The Weeknd Just Got His Own HM Line

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement There once was a time we’d use descriptors like “shadowy,” “elusive” and “mysterious” when describing the Weeknd, but as all fans know at this point, those days are long gone. Driving that point home even further now is the news that Abel Tesfaye is becoming the new face of H&M.It’s been revealed that the Weeknd will be teaming up with the Swedish clothing retailer for a new menswear collection called “Spring Icons Selected by the Weeknd,” the Canadian Press reports. Twitterlast_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 49.07 points to 15,856.07.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 12.50 points to 23,429.26.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.17 points to 2,564.96.The Nasdaq composite index was down 4.86 points to 6,593.57.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.97 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 78.95 cents US.

SAIF in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

PNS SAIF is equipped with stat of the art equipment and sensors. It also carried Anti Submarine Z9EC helicopter. The ship is capable of operating in a in a multi-treat environment, it is equipped with multi role missiles and other modern weapons systems. The Ship has 14 Officers, 188 CPO’s and Sailors with Captain Jawad Ahmed as the Commanding Officer. Captain Jawad Ahmed joined Pakistan Navy in 1989 and got commission in 1992. In recognition to his meritorious services, Captain Jawad Ahmed has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military).As part of goodwill, Pakistan Navy ships frequently visit Sri Lanka ports. Such interactions are a part of the multi faceted professional relationship between the two navies, this partnerships is considered important by both countries for creating a secure maritime environment in the Indian Ocean. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is on a goodwill visit to the Tricomalee port from May 14-17, this visit signifies the strong diplomatic, cultural and military ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.The 123 meters long PNS SAIF (F-253) is a multi mission frigate capable of operating independently, or as part of Task force in a multi-threat environment, said a press release. The ships was commissioned in September, 2010 at Shanghai, China. PNS SAIF is the 2nd to bear name “SAIF”. This first ship to be named SAIF was Gracia Class Frigate (Ex USS Gracia FF-1040) which served Pakistan Navy till January 1994. read more

Accessibility at universities is a moral obligation advocate

“Disability is one element of the identity that makes a person whole,” says Rabia Kedhr, speaking in Brock’s Sankey Chamber.As a university student, Rabia Kedhr was accommodated, but she wasn’t always included. And that’s something higher education needs to change, she says.In a May 14 speech in Brock’s Sankey Chamber, the well-known accessibility advocate recalled, as a blind student, having to study alone in a room in the library. There was equipment to accommodate her, she said, but she was excluded from the normal study tips, gossip and other student bonding.“No one knew why Rabia went back to the secret room in the library,” she said. “While the rest of them went to study hall, I missed out on building those relationships. It excludes you from the norm.”Kedhr’s talk was sponsored by the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services and the University Accessibility Co-ordinator. She recalled an Economics professor who told her that, because of her blindness, “My style won’t work for you.” In the end, she managed to demonstrate to the university that her poor grade wasn’t because of her ability to learn, but because she wasn’t accommodated.She only knew about social events from her friends, she said. The events were mainly promoted through print advertisements, which weren’t accessible to her.These are examples of struggles students with disabilities face every day. The province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is part of creating a more accessible world, she said.“Equality in the context of disability means we have to create campus conditions that serve all of us,” she said. “We have to accept that people with disabilities and people without disabilities are, in fact, the same. We have to start from that common ground of belonging.”Kedhr is a consultant with DiversityworX, specializing in accessibility and social inclusion. She has more than 15 years of personal and professional experience in accessibility, community development and outreach with persons with disabilities.Future decisions on accessibility need to include people with disabilities, she said. And each organization needs “internal champions” who will fight for it.“In doing so, you contribute to the ultimate quality of life of every student,” she said. “Education is the true foundation of peace and prosperity. It’s the bedrock of any civilized society. We have a moral obligation to make it accessible.”Link:• University Accessibility Planning — Removing Barriers | Brock University• Human Rights | Brock University read more

