A star minor hockey player and his mother were found dead in a home east of Toronto on Wednesday, hours before police arrested a man in connection with what they described as a double homicide.However, Durham Region police said later that a 13-year-old girl who was also found in the home suffering critical injuries later died in hospital.Const. George Tudos said a man was arrested in Oshawa, Ont., after officers found the bodies the 39-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son in a home in nearby Ajax.Police have not released any names, but said the 29-year-old suspect was believed to have been in a romantic relationship with the woman. Tudos said the man did not live in the home and was not the father of the two children.Meanwhile, the president of a Toronto minor hockey organization identified the 15-year-old in the incident as Roy Pejcinovski, a star goalie with the major bantam Don Mills Flyers.Peter MacInnis said Pejcinovski’s death is a “tremendous loss” for the team, which is in the city finals to qualify to represent the Greater Toronto Area for the provincial championship.“It’s tough for the players on the team, the parents, the staff — he was a great kid,” MacInnis said. “And his buddies on the team are 14 or 15, how do you deal with that?”MacInnis said the teen was a top player, who had promising prospects in next year’s Ontario Hockey League draft.“He was an elite athlete, he was absolutely the team’s No. 1 goalie and he has been for several years,” he said, adding that grief counsellors were brought in at Wednesday night’s practice to break the news to Pejcinovski’s teammates.MacInnis said the Flyers were scheduled to play Friday, but the team has asked the league to postpone the game as players cope with the loss of their goalie.“There are a whole lot of mixed emotions,” he said. “If it happened in the summer, it would still be a tragedy, but the fact that the team is in the high part of the season, it’s very difficult.”The team plans to do something in Pejcinovski’s honour, MacInnis said, but details will be discussed later.Police said the suspect was arrested without incident and is expected make a court appearance Thursday morning, where he will likely be charged with three counts of second-degree murder.Investigators said police were called to the Ajax home shortly before noon Wednesday after a woman stopped by to check on her friend.They said a man answered the door, wouldn’t let the woman in and then left the area in a vehicle that was later found abandoned.Tudos said he could not provide details on the deaths, but added that a post-mortem is expected Thursday or Friday.“Right now we are not going to be speaking to any causes of death, any trauma or anything like that to the victims,” he said.He said the woman had another daughter “who was found safe and sound” and was not at the house at the time of the incident.Marion Kervick, who lives two doors down from the home, said a mother and her three children lived there.“Our neighbourhood is a quiet neighbourhood,” she said. “But I guess it’s always quiet until something happens, right?”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said Peter MacInnis is the president of a the Don Mills Flyers minor midget hockey team and the 15-year-old victim was a goalie with a minor midget team
APTN National NewsThey knew they were taken and they’ve been fighting to get them back ever since.The Huron Wendat people will finally get their ancestorial remains that are sitting in a basement storage room at the University of Toronto.The agreement was made with Heritage Trust Ontario and the university.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.
