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first_img Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 20:50 IST Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match of the French Open. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 6-2 to breeze into 3rd round of French OpenWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Roland GarrosRafael Nadal and Roger Federer have also advanced to 3rd round of the French OpenNovak Djokovic wasted little time beating Henri Laaksonen 6-1 6-4 6-3 on Thursday to breeze into the third round of the French Open and stay on course to hold all four Grand Slam titles.The 32-year-old Serbian top seed, bidding to win his second French Open, was at his clinical best in the opening set against the Swiss lucky loser, dropping only three points on serve.There was a brief loss of focus when Djokovic was broken to love midway though the second set but he was quickly back in the groove to move two sets ahead.Laaksonen, ranked 104th in the world, had only reached the second round once in a Grand Slam, and there was no way back as Djokovic broke twice in the third to wrap up victory.As with holder Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Djokovic has enjoyed a friendly first-week draw and he will face Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso for a place in the fourth round.Serena Williams breezed into the third round of the French Open on Thursday with a routine 6-3 6-2 win against Japanese Kurumi Nara, wasting no energy in her quest for a record-equalling Grand Slam singles title.The 10th seed, chasing a first major since the 2017 Australian Open, survived a first-set fright in her opening match, but there was no hiccup this time.She will take on fellow American Sofia Kenin in the next round, with world number one Naomi Osaka a potential opponent in the quarter-finals.As often with Williams, both the clothes and the arm did the talking on Court Philippe Chatrier.She stepped into the stadium wearing her Virgil Abloh-designed dress printed with the words “Reine, Mere, Championne, Deesse” (Queen, Mother, Champion, Goddess).advertisementOn court, the 37-year-old was given a decent workout by world number 238 Nara, who was playing her only second match in the main draw of a tour-level tournament this year.Nara stood her ground in the first seven games but derailed in the eighth as Williams broke for 5-3 with a booming forehand winner down the line.The Japanese cracked earlier in the second set, dropping serve in the third game, and never recovered as Williams snatched her 801st victory on the tour.Also Read | French Open: Osaka survives early exit, Thiem battles through to 3rd roundAlso Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Novak Djokovic French Open 2019: Djokovic, Serena smoothly sail into third roundWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic enjoyed a winning run at the French Open as he easily crushed Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to third Round at the French Open.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgzoomColor Hybrid. Image Courtesy: Ulstein/Uavpic Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has delivered Color Hybrid, the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship, to compatriot cruise and ferry company Color Line.As explained, Color Hybrid introduces new solutions to reduce noise and emissions and would provide increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden.The vessel is a plug-in hybrid, where the five-megawatt batteries can be charged with environmentally friendly power from shore power in Sandefjord. It will go silently in and out of the fjord of Sandefjord without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulfur compounds to air in the area.The battery pack weighs 65 tons and can be recharged in one hour. The ship also has a heat reservoir of five megawatts which utilizes heat from both the wake and the exhaust for heating. This, together with an optimal hull construction, helps to make the vessel energy efficient and environmentally friendly.“The construction of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel is in line with the company’s ambitions for further development of sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for Norwegian shipping,“ Trond Kleivdal, Color Line CEO, commented.With a length of 160 meters and a beam of 27.1 meters, the newbuild is able to accommodate 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.Postponed from July 26 to August 9, Color Hybrid’s maiden voyage will be from Sandefjord to Strømstad.“We are pleased that the ship is ready for operation and that passengers very soon can experience traveling with Color Hybrid,” Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group, said.last_img read more

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first_img Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Victoria Road, Dartmouth Starting on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 7, inbound traffic on Victoria Road will be reduced to one lane on the railway overpass just before the exit to Highway 111 and the MacKay Bridge. This will allow repairs to the joints of the overpass. The work is expected to take one week and during that time the lane closure will be in place 24 hours a day. The two outbound lanes will remain open. