first_img Twitter The following CTV News Vancouver broadcasters assume new roles effective today (Thursday, Aug. 23):Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts become the new co-anchor team for weekday editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX. A formidable team of veteran journalists, Lee and Roberts led CTV News Vancouver’s RTDNA Award-winning newscast from the B.C. forest fires in the summer of 2017. Both have also been honoured with Jack Webster Awards for excellence in journalism in British Columbia.Scott Hurst becomes lead anchor for CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE from Monday through Thursday, and continues to deliver comprehensive reports from the field on Fridays. A familiar and trusted face to CTV News Vancouver viewers, Hurst has previously reported on a multitude of noteworthy stories including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver Port chemical fire in 2015, and the 2017 provincial election.Michele Brunoro continues her role as senior reporter for CTV News Vancouver newscasts from Monday through Thursday, and takes over as Friday anchor of CTV NEWS AT NOON and CTV NEWS AT FIVE. Raised in the Fraser Valley, Brunoro maintains a strong passion for her local community and has been recognized with three Jack Webster Awards, most recently for her contributions to the coverage of B.C.’s opioid crisis.Nafeesa Karim assumes a unique anchor and co-producer role for weekend editions of CTV NEWS AT SIX and CTV NEWS AT 11:30. In this newly created role, Karim will assist with managing editorial decisions for weekend newscasts, and contribute additional reports on local breaking news throughout the week. Facebook VANCOUVER – CTV News Vancouver announced today the final phase of the station’s major refresh of its locally focused newscasts. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Mi-Jung Lee and Scott Roberts have been named the new co-anchors of CTV News at Six.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stock indexes jumped Wednesday to reverse some of their big losses from the week before. In the U.S., technology companies rallied and energy companies rose along with crude oil prices. Health care and industrial companies also jumped, while safer, high-dividend stocks like utilities and household goods makers were little changed.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 31 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,668 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 271 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 24,641. The Nasdaq composite jumped 110 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 7,142. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,460.Stocks have gyrated this week after they took steep losses at the end of the week before. The repeated changes in direction reflect investors’ nervousness about the health of the global economy, as economic growth is expected to slow down in 2019 and the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates could both make that slowdown more painful.EARLY LEADERS: Among technology companies, Microsoft rallied 2 per cent to $110.79 and Apple added 1.3 per cent to $170.87. Amazon gained 2.3 per cent to $1,681 and Netflix jumped 3.6 per cent to $274.89 as internet and media companies joined in the gains.Among industrials, Caterpillar climbed 2.5 per cent to $126.27 and Boeing rose 1.4 per cent to $326.50. Equipment rental company United Rentals surged 7.8 per cent to $109.76 after it gave strong forecasts for 2019 and said it will start buying back more stock this month. The company said it stopped buying its own stock at the beginning of November following an acquisition.TURMOIL IN BRITAIN: British legislators forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May. The vote is scheduled for later Wednesday and could end May’s tenure and bring even more chaos into British politics. Lawmakers within the Conservative Party have expressed frustrations with May over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU.The uncertainty has knocked the British pound sharply lower in recent days, but it rose Wednesday to $1.2622 from $1.2527. The British FTSE 100 stock index added 1.1 per cent.INFLATION WATCH: U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, according to the Labor Department. Prices had edged up over the previous seven months. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.2 per cent in November and is up 2.2 per cent over the last year. However energy prices fell sharply as the price of crude oil plunged more than 20 per cent in November.OVERSEAS: The CAC 40 in France surged 2 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.4 per cent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.6 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 0.7 per cent to $52.02 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 1.5 per cent to $61.08 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices slipped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.89 per cent from 2.88 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 113.29 yen from 113.40 yen. The euro rose to $1.1361 from $1.1325.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgAs a result of the gun being fired, a woman inside the home received a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public. The residents of the home are known to police.Sgt. Tyreman added that no further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman was injured during a home invasion that occurred on the city’s east side over the weekend.Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th, three armed individuals forced their way into a home in the 8600-block of 76th Street.Once inside, one of the residents was involved in a struggle with one of the gunmen, which resulted in several shots being fired.last_img read more

