first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. – Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee is accused of inappropriately touching and making lewd comments toward a hotel shuttle driver while in Buffalo for the NHL’s scouting combine.Lee was charged with second-degree harassment on Friday after being arrested and spending the night in jail.He appeared in court, where his Canadian passport was confiscated, and was scheduled to appear again Monday.Lee faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail, though Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said he doesn’t expect to pursue jail time.The Senators said in a statement that team officials knew of the arraignment and were reviewing the situation.It’s unclear whether Lee has an attorney. He did not appear with an attorney at his arraignment and is no longer staying at the hotel where the alleged incident happened.Flynn said Lee was attending an NHL function Wednesday night as part of the league’s pre-draft scouting combine being held in Buffalo when he requested a shuttle to transport him back to his hotel.Lee first asked the 19-year-old male driver if he could sit in the front seat of the van, and then made lewd comments while placing his hands on the driver’s shoulders, Flynn said.When the driver told him to stop, Lee persisted and began rubbing the man’s shoulders, Flynn said.As they arrived at the hotel about 10 minutes later, “Lee allegedly made a reference to his own private parts and made a vulgar lewd statement,” Flynn said.“The driver was obviously shaken by this,” Flynn said. Flynn said the man immediately reported what happened to the hotel’s security chief.Lee is barred from going to the hotel and having any interaction with the driver.Flynn said he’s not aware of any alcohol being involved.“I’ve got a 19-year-old victim here who probably thinks it’s a cool thing to get an assistant general manager of a hockey team in a car,” Flynn said. “What’s not cool is what happened. And that’s why Mr. Lee is going to have to answer for his uncool behaviour.”Lee has spent 23 seasons with the Senators and just completed his fourth as assistant GM.He was promoted to the job in January 2014 to replace Tim Murray, who was hired to be the Buffalo Sabres general manager.Lee is responsible for overseeing the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ontario, and developing the team’s prospects. The Senators media guide lists Lee as living in Ottawa with his three children.___Associated Press writer Carolyn Thompson contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that the alleged incident happened Wednesday night, not Thursday night, according to new information from prosecutors.___More NHL hockey: read more

first_imgRabat – Three Moroccan novels have been selected Tuesday in Abu Dhabi for the 2014 Arab fiction Booker prize, in a list of 16 other Arab novels.The contesting novels (from Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine) were selected among 156 other from 18 Arab countries.A first list of six shortlisted novels will be announced on February 10 and the 2014 award winner will be unveiled on April 19 in Abu Dhabi. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is one of the most prestigious and important literary prizes in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.The Prize is run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and funded by TCA Abu Dhabi in the UAE.last_img read more

