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Quebec unemployment rate reaches record low especially for primeage workforce

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s unemployment rate hit its lowest level in decades in May, helped by full employment for the prime workforce aged 15 to 54 years.Six per cent of Quebecers were unemployed, the lowest level since Statistics Canada started collecting the data in 1976.The dip from 6.6 per cent in April was partially due a decrease in the number of people seeking work.However, among prime-age workers the unemployment rate dipped to a low of 5.8 per cent.“We’ve never seen this before so it’s a pretty good report,” said National Bank of Canada chief economist Stefane Marion.He said full employment for this key age group is important because they have the biggest propensity to obtain credit in the low interest rate environment.Across Canada, full-time employment for prime-aged workers rose 31,000 in May, the sixth robust increase in seven months. Over this period, 196,000 jobs for this age group have been created, the best such performance in 20 years.Marion said Montreal was the big winner in Quebec last month because for the first time in the province’s history more people are working in the city than in all of Quebec.Immigration has been a powerful contributor, he added.“The success story of the Canadian economy is really the immigration policy targeted towards economic immigrants. That’s why we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the OECD.”Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said the provincial economy is heading in the right direction after 165,000 jobs have been created since May 2014.Leitao also said fears of a downturn in the U.S. economy this year are unfounded.“There is uncertainty surrounding 2018 and 2019,” he said. “But in 2017 the U.S. economy is ticking over really well.”Desjardins Group senior economist Joelle Noreau said the enthusiasm about Quebec’s low overall unemployment rate should be tempered by the fact it’s just 0.6 per cent lower than April.Ontario experienced a similar decrease in April but the unemployment rate then rose 0.7 per cent in May to 6.5 per cent despite creating 19,900 new jobs.“We may be next in line for a short-term correction similar to what Ontario experienced,” she wrote in a report.In May, Quebec’s 29,800 gain in full-time jobs was offset by a decrease of 14,900 part-time employment.The biggest gains in employment were in the transportation and warehousing sectors, professional, scientific and technical services along with health care and social assistance.The improved jobs picture and growing consumer confidence is helping the residential sector which is resulting in a six per cent increase in Montreal area home prices, Noreau said.Marion said the Bank of Canada needs to adjust its message by acknowledging that the Canadian economy is doing well.“We anticipate a more hawkish message from (Bank of Canada Governor Stephen) Poloz in July as he must now prepare households for a rate hike,” he wrote in a note to clients.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.last_img read more

Exfederal bridge president jailed for accepting bribes from SNCLavalin

first_imgMONTREAL – The former president of the federal company that owns and operates two of Montreal’s major bridges was sentenced Thursday to five-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to accepting more than $2 million in bribes.Michel Fournier admitted to taking over $2.3 million from Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in connection with a contract the company received to repair the Jacques Cartier Bridge.Fournier was president and director general of Federal Bridge Corp. and president of Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. between 1997-2004.A consortium led by SNC-Lavalin obtained the $127-million contract of public money to repair the Jacques Cartier Bridge in October 2000.Fournier told the court SNC-Lavalin deposited the money in Swiss bank accounts and that he had tried to hide the source of the cash.Court documents stated Fournier lost a significant amount of the money in the stock market.The government was only able to confiscate $775,000.Fournier was charged in 2016.last_img read more

Bob Barker To Congress Stop NIHs Cruel Experiments On Baby Monkeys

first_imgAs Congress deliberates the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget bill for next year, every single member will receive a video message starring Bob Barker — but it’s no The Price Is Right retrospective.In a new video for PETA, the 91-year-old television icon calls for an end to NIH’s expensive, much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys.“At this government facility in Maryland, hundreds of baby monkeys are torn from their mothers,” Barker explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how experimenters subject the baby monkeys to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure their severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness, but they’ve continued for more than 30 years, costing taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.“This project is approved to continue until 2017, but it needs to stop right now,” Barker concludes in the video. “Please be a champion for animals, taxpayers, and public health by acting now to help end the NIH’s abusive and wasteful experiments on baby monkeys.”In December, compassionate members of Congress called on NIH to conduct a thorough scientific and ethical review of the cruel experiments. In January, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell co-hosted PETA’s standing-room-only congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. PETA has also enlisted the support of scientists such as Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens.For more information, please visit read more