TORONTO — Ontario will spend up to $100 million to help natural gas suppliers create more fuelling stations to encourage more trucks to use the fuel instead of diesel or gasoline.The Canadian Press has learned the move to expand the use of natural gas as a fuel for trucks will be part of the Liberal government’s action plan on climate change, which will be released Wednesday.Sources say there is some interest in the trucking industry for a switch to natural gas, but truckers want to see a province-wide network of fuelling stations.Joe Oliver: Ontario’s electricity fiasco is going to get much, much worseDriverless vehicles are going to change our world, but at what cost?The sources also say the action plan will not call for a ban or phasing-out of natural gas or any other fossil fuels for home heating as reported earlier.Natural gas is used to heat more than three-quarters of the homes in Ontario, and critics had warned that phasing it out would drive up energy costs for everyone.Provincial experts believe a steady rise in the price of natural gas as governments put a price on carbon will eventually prompt homeowners and builders to look for cheaper, cleaner alternatives, so they see no need to ban fossil fuels for home heating.The sources say the province will offer incentives when homeowners are ready to install alternatives such as geo-thermal or heat pump systems, and point out no one is talking about a return to old-fashioned electric baseboard heaters.They say the idea is to give consumers a choice, not to force them into making changes, and the Liberals will be ready with financial support when homeowners decide on their own to switch to cleaner alternatives.The province already announced the climate change action plan will include $100 million to help municipalities recover methane from landfills, green bins, manure and sewage treatment plants and turn it into so-called renewable natural gas.The plan will also include $900 million to retrofit social housing and apartment buildings with such things as energy-efficient windows and thermal insulation on pipes.Ontario will implement a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions as the other part of its plan to address climate change, and expects that will add about $5 a month to home heating bills and about 4.3 cents a litre to the price of gasoline.The Liberal government hopes to raise $1.9 billion a year from joining a cap-and-trade plan with California and Quebec, which will allow industrial polluters to buy extra emission credits if necessary or sell emission credits that they don’t use.The government has promised all of that money will be spent on initiatives that help individuals, companies and municipalities adapt to new cleaner technologies that will reduce their carbon footprint.Ontario’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, by 37 per cent in 2030 and by 80 per cent in 2050. read more

Warning of an urgent need for real progress in dealing with the causes and consequences of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on governments to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, and to do much more besides.“The Kyoto Protocol is an essential first step in this direction, and its entry into force is of utmost importance. But of course, much more effort will be needed,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Milan, Italy, delivered by Jose Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.United States President George W. Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, and published reports this month said Russia had also decided to reject it. Without either United States or Russian support the treaty cannot go into effect, and in September Mr. Annan appealed to Russia to ratify it.“More and more people are coming to understand that the mitigation and adaptation to climate change is a vast undertaking that will require a sustained effort for decades to come, and will affect many realms of human endeavour,” Mr. Annan said in today’s message.The 188-member UNFCCC’s ultimate objective is to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”As the session met, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported that natural disasters, the lion’s share of them weather-related, cost the world over $60 billion this year, up from around $55 billion in 2002. read more

As parties to the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) prepare to meet this spring to curb the spread of illicit arms, the United Nations atomic watchdog today spotlighted a series of steps for speedy action including a moratorium on new facilities that could produce weapons-grade fuel and a clampdown on smuggling.“It is clear that recent events have placed the NPT and the regime supporting it under unprecedented stress, exposing some of its inherent limitations and pointing to areas that need to be adjusted,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.Over the past two years the IAEA has been particularly busy with undeclared nuclear activities which Iran carried on for nearly two decades, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) withdrawal from NPT, which Mr. ElBaradei has called a dangerous precedent, and the possibility that nuclear weapons could fall into terrorist hands.The 2005 Review Conference of the 188 States Parties, meeting from 2 to 27 May at UN Headquarters in New York, is seen as a turning point in efforts to hammer out priorities to confront the new threats.Mr. ElBaradei has proposed seven steps to strengthen the NPT regime and, with it, world security. “Some of the needed fixes can be made in May, but only if governments are ready to act,” he said.The steps, which would not require amending the Treaty, include a five-year moratorium on building new facilities for uranium enrichment and plutonium separation, materials that can be used for weapons production. “There is no compelling reason for building more of these proliferation-sensitive facilities. The nuclear industry already has more than enough capacity to fuel its power plants and research facilities,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Other “fixes” are a speed-up of efforts to convert research reactors operating with highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium and to make HEU unnecessary for all peaceful nuclear applications; increased access for IAEA inspectors nuclear sites; swift Security Council action in the case of any country that withdraws from the NPT; speedy action by all countries to prosecute any illicit trading in nuclear materials and technology; accelerated implementation by all five nuclear weapon States of their “unequivocal commitment” to nuclear disarmament; and, in light of the volatility of long-standing tensions that give rise to proliferation in regions like the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, action to resolve existing security deficits and provide security assurances. read more