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – Gilbert Rozon, the founder of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, is facing allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault from at least nine women who came forward Thursday.Le Devoir and Montreal radio station 98.5 FM published allegations from the women, including some well-known Quebec entertainment personalities such as actress Salome Corbo and TV host Penelope McQuade.Rozon, a giant in the Quebec entertainment industry, did not elaborate on the allegations against him when he announced on Facebook on Wednesday he was stepping down from several high-profile professional posts not long before the stories were published.The alleged incidents occurred over three decades with the most recent coming in 2016 and some of the women claimed they were teenagers at the time.Montreal police would not confirm various reports that one woman had recently filed a sexual assault complaint against Rozon dating back to 1994 in Paris.But in the wake of allegations, Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet said on Twitter the force was “very sensitive” to the current situation and that all complaints would be handled with the utmost professionalism by the force’s sex-assault unit.He added the tag #moiaussi — the French hashtag equivalent to the #metoo movement on social media that arose in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.Le Devoir and 98.5 FM both said Rozon declined to comment through a spokesperson and that he preferred to see the allegations before speaking.Rozon did not elaborate when he resigned as president of the popular comedy festival, vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and as head of the committee behind Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations.“I am stepping aside out of respect for the employees and families who work for these organizations as well as all our partners,” he wrote.Rozon, 62, ended his statement this way: “To all those I have offended during my life, I am sincerely sorry.”Spokespeople for those various organizations declined to comment further.On Thursday, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said he received a text from Rozon on Wednesday night announcing he was quitting, but didn’t discuss the situation with him further.Coderre said he’d let the judicial process play out, but that the pressure on the victims should be relieved.“It’s zero tolerance,” Coderre said. “We must think of those who denounce and encourage them to do so.”Rozon’s announcement came just a few hours after Quebec artist Guillaume Wagner spoke out on his Facebook page about separate allegations of sexual misconduct on Wednesday involving Eric Salvail, another well-known media personality in the province.Wagner wrote: “Now let’s talk about the next one. Gilbert Rozon.”Wagner said in a lengthy post he’d heard the rumours and that he would no longer work for Just For Laughs “as long as someone who assaults is in charge.”The fallout continued for Rozon on Thursday as M6, a television network in France, said it was suspending “La France a un incroyable talent,” (France Has Talent) a show in which Rozon was a judge.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about Rozon as he campaigned in Quebec on Thursday ahead of a federal byelection Monday.“It’s unacceptable for anyone to feel insecure or harassed at work, at home, in the streets and I think people are beginning to get it,” Trudeau said in Roberval, emphasizing he was not talking specifically about Rozon’s case.“Mindsets are beginning to change…It doesn’t matter how much power you have, how much influence you have. It’s never alright.”Also on Thursday, Cogeco Media announced that Quebec City radio personality Gilles Parent would no longer be on FM93 after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.Le Journal de Quebec reported that several women told the newspaper Parent’s behaviour was out of place and included sexually charged comments as well as touching.Cogeco Media acknowledged in a statement it was made aware in May 2016 that a female employee at the station complained about Parent harassing and touching her and making sexual advances.The statement said Parent “admitted his wrongdoings” and was disciplined, although the company did not say how.In a written statement to the media on Thursday night, Parent said he had already apologized for what he said was “clumsiness.”Parent also said he understood Cogeco Media’s decision to pulled him off the air and offered his “deepest apologies” to colleagues and clients.last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police will be allowed to smoke cannabis during their time off as long as they show up to work “fit for duty,” according to the city’s new marijuana policy, which is one of the most lenient in the province.Both the RCMP and the Toronto police forces are reportedly planning on strictly controlling their members’ use of cannabis by prohibiting any pot smoking within 28 days of a shift.In Montreal, “We have our own thing,” police spokesman Andre Durocher said.“It’s the same for anything else. It’s what we call the ‘fit for duty’ (principle),” he told reporters at city hall. “Whether it’s under the influence of cannabis, alcohol or medication.”Durocher said the city’s marijuana policy was created “according to our culture, our organization and what we think is best.” He said the policy is the best way to ensure “the safety of our officers and of our population.”As for civilians, those of legal age will be able to smoke marijuana almost anywhere that smoking tobacco is permitted, said Mayor Valerie Plante. The few outdoor exceptions, such as bus stops, schoolyards and hospital grounds, are contained in the provincial legislation adopted last June.She said the city spent more than a year coming up with a plan and in the end decided not to introduce any additional bylaws.Montreal will simply follow Quebec’s cannabis law, which bans private sales of marijuana and outlaws residential plant cultivation.Other municipalities across the province have gone further, banning pot smoking in all public areas. But Plante said Montreal’s policy needs to “reflect our reality.”Kicking cannabis smokers out of all public areas forces them to smoke indoors, which could lead to second-hand smoke concerns, Plante said.There is also an equity issue, she added, as most Montrealers are renters. Landlords