Hopes Shattered by Slight Change to Permanent Residency in ACT

first_imgKushal Patel moved to Canberra from Melbourne in the hope of a better and certain future. He chose Canberra for one simple reason: He could apply for permanent residency in the ACT even if the occupation closed.“Canberra started this program last year. I was studying in Melbourne. I moved to Canberra as it increased my chances of getting a permanent residency,” he told SBS Hindi.“But they suspended the program on June 29 without any prior notice.”Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-THAKUR 3

first_img(REOPENS DEL 45) (REOPENS DEL 45) Asked about the shifting of IPL games from Maharashtra and whether the cash-rich league would be played overseas due to the problems it faced this year, Thakur said the BCCI was more than willing to contribute to water conservation but the onus was on the government to provide drinking water to everyone. “We are not government, we are only a cricket body. We should understand what IPL brings to the country. Its a platform where talent meets opportunity. We generate hundreds of crores of revenue every year. Why should it go out of the country? Who is forcing us?” he asked. “The initiative to provide drinking water should be taken up by government. We are trying our best (to help) and the green initiatives we have taken will help. (But) its not feasible to change 15 matches at the last moment. We dont want to take water from anyone. We are more than happy to contribute. Dont put blame on cricket. We want to contribute.” Thirteen IPL matches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur had to be shifted out of the state following a High Court order on a PIL filed on water conservation. Thakur dismissed suggestions that IPL would be independent of BCCI at any time in the future. “IPL is one of the domestic tournaments of BCCI. With fresh appointments as CEO and CFO we have strengthened the administrative set up. If need be, we will hire more people, BCCI can afford to hire more people. If you look at the twitter report, the fastest growing league is IPL which is a great achievement of BCCI,” he said. To a question on the impact of the recommended ban on TV advertisements in between overs in a cricket game, Thakur said that the biggest revenue for the Board comes from these. “The greatest revenue comes from home series and from advertisement from where you pay team members and state associations for creating infrastructure in India. Only in cricket the sports infrastructure is created by BCCI itself. For other games its created by the government. “We dont take a penny from the government. Look at the one time-payment (to retired cricketers) or the monthly pension scheme). Where does the money come from (for these)? If you are to block it who will suffer? The overall cricket will suffer,” he said. “In newspapers, theres advertisement in between IPL reports. Are you going to ban that?” he wondered. MORE PTI SSR PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bamberg Edges Olympiacos, 72-71

