Hundreds of schools shut as forestfire haze blankets Southeast Asia

first_imgJambi (Indonesia): Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests — some of the world’s biggest — with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday. Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo islands are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations. Burning forests to make way for farming is also thought to be behind the enormous fires currently ripping through the Amazon in South America, and experts believe they could have a serious impact on the global climate. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn Indonesia the number of hotspots — areas at risk of fires — has soared in parts, including on Borneo which the country shares with Malaysia and Brunei. Air quality has dropped to “unhealthy” levels in and around Kuala Lumpur, according to the government’s air pollutant index, and the skyline has been shrouded in thick smog. The smell of burning foliage filled the air, and residents were suffering respiratory problems and complained of itchy and sore eyes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It makes your eyes hurt and causes breathing problems,” Indonesian tourist Indah Sulistia told AFP in Kuala Lumpur. “The haze also creates problems for snapping photos,” she added. Haze also hung over Singapore, while residents in parts of southern Thailand were advised to wear face masks this week. Around 400 schools were closed Tuesday in nine districts of Malaysia’s Sarawak state on Borneo, with more than 150,000 students affected, according to the local education department. In neighbouring Indonesia’s Jambi province, on Sumatra, some kindergartens will be closed until Friday, while elementary and junior high schools are also temporarily shut, according to local authorities, who did not give exact numbers. Jambi mayor Syarif Fasha urged residents to wear face masks while Malaysia’s national disaster management agency said it has secured half a million masks, which will be sent to the Sarawak state disaster committee. “This is really scary,” said Jambi resident Atiah, who goes by one name like many Indonesians. “I’m coughing and keep having trouble breathing — I don’t know what this is going to mean for my respiratory health.”last_img read more

Your Chance To Attend The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber

first_imgAre you a big Justin Bieber fan? MTV Staying Alive Foundation is giving you the chance to bid now on 2 table seats to the highly anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, taped on March 14, 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA.Hosted by Roast Master Kevin Hart, the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber assembles today’s most relevant voices in pop culture. The occasion? To hold one of the world’s biggest teen idols over an open flame.This auction is open until February 26, and can be accessed here.last_img

Rick Campanelli Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo leave ET Canada

first_imgAdvertisement And after 12 years as our correspondent in Montreal, Natasha Gargiulo will continue host and produce entertainment shows for TV and radio, and expand her lifestyle retreats to empower women.You can still catch Natasha and Erin on the show throughout the month of July, and Rick will appear until the end of August.We sincerely thank Rick, Erin and Natasha for their tremendous contributions to ET Canada, and wish them every success in their future endeavours. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Heading into our 13th season of ET Canada, we are making some changes to the show. It’s an emotional day as we share the news that Rick Campanelli, Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo will be moving on to pursue new ventures.After 12 years as co-host, Rick will be leaving ET Canada when his contract comes to a close later this summer. We are grateful for his dedication to the show and wish him well.Following 12 years as our West Coast reporter, Erin is moving on to produce and host quality lifestyle and entertainment content for broadcast and new media in Vancouver. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Democrats want early release of Mueller report on Russia

