first_imgInstead she puzzles over the dashcam video obtained by APTN that shows Brittany wandering about three kilometres near where she was eventually found dead.“She’s wearing shoes in the video,” said Frank.Police have studied more dashcam video and interviewed more people. But not the boyfriend, said Dolly.She’s in touch with police regularly, she added, and prays they keep investigating.“Someone has to have seen something or knows something,” she said.“I don’t want her death to be swept under the rug.”Merritt RCMP can be reached by calling 1-250-378-4262.  kmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte (Smudging at the site of Brittany Martel’s memorial. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsIt would have been a lonely place to die.Here on the side of a busy highway in the south-central interior of British Columbia.Brittany Martel’s body unnoticed by thousands of commuters and semi drivers who travel the Coquihalla daily.“I stand here and I ask myself, ‘What happened to her?’” said Roberta Moses, as she surveyed the steep embankment behind the memorial she made.“What happened to her shoes?”All good questions that no one can answer at this time.RCMP are awaiting results of toxicology tests taken by the B.C. Coroners Service.They, along with everyone else, hope to learn more because there were no visible signs of trauma on the 27-year-old’s body.Brittany – known as Bree to her friends – could have been in the ditch near Mine Creek Forest Road for up to five days, police said.She may have died there, alongside the highway litter, hubcaps and retreads.Or she may been dumped there.“It would have been her birthday September 16,” said Anna Thomas who burned sage at the memorial Wednesday.“I feel her spirit has left this place.”Thomas is president of the B.C. Native Women’s Association and used to manage the Royal Bank branch in Merritt.She and association secretary Gayle Frank drove down from the Kamloops to join Moses in saying a prayer and leaving an offering of water.“This is in the middle of nowhere,” observed Frank as she scanned the thick forest on either side of the highway.“Someone would have driven her here. You can’t walk here.”(A woman’s hair barrette lies on Mine Creek Forrest Road. (Photo Kathleen Martens/APTN)It was a shock when Brittany’s body was discovered July 22.A motorist spotted her while stretching his legs after police closed the road south of Merritt for an unrelated accident.No one was looking for her. At least not this time.She was the subject of a missing persons bulletin a month earlier in June 2018 after her family contacted RCMP.But she arrived home safely July 3.“Her cellphone wasn’t working and her dad sent her money,” said aunt Dolly Martel from Yellowknife.Two days later Brittany headed south again with two other women.“I miss her,” added Dolly, a sister to Brittany’s mother.“She was more like a daughter to me than a niece.”(The Coquihalla Highway cuts through stunning scenery. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)115 kms to next serviceTwo road signs warn motorists to gas up before leaving Merritt, a town that’s a major transportation service hub in the Nicola Valley.Otherwise they may find themselves needing to turn around where Brittany’s body was found – about 20 minutes outside Merritt.The exit at Mine Creek Forest Road takes drivers under and around the freeway.It’s the site of some activity: graffiti is painted on the asphalt, food wrappers blow in the breeze, and a woman’s hair barrette lies broken in two pieces.A group of mourners found a pair of women’s panties at the scene.Were they Brittany’s?Dolly knows about the find two weeks after Brittany’s body was discovered and said police do, too.She said police did recover Brittany’s shoulder bag and phone and returned them to her family.Sometimes, she admitted, she calls the number just to hear Brittany’s voice.“My mission is to go to the place where Brit was found,” she said.“I made a promise at the funeral to drive that road; to find out what happened.”(A welcome sign outside Merritt, B.C. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Moses didn’t know Brittany but took part in the vigil that drew an estimated 40 people.She said the group formed in a Merritt park, marched to the front of the RCMP detachment and wound its way up a hill to the grounds of an Indigenous college.“We left posters of Brittany outside the (detachment),” she said.“Two hours later they were gone. That’s a show of disrespect by the RCMP.”Moses said Brittany joins a list of unsolved deaths involving missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.She said nearly a dozen people revealed during the vigil they – like Brittany’s family – lost relatives under suspicious circumstances.“My great niece was found face down in a slough in Edmonton 1999,” added Moses, tears springing from her eyes at the memory.“She was missing a shoe and her fingernails were broken; she fought like hell.”But there was never a criminal case.“Take a look at this vast country,” she added.“How many of our people – our women – are out there?”Frank lost a younger sister in a fire outside Kamloops in 2009.She said police labelled it “accidental” even though her sibling was inside a trailer in a bad part of town.“She was burned alive by accident,” said Frank.“So many women and men are unaccounted for.”(The RCMP detachment in Merritt, B.C. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Together they list the names of half a dozen well-known and not so well-known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls from the Kamloops, Merritt and Hope, B.C. areas.Communities that see heavy traffic thanks to their location on major routes and a high volume of strangers.‘No criminality suspected’People from Merritt to Brittany’s Dene community of K’atl’odeeche or Hay River First Nation were dismayed when police announced “no criminality is suspected” in her death.“How is that not suspicious that she wound up in a ditch?” asked Thomas.“Without any shoes.”This time Brittany had a ride.She usually got around the interior and lower mainland of B.C. by hitchhiking – a common form of transportation in the North where not everyone can afford a vehicle and there are no public buses.Though she loved her family, home was a place she increasingly escaped.“I feel like road kill haha on this highway again,” she wrote July 15.The next post is a photo her sister snapped only days before her final journey. Her hair is shades of red and blonde – as if she likes both colours equally.It’s the picture Moses laminated to use at the memorial – a small island to Brittany’s death amid the stunning scenery.“I don’t think there will ever be closure until we find out exactly what happened,” Moses said.“How did she end up dead on the side of a major highway? What did she experience in her final hour?“I pray for justice to be done one day soon.”Dolly hopes her niece didn’t suffer.She said Brittany’s boyfriend from Edmonton was a long-time drug user and got the young woman “into heavy stuff.”He owed money and fled violence in NWT, Dolly said, and Brittany went after him.“She was a happy-go-lucky party girl. Not into the junkie lifestyle he showed her.”The women she travelled with on that last ride were also involved with drugs, Dolly said.“The police questioned (the driver) for three hours…She dropped the other passenger off in Brooks, Alta., and kept going with Brittany.“She said they drove all night but were so tired (they) pulled over to the side of the road…where she’d fallen asleep.(A view of the Coquihalla Highway from Mine Creek Forest Road. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Dolly starts crying now.“When she woke up she said that Bree was gone. That she drove back and forth looking for Brittany.“But didn’t go to police.”Holly said drugs – and those women – have hurt a lot of people.And those women haven’t been back to NWT.“They called each other ‘friends’,” said Dolly. “There have been condolences, no answers.”This is the longest Dolly has gone without speaking to Brittany, who is buried next to her stillborn son.A loss Dolly said her niece hadn’t recovered from.She said Brittany was a natural mom, the oldest looking after five siblings while her parents struggled with alcohol addiction.“They looked up to her. She bathed and fed them. They are lost without her.”Dolly herself kicked cocaine “cold turkey” – something she said Brittany admired.“She told me, ‘Auntie, I want a better life.’”Yet she became another crime statistic.Collateral damage in the drug trade.And a checkmark in the grievances Moses said Indigenous people count living under non-Indigenous police and courts.“There is mistrust of the RCMP,” she said.During a lull in traffic noise, Moses said coming to the memorial doesn’t bring her peace.last_img read more

