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RCMP say only one of two blasts at a parkade near Edmonton

first_imgSHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Police say only one of two explosions that rocked a parkade east of Edmonton earlier this week was deliberate, and they say the suspect who died after the incident shot himself.RCMP had already identified Kane Kosolowsky, 21, as the man who was discovered injured Tuesday evening in a vehicle at a complex in Sherwood Park that houses Strathcona County’s civic offices, a library and a restaurant.He died later in hospital.Investigators now say the initial explosion was intentional, and that the suspect returned to his vehicle and then suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.They say the first explosion damaged a number of nearby vehicles, and that a second blast occurred when a gas tank in one of those vehicles caught fire.Police say they still don’t have a motive, and they continue to say they aren’t seeking any other suspects.“The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit and Special Tactical Operations spent three days searching the buildings and surrounding area for additional threats to public safety. No additional threats were located,” a police news release issued Saturday stated.The second blast happened after police arrived, but no one else was injured in the explosions.RCMP have said there’s no indication Kosolowsky was connected with any group or ideology.The man’s family said in a statement Thursday that what happened was out of character for him and they are shocked and devastated.Police said Saturday that the Kosolowsky family has cooperated fully with the investigation, and that their thoughts are with his loved ones as they also search for answers.The release said forensic examiners are working to determine the type of explosive that was used for the first blast, but that investigation is expected to take several weeks.An examination of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of multiple firearms, the release said, but no additional explosives were found in his vehicle or any other vehicles.About 600 employees work out of the county building, but the county’s mayor, Rod Frank, said most of them had gone for the day when the blasts occurred.The library was open at the time and was safely evacuated.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Transcontinental Q3 profit plunges due to costs tied to acquisition divestitures

first_imgMONTREAL – Transcontinental Inc.’s stock price fell by five per cent Thursday after the printing, packaging and media company announced third-quarter earnings that were down from last year and well below analyst estimates.Costs associated with the C$1.72-billion acquisition of the Coveris Americas packaging business in May and other transactions pushed down Transcontinental’s net earnings to $19.3 million, down 60.6 per cent from $49.0 million in last year’s third quarter.Its adjusted net earnings fell to $52.1 million, down 1.5 per cent from $52.9 million last year, after excluding a number of items related to restructuring and a review of asset values.The profit amounted to 22 cents per share of net income and 59 cents per share of adjusted earnings.Analysts had estimated 62 cents of net income and 70 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Transcontinental stock closed at $29.71, down $1.64 from Wednesday and the lowest close in nearly three months.Chief executive François Olivier told analysts in a conference call after markets closed that he was pleased that Coveris revenue during the quarter was in line with the company’s expectations.However, Olivier said there was room for improvement in terms of both cost-savings and revenue growth as Transcontinental progresses with its integration of Coveris.“We’ll be focusing — among other things — on strengthening the sales force in order to re-ignite sales growth. The process has started and will take several quarters to implement, and so we don’t expect this to have any meaningful impact in fiscal 2019,” Olivier said.Additionally, the Coveris profit margin was below the target range outlined in the acquisition plan because of a delay in its ability to pass through higher materials costs to some customers because of the terms of their contracts, he said.“That said, our investment thesis remains unchanged,” Olivier said. “Coveris is a significant engine of growth for us and we expect it to be a contributor to our overall profit in the coming quarters.”“We are well-positioned to begin to realize synergies at the end of the fourth quarter and accelerate them in 2019.”He said Transcontinental still expects to achieve $20 million of synergies after integrating Coveris.Transcontinental entered the flexible packaging industry several years ago in a bid to diversify from its main printing and media businesses, which have both been affected by a shift away from paper-based publications and advertising.With the addition of Coveris in a deal valued at US$1.32 billion when it was announced in April, Transcontinental’s packaging segment has become the biggest revenue generator for the company.Coveris Americas has 21 production facilities worldwide and employs more than 3,100 employees, mostly in the Americas.In Transcontinental’s legacy businesses, Olivier said that demand for printing services to retail customers remained relatively stable, although down slightly from a “very solid” result in last year’s third quarter. Volume among non-retail printing customers — primarily newspapers — continued to be adversely affected by dwindling advertising.Transcontinental’s media business — which once included daily and community newspapers — has now been refocused on educational and business publications and they performed as planned in the third quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.B, TSX:TCL.A)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said last year’s third-quarter adjusted earnings were $52.1 million.last_img read more