first_imgWashington DC: Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller’s full report after learning the special counsel’s findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General William Barr that there’s no intention of giving the confidential report to Congress immediately as he redacts grand jury testimony and other elements. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDemocrats say they may subpoena the report if it’s not forthcoming by their Tuesday deadline, which Barr has said will not be met. Through the day, tempers were rising on Capitol Hill. Shaking her fist for emphasis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr’s summary, which cleared Trump of campaign collusion with Russia and criminal obstruction of Mueller’s federal probe, was “condescending” and “arrogant.” “Mr. Attorney General,” she said, “show us the report and we’ll come to our own conclusions.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsShe asked what Trump and the Republicans were afraid of and mocked them as “scaredy-cats.” Trump himself headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a Thursday campaign rally, where he deemed the probe “the greatest hoax in the history of our country” and warned that those behind it “would be held accountable.” “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is dead,” Trump told a packed house of roaring supporters. “This was nothing more than a sinister effort to undermine our historic election victory and to sabotage the will of the American people.” The length of Mueller’s still-confidential report makes clear that there are substantially more details that he and his team have documented in their investigation than Barr disclosed to Congress and the public. The volume of pages was described Thursday by a Justice Department official and another person familiar with the document. The Justice Department official said Barr discussed the length of the report during a phone call Wednesday with Nadler, who would only indicate it was less than 1,000 pages. Both the department official and the other person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the document. Barr would not commit to providing the full report with its underlying evidence, according to a House Democratic aide granted anonymity Thursday to brief reporters. The attorney general has been going through the report amid Democratic concerns that what has been made public so far was tilted in Trump’s favor. It’s unclear whether whatever Barr might release next will be Mueller’s own words or another summary. Nadler offered to join Barr to seek a judge’s approval to unseal grand jury testimony, the aide said. Barr has said he’ll provide Congress with at least a partial version in April and told Nadler he would agree to testify before his committee. As that battle brews, House Democrats barreled ahead with their own investigation of the Trump administration, and Trump resumed his attack on Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., just as the chairman of the intelligence committee was about to gavel his panel into session. “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” Trump tweeted early Thursday. Republicans picking up on Trump’s complaints formalized their demand that Schiff resign as chairman of the intelligence panel over his comments that there was significant evidence the president and his associates conspired with Russia. “We have no faith in your ability to discharge your responsibilities” in line with the Constitution, the Republicans wrote to Schiff in a missive they read aloud at the hearing. Republicans pointed to Barr’s synopsis, released Sunday, that said Mueller’s probe didn’t find that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. Schiff stood by his remarks, listing the meetings that people in Trump’s circle had with Russians. He noted Trump’s pursuit of a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. “There is a different word for that than collusion, and it’s called compromise,” Schiff said, as he opened the session. The hearing was called to provide an overview on how Russia in the past has blackmailed Americans. Since Barr’s findings were released, Schiff this week has repeated his assertion that evidence of collusion is in “plain sight.” He says Mueller’s failure to find a criminal conspiracy with Russia does not absolve the Trump campaign. Pelosi stood by Schiff, saying she was proud of him and taunting Republicans including Trump for fearing the chairman, whom she called a “patriotic leader.” “What is the president afraid of, Is he afraid of the truth?” she said. “They’re just scaredy-cats.” Democrats complain that Barr overstepped by making the determination, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, that Trump did not obstruct the investigation. While Barr’s summary Sunday said Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election, it also said Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed the federal investigation, instead setting out “evidence on both sides” of the question. “I would hope the attorney general would not be acting as a political operative for the president,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX piles on further losses as oil and copper prices

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market extended its losses Thursday with resource stocks leading the way as oil and metal prices broke through important levels amid a strong American currency and worries about a faltering global economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,760.64 -44.80 -0.30%S&P 500 —  1,946.17 +0.01  0.00%Dow — 16,801.05 -3.66 -0.02%Nasdaq — 4,430.19+8.11 0.18% The S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, coming back from a triple-digit loss as gold stocks turned positive. But the main index was still down 44.8 points to 14,760.64 following a 115-point tumble Wednesday as oil prices fell below US$90 a barrel for the first time since April 2013 and copper prices hit a six-month low.The Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a cent to 89.58 cents US. U.S. indexes were largely lacklustre with the Dow Jones industrials down 3.66 points to 16,801.05 following a 238-point loss Wednesday. The Nasdaq gained 8.11 points to 4,430.2 and the S&P 500 index added 0.01 of a point to 1,946.17.The mining sector fell 1% with December copper down four cents to US$3 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gave back 25 cents to $9.15.The TSX energy sector lost 0.75% while November crude in New York edged up 28 cents to US$91.01 a barrel after tumbling as low as $88.18. Nymex crude is down around 9% year-to-date. The TSX sector is down about 12% over the past month and was a major contributor to the Toronto market losing more than 4% during September.“The TSX has sold off primarily because it got ahead of itself, especially on the energy side of things,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.Beyond economic worries, commodities have also suffered from a U.S. dollar that has strengthened sharply in recent weeks as a string of positive U.S. economic data persuaded some investors that the Federal Reserve will move to raise interest rates earlier than expected next year.A higher U.S. dollar pressures commodities because a stronger greenback makes it more expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals which are dollar-denominated.Another source of uncertainty has come from the impending end of the third and last instalment of the Fed’s quantitative easing program, which saw the central bank buy up massive amounts of bonds. The move was intended to keep long-term rates low and has been partly responsible for the sharp run up in markets since the lows of March 2009.These pressures added up at a time when Toronto and New York markets were at or near record levels.“We could assign a reason for it but the reality is the market is correcting because that’s what the market does,” added Pashootan. “We have had essentially 24 months of straight gains and valuations become frothy and at some point it corrects — it’s just the market being the market.”Elsewhere on the TSX, financials were also a major weight. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 73 cents to $68.92. The gold sector limited TSX losses as the group rose one% with December bullion down 40 cents to US$1,215.10. Goldcorp (TSX:G) was ahead 48 cents to C$26.93.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) was one of the few bright spots, ahead $11.89 to $234.70 a day after the company said it can double its profits and drive its revenues to $10 billion over the next four years. CEO Hunter Harrison said CP is aiming at a two-fold increase in earnings per share between this year and 2018.TOP STORIESCP Rail shares rise on new four-year plan, but analysts caution targets may be difficult to meetWhy a weaker loonie won’t be a saviour for many of Canada’s manufacturersCash-strapped Sears Holdings to sell most of its stake in Sears Canada for $380-millionPlanes, trains — and now automobiles for investing guru Warren BuffettThe state of the global recovery in IMF chief’s words: ‘Brittle, uneven, and beset by risks’U.S. crude falls below $90 for first time in almost 2 years as supply glut growsWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise Trade Balance (Aug): Economists expect surplus of $1.6-billion UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment report (Sept): Economists expect a gain of 215,000 jobs with a jobless rate unchanged at 6.1% Goods and Services trade balance (Aug): Economists expect a deficit of $40.8-billion 10 a.m.Non-manufacturing ISM index (Sept): Economists expect a reading of 58.5 read more

