Gunners coach provides updates on players injury

first_imgGunners coach Unai Emery has provided update about players like Mkhitaryan and Koscielny who may not be featured in tomorrow’s match against Burnley.Emery confirmed Mkhitaryan is out while Koscielny has played more matches this week and may need rest tomorrow as they face Burnley.“We know today, the latest news, and for example Mkhitaryan is out. Koscielny is okay but he played two matches this week and tomorrow will be a lot for him. We also need to be calm with him, to take time for a lot of matches before he continues playing, Emery said as quoted by club’s websiteSpeaking about Kolasinac, he added:Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think for tomorrow is okay. Players are continuing to recover with Sead. I don’t remember now. Mkhitaryan is out. Mustafi is also, for tomorrow, out too.”On whether Koscielny is being overplayd, Emery continued:“But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”“I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.”last_img read more

Dyche is delighted after McNeils first goal

first_imgThe 19-year-old midfielder scored his first goal for Burnley in his second English Premier League start of the season19-year-old midfielder Dwight McNeil scored his first goal for Burnley as his team defeated West Ham United 2-0.And for manager Sean Dyche, this was great and will definitely give his player boost.“I’m delighted for Dwight. The first goal, there’s seven passes and they haven’t touched the ball, I’m really pleased with that, and Dwight is a player with real quality,” Dyche told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The pride in him and his family will be enormous. I like him a lot, he’s featured a couple of times for us, but it’s about judging when these young players play.”“We’re a little bit stretched with injuries, but I thought it was valid today. I was delighted for him,” he added.“It was really tough on Joe [Hart]. He’s a fantastic ‘keeper and a professional. He was the first one to jump up when Tom made the save from Andy Carroll late on.”last_img read more

Pascal Gross impressed with teams away performance

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross says he is impressed with his team’s away performance this season and urging his team-mates to continue with the run of form.The German International says he is wary of the new Manchester United team under interim manager Solksjaer.He told the club’s official website, “It was an important game and a good win for us [the win in August], but that’s just a memory for us. We’re really good at home, and now it’s about trying to be better when we play away from the Amex.Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…“Our last league game against West Ham was one of our better ones, and we’ll try to do the same again and be better away from home.“In my opinion we’ve improved our performances on the road. Maybe we haven’t got the points we wanted, but I feel that we’ve improved in general compared to last season.“They [Man United] have had some very good results at the moment and are very confident. They’re in a really good feeling and a really good mood. It will be really tough, but we will do our best.”last_img read more

South Caicos flights resume with JY161162

first_imgCONTACT: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 7, 2016 – interCaribbean is pleased to advise following input and clarification from the Regulator on the operations into South Caicos.  The issue affecting flight operations is now resolved.  Operations into South Caicos will recommence with Flight JY161/162 on December 7th 2016.Customers who were on affected flights of December 6, 2016 and the morning of December 7, 2016 may be moved to the first available flight without charge or receive a full refund.interCaribbean Airwayscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

LBT loses Long Island third most votes

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Former Free National Movement (FNM) leader in Parliament and Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has lost her constituency following yesterday’s general election.   Butler-Turner ran as an independent candidate after a coup that saw Minnis removed as leader of the Opposition in the HOA.   In a message on her Facebook page after the announcement of results, Butler-Turner congratulated MP-Elect, FNM candidate Adrian Gibson who garnered 831 votes from nine polling divisions in the Long Island Constituency.   Butler-Turner received 193 votes while Progressive Liberal Party candidate Glendon Rolle received 489 votes.  It is not clear if this is the end of Butler-Turner’s political career. In her concession message she said, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course.” Butler-Turner also thanked those who voted for her and supported the campaign saying that it was an honour and privilege to serve as MP. #MagneticMediaNews#LorettaButlerTurner#LBTlosesLongIsland Related Items:#LBTlosesLongIsland, #LorettaButlerTurner, #magneticmedianews Loretta Butler-Turner leaving politics for goodlast_img read more

NAD Press Statement 6 – Airline Operations LPIA – Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – The Lynden Pindling International Airport wishes to advise that airlines are operating inbound and outbound US, international and domestic flights today, Monday, September 10, 2017.Delta Airlines, British Airways, West Jet, American Airlines and Jet Blue are all operating flights today.  With the closure of the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando airports there are no Florida flights.  Domestic airlines are operating flights to the various islands.Persons are strongly encouraged to contact their respective airlines for flight information.  A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website at For further information, please contact:Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and CommunicationsNassau Airport Development CompanyLynden Pindling International AirportTel: 242 702-1000 or 242 376 2176Email: marketing@nas.bsPress Release: Nassau Airport Development Company Related Items:last_img read more

