National Bank to build new head office building in downtown Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – National Bank announced plans to build a new head office in downtown Montreal.The bank says its new headquarters will be at the corner of St-Jacques St. and Robert-Bourassa Blvd.It says the building concept will be finalized over the coming months through an architectural competition.The use of materials and services from Quebec and Canadian clients of the bank will be preferred in all facets of construction.The bank plans to be the sole occupant of the new building with a planned occupancy date of 2022.National Bank says the tower currently housing its head office will be put up for sale shortly with proceeds going to the future construction.Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)last_img

Driving licences vehicle RCs to come in card format only

first_imgNew Delhi: Going paperless, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. The option of providing a paper or booklet-based driving licence or registration certificate has been done away with, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration for the entire country. The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with,” the ministry said in a release. The specifications for the cards are high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added. According to the ministry, state governments have been given the option to decide on the type of material that can be used for making the cards. Further, states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the release said.last_img read more

SC sets aside Sreesanth lifeban

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday set aside the BCCI disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth. The bench made it clear that the former cricketer will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case. The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatA single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on the 35-year-old cricketer by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order. The BCCI had on February 28 told the apex court that the life ban imposed on Sreesanth was “fully sustainable in law” as he had “tried to influence” a match. Sreesanth’s lawyer had countered the arguments and had told the court that no spot-fixing took place during the IPL match and allegations levelled against the cricketer were not substantiated by evidence. Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the BCCI, had referred to the recorded telephonic conversations in the matter and told the court it was clear that money was demanded and was “probably received” also.last_img read more

The Lightning Could Make History For All The Wrong Reasons

Less than a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were heavy betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. The Bolts entered the playoffs on the heels of one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. They tied the record for the most regular-season wins1Their 62 wins matched the total of the Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96. and finished with the fourth-highest point total in league history. Forward Nikita Kucherov scored 128 points and will almost surely win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, and Steven Stamkos had the best season of his already illustrious career.As a team, the Bolts were unparalleled — they paced the league in goals scored, power-play goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage. If the team that Steve Yzerman built was ever going to acquire some silverware, this would surely be the year.Unfortunately for the Lightning, their astonishing regular-season form hasn’t carried over to the postseason, and now they find themselves on the precipice of an unprecedented failure: If they lose Tuesday night in Columbus, they’ll be the first Presidents’ Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round of the postseason in history. Even if they aren’t swept but merely lose the series, Tampa’s collapse would be monumental — devastating for any team but especially so for a club that’s been knocking on the door of Stanley Cup glory for several years. How have things gone so wrong for the team from the Gulf Coast?For starters, Tampa’s high-scoring superstars seem to have forgotten what the net looks like. Stamkos hasn’t recorded a point, neither has Brayden Point, and the only thing Kucherov has recorded is a one-game suspension for an extraordinarily dirty hit on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for the Jackets: Matt Duchene and Artemi Panarin — subjects of a major trade and a major nontrade, respectively — are scoring at will, while Zach Werenski is providing service from the blue line.Things aren’t much different between the pipes. Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been uncharacteristically abysmal: He has stopped just 86.6 percent of the shots he’s faced so far, which ranks second to last in the postseason among qualifying goalies. This is somewhat stunning, especially given the Russian’s previous postseason form: In 29 postseason appearances between 2014 and 2018, he stopped 91.9 percent of the shots he faced. This spring’s regression couldn’t have come at a worst time.On the other side of the ice, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been nearly unbeatable, stopping 94 percent of the shots he’s faced — which is good for second-best. None of this bodes well for the Bolts because save percentage is the single most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason, and therefore the key to a playoff run.As if circumstances could get any worse, Tampa is unraveling against a team that has never won a playoff series. In fact, Columbus had never won more than two games in a single postseason before this one. It’s one thing to be swept by a franchise that has won four Stanley Cups, as may happen to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the hands of the New York Islanders; it’s an entirely different thing to get bounced by a franchise that’s never advanced to the second round.We wrote last week that anything short of lifting the Stanley Cup in June would feel like a failure for the Bolts and would put them in the same company as the 1995-96 Red Wings, another set of historically great losers. But if the Bolts are dispatched in four games, their failure would have to be considered more embarrassing. After all, that Red Wings team advanced to the conference finals before crashing out of the postseason. This Bolts team might not even win a game.Only four teams have managed to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. If any team is up to the task, it’s this immensely talented Bolts group. But first, they’ll have to remember how to put the puck into the net of their opponent. Otherwise, they will make history for all the wrong reasons. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States future secured with NCAA Tournament bid

Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, head coach Chris Holtmann was confident that his team’s body of work was representative of an NCAA Tournament team. He felt the same the day after, telling Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith he felt the Buckeyes were locked in as an 11 seed, maybe even a 10. Then Sunday rolled around. “As each hour passed today and I studied the numbers, I studied myself into absolute paranoia,” Holtmann said. “I just had to stop. Thank God we had practice.” For the first time in his coaching career, Holtmann experienced what leading a bubble team was really like. And on Sunday, sequestered in a room together as a team, experiencing the pressure of the unknown as a group, the unknown became known. Ohio State was an NCAA Tournament team. “All season long, we have been leaning on each other just throughout the struggles,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “Obviously this year has had its ups and downs and just to see our name pop up there is a bit of a sigh of relief.” For redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State’s name popping up as an 11 seed set to play Iowa State in Tulsa, Oklahoma was validation that he made the right decision to join Holtmann for his final season. This was what came to mind for the second-year head coach when Ohio State’s future became secure, watching Woods achieve what he has wanted for his collegiate career. “Keyshawn, the reason he came here was to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Holtmann said. “It wasn’t me. He basically came here and said, ‘Hey, I’m putting my faith in you that I can get there.’” Woods echoed that sentiment, saying the NCAA Tournament was always on his mind when selecting a school to spend his last season. “It’s the whole reason why I chose to become a Buckeye,” Woods said. “The belief I had in the guys, C.J., coach Holtmann, the staff, it’s a great feeling, especially to see our name pop up there.” But Holtmann said, at the beginning of the season, what Woods strived for was no guarantee. He said the Buckeyes had to establish a new identity from the very start of the season. Even with that, playing well, finding the right players to mold into his scheme and game plan, Holtmann said a Tournament bid was not exactly expected. “I thought we would have to play well. I did,” Holtmann said. “I thought it was if we played well, I thought it would be very close.” Now that Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row — Holtmann’s fifth-straight season dating back to his head coaching tenure at Butler — the approach is not one of appreciating the bid. Simply put, the Buckeyes want to show up. “I don’t think that was just our goal: just to make the Tournament. We are not here just to play one game in the Tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run. Not winning anymore games up to this point is not our approach and not what we are thinking.” Ohio State will begin that run against Iowa State, a team that had just won the Big 12 Championship Saturday against Kansas and had defeated six ranked opponents this season. Holtmann thought the Cyclones might be the No. 1 team of all the six seeds, saying they could have easily been a five seed. No matter Ohio State’s performance against the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jackson will end his season in the big dance, in March Madness: where he wanted it to end. And as for the future, Jackson said that is not unknown. “I just think that that shows that Ohio State is back and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.” read more

Real Madrid to pursue £100m deal for De Gea

first_imgReal Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.last_img read more

Alex Neil admits Brentford gave his side a hard time

first_imgPreston’s boss Alex Neil said that his side’s 4-3 victory over Brentford did not come easy but was one they had to compete hard for, although they had a three-goal lead in the opening 23 minutes.Having such narrow victory, Neil insists that his side should keep their focus throughout the 90 minutes, as the Lilywhites have been unbeaten in four matches.“I think we’ve been involved in a lot of high scoring matches this year, not by design really,” Neil said, according to Sports Mole.“I think once we go 3-0 up, we’re hoping to then go and try and make it an easier night for ourselves.”“But Brentford are a good side, they pose you a lot of questions and a lot of problems.”Mephan joins Bournemouth from Brentford Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 The 21-year-old defender has joined the English Premier League club after two years with the Championship team.English center-back Chris Mepham has joined AFC Bournemouth…“Then the second goal’s a really bad deflection so it carried a little bit of fortune with it.”“I think conceding three goals is naturally concerning, we need to make sure we try and tighten up. I thought we simplified things in terms of not really risking it at the back, turning the ball forward earlier and then playing in their half.”“I thought that worked really well for us, we scored four goals and to be honest, could have probably scored more.”last_img read more