Bikini Village files for creditor protection stores to remain open

SAINTE-JULIE, Que. — Quebec-based swimwear retailer Groupe Bikini Village Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday after posting a series of million-dollar quarterly losses.The company says it hopes to restructure and ultimately find a partner or buyer after announcing it is seeking creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.Jocelyn Dumas, chairman of the board for Bikini Village, says the company needs a cash injection to help it reach profitability.The bathing suit retailer based just south of Montreal is $6 million in debt and posted a net loss of $6.4 million for fiscal 2014, compared with a $1.1-million loss the previous year.The company’s restructuring will be led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has between 30 days and six months to come up with a plan for the firm to repay its creditors.Parasuco Retail to close its seven stores, files for bankruptcyMexx files for bankruptcy protection as retail competition claims another victimBikini Village says it will continue to operate its stores “in the ordinary course of business” and has not confirmed any job cuts.The retailer has 52 stores and employs 400 people.The retail industry is hurting with several well-known Quebec companies closing or filing for bankruptcy protection.Parasuco Retail Inc. filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, joining a list of retailers that are closing up shop in Canada, including Target Corp., Sony Corp., Mexx Canada, Smart Set and Boutique Jacob.Dumas says Bikini Village is better-placed compared to other struggling Quebec retail brands because the company specializes in a niche product and is well-known among consumers. read more

CN remains optimistic about growing profits in 2013 despite challenging winter

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2013 3:22 pm MDT MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway is maintaining its forecast for a stronger year in 2013 despite suffering a harsh winter that delayed trains and increased costs.“If the economy stays with us — which I have no indication is not the case — we should be able to come in with the full year in line with our guidance and have the back end of the year very strong,” CEO Claude Mongeau said Monday during a conference call.The country’s largest railway expects to report high single-digit adjusted earnings per share growth on top of the $5.61 per share it earned last year.CN (TSX:CNR) reported slightly better than expected results for the first quarter despite heavy snow in Western Canada compared with a mild winter last year.The company said Monday it earned $555 million or $1.30 per share for the quarter ended March 31. The results compared with a profit of $775 million or $1.75 per share a year ago, when the company gained $252 million from the sale of rail lines in the Toronto area to Metrolinx.Excluding one-time gains, the Montreal-based railway said it earned $519 million of $1.22 per share for the quarter compared with $523 million of $1.18 per share a year ago when the company had more shares outstanding.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of $1.21 per share in adjusted profits, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenues increased five per cent to $2.47 billion, from $2.35 billion a year ago, while revenue ton-miles rose three per cent and carloadings increased two per cent.“It’s clear that we’ve had a tough start to the year but this is a strong team and whatever doesn’t knock you down makes you stronger and we are as we speak preparing for next winter,” Mongeau told analysts from Edmonton where the company will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday.He said that train velocity and freight car dwell times in yards have since improved as it tries to regain service levels to all its customers.Barring heavy rains, the railway believes it shouldn’t be hurt by a rapid melting of the large snow cap that has built up away from its main western route.The results, which were to be announced after the close of markets Monday, were released “inadvertently” two hours ahead of schedule on the company’s website.CN also said it plans to spend $2 billion on capital spending this year, $100 million more than previously announced.The money will be used to “improve network resilience” to accommodate its expectation of continued strong volume growth.Among the projects are capacity upgrades in the Edmonton-Winnipeg corridor to help address winter challenges.The railway’s operating ratio was 68.4 per cent, a deterioration of 2.2 percentage points from a year ago.CN said the revenue increase was mainly attributable to rate increases and higher freight volumes. The railway transported its second highest volumes in history during the quarter.Revenues increased from petroleum and chemicals (up 17 per cent), intermodal (seven per cent), metals and minerals (three per cent), forest products (two per cent), automotive (two per cent) and grain and fertilizers (one per cent). Coal revenues declined one per cent.Operating expenses increased nine per cent, due to several factors, including higher labour costs and operational challenges including winter conditions.The railway remains very optimistic about reaping the benefits from growing demand for transporting crude oil.Chief marketing officer Jean-Jacques Ruest said refiners are leasing and buying tanker cars to carry crude and pipeline companies are looking at ways to work with railways.“This is still picking up momentum from one quarter to another and the capital investment for all these different players is very encouraging,” he added.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CN’s shared closed at $97.64, down 84 cents in Monday trading. CN remains optimistic about growing profits in 2013 despite challenging winter read more