Jimmy Carter To Travel To Nepal For Habitat For Humanitys Carter Work

first_imgPresident Jimmy Carter recently received consent from his medical team to travel to Nepal for Habitat For Humanity’s 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.The build will take place Nov. 1-6 in the Chitwan district, which is located 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.“Since Rosalynn and I first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in 1984, we’ve never missed a single year,” said President Carter. “I am grateful that we can join with other volunteers in November and continue to help shed light on the critical need to address inadequate housing around the world.”During the week, 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world will help build permanent homes in partnership with low-income families in the Nayabasti Gairigaun village. A majority of these families are Dalits, who are considered the lowest group in the Nepali caste system. Many work as construction laborers, farmers or garbage collectors, or work at a nearby poultry farm, earning US$5 to US$7 a day.For more than three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have given a week of their time annually to help Habitat build and repair houses while raising awareness of the critical need for affordable housing. During the previous 31 projects, more than 92,000 volunteers have built, renovated and repaired 3,943 homes in 14 countries.“We are so excited that President and Mrs. Carter are going to be able to join us. Their involvement has inspired millions of people around the world to share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The two of them bring such energy and enthusiasm to our mission and we look forward to their participation for many more years to come.”Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project is made possible through the support of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. This year’s lead sponsors are longtime supporters Bank of America, Delta Air Lines Foundation and Samsung.For more information about this year’s project, visit: read more

Stocks move lower on mixed corporate earnings

NEW YORK — A mixed bag of corporate earnings pushed stocks lower in early trading Wednesday.Video-game makers were the biggest losers early on. Take-Two Interactive and Electronic Arts plunged after releasing weak forecasts, citing tougher competition. Several chipmakers, including Skyworks Solutions, rose after reporting solid results.Snap, which operates the photo-messaging app Snapchat, soared after reporting a giant increase in sales and slashing its quarterly loss in half.The mixed results continue rolling out, with more than half of companies having already reported earnings. The results are mostly beating forecasts, helping to allay some investors’ fears over a slowdown in growth.Broader economic concerns continue shadowing the market. Investors are still concerned about tariffs cutting into profits and consumers’ wallets, along with a general slowdown in growth globally.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 74 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 25,337 as of 10:05 a.m. The S&P 500 index fell 0.4 per cent and The Nasdaq composite fell 0.6 per cent.OH, SNAP: The company behind the popular photo-messaging app SnapChat surged 22 per cent as more advertising dollars drove revenue growth in the fourth quarter. The revenue increase helped cut the company’s losses. It also maintained its user base.FANCY SHOES: The company behind Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and now Versace surged after reporting earnings that were far larger than analysts were expecting. Capri Holdings’ stock jumped 14.2 per cent. Sales of its Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors lines were especially strong.OVERSEAS: European markets were mostly lower. Many Asian markets were closed for the lunar new year.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Killings at Darfur displaced persons camp were unlawful – UN report

The report, issued today by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), is the result of an investigation into the 25 August incident at the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur, which also left 108 civilians wounded.The Sudanese forces had entered the camp, home to about 80,000 IDPs, to execute a search warrant for illegal weapons and drugs. They were confronted by a group of camp residents who tried to stop them from entering the camp. The security forces fired shots in the air, before opening fire on the crowd. According to the report, the 33 people killed included 14 men, ten women and nine children. The casualties include one 75-year-old woman who drowned in a pool of water as she attempted to flee the shooting. The 108 people injured during the incident included 38 children and 25 women. The report notes unconfirmed reports by “credible independent sources” that light and heavy arms had been situated in Kalma. However, UN investigators could not verify Government claims that security forces had responded in a purely defensive manner after armed elements within the camp opened fire on them, allegedly injuring seven army personnel. “Witness testimonies confirmed that security forces shot arbitrarily at a large crowd of IDPs including women and children,” the report says. “Furthermore, it did not appear that the crowd posed any imminent threat to the security forces before they opened fire.” The report concludes that, “Government security forces committed violations of international human rights law against the civilian population of Kalma IDP camp. It was established that the security forces used lethal force in an unnecessary, disproportionate and therefore unlawful manner.” Government security forces also “failed to protect the right to life according to their obligations under international human rights law,” the report adds. In addition, during the Kalma incident “police and security forces failed to employ alternative peaceful means of crowd control before resorting to the use of lethal force.”UNAMID has been in place in Darfur since the start of 2008 in a bid to try to quell the deadly fighting and humanitarian suffering that has afflicted the impoverished Sudanese region since 2003. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed, either through direct combat, disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, while another 2.7 million people have been forced to flee from their homes because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed. 23 January 2009Sudanese forces violated international human rights law by using lethal force in “an unnecessary, disproportionate and therefore unlawful manner,” when they fired on a crowd in a displaced persons camp in Darfur last August, killing 33 civilians, states a new United Nations report. read more