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Rabat – The national elections in Morocco will be under the watchful eye of some 4,000 local and international observers. The Moroccan National Council for Human Rights announced that 4,000 poll watchers, including 76 international observers, will be in Morocco to observe the campaigns and the elections of the Councils of the regions and the municipalities.The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers has accredited 41 national and international organizations to observe the upcoming elections: 34 Moroccan associations and six international NGOs, said the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in a press statement. These observers are trained to conduct an independent and neutral observation of the parliamentary elections from the beginning of the electoral campaign until the announcement of results.CNDH itself will deploy 500 observers. The Council invites international experts and organizations to participate in the election observation process.  Applications are made to the CNDH from human rights organizations andInvited organizations include the diplomatic missions of Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the national human rights institutions (NHRIs) of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Palestine and Tunisia, the Arab Network of NHRIs, United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG-Africa) and the Observatory of political elections in the Arab-Muslim world.The European Union has also sent an election observation mission, in Morocco from August 15 through September 14, for an overall assessment of the entire electoral process.National elections are slated for October 7 in which 15.7 million registered voters will elect the next Moroccan parliament.. read more

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In a message delivered on his behalf by B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Ban said the new Centre – located in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan – “holds tremendous promise” for reducing the potential threat from conflicts and other cross-border challenges, such as drug trafficking, terrorism and environmental degradation.“As we all know too well, dealing with the aftermath of violent conflict is costly,” the message said. “Lives are needlessly lost. Economies are destroyed. Hopes for development are dashed. Resolving conflicts before violence occurs is one of the smartest investments we can make.”Known by its acronym UNRCCA, the Centre is tasked with assisting the Governments of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan “in building capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, in facilitating dialogue, and in catalyzing international support behind projects and initiatives,” according to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), which has set it up.The Centre will be headed by a senior representative of Mr. Ban and has been awarded an initial budget of $2.3 million and a small international staff contingent. UNRCCA is expected to work closely with existing UN agencies and programmes operating in Central Asia, and also regional groups such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).Mr. Ban noted in his message that “the countries of Central Asia have made great strides in building their independent statehoods and frameworks for mutual dialogue and cooperation,” adding that the best way to deal with the region’s shared challenges is to pursue collective solutions.In his own remarks to the two-day Conference on International Cooperation for Preventive Diplomacy, which also opened today in Ashgabat, Mr. Pascoe stressed the benefits of preventive diplomacy.“There is recognition that if a fraction of the resources that are spent on peacekeeping was spent on prevention, the world would have become a much safer place. Prevention is an investment in peace,” he said.General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, in his own message to mark the Centre’s inauguration, said that too often in the past the international community had only paid “lip service” to the concept of preventive diplomacy.“In Central Asia we are taking a concrete step now… All this together may serve as a further boost and example for other Member States to take collective action on a regional as well as global level in preventive diplomacy.” 10 December 2007Preventive diplomacy is not an option but a necessity, given the gravity of so many situations worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, launching the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia. read more