Mazda recalls nearly 70K cars fuel leaks may cause fire

Mazda recalls nearly 70K cars; fuel leaks may cause fire FILE – This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, shows the Mazda logo on a sign at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. Mazda is recalling almost 70,000 RX-8 sports cars in the U.S. to fix possible fuel leaks that can cause fires, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. The recall covers RX-8s from the 2004 through 2008 model years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Mazda is recalling almost 70,000 RX-8 sports cars in the U.S. to fix possible fuel leaks that can cause fires.The recall covers RX-8s from the 2004 through 2008 model years.Mazda says the cars have fuel pump sealing rings that can crack when exposed to engine or exhaust heat. That can allow gasoline to escape, increasing the risk of a fire. Company documents filed with the government did not mention any fires or injuries.Dealers will replace the sealing rings and add insulation to the fuel tank to keep heat away. Parts are not yet available. Owners will be notified of the recall and will get a second letter telling them when to take cars in for repairs. read more

Rwandan President calls on public private sector to work together on climate

On other pressing matters, he said World leaders must do more to address crises in Africa and the Middle East, adding that physical security and national identity were vital to sustainable nation-building and international peace and security. Without them, gains in good governance would continue to suffer and erode, Mr. Kagame said. Change takes time; there are no short-cuts. Governments must include people in political processes. Good governance cannot flourish without the voices and concerns of people reflecting realities. Managing diversity in societies and politics requires international commitment, he said, while noting negative experiences of nationalism are creating doubt about patriotism and national identity. Today, more than ever before, national identities are weak. In actuality, regionalism and religions have become the dominant force, tearing nations apart.Mr. Kagame said his country is focused on building Government institutions that were held to account and on renewing national dignity. Rwandans are optimistic people who have faith in their Government and institutions, he added. This year’s theme for the annual debate is “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda.” Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.Listen to speech read more