Rabat – Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has told the London Evening Standard that Moroccan international Adel Taarabt has “the attributes to become a Premiere League star.”“I think Adel will be a surprise for many this season. He’s focused and wants to stay at QPR. He can turn games around in a few minutes, so it’s important to have him,” said the 50-year-old Malaysian boss of Air Asia.“People have forgotten him a little bit but he can do extraordinary things. At AC Milan last season he was quite special,” he added. QPR loaned the Moroccan midfielder last season to Fulham and AC Milan with whom he was hoping to stay on a permanent basis but the Italian side refused to meet QPR’s £6 million price tag for the player.Fernandes is reportedly planning to employ a nutritionist to improve Taarabt’s diet.“Adel has to get his head right. He saw my trainer about nutrition and he gave me a very good report on Adel. We are going to get a special nutritionist for him because he is like me. He eats all the wrong things at the wrong time.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Rabat- Workers at the SAMIR oil refinery are calling on the government to bail out the company and stop the loss of jobs.SAMIR trade union members stood near the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Mohammed V Street in Rabat, on Thursday, carrying slogans and calling for “revival of production” and “protection of employees’ incomes.”Production at the SAMIR oil refinery has been decreasing since 2016. SAMIR’s employees are protesting “the government’s negative attitude” towards the company. They are asking the government to restore the quality of its fuel stocks and prices, re-open its lost 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, and cover its loss of MAD 20 billion in public money.Photo credits: HespressThe coordinator of the SAMIR trade union, Hussain al-Yamani, told Moroccan news outlet Hespress that the company’s main demand from the government is to “restore its normal production and keep the rights of its employees and dealers.”“This stand signifies a protest against the government in general,” al-Yamani stated. He specifically requested the cooperation of the economy and finance minister, Mohamed Benchaaboun, to help the company succeed. The Ministry of Economy and Finance holds a large portion of SAMIR’s debts, according to Hespress.Al-Yamani pointed out that the protest “coincides” with the government’s new plan to privatize companies, asserting that SAMIR should be taken as an example of a failed privatization.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Morocco Will Not Privatize ONCF, May Sell Maroc Telecom StakesThe government “should reconsider the privatization of some sectors … because privatization in our estimation is a loss from beginning to end.”Benchaaboun announced Monday, in a parliamentary session to present the 2019 draft budget, that the government seeks to privatize some public companies to improve their governance and help reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019.The move to increase state resources could generate MAD 8 billion. Increasing taxes on tobacco consumption will generate additional revenue estimated at MAD 1.2 billion in 2019, Benchaaboun asserted.With the privatization of SAMIR in 2016, 1,000 direct workers, and 1,500 indirect employees lost their jobs, according to Soraya Lahrache, member of the Democratic Confederation of Labor’s (CDT) executive office.The SAMIR case, she argued, is one of “lack of transparency, poor governance, and corruption.”.Established in 1959 with headquarters in Mohammedia, a coastal city north of Casablanca, SAMIR was ordered to be liquidated in 2016 by a Moroccan court.However, the company struggled to proceed and asked for several extensions in the liquidation process. Starting in spring 2017, several foreign investors expressed interest in purchasing SAMIR.Employees have protested numerous times since SAMIR went into crisis caused by company losses since it stopped distributing fuel, said the company’s officials. read more

Rabat – The president of the Council of Mosques of the Rhone, Kamel Kabtane, called on French Muslims to “stand in solidarity with their country” following the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.Kabtane, who is also a leader at the Grand Mosque of Lyon, spoke on Tuesday about the tragic event, promising his support to any future rebuilding efforts and calling all Muslims in France to do the same.  “We call on Muslims in France to show their solidarity by actively participating in the national solidarity campaign that will be launched to find ways to rebuild this place of history of our country and this place of prayer so dear to our Christian brothers.” Read Also. King Mohammed VI: Notre-Dame Fire Affects Millions of WorshipersNotre-Dame, one of Paris’s most symbolic monuments, caught on fire late Monday. Firefighters did not fully extinguish the flames until 15 hours later, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The fire caused the building’s spire to collapse and destroyed the roof. Firefighters were able to save the main stone structure and the building’s iconic bell towers. Notre-Dame, “in addition to being a place of worship, is the soul of our country. It is in this place that the French came to celebrate the happiest moments of their history,” said Kabtane. The cause of the fire is not yet clear although many believe it was an accident connected to ongoing renovation at the cathedral.The incident generated worldwide solidarity as thousands posted emotional tributes to the cathedral on social media. Within hours of the fire starting, there were dedications of money to rebuild from people around the world who feel connected to Notre-Dame and all it stands for.French President Emmanuel Macron made a promise to reconstruct the cathedral on Monday, even before the fire had been put out. read more