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The Latest Congress seeks extension to avert shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on a government funding bill that President Donald Trump hopes includes money for his promised border wall (all times local):5:25 p.m.Congressional leaders have introduced a two-week funding bill to avert a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall, as business in the Capitol came to a standstill for ceremonies honouring former President George H.W. Bush.The stopgap measure introduced Monday would keep the government funded through Dec. 21, two weeks after a Friday deadline when funding for a portion of the government is set to expire.The measure comes as Trump kept up pressure on congressional Democrats to fund his promised border wall and threatened other actions to deter illegal immigration as negotiations continue.Trump claimed in a tweet that “We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall.”___9:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is keeping the pressure on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall.Trump tweeted Monday: “We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall.” He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the “entire Southern Border if necessary.”A Dec. 7 partial government shutdown had appeared possible, but Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honouring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday.Trump had been gearing up for a showdown as he sought billions for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ban Kimoon voices concern about violent confrontations in Bolivia

“In order to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights in Bolivia, the Secretary-General urges all political and social actors to remain calm, to abstain from using violence and to seek a consensus on the pressing issues affecting the Bolivian people,” according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The protests come amid a meeting of the Assembly to draft a new constitution. 26 November 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over recent violent confrontations as the Bolivian Constituent Assembly meets in the southern city of Sucre.

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UN officials in Afghanistan head to Jalalabad to assess security following demonstrations

“The public demonstrations throughout Afghanistan in recent days have caused some tense moments, not only for international staff but also Afghans living in the cities where these unfortunate events took place,” Richard Provencher told reporters in the capital Kabul.While recognizing the right for people to demonstrate peacefully, he recalled that the senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, has strongly condemned violence and attacks against the UN and its partners. Earlier on Sunday, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Filippo Grandi, along with the head of security, left for Jalalabad to assess the security situation.“Of course, there has been a reduction of UN activities in these areas, but we hope to get to a full recovery shortly,” Mr. Provencher said. read more

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Jude Law tells phone hacking trial he was unaware of claim a

LONDON – Jude Law has told Britain’s phone hacking trial that for years the media had an “unhealthy” amount of information about his private life. But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court Monday that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press.Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid — Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges.The “Sherlock Holmes” star was for years a favourite of Britain’s tabloid press, which reveled in details of his relationships with designer Sadie Frost and actress Sienna Miller.Law said that his media profile rose after he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” From then on, he said, “there seemed to be an unhealthy amount of information” about him in the press, and he would often arrive at places with his children to find photographers already there.Law, Frost and Miller are among scores of celebrities, politicians and others who have been paid compensation for phone hacking by Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch closed the News of the World in 2011 after details emerged of the scale of its snooping.But a defence lawyer suggested Monday that some of the information in 2005 News of the World stories alleging an affair between Law’s then-girlfriend Miller and actor Daniel Craig might have had another source — Law’s associates.“I didn’t know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers,” said the 41-year-old actor, who gave evidence for just over an hour at London’s Central Criminal Court.Coulson’s lawyer, Timothy Langdale, asked Law if he knew that a member of his immediate family had been giving information to the News of the World in exchange for money.“I was not aware of that,” Law said. Asked when he first heard of the allegation, Law said: “Today.”Law was shown the name of the family member on a piece of paper. It was not shown to the jury or journalists. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email British actor Jude Law arrives at The Old Bailey law court in to give evidence at the phone hacking trial in London, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Former News of the World national newspaper editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are, along with several others, on trial for charges relating to the hacking of phones and bribing officials while they were employed at the now closed tabloid paper.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2014 7:01 am MDT Jude Law tells phone hacking trial he was unaware of claim a relative sold stories to tabloid read more

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In Ireland UNs Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

“Today’s conflicts are increasingly complex,” the Secretary-General declared in remarks delivered upon receiving the Tipperary International Peace Award in a ceremony in Tipperary, Ireland. “The lines between terrorists, transnational criminals and extremists are blurring. Civil wars have impacts well beyond their borders,” Mr. Ban continued. “Yet there remains an enormous gap between demands and our capacities.” Listing the numerous peace and security challenges facing the UN – from Syria to Yemen to South Sudan – the Secretary-General observed that in order to achieve success, the Organization’s operations now called for stronger partnerships “based on trust and burden-sharing” while also establishing critical attention on prevention. “The new sustainable development agenda being shaped by the Member States has a strong preventive dimension, with a focus on building effective institutions of governance,” he confirmed. “Adopting a bold agenda and taking action against climate change can set us on course towards an end of poverty and the beginning of stability for millions.” At the same time, the myriad security crises and human rights violations afflicting the planet were also stretching the UN’s resources thin, he added, noting that all actors – Governments, business and civil society – needed “to join hands as never before.”However, despite this need, civil society organizations around the world remain “under immense pressure” as military crackdowns, arbitrary arrests and other acts of intimidation sought to limit their ability to help define and tackle human rights issues, said Mr. Ban. “In accepting the Tipperary International Peace Award, I want to sound a call to protect the space needed by civil society. Confident nations are those that see civil society as an indispensable partner in working for the betterment of society.”Against that backdrop, the Secretary-General praised Ireland for its role as a “steadfast friend” of the United Nations on issues ranging from peacekeeping to human rights to nuclear non-proliferation. “It is time for an era of stronger cooperation and action to respond to the millions of people around the world who look to the global body to uphold its obligation to maintain international peace and security,” he concluded. “Ireland’s culture of commitment gives me hope.” read more