European nations meet ahead of UN forum on noncommunicable diseases crisis

24 November 2010In an effort to address the growing problem of non-communicable diseases, representatives from 40 European countries will gather in Norway tomorrow under the auspices of the United Nations health agency to discuss what the region needs to do to respond to the crisis. The two-day consultation in Oslo comes ahead of the UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), to be held in September next year, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said.The four most common NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases – have been recognized as the key health priority in the WHO European Region this decade. These illnesses account for 77 per cent of the disease burden and 86 per cent of all deaths in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region.Tackling NCDs is a priority for every government because they are often linked to common risk factors, including smoking, harmful use of alcohol, obesity and physical inactivity, which are largely preventable, says the agency.The diseases also take a strong financial toll on Europe’s health systems and may threaten their viability. They also constitute an economic burden in terms of health care costs, lost working time, and early death and disability, threatening economic growth and productivity.“We urgently need to address the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases in Europe and mobilize all sectors of society to build a truly large-scale, multisectoral response,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “European countries should play a leading role in the global effort to control this epidemic.”The Oslo consultation will particularly focus on development challenges and will discuss the importance of tackling health inequities and social determinants of health.“The considerable and emerging burden caused by NCDs is of great concern to policy-makers in Europe as well as worldwide,” says Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The United Nations global summit on NCDs and the WHO consultation in Oslo provide us with vital opportunities to discuss and share experiences in this field.”In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the global prevalence of leprosy has been reduced by 90 per cent over the past two decades, and that the world is on the verge of eliminating the disease as a public health problem.He lamented, however, that people affected by the illness, also known as Hansen’s Disease, continue to face discrimination and are often denied their rights.“People with Hansen’s Disease know better than anyone else what they need. They should be consulted every step of the way,” Mr. Ban said in video message to the World Forum on Hansen’s Disease, which opened today in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea.“Working together, we can give every patient the treatment they deserve and protect the right of every person with Hansen’s Disease to live fully and equally in society,” he told delegates at the three-day gathering.He said that although leprosy is not easily diagnosed, it is easy to cure and, thanks to donations from the pharmaceutical industry, all people who are affected can get the drugs they need for free. read more

Human Rights lawyer under threat

According to human rights lawyers in Sri Lanka, men on motorcycles and in a white van have been watching Lakshan Dias’ residence since 22 February, and have questioned his neighbours and family members about him, creating a climate of fear and intimidation. Lakshan Dias lodged a formal complaint with the Moratuwa Police, Colombo district, on 25 February 2013. It is not known whether the police have acted on his complaint,” the appeal by Amnesty International said. It said that one individual who visited the neighbourhood and asked about Lakshan Dias reportedly identified himself to a neighbour as an Inspector of Police, but the Officer in Charge of the Moratuwa Police station denied knowing an Inspector by that name. Amnesty International says suspected enforced disappearances continue to be reported in Sri Lanka. The use of white vans has often been associated with abduction-style arrests by the Sri Lankan authorities. Torture in custody and arbitrary detention, including in secret or unofficial places of detention, has also been reported in connection with such arrests, the international human rights group said. (Colombo Gazette) Lakshan Dias is a prominent human rights lawyer who has been active in opposing the impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court in January.Several other lawyers have received death threats for engaging in protests advocating independence of the judiciary. Judges have also been threatened and attacked. Amnesty International has sent out an urgent appeal for the protection of human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias who is reportedly under threat.In the appeal, Amnesty says since 22 February Dias has reported being followed and has been under surveillance by unidentified men who have sought information about him from his wife and neighbors. “Colleagues are concerned that he is in danger of enforced disappearance and physical violence. read more