Video of Security Council meeting “The peace process will resume only when both parties recognize that their mutual concerns must be addressed through parallel steps – and not in a sequential order, littered with pre-conditions,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said in a monthly update of Middle East developments.If the Road Map for Middle East peace presented by the Quartet – the United Nations, the United States, the Russian Federation and the European Union – was to succeed, he said, a basic requirement was that both sides acknowledge and address each other’s core concerns.The Government of Israel’s most basic concern was the security of its State and people, he said, while the Palestinians’ most basic concerns were territory and viability.Despite initial contacts between the new Palestinian government and the Government of Israel, both parties have continued to ignore each other’s core concerns. “Be it on terror or on territory, they have fallen short of carrying out their preliminary, phase one commitments under the Quartet’s Road Map,” he said.The Palestinian Authority took no tangible measures during the last month to establish control over the groups using violence and terror and failed to consolidate its security apparatus under the single authority of an empowered Interior Minister, he said. This made it difficult for the Palestinian Authority to claim credit for the recent drop in Palestinian violence.”In fact, the Government of Israel perceives the decline in violence as being the result of its military and security measures,” he said.Meanwhile, Israel had not fulfilled its core commitment to remove all settlements erected since March 2001 and, as security improved, to implement a complete settlement freeze.”Quite the opposite has happened,” Mr. Prendergast said. “Settlement outposts have increased and the Government of Israel is proceeding with the construction of the West Bank barrier.”The Palestinian Authority says Palestinian extremists are strengthened by Israeli actions like settlement expansion, barrier construction, tight closures, house demolitions and extra-judicial killings. Israel says it has continued these measures because it sees no genuine Palestinian action on security and terrorism, he said. read more

“The Secretary-General welcomes the commitment of Iraq’s new leadership to working towards national unity through peaceful democratic means,” a statement issued by a spokesperson for Mr. Annan said of Mr. Talabani’s election, and that of Vice-Presidents Sheikh Ghazi Al-Yawar and Adil Abdul Mahdi, by the Transitional National Assembly.”The United Nations stands ready to support the reconstruction of Iraq, including by providing any needed assistance to its constitution-making process,” the statement added. “To that end, the Secretary-General and his Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, look forward to working with Iraq’s newly-elected leaders and other representatives, with a view to further promoting dialogue and national reconciliation.”Virtually from the moment polling booths closed in the 30 January elections, from which Iraq’s Sunni Arabs largely stayed away, Mr. Qazi has been meeting almost daily across the political spectrum to ensure that all sectors take part in the transition process, including the drafting of a new constitution, which is the main task of the new Assembly.But by not voting, either due to boycott calls, intimidation or fear of violence, Sunni Arabs, the dominant political force in the regime of ousted Saddam Hussein, have very little presence in the new Assembly, hence Mr. Qazi’s continual appeals for a way to ensure the participation of all in writing the constitution and completing the political transition.Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically, represent about 60 per cent of the population, while Sunni Arabs and mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, represent about 20 per cent each. read more

FILE – This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product that critics call “pink slime” during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb. Beef Products Inc. says the settlement reached with ABC in a $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit over the network’s reports on its lean, finely textured beef product provides a strong foundation on which to grow the business. The terms of the settlement announced Wednesday, June 28, 2017 are confidential. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) ABC, meat producer settle in $1.9B ‘pink slime’ libel suit by James Nord, The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”The terms of the settlement including its amount are confidential. Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued ABC in 2012, saying ABC’s coverage misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe, is not beef and isn’t nutritious. ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend said in a statement Wednesday that throughout the case the network has maintained its reports accurately presented the facts and views of “knowledgeable people” about the product.“Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the company’s interests, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer’s right to know about the products they purchase,” Townsend said.The coverage emphasized that the product at the time was present in 70 per cent of the ground beef sold in supermarkets, but wasn’t labeled. BPI and its family owners said in a statement Wednesday that the lawsuit was difficult, but necessary to start rectifying the harm suffered as a result of ABC’s reports on lean, finely textured beef.After the reports aired, some grocery store chains said they would stop carrying ground beef that contained the product. BPI claimed in the 2012 complaint that sales declined from about 5 million pounds (2.3 million kilograms) per week to less than 2 million pounds (907,000 kilograms) per week.BPI has said the sales drop forced it to close plants in Iowa, Kansas and Texas and lay off more than 700 workers. Only a Nebraska plant in South Sioux City remained open.“This agreement provides us with a strong foundation on which to grow the business, while allowing us to remain focused on achieving the vision of the Roth and BPI family,” the company and family said in their statement.BPI lawyer Erik Connolly said the trial and settlement were opportunities for the company to vindicate its product“If you judge this product on the truth, there is not a better product that goes into ground beef,” Connolly said.Lean, finely textured beef can be added to ground beef to reduce the overall fat content. It’s made from trimmings left after a cow is butchered. The meat is separated from the fat, and ammonia gas is applied to kill bacteria.Former Department of Agriculture microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein named the product “pink slime” in a 2002 agency email. He was among several people who were dismissed from the lawsuit before trial, including ABC anchor Diane Sawyer, leaving just the network and correspondent Jim Avila as defendants.After the announcement, Avila thanked the jurors for their service, the Sioux City Journal reported.“I wish they had had the chance to hear my side of the story,” Avila said, according to the newspaper. “It’s important to note we’re not retracting anything or apologizing for anything.”BPI could have been seeking damages as high as $1.9 billion, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Disney, which owns ABC. BPI was also seeking “treble” damages, or triple the amount, under South Dakota’s Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act and punitive damages.The settlement announcement came on the trial’s 18th day in state court in Elk Point, a town of less than 2,000 people in southeastern South Dakota. The trial was scheduled to last until late July.Jane Kirtley, a University of Minnesota media law professor who has followed the case, said it’s “folly” to speculate what could have influenced ABC’s decision to settle the case. But she said it’s unfortunate whenever there’s a settlement in a case that could have been defended.“As a general proposition, I think settlements are bad because they send a message to other litigants that news organizations basically will buy their way out of lawsuits,” Kirtley said. “This is a powerful corporation and it represents a powerful industry, and I think everyone should be concerned about the future of investigative reporting when powerful entities can bring an action like this and bring a settlement.”___This story has been corrected to show that 5 million pounds is equivalent to 2.3 million kilograms, not 23 million kilograms. read more