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals SEOUL, South Korea – Shareholders of Samsung Electronics praised the company Friday for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive corruption scandal that brought the arrest of the company’s de facto leader.Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung’s chief executive, told an annual shareholders meeting the scandal was regrettable, but the company did nothing illegal.Five Samsung executives, including its vice chairman and founding family heir apparent Lee Jae-yong, have been indicted on bribery and other charges.The scandal resulted in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye earlier this month.Calls to reform Samsung and other conglomerates are gaining momentum after Samsung, Hyundai, SK, LG and other major businesses made big donations to foundations controlled by a friend of Park’s who has been charged with meddling in state affairs.Some shareholders expressed concern over growing public hostility to Samsung, South Korea’s biggest company.The company’s image has also taken a big hit from cases of overheating and sometimes exploding batteries of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smart phones. Samsung ended up discontinuing the product just weeks after it was launched in August.Shin Jong-kyun, a Samsung president, promised shareholders the company will put “flawless” products through extensive safety checks. The precautions would be perfect, he said.Samsung is due to unveil the Galaxy S8 smartphone next week, its first major smartphone launch since the battery fiasco.But the main focus of attention during Friday’s meeting was the scandal.Some found fault with the company’s apologies.One shareholder, who said he worked at the company for 26 years, demanded an explanation for how Samsung’s board of auditors, which included a former national chief prosecutor, could have allowed corporate funds to be misused.Kwon, the chief executive, denied Samsung did anything unlawful in making the donations to Park’s associate.“It was a donation that was traditional and customary,” Kwon said. “The auditing committee found it was executed through normal procedures.”Samsung says it will require its board of directors to approve any donations of over 1 billion won ($89 million) to prevent future scandals.A newly created committee to improve the company’s governance structure will be appointed by next month, the company said. It is still searching for a global business leader to join its board.While shareholders were shaken by the scandal and resulting damage to the company’s image, many praised the company for delivering strong results overall.Samsung stock jumped more than 60 per cent from a year ago thanks to strong performance of its semiconductor business, which offset the damage from the Note 7 battery troubles.“I can’t help rejoicing over how the value of my asset has gone up,” said one shareholder surnamed Park. read more

Price – Layton Age 6309-22-1955 to 09-14-2019Roy spent his younger years of life in the Carbon County Area. In his early teenage years his family moved to the Layton Utah Area. Roy was married to Shannon Whitesides and together they had two children Sunny Parkinson and Robbie McKendrick. They were later divorced and he married Debbie Barber. Together He and Debbie had a son Terry McKendrick. Roy had 2 step-children that he raised as his own also.Roy was a Transportation Specialist and had a Trucking company R & D Trucking that he owned and operated for many years. Roy was a pioneer in providing hot shot or expedited shipping services as well as contracted supplies to many companies and organizations. Roy was very devoted to his profession and his customers. He was always there to help his customers in need and always found a way to take care of the need.Roy was a genuine man and had a great love for his family. Family was always a priority and came first in all aspects of his life.Roy is survived by his wife Debbie McKendrick, daughter Sunny Parkinson, son’s Robby and Terry McKendrick and 2 step-children Brandy Barber and Stanley Barber, sisters Lori Fritz and Kay Fellows and many grandchildren.Roy is preceded in death by his parents Sherman EmRoy and Twila Mae McKendrick as well as his grandparents and many aunts and uncles and a grandchild.Funeral Services will be help Saturday September 21, 2019 at the Layton LDS Church at 3:00 P.M. read more

first_imgAumund, a company focused on providing spare parts supply on a global level, is expanding its spare parts service into a worldwide logistics network. The company aims to provide high spare parts availability and fast shipment of important parts and components from these new facilities in order to guarantee a permanent readiness of devices and equipment for its customers.  The core of the organisation and competence centre for all spare part issues is the company’s head office in Rheinberg. Here, internal work flows are optimised to meet increased requirements on performance, flexibility and efficiency in its spare parts supply further accelerating spare parts handling. At the same time, large investments to introduce new, more modern manufacturing methods and to extend the manufacturing capacities has, according to the company, resulted in shortening the throughput times in production.An extension of storage capacity in Rheinburg has also ensured that all current spare parts are continually in stock. Thanks to this, urgently required spare parts can be dispatched within 24 hours. Aumund only supplies genuine Aumund spare parts which the company says guarantees longevity, accuracy of fit, and perfect functioning.Based on the strategic positioning of regional spare parts stockists on different continents, Aumund will in the future have a global spare parts and service network. In addition to the Rheinberg facility and the regional stock at Aumund in Atlanta, another facility has been built in Hong Kong, supplying the Asian area. Thanks to adaptable computer systems, worldwide networking of these locations is possible allowing access to the inventories from any facility. A further expansion of the network is planned to follow soon with stocks in Chennai (India) and São Paulo (Brazil).last_img read more