first_imgA trio of three-point strikes in the final 90 seconds lifted Brose Baskets Bamberg to a dramatic 72-71 victory over visiting Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday to make the playoffs race in Group F even closer. Both teams are now 4-6 with just four games to play. They won’t know until this week’s games end if they are tied for seventh or sixth place or whether they are one or two victories out of the playoff positions. After Daniel Theis got Bamberg closer with a three-pointer, Bamberg still trailed by 5 points, 66-71, with under 1 minute left. Nikos Zisis hit his only basket of the game, a triple, with 41 seconds left. After a defensive stop, Brad Wanamaker passed corner-to-corner to Janis Strelnieks, whose game-winner from behind the arc fell with 4.7 seconds left. Wanamaker and Leon Radosevic led the winners with 11 points each, while Strelnieks and Nicolo Melli each had 10. Olympiacos got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Georgios Printezis, 17 points from Othello Hunter, plus 15 points and 9 assists from Vassilis Spanoulis. But the Reds went home empty-handed after not making a 23-5 advantage in free throw attempts work for them by making just 15, or 65%, for the night.First quarter: Spanouls passes Reds in frontA steal at one end leading to a Spanoulis-to-Printezis three-point connection at the other got Olympiacos off on the right foot. Almost 3 minutes passed before Lucca Staiger did the same from the corner for a 3-3 tie. After Spanoulis led Hunter for a dunk, Staiger fired again from downtown, providing Bamberg’s first lead. A three-point play the hard way by Radosevic made it 9-5 before Hunter returned the favor and Printezis twirled for a go-ahead layup at 9-10 for Olympiacos. Wanamaker answered from mid-range and Daniel Hackett backed in for a jump hook as the lead changed hands twice, as it would again when Melli downed free throws. Bamberg’s passing game soon found Staiger in the corner for his third triple of the first quarter and a 16-12 advantage. Printezis’s put-back, steal and three-pointer in a span of 30 seconds regained a 16-18 advantage for the visitors. Hakeem Warrick of Olympiacos hit a free throw for his first Euroleague point ever before Melli matched his 1 of 2 at the other end. Hackett fed Printezis for a back-door layup that Strelnieks matched with a pull-back shot to finish the first quarter 19-21 in favor of Olympiacos.Second quarter: Bamberg rallies from 8 downWarrick was perfect at the foul line to up the lead to 19-23 to start the second quarter. Patrick Heckmann drilled a corner triple to keep Bamberg close, but Spanoulis hit a long two-pointer in response. Darius Johnson-Odom went one step further for a triple that boosted Olympiacos ahead by 22-28. Hunter scored inside on what was the sixth assist already by Spanoulis. Heckmann kept the home fires burning with a strong layup that Radosevic soon copied to make it 26-30. Spanoulis bounded out of a timeout and buried a triple from the top, while Radosevic got the roll on a baseline jumper at 28-33. After Hunter’s free throw, Radosevic scored inside again before Darius Miller did the same for Bamberg to make it 32-34. Strelnieks stepped back to hammer a game-tying jumper, but Hunter fed Printezis for a huge dunk to keep Olympiacos ahead. Melli’s turnaround shot tied it again and then Radosevic hit his own as Bamberg jumped ahead 38-36. A huge block by Melli preserved the lead, and after Printezis split free throws, the hosts went into halftime ahead 38-37.Third quarter: Reds run, but not awayPrintezis missed 2 free throws but got his own miss and Spanoulis drove to take the lead for Olympiacos at the start of the second half. When Hunter hit both of free throws, the visitors were ahead 38-41. Wanamaker broke Bamberg’s drought with a game-tying triple from the top but otherwise points were hard to come by until Spanoulis fed Printezis for a go-ahead layup. Kostas Papanikolaou then turned a steal into a fastbreak layup and a 41-45 Olympiacos edge. Printezis hit both free throws after his fourth and his team’s 10th offensive rebound. next, Spanoulis hung in the air from a jumper at 41-48. Miller got a tough basket for Bamberg, but Warrick then made 3 of 4 free throws for the game’s highest lead yet, 43-52. Strelnieks gave Bamberg new life with a corner three-pointer of his own before assisting Melli on another to make it 49-53.Fourth quarter: Bamberg shooters rock the house!A tip-in by Theis to open the final quarter got Bamberg closer but Hunter broke loose for a dunk in response. Radosevic pulled a monster offensive rebound and fed Wanamaker for a three-pointer at 56-58, but Hackett went the other way and drove for a strong layup to keep Olympiacos a step ahead. Dueling blocks by Radosevic and Papanikolaou preceded Spanoulis with a patented layup, but Wanamaker answered with another shot from downtown at 59-62. Printezis made a great feed to Hunter for a dunk that Melli answered with a turnaround. When Spanoulis fed Hunter for an even better dunk, Miller answered with a smooth baseline jumper. Spanoulis had seen enough and drilled a triple to make it 63-69 with less than 2 minutes left. But Bamberg would not say die. First Theis, with 1:22 left, and then Nikos Zisis for another three-pointer, with 41.7 seconds left, suddenly reduced the difference to 69-71. After a miss by Spanoulis, Bamberg had a 26 seconds left and a chance to tie or go ahead. A corner-to-corner pass from Wanamaker found Strelnieks open and he drilled the go-ahead triple at 4.7 seconds left. Olympiacos inbounded the ball three times to Spanoulis, but Bamberg committed both fouls it had to give before the Olympiacos guard lost the dribble off Melli’s foot, leaving Bamberg to celebrate a crucial and miraculous victory!TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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New Zealand Preview – Trans Tasman 2010

first_imgThe series opened last night with a Pre-Match dinner at which Steve Price presented on what it takes to be represent your country, be the best you can be and have self confidence to win.  He then interviewed all the captains and it was obvious the desire and focus each team has to win this.  Both teams stated how important this series is going into the World Cup in Scotland 2011. To see the full story, please visit the New Zealand Trans Tasman website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11112994&sectionID=125624last_img read more