PALS draws 4400 elementary students to Brock

It was during a visit in Grade 6 that Ian Pierce was left with a lasting impression of Brock University.Then a young Grimsby resident, Pierce came to Brock alongside his class through the Positive Active Living for Students (PALS) program and has never forgotten the fun-filled on-campus experience.Now a fourth-year Biological Sciences student, Pierce has since gone on to not only study at Brock, but to also take on a role as an instructor with the program that left its mark on him so many years ago.PALS, now in its 22nd year, welcomes about 4,400 elementary school children from 60 schools onto campus throughout May and June.The program encourages physical activity by introducing students to sports and activities they may not otherwise have access to, such as fencing, archery and rowing.Students from Ruth Thompson Middle School in Mississauga learn how to fence during a visit to the Positive Active Living for Students (PALS) program at Brock University.“The day resonated with me a lot,” Pierce said as he reflected on his trip to campus as a child.“I had never been to Brock before. I really got to see what the University was all about and what it had to offer.”The fond memories are a motivator for Pierce to ensure the students he works with each day are enjoying their time on campus.“I’m trying to give these kids the same experience that I had,” he said, while taking a break from showing proper archery form to a group from Ruth Thompson Middle School in Mississauga.“It’s not a job. It’s passing on your passion for physical activity to these students.”The PALS program has expanded since its inception more than two decades ago and continues to grow in popularity, said Megan Locker, Varsity Camps and Intramurals Co-ordinator.Classes participate from schools in Niagara, Halton and Peel, with students ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 8.“We have a lot of schools that come every year,” Locker said, adding June availability often fills up by December.“It’s a great way to get students on campus to see Brock and to visit our facilities,” she said.Classes participate in up to six activities per day, including swimming, flag rugby and lacrosse, among others.Locker said it’s not uncommon for teachers and parents of participating students to inquire about further participation in the various sports for their children.“It’s about getting students physically active while trying different things,” she said. “They may not like the typical soccer, volleyball and basketball played in gym class, but might like learning how to fence.”For PALS instructors, many of whom are on the path to become school teachers, the program is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children and networking with staff from many schools.“That practice and experience with kids is invaluable as they move on to the next step in their teaching career,” Locker said.The two-month PALS program is finished at the end of June, after which its instructors transition into working with Brock’s Summer Sports School for July and August.More information on the PALS program is available online. read more

NICIL seeking 30B for GuySuCo over 4 years

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$30B bond: GuySuCo appropriating funds for unauthorised expenses- SPU HeadOctober 2, 2018In “Business”GuySuCo’s liabilities: The nation needs to know what’s unfolding, what’s at stake- JagdeoJune 11, 2018In “Business”Any GuySuCo board headed by Thomas could be illegal – NandlallApril 17, 2018In “GuySuCo board illegal – Nandlall” The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) is seeking $30 billion in loans and investments to support the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as it’s remaining estates.The funding is expected to cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid.One of NICIL’s first acts since assuming responsibility for GuySuCo has also been to abruptly end the life of the old Board of Directors. Coming out of a special Board meeting, a decision was taken to have a new Board installed as of February 14, 2018.The NICIL Board has also handed down instructions to GuySuCo to freeze all hiring.NICIL’s Public Relations Consultant, Alex Graham, was quoted in the media outlining that  instructions have also been handed down to not renew any employee contracts that are in the process of expiring.“NICIL has begun working with the management team at the Corporation to implement management changes, some of these changes are already being implemented and more are expected to follow in the coming weeks,” Graham said.All of this, Graham related, is being done with the full cooperation of the management team of GuySuCo. He related that SPU head Colvin Heath-London, speaking after a meeting between the two teams, had stressed that profitability depended on the teamwork between NICIL and GuySuCo. read more

National asthma programme will save lives

first_imgAS WORLD ASTHMA Day is celebrated today, an alliance of medical and environmental experts has been formed that is calling for better air quality in Ireland.There are also calls for a National Asthma Programme to help save lives and benefit the half a million asthma sufferers in Ireland.INHALEThe INHALE (Ireland Needs Healthier Air and Lower Emissions) Alliance has welcomed the announcement from Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that he sees a ban on smoky coal being implemented within the next three years.Ireland has the fourth-highest prevalence of asthma worldwide, and more than one person dies from asthma every week in this country. The economic burden of asthma is estimated at €533 million per year.Formed by the Asthma Society of Ireland, the INHALE Alliance came together in recent weeks, having separately advocated for cleaner air across Ireland.Its members are  Dr Basil Elnazir, Chairperson of the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Medical Board and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Adelaide and Meath, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital; Prof Stephen Lane, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Asthma Society of Ireland Medical Board member; Prof Luke Clancy, Consultant Respiratory Physician and director general of the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society; Prof Pat Goodman, DIT School of Physics and Asthma Society of Ireland Scientific and Research Committee Member; James Nix, Policy Director, An Taisce and Duncan Stewart, broadcaster and environmental campaigner.People who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma can be badly affected by exposure to harmful particles in the air which result from pollutants, including the burning of smoky coal.In forming the INHALE Alliance, the Asthma Society of Ireland is also calling for expedited implementation of the National Asthma Programme.It says phased implementation of the programme and enrolment of patients beginning in 2014 would mean:Reduction in preventable deaths from asthmaEqual access to quality asthma care for allReduced burden on overstretched hospital servicesCost savings for the stateSmokey coal banSharon Cosgrove, CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, told TheJournal.ie that the first ban on smokey coal came in 23 years ago in Dublin, and has since been expanded to include a number of other areas.She said that it is “a little bit piecemeal”, however, as “you could be living in one town where there is a ban, but five miles down the road there is no ban”. The society is calling for nationwide ban on smoky coal for people with asthma, and said it welcomed Minister Hogan’s comments that he envisions that taking place within a few years.There are 470,000 people in Ireland with asthma – one in five children and one in ten adults. Cosgrave said she can understand the need to take time to implement things, “but we still want it done as quickly as possible”.A survey completed by the society in March showed that there was a lack of knowledge around asthma, with over a third of people surveyed not realising that the burning of smokey coal has an impact on people with the condition.There are free asthma clinics taking place this week – to find out more, visit www.asthma.ie. There are also extended hours for the asthma advice line, which is on 1850445464 and open from 6 – 10 May from 10am to 8pm; 13 – 17 May from 10am to 4pm, and 20 – 24 May from 10am to 4pm.Read: 50 asthma deaths a year ‘is too high’>last_img read more