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On International Day senior UN officials highlight importance of SouthSouth cooperation for

Senior United Nations officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder today highlighted the importance of South-South Cooperation in their respective messages on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation.“A manifestation of solidarity amongst developing countries, South-South cooperation continues to significantly drive progress,” said Mr. Ban in his message.“Despite worldwide market volatility, South-South foreign direct investment is increasing,” he added, highlighting that countries of the South have become important actors in the global socioeconomic arena.In his message, the Secretary-General also noted the need to further strengthen cooperation among developing countries to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.Recalling that the role of South-South cooperation was emphasized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Agenda for Humanity, Mr. Ban said that that these commitments now need to be translated into actions. “This is essential to rising to the many grave challenges we face,” he said, noting that though living standards have risen across the global South, developing countries continue to struggle due to numerous and complex challenges that stall progress. Making particular reference to combatting climate change, Mr. Ban pointed that South-South and triangular cooperation can play an important role in keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. In recognition of this potential, the Secretary-General said that his office, in partnership with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, launched the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, last April, to foster and support collaboration for climate action. “Let us reaffirm our commitment to this invaluable means of achieving sustainable development and improving the lives of billions of people in the global South and beyond,” stressed the Secretary-General. Similarly, in his own message on the Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder noted that traditional aid flows will not be enough to address development challenges. Mr. Ryder also underlined the need for new partnerships with and among developing nations as one of the best ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, within which the goal of decent work for all is deeply embedded. Referring specifically to Sustainable Development Goal 17, he said: “It is not by chance that the targets set [this goal] make explicit reference to South-South Cooperation as an instrument to enhance access to technology and innovation for developing countries, to build national capacity and, more broadly, to support the overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” Mr. Ryder also said that reflecting its commitment to South-South and triangular cooperation, the ILO is involved in a wide range of projects ranging from establishing gender-sensitive Social Protection Floors in countries in Africa and Asia to the activities of the South-South network against child labour in Latin America. “Stepping up our support for South-South cooperation is not just the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do,” he added.To mark the importance of South-South Cooperation, the UN General Assembly decided to observe this Day on 12 September annually, commemorating the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. read more

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GP who involves his Christian faith with patient consultations investigated by by

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. A GP who allegedly involves his Christian faith in consultations with his patients is under investigation by the medical watchdog.Dr Richard Scott, 58, has “involved a spiritual angle” for patients with depression, anxiety or addition for the past two decades, The Sunday Times reported.Now the GP could face disciplinary action by the General Medical Council (GMC) and could lose his job following complaints that he made a patient feel uncomfortable while praying. He is also being investigated by NHS England.The National Secular Society (NSS) complained to the GMC in May that a “highly vulnerable” patient felt “discomfort at the use of prayer”.Steven Evans, the NSS chief executive, said that the allegations had been made by someone who claimed they were an acquaintance of the patient.Dr Scott, who runs a surgery called the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent, cares for almost 20,000 patients. He claimed that he was shocked that a fitness to practice inquiry had been launched by the GMC as opposed to “a chat or gentle discussion”.“They are kowtowing to aggressive secularism,” he told the newspaper. “Public safety is what they are there for [but] they are suddenly turned it into a big case.”   He added that he also asks his patients for their permission to introduce elements of faith into his consultation and only does so at the end “after the standard Western medicine”.The NSS complaint cites a formal warning which Scott received by the GMC in 2012 “for expressing his religious beliefs in a way that distressed a ‘psychologically troubled’ patient. He told the patient that ‘the devil haunts people who do not turn to Jesus’”. Since then, he has received three informal complaints and one minor written complaint. Dr Scott added: “The NSS is obviously gunning for me — and would like me to lose my job because they don’t like me. Well, to be honest I don’t like them but I am not gunning for them to lose their jobs. They think I am irresponsible and dangerous and I would say the same about them.”He maintains that his behaviour is vindicated by the World Health Organisation, which includes spiritual alongside physical and mental wellbeing, alongside scientific evidence that faith benefits health.A spokeswoman for the GMC said that it was not permitted to share details of an investigation but that the watchdog has”a duty to investigate” if a “complaint or concern raises issues about a doctor’s ability to practise safely or threaten [sic] public confidence”. read more