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Oklahoma OC Comments On Kyler Murray’s Illness

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The big news out of the Orange Bowl this morning is that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is missing today’s media availability because he is apparently “under the weather.”If you recall, Baker Mayfield missed some media sessions before last year’s Rose Bowl with an illness. This caused a minor stir in the days leading up to the game, but Baker was completely fine to play and played well in the Sooners’ College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Georgia.As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be a large amount of concern about Murray, at least for OU offensive coordinator Cale Gundy.In fact, Gundy told reporters he didn’t even know Murray wasn’t feeling well.Unlike last year when it was very clear Baker Mayfield was sick, there is a noticeable lack of concern about Kyler Murray’s “illness” preventing him from todays media session. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Cale Gundy said.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 26, 2018The Orange Bowl is in three days, meaning we should know by tomorrow if Murray being sick is something that OU should be worried about.As of now, there’s no reason to expect that the Heisman Trophy winner won’t be able to ply on Saturday.The winner of Alabama-Oklahoma will take on the winner of the Clemson-Notre Dame Cotton Bowl matchup in the national title game.last_img read more

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Worn Out Wednesday – Chef Marco Niccoli

first_imgToday we speak to chef Marco Niccoli.I was born in San Diego, California and am now living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I come from an Italian family of all boys, there are 5 of us and my dad had restaurants in Los Angeles called “Bruno’s Old World Italian Deli”. I knew from day one that I wanted to be a Chef, food has always been my passion!About three years ago I met the women of my dreams (she is a chef) and together we started to change the way people around us look at food. We work a lot together catering high-end private parties, teaching private cooking classes and doing “Pop Up” restaurants all over the country. We both have two beautiful kids from previous marriages, which means we have four kids under 7 years old together! They are amazing and round out our ‘Apron Squad’.Before Traeger I worked as the Executive Chef at Culinary Crafts, one of the most respected catering agencies in the U.S., producing over 500 events annually, the majority of which are outdoors. I was recognized as one of the Fab 50 (youngest Executive Chefs in the state) and led the team that won the ICA Caterer of the Year in 2013. I was also the keynote speaker at “The Art of Catering” global conference in Denver Colorado, and last year was one of five global chefs selected to do the launch party for a new Toyota model for 2,000 people.Now that I am working for Traeger Grills, where I am their Global Culinary Director, I get to travel the world sharing my passion and teaching people how to cook with the natural flavor of hard wood. I couldn’t be more stoked about bringing people together around amazing food!As for my personal style:Jeans: Zara Denim (Modo black and leather)Shirts: Urban Outfitters T-shirts & TopMan Oxford button upsPants: Cotton On Cuffed Chino (Slim Fit)Suits: Zara Man Slim Suit (Bleu, Gray, and Black)Shoes: Vans (Casual) Aldo (Boots) Rollie (Dress)Nike (Athletic)Accessories: Black Beanie from Target and Bruno’s Apparel Hat and Apple watch (Black and Gold) Two custom made Italian White Gold RingsOuterwear: G-star (Liter/Rain jackets) Zara for everything else (long outer Jackets & Leather)Favorite Cologne: VersaceYour favorite App: InstagramFavorite piece of technology: My iPhoneNext tech purchase: Garmin Road Bike Computer The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

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TEN in Fresh Funding Move

first_imgzoom Greek tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has raised USD 100 million from a public offering of E Series of preferred shares.The net proceeds are planned to be used for general corporate purposes including potential vessel acquisitions and strategic investments.TEN is planing to issue 4 million Series E Preferred Shares at a price of USD 25 per share.In connection with the offering, the company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase 600,000 additional Series E Preferred Shares, which, if exercised in full, would result in total gross proceeds of USD 115 million.The offering is expected to close on or about April 5, 2017.Earlier this month, TEN released its financial results for 2016 which show that the company’s net income plunged to USD 55.7 million for the full year of 2016 from USD 158.2 million seen a year earlier.Despite the decrease in its profit, the company said it remains optimistic on 2017 due to the continued low price of crude oil, abundant alternative sources of oil supply and growing consumer demand.last_img read more