Sony confirms 300MB featureunlocking day one update for PS4

first_imgSony has announced that there will be an update available as soon as you take your PS4 out of the box, and installing it will enable most of the cool features we’ve been hearing about so far.If you go to use your PS4 the day you purchase it without connecting to the Internet, you may find the console is missing more than a few of the features you were promised. The ability to play Blu-ray discs will be missing, as well as most of the features that require a network or Internet connection to use. For whatever reason, these features have been enabled at the last minute, and you’ll need to download a day one update from Sony in order to use them.System Software Update 1.50 is only 300MB, so the features that you’re gaining are already baked into the OS. The update is just enabling those features. Things like remote play, screenshots and recorded gameplay, and broadcasting or spectating gameplay are on the list of unlocks. Then we have logins for multiple simultaneous users, online multiplayer, and voice commands with facial recognition via the PlayStation Camera.Sony also explained in their update announcement that some already announced features will not be available even with the 1.50 update installed. The one example provided is “suspend/resume mode” for the console. There’s clearly more missing, however, and Sony claims they will explain more about those missing features in the near future.It’s not uncommon for consoles to include day one updates with last minute fixes, but Sony being so secretive about missing features from the console at launch is cause for concern.last_img read more

Sneaky Mobile Games for Secret Agents

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Alien: Blackout’ Is a Mobile Game for People Who …Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG Genre Stealthy, futuristic gadgets are a staple of spy movies. From wristwatches with built-in printers to pens that explode without any noticing. But smartphones, the pocket supercomputers every single chump carries with them every day, blows devices like those out of the water when it comes to sheer capability. And how do we use our godlike power to access all information anywhere at any time? We look at Twitter or figure out the best directions for getting to the Taco Bell.Stop using your phone for dreary real-life business and fulfill its destiny as the perfect tool for escapist spy fantasies. These are the (double-0) seven sneakiest mobile games for secret agents. (Note, some games I wanted to put on this list are so sneaky they aren’t even available anymore, like the Apple Watch spy game Spy_Watch and the official, awful, James Bond mobile game.)Agent AAgent A gives you the satisfaction, the feeling that you’re a genius that comes from solving those trendy escape the room puzzles. But with this game you don’t have to be stuck in a real room for an hour. Plus, you get to look at some lovely illustrated art and unravel a riveting yarn while solving these puzzles.Archer, P.I.Archer may have began as an Arrested Development-meets-James Bond spy parody, but in its later seasons it has evolved into something much more. The upcoming Archer Dreamland casts the incompetent agent as the star of a film noir, and the mobile game tie-in Archer, P.I. lets you scan episodes and uncover clues for yourself. Talk about synergy.Hidden FolksThe rustic, hand-drawn, black-and-white art style of Hidden Folks may seem more hippie than spy. However, the key to espionage is being able to read a room to find the information you need that others may miss. Hidden Folks’ Where’s Waldo gameplay will test your spying eye by giving you plenty of wacky characters to spot.Hitman GOHitman GO is the crown jewel of Square Enix’s excellent mobile game trilogy. The game turns the elaborate stealth action of the console Hitman games and transforms it into an abstract, coldly sparse and beautiful single-player board game. But it still retains all the tactical killing that makes Agent 47’s adventures so beloved.Invisible, Inc.Invisible, Inc. puts you in control of squads of secret agents trying to bring down the corporations that control the future. The turn-based strategy gameplay gives you time to assess each perilous situation while your powerful AI partner gives you plenty of tools for dealing with challenges. And it’s all brought to neon, high-tech life with gorgeous art because it’s a Klei game.Puzzle Agent 2Forget the TV show, the real successor to Fargo is Telltale’s Puzzle Agent series. Nelson Tethers’ investigations for FBI puzzle research take the gameplay of Professor Layton but swap the quaint Japanese Europe setting for a quirky and eerie American Midwest. For some reason, only the sequel is available on mobile, but any proper puzzle agent should be able to fill in the blanks.TouchToneSpy fantasies are fun and all, but as we’ve recently learned, our spy reality is the NSA using our smart devices to monitor us for nefarious ends. TouchTone is a game about this dilemma, combining the hacking minigame ideas seen in many AAA games with an indie, Papers, Please-style narrative about modern technological paranoia. Oh, and it’s got great art by Threes/Tumbleseed developer Greg Wohlwend.last_img read more