Eden Hazard reveals his greatest player of alltime

first_imgChelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”last_img read more

Memorial held for slain Filipino 8000 to get him home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2015 – The Filipino Community says it will take $8,000 to get slain Bobby Labante’s body home to his family in the Philippines. Labante was killed on December 27th while at home at Bryant Cox apartments in Five Cays, mysteriously. On that night roommates say they were attacked in home invasion but Police are still boggled by the case and have not even classified the investigation due to the conflicting accounts of what happened. Forty-six year old Labante was the sole breadwinner for his three children and wife; a memorial was held at the local Catholic church in his memory over the weekend, according to a PTV8 news report. While the Filipino community here is looking to the employer and National Insurance to carry the bill of sending Lubante’s body home; they are hoping for donations for extra funds which can be provided to his family now left somewhat destitute. If you want to donate you can reach out to the Filipino Community and if you have any information in this case, where two men were reportedly stabbed by masked assailants, please contact 1-800-TIPS, that’s 1-800-8477. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bobby labante, memorial service Investigations continue into death of 46 year old Labante of Phillipinescenter_img Man charged with New Years Day shooting Recommended for youlast_img read more

James Rodriguez keen to discuss Bayern Munich future

first_imgJames Rodriguez is reportedly keen to initiate talks with the Bayern Munich board over their future plans for him over the winterThe Real Madrid loanee has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Munich for the last two seasons and has allegedly attracted the interest of Serie A champions Juventus.While Rodriguez’s loan deal will expire at the end of the current campaign, Bayern does retain the option to sign him on a permanent deal for €42m.However, Sport Bild reports that Rodriguez is not quite sure whether he wants to remain with Bayern on a permanent basis.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…The German outlet also added that a summer exit for the highly-rated Colombian winger is a strong possibility right now.Apparently, Rodriguez and his representatives intend to begin talks over his Bayern future in either December or January.Aside from Juventus, Rodriguez has also gained interest from clubs in England with a return to parent club Real another possibility.Rodriguez has managed 11 goals and 16 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for Bayern since arriving in 2017.last_img read more

Samsungs 400 CRG5 brings 240Hz GSync compatibility to 27inch curved monitor

first_imgI have never regretted forgetting to photograph a monitor more. Samsung Samsung’s CRG5 isn’t the first 240Hz 1080p monitor, the first G-Sync-compatible model or the first 27-inch curved, but it might be the first with all of those, with a VA panel instead of TN to boot. The $400 monitor debuted at this year’s E3 gaming show and is slated to ship in July. (Directly converted, its price is about £315 and AU$575.)As a reminder, G-Sync Compatible means that a display has Nvidia-approved adaptive-refresh quality — think of it as a top-tier of AMD FreeSync 2 monitors — but since it doesn’t require extra G-Sync hardware in the monitor, it can be much cheaper. Samsung has long been a major FreeSync partner for AMD.The high 240Hz refresh rate delivers smoother gameplay — it really did when I tried it — plus a broader latitude for synchronizing with your frame rates and thus avoid artifacts like tearing. That too, looked good. Samsung Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw TN (twisted nematic) LCD panels still have the fastest response times, which is why they still dominate in esports; this model’s 4ms gray-to-gray VA (vertical alignment) panel is more in line with noncompetitive gaming performance, but VA does deliver better color and viewing angles than TN. Other specs include:1 x DisplayPort 1.22 x HDMI 2.0Headphone jackBrightness: 300 nits Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Gaming See All Tags E3 2019 How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show More from E3 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Share your voice 0 Post a comment 17 Photos • reading • Samsung’s $400 CRG5 brings 240Hz, G-Sync compatibility to 27-inch curved monitor Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ actionlast_img read more