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OTTAWA — The labour market expanded for a ninth-consecutive month to register its longest job-creating streak since before the financial crisis nine years ago, Statistics Canada said Friday.The increase of 22,200 jobs last month also helped nudge the unemployment rate to a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent, down from 6.3 per cent in July.Looking beyond the more-volatile monthly numbers, the labour market grew 2.1 per cent in August compared to a year earlier. From the addition of 374,300 net new jobs, 57 per cent of them were full time.The jobs data provided yet another sign of Canada’s healthy economic trajectory.The country’s surprisingly solid start to 2017 has already motivated the Bank of Canada to hike its interest rate twice this year, including an increase earlier in the week.Some economists said Friday’s numbers validated the central bank’s move and helped support predictions of another rate increase before the end of the year — or perhaps as soon as next month.“If you actually look over the last 12 months, we’ve had remarkably strong job creation,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist for the Conference Board of Canada.“The Canadian economy is showing a lot of momentum.”The August figures also contained another promising development: a long-awaited improvement in wage growth.Compared to a year earlier, average hourly wages expanded at a faster rate than inflation to reach 1.8 per cent. It marked their biggest year-over-year increase since last October.The Bank of Canada noted earlier in the week that wage growth had been “more subdued” than historical trends have shown.“It has sort of been the missing ingredient,” said Alexander, who added that wage growth usually starts to rise after job creation increases and the unemployment rate falls.RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the wage-growth number provided tentative evidence that pressure is building on a tightening job market.“We just have to see whether it continues,” Ferley said.But while the exterior of Friday’s jobs report looked good, the monthly data also featured several blemishes.The August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work, as the economy added 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.Statistics Canada said most of the decline in full-time work was concentrated among young Canadians aged 15 to 24 years old. The youth category also showed a notable decrease last month in participation as fewer young people looked for work, leading analysts to suggest the back-to-school factors made a contribution.The data also showed a decline of 10,400 paid employee positions, while the number of people who described themselves as self-employed, including unpaid workers in family businesses, rose by 32,700.“While very solid on the surface, the details of this report are generally sluggish, leaving a mixed bag,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote in a research brief for clients.By industry, the services sector gained 35,900 jobs while the number of factory positions fell by 13,700. The goods-sector slide was led by a loss of 11,100 manufacturing positions.Ontario posted the only notable gain among provinces, while employment declined in Nova Scotia. The headline job numbers were little changed in the other provinces, Statistics Canada said.The streak of nine-straight months of job creation marked Canada’s longest run since February 2008, when employment rose for a 10th-consecutive month.“Overall, as much as it might be argued that the components of the report were sub-par, job expansion continues unabated, reflecting sustained economic momentum and businesses and consumers brimming with confidence,” Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean wrote in a research note.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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TORONTO – BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO) is in talks to buy F&C Asset Management in a potential deal worth roughly C$1.3 billion, the British investment firm said MondayF&C Management said BMO has proposed a bid of 120 pence per share in cash for the firm and the two are in “advanced discussions” regarding a possible offer.However, the investment manager cautioned that a firm offer has not been made.BMO has until Feb. 24 to announce either a firm intention to make an offer for F&C Management or that it doesn’t plan to make a bid.“The announcement was put out with our consent in accordance with U.K. regulatory requirements,” BMO spokesman Paul Deegan said in an email.The bank declined further comment.Canadian banks have been beefing up their wealth management businesses in recent years.At a recent banking conference, BMO chief executive Bill Downe said the bank was prepared to grow its wealth management business through acquisitions if the right opportunities were available.F&C Management traces its history to the launch of the Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust in 1868. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 27, 2014 10:57 am MDT BMO Financial Group in talks to buy British money manager F&C Asset Management read more