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Study Steep tariff hikes needed for Port of Alaska repairs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A recent study says steep tariff hikes could be on the way at the Port of Alaska if the Municipality of Anchorage has to pay for repairs to the dock.The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the analysis, prepared by economic consulting firm Parrish, Blessing and Associates Inc., considers how much tariffs on refined petroleum products and cement would have to be raised to cover the cost of borrowing $200 million to pay for replacing the port’s petroleum and cement terminal.The port currently charges a tariff of 15.7 cents per barrel on petroleum products. The analysis says rates would need to be increased by 45 per cent per year until 2023 — when they would reach $1.01 per barrel.The tariff for cement is currently $1.61 per ton. It would increase 39 per cent per year and hit $8.30 cents per ton in 2023.___Information from: (Anchorage) Alaska Journal of Commerce, http://www.alaskajournal.comThe Associated Press read more

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UN Drugs and Crime Office partners with Dubai to tackle trafficking and

“Through this project it is envisaged that the Dubai police will have a leading role in reversing increased drug trafficking and drug abuse among young people in the UAE and other States of the region,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa, who endorsed the pact along with Dubai Police Chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim.UNODC will help upgrade the Dubai Police Training Centre into a “centre of excellence” for the region-wide transfer of knowledge and the training of law enforcement staff to ensure they have the skills needed to cope with an increased influx of narcotic drugs, the Vienna-based agency said in a news release.The $1.2 million project, fully funded by the Dubai police, will last for two and a half years, starting in April.As part of the project, UNODC will assist Dubai and the UAE as a whole in developing a coordinated national action plan on drug demand reduction. The Office will also help develop and implement national drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention modules for schools and universities to address young people in a way that suits the culture of the Gulf region.“Today’s signing should be seen in the context of an ever-strengthening relationship and engagement between UNODC and the UAE,” Mr. Costa said, voicing appreciation for the “generous support” the country has provided to the agency. 29 March 2007The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Dubai Police today signed a project to tackle drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the United Arab Emirates and regionally. read more

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Dolphins Hall of Fame linebacker Buoniconti dead at 78

MIAMI — Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season, has died at the age of 78.Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for the Buoniconti family, says he died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York. A cause of death wasn’t immediately known.Buoniconti was bypassed in the NFL draft but went on to a 15-year career. He helped the Dolphins win back-to-back Super Bowls, including the 1972 team that finished 17-0.Following retirement, Buoniconti and his son, Marc, worked to raise more than a half-billion dollars in the search for a cure for paralysis. The younger Buoniconti was paralyzed from the shoulders down making a tackle for The Citadel in 1985.Nick Buoniconti was chosen for the all-time AFL team in 1970. He was chosen for the NFL Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1973.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_WineSteven Wine, The Associated Press read more

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UN committee on security in Central Africa opens meeting in Bujumbura

The UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa is attracting ministers from throughout the region to discuss a range of key issues, including the current political situation as well as inter-State cooperation to promote peace in the region.According to the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, which is organizing the event, the meeting will also review the implementation of the 1999 Subregional Conference on the Proliferation of and Illicit Circulation of Small Arms in Central Africa. In addition, participants will examine what has been done to follow-up on the recommendations of last year’s Subregional Conference on Refugees and Internally-Displaced Persons in Central Africa.The Committee was set up by the General Assembly in 1992 to develop confidence-building measures and to promote arms restraint and development in the central African subregion. It meets at least twice a year at the ministerial level and organizes various other events related to peace and security in Central Africa.The Committee’s 11 members are: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe. read more

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Iraq talks wrap up in Vienna after producing some movement Annan says