Rabat – The dizzying ascent of bitcoin shows no sign of slackening this Tuesday, as the cryptocurrency has exceeded the record high of USD 10,000, having seeing its value multiplied by 10 in less than a year.Set at USD 10,004 around 11 a.m. this Tuesday, bitcoin has now officially broken the symbolic threshold of USD 10,000 after appreciating nearly 20 percent over the last three days.Where to now? For billionaire hedge fund legend and former Fortress executive Mike Novogratz, bitcoin’s value will “easily reach” USD 40,000 by 2018. For Novogratz, who predicted the cryptocurrency would break USD 10,000 before the end of 2017, a big “wave of institutional investors” is coming to the bitcoin market across the world, with several major firms like the USD 95 billion Man Group and Fidelity Investments, which manages over USD 3.2 trillion worth of assets, leading investors into the bitcoin market.Many other investors beside Novogratz also predicted large price corrections in the far future. This week, BitGo engineer Jameson Lopp stated that major corrections could occur as bitcoin evolves into a trillion dollar market.Lopp emphasized that even an extreme correction, such as a 50 percent decline in price, would only set back the bitcoin price by two months.As a result of rising cryptocurrency prices, the combined market value has reached over USD 300 billion, according to CoinMarketCap, making it larger than the market capitalization of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.By mid-October, the cryptographic currency was trading at USD 5,000. The recent surge is all the more spectacular as bitcoin started the year around USD 1,000, then stumbled shortly thereafter in one of its regular crashes.According to data from the Monaco-based Altana Digital Currency Fund, the online digital currency exchange platform Coinbase registered 300,000 new users between Wednesday and Sunday, during the Thanksgiving weekend in the United States. The total number of users of Coinbase reached 13.3 million worldwide.Without physical existence, Bitcoin is not governed by a central bank or a government but by a large community of Internet users and accepted in a growing number of transactions. Relying on a peer-to-peer payment system based on blockchain technology, it is traded on specific platforms on the internet and has no legal tender.For its supporters, it offers a secure alternative to traditional currencies: the “blockchain” makes the transactions tamper-proof because, in order to modify information, it is changed simultaneously among all users.This characteristic is of great interest to the banking sector, where the blockchain could open new horizons, simplify dematerialised transactions, and generate savings.“Bitcoin could become a safe haven for investment professionals if the traditional monetary system collapses,” says Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at prominent social trading platform eToro.“The demand for bitcoin is growing as the crypto market has become less volatile, and an increasing number of professional investors see it as insurance,” he told Russia Today.However, the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies has led to multiple warnings from central bankers, banking executives and institutional investors about the risks of a bubble. Even some hedge fund platforms are avoiding the cryptocurrency as they fear it may be a fad.“Such a surge will be based on emotions, not on fundamental factors,” explain Mashechenko. “Further growth of the cryptocurrency will require something more than euphoria.”For David Futter, a Fintechs expert at the Ashurst law firm in London, “regulators know that cryptocurrencies and blockchain can pay big dividends, but they also bear in mind the catastrophic consequences that this can have if good governance, stability and control are not preserved.”The main competitor of bitcoin, ether (also called Ethereum), has also experienced a stratospheric flight this year, appreciating by more than 6,000 percent. This cryptocurrency, launched at the end of 2015, reached a high of just under USD 500 on Monday, for a capitalization of nearly USD 50 billion.
Hamilton police are appealing for witnesses after shots were fired into three parked vehicles in early November. Around 7:30 a.m. on November 3, a resident living on Macassa Ave. woke up to find bullet holes in three vehicles parked in their driveway. Police believe the shots were fired sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Investigators say this was a targeted shooting and say there is no threat to public safety. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked by police to contact Detective Constable Adam Kimber at 905-546-8964.