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by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 9:22 am MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Strong earnings results from Shopify (TSX:SHOP) and Air Canada (TSX:AC) helped offset dragging energy shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 58.23 points to 15,202.10, with information technology and industrials sectors among the leading advancers.Energy stocks, which retreated more than 0.7 per cent, were the biggest decliners.“We’re seeing a lot of activity, particularly in the tech sector,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “But the biggest driver in that sector is Shopify’s quarter.”Second-quarter results from the Ottawa-based e-commerce company topped expectations, and its stock closed up $15.72, or 13.68 per cent, to $130.61.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Air Canada shares jumped $1.91, or 9.63 per cent, to $21.74 after it reported record second-quarter earnings.The airline posted a $300 million profit for the period ending June 30, up from $186 million a year ago, as traffic increased and costs dropped.“They put up a very strong earnings number that was above expectations and they also provided a more positive outlook for their business,” said Yie.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 72.80 points to 21,963.92, its fifth-straight day of record highs. The S&P 500 index edged up 6.05 points to 2,476.35 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.82 points to 6,362.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.91 cents US, down 0.19 of a cent.In commodities, the September crude contract was down $1.01 to US$49.16 per barrel while September natural gas was up three cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.December gold gained $6.00 to US$1,279.40 an ounce and the September copper gave back one cent at US$2.88 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. Shopify and Air Canada help lift Toronto stock index, energy shares drag read more

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Car production SMMT LtdApr-08YTD 2008Apr-08YTD 2008Apr-08YTD 2008 % of total79.0%76.9%65.3%61.1%77.3%74.9% “Commercial vehicle production in April showed the best monthly growth since August 2007 and continues to show an encouraging upward trend,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “All manufacturers did well in the month, providing some welcome economic news during this difficult period.” Export120,711441,67414,33350,260135,044491,934 Home32,015132,5837,63231,99639,647164,579 26.8%15.2%32.9%11.3%27.6%14.7% CV production Total152,726574,25721,96582,256174,691656,513 % of total21.0%23.1%34.7%38.9%22.7%25.1% For more, please see the attached DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 27.7%17.9%31.9%12.5%28.1%17.3% “The latest UK car production figures have resulted in the best April volumes since 1998,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Growth was across both home and export markets, with over three-quarters of all cars produced so far this year heading abroad.” 23.7%7.1%34.9%9.5%25.7%7.6% Source:CarsCommercial VehiclesTotal vehicles read more

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first_imgRecent years have seen a “step change” in Britain’s development of the weapons and efforts by the UK’s electronic spy agency had increased “very substantially”, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said. Britain is building a cyber deterrent to ward off attacks from states like China, Iran and Russia, a Parliamentary committee has disclosed. GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence are building offensive cyber weapons including “high-end” tools that could be used to counter attack or threaten retaliation against other states.center_img An annual report by the committee which scrutinises the work of UK spy agencies also raised fears that Islamic State group may be able to hack Britain’s water…last_img read more

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CeljecimosCimos KoperGorenje Velenjekrkark celje Gorenje Velenje is the new Slovenian Champion after they have beaten Krka away with 41:20, but at the same time RK Celje and RK Cimos Koper played a draw 26:26. This has helped Gorenje have +5 points on the table with one round left, and have been crowned champions, repeating the success from last year. ← Previous Story Hungary: MKB Veszprem with strong second half take 1-0 lead over Pick Szeged Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 29): Barcelona suffers first season defeat at the hands of Naturhouse La Rioja read more

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first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a way to compare store prices, an app that will help you control your privacy online, and a contender for the most frustrating endless runner around.PriceSpyFor: iOS, AndroidCost: Free- Smartphones have made shopping and finding a bargain easier than ever. Having the web in your pocket lets you compare prices faster than ever.- PriceSpy takes this a step further by bringing all these qualities in the one app. If the product is available online, you will find it here.- The range of information available and how it’s broken up is very useful. One useful feature is its graphs, which shows you if the price rose or fell during certain periods.- This only compares prices of major items like electronics and phones. If you’re looking for an app that will help compare supermarket prices, you’re going to be disappointed.- A very handy companion app for when you’re out shopping, or if you need a snapshot of prices for goods. Source: PriceSpy/Google PlayCitizenMeFor: iOSCost: Free- Keeping up with what information you have available online is harder to keep track of, especially since we’re now signing up to numerous social sites.- CitizenMe is designed to help solve this problem by letting you manage all social networks permissions from the one place.- It also uses the data from your Facebook and/or Twitter profile to figure out your personality, something that you may not be immediately aware of considering the amount of data you share online.- For now, it’s a beta app, but the makers say that versions for Android, Windows, Chrome, Firefox and Ubuntu are in the works.- Useful for those who want to get a good overview of the information they’re sharing with the different social media sites. Source: CitizenMe/App StoreLevitagramFor: iOS, Windows PhoneCost: €1.79 (iOS), free on WP for limited time- Creating the illusion of someone floating can be hit and miss. Trying to catch the right moment with a normal smartphone camera can be tough.- Levitagram tries to take the hassle out of this by combining two photos together to give the effect (the video below goes through the process).- Some light editing is required on your part, you have to remove the item that’s supporting the object or person you want floating, but the process is relatively simple.- It’s not perfect mind. You will need to make sure the camera is steady (on a tripod) to get the best shot, but unless you look very closely, the app does a good job in creating the illusion.-  It’s free on Windows Phone for a limited time so if you’re not proficient at photoshop, give this a go. Source: Haitao Li/YouTubeTinkerFor: iOSCost: €0.89- Productivity apps are plenty, but they all follow the same format: arrange tasks you need to do with the expectation that you will rigidly stick to your schedule.- Tinker does things a little bit differently by focusing on duration based goals. Instead of setting a time to start a task, it lets you choose how much time you would like to dedicate to a specific goal.- You can set the time for when your task is supposed to begin and receive notifications for when it’s supposed to begin and finish.- The interface is minimalist meaning you can immediately set goals with minimal effort.- Perfect for those who want to dedicate time on tasks, but have irregular schedules. Source: Leef/VimeoFree The NetworkFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: Free- When an app describes itself as “the hardest, most relentless endless runner on mobile,” it’s worth testing out to see if that’s true, and to be fair, it’s comes close.- Free the Network works the same way as most endless runners. you need to get as far as you can without hitting any objects.- The (literal) twist is instead of jumping or shooting, you spin around a cylinder platform avoiding any barriers you might run into.- It gets hard very quickly so don’t be surprised if your first few attempts only last a few seconds, but you will always want to have one more go.- If you’re looking for a game that’s addictive and will make you swear (but in a good way), this is for you. Source: Pixel Blimp/YouTubeRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 28th June >Read: Irish scientists have made a breakthrough in superfast computers >last_img read more