“It is urgent to reach a peaceful settlement to the conflict in order to resolve the protracted situation of internal displacement, which has lasted more than 20 years in Azerbaijan,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani.The Special Rapporteur also called upon humanitarian and development actors to act jointly and map out concerted actions aimed at ensuring durable solutions.Mr. Beyani, who visited locations where IDPs live in and around Baku and the western district of Agdam, completed his week-long visit over the weekend. He is scheduled to present his full report to the Human Rights Council in June 2015.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on human rights issues. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any Government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.The Special Rapporteur welcomed the significant progress made by the Azerbaijani authorities to improve the living conditions of the population in general and of IDPs in particular, both in rural and urban areas. He noted with satisfaction that change had taken place since the last visit carried out in 2010 by the previous independent expert, and commended the Government for new efforts and commitment to ensuring respect for the human rights of IDPs.However, Mr. Beyani called for a rights-based approach that includes IDPs in development planning strategies in the areas of housing, education, health and employment to strengthen their resilience, livelihood opportunities and self-reliance. “A survey of intent of IDPs should be carried out in order to arrive at sustainable solutions for them,” he said. “Durable solutions for IDPs cannot be achieved without the consultation and participation of IDPs. All durable solutions should remain as options open to them.” According to the latest statistics posted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are more than 600,000 IDPs in Azerbaijan. In line with his predecessor’s recommendation, Walter Kaelin who visited Azerbaijan in 2007 and 2010, Mr. Beyani insisted on a comprehensive needs assessment to differentiate the levels of needs of the people displaced for the past 20 years. “Not all IDPs have the same needs and the only way to ensure that those who require special attention are adequately identified is through such a comprehensive assessment,” he underscored. With regard to health, he noted that despite the authorities’ efforts to develop an action plan, the mental health assessment performed by the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet been fully been implemented with concrete actions to ensuring more comprehensive health services, including in the area of mental health, and increased deployment of qualified medical staff to rural areas. During his visit, Mr. Beyani met with Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hassanov; the Ministers Economy and Industry and Health; and the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Labour and Social Protection, and Education. He met with the Deputy President of the State Oil Fund. The expert also held meetings with the Ombudsperson of Azerbaijan, representatives of the international community and non-governmental organizations. read more

