first_imgQUEBEC – The Quebec Liberals defended their back-to-work bill Tuesday from accusations the law gives to much power to the government regarding negotiations between unions and private-sector construction companies.Members of the legislature debated through the night and passed a law forcing Quebec’s 175,000 construction workers to end their week-long strike and return to work Wednesday.The law grants workers a pay hike of 1.8 per cent and forces both sides to enter into a five-month mediation period followed by an arbitration process if a deal cannot be reached.Unions said their lawyers are preparing a legal challenge to the law because they feel the government has potentially illegally limited their right to strike.The association representing construction companies, meanwhile, said the unions got the better deal because the law grants workers a pay raise without forcing them to give up anything in return.Both sides, however, criticized the fact the government has given itself the right to decide what issues will be decided in arbitration — if it comes to that — and what subjects get left out.Opposition leader Jean-Francois Lisee during question period called the law “anti-worker.”He said the government is in a conflict of interest because it can now decide what subject matters enter into arbitration while also being the body that awards the most construction contracts in the province.Premier Philippe Couillard responded by saying the government has accepted to consult with all parties before any potential arbitration process begins.Eric Cote, spokesman for the association representing private-sector construction companies, said “we are preoccupied that the arbitration process is at the mercy of political powers.”He said what is subject to arbitration “can be motivated or subject to political pressure.”A coalition of construction labour unions said representatives were not available Tuesday, but issued a news release saying the government has “muzzled” workers with the new law.last_img read more

Rabat – An analysis of investments made by member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) shows that Morocco is on track to receive more than USD 120 billion from the region over the next 10 years, particularly in the sectors of industry, tourism, agriculture and energy, according to the Federation of Chambers of the GCC.King Mohammed VI’s visit to the capital of Saudi Arabia for a GCC summit on Wednesday is expected to increase the region’s investments in the kingdom further, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).A favorable business climate has made Morocco an attractive place for foreign direct investment (FDI) and interregional trade, as evidenced the volume of trade conducted with the country by the six-membered GCC. The members of the regional organization include: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.Among Gulf countries, Morocco exports its products most regularly to Saudi Arabia, with the total value of the sent goods exceeding 920 million dirhams in 2015, 52.4 percent of the regional total. The next largest receiver of Moroccan goods from the region is the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with 589 million dirhams and a one-third share of the regional total.Between 2006 and 2014, FDI from Gulf countries have accumulated to nearly 57 billion dirhams, representing 19 percent of total FDI to Morocco during the same period.These investments are mainly from the UAE (44 percent of flows received GCC in 2006-2014) and Saudi Arabia (38 percent) and are especially designed for the tourism, real estate and energy sectorsThese increasing figures reflect the will of both parties to move forward in their economic partnership while taking advantage of their promising development prospects. Over the past few years, Morocco has signed collaboration pacts with most of the GCC countries individually and participated in talks with the regional organization as a whole as well. The pacts cover economic development, counter-terrorism strategies and other points of mutual concern. read more

“Weather insurance can reduce the need for costly emergency operations by preparing for the disaster, rather than reacting to the aftermath,” said Carlo Scaramella, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator for the World Food Programme (WFP).“Not only can it help poor rural households reduce their risk in the face of weather shocks, it can also unlock other opportunities, such as access to credit, helping people invest in a better future,” she added.The study, released by WFP and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, identified key principles to help promote the wider use of weather index-based insurance, and outlined how donors and governments can support the effort. Weather index-based insurance, according to a news release issued by the two agencies, sets out an objective parameter, such as the level of rainfall, at a specific location, during an agreed period. The terms of the contract correlate as closely as possible with the loss of agricultural production suffered by the farmer. All policyholders within the same area receive payouts based on rainfall measurements at the weather station close to their farms, eliminating the need for expensive, time-consuming loss assessments in the field. “Weather insurance is mutually beneficial as it supports small farmers to better address risk in their agricultural activities, and encourages additional private-sector investment in rural areas, something IFAD believes can further support small farmers and their communities,” said the agency’s Associate Vice-President Kevin Cleaver. The study released today was conducted by the IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility, and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 3 June 2010A new study by two United Nations agencies has highlighted weather insurance as an important tool to protect poor farmers, emphasizing that issuing such insurance before the planting season can be more effective than providing emergency aid after a calamity has wiped out crops. read more