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first_img Neymar pictured during today’s match. Image: DPA/PA Images Jun 22nd 2018, 8:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3 Tweet Email Image: DPA/PA Images 45 Comments Friday 22 Jun 2018, 9:30 PM https://the42.ie/4087251 47,155 Views “His artistic gesture cost Brazil the penalty,” Globo TV commentator Galvao Bueno said on air.At least the under-pressure team can always count on Tite’s support.The famously expressive coach celebrated so vigorously on the touchline after the first goal that he fell and rolled on the grass.A GIF of the tumble instantly shot around Brazilian social media, with cynics asking if Tite himself hadn’t been teaching Neymar how to dive.© – AFP, 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!center_img Neymar pictured during today’s match. Follow us: the42.ie Argentina deny reports players want manager out>Lovren believes Croatia can surpass achievements of 1998 World Cup heroes> While acknowledging that Neymar has had a torrid buildup to the tournament, with surgery for a broken foot bone and a hugely disappointing first game against Switzerland, Globo said the tears were just too much.“A team needs to demonstrate mental strength, not fragility. Genuine or not, Neymar’s crying is worrying,” Globo said.“It was either the symptom of troubling instability or it was a return of Neymar’s narcissism that Neymar had managed to control so well for nearly the whole match.”In his post-match tweet, Neymar defended himself, telling critics “not everyone knows what I went through to get here. Talk is cheap, now it’s time to act.”“In my life, things have never been easy and won’t be now! The dream, no not the dream — the OBJECTIVE! — continues.”While Brazilians at live screenings of the game around the country erupted in joy at the win, there was also withering criticism of Neymar for his apparently over-theatrical fall in front of the Costa Rican goal — leading to a penalty being overturned on VAR analysis. BRAZILIANS WATCHED THEIR team’s excruciatingly hard-fought win over minnow Costa Rica in a cold sweat but it was Neymar’s hot tears that really made the footballing-mad nation sit up.“Neymar’s crying is the big news,” declared the Blog do Menon on the leading UOL Esporte website.The world’s most expensive footballer had just scored the second of Brazil’s two extra-time goals, finally subduing Costa Rica’s stubborn resistance — and getting a monkey off the star-studded team’s back.At the final whistle, the striker — described as a genius by his coach Tite and a petulant brat by his many detractors — sank to the turf, sobbing. Later, Neymar tweeted that “these were tears of joy, of having overcome.”“It’s one of the big images of the World Cup: Neymar, alone, collapsed and in floods of tears,” the UOL esporte blog said.“These were the tears of a football player. The tears of someone who cares.”In this generous interpretation, Neymar’s 97th minute goal was the moment when the Paris Saint-Germain scoring machine finally got his groove — and the much-hyped Brazil team along with him.But many asked if so much emotion after beating a supposedly far inferior team pointed to crackups to come?“It’s not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup,” Brazil’s biggest newspaper, O Globo, headlined the main article on its website after the drama.Neymar wraps it up from close range and it finishes #BRA 2-0 #CRC. Neymar is crying, the Costa Ricans are crying, anyone with Brazil in the office sweepstake is probably weeping tears of relief too #RTEsoccer #worldcup https://t.co/xxo2vgzqlD pic.twitter.com/EjNzlr2cyK— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 22, 2018 By AFP Short URL Neymar’s tears worry nervous Brazilians The world’s most expensive footballer scored the second of his country’s two late goals.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram All the proposals and permits are inked and sealed for the long overdue revamp of the much-neglected National Garden of Athens, to finally get under way, following the approval of the proposal by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) at a recent meeting with the Culture Ministry’s Central Council of Modern Monuments. The National Garden facelift is expected to be carried out in phases by the City of Athens, under whose jurisdiction the park’s management now falls, with the supervision of the Culture Ministry. The first phase concerns improvements to the infrastructure and the underground irrigation and drainage networks, as well as to the park’s footpaths and the playground. Replacing urban equipment like benches and waste baskets, however, will not be part of the plan as this cost was not approved by the council. Instead, the existing equipment will be mended and spruced up.Once phase one has been completed, another competition will be launched to select the body that designs and oversees the remodelling of the park’s infrastructure and expensive task of maintaining the greenery, which is estimated to run to 6.5 million euros. The first part of the next study, which has a budget of 370,000 euros, will concern improvements to the petting zoo, the botanical museum, the Roman mosaic and the stone wall along Irodou Attikou Street. The second part will concern plantings, pruning existing trees and shrubs and clearing the underbrush. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_imgAmerica’s birthday celebration is going to be a lot quieter in Vancouver this summer.This Fourth of July marks the first since the city’s ordinance banning the sale and use of personal fireworks within the city limits takes effect.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli told city councilors on Monday fire officials will be issuing citations for those who violate the new ordinance.“We’re looking at zero tolerance,” Scarpelli said.The city passed the ordinance in 2015 but state law requires giving residents 365 days’ notice. Camas and Washougal also passed ordinances restricting the use of fireworks.Scarpelli said Vancouver residents should call 311 to report any violations.For the most part people in the community comply with the law, the fire marshal said.But for those who don’t, Scarpelli said, the city is prepared to move forward with enforcement.Fines start at $500 for violating the law.Supplemental budgetVancouver city councilors also got a glimpse at the 2017 supplemental budget, the largest in the city’s history.“It represents the growth of Vancouver,” Natasha Ramras, the deputy finance director, said before presenting the budget at the city council meeting. “But very paced growth, so it’s a financially sustainable increase for the city of Vancouver.”The $114.3 million proposed supplemental budget represents about 11 percent of the city’s total two-year budget.It includes a variety of city initiatives that were funded after the city adopted its two-year budget, including:• The city recently approved annexing the area known as Van Mall North, which will add about 4,600 residents to its population on Aug. 1.• Voters in Vancouver also approved Proposition 1, increasing property taxes to help with affordable housing.• The city is in the midst of a deal to buy nearly 12 acres of the Town Plaza property, formerly known as Tower Mall, for about $5 million.The supplemental budget also adds 59.25 full-time employees to the city’s force. The bulk of new employees, 32, will be or already are part of the city’s police department. The Vancouver City Council previously approved a package of tax and fee hikes to increase funding for the city’s police department. The goal is to fill gaps that were created during the recession when cuts were made.last_img read more

