to Wall Street optimism regarding Trump’s proposals for increased infrastructure spending and tax cuts,” Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson said. “In short, Wall Street is now anticipating higher economic growth and inflation in 2017.”Will higher economic growth and inflation mean greater home price appreciation? Now that mortgage rates have spiked following the presidential election, will single-family home prices follow suit? The latest home price data from CoreLogic, released a week before the election, indicated that home prices increased by 6.3 percent in September and are expected to rise by another 5.2 percent by September 2017. What will happen to home prices now?National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz said that NAHB’s forecast calls for home price gains to continue and that prices will moderate somewhat as mortgage interest rate rise.“Our analysis indicates that prices will continue to rise as inventories of new and existing homes remain tight,” Dietz said. “And while single-family construction will continue to expand in 2017, the rate at which the industry can grow is limited by the amount of workers and access to building lots for builders to meet rising housing demand.”Dietz continued, “As long as single-family production remains below historical norms, as it will for the next few years, home prices will continue to rise.”Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke conducted an analysis of the previous five presidential elections and discovered that none of the elections resulted in a significant change to home prices or sales except in the immediate Capitol Hill area, according to the Washington Post.“Roughly six to nine months following the election, there were abnormally stronger sales (around Capitol Hill) relative to the prior year,” Smoke said. “If Trump is true to his claim to bring in outsiders and build a government with more people who haven’t been inside the Beltway, then you could believe that there are going to be more transactions than normal as those people seek to move in.”Potentially, the Trump Administration’s economic plans could have long-term effects on the housing market as a whole, according to Richardson.“We are awaiting specific details on a gamut of housing related policy issues from GSE reform to immigration policy,” she said. “To the extent that the cumulative effect of Trump’s economic plans is to increase affordable housing supply and expand mortgage credit, this would be a boon to the housing market in general and to first-time buyers in particular.”Mortgage rates are not the only factor that buyers consider when buying a home, however.“We expect rates will be higher in 2017 than the rock bottom rates of 2016,” Richardson said. “However, we don’t expect that the rise in rates will be high enough to significantly affect consumers’ plans to buy or sell. There are a host of reasons why a family chooses to purchase a home. Rates are just one of them. In that sense, it’s the economic basics of everyday life—job relocation, family changes, lifestyle preferences, desire for more highly ranked schools and shorter commutes—that continue to be the key drivers of a family’s decision to buy or sell, regardless of who resides in the White House.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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