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 2.34pm today (6 January) to reports of a stabbing at Blackhorse Road underground station. “We sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic in a car and an incident response officer, with the first of our medics arriving in six minutes. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.“We treated a man at the scene for knife injuries and took him by road to a major trauma centre.” “I know this will cause much speculation hence me sharing with you what only can be confirmed publicly and for the sake of the family of the boy in question urge caution – in particular, please note that no one can confirm at present the cause of this incident or motivations behind it, but clearly witnesses and any information you may have about what happened vital.” Tudor Simionov died in the early hours of New Year's Day Tudor Simionov died in the early hours of New Year’s Day Mr Simionov, 33, had been working as part of a security detail outside an exclusive New Year party on Park Lane in central London when he was stabbed during a fight with gratecrashers.Miss Huggins, 33, was was knifed to death at her home in Camberwell, south east London, also in the early hours of New Year’s Day.A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with her murder.Over the weekend another murder investigation was launched after a post mortem investigation carried out on a woman found dead on December 30 confirmed she had been strangled. Murder squad detectives are also investigating the separate stabbings of doorman, Tudor Simionov, in Mayfair and mother of one, Charlotte Huggins, in Camberwell on New Year’s Day. It comes after three people were also stabbed during an incident in east London on Saturday afternoon.A woman in her 30s and two men were wounded during an attack in Leyton. None of the injuries were thought to be serious.But a man in his 20s was left fighting for his life after being stabbed in Forest Gate, east London in an unrelated incident. Earlier detectives in the capital launched their fourth murder investigation of 2019  following the death of a woman in east London over the weekend.Police were called to a property on the Isle of Dogs after concerned was raised over the welfare of a resident.A woman in her 30s was found dead at the scene and a 32-year-old man who was known to her was arrested in connection with the death. Officers have responded to male stabbed outside Blackhorse Road Station, E17 at 1431hrs today. One male taken to hospital with stab injuries. We await a full update on their condition. No arrests. Crime scene in place. Enquiries are ongoing. No further updates at this time— Waltham Forest MPS (@MPSWForest) January 6, 2019 A 18-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was stabbed in broad daylight following an altercation at a London tube station, Scotland Yard has said. Police were called to Blackhorse Road Station in Waltham Forest just after 2.30pm on Sunday lunchtime following reports that a man was suffering from a knife wound.He was taken to hospital in east London with stab injuries where his condition was unknown.Police said no arrests had been made and the area had been cordoned off while the investigation was underway. The Tube station, which is on the busy Victoria Line into central London was evacuated and British Transport Police and the Met were on the scene.Writing on Facebook, the local MP, Stella Creasy said: “I have just had an update from the Police which I am sharing in full here about the incident in Blackhorse Road this afternoon – a young man has been seriously injured in our community again. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgThe provincial budget delivered by Canadian Finance Minister Dwight Duncan last week in the Legislature has “made the future of mining in Ontario significantly brighter”, according to the Ontario Mining Association. It not only boosts the prospects of existing mineral producing operations but reduces economic resistance to new developments. The C$450 million Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program (NIERP), the C$45 million new project based skills training program for Aboriginals and Northern Ontario residents, the appointment of a Ring of Fire Co-ordinator and the C$1.2 billion in infrastructure development to strengthen northern communities all represent positive commitments for the mineral sector.“The budget begins to chart a course to a stronger economic future for the people of Ontario,” said Duncan. Several measures in the budget, which support statements in the Throne Speech of March 8, indicate that course will go through Northern Ontario and involve mineral production as a cornerstone.“The budget clearly recognises the contributions mining makes to Ontario’s society and the role the industry can play in helping with Ontario’s economic recovery,” said OMA President, Chris Hodgson. “The budget is forward looking and helps protect existing jobs and investment while creating new opportunities related to the Ring of Fire area in the Far North, which holds potentially large deposits of chromite, nickel, copper and platinum.”The NIERP will provide rebates of C$0.02/kwh, reducing electricity costs by around 25% from 2009 levels. OMA: “industry spends more than C$500 million annually in energy inputs. These rebates will be available to industrial facilities that commit to electricity efficiency and sustainability plans.“The C$45 million over three years earmarked for training related to capacity building in the Ring of Fire area will benefit Aboriginals and Northern Ontarians. The Ring of Fire Co-ordinator will consult and work with Aboriginal peoples, Northern Ontarians and the mining community to encourage responsible and sustainable economic development in the region. The infrastructure support will upgrade roads, hospitals and water systems in the north.”“For the 21st century, the discovery of chromite in the Ring of Fire could be as big as the discovery of nickel was in Sudbury in the 19th century,” said Duncan in his budget address.Other commitments in the budget include the elimination of the Capital Tax on July 1, 2010 and a reduction in the Corporate Income Tax rate to 10% from 12% on income earned from manufacturing and processing and mining. The Harmonized Sales Tax, which also comes into effect on July 1, offers input tax credits and reimbursements.“It is encouraging to see a budget which is strongly supportive of Ontario’s modern, high-tech, solution providing mining industry’s wealth and opportunity creating characteristics,” said Hodgson. Mining in Ontario is a C$10 billion business which provides Ontario with a C$3.3 billion trade surplus and more than C$600 million in corporate taxes annually. Around, 200,000 Ontarians are employed in the mineral industry cluster.last_img read more