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Bahamas Realty 2016 Top Producer Monica Knowles Sees Shift in Luxury Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – High net worth individuals searching for homes in The Bahamas are no longer just looking for the grandest great room, poshest entry and largest property – they are seeking a ‘place to play’, says Monica Knowles.  As Bahamas Realty’s top producer for 2016, Knowles knows the luxury market.Among the successes that earned her the top achiever award was the sale of a $7.5 million home in Ocean Club Estates. That listing and others in the seven-figure range reaffirmed Knowles’ appreciation of the subtle changes in what the well-to-do want when it comes to a home in the sun.“There was a popular book called ‘The Rich are Different.’ I would say what the rich want is different. More importantly, it is different today from what it was only a decade ago,” said the 34-year-old pro who has tracked the changes in her nearly 10-year career.“A decade ago, high net worth clients would ask about security and who their neighbours were, hoping they would have distance between them. They wanted to know how many bedrooms and baths in the house. They would ask about a great room, the height of ceilings, how many people the formal dining room could seat. It was about size and show,” said Knowles.That same buyer today is more likely to want to know about amenities and activities – boating, golf, tennis, fitness centre, spa, jogging trails, cycling, how easy it is to get to places, to charter a boat or where to keep a yacht they own.“The high net worth client today wants an all-around package,” said Knowles. “They want a sense of privacy but they also want a place to play. It is almost an upscale playground mentality for the discerning. They truly appreciate the beauty of the islands and they are interested in what activities they can enjoy immediately.”The immediate use of amenities is one of the reasons Ocean Club Estates has remained so desirable, said Knowles.  “Unlike some communities where you have to apply for club membership, Ocean Club Estates buyers are instantly and automatically entitled to enjoy the amenities of the club and of Atlantis so they have lots of dining options, all the sports and water sports, casino, spa, luxury shopping,” she noted. “They are part of a community that is built on the principle that you can be safe and have an awful lot of fun, living the dream.”While Knowles analyzes what today’s clients want, her clients speak highly of her.  “Monica’s knowledge about real estate is multi-faceted and she is most certainly able to do more than the average agent,” said Harry Crosby, an American who recently purchased on Paradise Island and was so pleased with her handling of his transaction that he posted a letter singing her praise.Knowles, whose father is of Long Island heritage and mom from South America, said understanding different cultures was critical, but all buyers share key requirements.  “People want to know that their assets are safe,” she said. “They want personal and property security. That is first for every buyer. Because of our location and our stable government, we will continue to attract people as a safe haven.”If what people are shopping for has changed, so has the way they search.  “When I first started in this business, I wanted to reach people online so I created my own personal website,” said Knowles. “That was novel and innovative back then. It is a bit more common today but it worked because I was able to connect personally with people all over the world. Now that we are beginning to see a rebound from the recession of 2008 and 2009, and given the fact that The Bahamas continues to tick all the boxes of what the luxury market seeks, we have every reason to believe that the future holds great promise.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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BSO honors high school basketball players