LeBron James Alludes to Racism as Reason for Phil

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took issue Monday with New York Knicks President Phil Jackson’s use of the term “posse,” leading to a lively discussion on Twitter.James’ issue stems from a statement Jackson made to ESPN Nov. 14, when he referred to the NBA player’s business partners and friends as a “posse.”“When LeBron was playing with the [Miami] Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night,” Jackson told ESPN. “They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text [Heat president Pat] Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.“I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys,” Jackson continued. “But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”When asked for his response, James told ESPN he had “no relationship at all” to the former Chicago Bulls coach.“I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do,” he noted.But what Twitter latched onto was James’ issue with the word “posse.”“To use that label – and if you read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is – it’s not what I’ve built over my career. It’s not what I stand for,” the athlete said. “It’s not what my family stands for. And I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees a young African-American trying to make a difference.”In response, D.J. Andrews called for Jackson to lose his position.Somebody gotta hack Phil Jackson email and get him outta here too— D.J. Andrews (@DJDarrel3) November 15, 2016@KobeTruthNlight agreed with James but told him to respect the coach who led the Lakers for more than a decade.Ok Lebron I agree with you about Phil Jackson , but you better respect the greatest coach ever!— Jesus (@KobeTruthNlight) November 15, 2016Jammy Jam also sided with James. He referenced Jackson’s history of speaking on issues he was not originally involved in. The retired coach previously put his two cents’ worth in on a 2012 feud between former Lakers players Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal.Idc I’m team Bron Bron, I don’t like Phil Jackson anyway. He be talking shit and acting up but supposed to be all about zen lol— Jammy Jam (@OfficialJammy) November 15, 2016But some users defended Jackson. They backed away from James’ longtime business associate Maverick Carter’s assertion that Jackson was disrespectful.All the hard work,effort and achievement and @PhilJackson11 still calls us a “posse”every step you take they remind you, you ghetto” @S_C_ pic.twitter.com/OPsPvAvFoM— Maverick Carter (@mavcarter) November 14, 2016But Fire Rich Cho checked Carter on the word’s definition.@mavcarter @PhilJackson11 @S_C_ lemme finish it for you. Look at the final definition and stop being so sensitive. pic.twitter.com/4KB4siTRmU— Fire Rich Cho (@FireRichCho) November 15, 2016Carter later clarified his stance, noting he didn’t call Jackson racist.Let me be clear I’m not saying @PhilJackson11 is racist,, I’m calling out his disrespectful language— Maverick Carter (@mavcarter) November 15, 2016Meanwhile, Marquisha Jeng explained the origins of the word “posse” before deciding Jackson “meant no harm.”’Posse’ is derived from the word ‘posse comitatus’, which is a legal term defining power or authority. Phil Jackson meant no harm…— Marquisha Jeng (@_melaninhippie_) November 15, 2016Truth Seeker questioned why James felt disrespected by Jackson while he “went back to slave master Dan Gilbert.” The statement refers to Gilbert’s open letter in which he blasted James for leaving the Heat in 2010. During the ensuing fallout, Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Associated Press Gilbert saw James as an enslaved African who escaped from his slavemaster.“His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality,” Jackson said. “He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner/employee relationship – between business partners – and LeBron honored his contract.”I mean I’m black power and everything, but for LeBron to say Phil Jackson disrespected him and he went back to slave master Dan Gilbert. Smh— Truth Seeker (@xfilestrustno1) November 15, 2016Additionally, Checo said he didn’t believe the Knicks’ president was racist.I don’t think Phil Jackson ment for his statement to come off as racist. If he was then he made the WORST career choice. #LeBronJames #NBA— Checo (@ChecoRepublic) November 15, 2016 read more

Boris Johnsons mother lost her Faberge egg after answering scam ad in

first_imgCharlotte Johnson-Wahl, artist pictured with her children Boris (left), Rachel (right) and Leo as children. Charlotte Johnson Wahl She added that the Government was “not helping”, pointing to its new first new bond which is only offered online.The market leading bond is due to be launched this month and will be the first by the Government’s savings arm, National Savings & Investments, not to let savers apply via post or over the telephone.Sir Steve Webb, a former pensions minister, criticised the decision, saying that it risked excluding elderly people. The two men arrived at Mrs Johnson Wahl’s London flat, which she lives in with a carer, but apparently were not interested in the watch she wished to sell and asked if she had any other items for sale.They paid her £200 in cash for a range of cuff links, studs and a broken gold bracelet. She also showed them a miniature Faberge-style egg, containing a lock of hair from a distant relative, but told them it was not for sale as it was a precious family item.The men also asked if Mrs Johnson Wahl, who is known in her own right as a painter, had any “cheap” paintings to sell, her daughter revealed.  The journalist warned that older people were at a disadvantage because when it came to issues such as getting competitive gas and electricity rates because customers needed to go through “endless hoops” online or over the phone to secure the best deals. She has a number of celebrity fans – Simon Jenkins, Jilly Cooper, Lord and Lady Bridgeman, and Rachel Billington have all either sat for her or bought her work.   While one of the men dressed in a suit, sat chatting to her, the other roamed the flat taking photographs, Ms Johnson said. After they left, she realised the Faberge-style egg was gone and reported it to police.The pair were arrested and officers told the Johnson family that they had carried out a string of similar incidents involving elderly people including a 96-year-old woman in her home.Ms Johnson told the Telegraph the egg had come to her mother from her mother-in-law on the Hungarian side of the family. Praising the police’s handling of the incident, she said: “My mother was amazed by the diligence of the officers and the egg will be returned to her after the court case.” In her column for the Mail on Sunday, Ms Johnson revealed the men had claimed in each case that the elderly people involved had been “vague” and “must have forgotten” that they had in fact sold the items to them.She said her mother, who is wheelchair bound after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 40, was a “sitting duck” for over the phone and online scams. She revealed that her mother was once also conned into giving out her bank details, and had been left “very worried” by her recent experience, although her valuable egg will be returned by police. The price of keeping granny safe is eternal vigilance – my column https://t.co/YWSlWKUTWX— Rachel Johnson (@RachelSJohnson) April 2, 2017 Charlotte Johnson Wahl Boris Johnson’s mother, Charlotte Johnson WahlCredit:Kate Peters  Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, artist pictured with her children Boris (left), Rachel (right) and Leo as children.Credit:Julian Simmonds  Boris Johnson's mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl Boris Johnson’s mother was conned by two men who claimed to be antiques-buyers and came into her home and took a precious Faberge-style egg. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, 74, contacted the men after spotting adverts in The Lady magazine offering cash in exchange for old broken clocks and watches.But once inside her home they took a miniature Faberge-style egg, a precious family item which has been in the family for a number of generations. Rachel Johnson, the foreign secretary’s sister, described the incident in her weekly newspaper column, and revealed she heard the news after police officers interviewed her mother for two hours last week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Dragons Den encouraging wishful thinkers to set up businesses doomed to fail