are allowed to ban marijuana smoking inside their units, which would leave tenants with nowhere to smoke if they could not smoke outdoors.Montreal’s year of research and consultations might have been for nothing if premier-designate Francois Legault follows through on his election promise to clamp down on cannabis.Aside from raising the legal age for consuming cannabis to 21 from 18, his Coalition Avenir Quebec has promised to prohibit all public pot smoking in Quebec.Plante insists the work put into the city’s marijuana policy was not a waste of time. She said the city would not seek out a fight with the province, but it would share “all the research and data” that supports its position allowing smoking in public.last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – Christmas is a time of giving, but it can also be an occasion for receiving less-than-desirable presents.Instead of stuffing castoffs into junk drawers, a growing number of people are finding ways to put unwanted gifts into the hands of more appreciative recipients.Once viewed as socially unacceptable, regifting is gaining new currency in the age of social media.Fiona MacGillivray traded some old items for brand new makeup that she planned to give as a Christmas gift.The 20-something singer says the millennial mindset is particularly geared to rejecting the accumulation of possessions, especially at the holidays. And regifting unwanted presents is the perfect response.“As much as everybody would like to think that they’re giving the perfect presents, a lot of gifts are misfires,” said the Halifax native who oversees Montreal agreements on trading platform Bunz.The Toronto-based online platform launched in 2013 has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers in 250 cities.Instead of selling items for cash, people exchange their castoffs for something they want.“Bunz is a great place to get rid of the things that your aunt gave you or your students gave you that missed the mark without actually throwing them in the garbage or letting them collect dust in your garage,” MacGillivray said in an interview.The holiday season period is one of the peak trading periods of the year, says Bunz spokesman Eli Klein.“Christmas and just after Christmas is one of those times of the year where people are realizing they have too much stuff,” he said.Regifting is a great way to save money and to dispose of the duplicate items that people receive, says Dilys D’Cruz, vice-president community banking at Meridian credit union.“I think the consensus is that regifting is fine as long as you’re not giving away junk or something that was personalized for you,” she said.She said times have changed with more people thinking it’s “not as tacky” as it used to be to give away unwanted gifts.Up to one quarter of Canadians viewed regifting or second-hand gift giving as a way to save money during Christmas, said a 2013 Investors Group survey.Acceptance was highest in British Columbia and lowest in Quebec.The holidays can be a stressful time of year, with pressure to buy the right gift prompting some people to overspend, said Daniel Collison, regional director of Investors Group based in the Toronto area.In some communities, neighbours and friends have annual regifting parties to swap out unwanted items.“You may not be getting cash for it but you can get an asset or an item that you do want,” he said.At one such event, Collison said he traded cowboy boot drinking glasses for a travel mug he had been looking for.Before passing on unwanted gifts, prospective regifters should be aware of a few key rules to follow.They include rewrapping new items in their original boxes and removing all tags that might identify the original gift giver.Most importantly, conduct your regifting outside your family and circle of friends to avoid getting caught.If regifting doesn’t appeal to you, selling the item on sites like Kijiji or EBay are good ways to offset some of your Christmas spending.After the holidays, Kijiji says searches rise 10 per cent from December with Jan. 8 the peak search day last year.“Gift cards are a popular item to re-sell this time of year, with those listings jumping by 50 per cent in December and January compared to the rest of the year,” said Kent Sikstrom of Kijiji Canada.The top searched items after last year’s holiday were iPhones and televisions.Also popular are furniture, outdoor and sports equipment, computers, toys and video games.Kijiji offers the following selling tips: Prepare a detailed listing with facts such as brand name and size, be honest about quality of the item, include photos you took, set a fair price and include terms of sale.last_img read more

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Rabat – Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine Othmani has presented his new book as a gift to King Mohammed VI ahead of its publication, according to Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum.Entitled “The Islamist Prophetic Actions… A Temporal Study of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) in Imama”, the 370-page book is continuation of his thesis written for his degree at Rabat’s Dar El Hadith El Hassania.In the book, Othmani defends the distinction between religion and politics based on the Prophet’s actions, which religious scholars usually distinguish as being divided between divine relations, to which the Faithful have to submit, and the Prophet’s other actions as a political leader, which are subject to debate. Othmani has published several books and papers on both Islamic studies and psychology, his other field of study. His popular books include “Jurisprudence of Political Participation of Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah” (1997), “Woman’s Issues and Psychological Tyranny” (1998), and his diplôme superior thesis in Islamic Studies at Mohammed VI’s Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in 1999, “The Actions of the Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, with Imama Methodological and Legislative Connotations”.He also released “Religion and Politics: Preference, Not Separation” (1999), tackling the political participation of the Moroccan Islamist movement.Known as a bookworm from a young age, Othmani showed an interest in politics as a child and began working with Dawah O Tabligh, a group of Sunni Muslim evangelists and preachers. His father opposed his political bent, warning him against entering politics.On March 17, 2017, King Mohammed VI appointed Othmani as Head of Government replacing his partisan colleague Abdelilah Benkirane who had failed to form government coalition. read more