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office hosted a champion celebration for high school athletes.Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony was present to recognize seven Broward County high school basketball teams for winning the state championship in their respective divisions, Tuesday.The student athletes received awards from BSO deputies at the event for bringing their A-game to the court.Officials hope the community’s support will help push these students to continue working hard for their goals.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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DFG Project Good Salmon Runs This Weekend And Next

first_imgFishing on the Kasilof for sockeye has been good for both dipnet and personal use, according to the latest numbers from Fish and Game. According to Miller, Fish and Game say previous patterns suggest that this and next weekend will have a much higher number of reds and kings moving through as well as an influx of people on the river. Miller: “We’re hoping this week should be the time when we see the peak of the sockeye and we really need to see some more kings coming in this week. Typically this and next weekend are good weeks for the personal use dipnet fishery down at the mouth of the Kenai.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula has been off to a slow start, but according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game… That’s about to change. Matt Miller, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Region II Management Coordinator: “Fishing on the Kenai River has been pretty tough so far, the water has been high. Hopefully as the river improves fishing will be more successful.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn other news, Justin Bieber was recently slammed for using Diddy’s Kim Porter picture to promote his clothing line. The “Sorry” singer was called disrespectful for posting a throwback picture of Sean Diddy Combs and the late Kim Porter to promote his clothing line, Drew House. In the caption, Justin wrote:”@drewhouse #diddyfordrewhouse @diddy KP YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR THE STUNNING WOMAN YOU WERE INSIDE AND OUT..”The snap was uploaded by Diddy on his Instagram with the caption, “This picture will go down in history as the first time I said she was MINE!!!! AND THE FIRST TIME I TOLD HER I LOVE HER, little did I know I was hers.”Following which, Justin Bieber’s fans openly criticized the singer for using his new clothing line in a tribute message. Fans added that Diddy was mourning for his girlfriend in his post and it was wrong of Justin to plug his clothing line in between. However, Justin responded in the comment section where he stated that he did not know Diddy was mourning his girlfriend and added that his outfit happens to be identical to his clothing line. Hailey Baldwin pregnantJustin Bieber (@justinbieber/Instagram)Justin Bieber posted a random picture of a sonogram on his Instagram, without a caption. Several of his fans assumed that his wife Hailey Baldwin is finally pregnant but it was quickly revealed that Justin made an April Fool’s joke.Justin Bieber surely knows how to tease his millions of followers. The acclaimed singer recently posted a sonogram picture on his Instagram that led many to believe that Hailey Baldwin is finally pregnant. Fans started to comment like, “I HATE YOU YOU MADE ME AN HEART ATTACK,” and “whaaatttt nooo waayyy???”Even Hailey Baldwin commented on the pic and wrote, “very funny.”If that was not enough, Justin posted pictures of Hailey Baldwin where she is seen lying in a hospital ward and her hospital gown is revealing her flat stomach. From the pictures, it looks like she is undergoing sonography test as she is pregnant. There are several speculations that Justin wishes to be a father but as of now, their reps have not commented on the same.last_img read more