The study found that business owners with above average optimism, like those who appear on Dragons’ Den, earned 30 per cent less than those with below average optimismCredit:BBC/PA Dragon's Den Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If you are an optimist, then watching those shows may well encourage people to enter self-employment.“As a society we celebrate optimism and entrepreneurial thinking – but when the two combine, it pays to take a reality check.“Every episode of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den provides examples of such wishful thinking. Pessimism may not generally be seen as a desirable trait but it does protect people from taking on poor entrepreneurial projects.”Tracking individuals as they move from paid employment to setting up their own business venture, the study found that business owners with above average optimism earned 30 per cent less than those with below average optimism.The new findings could help explain why only 50 per cent of businesses in the UK survive their first five years.In 2016, 414,000 businesses were set up in the UK, against 328,000 business failures in the same year, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Show more Dr Dawson added: “You watch [Dragons’ Den] and, if you are more of a realist, you wonder why on earth did these people think this idea would catch on? Why have they invested all their money in it? It’s not going to work.“This is quite common in entrepreneurship, so you get people setting up these crazy businesses that are never going to make any money.“Even people who do get money in Dragons’ Den, they are successful in securing venture capital. But then only 5 per cent of those businesses end up making any money.”The study also criticised the Government’s “far too encouraging” approach to entrepreneurship.LSE Professor David de Meza said: “Governments frequently talk about the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth, but there is a downside.“The personal and societal fall-out of failed businesses shouldn’t be underestimated, which is exactly what optimists do. Policy makers should not encourage the wrong sort of start-up.”  Dr Dawson added: “The Government should focus on the right kind of start ups. It’s far too easy to get small start-up business loans now.“People don’t need encouragement. There are enough people who think that they can make it as entrepreneurs. What the Government really need to focus on is creating much fewer startups but higher quality and higher chances of success, which ultimately create jobs and wealth.”The BBC was approached for comment. Dragons’ Den is encouraging too many “wishful thinkers” to set up businesses doomed to fail, university researchers have suggested.  The popular BBC TV show, where hopeful entrepreneurs try to secure financial backing from five successful millionaires, is full of “people overestimating their ideas and their ability to make money”.A study by researchers at Bath University, London School of Economics and Cardiff University, found that optimism – like that frequently seen on Dragons’ Den – is leading people to set up businesses that have no realistic prospect of financial success.Dr Chris Dawson, Associate Professor in Business Economics at the University of Bath, said “the biggest chunk” of Britain’s business failures is down to overly optimistic people thinking they can start them in the first place.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: “When I watch Dragons’ Den, I think that’s exactly what my research is all about – people just overestimating their ideas and their ability to make money. read more

Fire likely to displace Camas families

first_imgA few families will likely be displaced after smoke and arcing wires came from a light fixture in a Camas apartment building Wednesday afternoon.Camas-Washougal Fire Department Capt. Kevin Bergstrom said there was no significant fire activity, but the age of the building and nature of the apparent problem meant firefighters had to stay on scene for hours to ensure the fire didn’t spread.The fire was reported from the 2300 block of Southwest Sixth Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m.Bergstrom said those inside one of the apartments in the six-unit building called after seeing smoke coming from a ceiling light fixture, then arcing wires underneath.Responding firefighters didn’t see other fire activity beyond some light smoke, he said.Bergstrom said later in the afternoon it was taking substantial time for firefighters to cut through the ceiling and into the building to ensure there was no more fire. “Unfortunately, it’s buried in a lot of old cellulose insulation that burns like a candle,” he said.last_img read more