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6 Nations Only 2 flyhalves required as Ireland call up extra cover

first_imgIRELAND COACH DECLAN Kidney has decided not to call up any additional cover at number 10 ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.With injuries mounting after the attritional 6-12 defeat to England, second rows Lewis Stevenson and Devin Toner have been called up in place of the injured Mike McCarthy.Munster’s James Coughlan has also been invited to the training camp at Carton House as Chris Henry is due to undergo a scan on his knee.Uncapped Ulster centre Luke Marshall is also included in the 29-man squad despite also leaving Ulster’s win over Zebre early through injury.The IRFU have this evening reported Marshall’s injury as bruising on both thighs, and so the Ballymena man could make his international debut at Murrayfield in the absence of Gordon D’Arcy, who fractured his foot at the Aviva Stadium.However, no extra cover has been deemed necessary at fly-half after the hamstring injury which threatens to end Jonathan Sexton’s tournament. Ronan O’Gara and Paddy Jackson will be vying for a starting berth in Edinburgh.You can view the 29-man squad in full here.O’Gara has a nightmare as Munster fall to the ScarletsDiack calling for Ulster to cut out mistakes ahead of trip to Glasgowlast_img read more

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Toxic alcohol kills 93 in India and hospitalises hundreds more

first_imgToxic alcohol kills 93 in India and hospitalises hundreds more Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 4:30 PM NINETY THREE WORKERS have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern part of the country.“The number of dead (in the district) has now increased to 58, and another 75 people are undergoing treatment” in local hospitals, Dhiren Hazarika, deputy commissioner of Golaghat district in Assam, told AFP.Another official said that 35 people had died there after consuming a batch of “spurious liquor”.Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late on Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region. The death toll could rise further as both officials said some of the afflicted were in a critical condition.“The people came to the hospital with severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness,” doctor Ratul Bordoloi, joint director of Golaghat’s health department, told AFP. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry.State police said they had arrested one man for selling the liquor, and authorities said two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told AFP that state authorities had collated “at least 80″ deaths in the districts. “But apart from this some more people died outside the hospital,” he added.“I also met the family members and relatives and ensured them that the perpetrators will not be spared,” Sarma said on social media.Some media reports said that more than 100 people had died and the exact number was still being verified by authorities.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to their product to increase its strength. If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in India from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40%  is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol. – © AFP 2019 7 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4509495 Feb 23rd 2019, 4:31 PM Short URLcenter_img Locals arrange bodies of victims who died of consuming liquor. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Locals arrange bodies of victims who died of consuming liquor. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By AFP Share4 Tweet Email3 10,703 Views last_img read more

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OnTrac opens larger facility in Clark County

first_imgBooming online sales aren’t lifting up just Amazon and an army of freelance drivers. It’s also a boon for delivery companies.Shipping and receiving company OnTrac cut the ribbon on a new 160,000-square-foot facility at Portside Industrial Park on Thursday, giving it room to grow while online shopping shows no signs of slowing.“Oh my gosh, business has been going very well,” said Laura Peterson, vice president of marketing. “You know, we were lucky. The rise of e-commerce sort of timed with the big downturn in the economy in 2009 to 2010, so it was very helpful for us because that was really when we started delivering for some very large e-commerce companies.”Statistics weren’t immediately available on how the company has grown in recent years. Peterson said the company has been adding facilities along its territory in the western United States — and it has quickly outgrown them.“We’ve found we’re having a lot of difficulty keeping up with the growth because we’d go into a new facility based on the volume we had and we’d immediately outgrow it,” she said.Peterson also noted they no longer build for the amount of deliveries they handle currently, but rather “the volume we expect for tomorrow.”That’s not too surprising given the climb of online retail sales in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, such sales hit $111.5 billion in the second quarter of 2017 — up 4 percent from first quarter and 16.2 percent from second quarter last year.last_img read more