US retail sales rise 0.9 in August on higher gas prices, auto sales; sales tepid elsewhere by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 9:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales rose in August from July because consumers paid higher gas prices and bought more cars and trucks. They were more cautious elsewhere, suggesting the weak economy has made many selective about spending.Retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent, the Commerce Department said Friday. Gas station sales jumped 5.5 per cent, the most in nearly three years and a reflection of sharp price increases. Demand for autos increased 1.7 per cent.Outside those categories, sales rose only 0.1 per cent. That’s below July’s 0.8 per cent gain. Sales at general merchandise, clothing and electronic stores fell. Sales at grocery stores, sporting goods stores and online retailers were unchanged.Gasoline sales are heavily influenced by price, and auto sales represent major purchases. Excluding those categories offers more clarity on consumers’ willingness to spend.“This has to go down as a weak report,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “Most of the spending in August was on products that households have to buy, such as gasoline, not items they like to buy, such as new TVs.”The retail sales report is the government’s first look each month at consumer spending, which drives roughly 70 per cent of economic activity. Consumer spending has increased at a slow pace this year. That has dragged on the economy and kept businesses from hiring.Higher gas costs also drove up consumer prices by the most in three years, the Labor Department said in a separate report. But excluding energy prices, inflation was mild.Consumer prices rose 0.6 per cent in August, the department said. Gas prices increased 9 per cent and accounted for 80 per cent of the increase. Outside food and energy, prices rose only 0.1 per cent.Overall consumer prices have increased 1.7 per cent in past year. That’s well below the Federal Reserve’s inflation target.Lower inflation will allow the Fed to stick with programs announced Thursday aimed at lifting the economy. If the Fed were worried that prices are rising too fast, it might have to raise interest rates.On Thursday, the Federal Reserve said it would purchase $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month until the economy and job market show signs of steady improvement. Fed officials also said they would keep short-term interest rates low, even after the acceleration of any economic recovery.Rising gas prices could make consumers more cautious about spending in the coming months. Gas prices averaged $3.87 a gallon nationwide on Friday, 16 cents higher than a month ago and just 7 cents below the 2012 average high.Automakers earlier this month reported the best sales in three years, after seeing rising demand for pickup trucks.The government’s retail sales data contrasted with reports from the nation’s largest retail chains. Many said things picked up in August, driven partly by back-to-school purchases. Sales at 18 retail chains rose last month by the most since March.Sales at Target rose 4.2 per cent and increased 5.1 per cent at Macy’s. Gap Inc. posted a 9 per cent jump in sales.Employers added only 96,000 jobs last month, below the 141,000 added in July and far below the average gains of 226,000 in the first three months of the year.The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent, but only because the number of people in the work force shrank.The economy is growing too slowly to spur greater job gains. The economy expanded at a 1.7 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter. That’s down from 2 per cent in the first quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year.
Here, we point out that the goal of a changeup is usually to fool the batter by presenting a speed different from that of the fastball. Greinke does not do that. Just over a month ago, the Houston Astros pulled off the biggest move of the season: In a deal reported minutes after the trade deadline had passed, the Astros acquired Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks to form baseball’s best rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the two likeliest Cy Young candidates.Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, has been stellar this season — a 2.99 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, he would be the top pitcher on two-thirds of teams and the No. 3 on just three — and that’s the one he’s on. The move already has paid dividends for the ‘Stros, who are 5-2 in Greinke’s starts and have baseball’s best run differential since the trade — by nearly 50 runs.Now six weeks into team No. 6 (remember when he was traded to the Angels for the 2012 stretch run?), Greinke continues to adapt. At 35 years old, it’s anyone’s guess how long he can keep up this performance, but he’s signed through 2021 and should contribute through then. And because of the way he’s dealt with his decreasing velocity by relying on command and movement, he should be set up well for continued long-term success.According to Statcast, Greinke throws eight pitches: four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker (or two-seam fastball), split finger, cutter and eephus. (We’ll get back to that last one.) Only Yu Darvish has as many listed on his Statcast page, with the same eight (though the classifications may hide some of Darvish’s arsenal). Anibal Sanchez, Rich Hill and Odrisamer Despaigne are the only pitchers with seven.But it’s not just the variety of pitches that makes Greinke special. It’s how he throws them.Consider his changeup. Greinke throws his offspeed on 21.9 percent of pitches — a fairly steady increase from 7.9 percent back in 2008. Yet as his fastball has lost velocity, from once hitting more than 100 miles per hour in 2010 to averaging below 90 in 2019, his changeup has gotten faster. Instead, Greinke uses a power changeup with devastating late movement. Only Edubray Ramos has a smaller average speed difference. Greinke’s pitch has surpassed his slider, which used to be considered his best pitch, as the second option. Along with this, Greinke’s cutter, a staple of his arsenal in 2012 and 2013, has all but disappeared.Then there’s the curveball, a slow sweeping pitch. Greinke’s curveball is the second-slowest among qualified starters, behind the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin, at just over 70 miles per hour.This is where the eephus comes in. Greinke’s curve can be thrown so slow that Statcast registers it as the arcing pitch. But it’s not clear whether it’s a different pitch or just a curveball thrown slower. Nobody is throwing a true eephus, though six pitchers are credited with the pitch this year; only Greinke has one under 60 miles per hour. But even if you consider his eephus and his curveball as the same pitch, Greinke would still be tied with Sanchez and Darvish for the lead with seven different pitches.MLB pitchers have struck out 16 hitters on sub-67 mph pitches this year. Greinke owns eight of those (and four of the rest are from position players) with his slow curve that can make batters look silly.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/d20e23b5-749c-4869-9845-d5b61e1ee064.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The newest one is the split-finger, which he threw in April for the first time since pitch tracking began in 2008. He’s thrown five so far in 2019, including three to Jacob DeGrom in the same at bat. If he’s experimenting with it now, there’s a chance it becomes a regular part of his arsenal in the future, especially with the Astros’ penchant for getting the most out of pitch selection.But beyond his wide repertoire of pitches, Greinke’s pitching style is one of a kind. He throws most pitches low but gets strikes. Even though he throws fewer pitches in the strike zone than average, he almost never falls behind. And his .198 wOBA allowed on pitches out of the zone is second in MLB, also behind Corbin.Greinke has faced just 11 3-0 counts this year and had thrown a fastball every time, almost always on the edge, until he gave Christian Yelich a perfect changeup last week. None of the 20 other pitchers with as many pitches this year has seen fewer than 15 such counts. In the month of July, Greinke threw 479 pitches and none was in a 3-0 count. He threw eight pitches with a 2-0 count — seven were in the strike zone and the other was fouled off. He’ll throw in the strike zone when he falls behind; that just doesn’t happen very often. And even when he does, batters can’t take advantage — they’re just 2-16 on 2-0 counts this year despite seeing 65 percent of pitches in the strike zone.When he’s ahead, it’s a different story. That’s when the sub-70 curveball becomes devastating. Ahead in the count, Greinke throws just 27 percent of pitches in the strike zone; the league average is 38 percent. And 76 percent of his strikeouts have been on pitches out of the zone, well higher than the league average of 56 percent. And his plan of attack is to go low. On 1-2 counts, specifically, Greinke throws in either the lower third or below the strike zone more often than any other pitcher.Greinke is truly a unique pitcher. His fastball and offspeed have nearly the same velocity, but his curveball is one of the slowest. He throws outside of the strike zone but never falls behind, and batters can’t seem to figure out any of his pitches.Through his impressive career, the one thing Greinke lacks is a ring. He has 11 postseason appearances, but his biggest impact was probably his lone start in the 2014 NLDS (in which he scored more runs than he allowed in seven innings). He makes the top 10 list of career games started without a World Series appearance. But if he earns a huge postseason moment, he could move from likely Hall of Famer to potentially first ballot. Perhaps he’ll have that chance in Houston this October.