Commenting on the ambassador-designate’s remarks, legal counsel Amal Clooney said: “Any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain President Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law. President Nasheed should not be returned to the Maldives to serve a sentence that resulted from a sham trial, and it is incumbent on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that his rights are respected while he is in their country.”Jared Genser added: “ The comments by the Ambassador-designate are as outrageous as they are in flagrant violation of international law. No country can violate another’s sovereignty by abducting their citizens from a foreign territory. Such an action would be in clear violation of the obligations of the Maldives under The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons From Enforced Disappearance, a treaty to which it is a signatory.“ International legal counsel representing former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed are concerned about a threat made by the Maldivian ambassador-designate to Colombo to detain their client in Sri Lanka and forcibly return him to the Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party led by Nasheed said.The ambassador-designate, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, popularly known as ‘Mundhu’, made the threat during a news show aired on Sun TV on 11 September. “Shareef’s comments are not to be taken lightly. In 2015, staff at the Maldivian embassy in Colombo conspired to illegally abduct a Maldivian blogger in Sri Lanka who had been critical of the Maldivian regime. The blogger, Ahmed ‘Shumba Gong’ Ashraf, was abducted in Colombo and held captive at the Maldivian embassy in Sri Lanka, before being forced onto a Maldives-bound plane. On arrival in Male’ he was arrested and detained on arbitrary charges,” the Maldivian Democratic Party said. During the interview, Shareef says: “If a Maldivian authority requests me to detain and return Mohamed Nasheed back to Maldives, I will. It’s very simple. They have to say, this is an individual who we are seeking. I’ll even go out to the street myself and do it… if our authorities inform me, request it of me, our embassy will enforce it.” President Nasheed was convicted of ‘terrorism’ in March 2015 and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled in October 2015 that President Nasheed’s conviction and detention violated international law and called for his immediate release. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Kimberly Brophy wins an iPad.Kimberly Brophy, a first-year Community Health Sciences student, has won an iPad for participating in the National Survey on Student Engagement.Brophy filled out the undergraduate survey, which is for first-year and graduating students. The survey was distributed to students’ email accounts.Brock gave away a total of four iPad prizes to students who filled out the survey.

“The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about a report he received recently that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is being held in Insein Jail outside Yangon,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York said. “He considers the conditions under which she is being held – incommunicado and without charge – to be truly deplorable.”Mr. Annan urged the government “again to heed the repeated calls of the United Nations and the international community, including the member nations of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations, to which Myanmar belongs), to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the NLD detained on 30 May; to acknowledge that the people of Myanmar are overwhelmingly in favour of change; and to join hands with all parties, including the NLD, to bring about national reconciliation in Myanmar as soon as possible.” read more

Mr. Annan’s latest report to the Security Council on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) contains an assessment of progress measured against the eight agreed-upon standards in the priority areas of democratic institutions, rule of law, freedom of movement, sustainable returns of displaced persons, economic growth, property rights, cultural heritage, inter-community dialogue and a civil emergency response corps.”All standards are important and the focus on areas of particular importance to Kosovo minorities does not diminish the relevance of any of the eight standards,” Mr. Annan says in the report.Mr. Annan recommends that a comprehensive review of progress against the standards should be initiated this summer, saying that he intends to appoint a Special Envoy to conduct that review in the near future.He adds that the review – on the basis of which final status talks could be launched – should consist of consultations with the parties and the international community to assess the current situation and conditions for possible next steps in the process.But he also stresses that the review’s outcome is not a foregone conclusion. “During and beyond the comprehensive review, Kosovo’s political leaders will be expected to pursue and strengthen their efforts to implement the standards, and will continue to be assessed on this basis,” he says.While noting improvements in outreach to minority communities and the smooth transition of government that took place recently, he expressed concern over the slow pace of local government reform, inter-party rancour and violent incidents that may have been related to such problems.”It is crucial that any threats of violence or intimidation not detract us from our goal,” he said. “It is the responsibility of all people in Kosovo to ensure that the work of extremists is not allowed to dictate the future course of Kosovo.” read more