Rock of Ages is Tower Defense With Big Balls

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!No, we’re not talking about that rock musical, although Tom Cruise’s hair is a Game of the Year in its own right. After a string of Game of the Year articles that were pretty much just reviews for recent releases, we’re taking this column back to its roots by talking about a strange, older game you may have missed.From Marble Madness to Super Monkey Ball, there’s a long tradition of video games about ball manipulation. But 2011’s Rock of Ages might be the Game of the Year award-winning ball to end them all.While Japan and The West (America, Europe) have pretty much dominated the video game industry since the beginning, an increasingly globalized world has led to an increasingly globalized community of game developers. One region that’s seen its profile rapidly rise recently is Latin and South America, giving us soulful indie games like Papo y Yo out of Brazil and the cult classic introduction to rocket science Kerbal Space Program from the Mexican team at Squad. Screw walls. Embrace immigrants!Rock of Ages was developed by ACE Team, a Chilean studio. We’ll discuss soon enough how strange this game is, but if anything, it’s a step toward something more mainstream after the team’s debut game Zeno Clash. That’s a first-person fist fighter featuring a bird monster called Father-Mother, in case you were wondering just how surreal it got. And it’s a distinct kind of weird, not aping other countries’ version of what the bizarre looks like. Again, that’s the value of having new kinds of voices in the creation of the art.In Rock of Ages, players control famous mythical Greek rock-pusher Sisyphus as he attempts to roll his way through history, crushing the armies of famous historical leaders from the ancient and modern world along the way. Normal enough. Oh, and it’s all told through a Monty Python cut-out art style that plays like a parody of high Renaissance art. And that’s before the big moonman-like ball with a disturbingly tranquil troll face shows up.Rock of Ages’ gameplay is split between two phases both happening in real time: offense and defense. On offense, you control a huge boulder with a face rolling downhill toward the enemy gate. You have to weave (or smash) your way through traps and defenses to keep the rock as unharmed as possible, while going as fast as possible, to deliver maximum damage. Meanwhile, on defense, you must strategically place your own traps, using money and time earned from successful rolling runs, to destroy incoming enemy boulders before they reach your gate and damage you.This makes for some satisfying strategy, a nice mix of careful planning and making it up as you go. As the boulder picks up speed, you’re really just at its mercy as you try to guide it toward safety and the destruction of your foes. Take away the odd trappings, and Rock of Ages is essentially an intriguingly abstract take on the tower defense genre. The offense-defense dichotomy, which eventually gets repetitive in the single-player campaign barring the occasional boss fight, also makes the game well-suited to multiplayer, which it does fortunately offer. And there’s skeeball too because why not.But really, Rock of Ages’ greatest victory is harnessing and understanding the undeniable joy of controlling a huge destructive ball. Katamari Damacy understands this. Miley Cyrus understands this. Yoot Saito’s Odama on Nintendo GameCube, which might be Rock of Ages’ closest spiritual ancestor, dared to ask, “What if we added tactical voice commands and an even bigger ball to pinball?” Everything is improved by bigger balls.If that sounds great to you, check out Rock of Ages as well as the sequel, Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder, which just released on PC and consoles six years later. This is what Game of the Year was made for.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Rock of Ages is a tower defense-inspired real-time strategy game about crushing your foes with a giant ball.2. Meanwhile, you must also build defenses to keep out opposing boulders.3. The game features a Monty Python-esque art style parodying high Renaissance art.4. Outside of standard matches you can play multiplayer modes and boss fights.5. Rock of Ages is just one example of great weird games coming from Latin and South America.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NXT Highlights Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno NXT announces YearEnd Awards