BAHAMAS Our Future Success Must Be In Innovation and Technology

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 10, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson says that Grand Bahama remains high on the government’s agenda, and the launch of the first ever Technology Summit on GB is evidence of such a commitment.During his welcome remarks at the first Tech Summit at Grand Lucayan resort on Thursday, November 9, 2017, Minister Thompson said that one of the promises in the Free National Movement’s Manifesto was to make Grand Bahama a Technology Hub, similar to Silicon Valley.   Minister Thompson admitted that when the idea for hosting a Technology Summit first came about, he had no idea what a Technology Hub was or what it meant.“However, I believed in our Prime Minister’s vision for Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson.   “It didn’t take me long to realize that the technology industry is the way forward for our country and that Grand Bahama is ideally-suited for its development.“While our past success has been in industry, our future success must be in innovation and technology.   We recognize the importance of tourism in Grand Bahama, but I believe that today is a new day for Grand Bahama.   Today, I believe that we can re-brand Grand Bahama.   Today we cease to be the capital for industry; now Grand Bahama will be a place for industry and innovation.”Minister Thompson asked those attending the summit’s official opening how can Grand Bahama get to the point of becoming a Technology Hub?“How do we let the world know that we are open for business?  This is why we are here today:  Our government must shape the right policies and provide the right incentives and remove all obstacles in order to nurture and grow the tech industry.”The Minister of State for Grand Bahama confessed that the idea for a Tech Summit started as a small conference for industry stakeholders to shape policy. However, he noted that the more they talked about it and the more word about a proposed small tech conference got out, the more Grand Bahamians began to believe in the idea.“So today… we have over 450 people registered for this first ever Technology Summit,” said Minister Thompson.  “We have people from the United States, Canada and as far away as Africa.“Back then, when we were planning just a small summit, we joked about the possibility of getting some people from Silicon Valley to come and talk with us here in Freeport.   We even joked about getting some people from Google and Microsoft.   But during this conference you will hear from people from Silicon Valley, from Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and others.“Say what you will about the state of the economy of our island, the leaders and the giants in the technology world, have not just come to The Bahamas, they have come to Grand Bahama.”Minister Thompson noted that in addition to inviting tech companies to come to Grand Bahama, the Government of The Bahamas must also provide opportunities for tech business entrepreneurs.   In order to achieve that, a part of the two-day Tech Summit will be what is called a ‘Blue Marlin Challenge,’ where Bahamian tech business entrepreneurs will make their business pitch to representatives from Google, Microsoft and to Silicon Valley experts.Those who are successful will be awarded a $10,000 prize from the government to assist with the startup of their proposed business.“This is only just the start,” added the Minister.   “Our Grant Program will also continue next month… with our micro and small business economic empowerment program.    Our sponsors will be providing the winner of the Blue Marlin Challenge, courtesy of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, [with] one-year business license exemption.“So, who knows, after these pitches have been made, maybe Google or Microsoft will partner with a Bahamian to make their business idea a reality in Grand Bahama.   It is a new beginning for Grand Bahama — and this is just the beginning!”   Minister Thompson called on all technology companies, or those interested in starting a tech company, to set up shop in Grand Bahama.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson welcomed delegates to the first ever Grand Bahama Technology Summit, which opened on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Grand Lucayan resort. Minister Thompson and his office were the force behind making the Tech Summit a reality. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)last_img read more