Speaking to reporters at the end of the talks, the Secretary-General said the two-day meeting included “a constructive discussion at the technical level,” which focused on the remaining disarmament issues and the practical arrangements that would apply should UN inspections resume. The Iraqi delegation, he said, would now report back to its authorities, while contacts would continue on technical matters.”There has been some movement,” he said, but added, “I would have preferred to move further.”Earlier today, the Secretary-General was briefed on the outcome of closed-door expert discussions by the three senior UN officials who participated: Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC) and Yuli Vorontsov, the High Level Coordinator on Iraq.In the afternoon, the Secretary-General met one-on-one with the head of the Iraqi delegation, Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, according to a UN spokesman. That meeting was followed by a two-hour plenary session attended by the full Iraqi and UN delegations.After the first session in the two-day talks ended on Thursday morning, the Secretary-General said, “We had a good round and a very good atmosphere.” Foreign Minister Naji Sabri added, “We exchanged views in a serious and earnest manner.” Yesterday’s discussions focused on disarmament, questions Iraq had submitted during the first round of talks, as well as the return of Kuwaiti property and other documents, the spokesman reported. Ambassador Vorontsov outlined the mechanism for the return by Iraq of the Kuwaiti national archives, which was also discussed by experts in the afternoon. read more

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Security Council updates measures to protect civilians caught in war

In adopting the document, called an Aide Memoire, the Council stressed the need to implement its provisions “on a more regular and consistent basis, taking into account the particular circumstances of each conflict situation,” Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, which holds the Council’s rotating Presidency, said in a statement on behalf of the members.Among other measures, the Aide Memoire calls for facilitating the “safe and dignified” return of displaced persons, better security in camps, armed escorts for humanitarian convoys, and counter-terrorism measures. The document also urges technical assistance for local police as well as the establishment of mechanisms for reporting human rights abuses. In addition, it underscores the need to fully disarm warring parties and reintegrate former fighters into society, while stemming the illegal flow of small arms. Special measures to protect women and girls from rape and other violence are also urged.The Aide Memoire, which is not a blueprint for action but rather a source of guidance for the Council, deals with a number of other areas as well, including the effects of war on children, the special responsibility of peacekeepers, the media’s influence on a given conflict, and the links between natural resources and fighting.In his statement, read out at an open meeting of the Council, Ambassador Tafrov called attention to the plight of those trying to help mitigate the effects of war, reaffirming “the need for parties to armed conflict to take all possible measures to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of UN and associated personnel as well as personnel of international humanitarian organizations.”Warring factions were also called on to comply fully with the provisions of the UN Charter and the rules and principles of international law. The Council also emphasized that countries must “end impunity and to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of humanitarian law,” Ambassador Tafrov said.Towards this end, the Council noted “with interest” a 10-point action plan on the protection of civilians in armed conflict put forward earlier this month by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland.In his presentation to the Council last week, Mr. Egeland cited the need to address humanitarian access, security for relief workers, the special protection of women and children, and measures to pressure armed groups and other non-State actors to protect civilians. Ambassador Tafrov said today the Council “looks forward to further discussions and consultations on this issue.” read more

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Soy Growers Look to USMCA

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news on Friday that leaders from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada reached a deal which would lift the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, removing a major roadblock to passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“Soybean farmers welcome the Trump Administration’s decision to reach a deal on tariffs with Mexico and Canada. The positive news was uplifting during this time of volatile export markets, and soy growers are urging continuation of the momentum with the swift passage of the USMCA,” said ASA President and Clinton, Kentucky soybean grower Davie Stephens. “We appreciate the leadership from Capitol Hill and Members of Congress like Senator Chuck Grassley, for vocalizing the barrier these 232 tariffs presented to passage.  As lawmakers turn to completing the task of passing USMCA, we continue to urge them to use their platform to raise the ongoing concerns over the still present China tariffs. ”Under NAFTA, U.S. soy exports to Canada and Mexico were almost $3 billion in 2017, U.S. soy exports to Mexico have grown four-fold under the agreement, making Mexico the number two export market for U.S. soybeans.Soy growers depend on exports, and passage of USMCA is vital to ensuring continued trade with two of U.S. soybeans’ top trading partners.last_img read more

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Silver Heritage sees revenue stream halved as Vietnam casino shuts down suddenly