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Rabat – The Moroccan Association of Sexology has appealed to the Moroccan ministry of health, asking the relevant authorities to exempt medical doctors from the delivery of the virginity certificate, a document they say violates both doctors’ oath of medical confidentiality and the right to privacy of the persons (girls) for whom it is delivered.The document, generally required of young girls about to marry, has long been a hot-button issue in various Moroccan circles, especially opposing “progressive” and “conservative” Moroccans on what family and religious values should be.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribia in its February 24-25 edition, the association of Moroccan sexologists’ recent appeal to the ministry of health drew attention to the fact that the delivering of such a document is a “burden on doctors”, as it puts them in sharp contradiction with their oath of confidentiality. The association also said in its appeal that the document, as it is generally delivered to family members other than to the girls on whom the auscultation test is administered, violates patients’ right to privacy, as well as their dignity and agency.Rachid Aboutaieb, urologist and professor at the Casablanca Medicine Faculty, told Al Ahdath Al Maghribia that their appeal has strong legal grounds. He said that Moroccan civil law does not prescribe the infamous document as necessary for the validity of a marital union, which, he explained, makes the so-called certificate altogether “illegal”.Mr. Aboutaieb, who is also the acting president of Moroccan sexologists’ association, further told the daily that upon administering auscultation on a patient, doctors have the solemn obligation, legally and professionally, to discharge test results to no third party. He called the practice “degrading” towards girls forced to undergo the exam, stressing that doctors who collaborate with parents are acting in blatant disregard of Moroccan civil law, as well as the ethical code of conduct of their own profession.The association, however, acknowledged that the battle against such an embedded practice will not be easy, especially as many families accept the practice as a religious decree, a moral obligation, and a matter of preserving the families’ honor and integrity.In many instances, especially in rural or conservative circles, brides-to-be are forced to go to the doctor in the company of family members and future in-laws, says Al Ahdath Maghribia. read more

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BRUSSELS — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will use his first day back at work after a gallbladder operation to speak to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone about stalled Brexit negotiations.Juncker’s spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Tuesday it was up to Britain to come up with concrete proposals to break the deadlock over the how the EU-UK border on the island of Ireland would be managed once both sides split up.With a target departure date of Oct. 31 drawing nearer, Andreeva said any proposal by Johnson would need to be “compatible with the withdrawal agreement” that the EU negotiated with his predecessor Theresa May. Johnson is insisting that the Irish border arrangement in the agreement must be changed, something the EU has steadfastly refused.The Associated Press read more

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“The perception, among many, is that this is the fault of globalization, and that globalization is driven by a global elite, composed of – or at least, represented by – the people who attend this gathering,” the Secretary-General said in an address on the final day of the Forum, which brings together political and business leaders to examine world economic growth and social progress. “I believe that perception is wrong,” Mr. Annan said. “But it is up to you to prove it wrong, with actions that translate into concrete results for the downtrodden, exploited and excluded…You must show that economics, properly applied, and profits, wisely invested, can bring social benefits within reach not only for the few but for the many, and eventually for all.” The Secretary-General noted that increasingly, business leaders were recognizing that there were many small and poor countries in which they did not invest enough – not because these countries were badly governed or have unfriendly policies, but simply because they were too small and poor to be interesting markets or to become major producers, and because they lacked the skills, infrastructure and institutions that a successful market economy needed. “The unpleasant truth is that markets put a premium on success, and tend to punish the poor for the very fact that they are poor,” he said, warning that left alone in their poverty, these countries were all too likely to collapse, or relapse, into conflict and anarchy, a menace to their neighbours and potentially – as the events of 11 September so brutally reminded – a threat to global security. “Yet, taken together, their peoples represent a very large