Embrace Commonwealth Ideals in Competition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis urged the more than 1,300 athletes, coaches and officials attending the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 to celebrate the Games in the ideals and values of the Commonwealth.   These include the values of peace, freedom and common purpose for progress and a better and more just world.Addressing the Official Opening Ceremony of the Games, July 18, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Prime Minister Minnis further encouraged the athletes, coaches and officials to celebrate the unity of the Commonwealth amidst the diversity of its nations and the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship being a part of the Commonwealth of Nations entails.“What a delightful sight this is. As I look across the Thomas Robinson Stadium, I can feel the exuberance of the athletes and the many thousands of spectators who will enjoy the thrill of competition,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“The Bahamas is pleased to host the more than 1,300 athletes and the coaches and officials who have come from around the world to celebrate the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship of the Commonwealth.“We are particularly pleased that we can celebrate the unity amidst the diversity of the Commonwealth of Nations. We celebrate the young people and athletic excellence in our community of nations,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said the Commonwealth Youth Games represents an opportunity for the participants to continue their pursuit of excellence.“For many of you, this will be but a first step to greater glory in the years ahead. Names that will resound around this stadium will, hopefully, be the names that we will hear for years to come.“Indeed this Stadium is named in honour of Bahamian sports hero Thomas Robinson, who won a gold medal in the 200-yard dash and a silver medal in the 100-yard dash at the 1958 British Empire/Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales. He also won a silver medal in the 100-yard dash in the 1962 British Empire/Commonwealth Games and the 1996 British Empire/Commonwealth Games.“Athletes, you are here because of the sacrifices that you have made and because of your determination and discipline. This has already made all of you winners and deserving of praise and admiration.”Prime Minister Minnis said The Bahamas is emerging as a place for international sporting events.“This year, in addition to hosting the IAAF World Relays, we are proud to have hosted the FIFA Beach Soccer Competition, the CARIFTA Swimming Championships and now the Commonwealth Youth Games.“You are on a global stage. The world is your audience. Endeavour to do your best,” Prime Minister Minnis added before declaring the Games Open.Story by: Matt MauraPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis addresses the Official Opening of the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, July 18, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Betsy Brennans vision for Downtown San Diego

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Betsy Brennan’s vision for Downtown San Diego September 11, 2018 Posted: September 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – She was one of 400 applicants for the job, as part of a nationwide search.The San Diego Downtown Partnership has a new CEO.Betsy Brennan shared with us on Good Morning San Diego Tuesday morning, her vision for Downtown San Diego. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Parking plans for CRC are a city issue

first_imgClick to enlarge. Its parking program already in flux, the city of Vancouver is preparing for what could be the biggest curve ball yet: the Columbia River Crossing.The $3.5 billion project would put three park-and-ride facilities in Vancouver to accommodate light rail, one of them near the heart of downtown. It’s assumed C-Tran would own the garages, not the city.The challenge? As plans currently stand, those three facilities would add 2,900 free spaces to a municipal system that now expects users to pay for parking. The change could further squeeze a program that’s losing money as officials work to reshape it.“It would have a direct impact on the city’s parking program, absolutely,” said Mike Merrill, the city’s parking services manager. “It’s hard to say at this point what the impact will be, but it definitely will have some impact.”The city’s parking system lost $1.97 million in 2011, a loss driven mostly by debt payments on city-owned facilities. The largest of those, the 750-space Vancouvercenter garage, accounted for the lion’s share of that loss.last_img read more

Madore balks at proposal that would limit county managers powers

first_imgClark County commissioners voted Tuesday to go ahead with a public hearing next week on a proposal to establish certain departments by ordinance, but Commissioner David Madore expressed strong reservations about the idea, and Commissioner Jeanne Stewart said she wanted to publicly discuss the proposal in advance of the hearing.That commissioners’ discussion will be at the weekly board time, 2:30 p.m. today at the Public Service Center. The public hearing is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.The ordinance, which former Commissioner Ed Barnes said last week was an attempt to save Don Benton’s job as director of the department of environmental services, was proposed by Chairman Tom Mielke. Nan Henricksen, a former Camas mayor who led a group of freeholders in writing a county charter approved by voters in November, said last week the ordinance directly conflicts with the charter.The charter, which takes effect Jan. 1, gives executive authority over departments to County Manager Mark McCauley, the current county administrator.Madore said Tuesday it’s debatable whether commissioners have the authority to define the organizational chart for the county and said he hasn’t heard any compelling reasons why existing departments should be locked in by ordinance. He’d rather let the county manager have the flexibility of possible integration. “Mark McCauley has proved himself to be a very good decision-maker,” Madore said. Madore said he wants to acknowledge the intent of the voters to transfer executive powers to the county manager.Mielke defended his proposal by saying the county has been successful in its current structure and it doesn’t seem fair that the only department established by ordinance is the budget office.last_img read more