first_imgUpdated at 14.22LIVERPOOL AND CELTIC have confirmed a pre-season friendly will take place between the two sides at the Aviva Stadium on August 10.Some details of the game were previously announced on Ticketmaster, with the clubs formally confirming the details today.In addition, Celtic manager Neil Lennon was in Dublin this afternoon to give a press conference in relation to the fixture.It is understood that tickets will be available to buy from this Wednesday.It will be the first time the sides have met since their 2002/03 UEFA Cup encounter, which Celtic ultimately won 3-1 on aggregate.Sevilla accept Manchester City bid for Jesus Navas>VIDEO: Jose Mourinho’s first interview since joining Chelsea>last_img read more

Stranger Things Fans Decode Strange Phone Message About Jim Hopper

first_img 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Stay on target Stranger Things Season 3 has left some fans in the dark, since (warning: spoilers ahead!) police chief Jim Hopper, who is played by David Harbour, was seemingly killed in the season finale. However, Stranger Things fans recently decoded a secret phone message via Harbour’s Instagram account, and it might be telling another story.During the Stranger Things season finale, Hopper sacrificed himself to seal the gate between the real world and the Upside Down, IndieWire reported. Hopper’s death was questioned though during a post-credits scene, which was set in Russia and revealed that an imprisoned American was residing in a jail cell there. Some fans think that this “imprisoned American” could be Hopper and that he didn’t really die at the end of Stranger Things Season 3.David Harbour’s Instagram page, with a number as his profile picture. (Photo Credit: David Harbour / Instagram)Even more puzzling is the activity on Harbour’s Instagram account. Since the Stranger Things Season 3 premiere on July 4, Harbour kept changing his Instagram profile picture with a series of numbers, and when they were put together, they showed a phone number: 618-625-8313. Those who called the number received a message from Murray Bauman, a private investigator in the series portrayed by Brett Gelman.“Hi, you have reached the residence of Murray Bauman,” the message says, according to CNET.com. “Mom, if this is you, please hang up and call me between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. as previously discussed, OK? If this is Joyce [Byers], Joyce [Byers], thank you for calling, I have been trying to reach ya. I have an update. It’s about, well, it’s probably best if we speak in person. It’s not good or bad, but it’s something.” dadum dee da da deet dee deet dee de pic.twitter.com/VLXjFyikAM— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 10, 2019Could Bauman have an important message for Joyce Byers, who was very close to Hopper? And if so, could Hopper still be alive?Harbour hasn’t commented on the bizarre phone message yet, and when Entertainment Tonight asked him about Stranger Things Season 4, Harbour didn’t reveal any spoilers.“I mean, I have no idea! [Laughs] I have no idea! I mean that, of course, is my hope too,” Harbour told Entertainment Tonight. “It seems pretty crazy though. You know, that machine went off and blew up and Hopper seemed to be trapped there.”Stranger Things Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.More on Geek.com:Jeff Bezos Recreates ‘Stranger Things’ Christmas Lights SceneMaya Hawke’s Dad Posts Cute ‘Stranger Things’ Instagram TributeThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE attendance figures from April 15 to April 20, 2015.* 4/15 live event in Hamburg, Germany: 9,500 fans.* 4/16 live event in Budapest, Hungary: 8,500 fans.* 4/16 live event in Toulouse, France: 4,000 fans.* 4/17 live event in Antwerp, Belgium: 4,000 fans.* 4/17 live event in Dortmund, Germany: 8,000 fans.* 4/18 live event in Zurich, Switzerland: 4,000 fans.* 4/18 live event in Nurnberg, Germany: 7,000 fans (sellout).* 4/18 NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida: 150 fans.* 4/20 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Albany, New York: 6,800 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Twitter Pinterest 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Videos Articles Kurt Anglelast_img read more

first_imgCAIRO — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.Backing from the 22-country Arab League could provide crucial support across the Middle East for Obama’s effort to assemble an international coalition against the Islamic State, the marauding group that has conquered a swath of Iraq and Syria and committed beheadings and mass killings to sow terror.Already, NATO forces have agreed to take on the extremists.Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said that what is needed from Arab countries is a “clear and firm decision for a comprehensive confrontation” with “cancerous and terrorist” groups. The Arab League includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday and then outline his plan to the war-weary American public Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”last_img read more