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group Ltd has revealed that operations at Vietnam casino Phoenix International Club have shut down after the property’s General Manager advised that table games were no longer permitted under a revised Investment Certificate.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on Friday, Silver Heritage said it had received notice last week that table games were no longer permitted to be operated at Phoenix and that the casino would close for an indefinite period as of 6am Friday morning. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Phoenix accounted for around 45% of the company’s group-wide revenue in FY18.In response, Silver Heritage said it was “conducting a review of the legal basis on which the notice was issued, the company’s rights and obligations under the Entertainment Services Agreement between the company and the owner of Phoenix, and the impact of the notice on the company.”Completing a bad week for the company, Silver Heritage was also informed by the ASX on Friday that it had been suspended from official quotations from Friday for failing to lodge a periodic report by the due date. That report related to internally discovered accounting irregularities at the company’s Nepal IR, Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa, to the tune of US$15,000.Silver Heritage said it was unable to lodge its Preliminary Final Report for 2018 while it undertook a full review of Nepal accounting operations.last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsLibrary Outdoor Seating Area — Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019, 4pmInvitations To BidYentile Farm Recreational Facility Safety Netting — Deadline: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.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… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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2020 Democratic hopefuls field faith forum invites

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tags2020 election 2020 presidential election Beto O’Rourke homepage featured Pete Buttigieg,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – Democratic White House hopefuls — from Elizabeth Warren to Pete Buttigieg — are already talking a lot about God.Turns out both conservatives and progressives have been listening, and they want to hear more.As first reported by NPR on Friday (April 26), Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, has invited seven Democratic candidates to speak at the Family Leadership Summit on July 12 near Des Moines, Iowa.The conservative Christian organization extended the invite to Democratic contenders who topped Real Clear Politics’ polling average as of April 22: former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.The Family Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats, left, waves with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at The Family Leadership Summit on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)O’Rourke’s team has already said no. They told NPR that Plaats and his organization “have unapologetically provided a forum for dangerous anti-LGBTQ hate speech on numerous occasions.”Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Buttigieg — who is both openly gay and made a name for himself as someone who talks regularly about his faith on the campaign trail — told Religion News Service he would consider the invitation.Union Theological Seminary of New York — a historically progressive religious institution — responded to the news by inviting candidates to speak at their school as well.Their invitation was extended to all presidential candidates from any party.“Union Theological Seminary has long been committed to discussing how our deepest religious values should inform public policy,” Union said in a statement sent to RNS. “Accordingly, we’ve been delighted to see an increasing number of politicians speaking candidly about their faith, and how it informs their politics. As of today, we extend an official invitation to any candidate who would like to come to Union and participate in a forum about religion and the 2020 presidential election.”A spokesperson for Buttigieg’s campaign said Union’s blanket invitation was also “something we’ll definitely consider.”Spokespeople for the campaigns of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and author Marianne Williamson indicated they had not yet seen a formal invitation from Union and were awaiting more details before offering a response either way.The 2015 Family Leadership Summit featured appearances from a slate of Republican candidates that included Donald Trump.His appearance made headlines when pollster Frank Luntz inquired whether the businessman asks God for forgiveness for his actions.“I am not sure I have,” Trump said. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”Drew Zahn, director of communications for The Family Leader, said this year’s forum will likely use the same question-and-answer format with any Democratic contenders. He explained that having all candidates appear at once would look too much like a political debate, which nonprofit organizations typically avoid hosting.“It is our goal to ask them earnest and respectful questions in the spirit of civil dialogue,” Zahn said, noting they invited speakers other than just Democratic candidates. “We’re not looking for gotcha questions.”RNS attempted to contact all other campaigns but did immediately receive a reply. News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News ‘Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’ creates spiritual experience for fans o … By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This!last_img read more