potential market – and many of their disadvantages could be offset if international business and donor governments adopted a common strategy aimed at making them more attractive to investment and ensuring that it reaches them,” he said. Mr. Annan also urged governments to work in that spirit for the success of the International Conference on Financing for Development next month in Monterrey, Mexico, stressing that there must be real movement forward on four key issues that were of vital importance to all developing countries: trade, aid, debt, and the management of the global economy. “All these issues can no longer be settled in private conclave among the rich and powerful,” the Secretary-General said. “The developing countries have as a big a stake as anyone in the future of the world economy. Their views should count for something when decisions affecting it are taken.” Echoing those themes in an opinion piece published in today’s edition of the Financial Times, the Secretary-General wrote that political and business leaders would have the chance to show, by tackling these issues seriously, that they intended to make sure globalization offered the poor a real chance to escape from poverty. “They can strike a truly decisive blow against the forces of envy, despair and terror by sending out a clear message of solidarity, respect and – above all – hope,” he said. read more

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OSU then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team entered Charlottesville, Virginia, marching into new territory in two ways. Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes had visited Virginia since 1981, and the team went against the No. 6 Cavaliers with confidence from a 6-0 start to the season.OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle attempted a contested, potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired that came up short, as the Buckeyes hit a roadblock against the Cavaliers, suffering its first defeat of the season, 63-61. OSU led by as much as 16 in the first half.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate paced the Buckeye offense with 14 points and nine rebounds. Lyle scored 12 points but turned the ball over eight times in the loss.Coach Thad Matta’s team took a 12-point lead into halftime, but that was quickly erased by the defensively opportunistic Cavaliers. Virginia used a 15-2 run through the first four minutes and 15 seconds of the second half to get back into the game. Virginia senior guard London Perrantes buried one of his four 3-pointers to take a 39-38 lead, Virginia’s first of the night.Perentes led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Virginia made its first seven field goals of the second half. OSU sophomore guard C.J. Jackson hit a contested 3 at the other end to put OSU back on top. It was one of his three 3s on the night.For the next 15 minutes of the game, the teams traded blows until Virginia pulled away late in the game.With the game tied at 57, OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle lost the ball on a drive to the hoop. Perrantes then found junior forward Marial Shayok on the other end of the floor for an easy layup and the lead, 59-57.Virginia junior forward Isaiah Wilkins had a breakaway dunk on the next possession and got fouled on the play for a chance to push the lead to five. Wilkins missed the free throw and Lyle was able to convert two free throws on the other end to trim the deficit to 63-61.Shayok was then fouled by OSU redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, but missed both free throws giving OSU a chance for the tie or the win. After a timeout by Matta with 6.5 seconds left, Lyle couldn’t find an open man as the nation’s No. 1 defense clamped down on the Buckeyes and ended the upset bid.OSU had 20 turnovers and shot 50 percent from the floor.OSU fell to 6-1 as Virginia moved to 7-0. The Buckeyes return to the court on Saturday in Columbus against Fairleigh Dickinson. read more

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first_imgOfficials offer these fire safety tips for would-be tenants:o Ask if the complex has a no-smoking policy. Improperly discarded smoking materials is a leading cause of residential fires.o Find out if the building has fire sprinklers and where the sprinklers are. Apartment buildings with sprinklers offer a high level of fire safety.o Find out if there are any pending inspection violations against the building manager. These questions can be posed to your local fire marshal’s office or your city’s building office.o Buy renter’s insurance. According to the Northwest Insurance Council, the average premium for renters insurance in Washington is $14.50 a month.o Look for primary and secondary evacuation routes from the apartment. Have a conversation with management about fire safety plans.Interactive mapFor an interactive map of Clark County apartment fires in recent years, click here:http://tabsoft.co/1xdFKZ7Apartment fires are on the rise in Clark County, causing more deaths and twice the amount of property damage this year than usual.Fifty seven fires were reported in occupied apartment buildings in Clark County through October of this year, according to The Columbian’s analysis of data from local fire agencies. That’s already more apartment fires than the average rate of about 50 a year. Of the four fatal fires in the county this year, two of those deaths occurred in an apartment complex. Those were the first apartment fire deaths in the county since 2011. By the end of October of this year, the damage to apartment buildings and residents’ property totaled nearly $4.4 million, according to the data. That’s more than double the average value of property destroyed yearly by apartment fires from 2009 to 2013, which was about $2 million a year.last_img read more