Afghan defence minister army chief resign after Taliban attack

first_imgMap of Afghanistan locating Mazar-i-Sharif, where a Taliban attack killed or wounded more than 100 soldiers on 21 April. Photo: AFPThe Afghan defence minister and his army chief resigned Monday, days after what is believed to be one of the deadliest-ever Taliban attacks on a military base triggered calls for officials to step down.“President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the defence minister and army chief of staff,” a one-line statement from the presidential palace said.Angry Afghans had called for the resignations of minister Abdullah Habibi and army chief Qadam Shah Shaheem, among other officials, after the assault outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.Ten gunmen dressed in soldiers’ uniforms and armed with suicide vests entered the base in army trucks and opened fire at unarmed troops at close range in the mosque and dining hall.The exact toll from the assault remains unclear. Afghan officials have so far ignored calls to break down the toll it has given of more than 100 soldiers killed or wounded, but have been known to minimise casualties in such attacks in the past.The US has said that at least 50 soldiers were killed, and some local officials have put the number of dead alone as high as 130.The raid underscores the Taliban’s growing strength more than 15 years since they were ousted from power, and as they gear up ahead of the spring fighting season.Many Afghans slammed the government for its inability to counter the attack, the latest in a series of brazen Taliban assaults, including one on the country’s largest military hospital in Kabul in March that left dozens dead.Twelve army officers, including two generals, were sacked for negligence over that attack.Officials put the death toll in that attack at 50, but security sources and survivors told AFP more than 100 were killed in the brazen assault.Military analysts have slammed the “total intelligence failure” over such assaults, and called for new strategies to counter them.Afghan security forces, beset by killings and desertions, have been struggling to beat back insurgents since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.More than a third of Afghanistan is outside government control and many regions are fiercely contested by various insurgent groups, as Kabul’s repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed.last_img read more

US goes alone on Iran

first_imgUS president Donald Trump is poised to break with US allies and withdraw his backing from the Iran nuclear accord, undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.On Friday, the “America First” president is expected to declare to Congress that retaining the 2015 agreement is no longer in the US national interest.This in itself does not mean the deal will collapse. US lawmakers will have 60 days to decide whether they want to “snap back” the sanctions Washington has suspended.But it will mark a clear break with Washington’s allies, who have pleaded with Trump to respect the accord, and a fierce blow to the multilateral international order.The agreement was signed between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US — at talks coordinated by the European Union.UN nuclear inspectors say Iran is meeting the technical requirements of its side of the bargain, dramatically curtailing its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.So, while US officials still insist that “America First” does not mean “America Alone,” on this issue they are starkly isolated. The other signatories all back the deal.”This is the worst deal. We got nothing,” Trump thundered to Fox News on Wednesday. “We did it out of weakness when actually, we have great strength.”Trump, whose address to this year’s UN General Assembly was a hymn to national sovereignty, has been railing against the Iran deal since before he was elected.- Allies pleading -In office, he has chafed at being required under US law to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the accord every 90 days, declaring that Tehran has broken it “in spirit.”Now, as he prepares to roll out a broader US strategy to combat Iran’s expanding power in the Middle East, he feels the time has come to turn his back on the deal.Right up until the last minute, America’s closest allies have urged Trump to think again.After his nationalist UN speech, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned that the deal “doesn’t belong to one country… it belongs to the international community.”US allies have not been convinced by the argument that the deal fell short because it left Iran free to develop ballistic missiles and sponsor proxy militias in its region.”Mixing everything means risking everything,” a French diplomatic source told AFP. “The existential threat is the bomb. The nuclear deal is not meant to solve Lebanon’s problems.”Europe fears not only that Iran will resume the quest for the bomb but that the US is relinquishing its leadership role in a stable, rules-based international system.On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the White House to impress upon her government’s “strong commitment to the deal alongside our European partners.”In parallel, her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, told his US counterpart Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “that the nuclear deal was an historic achievement.””It was the culmination of 13 years of painstaking diplomacy and has increased security, both in the region and in the UK,” he argued.But the US administration barely acknowledged the calls, and European diplomats in Washington privately complain that their message is not getting through.- ‘We will see’ -One Western diplomat said that once Trump “decertifies” the deal their efforts will move to Congress, where they will urge US lawmakers not to re-impose sanctions.”Our embassy is working with the legislature,” German foreign ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said this week. “We are looking for dialogue, to explain our arguments.”They will find some sympathetic ears in Congress but this won’t move Trump. His most senior foreign policy advisers have also urged him to back the deal, to no avail.Last week, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked whether he believes the Iran deal remains in the US national interest.”Yes, senator, I do,” he replied.”I believe at this point in time, absent indication to the contrary, it is something that the president should consider staying with.”Since that testimony, Mattis and Tillerson have had lunch with Trump and discussed Iran, but Trump later spoke once more against the deal on Fox television.”We will see what happens pretty soon,” Trump warned.On Thursday, in another dramatic sign of Washington’s foreign policy direction, the US announced that it was withdrawing from the United Nations science and cultural organization UNESCO.France’s UN ambassador expressed dismay, warning “we need an America that stays committed to world affairs.”last_img read more