Public Asked to Seek NonEmergency Healthcare at Community Health Clinics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 30, 2018 – Nassau – Chief Hospital Administrator at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Mary Walker urges persons experiencing non-emergency medical symptoms to visit their nearest Public Health or Family Medicine Clinic, as PMH is currently experiencing a critical shortage of bed space, which is impacting the hospital’s ability to admit patients for on-going care at the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E).  Ms. Walker added that there has been a surge in the number of patients presenting with respiratory and other related illnesses.“There also remains a significant number of discharged in-patients on the Clinical Wards and A&E, ‘Boarders’ for whom relatives and emergency contacts continue to be unreachable or unwilling to collect their relatives,” she said at a press conference at PMH, Friday, January 26, 2018.“This not only drains vital hospital resources but regrettably has further impacted the hospital’s ability to provide bed space for new admissions.  The current overcrowding has also resulted in an increase in the waiting time for patients seeking care at A&E.”Ms. Walker said the lack of nurses has compounded the issue of the overcrowding of A&E.  “In order to accommodate the persons requiring admission, we have to open what we call virtual wards, which would be commissioned spaces that are waiting to be renovated; and every time we do that, it is overtime on the part of the nurses.“We are getting to the point now where the nurses are too tired to respond to that call.  In fact, we are not in a position to open up another virtual ward for that same reason.  We cannot staff it.”To help with the situation, retired nurses have been called in, and nurses have been recruited internationally.  Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Carolyn Burnett explained that the lack of beds is also affecting the ability to carry out elective surgeries.  “Elective cases had to be cancelled today because we did not have the bed space to accommodate for surgery.  The patients will be re-scheduled, and all emergency cases are still being done.“As soon as the bed situation improves, then we will be able to do elective cases once more.”Dr. Burnett said elective surgeries are not carried out on the weekends; but on Sunday evening, the medical staff will determine whether or not enough beds have freed up to allow for elective surgeries to recommence.Chief of Service at A&E, Dr. Crystal Wells said the public should call A&E at 326-7014 if they are not sure where to present themselves.The public is advised that clinic hours at the South Beach Health Centre, the Fleming Street Clinic, and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic have been extended from 8a.m. to 9p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Elizabeth Estates Clinic from 9a.m. to 9p.m. Monday through Friday. By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo caption: Health Officials held a press conference, Friday, January 26, 2018 to alert the public of overcrowding at Accident & Emergency (A&E) at the Princess Margaret Hospital.  Pictured from left: Principal Nursing Officer, Valerie Miller; Chief of Service A&E, Dr. Crystal Wells; Chief Hospital Administrator, Mary Walker; PHA/Acting Managing Director, Catherine Weech; and Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Carolyn Burnett.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Flower Fields in Carlsbad open Thursday through May 13

first_imgFlower Fields in Carlsbad open Thursday through May 13 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, Posted: March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018center_img Updated: 1:25 PM 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 SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad which open Thursday and run through May 13.For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life.This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco-free environment, smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite. No Bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego Surfrider Foundation intends to sue over Tijuana pollution

first_img 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 SettingsTuesday morning, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego held a press conference about their campaign stop the sewage flow from Tijuana River Valley that is polluting local waterways. Elizabeth Alvarez was live in San Ysidro to cover the event.As of Tuesday, 10:42 AM, the Surfrider Foundation announced it plans to sue a federal agency in response to years of sewage flow from the Tijuana River into U.S. waterways.The nonprofit submitted a 60-day notice of intent to sue the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The action came one day after state Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board did the same.The notices allege the commission, which is tasked with seeking binational solutions to land issues, hasn’t done enough to stop millions of gallons of raw sewage from flowing into the United States over the last several decades.Commission spokeswoman Lori Kuczmanski said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.Sewage spills from the Tijuana River have rankled government, environmental and recreational stakeholders for decades.The Surfrider Foundation began a sewage cleanup campaign in 2008, but it ramped up activities after as much as 230 million gallons of waste spilled into the Pacific Ocean over a 17-day span in February 2017.The group decided to file the notice to sue after work groups, meetings, public education and cleanups yielded nothing substantial, Surfrider Foundation Policy Coordinator Gabriela Torres said.“Because our activities have failed over the last year to result in any sort of tangible solution, we decided the next step is to file the intent to sue to pressure the commission and federal government to remedy this problem,” she said. “There has been a lead up to this. We take litigation seriously and only use it as a last resort, so we felt there was no otheroption.”Surfrider’s planned suit against the commission claims repeated violations of the Clean Water Act, and violations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit it holds for the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant near the border.Sewage spills have sickened people and caused beach closures as far north as Coronado.Surfrider’s notice cites the negative recreational and economic impact waste flows have had on South Bay cities and neighborhoods, including Imperial Beach and Coronado.It also notes the health threat to Border Patrol and Navy personnel who train in coastal waters. In 2010, former Border Patrol agent Josh Willey contracted a flesh-eating bacterial infection while training at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado.The Port of San Diego and cities of Chula Vista and Imperial Beach filed their own lawsuit against the commission in March.The foundation could drop plans to file its lawsuit if the commission commits to undertaking projects to mitigate sewage flows, Torres said. In the meantime, foundation officials said they hope increased legal action will spur quicker progress.“Right now there are a lot of interested parties trying to pressure the commission, and we feel that us coming together with our own unique angles, but a unified voice, will lead us to find a solution,” Torres said. May 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:35 AM San Diego Surfrider Foundation intends to sue over Tijuana pollutioncenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez, Posted: May 15, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez last_img read more