first_imgA welder shields his face from sparks. (Pixabay photo by Fernando Fleitas)Governor Bill Walker is sponsoring legislation he said would make it easier to determine if someone is an employee or an independent contractor.Listen nowWalker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries. The issue is particularly important to trade unions that supported Walker in the 2014 governor’s race.Alaska’s Small Business Association said the new definition is too narrow for industries that rely heavily on independent contractors, namely construction. But construction workers, as well as a few employers, testified in favor of the new definition in a March 20 hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee.“I am speaking to you today in support of House Bill 79, specifically the part that pertains to misclassified workers,” Charlie Young said. ”I’ve been working in the painting and drywall finishing trade my entire adult life, and have never seen the abuse of this so high”For the most part, those who testified said the same thing: some employers purposely mis-classify workers to lower their cost of labor and gain an unfair competitive advantage in the bidding process.“More and more, these cheating contractors are winning the bids on projects, as I watch the amount of work for me get less and less,” Young told legislators.Paul Grossi, a lobbyist for the Alaska Pipe Trades Union, said workers don’t often think about misclassification until after-the-fact.“I can tell you this: These independent contractors, once they have this injury and they have $200,000 worth of medical bills, they seldom think of themselves as independent contractors,” Grossi said. “So they go to the Worker’s Compensation Board…”Rhonda Gerharz is the chief investigator for the Division of Worker’s Compensation Special Investigations Unit.  When employers fail to pay workers compensation insurance, whether it’s missing a payment or misclassifying workers, it’s her job to fix it.“There are some who are very well versed and are deliberately trying to save money and trying to underbid their competitors,” Gerharz explained. “And there are others who are just not, perhaps not savvy business people and they think that they can just call someone an independent contractor and issue them a 1099… and that’s not how it works.”Gerharz said a lot of her cases come from the construction industry, but the issue is ubiquitous.“We have to educate people all the time that the state of Alaska actually determines employee status by a very difficult and confusing test,” Gerharz said.That’s where this new definition would come into play. Gerharz said it would not change the number of workers who qualify for worker’s compensation. Rather, it would make it very clear to both employers and workers who is an independent contractor and who is not.After pushback from the small business association, broader language was adopted, but it hasn’t satisfied the group. Their concern is that it would raise the cost of business and that this new definition would eventually come into play for other benefits such as unemployment insurance and minimum wage.Grossi said he hopes that will be the case.“If this passes, then it’ll give a blueprint for … so that they have similar elements,” Grossi said, referring to other employee benefits that his union would like to see more workers get. “But you gotta start somewhere, and this is the biggest problem.”Grossi’s not sure if Walker’s bills will pass. He’s been working on this issue for more than 20 years, and it’s never been successful.The House bill passed out of the Labor and Commerce Committee, but it has to make it through two more committees before it moves to the floor. Its senate counterpart faces one fewer committee.The session is scheduled to end on April 16, but this issue has triggered special sessions in the past.last_img read more

first_imgAfter huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00After huge fall yesterday, stability returning back in stock market: Market Expert866 viewsBusinessMumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Market Expert Sunil Shah on Wednesday said that after a huge fall in the stock market yesterday, it seems like stability is returning back to the global capital markets. Shah also said that the European market opening later in the day will also have a bearing on India’s markets. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Tuesday fell 854 points as a tumble in oil prices roiled global markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty also dropped points, opening at below the 8,300 mark. However, Shah said that Indian markets will recover more rapidly than others at the time.last_img read more