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: 3:45 TV and Movies Comments Share your voice 4center_img Charlotte Flair will face Becky Lynch this Sunday for the Raw Women’s Championship.  WWE WWE Fastlane 2019 happens today in Cleveland, Ohio. Fastlane 2019 is the final major step in Wrestlemania season, which began in January at the Royal Rumble, continued through Elimination Chamber last month and will culminate at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7 in New Jersey. The two biggest matches are Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for the vacated Raw Women’s Championship and Daniel Bryan vs. the recently returned Kevin Owens. Check out the specific start times as well as the current match card below. Also, be sure to also check out CBS Sports’ coverage of Fastlane and its predictions. Start times Fastlane 2019 takes place in Cleveland, Ohio today. The main card started at 4 p.m. PT. If you’re a WWE Network subscriber — at $9.99 per month, but free for one month for new subscribers — you can watch it live for free. Otherwise you’ll need to contact your local cable provider and pay a separate fee to watch. The Kickoff Show started at 3 p.m. PT on WWE’s YouTube channel and the WWE Network. db-titleWWE champion Daniel Bryan with his new belt, made from hemp and a naturally fallen oak, will defend his title against five others this Sunday. WWE Match card Raw Women’s Championship match: Becky Lynch vs Charlotte FlairWWE World Championship match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin OwensSmackdown Women’s Championship match: Asuka vs. Mandy RoseWomen’s Tag Team Championship match: Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Nia Jax & Tamina  SmackDown Tag Team Championship match: The Usos vs. The Miz & Shane McMahonRaw Tag Team Championship match: The Revival vs. Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. Bobby Roode & Chad GableThe Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin Kickoff show: Andrade vs Rey MysterioKickoff show: New Day vs Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura Tags The world of pro wrestling: explained WWElast_img read more

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first_imgPolitical newcomer Clare Ross is running against Representative Mia Costello for Hollis French’s old Senate seat, District K in southwest Anchorage. French decided to run for Lt. Governor instead. Now the two women are competing for the opening and are both making the same promise — that they’ll improve education in the state. Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/02-Senate-K-pkg.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On a recent sunny evening, Clare Ross walks through a neighborhood off of Jewel Lake, knocking on doors.“Hi! My name’s Clare Ross. I’m running for State Senate,” she tells the teenage boy who opens the door. “Can I talk to your folks?”“Mom!” he shouts up the stairs.Raquel Divina hustled to the door, her toddler in tow. Ross asks her what’s important to her during this election.“I think for me, it’s the schools,” she says. “Mainly since I have all my kids — three out of four of my kids go to school.”Ross says it’s a comment she’s heard all throughout her months knocking on doors, and it’s one of the main focuses of her campaign.“If we don’t invest in our schools and our kids are falling behind, they’re not going to do well in college or in their careers. And on the other side of that, people aren’t going to want to stay and invest in a community where there are not good schools. So I’m worried that we’re going to lose families, and people are going to go look for opportunities elsewhere if our schools get too bad.”Thirty-six-year old Ross has never held public office before. She moved to Alaska straight out of college and worked in tourism and biochemistry before taking a position at the Anchorage Public Library.Ross says while she was there, she worked to improve education both through early literacy programs and by launching Teen Underground. Her support for increasing the Base Student Allocation and forward funding schools earned her a Seal of Approval from the advocacy group Great Alaska Schools.Ross says the Legislature needs to follow the state’s constitution and adequately fund education. She thinks other things, like the road in Juneau or the Susitna Dam, can wait.“There are a lot of projects that don’t need to be done this year. They can be pushed back a couple years until our funding looks better. When hopefully the gas pipeline gets going or some of these oil developments get going. And that’s when we should be spending money on these projects.”Ross’s opponent, Republican Representative Mia Costello, has lived in District K almost her entire life. Before being elected to the House in 2010, the 46-year-old worked as a teacher and a public relations executive.Costello agrees with her opponent — education needs to take precedence. She negotiated and voted for increasing the BSA in 2014 when serving on the House Finance Committee.“As a former high school teacher, I’ve been really an important voice to educate other legislators about the challenges of teaching.”Costello taught for six years and won an award for developing a program where high schoolers ran a mock legislative budget debate.But unlike Ross, Costello won’t commit to raising the BSA next year. She says it would be irresponsible since she doesn’t know what the state’s revenues will be.“Our budgets are not sustainable. And so last session we actually reduced the operating budget. And it’s like turning an airplane around,” she says as an airplane buzzes overhead. “And I’m a pilot, I can tell you that turning that plane around will take a little while, but we’re going in the right direction.”Walking between houses near Sand Lake, Costello says that when she goes door knocking, her constituents don’t just ask her about education.“For the most part, you know, people have questions about roads and pot holes along their street and things like that. They feel that it’s government’s job to take care of those things, and it is. We have a lot of responsibility to take care of those things.”As the geese finish flying overhead, Costello heads toward another door.“Hi!… Hi there,” she says calling to a father and son. “I’m Mia Costello and I’m running for Senate in your neighborhood.”Both candidates expect to be knocking on hundreds more doors in the final weeks leading up to the November 4th election.last_img read more