Alex Benay exits as Canadas CIO joins AI startup from Ottawa

Canada’s chief information officer is leaving his post to join a startup in Ottawa.Alex Benay, who for two-and-a-half years was tasked with modernizing the government’s digital infrastructure, made it official on Twitter this morning with a statement that indicated he’s taking on “a new challenge”.Benay is joining MindBridge AI as the firm’s chief client officer and will be responsible for the company’s global growth strategy. MindBridge uses artificial intelligence to help auditors and financial regulators put the troves of collected data to better use and stomp out fraud. In June the company said it closed its Series B round of financing and investment through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund for a combined total of $29.6 million. The investments brought the total fundraising to date to over $45 million. The Globe and Mail reported that $14.5 million of that $29.6 million was government funded. Made the decision to leave the public service today. Thank you to all those who have supported me over the years. To the #gcdigital community, keep pushing, change is possible and you’re doing an amazing job… Canada is better for it! — Alex Benay (@AlexBenay) August 7, 2019 “I am proud to be joining a team of dedicated professionals who believe in AI for good and who want to lead Canada in the development of an inclusive AI ecosystem, while also creating the next corporate household name in this country and the world,” Benay wrote.All public office holders are required to follow their obligations regarding future employment under the Conflict of Interest Act. The act specifically says all outside employment offers must be disclosed to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner within seven days of receiving them.“Alex has consulted the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner on the matter of his employment with MindBridge, and the constraints that he will be required to observe,” indicated Bianca Healy, chief communications officer for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in an email to IT World Canada. “Alex has recused himself from all major files and decisions and has not, since being approached, been present at TB, or otherwise advised ministers on TB business.”Farees Nathoo, a spokesperson for the treasury board, added Benay helped the board instill a digital-first mindset.“Minister Murray thanks Mr. Benay for his service at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he worked with dedication to place digital at the heart of our efforts to better serve Canadians. The Minister is confident that the team will continue this important work,” Nathoo said in a separate emailed statement. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

UN hears call for education to curb population growth boost development

Education is a classic crosscutting theme and a vital ingredient in reaching developmental goals, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai told the Commission at the start of its 36th session on the theme, “Population, Education and Development.” It is being recognized more and more that education is crucial for development, especially that of women and girls, he said.The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, highlighted school enrolment of all children, particularly girls, as not only a key goal of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)’s Programme of Action but also a key Millennium Development Goal.A report under consideration by the Commission stresses that primary education is crucial in improving economic and social conditions among the poorest segments of society, including girls, rural dwellers and minorities. Expanding educational opportunities is one of the most powerful tools governments have for promoting both income growth and equality.But, the report adds, enormous growth in the numbers of school-age children, now about 2 billion, presents a formidable challenge to countries in less developed regions. In Africa alone, the school-age population numbers 330 million, almost quadruple that in 1950.Moreover, the number of school-age children worldwide should rise by nearly 300 million between 2000 and 2050, with more than 90 per cent projected to occur in Africa, where the school-age population should double by mid-century. In contrast, the school-age population of more developed regions is expected to decline by more than 20 per cent – about 60 million – by 2050.The Commission, set up in 1946 by the Economic and Social Council to study and advise it on population changes, comprises 47 members who are elected on the basis of equitable geographic distribution and serve a term of four years. read more