“This attack and yesterday’s bombing near the holy Shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf clearly demonstrate that there are forces in Iraq determined to inflame sectarian violence and to exploit the current difficulties in forming the new government,” he said through a statement delivered by his spokesman.That situation underscores the urgent need for political leaders to resolve their differences in the best interests of the nation, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.Reconciling different sectors of Iraq society in order to stop the violence has been at the forefront of the efforts of Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in Iraq, Mr. Dujarric added in response to a question from a news correspondent at his daily briefing. read more

The U.S. stock market is closing mostly lower, pulled down by a fall in Apple and other technology companies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 lost one point, or 0.1 per cent, to close at 2,000 Wednesday. The tech-dominated Nasdaq slid 25 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 4,572.The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 10 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 17,078.Apple fell 4.2 per cent after rival Samsung unveiled two smartphones at a trade show in Berlin. The unveiling comes less than a week before Apple is expected to reveal products. US stocks end mostly lower as Apple, other technology shares weigh down indexes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 2:10 pm MDT read more

Outlook bright for UK engine manufacturing following major investments in recent years.“UK engine manufacturing has had a solid start to the year, posting positive growth in January, driven by demand in the home market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Manufacturers have invested over £1 billion to UK engine production in recent years, which is expected to yield an increase in output.”Engine manufacturing output – rolling year total Home demand drives sector growth, up 11.2%. UK engine manufacturing up 0.2% in January, producing 206,686 units, Engine manufacturing output – 2013-2015 and mean 2009-2014Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for January 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State won’t soon forget the 2012 Homecoming football game against Nebraska. Records fell on the field and in the Ohio Stadium grandstands, and most importantly, No. 12 OSU (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) outlasted No. 21 Nebraska (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in a raucous, back-and-forth affair, 63-38. A record Ohio Stadium crowd of 106,102 watched as OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller powered OSU to victory. Miller set a new OSU single-game quarterback rushing record with 186 yards in the game. Miller also threw 127 yards on 7-of-14 pass attempts. Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez committed three turnovers in the game, one of which was returned 41 yards by OSU sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. The game’s second interception, also caught by Roby, set OSU up for a go-ahead score in the second quarter. Martinez would finish the game 15-of-24 on pass attempts for 214 yards. The two 123-year-old Big Ten powers swapped scores into the second half, and three of the Buckeyes’ touchdowns belonged to junior running back Carlos Hyde. He finished the night with four scores on 140 yards on 28 carries, bringing his career touchdown tally in two games against the Cornhuskers to six. Hyde scored two touchdowns and ran for 104 yards during the Buckeyes’ Oct. 8 visit to Lincoln last season. OSU lost that game, 34-27, but Saturday was a different story. OSU and Nebraska seemed to go tit-for-tat on the scoreboard, but a punt return for a touchdown by OSU receiver Corey Brown put the game out of reach once and for all. Still, the Buckeyes poured on more offense. A 33-yard run by OSU redshirt sophomore Rod Smith put OSU up, 56-31. Martinez would score to bring Nebraska to within 18 points, but it was too late. OSU had won, and Meyer had helped the Buckeyes remain undefeated in his first season in Columbus. After taking a 7-0 lead on Roby’s interception for a touchdown, Nebraska roared out to a 17-7 lead as the Cornhuskers scored on three consecutive drives. Nebraska sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah scored back-to-back 1-yard