Rev Jamal Bryant Told to Leave Baltimore…Or Else

first_imgLocal activist PFK Boom berates the Rev. Jamal Bryant on video. (You Tube)(Updated 5/29/2016) In a video uploaded by local activist group Baltimore Blocc on May 25, a local activist orders the Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of one of the largest churches in Baltimore and one of the stars of an upcoming talk show on Fox, to get out of Baltimore or face the consequences.The exchange between the two men was shot at one of the regular vigils held for Tyrone West, a Baltimore man who died after a struggle with police in 2013. None of the nine officers who allegedly pepper-sprayed West, and hit him with their fists and batons faced charges in his death. West’s death was eventually attributed to a heart attack.Bryant briefly flirted with running for Congressman Elijah Cummings’ seat last year and was photographed with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders when he came to Baltimore. He is a well-known activist in addition to his religious duties, and has been a prominent voice against police brutality. However, according to The Baltimore Sun, Bryant also faced allegations earlier this month that he fathered a child out of wedlock.Challenging Bryant in the video is Davon Neverdon, who goes by the name PFK Boom. According to The Guardian, Neverdon rose to prominence following the Baltimore riots of April 2015 as a member of a group of reputed gangsters who sought to improve the city and end police violence; he has also campaigned to restore voting rights to felons. In 1993, Neverdon was charged and ultimately acquitted of the murder of Towson State University student Joel J. Lee.In the video clip, Neverdon calls out Bryant for the pastor’s insufficient support of local activist concerns.“We don’t want you nowhere in our city…You disrespect our streets,” he said to Bryant.He goes on to say that Bryant is a collaborator for working with “oppressors” such as Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and a host of others.In the three-minute video, Bryant remains calm with Boom.“The streets don’t want you here. I’m speaking for them. So if we see you here…,” Boom said before raising his arms in the universal symbol for the possibility of serious consequences if his request is not followed. As Bryant walks away by himself local rapper Shy Lady Heroin delivers a verse that re-iterates several of the same points Boom made previously.A representative for Bryant did not return calls for comment by press time.WARNING: The following video contains profanity that some viewers may find offensive.last_img read more