Despite progress life for children in Myanmars remote areas remains a struggle

VIDEO: UNICEF report calls for improved humanitarian access to an estimated 2.2 million children affected by violence in Myanmar, and for an end to child rights violations. A draft child law, and increased public funding for immunization programmes and education have demonstrated a stronger commitment to furthering children’s rights in the country, UNICEF said. However, the agency pointed out that life for many children in Myanmar remains a struggle: up to 150 children under the age of five die each day, while nearly 30 per cent suffer from moderate or severe malnutrition. More than half of all children live below the poverty line. In Rakhine state, 120,000 internally displaced people – including many ethnic Rohingyas – live in camps as a result of inter-communal conflict that erupted in 2012. Violence surged again last year following attacks on border guard posts. In remote Kachin, Shan and Kayin states and other border areas, recurrent clashes between the Myanmar military and Ethnic Armed Organisations continue to drive families from their homes. Civilians find themselves at risk from poverty, statelessness, and trafficking, while having only limited access to essential health and education services. The report calls for improved humanitarian access to an estimated 2.2 million children affected by violence, and for an end to rights violations including the use of children as soldiers. The report was released ahead of the second national Peace Conference in Myanmar on May 24, which UNICEF says is an opportunity to commit to stronger protection of children from conflict. “Myanmar faces a real challenge in ensuring that children everywhere – and not just in urban areas – gain from the country’s rapid development,” said Justin Forsyth, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “There is a risk that many children and their families are excluded. This is especially the case for poorer children living in remote areas or trapped in situations of tension and conflict,” he added. The Child Alert report issued today by UNICEF attributed unresolved conflict, poverty and under-development to that situation. The report stressed that investing some of the financial dividends earned from Myanmar’s recent economic growth, in services that will benefit children and youth, can help steer the country towards a more prosperous and stable future. The report notes that social and economic measures undertaken by the Government since 2010 are beginning to strengthen the systems that boost children’s health, education and protection. read more

WELCOME TO LEGENDS RK Vardar at the TOP of Europe

← Previous Story EHF CL Final 2017 PREDICTION: Vranjes for Vardar, Schwalb for PSG Next Story → Golden goal machine Ivan Cupic: I knew it… RK Vardar are at the TOP of the European handball! The Macedonian champions made dreams come true in Cologne, where they beat PSG Handball 24:23 (11:12) thanks to the winning goal of right wing Ivan Cupic, who found the way to the net of Thierry Omeyer in the last attack, three seconds until the final whistle.Newcomers on the biggest stage at VELUX EHF Final 4 in Cologne, led by genious Raul Gonzales made the biggest success of Macedonian sport ever…Timur Dibirov was TOP scorer RK VARDAR – PSG HANDBALL 24:23 (11:12)RK VARDAR: Šterbik, Milić, Stoilov, Rodrigo Moraes, Maqueda, Dereven, Karacic, Dujshebaev 2, Abutović 1, Canellas 2, Cindrić 3, Čupić 3, Dibirov 7, Shiskarev 2, Marsenić 1PSG HANDBALL: Omeyer , Škof, Gensheimer 2, Moolgard, Accambray, Stepančić 2, Kounkoud, Barrashet, Remili 3, Abalo 3, L. Karabatić, Hansen 4, Narcisse 4, Nielsen, N. Karabatić 5, NahiPHOTO: Jozo Cabraja read more