touchdown runs to put his team up, 14-7, and senior kicker Brett Maher extended the lead to 17-7 with a 26-yard field goal. The Buckeyes’ offense sputtered out of the gate, punting on each of its first three drives. After the third punt, which was returned to inside the Buckeyes’ 30-yard line, Nebraska moved the ball 28 yards on just four plays to take the lead at 14-7 on an another 1-yard run by Abdullah. Abdullah finished the game with 22 yards on six carries. Like the previous three drives, OSU’s fourth possession ended well short of a score. A failed fake-punt attempt, which saw OSU redshirt senior Ben Buchanan wrapped up prior to gaining the necessary yardage, put Nebraska in line for a third consecutive score. Maher’s kick advanced Nebraska’s advantage to 17-7. OSU’s offense was floundering, but, as he often does, Miller came to the rescue. Miller broke a 72-yard run to put the Buckeyes back in scoring position, and the team capitalized when Hyde crossed into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Junior quarterback Kenny Guiton helped the Buckeyes finish the drive after Miller exited the field with an apparent injury following his long run. He would return on the following drive. With the score 17-14, Roby struck again, intercepting Martinez for the second time in the half. That set OSU up nicely for the go-ahead score – Miller flicked the ball five yards and sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman did the rest, running untouched into the south end zone for his first career score. Martinez was unflinching in his response, though, as he led the Cornhuskers on a four-play, 75-yard drive that he finished himself with a nine-yard run. He barged into the end zone to restore Nebraska’s lead at 24-21 after several missed tackles by OSU. OSU came right back with a touchdown of its own on a seven-yard run by Hyde, and retook the lead at 28-24 with 3:11 to play in the half. The score represented the fifth and final lead change of the half, and OSU would add to its advantage 23 seconds before half. On 4th-and-1 from inside Nebraska territory, Miller took the ball on a draw and ended up with an opening that allowed him to run 31 yards to score and advance the OSU lead to 35-24. After fumbling the ball away to Nebraska and exiting the game with injury briefly in the second quarter, Miller finished the first half with 139 rushing yards. In fact, the entire OSU offense did an about-face in the second quarter – after posting 17 yards 15 minutes into the contest, OSU went to half outgaining the Cornhuskers, 259-241. Like it did last season in Lincoln, OSU brought a lead into the second half of the game. On Oct. 8, OSU blew the 20-6 lead it held at halftime before eventually falling in Nebraska’s first-ever Big Ten home game, 34-27. The second-half of Saturday’s game was an erie reminder of last season’s loss – Martinez completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Ben Cotton to bring Nebraska to within a score at 35-31. OSU quickly erased any chance of a comeback in the teams’ 2012 meetings with another Hyde touchdown. He busted into the north end zone to restore the Buckeyes’ 11-point advantage. Then the Silver Bullets defense took center stage. OSU senior defensive end John Simon stymied Nebraska’s next possession with a tackle in the backfield. Senior middle linebacker Storm Klein, who was previously removed from the Buckeyes after being arrested, also sacked Martinez during the Cornhuskers’ second possession of the half. Nebraska punted the ball away and junior receiver Corey Brown sent the record-Ohio Stadium crowd into a state of delirious celebration when he slid into the end zone on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. Tens of thousands of scarlet-clad OSU supporters bounced and shook the grandstands with thunderous cheering, and the cheering continued on Nebraska’s next possession. Martinez had the Cornhuskers offense driving late in the third quarter, but sailed a pass attempt that was intercepted by senior safety Orhian Johnson. After Smith 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, Martinez led Nebraska on another scoring drive, which he finished himself on a touchdown run less than six minutes remaining in the game, which OSU would take. Hyde punched in a late, 16-yard score to seal the victory for the Buckeyes. OSU is next scheduled to play Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., at 8 p.m. next Saturday. read more