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Congress will probably vote on SOPA soon. We don’t yet know what the outcome will be, but we do know that the copyright industries have donated heavily to nearly every senator and representative in Washington. If the measure (or a slightly modified version, like PIPA) passes, then the internet will be fundamentally altered.As it stands, the internet is like an open highway, where — apart from engaging in blatantly incriminating acts like terrorism, spilling government secrets, or distributing child porn — you’re basically free to do what you want. If SOPA passes, the internet will become more like a highway that is littered with police checkpoints and speed traps. Worse still, those police are less concerned with serving the public, and more interested in maximizing the profits of the copyright industries.Though some people find comfort living in a world of rules and authority figures, most modern thinkers would rather lean in the direction of personal liberty. SOPA does not support personal liberty. So what do you do if the legislation makes it through congress, and is ultimately signed by the president? We have some preemptive suggestions to help you to bypass SOPA:DeSOPAOne clever developer wasted no time in coming up with his own solution. As we’ve told you previously, DeSOPA is a Firefox extension that will supposedly bypass SOPA restrictions placed on any given website.Of course there aren’t yet any SOPA restrictions in place, but the DeSOPA method should be sound. It avoids DNS blocking by connecting to sites by IP address. It won’t work for every site (subdomains aren’t supported), but it’s a simple, free, and moderately effective place to start.Get DeSOPABrowse by IP addressThis is the DIY version of DeSOPA. You’ll simply open a Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac) window, and ping the website that you want.So, for example, if you want the IP address of geek.com, you would type:ping geek.com After typing this, the site’s IP address will be displayed in the command/terminal window. Simply type that IP address (in geek’s case, it’s 220.127.116.11) into a web browser.Of course if SOPA takes effect, pinging a blacklisted domain won’t give you its IP addresses anymore. If you’re worried that any of your favorite sites will get SOPA-slammed, you might want to plan ahead and make a list.Like DeSOPA, this approach isn’t perfect. Sites with Dynamic IP addresses won’t play nicely with this method. It is, however, a great method to try before bringing out the big guns.TorTor is a free application that routes your traffic through the computers of various volunteers. You may think such a method would leave your data wide open, but Tor’s “Onion” method of layering encryption is actually quite secure. In fact, it’s endorsed by the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) as a means for whistleblowers and human rights activists to communicate with journalists.What are the drawbacks? Like anything on the internet, Tor won’t protect your identity 100%. Tor also can lead to slower data speeds, so you may find that it’s more trouble than it’s worth.Get TorVPNFinally, we have the Big Daddy of all anti-SOPA solutions: a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN channels your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel, which will maintain your online anonymity.If SOPA passes, it’s important to find a VPN service that has servers outside of the US, or you’ll be stuck at square one. Most VPN providers will charge $10-20 per month, but you can often save by paying for a full year at a time.Again, nothing on the internet will protect you if you’re engaging in high-level criminal activity. For example, an alleged member of Lulzsec was found via his VPN. After revealing his provider (HideMyAss!) in an IRC thread, the FBI convinced a UK judge to have the VPN turn over its records. Those records apparently provided enough info to identify the Arizona resident and take him into custody. Those wanting maximum anonymity will insist on a provider that doesn’t keep activity logs, but for avoiding SOPA censorship, most non-US VPNs should more than suffice.One potential hole with VPNs is that there’s a clause in SOPA that may let the Department of Justice cut off VPN providers (never mind that VPNs can be used for a million things other than piracy). Non-US providers obviously couldn’t be shut down, but — in the most extreme scenario — payments to them could potentially be blocked. There will always be workarounds; but if SOPA reaches that far, things will get trickier.Some VPN providers who are trusted for maximum anonymity are SwissVPN, VPNTunnel, Ipredator, and WiTopia. Other popular services include VyprVPN, StrongVPN, and HideMyAss! The pros and cons of each could constitute an entire post, so we’d encourage you to merely use these as a starting point.Déjà VuThe saddest thing about all of this is that these solutions have been used before. While these workarounds will help you to bypass SOPA, they are the same methods that experts recommend for bypassing the national firewall in China.
Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 8:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3109260 #Italy #referendum poll [GPF]:No 32%Yes 26%Won’t vote 28.7%Undecided 4.6%Undecided but tend to No 5.3%Undecided but tend to Yes 4.3% pic.twitter.com/sBjF6Q8iYa— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) November 19, 2016 By Rónán Duffy Share2 Tweet Email 47 Comments Dec 3rd 2016, 8:45 AM 10,438 Views Beppe Grillo of the Five Stars Movement is campaigning for referendum No vote. Image: AP/Press Association Images Source: Yannis Koutsomitis/Twitter Image: AP/Press Association Images AFTER VOTERS IN the UK and the US firmly rebuked the political classes with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, Italians could be next to deliver a bloody nose to the political establishment.The EU’s fifth largest economy goes to the polls in a referendum tomorrow that will decide on some major changes to their political system.In short, Italians are being asked whether to greatly reduce the power of their upper house, the Senate.In Italy, the Senate’s power is greater than in similar parliamentary democracies with two houses, like Ireland, and critics of the Senate have argued that it adds to the notorious political instability in the country.It’s proposed that members of the Senate will be drastically cut from 315 to 100 and that all members will be appointed rather than elected.The proposals for the Senate from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi go hand-in-hand with a new electoral reform law designed to ensure elections produce winners with clear majorities.Arguing for a referendum Yes vote in the Financial Times, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that:There is no question that amendments to our constitution are necessary in order to make our institutions more efficient: no other European country has two chambers with duplicated functions; it is clear that there are far too many members of parliament.“The value of the proposed amendments is so obvious that regular attempts have been made to introduce them since the 1980s.” Demonstrations have shown the depth of feeling in Italy ahead of tomorrow’s vote. Source: Andrew Medichini/APAs ever though with referendums, campaigns are rarely fought on the issue at hand alone and Prime Minister Renzi has perhaps unwisely made this explicitly the case.The centre-left leader has suggested he will step down if voters reject the referendum, giving fuel to opponents who seek to make the vote about his premiership.They argue that constitutional fine-tuning is far from being an obvious priority in a country with high unemployment and declining real incomes.Former comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo is among those opposed to the referendum with his Five Star Movement arguing it would give greater power to politicians.The populist party was founded just seven years ago but has established itself as the biggest rival to Renzi’s Democratic Party. Its representative Virginia Raggi is currently the mayor of Rome and the party is targeting a place in government.Grillo came to political prominence in 2007 when her organised Vaffanculo Day, or ‘Fuck Off Day’, across Italy in opposition to other political reforms.The fear from Renzi and others who are campaigning for the referendum is that Italians will send a similar message tomorrow.The Five Star Movement are far from being alone in opposition to the referendum though. The separatist Northern League are campaigning for a No vote as is four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The fear from Brussels ahead of tomorrow’s referendum is that a defeat would mean a collapse of the government and potential political chaos in Italy. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is fighting for his political life. Source: Michael Sohn/PAIf voters reject proposals, Renzi has said:There will still be a government, whether it istechnical, political, super technical or super political.“We will do everything that has to be done to ensure Italy is ready to face its challenges,” he added.Renzi was speaking as he presented his 2017 budget plans to the media after winning backing for them last week from the Chamber of Deputies.The budget includes plans to loosen the fiscal strings to finance tax cuts, increased health and education spending and measures to help smaller companies and the country’s earthquake-hit areas.The freeing up of spending plans has already put Renzi on a collision course with the European Commission, so further disagreements aren’t what Brussels wants. Beppe Grillo of the Five Stars Movement is campaigning for referendum No vote. Short URL An opinion poll earlier this month showed that 32% of Italians plan to vote No and 26% are leaning towards Yes. It means that the referendum may well be defeated but undecided voters will be crucial.- With reporting by © – AFPRead: The last person alive born in the 1800s celebrates her birthday today >Read: Boris Johnson’s ‘Prosecco’ warning hasn’t gone down too well in Europe > Explainer: Is this Italian about to deliver another bloody nose to establishment politics? Beppe Grillo’s opposition to a crucial referendum could spell the end for the current Prime Minister. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Thousands of Greek-Australians, but also members of the broader community made it to Warrawee park last weekend for th 5th Oakleigh ‘Glendi’, a two-day festival to celebrate the suburb’s famous ‘Greek’ character. The sunny springtime weather conditions were beneficial for the event, but the main attraction was the staple trifecta of all Greek festivals: food music, and dance. A wide array of bands and many traditional dance groups entertained visitors, while Greek culinary culture – both traditional and modern – was brought to the spotlight through a series of cooking demonstrations, some made by celebrity chefs, such as Nicolette Stathopoulos and Emelia Jackson. The event is a joint celebration of the Greek national holiday, ‘Ohi’ day, but also a celebration of the local church, St. Anargiri. It is also an annual opportunity to honour the significant role of the Greek community as a core element of Monash City’s multicultural social fabric. “More than 150 different ethnicities live in Monash and all these cultures and languages coexist in harmony regardless of background”, said Aggelos Sardelis, president of the Oakleigh community, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver waterfront development was an obvious 2018 entry for the Top 10 stories covered by The Columbian in Clark County. Other business-related stories made that Top 10 list including rejection of the Port of Vancouver oil terminal, Camas mill layoffs, and the affordable housing crisis and homelessness.But there was plenty of other Clark County business news in 2018. So in the spirit of end-of-the-year lists, here’s a Top 10 list of additional Clark County business stories in 2018. Enjoy:1. nLIGHT issues IPOShortly after its arrival in Vancouver from Seattle in 2002, nLIGHT observers wondered, “When are they going public?”The laser manufacturer answered that question April 26, the first day it began trading on Nasdaq as LASR. It opened at $16 per share and by market close it had climbed to $26.95, a one-day gain of 68 percent.“I think that’s something everybody in the region should take great pride in,” founder and CEO Scott Keeney said after the first day of trading. “It’s certainly not just me or our team. It’s the community. We should all celebrate in this success.”By June, the price climbed to about $40. However, with ongoing tariff-induced uncertainty, share prices have dipped lately to where they started. On Wednesday, LASR closed at $17.57.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out Friday, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain, temperatures up to 60 degrees and blocked catch basins.“We are preparing now for more flooding than we’ve seen in a long, long time,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “We still have that challenge to look forward to.” Cuomo said the state was sending in pumps, boats, helicopters and high-axle vehicles that can operate in 4 to 5 feet of water.“If we’re lucky we won’t need any of it,” he said. “But prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Sunday to Wednesday.The snow remained a huge challenge. Officials were still urging people to put off nonessential travel so snow removal efforts could progress. Cuomo reopened a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway that had been closed since Tuesday, but several exit ramps remained closed along the westernmost 75 miles.“Assume if you get on headed west you can’t get off until Pennsylvania,” the governor said. He said roads remain “very dangerous.” Local travel bans were beginning to be lifted Friday so delivery trucks can bring in food and other essentials to depleted supermarkets, the governor said.
Arriva North West bus drivers and engineering employees are taking part in a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay.More than 2,000 members of trade unions Unite and GMB who work across 11 depots will take part in industrial action today (30 October 2017), forming picket lines outside all of Arriva North West’s depots.The dispute regards pay disparity between depots. According to Unite, pay can vary by up to £1.73 an hour between locations, which could increase to £2 per hour under Arriva North West’s latest pay offer. Unite is seeking equitable pay across all depots.Depots that are involved in or affected by strike action today include Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Green Lane, Macclesfield, Runcorn, St Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshaw. Today’s industrial action will be followed by a further five planned strikes, scheduled for 6, 8, 13, 20 and 27 November 2017.Phil Stone, regional managing director at Arriva North West, said: “It is extremely disappointing that, having tabled a third improved pay offer for our drivers in a meeting with our union colleagues, Unite and GMB remain intent on continuing to cause unnecessary disruption and inconvenience to our customers. While our focus has been to reach an agreement, theirs is to come up with yet more strike dates.“We have offered a fair deal for our drivers and one that supports the sustainability of the business. We would urge the union, yet again, to strongly reconsider the improved offer put forward and call off the strike action.”John Boughton, regional officer at Unite, added: “It is very disappointing that talks broke down, especially given that Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn and has huge financial resources.