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Search underway for missing Wrangell boater

first_imgAlaska State Troopers, the U.S. Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue are searching for an overdue boater in the Wrangell area.Kenneth Trammel of Wrangell, age 53, left Wrangell Nov. 5 and was scheduled to return Nov. 10. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since Nov. 5, according to a Trooper dispatch.Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.Trammel was heading for the back channel, between Wrangell Island and the mainland, in his white 38-foot Bayliner, the Thalassa.Troopers reported the overdue boater Monday morning.Wrangell Search and Rescue conducted an aerial search Sunday.Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert says that was unsuccessful, so the Coast Guard started searching Monday morning.“We have the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa is involved in the search as well as an MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka.”They’re searching areas southeast of Wrangell near Berg Bay, Blake Channel and Deer Island.Search teams are facing snow and low visibility in the area.Eggert says they’re continuing the search despite the weather.“I have not heard any word that they are holding off on the search due to weather. We conducted first light searches with both the Anacapa and the MH-60 helicopter crew this morning, and the search for Mr. Trammel is ongoing.”Anyone with information about Trammel’s location can call the Alaska State Troopers at 225-5118.last_img read more

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Pfizer Boss Enters Lions Den of UK Politics to Sell AstraZeneca Deal

first_imgThe boss of U.S. drugmaker Pfizer (PFE.N) faces UK lawmakers on Tuesday with a promise and a threat – to protect British jobs in his proposed joint creation with AstraZeneca (AZN.L) of a global powerhouse upon which he says the latter’s future depends.Ian Read faces hostile questions in parliament over his proposed $106 billion play for AstraZeneca. He goes into committee hearings having pledged to keep a fifth of research jobs in Britain, and warned the country’s second biggest drugmaker could wither without Pfizer’s financial muscle.Pfizer’s bid would be the largest foreign takeover of a British firm and is opposed by many scientists and politicians, as well as AstraZeneca itself.Parliamentary select committees cannot block corporate transactions but they can question executives ferociously, as banks, energy companies and Rupert Murdoch’s New Corp (NWSA.O) have all found out to their cost: The media coverage resulting from these firms’ sessions with lawmakers confirmed them as corporate bad guys for many members of the public and placed their future dealings under even closer scrutiny.Pfizer already has a tarnished reputation in Britain after shutting down most of its research in southern England where Viagra was invented, with the loss of some 1,700 jobs.Now it faces scepticism about its long-term commitment to AstraZeneca, particularly after it said it could adjust promises if circumstances changed “significantly.””What we’ve seen in previous Pfizer takeovers is a reduction in investment, job cuts and, frankly, asset-stripping. That’s the big concern. There’s nothing that we’ve seen that guarantees the same wouldn’t happen here,” said Willie Bain, a Labour member of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee, who will be among lawmakers quizzing Pfizer’s Scottish-born chief executive.”Given how important the science base is to rebalancing the British economy, anything that would put at risk investment in research and development … is something we’d be very sceptical about.”Read is also likely to come under fire over the ethics of re-domiciling in Britain, for tax purposes only, in order to cut its tax bill – a move that has sparked anger as well in the United States, where the taxman stands to lose out.Pfizer admits the proposed deal will involve job losses and result in it paying less tax but argues such things are necessary to improve efficiency in an industry where governments are pressuring drug companies to cut costs.AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer’s May 2 cash-and-stock offer worth 50 pounds a share, arguing that the approach undervalued it “significantly” and it had a bright future as an independent business.The U.S. group is widely expected to come back with a sweetened offer for AstraZeneca this week, although people with knowledge of the matter said it was likely to wait until after the parliamentary select committee hearings.In Tuesday’s sessions lawmakers will also interrogate AstraZeneca’s French CEO Pascal Soriot and business minister Vince Cable.Then a second parliamentary committee on May 14 will question both CEOs again, along with British science minister David Willetts, about the science aspects of the deal.”They can make enough noise to cause embarrassment and bring a real spotlight onto this whole deal, which could be pretty uncomfortable for Pfizer,” said Navid Malik, head of life sciences research at Cenkos Securities.last_img read more

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Attacker Kills 1 Wounds 3 In Stabbings At Texas University