ASA Stresses TradeEnhancing Measures for WTO Talks

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mike Yost called for the United States to move forward to promote trade liberalization through the World Trade Organization (WTO) Talks scheduled for this November and December in Seattle, Washington. Yost, a producer from Murdock, Minn., prioritized four specific areas for action during the House Agriculture Committee hearing on WTO issues held yesterday.”For U.S. agriculture, the cost of failing to move the trade liberalization agenda forward is unacceptable,” Yost said. “With an additional 2.6 billion consumers forecast by the year 2030, gaining increased access to global markets is critical for U.S. agriculture.”Yost’s first point was to stress the importance of creating more market access by eliminating all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in oilseeds and oilseed products. As the United States calls for other countries to open their markets, the United States must end the use of unilateral economic sanctions, which have raised concerns about the United States as a reliable supplier.The second area that Yost raised was the need to eliminate export subsidies, including government export incentives, in the next round of the WTO. “With regard to export credit programs, we do not support waiting to make changes in the operation of U.S. export credit guarantee programs until the next WTO round. Rather, we support continuing the effort to work out an acceptable compromise on export credits in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. If the United States waits until the next round to make changes in export credit programs, we feel we will run the risk of having export credits wrongly treated as export subsidies, and therefore, made subject to elimination.”Third, ASA supported modifying the “blue box” created in the Uruguay Round trade negotiations that allows use of programs tied to production controls. Yost called for the European Union to make further reforms in its domestic support programs and for the United States to press for other countries to adopt decoupled approaches to their domestic agriculture support programs, similar to the U.S. FAIR Act.In conclusion, Yost expressed growing concern with the deteriorating environment for trade in the products of agricultural biotechnology. “The EU regulatory agencies, which have failed to develop timely and transparent product approval and labeling regulations, should be held accountable for any reduction in U.S. exports to European countries caused by private sector actions.”last_img read more

House Increases Corps Funding With Record Use of Inland Waterways Trust Fund

first_imgInformation provided by Waterways Council Inc. news release.Leadership and bi-partisanship were alive and well in the House Appropriations Committee as the “Big 4,” led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) worked to achieve unanimous approval of a bill in the full the House Appropriations Committee that significantly increases funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program.  The bill passed on April 22 by unanimous voice vote.  Before that, on April 15, the bill was marked up in the E&WD Subcommittee and was approved by unanimous voice vote with no amendments.The overall size of the Corps’ Civil Works mission portion of the bill is $5.597 billion and more than restores cuts to the program as recommended by the Administration, adding $864.75 million to the Administration request and increasing the FY 2015 appropriated amount for the Corps by $142.25 million. The bill increases the President’s proposed Construction account funding level by 39.9% to $1.631 billion.Within the Construction account, $340 million is made available for Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) priority navigation projects, an amount that the Committee Report states makes use of all estimated Inland Waterways Trust Fund annual revenues.  This is one of WCI’s key requests for appropriators this year and is particularly important in light of last year’s 9-cent increase in the barge diesel fuel tax rate.The Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account funding level is $3.058 billion, the highest ever appropriated to this account in an annual appropriation bill, and the third consecutive year of record-level O&M funding.  It is nearly $350 million higher than the Administration’s FY ’16 requested level. According to the Committee Report, $42 million was added for inland waterways O&M above the President’s budget request.The Committee Report requires the Corps, in making allocations of additional funds provided in FY ’16 for IWTF projects, to use the 2010 Capital Development Plan and not the new 20-year plan the Corps is working on currently.  $1.4 million is provided for continuing the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal General Reevaluation Report (GRR).From the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), the bill’s FY2016 appropriation of $1.178 billion is a record, is $73 million higher than last year’s $1.1 billion, and is $263 million above the $915 million that the Administration requested from the HMTF.WCI President Michael J. Toohey expressed thanks to the House Appropriations Committee noting: “Their leadership in passing such a strong funding bill that utilizes full use of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund is a huge win toward modernization of our nation’s inland navigation system.”last_img read more

Food Scientist Visits Myanmar to Talk Soy Drinks

first_imgDr. Zach Liu meets with the Europe and Asia Commercial (EAC) staff.Dr. Zach Liu, a food scientist with the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D., spent a week in Myanmar (sometimes called Burma) meeting with food manufacturers and the trade industry to discuss using soy in beverages.Liu met with the two companies that received soybean variety samples, provided by four Red River Valley exporters, suitable for manufacturing soymilk.While in Myanmar, Liu presented on soy beverages at a Food Science and Technology Association (FOSTA) of Myanmar seminar. The seminar was organized by the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) and attended by 22 FOSTA members.During his trip, Liu answered numerous questions on the concept of identity-preserved soybeans, proper soybean storage, processing methods and the required equipment to manufacture soy beverages.The North Dakota Soybean Council provided the funding for Liu’s trip.last_img read more