Public Enemy 1 Arrested After Violent Labor Day Weekend

first_img“We have to take a stand and stand up for our community,” Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott told the media.Scott is urging witnesses to come forward to be a voice for the elderly and for children.“When its children and seniors we have to step up for those who there’s no one else to speak up for them.”He said violence is an epidemic and should be treated as such.“I never really expected to spend my night on Saturday with a 4-year-old girl,” said Davis. “Just a tiny girl as she picked out the color of her cast.”That gunman is still on the loose.Authorities know many people saw the shootings but are afraid to come forward. A witness helped police arrest Marion Daughton.“To not have that level of cooperation at this point is frustrating to us,” said Davis.Police are urging anyone that has information about any of the shootings that took place over the holiday weekend to call 1-866-7LOCKUP. This past Labor Day weekend in Baltimore saw 22 people shot including two children, the youngest being a 4 year old girl, in a series of triple shootings throughout the city. Baltimore Police made a major arrest on Tuesday in one of those cases.Marion Daughton – charged with a triple homicide. (Baltimore Police Department)On Sept. 5, three people were shot around 1:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of East Monument; a 23 year old woman was shot in the leg, another woman; a 22 year old shot in the abdomen, and a 34 year-old male was shot and killed after gunshot wound to the chest. One of those women was confirmed to be pregnant.31-year old Marion Daughton, who is affiliated with the Bloods gang, was arrested on Sept. 6 afternoon in connection with the triple shooting but police say they are still searching for another suspect in the case. Police had been about to hold press conference declaring Daughton to be Public Enemy #1 when she was arrested and charged in the triple shooting.Police say Daughton has a lengthy criminal record.“The only time that Marion Daughton was not committing a crime was when she was in jail,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in a media briefing.According to Maryland Case Search, Daughton’s criminal record includes charges ranging from first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted first degree murder, firearm use in commission of violent felony, and now first degree murder.The shooting that Daughton is connected to is just one of 12 shootings that police say began on Sept. 2.Friday5 people were shot in 5 separate incidents.Saturday3 people were shot including a 61, 4, and 8 year old.Sunday4 people were shot in 2 separate incidents.Monday9 people were shot in 5 separate incidents including the 3 in which Daughton is accused of.last_img read more

New Report Hails Successes of President Obamas Baltimore Taskforce

first_imgA new federal report on Baltimore City touts the successes of initiatives undertaken in the wake of civil uprising in Charm City following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in April 2015.Eighteen months ago, President Obama established a special Taskforce for Baltimore City comprised of federal, state and local agencies and local leaders which he tasked with leveraging federal resources to tackle some of Baltimore’s deeper social and economic issues that were laid bare by the unrest.“You have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty… if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work… then we’re not going to solve this problem,” the president said April 28, 2015 when asked about the unrest.“If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could,” he continued. “It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important.”The task force identified three priority areas into which it would invest: jobs, public health and safety, and creating long-term prosperity. And, together with city and state agencies and non- and for-profit organizations, the Obama administration initiated efforts to address those issues.To address Baltimore’s relatively high 7.4 percent unemployment rate, for example, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a discretionary $5 million grant to launch the new One Baltimore for Jobs Initiative, which has to date enrolled 650 people in training programs, awarded 419 new workforce credentials and placed 208 people into jobs. City, state and federal agencies also worked together to boost the youth summer program by 60 percent, employing 6,000 more young people over two years; provided training and loans to existing and potential small business owners and organized a new “Made in Baltimore” campaign to promote Baltimore-created brands across the country, among other steps.To address public health and safety, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department and provided additional support to aid in its crime-fighting; worked with the Education Department to provide millions in funding to address violence and aggression in schools and provide counseling for children who witness violent crimes and other agencies also provided funding to help sustain the city’s current Safe Streets program, which tries to interrupt the cycle of violence in certain at-risk neighborhoods.To help create a foundation for lasting prosperity, according to the report, the Obama administration invested $20 million in TIGER grants to streamline transportation operations at the Port of Baltimore and North Avenue; the American Communities Trust worked with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Baltimore City and the State of Maryland to launch a new food hub in East Baltimore to support workforce training and entrepreneurship and federal and city agencies are funding the first comprehensive park plan for Charm City since 1926; among other initiatives.The report noted that the work accomplished over the past 18 months reflects efforts by the White House to re-imagine federal-local partnerships.“Far too often, the Federal Government has taken a ‘one-size-fits-all approach to working with communities and left local leaders on their own to navigate Federal resources and programs,” the report noted. However, the work in Baltimore reflected a more collaborative approach that sought solutions from the bottom up.Read the entire report here.last_img read more