Four best teams at the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2016 are ready to fight for the medals! The most interesting battle has been seen between host nation Denmark and Croatia 29:32. Domestic guys had 23:17 only 20 minutes before the end, but Balkan guys made fantastic turnover.The next rival will be Spain, the team who won the first place in second Main Group ahead of France, Iceland and Poland.The second semi-final pair will be France VS Germany.Semi-finals will be played on Friday. Croatia handballDenmarkMen’s U20 EURO 2016 ← Previous Story RIO 2016: TOP 10 handball girls to watch at Olympic Games! Next Story → RIO 2016 WARM UP: Croatia beat Germany, Poland outplay Tunisia read more

first_imgNintendo has yet to officially announce the North American and European release dates for their upcoming handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, leaving interested round-eye gamers left to infer the date from various hints.We know that the Nintendo 3DS is set to launch in Japan on February 26th, and that Nintendo is convinced they’ll sell up to 4M units across America, Japan and Europe by the end of March, from which we can infer that Nintendo intends on launching the 3DS in America and Europe as early in the month of March as possible.Perhaps that inference is wrong, though. New listings from UK retailers suggest that it will be closer to the end of the month of March before the 3D-capable portable will hit dear old Albion.The new listings have appeared at major retailers like Woolworths, WHSmith, Best Buy and the Hut, all of which list the Nintendo 3DS with a March 18th release date, with customers now able to preorder the device if they want it in blue, black or red.Another big unknown is the price. Originally, the sites listed the 3DS’ price as £299, but then shifted back down to £250. Since then, however, the price has disappeared entirely from those sites (which are all serviced by the same pricing engine). Now, you only have the option of putting a £2.97 deposit on a Nintendo 3DS. Assuming that’s a 1% deposit, that puts the price of the 3DS back at £299.It’s worth noting that none of this pricing or release dateis official, or even necessarily applicable to Americans, but if the American 3DS launches around the same timeframe as the European one, we’re probably looking at a $300 Nintendo 3DS in the middle of March. We should know all on January 19th, when Nintendo is officially slated to outline the price and release of the 3DS. Until then, we’re still all conjecturing.Read more at Eurogamerlast_img read more