Lawsuit filed by victims of Taylor Bridge Fire

first_imgYAKIMA — In what could be among the first of many lawsuits, a dozen Taylor Bridge Fire victims have sued a state contractor and subcontractor working on the bridge where fire officials said the fire started.Authorities who managed the fire, which burned more than 23,000 acres and destroyed 61 homes, said it was started Aug. 13 by construction work, possibly welding. But they have not said anyone was at fault for the blaze.The state Department of Natural Resources is still investigating exactly how the fire started, a process that could take several more months, department spokesman Bryan Flint said Wednesday.The lawsuit alleges that the general contractor, Conway Construction, and the subcontractor, Rainier Steel Inc., didn’t take the proper steps to prevent or contain a fire started by their work.The attorney who filed the suit Monday in Kittitas County Superior Court, Mike Helgren, said he is confident about its chances even if the state investigation is not finished.last_img read more

Jayne A lot of big issues with no simple answers only pain

first_imgWell, I’ve put it off about as long as I can.Wrote all the week’s editorials. Selected all the editorial cartoons. Edited all the opinion columns. Finished all my duties as Opinion editor except for one — writing my column.Maybe it’s because I was hoping that a less-complicated topic would come along. More likely it’s because the senseless killing of a college baseball player in Oklahoma is so difficult to write about.You’ve read about it by now. About how Australia native Christopher Lane was gunned down by three teenagers — two of them black — as he went for a jog. About how one of the perpetrators supposedly told investigators that they were bored and just wanted to kill somebody.The difficulty in writing about the case doesn’t come from a difficulty in condemning the killing; that part is easy. No, the difficulty comes because it touches upon so many things that we are unable to talk rationally about in this country. Race. Violence. Gun control.One of the overriding themes of the week has been the question of why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and President Obama haven’t spoken out about the slaying (Jackson did issue a tepid message on Twitter). They were, after all, quick to judge George Zimmerman’s killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.last_img read more

No tsunami threat detected from large Chile quakes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it does not see a threat of powerful waves along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska or Hawaii due to a powerful earthquake off South America.Two earthquakes struck off Chile’s Pacific coast Sunday afternoon, with the U.S. Geological Survey reporting the first, larger one at preliminary magnitude of 7.0.Chilean authorities called for a precautionary evacuation along a stretch of shoreline.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said there did not appear to be a threat of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.last_img read more

Macau gaming volume tipped to improve after slow start to June

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Macau’s gaming revenue for the first nine days of June came in at around MOP$6.65 billion, or MOP$738 million per day, according to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein – down 2% year-on-year and 12% compared with May.But Bernstein analysts are also tipping significant improvement for the remainder of the month, culminating in growth of between 3% and 5% when compared with June of 2018. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More In its weekly channel check published Monday, Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said the year-on-year comparison was expected to ease over the coming weeks given the escalation of US-China trade tensions this time last year.There is also some promise ahead, with the analysts hinting “we may see surprise on the upside if VIP rebounds (although not expecting a near term rebound). One area of potential high end GGR stabilization and renewed strength may come from a recovering credit cycle in China which may support VIP recovery in 2H.“The recent heightened tension in US-China trade relations, however, casts uncertainty over the GGR recovery. If a trade war sustains over an extended period, it will likely pose as headwind to China’s economy and gaming spend from China’s high net worth individuals in Macau.”Bernstein said it expects that Galaxy, Melco and SJM gained some market share over the first nine days of June. RelatedPostslast_img read more

34 believe pets in workplace boost health

first_imgSomething for the weekend…Around a third (34%) of employees believe that having pets in the workplace boosts health and happiness, according to research by pet food provider Purina.Its survey of 2,000 employees who do not usually work from home, also found that 26% of respondents believe having pets in their place of work would encourage more physical activity, 17% think it would reduce blood pressure and cholesterol level, and 14% say it would increase engagement and motivation.The research also found:82% of workplaces do not currently allow dogs, but 50% of respondents would bring their dog to work if they were allowed.Around half (47%) of respondents aged between 18 and 24 believe that having pets in the workplace is an incentive to work for an organisation.Richard Watson, regional director at Purina, said: “We wholeheartedly believe that people and pets are better together, and being at work should not stand in the way of that. It boosts employee morale, encourages more physical activity and helps us create a stimulating environment where our people are happy, have fun and can perform at their best.”The Employee Benefits team is keen to bring some furry friends into EB HQ!last_img read more