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10 including shooter killed in 2nd US mass shooting

first_imgThis videograb taken from the Twitter account of Derek Myers on August 4, 2019 shows police officers walking behind police cordon following a mass shooting in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district in Dayton, Ohio. Photo: AFPNine people were killed in a mass shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, police said, adding that the assailant was shot dead by responding officers.The incident occurred shortly after 1:00am in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Police Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper said.”We had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims,” he told reporters.”The shooter is deceased, from gunshot wounds from the responding officers,” he said, adding no police were injured.”We have nine victims deceased … and we have approximately 16 more victims hospitalized right now in unknown conditions.”The suspect had opened fire on the street firing “a long gun with multiple rounds.”Map of in Dayton, Ohio, US. Photo: Screen-grabPolice were working to identify the shooter and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said.The shooting came just hours after 20 people were killed by a gunman in El Paso, Texas.Carper said Oregon was “a very safe part of downtown” Dayton and very popular with visitors.”Fortunately we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when this incident started so there was a very short timeline of violence, for that we’ve very fortunate.”It’s a very tragic incident and we’re doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this,” said Carper.”We’re still interviewing obviously a lot of witnesses as well as officers to determine if anyone else was involved,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is awesome for many reasons, most of which including the late Origa’s “Inner Universe” opening song and the animated and adorable Tachikoma robots. If you’re a fan of the show, there’s no doubt you’ve seen them and wanted to make one your very own. Who hasn’t?Well, now you can…sort of. You can play with one at the very least, with the half-size interactive Tachikoma robot in the I.G. Store Tour Shop in Osaka’s Asia and Pacific Trade Center. If you download the special app by Karakuri Products that goes with it, the Virtual Agent Tachikoma app, you can interact with the adorable robot as you can see in the video below. Just look at its little arms!The robot can give items to people who have reserved them through the very app, and its personality will be different depending on how you interact with it through the app. It’s adorable, so you should treat it with kindness and respect. And just think of how awesome it is to know that you’re actually interfacing with a real, honest-to-goodness Tachikoma! Or at least a simulation of one.This very special Tachikoma debuted on December 23 and made a brief appearance on the seventh floor of Tokyo’s Shibuya Marui department store all the way through January 15. It’s all in a bid to take certain aspects of the world of Ghost in the Shell and bring them to life, and the Tachikoma is one of the biggest parts of the project, which is slated to be completed in March 2018. Hopefully, the next project is bringing Major Motoko Kusanagi to life in all her glory. Don’t lie, you know you’d all stand in line for hours and hours if that were to happen. There’s A New Ghost in the Shell Series ComingMovieBob Reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) last_img read more

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first_imgFor Deepika Padukone’s resplendent lehengas, Shahid Kapoor’s elegant achkans and jamas, and Ranveer Singh’s get-up which reflected Turkish origins in Padmaavat, designer-duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula undertook challenging and extensive research, which they say has left an indelible mark on their own signature aesthetics. Set in the 13th century, the period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the story of the legendary Rajput queen Padmavati, her husband and Rajput king Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. The detailing in the costumes has been much appreciated. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “Working on a project of this stature can prove to be quite challenging since the garments play a significant role in bringing to life the personas of these historical figures, the cultural influences as well as maintaining the authenticity of the period,” said Rimple.Harpreet said: “Over a period of time, these characters became our muses and the entire process left an indelible mark on our own signature aesthetic.” The designers have vouched for the perfectionist that Bhansali is known to be. “He had a vision and it was fascinating to see how the characters he envisioned translated to real people with whom we interacted on the sets. Moreover, our perception of drama in clothes has also undergone a change while working on the project – how at times ‘less is more’ or ‘more is less’, given the moment in the story line; or how various elements need to be layered for a cohesive look that is in sync with the director’s vision,” said Rimple.Padmaavat marked the first time the designers have worked with Bhansali, known for lending rare grandeur to his movies. “Sanjay sir has a very beautiful way of orchestrating the extremely detailed and spectacular canvases he has envisioned on screen. Thankfully, we were always on the same page as him and never really had a clash. His in-depth knowledge and research on the period formed the guidelines which we followed while creating each look,” Harpreet said.For this, they had to isolate key elements that might have been prevalent in the era and eliminate all modern/Mughal/European influences from the garments and enter a “pure-zone”. They relied on old manuscripts and travellers’ accounts and the writings of court historians and Sufi saints such as the 16th century historian Abd-al-Qadir Bada’uni for reference when it came to the ornate styling and layering of the looks.”Remarkably, we discovered that the costumes of Awadh were very different from the ones that were popular in Delhi, and we tried to integrate these small distinctions in our design,” said Harpreet. To get the look right for Deepika as Rani Padmavati, the designers’ team got special prints developed from Sanganer and Bagru for the textiles that were used. For Shahid’s character, Harpreet said Bhansali had instructed them to avoid following “any vague generalisations of costumes that have been depicted in cinema till now”.He said Bhansali’s aim was to have such garments for Shahid that not only carried forward the narrative but also expressed the emotional turmoil and complexities the character undergoes. What about Khilji?”Given Khilji’s nomadic Turkish origins, we did a lot of research on the costumes and textiles of the belt, right from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan to the central Asia belt around Turkey. Our own travels also came in handy as we have, over the years, collected samples of various old textiles such as Suzanis and Tapestries from flea markets and auctions, which were great reference points for getting the styling and the look and feel just right,” said Rimple. The ensembles are now archived with the film’s production house, but Rimple and Harpreet hope they are some day able to showcase the bespoke creations.last_img read more

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