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE uploaded the following highlights from this week’s episode of NXT. WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian West has entire closet for Yeezys Hulu has plans for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel Sarah hyland Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSarah Hyland and Wells Adams’ first date was a ‘real trial by fire’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:12/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 90.63%0:03Remaining Time -1:09 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Dwayne Johnson leaves honeymoon early to appear on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Now Playing Up Next Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams’ first date was a ‘real trial by fire’ Anton Danyluk wasn’t serious about Belle Hassan Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Becky and Charlotte comment on WrestleMania Sports Illustrated criticizes storyline

first_imgComplete and utter bullshit.— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 12, 2019Sports Illustrated criticizes storylineSports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina has an article up criticizing the storyline about Becky Lynch being “suspended” and pulled from the planned WrestleMania 35 main event against Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship.Despite WWE pretty clearly hinting at an authority struggle among the McMahon family between Vince and Stephanie McMahon/Triple H, the article felt the company is simply revisiting something similar to what they did with Daniel Bryan years ago.The WWE has the hottest act in wrestling since Daniel Bryan and his “YES movement” in 2014 in Becky Lynch a.k.a, “The Man.” The crowd cannot get enough of her, she’s more over (wrestling term) than any wrestler in the company and she’s in a storyline with Ronda Rousey, who the WWE paid millions to bring in despite zero wrestling experience.So what does the WWE do with Lynch? They give her the same old, tired storyline that we’ve seen over and over in the company. You know the one where they make the most popular superstar an underdog who has to battle “The Authority” a.k.a. the McMahon family. It started with Stone Cold Steve Austin, it continued with Daniel Bryan and now it’s Becky Lynch’s turn and it’s awful because it’s been done so many times. Yes, it was effective with Austin and Bryan, but now it just feels like the ultimate crutch. It’s lazy and uninteresting because of the “been there, done that” feel. WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Facebook Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 As reported earlier, Vince McMahon “suspended” Becky Lynch for another 60 days creating a storyline where she will be unavailable to wrestle at WrestleMania.As a result, Charlotte Flair was introduced as the newest challenger for Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35 with the RAW Women’s Championship on the line.Both Charlotte and Lynch weighed in on the storyline on Twitter.Wow, I didn’t realize that so many of you didn’t want me in the match. Taking that into account, I’ll be asking management to remove me effectively immediately. J/KI could not possibly care less what you think — Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) February 12, 2019 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmicklast_img read more

Forecast County will keep growing

first_img Clark County’s population keeps growing — much like the state as a whole — fueled primarily by people moving into already dense urban areas.But Yi Zhao, chief demographer at the state Office of Financial Management, thinks the trend is about to change.“Right now, the growth is concentrated in the large metro counties,” she said.The U.S. Census Bureau named Washington the fourth fastest-growing state in the country after Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Most of that growth is from people moving here.Zhao thinks Washington’s growth will continue to be concentrated in its larger urban counties until 2020; after that, perhaps, people seeking more affordable housing will branch out into medium-sized or smaller rural counties. She pointed out that Snohomish and Pierce absorb people from fast-growing King County, and Clark County similarly gets people who are leaving Portland.Zhao’s office estimates there were 471,000 people residing in Clark County in 2017. While there is no crystal ball that says exactly how many people will live here in the coming decades, the Office of Financial Management uses a variety of data, such as building permits, school enrollment, voter registration, drivers’ license data, the number of births and deaths, to compile its Growth Management Act population projections. These look at how many people could live in each county through 2040.The office recently released these figures, which have been done every five years since 1990 and give low, medium and high population projections with medium being the most likely outcome.If the projections are accurate, Clark County’s population will skirt just under 500,000 in 2020 and be 643,552 by 2040. If something slows growth, the population could grow to just 541,000 by 2040; high projections put the county’s population at 762,479 by 2040. click to enlargelast_img read more

Finnish club trials Gambia goalkeeper

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Relegated Finnish club Jaro has taken the Gambian national team net-minder Sam Jammeh on trial, Foroyaa Sport can report. Jammeh 23, is one of four players taken on an audition, hoping to convince coaches they are worth being offered professional deals.The shot-stopper has been to a number of Swedish clubs latest being at Sunne where he had a brief spell putting out a number of dazzling performances there. Sam’s career teed off in Finland with Vikingit before he decided to cross the border to neighbouring Scandinavian country Sweden. However, he’s now back in Finland this time with Jaro who spent the previous season in the top flight. The goalie’s trial began this week and is expected to go for at least a week or so. Born in Finland to a Gambian father, Sam decided to commit his international future to Gambia over his birth country and has been called up to the Scorpions team numerous times. He’s yet to make an official outing for the Gambia but got the nod from the substitute bench in the one-all friendly draw against Uganda.last_img read more