Anticonversion law needed Kalraj Mishra

first_imgAmdist ongoing row over “ghar wapsi”, BJP leader and Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday said an anti-coversion law was needed and every party must support it.”We have been saying from the beginning that a law should be framed on conversion and every party should support it. I am of the opinion that an effective law should be enacted on this issue,” he told PTI in an interview. Kalraj said he had already favoured framing of such a law. He also made it clear that the party had nothing to do with the the ‘ghar wapsi’ programme of VHP.last_img

Whats new in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704

first_imgMicrosoft keeps rolling out with updates. After Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17115 which included Machine learning APIs, Microsoft has now released Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704, two days ago. The new preview SDK build can be used with Windows 10 insider preview build 17704 or greater. It includes bug fixes, MSIX support, and other development changes to the API surface area. In case you want to download the latest Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704, visit the developer section on Windows Insider. Key Updates Here’s what’s new in this latest SDK preview Build: MSIX Support Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704 has finally got MSIX support enabled. You can install and run these apps with MSIX support on devices having 17682 build or greater. Using the MakeAppx tool, you can package your applications with MSIX. Just click on the MSIX file to install the application. If you wish to know more about MSIX, check out the video below: Source: Microsoft Developer MC.EXE Changes are made to the C/C++ETW code generation of mc.exe which is a message compiler. “-mof” parameter has been deprecated. The “-mof” parameter instructs MC.exe to generate the ETW code which is compatible with Windows XP and earlier. If “-mof” parameter is not used, the generated C/ C++ header is compatible with both kernel-mode and user-mode, regardless of whether “-km” or “-um” was specified on the command line. The generated header supports several customization macros. If you need the generated macros to call something other than EventWriteTransfer, you can set the MCGEN_EVENTWRITETRANSFER macro. The manifest supports new attributes such as Event “names”, event “attributes”, event “tags”, etc. The “provider traits” can be now defined in the manifest (e.g. provider group). The EventRegister[ProviderName] macro will automatically register the provider traits, if they are used in the manifest. MC has the capability to generate Unicode (utf-8 or utf-16) output MC now with the “-cp utf-8” or “-cp utf-16” parameters. API Spot Light There is a new LauncherOptions.GroupingPreference property in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704. This helps assist your app in tailoring its behavior for Sets. Apart from these changes in the release, APIs have also been updated, added, and removed. More information about other known issues and improvements is available on the Windows Blog. Read Next Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider build 17682! Microsoft Cloud Services get GDPR Enhancementslast_img read more