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House Of Cards Cancelled As Fallout Continues For Spacey

first_img Share Photo via Facebook’s House of Cards Netflix will end the drama House of Cards with its sixth seasonThe fallout from Kevin Spacey‘s response to being accused of alleged sexual assault continued Monday, with the two-time Oscar winner being harshly criticized on social media, the plug pulled on his hit show “House of Cards” and “deeply troubled” producers of the political thriller arriving on set to comfort cast mates.Executives from Netflix and the show’s producer, Media Rights Capital, said they arrived in Baltimore, where the show is shot, on Monday afternoon to make sure actors and crew “continue to feel safe and supported.” Spacey was not scheduled to be on set on Monday.Though the decision to end the series was announced on Monday, the decision to pull the plug on the series was made several months ago, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision.Spacey is the latest Hollywood man to be named in widening allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in entertainment, media and other industries. The avalanche of allegations began earlier this month after the New York Times published a story alleging that producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed numerous women.On Monday, NBC fired political journalist Mark Halperin after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, and The New Republic said it had launched an investigation after publisher and president Hamilton Fish was accused of harassing women.In an interview published by BuzzFeed News on Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that he was attending a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when an inebriated 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp, then 14, was able to get away without any physical harm.Spacey responded on Twitter by saying he doesn’t remember the alleged encounter but if he acted the way Rapp alleges, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”pic.twitter.com/X6ybi5atr5— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017Spacey then said Rapp’s story “encouraged” him to address long-simmering rumors about his sexuality. He wrote that he’s had romantic relationships with both men and women in the past but is now living “as a gay man” and wanted to be honest so he could examine “my own behavior.” Requests for comment went unanswered Monday.The two-paragraph statement — an apology in the first for a 31-year-old alleged assault and a self-outing in the second — struck many as an odd time for Spacey to address his sexuality or even an attempt to deflect blame. Worse, he seemed to make a connection between being gay and sexual abuse of minors.“Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings,” wrote civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Twitter. Actor Zachary Quinto called Spacey’s outing “a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusations.”Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay rights group GLAAD said in a statement that the story was really about unwanted sexual advances on Rapp not Spacey’s sexuality. “Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” she said.Rapp cited the dozens of Weinstein accusers as the reason he recounted his encounter with Spacey.“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me,” he wrote on Twitter. Rapp, who starred on Broadway in “Rent,” currently stars in “Star Trek: Discovery.”Many Hollywood figures came to Rapp’s side, including fellow “Discovery” co-star Wilson Cruz and Rose McGowan, one of the leading voices against sexual harassment in Hollywood, who said of Spacey: “It’s your turn to cry.”Two comedians offered withering criticism: “You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!” Wanda Sykes, outspoken member of the LGBT community, wrote on Twitter. Billy Eichner also blasted the move: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”Former “House of Cards” showrunner Beau Willimon, who also serves as the president of the Writers Guild of America, East, called Rapp’s story “deeply troubling.”In a statement, Willmon said: “During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards,’ I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”___AP national writer Hillel Italie in New York and TV writers Lynn Elber in Los Angeles and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitslast_img read more

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Dish Sues Univision Over Streaming Patents as Carriage Standoff Grinds On