Column Its not uncommon to find four families living in a single

first_imgLooking into the face of each new widow, and the eyes of her now-fatherless children, as she recounts how her husband fell victim to a sniper or an aerial bomb, is enough of a safeguard against desensitisation. The heart-breaking empathy one feels for the bereaved parents never lessens, no matter how many times one hears how a beloved child (or children) was lost to them. If ever one does become impervious to human suffering, the horribly maimed or disfigured child, then it surely will be time to seek other employment.A boy approached us in the camp, with his grubby little hand extended, and introduced us to his grandmother. His parents, it emerged, had both perished in Idlib. A distraught father and mother told us of the only child, a son of 10, they had lost in an explosion. As parents, it was impossible for Michel and me not to try to imagine how they were feeling. But, as parents, we realised that what they are going through is imaginable only to those who have suffered a similar crushing experience. There but for the grace of God…An elderly lady beckoned to Michel and me as we were about to leave the camp. “I have nothing,” she said, “And my family, or those of them who have survived this far, have nothing, but at least we are free people. We will live or die as free people.” At this, the crowd around us cheered, and gave a victory salute. To witness such defiance in the midst of so much hardship and misery was truly humbling.David Adams is a Media Officer with GOAL. GOAL is significantly expanding its emergency response programmes to support displaced families in northern Syria. They have supplied blankets and flour to tens of thousands of people to date and are seeking funding to further expand their programmes and reach even more people with this vital aid. To find out more, or to donate to GOAL’s work in Syria, please visit All images via Goal. A COUPLE OF days ago, I went with our new Syria country director, Michel Savel, to an IDP (internally displaced person’s) camp, close to a border crossing in the northern part of the country. It’s a relatively new settlement that suddenly sprang up over three or four days during the previous week.When we visited, it was already home to around two thousand people: a population that’s growing daily, as families continue to flee from the fighting in Idlib and Homs cities, and the countryside surrounding them.There are 300 tents in the impromptu camp, which isn’t nearly enough to cater to the numbers of IDPs. It’s not uncommon to find four families (20 to 30 people) living, crammed together, in a single tent. The overcrowding must be particularly difficult for the families, given the deeply conservative nature of Syrian society. Unfortunately, that’s the least of their difficulties. Most of them fled from their homes with only what they could carry. They need blankets (as winter has not yet loosened its grip on northern Syria), baby milk, food, water and medical assistance. On top of everything else, the camp has no sanitation facilities, to speak of.As we walked among the tents, we were mobbed by hordes of children, many of whom were clearly underfed, and some in need of medical attention. Parents besieged us, asking for help, and relating their stories through our interpreter.After a while in Syria, chatting daily to the innocent victims of this conflict, one becomes accustomed to horror stories, but never immune to them. The victims and their suffering are too real for that to happen. Abstract numbers tumbling out of someone’s mouth on television or radio, or sitting mute on a printed page, are one thing – but the sight, sounds and smells of reality are quite another.last_img read more

Watch Dogs gets a release date and new trailer

first_imgUbisoft unveiled its brand new IP Watch Dogs in June last year at E3. It was one of the more memorable events from the conference, and certainly made it on to my “ones to watch” list. Now, almost a year later, Ubisoft has decided to reveal the game’s release date alongside a brand new trailer.Watch Dogs is coming to PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U on November 19. The game is also coming to both the PS4 and next Xbox, and Ubisoft has also confirmed today that Watch Dogs will be a launch title for Sony’s console. Details of the next-gen Xbox launch have yet to be revealed.In addition, Ubisoft has done a deal with GameStop and comic book artist Alex Ross to allow anyone pre-ordering the game through GameStop to get the limited edition poster seen in the video below:The game is firmly based in reality with no apparent special powers available to use. Instead you can take advantage of the communications within the city, hacking into computers, relying on your smartphone, and falling back on the gun in your pocket when necessary.As a PS4 launch title it certainly helps Sony market the new console. And what will be interesting to see is who launches their console first: Sony or Microsoft? It’s pretty much guaranteed the next Xbox will have this as a launch game, too, so who’s going to have it as an exclusive for a few weeks or  months?The game certainly looks great on next-gen platforms at least, as this video of the game running on the PS4 demonstrates:last_img read more

Sean Spicer gets his second skewering in two weeks courtesy of SNLs

first_img By Add us: dailyedge Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 4:40 PM Feb 12th 2017, 4:40 PM Short URL 101 Comments Spicer didn’t like being portrayed by a woman, so Melissa went harder on itKate McKinnon even pops up as attorney general Jeff Sessions Sean Spicer gets his second skewering in two weeks courtesy of SNL’s Melissa McCarthy The portrayal of Trump’s press secretary has proven plenty popular. Written by Nicola Byrne and posted on[image alt=”” src=”” width=”600″ height=”115″ credit-url=”” credit-source=”” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” wp-id=”wp-image-3236438″ class=”alignnone” /end]Read: Melissa McCarthy *completely* transformed into Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live last nightRead: Here is why every gal needs make it her mission to see Hidden Figures DESPITE THE FACT that Trump impersonator-in-chief Alec Baldwin hosted last night’s SNL, he was nowhere to be seen in the cold opening.No, after last week’s success, it was all about Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer.Melissa addressed Spicer’s comments about her performance last week, while also talking about Kellyanne Conway’s commercial for Ivanka Trump, and THAT non-existent terrorist attack in Atlanta. DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Share628 Tweet Email1 44,066 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Buying time