Michael W Smith Kevin Jonas to start music center label at Liberty

first_img Share This! Catholicism By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith hopes to share the secrets of his success with students at Liberty University this coming fall.He’ll be joined by Kevin Jonas, the father and original manager of the Jonas Brothers, the megapopular sibling rock trio.Both will play key roles at the new Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music, which opens Aug. 1 at Liberty, a conservative evangelical Christian university based in Virginia.Smith, a Christian artist with crossover success, will direct the center.Jonas’ role is still being defined but will involve working with Liberty students to record and promote their work and connecting with mainstream artists interested in signing with the new music label it plans to launch alongside the center.The school hopes the center and label — working name: Liberty Music Group — not only will give students experience recording an album but also will attract artists — both mainstream and Christian — from across the country, according to Vernon M. Whaley, dean of the School of Music.“Our mission for the university is training and equipping champions for Christ,” Whaley said. “What I tell my students is it doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re going to go into, God’s called you to take worship to the nations.”RELATED: Liberty University is no longer the largest Christian universityLiberty’s School of Music has about 980 resident students, according to the dean.When it opened its music and worship program in 2005, it grew exponentially semester to semester — 89 students, then 210, then 318, now nearly 700.Artist Michael W. Smith. Courtesy photoSo, he said, “We decided, OK, we’re going to claim the territory for training and equipping for worship majors and worship pastors and those who are going to be involved on a vocational basis in the area of worship.”The new center will take that training to the “mainstream market,” which the school views as a place for evangelism.“The passion we have is not just to train a bunch of people to go into the music industry — or just go into the Christian music industry, for that matter — but to be equipped as musicians that go into the music industry fully equipped to do what they believe God’s called them to do, whether it’s the mainstream market or the faith-based market,” said Whaley.The center will house several existing programs, including a Bachelor of Music in commercial music with emphases in artist development; songwriting; recording, engineering and producing; publishing and producing; or film score production.It will also be home to a brand-new $2 million recording studio for its label, according to Whaley.RELATED: Falwell: By Liberty University’s definition, it’s still the largest Christian universityFormer Christian artist and music industry executive Al Denson will be the center’s commercial music industry liaison.Denson has served on the advisory council for the School of Music for 14 years. He helped bring Smith and Jonas to the center and is expected to attract more artists who want to give back to budding musicians.“These artists remember how hard it was starting out, working years and years to have the opportunity to record on a major label,” he said in a written release.“So when they have a chance to give back to those who are really wanting to seek what they did, and walk down the same path, they are more than willing and excited to invest in them.”Paul Kevin Jonas Sr. sings at the wedding of his son Nick Jonas. Photo via Instagram/papakjonasDenson called Jonas “a liaison to the other side of the coin.”Jonas, a music prodigy-turned-Assemblies of God pastor, met his wife, Denise, on their first day at the Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. He went from directing worship for Christ for the Nations and Assemblies of God churches to directing their sons’ music careers, according to Good Housekeeping.Early in their careers, brothers Kevin, Nick and Joe wore purity rings — jewelry indicating one’s desire to save sex for marriage that was popular in the Christian purity movement in the 1990s — while singing mainstream pop songs like “Burnin’ Up.”Smith found success on both the Christian and mainstream charts with songs like 1991’s “Place in this World.”Last year, he performed at the funerals of evangelist Billy Graham and former President George H.W. Bush in 2018.The opening of the new center follows reports Liberty cut staff at its School of Divinity at the end of the last school year.Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. — more often in the news for his vocal support of President Trump — told Inside Higher Ed at the time that those cuts were part of a “cultural shift from full-time ministry workers to Christians in all professions working to make a difference.” Tagshomepage featured Jonas Brothers Liberty University Michael W. Smith,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Brownback wants ‘like-mindeds’ at religious freedom summit; violators need … By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week Share This! Share This!last_img read more