Sun fun strikes Transat launches new Winter Sun program

first_imgSun, fun & strikes: Transat launches new Winter Sun program Other highlights include Duo programs (eight new ones this year), five new hotels in the Luxury Collection, and Florida, now part of the Fun & Sun brochure. As for routes, daily flights to Punta Cana and Cancun from Toronto will start even earlier this year (in November), while a second flight will be added to Liberia (Costa Rica), Managua (Nicaragua) and Roatan (Honduras) from the Ontarian metropolis. Also from Toronto, the airline will add more flights to Varadero and Holguin.In total, Air Transat will offer 28 destinations from Toronto, seven from Ottawa, five from Hamilton, three from London and one from Windsor, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie this winter.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTo entice clients to book super early, Transat’s ‘Super Early Booking Promotion’ applies to any South package booked by June 30 for next winter. With a reduced deposit of $100, clients receive Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee for all-inclusive packages, the option to change their travel dates up to three hours before departure, an upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packages, and a $50 future travel voucher. For any booking of a Florida, Duo, cruise or guided tour package, clients benefit from a reduced deposit of $100 and a $50 future travel voucher.In addition to Sun offerings this winter, Nicole Bursey, commercial director, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, highlighted Transat’s sustainability efforts, which recently landed the company on the list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. Transat ranked 16th on the list and is the only tour operator to earn the distinction. The award was handed out following the event by the Corporate Knights, which evaluated companies’ performance using 12 key indicators including energy productivity, carbon productivity, safety performance and the presence of women in executive management.Both Heffron and Bursey credited the company’s achievements and growth to its relationship with travel agents. Heffron said this relationship is of the “utmost importance”, while Bursey referred to agents as the company’s heart. “We are a Canadian success story, one that’s built on a love for travel,” said Bursey. “And at the heart of it all are retail travel consultants.” Travelweek Group “Although it’s hard to think about winter right now in June, there’s nothing better than getting off to a good start,” said Heffron. “Last fall we launched our new branding featuring a consistently clean look. We got rid of the multiple brands and embraced the star, and also launched aspirational commercials. It’s safe to say that we made the right decision to go to one brand.”Heffron also noted that the company is focused on building its domestic connections and enhancing its cruise program. “We’re in the final stages of planning our cruise program for the years to come, and our brochure will be coming in mid-August,” she said.Transat, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is experiencing growth across the board, especially in terms of lift. According to Heffron, Air Transat is boosting its winter capacity by 7% on a national basis, in every region across Canada but particularly in the West.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterOn the importance of offering diversity and options in its product line, she said, “We know how one size doesn’t fit all.”The new Sun & Fun brochure, which sits at a healthy 377 pages, features 36 destinations including two new ones from Toronto and Montreal: Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both departing Sundays, Tampa will be available throughout the winter season, while San Juan launches Dec. 24. << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill product launch. In an effort to inject some fun into an otherwise gloomy day in Toronto yesterday, Transat celebrated the launch of its 2017/18 Sun program with a bit of bowling and plenty of laughs.Denise Heffron, VP National Sales & Commercial at Transat and a self-described klutz, jokingly warned those in attendance that she had bowled a strike and a spare during warmup. Her team, which she named ‘The Beach Bums’ to reflect Transat’s diverse Sun offerings, led a group of media and industry partners in an afternoon of 10-pin bowling at The Ballroom Bowl in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.There were a few strikes and lots of gutterballs, not to mention some friendly trash talking between teams, all done in good fun to commemorate what looks to be a stacked winter season for the company.center_img Share Posted by Tags: Transat Wednesday, June 7, 2017 last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals absolutely fell in love with

first_img The Arizona Cardinals absolutely fell in love with Temple linebacker Haason Reddick during the months leading up to the draft.And, as luck would have it, things in front of them fell just right last Thursday night, allowing the team to pick Reddick with the 13th overall selection of the NFL Draft.“He checked every box at the Combine,” general manager Steve Keim said after picking Reddick. “His workout was off the charts. At the Senior Bowl, he stepped in with all the top talent, played different positions and dominated. So again, he checked every box and then when you talk about the character and those sort of things, he was an ‘A’ football character, he loves it. All the connections we had at Temple, everybody signed off on this kid. Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick Haason Reddick waits to speak while being introduced at the teams’ training facility, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Reddick was the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “It was a pretty easy pick.”It’s pretty much agreed upon that Arizona did pick up a dynamic talent, but team fit is so important when it comes to young players becoming successful. ESPN’s Matt Bowen believes that’s a plus for the Cardinals as well.Wednesday, Bowen published an article highlighting newly-drafted rookies he feels landed with perfect teams. Reddick’s name was one of nine mentioned in the piece.The Cardinals’ defense highlights defenders who can play in space, attack the run game and also get home to the quarterback. At the Senior Bowl, Reddick displayed those same traits during one-on-ones and team drills. This guy was a star in Mobile. He did it all. Fast and athletic.As a rookie, Reddick (6-1, 237 pounds) should carve out a productive role as a key sub-package defender for the Cardinals. He has the speed (4.52 40) to get sideline to sideline and the physicality to hit the run game in the mouth. And with his experience as a college defensive end, Reddick shows the acceleration and technique to produce as an edge rusher.Also mentioned by Bowen were Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey, Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers of Cleveland, Jamal Adams of the Jets, Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard, Green Bay’s Kevin King and Dalvin Cook of Minnesota. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more