Attacker Kills 1 Wounds 3 In Stabbings At Texas University

first_img@KVUE Man injured after stabbing on UT campusAn attacker with a machete-like knife fatally stabbed one person and wounded at least three others Monday on the University of Texas campus, and authorities said a suspect was in custody.There was no immediate word from police about a possible motive.Student Rachel Prichett said she was standing in line at a food truck outside a gym when she saw a man with a large knife approach the person standing behind her.“The guy was standing next to me,” Prichett said. “He grabbed him by the shoulder and shoved the knife in it. I just started running as fast as I could.”Another student, Ray Arredondo, said he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running.“They were just screaming, ‘Run! Get out of here!’” Arredondo said.Travis County Emergency Medical Services tweeted that one person died at the scene near the gym. The others were taken to the hospital with potentially serious wounds. There were reports of additional patients with non-life-threatening injuries, the agency said.Lindsey Clark said she saw the suspect get tackled by police as he was running toward the entrance of Jester Hall, a complex of dormitories and classrooms. She described him as wearing a bandanna and gray sweatshirt and said he appeared quiet and subdued as police held him on the ground.“You could see and hear people running and screaming: ‘There he is!’” before he was tackled by officers.University Police Chief David Carter said it would be “premature” to discuss the suspect’s motive and “what was going through his mind.”Arredondo later saw what looked like CPR being performed on someone outside the front door of the gym. Another student was sitting on a bench being treated for cuts to the head or neck, he said.Authorities cordoned off the scene as a large contingent of state and local police, including officers in helicopters, swarmed the area.The University of Texas is blocks from downtown Austin and the Texas Capitol and is one of the nation’s largest universities.The attack occurred in the central campus, just a short walk from the administration building and the landmark clock tower that was the scene of a mass shooting in 1966.The attack came only a few days after a 19-year-old man armed with a machete wounded two people at a university coffee shop in Lexington, Kentucky.In the April 28 attack, the assailant at Transylvania University asked about the political affiliations of people at the shop. He was arrested and charged with assault. The victims’ wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said. Sharelast_img read more

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WATCH Chewbacca Joins Fort Worth Texas Police Department

WATCH Chewbacca Joins Fort Worth Texas Police Department

first_img Share Fort Worth Police Department had a special guest Wednesday, Nov. 29. The police department released a two-minute video on their Facebook page featuring Chewbacca, the “Star Wars” wookie. Chewie made an appearance in a special clip showing him out on patrol with an officer. In the video Chewbacca joined new recruits in performing everyday police tasks, including training exercises and traffic stops. The video concludes with a message to Fort Worth Police Department rookies saying: “Attention rookies! Welcome to the Fort Worth Police Department! Remember to always show courtesy and respect to our citizens and always provide professional service. And may the Force be with you!”This isn’t the first time Fort Worth Police Department has used Star Wars as a method of communication. Below you can see the past videos. last_img read more

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Frog Fractions 2 will release in disguise and no one will know

first_imgFrog Fractions is one of the funniest, weirdest, most surprising, yet somehow still coherent video games that ever existed. It’s a commentary on education, the nonsense of edutainment, and video games in general. It’s an experimental piece that explores the critical problem-solving capability and awareness of the average human being. It’s an edutainment game itself, teaching you about the history of video games rather than the titular math or biology subjects — and considering the creative exploration the game requires you to either already possess or quickly learn to have, teaches you about yourself. Frog Fractions is one of the most brilliant, unique video games that ever existed, yet couldn’t exist without the storied history of video games that came before it. Now, it’s getting a sequel… and it’s going to be even weirder than the first.Developer Twinbeard has taken to — where else — Kickstarter in an effort to raise funds for a sequel to one of the most clever video games ever released. The original is free, and you can play it right in your web browser. Don’t give up. You’ll see.In true Frog Fractions fashion, the pitch video for the sequel, seen below, is almost as weird as the original game.Yes, the most pleasant surprises in Frog Fractions are the surprises themselves, so it remains to be seen if Twinbeard can recreate the genuine astonishment of the original when we all know that something is not what it seems. Twinbeard acknowledges this, though, and that means we’re probably in store for an even more wild ride this time around. In fact, the campaign page is as cryptic as the original game. Jim Crawford — Twinbeard’s founder — breaks character and reminds us that he trusted us to figure out the many secrets held within Frog Fractions, so it’s time for us to repay the favor and trust his need for a budget without divulging too many details. After all, Frog Fractions was about surprise.Basically, you won’t know that the game released. It won’t be called “Frog Fractions 2” and it won’t be listed as a Twinbeard game. It’ll be in disguise, and considering the twists and turns of the first game, it’s entirely possible that you’ll be playing it and won’t even know for hours. Due to this strange release, Kickstarter backers will receive their download codes once the game has been discovered by the masses and the jig is up. If you discover the game before the video games press, you can email Crawford directly and he’ll provide you with your backer download code.Back the project over on the Kickstarter page. If you aren’t sure, go play the original Frog Fractions first. Just be prepared to give Twinbeard some cash afterward. You’ll want to.last_img read more

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Lawmakers Target Fannie Freddie Over Questionable Practices