first_img ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For Stay on target The Gifted doesn’t have a midseason finale like a lot of other broadcast TV series do. Much like Fox’s other new genre addition The Orville, it was given a short first season. There are only three episodes left in the season, and it feels like it. The show goes on hiatus for the next two weeks, and then we’re in it for the last three episodes of the season. This episode was all about setting up for the big fight to come. As formulaic as The Gifted can get, it’s done a lot of work over the last two episodes to change itself up. It still hasn’t broken from its formula completely, but there is finally a sense that things are moving forward again. The end of the last two episodes each brought a pretty significant change. It feels like the world will be different when the show returns.New addition to the Mutant Underground Esme is the one who really drives the episode forward. It even opens with a flashback focusing on her, though it doesn’t reveal too much. She was working on the campaign of an anti-mutant politician who, after giving a speech, complained about the size of his crowd. I have to admit that’s much funnier than all the “Make *blank* *blank* Again” jokes we got last year. But before we can learn anything about what she’s doing there or what her larger plans are, she hears a warning. The politician gets a call from Sentinel Services, and she suddenly hears a voice warning her that they’re onto her. I like my shows to keep a little mystery, but I wish we’d found out a little more about her with this flashback. It was fun to wonder exactly whose side she was on this episode, but by the end of it, we still don’t know much about her end game. She wants to reunite with her sisters, but beyond that? I guess we’ll have to wait.Coby Bell, guest star Frances Turner, Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)At the Mutant Underground, she’s causing all the trouble. As shady and duplicitous as she is, it turns out to be a good thing for the show. It puts an end to the latest version of the same argument we’ve seen play out on this show from the very beginning. There’s nothing wrong with building the series around a central conflict, but The Gifted needs to find a more interesting way to do that than having the characters whisper intensely at each other. This time, the whispering centers around what to do now that Trask has the Strucker kids, Dreamer and Blink. One small evolution of the argument I do appreciate is that everyone seems to recognize that the Struckers aren’t separate anymore. They even come out and say they’re all “our people” now. Of course even with that, the age-old X-Men conflict is still being argued. Do we go in mutant powers blazing, possibly killing people, or do we look for a more diplomatic solution? Esme puts an end to it by going behind everyone’s back and doing both. She encourages the Struckers to go talk to Agent Turner without telling Eclipse and Polaris. She then tells Eclipse and Polaris that the Struckers just went off to talk to Agent Turner on their own.We spend most of the episode wondering exactly what kind of game she’s playing. Is she a Sentinel sleeper agent? Is she some sort of mutant purist, trying to drive a wedge between mutants and non-mutants? It’s actually pretty fun trying to figure out where she’s going as she manipulates everyone on the show. The Struckers have a long, tense conversation about family and children with Turner and his wife. Amy Acker does look seriously threatening as a worried mother holding a gun. She’s always been the one arguing for nonviolence, but in this moment, when her kids are in danger and she’s staring at the man who put them there, you totally believe she’s capable of some violence. It never gets that far, and the conversation actually works. They don’t appeal to Turner’s better nature, but to his wife’s. Seeing what her husband’s work is doing to another person’s family, she demands to know what he’s been up to.Guest star Garret Dillahunt, Jamie Chung and guest star Elena Satine (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)The scenes of the Strucker kids being experimented on at Trask Industries is nice and tense too. The frighteningly scarred Dr. Campbell locks them in a test chamber and tries to force them to display their Fenris abilities. He also lines the walls with adamantium spikes, which he specifically calls out as being found in Canada. That’s probably just there to wink at dedicated fans, reminding us that Wolverine exists. But hey, wouldn’t it be cool if he showed up in some capacity on this show? The kids refuse at first, enduring Campbell’s shocks. Then, he brings Dreamer and Blink into the room. He forces the kids to use their powers by killing Dreamer, which is a genuine shock. There was never a guarantee of safety for any of the characters, but Dreamer is one that we knew decently well. She was never anyone’s favorite character on the show, but it’s still sad to see her go. To save Blink, the Strucker kids join hands and tear apart the building, something Campbell says should have been impossible. As fun as it was to see the shock on his face as the wall comes down, Lauren realizes that they gave him exactly what he wanted. We don’t know what he intends to do with that data, but it’s clear they helped out an evil person.The episode ends with another big shock as Esme’s plans are revealed. Esme is a combination of two mutants from the X-Men comics: Emma Frost and her artificially created daughters, the Cuckoo Quintuplets. Only here, they’re just triplets. In addition to hearing people’s thoughts, she can force them to do whatever she wants. After the Struckers convince Turner to remove the prisoners from Trask and bring them back to prison, she gets the rest of the Mutant underground to launch a rescue operation. Then, just as Eclipse is about to enact his elaborate plan, she tasers him and takes matters into her own hands. So… what was the point of bringing the rest of the Mutant Underground if she was just going to act alone anyway? That’s never explained, and it makes most of her manipulations this episode seem pointless. All she needed to do was convince the Struckers to talk to Turner. Why tell Eclipse about it and pretend they went off on their own? The only reason seems to be so the Underground can figure out that she’s up to something just a moment too late. Her actions only serve to set up a twist, as far as I can tell. It’s annoying, but at least it leads to a cool, villainous display of powers. She uses her powers to force the security guard to deactivate all the mutants collars. Then, she has all the guards turn their weapons on each other and themselves. It’s an effectively shot, legitimately scary scene. I’d like to see The Gifted go even further in this direction.Percy Hynes White and Natalie Alyn Lind (Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX)Though it was held back by the same problems that have plagued The Gifted since episode one, it got out of them much quicker than normal. It helped that we got to watch a real mutant antagonist emerge. She complicates the story nicely, and I’m looking forward to see where the show takes her. There’s also the sense that there is no going back to normal after this episode. All the mutants are out of custody, but Dreamer is gone. That’s going probably going to push Thunderbird far more towards Polaris’s destructive arguments. Also, Turner is going to be even more of a threat now. He gave the Struckers the benefit of the doubt and had to watch his entire squad shoot themselves. They had nothing to do with that, but he doesn’t know that. Nor is he going to listen. So now the Underground will have to deal with an even more aggressive Sentinel Services as well as homicidal triplets. That’s an exciting place to be when the show comes back in 2018.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Google+ Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Video: Kofi Kingston on Mustafa Ali getting hurt, Getting shot at Elimination Chamber Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Videos Articles Videos Articles Kurt Angle WWE.com has announced that Rusev has been pulled from tonight’s Elimination Chamber special event. Rusev had been scheduled to take part in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber match to crown a new champion. WWE stated that Rusev was not “medically cleared” due to a lower leg injury.A replacement was not announced as of an hour before the show went live.Source: WWE.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 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 Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Ambrose being advertised for WWE beyond April, Reactions inside Chamber Twitter Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Darren Moore describes West Broms trashing as bizarre