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first_imgTHIS IS THE INVITATION sent around by Apple this evening that all but confirms the launch of its long-awaited iPad Mini next week.The technology giant has distributed press invitations to an event in San Jose, California for October 23 – seven days from today – saying it has “a little more to show you”.The invitations follow months of speculation and rumours that Apple was to bring out a smaller version of its tablet machine.Gizmodo points out that the rumours surrounding the recent launch of the iPhone 5 were particularly accurate – a trend which, if continued, would probably see the iPad Mini fulfil many of the predictions about its specifications.Mashable adds that though Apple launches have historically been shrouded in secrecy – with even the name of the iPad kept under wraps until the device was launched – photographs of the iPhone 5 had been leaked online long before its official launch last month.Both reports suggest that photographs of a smaller iPad with a screen size of about 7.5 inches may turn out to be genuine.Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had famously ridiculed the idea of introducing a device smaller than a traditional 10-inch iPad, but larger than an iPhone – but such devices have become popular in recent times, with offerings from Amazon and Samsung enjoying particular success.Read: Kindle Fire tablet sold out, says AmazonPlus: Website runs ‘smallest penis’ contest… for an iPhonelast_img read more

first_img The real reasons will probly never come out so we move on Twitter Google+ The ol’ “Job for life” ploy… Now Playing Up Next (Oh, and PS: I’m not doing any podcasts. So we can shut that shit down right now.)— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 unknown Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Levon Hughey …on to the next thing. There. There’s your news story. I know, it’s thrilling. Heart-stopping even. — Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 So he has a guarantee paycheck the night before WrestleMania. EVERY YEAR. Think about that. That’s ASTOUNDING. We created a lot of great shit while I was there. Proud of my time there, and now it’s…— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Wayne Martin Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 14.49%0:02Remaining Time -0:46 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 December 12, 2016 at 10:47 am WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 4 COMMENTS I got along great with talent. The writers are like BROTHERS to me. It was sad, but I walked out with my head held high, and I’m seeing…— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 December 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund December 11, 2016 at 7:57 pmcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next …them for dinner next week. There’s no scandal or drama. I worked with amazing people who produce almost 600 hours of original television— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Jerry Lawler reveals why WWE pulled him from pre-showsWWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler made an appearance on Sports56 in Memphis this weekend and was asked about being pulled from all RAW and Smackdown Live pre-shows going forward by WWE.According to a recap by, Lawler stated that the call was made by WWE’s Kevin Dunn and that having Lawler’s salary absorbed on the pre-shows was become expensive to produce.Lawler revealed he remains under contract with WWE into January and that they will discuss a new deal. He added that Vince McMahon called him the next day to let him know he wasn’t done with WWE and that he was given a job for life with the company as the Hall of Fame Master of Ceremonies.Former managing lead writer on his WWE departureFormer WWE managing lead writer of RAW and Smackdown Live Tom Casiello took to Twitter to address reports this weekend about his departure from WWE.Wait… I’m actually a thing on the dirt sheets now? LOL!!!!— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 don’t get why sack Lita, have her be a manager to women who aren’t quite over, or cruiserweights to add star power and interest WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions WhatsApp What “more” on the story,or me,is there? They eliminated my position. I said,”ok”. They save money & I move on to next thing. NEWSWORTHY.— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 CenaLife Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next December 12, 2016 at 9:22 am Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies I’m sure there will now be lots of stupidity floating around. So here’s my only statement on this, and you can print it, and then I’m…— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 You won’t find one bad story about me in six years. Well, I did fall asleep in a production meeting once. But whatever. We all got along.— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 …not entertaining this anymore. I think the McMahons, despite all their eccentricities and quirks, are AWESOME. I loved working with them.— Tom Casiello (@tommiecas) December 10, 2016 Pinterest Jerry Lawler Facebook Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgTech publisher TechTarget has agreed to buy the Web sites and event products related to Reed Business Information’s Computer Weekly, while the 45-year-old magazine will close. serves IT managers in Europe and the U.K. and draws an average of 425,000 visits and 1 million page views per month. The site also has an email database of 165,000 subscribers. TechTarget is also buying MicroScope, an online channel that connects advertisers and value-added reseller. MicroScope claims more than 100,000 monthly page views and more than 15,000 e-mail subscribers (the print magazine for MicroScope will fold as well). TechTarget serves the UK market with,,, Search and For the second day in a row, a b-to-b publisher is walking away from long-time print brands. Yesterday, UBM Canon announced it is taking its plastics group digital-only and folding Injection Molding Magazine and Modern Plastics Worldwide with their April issues. TechTarget previously shuttered its own attempts at building print magazines Storage and Information Security. The company generated revenue of $95 million in 2010, up from $86.5 million in 2009. Online businesses accounted for $82.3 million of total revenue while events accounted for $12.7 million, according to TechTarget’s 10-K report.last_img read more

first_imgThe new Alaska Class ferry Tazlina floats for the first time at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan in May. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)For many communities in Alaska, the marine highway system is a vital part of transportation. More than a decade ago, the state decided to add two new boats to the fleet. The Alaska Class Ferries were envisioned when plans for the Juneau Access Project were being finalized. They would service Upper Lynn Canal as shuttle ferries.But through several administrations, those plans have changed a lot. Now, the Anchorage Daily News reports, an additional $30 million is needed before the Hubbard and Tazlina ferries can start sailing. Alaska Public Media’s Abbey Collins spoke with the ADN’s James Brooks about the situation the state is in, and what could have happened if different decisions were made early on.Interview highlights: Unforeseen costs: “The key thing folks need to know is that the state spent $120 million on these two new ships. They’re brand new. They’re ready to enter state service, just about. But the state can’t operate them as designed. And now… the marine highway system is planning to spend millions of dollars more in order to get them to serve. And then there will be even more money needed ashore to build the port facilities to support these.”A project spanning several state administrations: “The key issue seems to be that it takes longer to build a ferry than a single governor’s term… every new governor comes in and has a different idea for this ferry program. That seems to have been the key issue here. They were designed for one thing. Then the design changes. And then it changes back, and there’s modifications. The mission changes, oil prices change. All these changes happened while this ferry idea was moving forward.”Who’s to blame?: “There’s no villain in this story. The ironic thing is that these two ferries are in the position they’re in, because people wanted to cut costs. We’re going to end up spending more money on these ferries because the decisions that were made along the lines were people with good intentions, who wanted to cut costs. And now, it’s backfired.”A missed opportunity: “The decision was made to build them entirely with state money. Had the state chosen to do a federal match, it would have had to pay 10 percent. Instead of 100 percent. So the state could have had these ferries for say, $12 million. Instead of $120 million. And if the rest of that $120 million had stayed with the ferry system, they would have been able to replace five mainline ferries for the cost of that.”James Brooks is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He’s based in Juneau.last_img read more