Sign up your pup for Helen Woodward Animal Centers 2018 Surf Dog

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Helen Woodward Animal Center, hwac Mike McKinnon III, Francella Perez, 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 SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – It’s almost here! For months, top surf dog contenders and newbies have been training hard and attending Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog and SUP Lessons in paw-paration for the longest running surf dog competition in the country. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon, presented by Blue Buffalo, dives into action at Dog Beach Del Mar on Sunday, September 9th, 2018, from 8am to 2pm PST.Throughout July and August, water-loving dogs and their favorite people partners have been learning the ropes and perfecting their skills on the waves with help from the experts at SoCal Surf Dogs. This summer, more than 120 GromMUTTS signed up for the special lessons with 100% of the proceeds supporting Helen Woodward Animal Center’s orphan pets and programs.Now surf dogs can hardly wait to show off the skills they’ve fetched at the ultimate summer-closer. Helen Woodward’s Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon was the first-of-its-kind, turning ‘dogs on surfboards’ into a platform to raise life-saving funds and reminding the world that “man’s best friend” can do phenomenal things.The live-streamed event features more than 70 dogs competing in different weight classes for the coveted title of “Top Surf Dog 2018.” The canine competitors will ride into 10 minute heats with help from their human parents and “hang 20” before a panel of judges consisting of celebrities, surf pros and aficionados.Each dog is judged on their ability to ride the waves, stay on the board and show off their surf spirit. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded for each weight class and the first place winners will move on to the finals – Best-In-Surf. But the fun on the water doesn’t end there. A unique freestyle surf contest will award points for creativity! Tandem rides for dogs who can ride with their best friends and even their favorite human, eye-catching tricks and costumes are encouraged to wow the judges.Del Mar Dog Beach is the place to be to witness the cutest surf competition of the year. Spectators can lounge back and take part in dog and family-friendly activities. They will include live beach tunes, 50 interactive vendor booths with great gifts, snacks and dog items available for purchase, food, the crowd favorite Canine Costume Contest, drawings and a FREE special Kid’s Activity area – with crafts, games and more! Plus, the Surf Dog Hall-of-Fame Induction Ceremony will take place.For the 13th year, surf dogs and their human parents have been fundraising and catching waves with tail-wagging enthusiasm for a good cause. There’s still time to register your favorite sur-FUR! 100 percent of the proceeds from the annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon support the life-saving work at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Top fundraising pooches not only get to help orphan pets, additionally the top fundraiser will receive a surf-photoshoot with their picture featured on the 2019 Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon billboard, seen by thousands throughout San Diego.For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit www.animalcenter.org or call 858-756-4117.If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the livestream at animalcenter.org at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET.About Helen Woodward Animal CenterHelen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 90,000 people and more than 10,000 animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world. For more information, go to: www.animalcenter.org. FacebookTwitter Posted: September 6, 2018 September 6, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Francella Perez Sign up your pup for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 2018 Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon ?Enjoy happy, beachy tunes from Hale Ukulele at the #SurfDogSurfAThon. Guaranteed to add some chill into your & your pup’s Sunday!? Join us at the beach: https://t.co/590U0B7ga1 pic.twitter.com/XSbIC8M4Gz— Helen Woodward (@HWAC) September 5, 2018last_img read more

No relation with developments in Karnataka Rajnath Singh

first_imgThe BJP-ruled government has no relation to the ongoing developments in Karnataka and did not put pressure on any MLA or MP to switch parties, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday in Lok Sabha. The Defence Minister said the government is committed to protecting the sanctity of Parliament. “Whatever is happening currently in Karnataka, we have not related with that,” he said, replying to the issue raised by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Chowdhury alleged the BJP-ruled government is hatching a conspiracy to break the Congress-led government in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. “This government is secretly hatching a conspiracy against the state government. They took our MLAs to a five star hotel in Mumbai,” Chowdhury said during Zero Hour. He also said that immediately after the MLAs met the Governor, vehicles, aeroplane and hotel facilities were already there. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us To drive home his point, Chowdhury said if one has 10 silver and gold coins each but not facility to secure them, it does not mean that an outsider will steal them. The Congress-JD (S) government has plunged into a crisis, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker. 12 of them did it on Saturday. The defence minister said the resignation drive was started by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Advertise With Us “Big leaders of Congress are resigning,” he added. Immediately after the minister’s reply, Congress members started shouting and showing placards with “Save Democracy” written on them. Members did not pay heed to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s repeated request to stay calm. T R Baalu (DMK) and Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) raised their issues during Zero Hour, but in the pandemonium, the Speaker adjourned the House for lunch.last_img read more