first_imgWest Brom’s head coach Darren Moore has labeled the game against Derby County as “bizarre” after losing at home to a more clinical side.The Baggies’ five-game winning streak in the league at home came to an abrupt end tonight after losing to Derby County by four goals to one in front of their home fans.Darren Moore felt his side was denied what appeared to look like an obvious penalty just before the halftime marker when Dwight Gayle was trapped inside the 18-yard box.The referee turned down West Brom’s plea for a spot-kick even after replays showed Scott Malone had caught Dwight Gayle’s leg faintly in the penalty area.“I thought the changing part of the game was the incident with Dwight,” Moore said as quoted by Birmingham Mail.“Dwight wouldn’t go down like that, not when he has the chance to score. Whether it was a penalty or a free kick I’m not sure. My players stayed on it and huffed and puffed to the end”videoAshley Cole announces his retirement from football Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 38.“Well done to Derby. They had some clinical finishes and ran out winners.”Albion were jittery and made too many errors at the back that their opponents capitalized on. Derby would have extended the score line but Sam Johnstone was resilient in goal.Yet Moore believed things could have turned out differently and felt his boys dominated some parts of the game.“It was a bizarre game,” he said. “Obviously they were very clinical in their finishing. The first goal they got up and there was a clinical second finish.”“I thought West Brom were in the ascendancy all the way. We had half-chances, which in recent weeks we’ve capitalised on and been devastating with our finishes. It just wasn’t to be. Call it what you want, whether it was a bizarre game or a bad day at office.”West Brom are now fourth on the Championship table with 24 points  just behind Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Leeds United who all share 26 points but ate separated by goal difference. The Baggies will host Blackburn Rovers on the 27th of October in round 15 of Championship matches.last_img read more

35 Properties Sold In Wilmington In March

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, 19 properties were sold in Wilmington during March 2019:Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related40 Properties Sold In Wilmington In AugustIn “Business”42 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JulyIn “Business”44 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JuneIn “Business”last_img read more