Lawmakers Target Fannie Freddie Over Questionable Practices

first_imgLawmakers Target Fannie, Freddie Over ‘Questionable’ Practices Mortgage giants “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ fell under heavier scrutiny Tuesday as two separate bills emerged from Congress that targeted their eligibility to receive taxpayer funds for certain uses.[IMAGE]A minibus bill cobbled together by House lawmakers would slash spending from several federal agencies and limit a hike in conforming loan limits to the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA), implicating the GSEs by extension.House lawmakers drafted the language for a stopgap spending measure to resolve funding needs for the federal government and avoid a shutdown for the remainder of the fiscal year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a step in the direction of an agreement reached by “”White House””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/ officials and member of Congress earlier this year.The stopgap spending measure included an amendment that would once more elevate thresholds for conforming loans backed by the FHA.The amendment notably excludes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The GSEs recently fell under scrutiny for $13 million in bonuses for 10 senior-level executives.Conforming loan limits fell for federal guarantors across the board in early October when Congress allowed the $729,750 upper threshold to expire, returning to $625,500.[COLUMN_BREAK]””The bill does not increase the maximum loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,”” the summary said. “”These entities have been under public scrutiny for their questionable businesses practices and use of billions in federal bailout funds, some of which have been used for extravagant management bonuses.””A summary report of the bill, proposed by “”Rep. Hal Rogers””:http://halrogers.house.gov/ (R-Kentucky), also hit housing in another wave of cuts by doling out only $37.3 billion for HUD – approximately $3.8 billion less than the federal department reached last year and about $4.7 billion shy of “”President Barack Obama’s””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama proposed budget for next year.Earlier Tuesday the head of their federal regulator, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), “”Edward DeMarco””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=67, appeared before the “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/ to address concerns from lawmakers that executive bonuses smacked of excess.Another House committee made headlines Tuesday by voting to approve legislation that would substantively trim bonuses for GSE executives.The “”House Financial Services Committee””:http://financialservices.house.gov/, helmed by by “”Rep. Spencer Bachus””:http://bachus.house.gov/ (R-AL), voted to pass H.R. 1221, or the Equity in Government Compensation Act, by a 52-4 margin.The bill would slash multi-million-dollar bonuses ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô $5.6 million for Fannie Mae’s CEO, $5.4 million for Freddie Mac’s ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô by fixing both of their compensation levels at $218,978.””These lavish compensation packages and bonuses are unfair, unreasonable and unjust to the taxpayers whose assistance is the only thing keeping Fannie and Freddie afloat,”” Bachus said in a “”statement””:http://financialservices.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=269004.””Today the Committee approved a bill to stop rewarding the executives of these bailed out companies,”” he added. “”Never again should Americans be forced to send their hard earned tax dollars to be wasted on multi-million dollar pay packages for Fannie and Freddie executives.”” in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 15, 2011 439 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac House Financial Services Committee HUD Lenders & Servicers Processing Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Treasury Department 2011-11-15 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals were a 42-yard field goal away from completing an incredible collapse, one that could have set the tone for the rest of the season.Up just two after blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, having made all four of his previous attempts Sunday, lined up for the attempt.While few Cardinals fans had to be confident at that point in the game, in the back of their minds had to have been the team’s success at blocking field goals. It may have been in the front of Gostkowski’s mind, as he pushed the kick wide — very wide — left. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report “It definitely gets in kickers’ heads,” Cardinals lineman and field goal blocker extraordinaire Calais Campbell said Monday. “Especially because you know we’re going to give it our all on that play.”The Cardinals have blocked 13 field goals since 2008, a number that is quite staggering given the infrequency in which attempts are actually blocked. It’s that success, though, that led Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt to have belief that his team was going to hang on Sunday in Foxborough.“It doesn’t make you feel any better,” he said, noting that the way the game was finishing was anything but comforting. “It tears at you to think that they could have won that game with a kick.“But in the back of your mind you do know that you have a chance to block it, and that gives you some small comfort.”The Cardinals did not block it, but it’s very possible the threat alone caused Gostkowski to rush things, causing him to miss badly on the attempt.And while Whisenhunt said he doesn’t know for sure if the threat of a block led to the miss, he knows it’s possible.