Apples Beats by Dre Taps Chris Thorne as Chief Marketing Officer

first_img“In his career, Chris has shouldered an extensive roster of brands that amplify his invaluable experience in marketing, business management, brand growth and creative development,” Wood said in announcing Thorne’s hire. “With our highest-quality product portfolio to date, our team continues to grow rapidly across the globe.”Thorne most recently was chief growth officer at Forward, a health membership startup that combines access to a personal doctor with medical technology. Prior to joining Forward in 2017, he was CMO for two years at Alba’s Honest Co. consumer-products firm. He worked at Electronic Arts from 2010-15, where he most recently was VP, global marketing, media and mobile acquisition. He began his executive career as president of sports representation firm CSMG Sports and was GM of social gaming at FanIQ.Thorne commented, “Beats not only sits at the cross-cultural intersection of music, technology and sports, but it has defined the niche as a category in such a short time. The brand continues to dominate cultural conversation, and I’m excited to join the team and contribute to its successes.” Related Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Popular on Variety ×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 Beats by Dr. Dre, Apple’s audio-products subsidiary, announced Chris Thorne — whose past gigs have included stints at EA and Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. — as its chief marketing officer.Thorne takes on the CMO role after the departure earlier this year of Jason White, formerly Beats’ EVP and global head of marketing, who left to join cannabis-oil provider Cura Cannabis Solutions as CMO.Thorne, who reports to Beats president Luke Wood, oversees global marketing efforts including developing integrated marketing campaigns across all channels and promoting the Beats brand through pop-cultural experiences.Beats by Dre was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and launched with a line of premium consumer headphones and earphones. Apple completed the $3 billion acquisition of Beats in July 2014. This summer, Beats is set to begin shipping Powerbeats Pro, Apple’s first totally wireless Beats earphones, with a list price of $250. Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis)last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Retro sci-fi flicks have a special place in our hearts, so why not celebrate them in nostalgic board game form?From the ’60s to the ’00s, there have been a myriad of sci-fi movies and TV shows spanning from intergalactic adventures to dinosaur experiments. Thanks to board game companies like Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers, we can enjoy the culture of these classic motion pictures and series years later. From Lost in Space to Jumanji, these sci-fi flicks are featured in old-school board games that provide hours of fun play.Read on for the top eight nostalgic board games based on old sci-fi films and TV shows. We can’t promise that you’ll *not* gift yourself or a friend one of these vintage beauties from eBay.AdChoices广告Planet of the Apes Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayIt’s humans vs. hominoideas in the sci-fi flick Planet of the Apes. And, this theme continues with the 1974 edition of the Planet of the Apes Board Game. But, be warned: this isn’t your typical “go around in a circle” type of board game. According to the eBay seller, the cage and trap door mechanism will require assembly. (Yes, no kidding here!) The aim is to not get captured by the evil armed gorillas when you play.Buy it HereBlade Runner Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayHarrison Ford looks super dapper as a Replicant Hunter in the film Blade Runner. Thankfully, you can celebrate his legacy with this rare Blade Runner Board Game. The eBay owner said this 1982 game is super hard to find, because the company stopped producing it after it hit shelves. But, it can be yours for a couple hundred bucks. Plus, it’s still sealed in the box.Buy it HereE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Board GamePhoto Credit: eBay“E.T…Phone…Home.” We all remember this famous quote from the movie, E.T., and in this board game, you can actually help the little guy get back to his birthplace. This 1982 edition by Parker Brothers comes with a vibrant game board, thin pieces, and easy instructions for an out-of-this-world game night experience. Just make sure to get to the space ship landing site ASAP.Buy it HereJumanji Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayStalking lions. Charging rhinos. Jumanji can make all our safari animal dreams come true, and thankfully, you can take part in the thrilling adventure with this 1995 Jumanji Board Game. Players can find “a way to leave their world behind,” by rolling the dice and getting through the dangerous jungle.Buy it HereStar WarsPhoto Credit: eBayWe’ve heard much Star Wars news lately, but R2-D2 hasn’t had much time in the spotlight. Why not celebrate the cute astromech droid with this 1977 Star Wars Adventures of R2-D2 Game? The groovy game board takes you on a journey from Leia Organa Solo programming R2-D2 to R2-D2 preparing for battle. Whoever makes it to “The Hero” circle first wins! Buy it HereJurassic ParkPhoto Credit: eBayJurassic Park isn’t a place for Barney and his dinosaur friends, but if you’re all about the thrilling, blood-thirsty T-Rex appearances in the movie, you’ll love playing this 1992 Jurassic Park Game. Using one of the 16 Jurassic Park figures, you’ll have to attack opponents, escape deadly dinosaurs, and make it to the finish line to, as the game says, “escape their jaws and claws.”Buy it HereBattlestar GalacticaPhoto Credit: eBayBattlestar Galactica is one of the most memorable sci-fi movies of the ’70s. And, you can relive the space adventure all over again in this 1978 Battlestar Galactica Board Game. Your mission? Capture a disabled Cylon Raider and take it to the Battlestar Galactica. No pressure, right? If you avoid an opponent’s Force Field attack, you’re good to go.Buy it HereLost in SpacePhoto Credit: eBayLiving beyond Earth’s atmosphere is no easy feat, as shown in the ’60s TV series Lost in Space. If you’re crazy about this classic sci-fi show, you’ll adore this old-school Lost in Space Board Game. You’ll travel from Cyclone Canyon to the Alpha Sea in this intergalactic board game. Just beware of the giant cyclops in the middle.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Best Board GamesBest 2-Player Board Games5 Best Horror-Themed Board Games for Your Halloween Game Night Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