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first_imgCarol Odess stands in front of Allen Memorial Hall. The theater inside of it will officially be known as the Odess Theater after the Sunday (6-7-15) dedication ceremony. (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)Big-ticket philanthropy usually goes like this: Charitable organization makes a pitch; donor writes a check. There might be some reports to write, and maybe the donor is invited to a nice lunch. Or at least this is the way it’s supposed to work. Carol Odess, a major benefactor of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, is an outlier.Download Audio:Allen Memorial Hall is a construction site. Sounds of wood sanders, table saws and hammers emanate from the building. But, over all of that noise is the passionate voice of Carol Odess with that unmistakable southern lilt.Originally from a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, Odess now spends several months a year in Sitka, mostly working on this building. That’s how it’s been for the last several years.“I came into campus on a Saturday when they do their volunteer days and Gerry Flemming, who used to own the paint store in town, was sweeping. He gave me a broom and said here, this is what you can do because I didn’t know what I was capable of doing. So the broom has become my job,” she said.Allen Memorial Hall and the theater inside it were once condemned. Community members mobilized around the building and saved it from demolition in the 90s. It was stabilized, and listed in the National Historic Register. But it simply was not a functional building anymore, despite its rich history at the heart of campus.Allen Auditorium prior to restoration. (KCAW photo)Odess, who was just donating her sweeping skills one day, decided to take financial matters into her own hands. She made significant financial contributions that allowed the Sitka Fine Arts Camp to restore the 104-year-old building to mint condition.“What kind of angel funder would you see sweeping everyday and cleaning up?” Roger Schmidt said, who is the Executive Director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.“One year, Forrest was doing all this drywall work up high on scaffolding. Well, Carol is pushing the scaffolding down, around. She’s just spending 8 hours in there. Just so he doesn’t have to get up and down. She’s just pushing around the scaffold. So she’s really concerned about making her money, her husband’s money, the Odess family’s money go as far as it can go. So she’s just as much of a volunteer as any other volunteer we’ve had,” he said.Since Odess spends so much of her time at Allen Hall, she’s become an expert in the construction process, donning a comfy sweatsuit everyday.“Even though the light fixtures are modern when you really look at them, they seem to be perfect in this room of the old wood and the big high ceilings of wood. But they go well, don’t they? Isn’t that amazing?” she said.Odess clearly has more of herself wrapped up in this building than money. There are fond memories. She first visited Sitka a dozen years ago–as a tourist. But that trip was a special one.“I came here, in the beginning, with my husband. To go across to the other side to Baranof wilderness lodge to have one last good trip. He was sick, and we knew he wasn’t going to make it. So we came in June and he died in November of that year,” she said.Odess’s husband was a doctor, and before he died, he asked that she donate some of the money he left behind toward causes that impact the greatest number of people. For her, Allen Hall was just that.In the years after he died, Sitka became her second home. Acquaintances quickly became friends. Those friends became family.“I don’t why it happened like this. But, Sitka opened her hands and her heart to me. I belong here,” she said.Strictly speaking, the Odess Theater in Allen Hall bears the name of Carol’s husband. But every corner of this building bears the personal stamp of her time, energy, and enthusiasm — and we mean every corner.“Is this not the most beautiful view you have ever seen in a lady’s restroom? So when I came, there was snow on the mountain there. So standing here and looking at the snow-capped mountain, looked like somebody had stood there with powdered sugar and shook it on top. It was like, oh god that’s so beautiful,” she said.Carol Odess just has a way of finding beauty in the most unlikely places.She will cut the ribbon on the theater that bears her name Sunday (6-7-15)  at 1PM on the Sheldon Jackson Campus.last_img read more

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first_imgUS Pacific commander admiral Harry arrives in DhakaUS Pacific commander admiral Harry B Harris arrived in Dhaka city on Saturday morning.He is scheduled to call on Bangladesh air force chief Marshal Abu Esrar at 9:45am on Sunday at its headquarters in Dhaka cantonment, says a press release of Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR).The US Pacific commander will also call on chief of Bangladesh Navy admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed at 10:40am on the same day at Navy headquarters in city’s Banani area.Admiral Harris assumed command of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) on 27 May, 2015. He is the 24th Commander since USPACOM was established on 1 January, 1947, with headquarters at Hawaii.He will leave Dhaka on Sunday evening, said Rezaul Karim, assistant director (Media) of ISPR.last_img read more