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Dish notified Univision of the patent claims in July 2018, shortly after the programmer’s channels went dark. In August, Univision sent a response to Dish asserting that it was not infringing the patents.“As we previously informed Dish, we deny that we are in violation of any of its patents. As such, we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against these claims,” a Univision rep said in a statement.Univision programming was pulled from Dish Network and its Sling TV over-the-top service on June 30, 2018. Dish told investors that the removal of Univision’s channels “could become permanent.” With the blackout, Dish has urged customers to access Univision using over-the-air antennas. “We prefer that our customers pay for Univision,” Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said on the company’s Q3 earnings call. “But to the extent [Univision doesn’t] want to have a contract with us… we know that in the urban markets where most of our Latino customers are, [over-the-air antenna] is a very attractive alternative.”Dish execs admitted that the Univision blackout contributed about half of its TV subscriber losses for the third quarter of 2018, when the provider posted its biggest quarterly net subscriber loss to date with a drop of 367,000 satellite TV customers and a gain of only 26,000 Sling TV subs. Dish also is in a contract fight with HBO, which has been unavailable on Dish satellite and Sling TV services since Oct. 31.Dish’s lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction barring Univision from using the patents, as well as unspecified monetary damages. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, assigned docket no. 1:2019-cv-00144. The original owner of the four patents cited in Dish’s lawsuit was Move Networks, an adaptive bit-rate streaming technology startup that Dish’s EchoStar acquired in 2011 for $45 million.The patent lawsuit gambit comes after previous legal maneuvering on both sides. Dish sued Univision for distributing games from Mexico’s Liga MX for free in English on Facebook. Univision countered with a still-pending lawsuit against Dish in October, alleging that Dish owes its millions of dollars in past licensing fees and accusing Dish of trademark infringement and false advertising by claiming Univision was still available on its services.center_img Dish Network is turning to patent litigation in its fight with Univision, as the companies’ distribution standoff continues with no end in sight after a nearly seven-month blackout.Dish — well known in the pay-TV biz for its litigious and hardball negotiating tactics — filed a federal lawsuit against Univision on Jan. 25. The suit alleges that the Hispanic broadcaster’s products including subscription-streaming service Univision Now, the Univision app, and Univision Deportes services violate four Dish-owned patents covering adaptive bit-rate streaming.According to Dish, the company has issued licensing requests to and initiated legal action against multiple streaming services, not just Univision. “Dish is seeking to enforce its patents related to HTTP-based adaptive bit-rate streaming technology that enables content delivery to adapt to the bandwidth available at any particular time, ensuring the highest possible quality content for the available bandwidth throughout the course of the stream,” a Dish rep said in a statement.last_img read more

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Star Wars The Old Republic prelaunch The prologue is epic

first_imgFor those of you still waiting to get into Star Wars: The Old Republic, your anticipation is well founded. Since my first report on the start of my “saga”, I have been able to get through the prologue, reach level 10, and was rewarded with my very first lightsaber.The journey getting to that point was incredibly entertaining and really shows how much work BioWare put into the title. Along the way I experienced a character death for the first time, picked up a companion, and fought one of the mini-bosses in the crystal cavern. One major conclusion I’ve some to so far is that the idea of SWTOR being your personal story is well-founded.One of the things that drives me insane about other MMOs (and eventually causes me to quit) is how they handle character death. Having to run to a corpse and pick up items or return to a cloning center that is a thirty minute walk away is not fun to me. So when I finally died for the first time in SWTOR I was apprehensive, then pleasantly surprised when I was given the option to wait a period of time and have a medical droid revive me on the spot, or to wait less and return to the med center to be healed.When you call a med probe, you are revived and then cloaked so you can escape an area that might be above your ability level. Again, this mechanic shows that the developers have really thought out the game experience.The only penalties I could see was that I lost all buff and stim effects, and the enemy I was fighting at the time of death returned to full health.As a Jedi Consular, my prologue was geared towards leveling me up to 10 and give me a lightsaber. Without going too much into detail as to not spoil it for anyone, I was given a series of plot events that walked me through this process. While they were linear in nature for the main storyline, there were plenty of side quests to give variety.Honestly, this feels like a completely different MMO than I have ever played. With the story element you feel there is actual purpose to the quests given. Rather than just going and killing 15 droids, you are sent to retrieve ancient artifacts where along the way you can activate bonus objectives that are closer in nature to the typical grind you may be used to.Pictured above, with my newly acquired lightsaber, is my first companion. The mechanics involved in having this ally is simply awesome — I can order him to attack, withdraw, heal, and even dismiss him entirely with one click of a button. If facing many enemies, I can send him against a different target evening the odds quickly. The companions in the game are fully equipable just like in Knights of the Old Republic. Companions add a whole layer of strategy to gameplay.Oh, and for those that might be wondering why my lightsaber is yellow-black, it’s thanks to the color change stone from the digital deluxe edition pre-order. The original color I had was purple, but the color change stone does boost the stats of my attack, so there was a benefit to modding my saber with it.By the time I started writing this, I found my prologue wrapping up there was another plot cinematic. My character was promoted to a full Jedi and… let’s just say some other stuff happened. This all served to tie the end of my prologue with the beginning of my real saga. The next stop: the Republic Fleet and Coruscant!Stay tuned as we continue to report on the SWTOR pre-launch time period.last_img read more

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