first_imgOur @Space_Station crew is gaining 3 robotic helpers — Astrobees! These cube-shaped robots will stay busy, flying around the orbital lab assisting basic tasks & allowing our astronauts more time for science. But how will they do it? See for yourself: https://t.co/ghyiMwrWZ8 pic.twitter.com/qwwk5wljeH— NASA (@NASA) April 3, 2019“Learning how robots can best work with humans in close proximity will be key for exploring the Moon and other destinations,” according to a NASA blog post.The Astrobees are propelled by fans, and can move in any direction and turn on any axis in space. Each comes with cameras and sensors for navigating inside the ISS without bumping into people, floating objects, or other obstacles.A detachable arm-and-claw accessory make it easy to handle cargo or run experiments.The battery-powered bots can operate in fully automated mode, or under remote control by astronauts or researchers on Earth. When its power runs low, the machine autonomously navigates and docks to a power station to recharge.Astrobee robots were tested in a special lab, where researchers created a mockup of the space station’s interior (via NASA)Two of the three Astrobee robots are scheduled to launch this month as part of Northrop Grumman’s next delivery of science investigations, supplies, and equipment. Watch the April 17 event live online.NASA is no stranger to robotics.In 2017, the agency introduced the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER)—an origami-inspired machine that can compress itself to crawl into tight spaces.And it’s planning a series of robotic commercial delivery missions to the Moon, set to deliver instruments and technology to the surface of Earth’s satellite for projects like identifying water and searching for hydrogen.More on Geek.com:Boeing Delays First Crewed Flight to Space Station, Gets Extended DurationNASA, MIT Test Futuristic Shape-Shifting Airplane WingNASA Reveals Top Three Designs for Space-Friendly Homes on Mars Stay on target NASA’s newest International Space Station crew members are creating quite the buzz.The agency is sending three Astrobee robots to the orbiting outpost.The cube-shaped devices will stay “as busy as a bee” flying around the station, assisting with routine tasks like maintenance and inventory tracking.Developed and built at the Ames Research Center, NASA’s bots can also help earthbound researchers carry out experiments, test new technologies, and study human-robot interaction in space.center_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot last_img read more

first_imgThe Sacks Group Yachting Professionals (TSGYP) are pleased to announce that plans are in progress for a unique event to take place on the closing day of the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. If the 121-foot (36.9m) custom Broward Motor Yacht JAVA has not been purchased prior to this date, she will be sold at auction at 3 pm on Monday, November 2nd. The auction will be held on board the yacht itself, located at The Sacks Group’s display at A-Dock/Dock-1 in the Las Olas Marina.M/Y JAVA “This is a rare opportunity for a buyer looking for a reasonably priced, beautifully outfitted and meticulously maintained megayacht,” said Bruce Schattenburg, TSGYP Managing Director/Broker. “At the recent Monaco Yacht Show, we were surprised at the high prices listed for many of the European brokerage yachts on display. We feel that the best deals right now can be found in the U.S., especially with the dollar still weak versus the Euro. JAVA represents an excellent investment for the right owner.”Auctioneer Kurt Bosshardt of Bosshardt Luxury Collection added: “JAVA is a well-established luxury charter yacht. As a bonus, she already has at least two charters reserved for the coming season, worth in excess of $150,000, which will go with her to the successful bidder, plus many repeat guests have already expressed an interest in returning this year.”The auction will be open to pre-registered yacht brokers, whose commission will be protected by the rules of the event, Bosshardt said. “Any broker bringing a buyer to the auction, and acting clearly as a disclosed agent of the bidder, will be guaranteed at least a four percent commission.”If there is no sale pending for JAVA prior to November 2nd, the rules of the auction will be as follows:1. Auction participants will be required to register and place a fully refundable “participation deposit” of $150,000 in a designated escrow account prior to noon on November 2, in order to inspect the yacht and engage in the bidding.2. Inspections, walk-throughs and viewing of JAVA will be permitted by registered brokers and buyers from 1 to 3 pm on November 2. The auction will follow immediately afterward.3. The auction will be conducted on an “open-bid” sequential-order basis, meaning each participant’s bid will be open to review by the other bidders at the event. Each bidder will be entitled to enter his or her bid in the order in which their “participation deposit” was received by the yacht’s Central Listing agents. Bidding will occur in this order until all but one bidder has dropped out.4. The auction will be subject to a sealed minimum bid; if no bidder reaches the minimum bid, the seller will have the option of accepting the highest bid or canceling the sale and refunding all deposits.5. Subject only to clear and marketable title being conveyed to the successful bidder, the auction will be final. An offshore closing can be arranged to accommodate bidders agreeing to remove the yacht, or register her under a foreign jurisdiction.6. Up until 3 pm on Monday, November 2, the yacht may be sold at private sale, and if so, the auction will be cancelled.Launched in 1990, JAVA features an elegant contemporary interior that has been updated and refreshed by an extensive refit. She accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms, including a full-beam master suite, two queens and two twins, each with en suite bath. A great entertainer, Java has a formal dining area and an informal Country Kitchen, as well as al fresco dining options. Her spacious sundeck with an eight-person Jacuzzi and her water-sports toys are particularly popular with guests. JAVA is available for charter in the Caribbean this winter starting at U.S. $69,000 per week, plus expenses.www.sacksyachts.com.last_img read more