“I hope, I think it contributed to the miss, because they at least had to think about it.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1 Comments   Share   15.Cincinnati Bengals5-4Lost to New Orleans 51-14(▼5)Gave up 51 points, 509 yards, didn’t force a turnover or a punt — yeah, that’ll get your DC fired. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment 32.Oakland Raiders1-8lost to Chargers, 20-6(▼1)Have scored six or less points in three out of their last four games. 9.Washington Redskins6-3beat Tampa Bay 16-3(▲3)Defense gave up a ton of yards, but only three points and forced four turnovers. 3.Los Angeles Rams9-1beat Seattle 36-31(▲1)Reason to be concerned about the defense…and Kupp’s knee injury is huge. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) Top Stories 18.Philadelphia Eagles4-5lost to Dallas 27-20(▼5)The Eagles continue to get booed by home fans just nine months after winning their first Super Bowl. Tough town. 26.Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-6lost to Washington 16-3(▼2)Had 503 yards and three points, shattering record of 2011 Rams who had 424 yards and three points in a loss. 20.Baltimore Ravens4-5Bye week(▼2)Didn’t play in Week 10 but were the only team named after a bird not to lose. 23.Jacksonville Jaguars3-6lost to Indianapolis 29-26(▼6)Raise your hand if you thought the Jags would be in last place in the AFC South at this point. Anyone? 25.Denver Broncos3-6Bye week(–)Two more tough games out of the break — at Chargers and home against Steelers. 10.Carolina Panthers6-3lost to Pittsburgh 52-21(▼5)Cam Newton was right, the Panthers got whooped. 24.Detroit Lions3-6lost to Chicago 34-22(▼2)Lions haven’t been particularly competitive during current three-game skid. 28.Arizona Cardinals2-7lost to Kansas City 26-14(–)A 12-point loss in KC might have been this team’s best game of the season. 4.Pittsburgh Steelers6-2-1beat Carolina 52-21(▲2)This offense is clicking. 13.Tennessee Titans5-4beat New England 34-10(▲6)Blanked Patriots over last 42:49 in a nice defensive performance. 16.Dallas Cowboys4-5beat Philadelphia 27-20(▲7)Leighton Vander Esch looking like a steal with the 19th overall pick. 8.Houston Texans6-3Bye week(▲3)Play at Washington before three straight at home against Titans, Browns and Colts. 5.Los Angeles Chargers7-2beat Oakland 20-6(▲2)Five…Make that six straight wins against mediocre to bad opponents.center_img To steal a line from Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, the New Orleans Saints announced their presence with authority in Week 9 by beating the previously top-ranked Los Angeles Rams.In Week 10, they marked their territory like an alpha dog.Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns while Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas each visited the end zone twice in a convincing 51-14 thrashing of Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium. 17.Miami Dolphins5-5lost to Green Bay 31-12(▼3)They’re mediocre, but Frank Gore is a modern marvel. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 21.Atlanta Falcons4-5lost to Cleveland 28-16(▼6)Undid all the good from a three-game winning streak in a real stinker at Cleveland. 22.Cleveland Browns3-6-1beat Atlanta 28-16(▲5)John Dorsey’s draft class continues to be stellar. 27.Buffalo Bills3-7beat NY Jets 41-10(▲5)Matt Barkley becomes fourth different starting QB for Bills — and second to win. Sorry, Peterman. 19.Seattle Seahawks4-5lost to LA Rams 36-31(▼2)Hung with the Rams, just couldn’t get over the hump. 7.Chicago Bears6-3beat Detroit 34-22(▲3)Bears are averaging 40 points per game over their last six contests. With that performance, the Saints stay atop the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings for a second straight week, while the Kansas City Chiefs and Rams both inched up after surprisingly close victories over the Cardinals and Seahawks, respectively.Related LinksRe-establishing David Johnson first step for Cardinals offenseArizona Cardinals guard Justin Pugh has MCL tear, likely headed to IRFalling out of the top five were the New England Patriots, who laid an egg in a 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.Here’s a look at this week’s order:Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 11 12.Green Bay Packers4-4-1beat Miami 31-12(▲4)Aaron Jones had 145 yards and two TDs — the second-best day by a Packers running back in last five years. 29.New York Giants2-7beat San Francisco 27-23(▲1)The beleaguered Eli Manning throws three TDs in Monday night win. 30.New York Jets3-7lost to Buffalo 41-10(▼4)This game was a 60-minute butt fumble. 31.San Francisco 49ers2-8lost to NY Giants 27-23(▼2)Back to Earth for Mullens and Company. 11.Minnesota Vikings5-3-1Bye week(▼3)We’ll find out what the Vikings really are over the next four weeks. At Bears, vs. Packers, at Pats, at Seahawks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1.New Orleans Saints8-1beat Cincinnati 51-14(–)Saints treated the Bengals like Sean Payton treats a noisy fire alarm in pregame. 6.New England Patriots7-3lost to Tennessee 34-10(▼4)Pats suffer their fourth-worst loss in the Belichick-Brady era. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 14.Indianapolis Colts4-5beat Jacksonville 29-26(▲6)Eric Ebron with two more TDs…leads all NFL tight ends with nine touchdowns. 2.Kansas City Chiefs9-1beat Arizona 26-14(▲1)They weren’t dominant, but Mahomes and KC got the job done.last_img read more

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