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Tsipras government has told the International Monetary Fund that it will delay the first of four debt repayments due in June. The €300m payment is due today and Athens will now have to pay €1.5 billion ($2.2 billion) in total by 30 June – the date on which its bailout deal with the EU and IMF runs out.Greece is trying to reach a deal to unlock the final tranche of bailout funds worth €7.2 billion ($10.5 billion), but the IMF, European Union and European Central Bank say significant differences remain between the two sides.An IMF spokesman said that under a precedent dating back to the 1970s, governments could ask to amalgamate “multiple principal payments falling due in a calendar month … to address the administrative difficulty of making multiple payments in a short period”.The last country to bundle together IMF debt repayments was Zambia in the 1980s.After talks in Brussels this week Prime Minister Tsipras reiterated that an agreement with Greece’s international creditors was “in sight”.However, head of the eurozone’s finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem described the gap as being “still quite large”.Tsipras rejected proposals put forward this week by Greece’s creditors in talks with Mr Dijsselbloem and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.The key sticking point relates to ‘primary budget surpluses’ – the amount by which tax revenues exceed public spending. Athens wants lower primary budget surplus targets.International creditors have asked for pension cuts, a reduced civil service, VAT reform, fewer tax rebates and more private sector investment.The Syriza leader described such actions as “points that no-one would consider as a base for discussion.”Greece has presented a 47-page plan on how to overhaul its economy without resorting to harsh austerity measures. Tsipras has said that Greece’s reform proposals “remain the only realistic plan on the table.”Any eventual deal between the creditors and the government would have to be approved by the Greek parliament, and could even be derailed by Syriza’s radical left wing.Tsipras is under pressure to reject any plan that would deliver public service cuts and further tax hikes, with some Syriza officials saying they would rather hold snap elections than be forced to deliver more austerity measures.As the postponement of the IMF repayment was announced, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis took to twitter, inviting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Greece to deliver a message of hope.“She could use the opportunity to hint at a new approach to European integration, one that starts in the country that has suffered the most, a victim of both the eurozone’s monetary design and of its society’s own failings,” he wrote.“Hope was a force for good in post-war Europe, and it can be a force for positive transformation now.”last_img read more

Participants sought for weed control board

first_imgVancouver – Do you have a particular interest in managing pesky species of weeds in Clark County? Well, the county is seeking applicants for three positions on its Noxious Weed Control Board.State law mandates eradication of certain noxious weeds, which are non-native species with limited distribution in Washington. For other categories of weeds, it’s up to local governments to determine how to manage them.The five-person volunteer board advises the county council on policies regarding noxious weeds. The board positions are divided by geographic districts and the county is currently seeking individuals involved in agriculture to lend their insights.To apply, call 360-397-6140 or write to Clark County Vegetation Management, Attn: Weed Board Coordinator, 1300 Franklin St., P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver 98666. More information can be found at are due Nov. 23 to the weed board office by 3 p.m.last_img read more

Eight Sailors Stand Proud

first_img SAN DIEGO – Walking into the ship’s hangar bay without a cover while in port is not standard Navy practice. Yet, today is different. Combination covers displaying a single, gold, fouled anchor will soon be placed on the heads of those newly dressed in khaki, and the same anchors will grace their collars, completing the six week transition from petty officer 1st class to United States Navy chief.Eight Sailors stood proud to embrace their new rank prior to a chief pinning ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Sept. 14.“The anchor exemplifies the weight of the burden that chiefs carry,” said Capt. Rich LeBron, the ship’s commanding officer during his remarks to the new chiefs and ceremony attendees. “It is a heavy burden. Wear it with pride, wear it well, represent your fellow chiefs and the mess well, and make your families proud. I congratulate you, I am proud of you, and I am excited to see what you do next.”As their names were called, each selectee made their way to the stage for what many chiefs describe as one of the most emotional pinning ceremonies the Navy has to offer.Joining the Sailors on stage were a number of distinguished guests, who had the honor of pinning the anchors and the place covers.Attendees included family members, current and former shipmates, retired veterans, and mentors.“This was truly a humbling process and today is definitely the happiest day of my life,” said Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Ruddia Moncrieffe, from Palm Beach, Fla. “I am very grateful for the people who pushed and motivated me. Individual accomplishments and drive have got me here, but I would not be here without my Sailors who allowed me to lead them.”One-by-one, each new chief marched head lifted high off the stage, as they were piped through the ceremonial sideboys and took their place in ranks among the seasoned anchors standing in formation.“It is amazing to reach this milestone in my naval career,” said newly minted Chief Fire Controlman Michael J. Cox, from Stockton, Calif. “What I take from all this is that I could not be here today without my Sailors and mentors. Now as a chief I want to continue to lead and guide junior Sailors to make them even better than me.”Bonhomme Richard is currently homeported in San Diego. Its mission is to embark, deploy and land elements of the Marine landing force in amphibious assault operations by aircraft, amphibious vehicles or any combination of these methods, as well as provide humanitarian assistance.Source:  US Navy Eight Sailors Stand Proud Ready for chief pinning ceremony Posted: September 17, 2018 September 17, 2018center_img , Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Military, US Navy FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lawmakers pass permanent fund draw spar over PFD effect