Chinas lowcost carriers add more routes

first_imgXia Lili, marketing chief at a privately-owned Shanghai software firm, switched to flying with Spring Airlines after China’s first low-cost carrier took off in 2010. Her company has since made it mandatory for staff to use budget airlines when available, and has cut its travel costs by a fifth.Xia and her colleagues are among an increasing number of Chinese who are fuelling fast growth in what is often called the “last” big market ripe for low-cost carrier penetration.Since late 2013, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has encouraged budget airlines as Beijing has seen how they have taken off elsewhere. Freeing up new routes for low-cost carriers also helps develop economic growth in western China.Low-cost carriers account for 7% of China’s domestic air travel market, and that’s expected to more than double by 2020, according to OAG, an aviation data and analytics company.China, the fastest growing major air travel market, has overall passenger volume of 392 million, rising at more than 10% a year, according to official data, and planemaker Airbus predicts it will leapfrog the United States as the world’s largest domestic air traffic market within 10 years.”Low-cost travel has become a life style. Many of my colleagues would start chatting about how to get those 9 yuan ($1.41) or 99 yuan ($15.48) special offer tickets,” Xia said.As Europe’s pioneer no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet mature and move more upmarket, they are attracting business travelers as a way to stand out in the budget crowd.China’s four budget airlines offer sharply discounted air fares to full-service carriers.For example, West Air, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines’ parent HNA Group, offers a round trip from Chongqing to the popular southern resort of Sanya and a 3-night stay in a five-star hotel for just 999 yuan ($156), for bookings made well in advance. That compares with 770 yuan for the cheapest one-way ticket offered by full-service carriers, according to Ctrip.com.In Europe, the cheapest budget airline return ticket for a similar flight — from Luton in England to Barcelona — without accommodation, costs 98 pounds ($148) on cheapflights.co.uk.All of China’s low-cost carriers, except newest entrant 9 Air, are profitable. Much of that is down to severe paring of their costs.At China United, flight attendants clean up inside the plane between flights. The airline has squeezed more seats into its fleet of Boeing 737 planes, and turned one of the jets into a flying billboard, advertising Huangguoshu waterfall, China’s biggest, said executive vice president Zhang Lanhai. With money from the local government, China United passengers are offered big discounts on hotels and tours in the area.Spring Air, China’s first and largest budget carrier, took out nearly all the light bulbs on the corridor to chairman Wang Zhenghua’s office, and staff must turn off the lights when they leave for the day. Both the chairman and president eat at the staff cafeteria, and flight attendants share hotel rooms on trips.The carrier on Thursday said it signed a $6.3 billion deal to buy 60 A320neo jets from Airbus to help it meet rising demand, tap new markets and improve fleet fuel efficiency. Spring Air has halved the size of the kitchen on some existing A320s to accommodate extra seats.Attracted by the sector’s growth potential, some state airlines have converted to low-cost carriers, and others are likely to follow suit.This year alone, China Eastern Airlines converted its China United unit into a budget carrier, and Juneyao Airlines set up a low-cost subsidiary in Guangzhou. West Air converted in 2013, and Lucky Air, another HNA carrier, is also going through that transition. China Southern Airlines is also considering setting up a budget subsidiary, executives said.The budget carriers have grown in part by flying routes that aren’t covered by the bigger airlines.China United, for example, flies to nearly a dozen cities in Inner Mongolia, more than any other carrier including Air China, which even has a branch there, said Zhang.Because Inner Mongolia’s transport network is still patchy, the quickest way to travel from one city to another is often to fly around 500 kms (311 miles) to Beijing with China United and connect there to a flight to the Inner Mongolian destination.”More and more people are doing this because it’s faster and cheaper,” said China United’s Zhang.Spring Air, which also flies to popular Asian leisure destinations, started flights in late October to Dongyin, an oil-rich city in eastern China whose only connection to Shanghai was previously by a lengthy bus trip and then by high-speed rail. The maiden flight was packed, a company executive said.Frustrated at not having enough slots at Beijing International Airport, Spring Air offered passengers free high-speed rail tickets to Shijiazhuang airport nearly 300 kms away, where it has better slots and offers more flights.As more Chinese take to the skies, one challenge for the budget airlines is to manage passenger expectations.Air travel has always been seen as a mode of transport for the privileged in China, and some passengers have been unhappy about meals and leg-room or when asked to pay for luggage or in-flight drinks.But, 9 Air’s marketing chief Huang Hui says, “Some passengers who initially complained keep coming back.”last_img read more