Wynn Palace strong but Wynn Macau revenue down in 4Q18

first_img RelatedPosts Load More Wynn Resorts has reported mixed results from its Macau operations in the three months to 31 December 2018, with Wynn Palace leading the company into the black with a 12.8% revenue increase to US$740.6 million while Wynn Macau saw revenue fall 5.2% to US$553.4 million.Casino revenues from Wynn Palace were US$636.9 million in 4Q18, up 12.3% year-on-year, led primarily by an improved performance in the mass market and higher win rate in VIP. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan VIP turnover was flat for the period at US$16.16, although win rate increased from 3.02% in 4Q17 to 3.25%. On the other hand, mass table drop increased 15.6% to US$1.3 billion, resulting in a 16.2% increase in mass table win to US$307.4 million. Slot machine handle also increased 9.9% to US$920.6 million with win of US$57.6 million, while non-gaming revenues climbed 15.7% to US$103.6 million.Adjusted Property EBITDA from Wynn Palace was US$226.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, a 19.2% increase from US$190.1 million for the same period of 2017.At Wynn Macau, revenue was down on the back of a substantial 18.2% decrease in VIP turnover to US$12.78 billion, which compared with turnover of US$15.62 billion in 4Q17.Mass table drop at Wynn Macau held steady at US$1.26 billion although better luck saw an 11.2% increase in mass GGR to US$255.7 million. Slot machine handle fell 6.3% to US$878.4 million but slot win grew 8.8% to US$44.4 million, while non-gaming revenues remained flat at US$74.4 million.Wynn Macau’s Adjusted Property EBITDA declined 9.9% to US$167.6 million.Company-wide revenue for Wynn Resorts rose 4.0% in 4Q18 to US$1.69 billion thanks to the US$84 million increase in GGR at Wynn Palace and a US$11.7 million improvement in Las Vegas operations. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

53 Million Awarded To Those Affected By 2016 Gulf Of Alaska Pink

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An announcement was made on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the agency approved $53.8 million to restore losses for Alaska fisheries impacted by the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery disaster. NOAA approved and transferred the funds to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the agency tasked with distributing the relief payments to fishermen and their deckhands, processors, and for salmon research in the affected regions. Alaska’s Congressional Delegation released a joint statement: “This funding has been a long-time coming. We are pleased that Alaskans who have been waiting for this economic relief that was promised to them will finally receive it. By restoring losses incurred during the 2016 pink salmon disaster, our federal government is following through not only on the commitment we made to Alaska’s commercial fisherman, but also to their families, processors, and coastal communities who were hit hard by this disaster.” In January 2017, the Secretary of Commerce declared the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery disaster due to disastrously low returns. The following Alaska areas were included in the disaster declaration for poor pink salmon harvests in 2016: Prince William Sound, Kodiak Management, Chignik Management, Lower Cook Inlet Management, Yakutat, South Alaska Peninsula, and Southeast.last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Headphones are 100 off

first_img Microsoft Surface Headphones Now playing: Watch this: $349 Share your voice Microsoft Surface Headphones from all angles Preview • Microsoft Surface Headphones: Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Bose-buster noise-canceling headphones Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 35 Photos $243 See It Abt Electronics Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Amazon Bose Microsoft Sonycenter_img 0 $349 $240 Tags See it See It Enlarge ImageMicrosoft’s Surface Headphones are available in only one color. David Carnoy/CNET When Microsoft released its Surface Headphones last year, I thought it might have trouble selling its first noise-canceling headphones for the same price — $350 — as highly regarded competing products from Bose and Sony. Well, now Microsoft has chopped the price on the Surface Headphones by $100, bringing them down to $250.It’s unclear how long the deal will last but the headphones are $250 at both Amazon and at the Microsoft Store. They’re great headphones, but I gave them a 3.5-star rating partially because they cost a little too much. You can read my full review here.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Read more: CNET’s Best Headphones for 2019See it at Amazon Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Headphones Post a comment Microsoft Surface Headphones: The surprise noise-canceling… Review • Surface Headphones review: Microsoft’s first noise-canceling headphones are almost great 2:38 Mobile Accessories Headphones News • Microsoft Surface Headphones are $160 off for Prime Daylast_img read more