Madison Park North Residents Search for New Housing

first_imgA sign oriented toward North Avenue traffic hails a Madison Park’s unique residential and business community. After decades of high crime and violence, the City has announced the imminent closing and razing of the troubled housing complex.Last June, residents of the Madison Park North apartment complex were told the housing development would be closing, and that they would have to find new places to live. The housing authority would be providing residents receiving a public housing benefit, new housing vouchers and additional assistance for relocating.Three families and the pastor of a church that reside on the premises of the Madison Park North complex have agreed to keep the AFRO updated on their progress as they await their new vouchers and undertake the process of finding a new place to live. Residents tell us they have been asked to leave within four to five months.The Madison Park North complex sits on North Avenue just west of the Jones Falls Expressway, occupying part of Reservoir Hill’s southernmost border. It is a mix of predominantly housing units with commercial rental space. According to Carl Cleary, housing coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, the development is home to approximately 180 households who must now find new housing.Yolanda Pulley is president of the Madison Park North Apartments tenant’s association.Yolanda Pulley is the president of the tenant’s association at Madison Park and has lived on the site for 23 years, currently residing in her fourth unit. She is also the lead plaintiff in a recently filed lawsuit against the Madison Park North Apartments Limited Partnership (MPNALP), the entity that owns the complex, and All-County Security Agency, the company contracted to provide security at the development, for failure to provide adequate living conditions as well as violating the civil rights of the tenants.Pulley tells the AFRO that the apartment complex was a difficult place to raise her four children, who live with her at Madison Park.“Basically, I sheltered my children in the house because of the area that we lived in,” said Pulley. “It was bad, it was real bad. When I first moved around here it was just bodies dropping all over the place.”Pulley says that the complex is no longer as afflicted by violence, but that issues with violence and drug trafficking are nonetheless recurring. One benefit the development did offer, however, was convenience, with easy access to the bus stops and cabs on North Avenue, a lifeline to someone who, like Pulley, does not own a car.Pulley would like to find something with similar access to public modes of transportation as she begins her search for a new home and says she would like to remain in Baltimore.  The City’s Housing Authority, organized under Baltimore Housing, has committed to assisting not only with new vouchers, but with various other expenses related to applying for housing as well as costs of moving.“That’s what we fought for and they basically gave us what we wanted,” said Pulley.The next step is to sit for an interview to determine her eligibility for a voucher.  Interviews for all residents of Madison Park begin Aug. 25.Ashley Smith has lived at the complex with her mother for the past eight years. She tells the AFRO that she does not spend much time out in the complex, preferring to be indoors at home instead.Smith is not particularly concerned with the safety of the complex, but far more troubled by the lack of responsive maintenance management and leaking roof she has had to tolerate while living in Madison Park.Smith’s only request of the City is a simple one.“Help me move. That’s all I want from them, just to help me move,” said Smith.Smith says that her ideal landing place is Edmondson Village, but otherwise just wants something that will be her own, as she will now look for housing independent of her mother.Brittany Jones has lived at Madison Park for approximately six years. She had previously lived there with her mother but for the last five months has rented her own unit, where she lives with her younger brother.The apartments at Madison Park“Not happy with the neighborhood,” said Jones of her impressions of the development.  “There’s a lot of drug activity. And when I first moved around here, the first couple of months, there were shootings in broad daylight.  I was so scared.”Jones says that Madison Park feels safer now, but that there is still drug activity occurring out of some units.Otherwise, her biggest complaints were the pest problems suffered in the apartments.“Water bugs. Spiders. Too much for me,” said Jones.Jones says that she would like the City to pick up the pace a bit as they seek to assist residents with the transition. Otherwise, Jones says, “I just want to find a nice neighborhood for me and my little brother.”Madison Park is not only home to its residents, there are also businesses and non-profits residing in the complex. Among them is a church, Love and Liberty Family Ministries,  that has to suddenly find a new home, after having moved in just last December.“We wanted to add a bright, vibrant space to the community, something that the children could come to. And if you bring children and help children you’ll eventually help their parents,” explained Bishop Mark-Anthony Wilson of what he and Love and Liberty’s three other trustees had envisioned for the space which they renovated and painted.  “We’ve put a lot of money into it for a one year old church,” said Wilson.  “A lot of out of pocket expenses from myself and my trustees”Love and Liberty is not receiving any assistance, financial or otherwise, from any source to assist with its relocation. Wilson says he has inquired of the leasing office as to why he was not told about the impending closing when he signed a lease late last year, only to be told it was none of his business. Love and Liberty is now scrambling for a new location, and funds with which to secure it, hoping to avoid having to suddenly shut down the young ministry.Wilson, though he no longer lives there, grew up in Madison Park and had hoped his church would become a permanent fixture in the community.“It’s bittersweet,” said Wilson. “I’ve grown up here, I’ve been here all my life. To see it go, of course, there will be a lot of memories that go with it, but I’m very excited for the possibility that it brings for the residents. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start, it’s an opportunity for a new beginning.”Wilson recently received a letter from management ordering the church to vacate by Aug. 27. He says that as a commercial tenant, he was not informed of the plans to close down the complex by management, but from parishioners who are also residents at Madison Park.Wilson, along with Pulley, Smith and Jones, has agreed to keep the AFRO updated as they search for a new home. In September, we will report on how the residents’ respective eligibility interviews went and how their searches are progressing.  ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgA couple of weeks before Christmas Nintendo announced that when the Wii U Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament gets released next year it will have its very own controller. It isn’t mandatory to play the game, but is configured to work just like the controller on the original arcade machine. At the time, it was only confirmed for release in Japan, but an Amazon listing means US gamers are set to get the controller without having to resort to an expensive import.As I said in my previous article, releasing yet another peripheral meant for a single game is not the greatest of ideas Nintendo has had for the Wii U. But still, it does mean you can play the game as it was meant to be played in its original arcade form. The controller isn’t that expensive, with Amazon listing it as costing $24.99. The listing has also allowed us to see the controller in more detail, and I’ve included the new images here.Its official name is the Pokken Tournament Pro Pad, and it’s a Nintendo licensed product being manufactured by well-known peripheral company Hori. It’s also listed as “Limited Edition” meaning Nintendo has likely only ordered a couple of batches per territory to meet launch demand. If you’re set on getting one I’d suggest a pre-order just to be sure. And in case you were wondering if this controller will work with any other games, the back label confirms it will not:Pokken Tournament is scheduled for release on March 18 in Japan, but only Q2 2016 in the US. However, the controller is listed with a firm release date of March 18 in the US, so the game could (and should) launch on the same day. We can expect a $60 price tag for the title, meaning the game and controller will set you back $85.last_img read more