first_imgKarimnagar: Telangana Commercial Taxes Non-Gazetted Officers Association State president Mohammad Mujahid Hussain congratulated and felicitated Somesh Kumar, Special Chief Secretary of Revenue, CT, Excise, Stamps and Registration on taking additional charges as CCLA on FAC and also as chairman to RERA.Mujahid stated it was Somesh Kumar’s hard work and keen responsibility towards his colleagues and employees which honoured him with further more authorities.last_img

first_imgThe Central government received subscriptions from 3.16 lakh applications for 2,790 kg of gold valued approximately at Rs 726 crore in the second tranche under the sovereign gold bond (SGB) scheme from 18 January to 22 January, 2016.The figures are provisional, the government said in a statement on Thursday.The bonds will be issued on 8 February, 2016. The first tranche saw a lukewarm response in November last year when the government managed to collect Rs 246 crore to issue bonds for 917 kg of gold.To make the second tranche successful, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had addressed the heads of banks on 14 January and reviewed their preparedness.The government also went for a wide media campaign through AIR, FM radio, print media, mobile messages, Facebook and Twitter.The SGB scheme, along with two other schemes, was launched on 5 November, 2015, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unlock gold lying with households and institutions estimated at about 20,000 tonnes. Gold prices closed with a minor gain on Thursday at Rs 27,135 per 10 gm.last_img read more

first_imgNintendo has always been known for offering very child-friendly content and services. The Wii and DS use friend codes and restrict online play to make sure any children playing aren’t subjected to inappropriate content.With the Wii U, all of that has changed, or so we thought. With several 18-rated launch titles and a proper online service for the first time, adult fans were pleased. However, it seems that Nintendo Europe has implemented a content blocking service, which you can’t turn off.For example, if you want to look at ZombiU on Nintendo’s eShop during the middle of the afternoon, forget it. The problem was first noticed when an Italian gamer emailed Nintendo’s customer service with what he thought was a glitch. It turns out that in regard to regulations present in European countries, Nintendo blocks users from viewing 18-rated trailers and buying 18-rated content during the day. In fact, this content can only be accessed between 11pm – 3am. So that’s just four hours a day.This is an additional precaution to make sure under-age gamers don’t view or buy such content, but no matter what your parental controls are on your Wii U, you’ll get the same message popping up. The message states that the content you are trying to access can only be viewed at certain times, but it doesn’t state what those times are, leaving Wii U users to guess.The Italian gamer who highlighted this problem also makes the point that it’s pretty insulting, as even if he did have a child, Nintendo is assuming no child monitoring is happening. Surely if parents were worried about such things they would simply change the parental controls. It seems strange to punish adult users who’s Wii U might not ever be touched by a child, especially when Nintendo’s competitors have no such restrictions.This restriction is only affecting European countries at the moment, but there’s no guarantee Nintendo won’t implement this in other territories.More at NeoGAF, via Eurogamerlast_img read more

first_imgThe annual fair of artisans from across the country, Shilpostav 2014, started off at Dilli Haat yesterday. Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Sudhir Bhargava inaugurated the ten-day festival that will continue till 10 November. Speaking on the occasion the Secretary said that for the progress of any section of the society, they should become financially independent. The Ministry of SJE is working towards empowering marginalised and disadvantaged artisans and in continuance of this Shilpostav 2014 has been organised.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Secretary further added that there are 160 stalls where in artisans assisted by the Apex corporations i.e. National Backward Classes Finance  Development Corporation (NBCFDC), National Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), National SafaiKaramchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and National Trust will display and sell their products. The National Institutes under the Ministry is also showcasing their schemes and facilities.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe range of products in this fair includes – silk sarees, durries, readymade garments, terracotta product, jute products, dress material, Kashmiri shawls/stoles, leather, cane and bamboo products, hand embroidery, bead products, pearls, imitation jewellery, lakh products, decorative candles, wood carving, block printing, wooden toys, tie and dye, wood, marble artifacts, handloom etc. To entertain the gathering, a daily cultural presentation by top-notch performers is also organised.last_img read more