first_imgAn Alaska Permanent Fund seal marks the office of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. in Juneau on March 14, 2016. The Alaska Legislature passed a bill Tuesday proposed by Gov. Bill Walker to draw money from the fund to pay for state government. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)For the first time in the Alaska Permanent Fund’s 40-year history, the Legislature has adopted a plan to draw money from the fund to pay for state government. Gov. Bill Walker said he’ll sign the bill. Supporters said it protects the fund.Listen nowBut opponents are concerned about the pressure it could place on permanent fund dividends.There’s been a lot of uncertainty over the $65 billion permanent fund’s future.But Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster said Senate Bill 26 removes that uncertainty. Both legislative chambers passed it Tuesday.“The Permanent Fund Corporation has been asking for stability and predictability, so that they can plan how they invest,” Foster said. “SB 26 allows that to happen.”Alaska’s state government is spending $2.4 billion more than it’s bringing in, in taxes, fees and oil royalties. And the piggy bank it’s used to cover past deficits – the Constitutional Budget Reserve – is low.The bill draws roughly 5 percent of the fund’s market value.“SB 26 does not specify how these funds are to be split,” Foster said. “That will be left to future legislatures to determine.”In the Senate, Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said limiting the draw prevents the Legislature from spending down fund earnings so that dividends disappear.“The bill before us guarantees Alaska’s dividends into the future, for my children and my grandchildren,” MacKinnon said.But the effect on PFDs concerns some bill opponents. They’re split between Republicans who want deeper cuts to government services and Democrats who want some combination of higher oil and gas taxes and an income tax to shore up the budget.Juneau Democratic Rep. Sam Kito III said the state should look at more taxes, since Alaska can’t rely on oil revenue.“We need to start being adults, and figuring out what do we want as a state government, then figuring out how we’re going to pay for it, instead of continuing to try and milk a cow that right now is – I’m worried about — getting way too skinny,” Kito said.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson said she’s concerned that spending will squeeze out the dividend once the Constitutional Budget Reserve is spent.“I have seen nothing in the history since I have been here that shows that we will be able to stop spending money,” Wilson said. “And at this point, all I can use is the budget that we currently have before us. And with this bill passed as is – and no Constitutional Budget Reserve – then there would not be any more than a couple hundred dollars left for the dividend.”Some bill opponents said the only way to protect dividends is to enshrine them in the state constitution.Even with the earnings draw, next year’s budget will have a roughly $800 million gap. The Legislature will likely turn to the CBR to close the gap. But it won’t have that option for many more years.Gov. Walker said the bill is an important step. Walker generally takes time to review bills, but he said minutes after the House adopted it that he’ll sign it.“You know, it’s not something we take lightly,” Walker said. “These are tough, tough decisions. There’s no question about it. But, you know, they had to be made.Dividends would be $1,600 this year under the House and Senate budget proposals. For the third straight year, dividends would be more than $1,000 less than they would be under the formula written into state law.The Senate passed the bill on a 13 to 6 vote, with Palmer Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes joining the five minority-caucus Democrats in voting no.The House passed it, 23 to 17. The majority caucus voted 15 to 7 in favor, while eight minority-caucus Republicans voted in favor and 10 voted no.The bill is a major step toward the Legislature finishes its work on the budget and ending the session.last_img read more