“[Employees] are fed up with this continuing diet of inadequate pay offers when the [organisation] makes handsome profits, yet our members struggle to make ends meet as wages lag behind rising inflation.“We appreciate that these strikes will cause disruption to the travelling public, but the ball is very much in the [organisation’s] court. [It has] the financial clout to settle this dispute at the stroke of a pen.”Eddie Parker, regional secretary at GMB, said: “GMB’s hard working Arriva members just want a fair deal, like everybody else. The final pay [offer] made by the [organisation] represents an increase between 1.6% and 2.6%. Inflation [has] hit 3%, so this is, in effect, a real terms pay cut for members. No one wants to go on strike and our members are taking industrial action as a last resort.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Springtime brings road construction along Kenai Peninsula highways, including one major project that will affect area drivers for months. They will also be replacing the culvert at the East Fork Moose River with a bridge and install a pedestrian undercrossing for the Skyline Trail. The final portion of the project is from MP 58 to MP 79. Improvements will consist of resurfacing,widening shoulders, adding passing lanes and wildlife enhancement structures. The Department of Transportation will continue working on the Sterling Highway Rehabilitation project in different phases over the upcoming months. According to the DOT this includes clearing vegetation and improving the drainage, signage, and striping. Shannon McCarthy, DOT Spokeswoman: “We have the Sterling Highway shoulder widening from MP 97 TO MP 118. That includes widening the existing shoulders, and putting rumble strips, safety edge to shoulders, improving lighting, the approaches, and replacing guardrails and drainage as needed.” Another portion of the project will construct left-turn lanes and intersection lighting at Jim Dahler Road/Forest Lane intersection on the Highway. Motorists can get updates on road conditions by phoning 511 or looking online at the DOT&PF’s “navigator” site at www.alaskanavigator.org. Look out for reduced speed limits and workers and equipment on the roads and shoulders.
The new Telltale will have the rights to some of the other franchises it worked on in the past, including back-catalog rights to “The Wolf Among Us” and “Batman,” according to Polygon. The company also owns the full rights to its own IP.Telltale surprised the industry when it laid off its entire staff of 250 in September of 2018. The company had been in talks to raise new funding, but wasn’t able to close those deals in time.Earlier this summer, Netflix released a “Stranger Things” game for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac and PC. The company also announced plans for a “Stranger Things” mobile game, which is set to be released in 2020. Popular on Variety Telltale Games, the studio behind the “Walking Dead” video game as well as Netflix’s “Minecraft: Storymode Adventure” series, is being brought back to life by two game industry veterans, Polygon was first to report Wednesday.The studio’s assets have been purchased by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, two game industry executives without a prior connection to Telltale. The duo now wants to monetize Telltale’s existing catalog, and develop new titles that follow Telltale’s proven model of story-based episodic gaming. They told Polygon that they were looking to rehire some of Telltale’s staff on a freelance basis, but keep the company small for the coming months.However, Telltale won’t be able to keep working on some its best-known franchises. The rights to “The Walking Dead” are now owned by Skybound, and the rights to Netflix titles reverted back to the streaming giant. In addition to the “Minecraft” interactive adventure, Telltale had also been tapped to develop a “Stranger Things” game for Netflix. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
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WestJet’s nonstop Hamilton-Winnipeg flights take to the skies Tags: WestJet Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Travelweek Group Share CALGARY — WestJet’s new nonstop service between Hamilton and Winnipeg is now up and running, along with nonstop service from Hamilton to Edmonton and also Halifax.WestJet now offers 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton.“WestJet continues to offer Canadians new routes and additional nonstop flights along with low-priced options,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning. “Our compelling fares, caring guest service and convenient schedules for travellers represent more opportunities to connect business sectors that are so integral to economies across Canada. In addition, these routes mean lower fares and reduced travel times for Hamiltonians visiting friends and family in Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg and vice versa. WestJet hopes to see travellers from all communities take advantage of the convenient links we are providing.”The Hamilton-Winnipeg flights are operating three times weekly and the Hamilton-Edmonton flights, four times weekly. The Halifax-Hamilton flights are daily. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
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