AL anxious with managing strategy BNP pins hopes with freshers

first_imgElection campaign of Awami League and BNP candidates. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) began electioneering, with a challenge of how to address party fueds in many constituencies before the 30 December ballot.The AL camp has kept more candidates, especially from major ally Jatiya Party to manoeuvre electoral games in critical constituencies while the BNP is struggling with internal criticism over fielding candidates apart from facing ‘fictitious’ cases. Despite enthusiasm about the elections after securing party symbol sheaf of paddy, the BNP candidates were allegedly facing obstructions in different parts of the country, including the latest case of attack on the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Seeing the opposition in ‘disarray’, the AL camp has allowed Ershad’s Jatiya Party to continue with many candidates outside the alliance and in cases its leaders as rebel candidates. They all are contesting with either JaPa polls symbol plough or as independent candidates.This, ruling party leaders believe, is part of the AL’s strategy to use them if needed and possible or persuade them to pull out of race at the last minute if they threaten the prospects of the AL candidates contesting with boat symbol.However, there are apprehensions among the leaders that such strategy may fail and in that case the party would have to pay a high price.Meanwhile, there is anger and dissatisfaction among many BNP leaders about seat-sharing with allies and choice of the party’s own candidates.The AL still believes the opposition parties including the BNP may eventually boycott the elections on the plea of absence of level-playing field.So, the ruling party gave JaPa the go-ahead to keep its candidates in various constituencies so that the party can emerge as the official opposition party should the BNP alliance pull out of the race.The AL encouraged the religion-based parties to contest with their own party symbols, so that they are not tilted to the opposition camp.The AL camp further wants to exploit the presence of more candidares by appointing more agents in its favour. The AL, if required, wil provide its own leaders and activists as polling agents for JaPa candidates.However, the leaders think the party should take action against any candidate within the coalition, who poses threat to its candidate or the one of the grand alliance.Several leaders of the 14-party alliance and JaPa admitted that many of the parties in the alliance gave nomination to party leaders only to keep them happy.There were also allegations of ‘nomination trade’ against the JaPa leadership and many JaPa leaders were given nomination on that consideration. The JaPa has fielded candidates in 148 constituencies, going outside the AL fold.The AL has endorsed 29 JaPa candidates as those of its alliance. However, the list of candidates of the grand alliance suggests the JaPa has got only 26 seats for contesting the polls.The AL has dearth of confidence in HM Ershad. The AL policymakers believe that JaPa may create trouble in some constituencies and that is why efforts will be made to tame the stronger candidates of JaPa.JaPa candidates in at least 20 constituencies in the northern region and in more 15-20 constituencies throughout the country, have the capacity to challenge the AL candidates, said a senior leader.“HM Ershad can do anything, since he is completely unpredictable,” the leader added.The opposition BNP, however, has raised its hopes by fielding young and new candidates despite some criticism about the policy, party leaders said.New faces constitute one-third of 242 candidates the BNP has fielded in, out of 300 constituencies. The party has shared 58 seats with the 20-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front partners for the contest.Critics within the party claimed that the BNP has nominated some controversial and weak candidates in some constituencies. They cited the example of nominating Chattogram city leader Abu Sufian in Chittagong-8 dumping former foreign minister and vice chairman of the party M Morshed Khan.There are 89 candidates who never contested the national polls before. Some of these candidates are wives and family members of the BNP leaders who could not participate in the polls for various reasons.Several senior leaders of BNP said dissent over nomination is natural. This time around, the party has issued a special directive to its dedicated leaders at the grassroots to welcome the new faces.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP had to make some unavoidable compromise to accomodate the demands of the 20-party alliance and Oikya Front.“The BNP has nominated more young leaders, women and dedicated leaders from the grassroots this time. I think the nomination has been very good. There are many eligible faces along with the senior leaders,” he added.last_img read more

Truck and car involved in crash at Colenso offramp

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A car and a truck were involved in a crash this morning (May 23) just before the off-ramp to Colenso on the R103.Emergency services are on scene.Read also: Breaking News: Multiple fatalities in horror crash in Msinga areaAlso read: 16 people injured in crash just outside LadysmithNo injuries have been reported.Clean-up operations are currently taking place.last_img read more