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first_imgAs is Nintendo tradition, once a major, new Pokémon is released, it is followed up by a remake or two before the next new, major addition to the series. This time around, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be the remakes following up the major installments of X and Y.The new Ruby and Sapphire will be getting a giant visual overhaul, being placed into the X and Y engine, which featured graphics nearly identical to the television cartoon, as well as — finally — animated Pokémon. Omega and Alpha will be adding their own brand of fun back into the Pokémix, though: secret bases you can decorate and customize.Room decoration, though not entirely common (but not uncommon, either), tends to be a huge draw when it comes to just about any kind of game. Animal Crossing is a game where you perform menial tasks you try to avoid in real life in order to earn furniture to decorate your home, and it’s hugely popular.AdChoices广告The new MMO Wildstar has an extremely dynamic and customizable player housing mechanic that provides a huge variety of decorating options. Even older Civilization games allowed players to customize a castle or throne room depending on how much their citizens loved them. You could even collect furniture in older Castlevania games and decorate a room that you didn’t live in. In fact, this feature isn’t new to Pokémon, as it appeared back in the original Ruby and Sapphire.In the new game, you can decorate and customize your secret base not only as a home, but as a Pokémon gym where battles can take place. Once you clean up your mess and are proud of where you hide out, you can share your base via StreetPass or QR codes. Amusingly, you can invite people back to your base and make them “Secret Pals,” which despite the rampant innuendo, means you can battle them, share decorations, raise Pokémon levels, and make eggs hatch faster.It’s a nice feature to bring back to the series, as laboriously catching ’em all and hatching the best Pokémon to raise becomes tedious after a while, and could use something to break the monotony. Inviting “secret pals” back to your place seems like it will provide “relief.”The games will be released in North America on November 21.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Single-Family Home Sales Dip, But is the News All Bad? in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News New single-family home sales and the median home price began the year on weak note in terms of the monthly changes, but there are some optimistic signs behind the data.According to data estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD, new single-family home sales in January 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 494,000, down 9.2 percent from the revised December rate of 544,000 and 5.2 percent below the January 2015 estimate of 521,000.Much of the decline in new home sales can be credited to a 32.1 percent  drop in sales in the West and a slightly decline in the Midwest. Meanwhile, sales in the Northeast and South rose.Ralph B. McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Trulia noted, “New home sales in January start off weak, but the 12-month rolling total looks solid. The share of new homes purchased that haven’t started construction sits near a 10-year high, likely reflecting a fall in inventory of existing homes.”He continued, “All new home sales numbers from the U.S. Census are extremely volatile: the margin of error is wide and often includes zero, which means we can’t be certain whether the month-over-month or year-over-year changes actually increased, decreased, or stayed flat.”The report found that the median sales price of new homes sold in January 2016 was $278,800, while the average sales price was $365,700. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of January was 238,000, which represents a supply of 5.8 months, the highest level since October 2009.The decline in the median home price “is not because of widespread discounting but rather a result of builders offering more affordably priced entry-level homes,” said Realtor.com Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke.But the silver lining of the new home sales report is the 12-year rolling total, which is up 11.9 percent year-over-year but down 0.4 percent month-over-month.McLaughlin stated, “This reflects a slow but steady increase in demand from homebuyers as well as increasing confidence of homebuilders. It also a positive sign for the U.S. economy headed into 2016, as new home sales leads to new construction and consumer demand for housing-related goods and services.””The large month-on-month drop in new home sales in January was unexpected, but big swings in this volatile series are not unusual. With demand for housing rising gradually, and the inventory of new homes for sale at healthy levels, we doubt this dip is signalling the end of the upwards trend in new home sales,” said Matthew Pointon, Property Economist at Capital EconomicsThe increased popularity of the single-family rental (SFR) market in the last two years has led to an increased number of SFR homes built for the expressed purpose of renting. The market for detached SFR homes built-for-rent is on the rise despite a falling market share in the last three years, according to Robert Dietz, Vice President for Tax and Market Analysis for NAHB.The increased popularity of the single-family rental (SFR) market in the last two years has led to an increased number of SFR homes built for the expressed purpose of renting. The market for detached SFR homes built-for-rent is on the rise despite a falling market share in the last three years, according to Robert Dietz, Vice President for Tax and Market Analysis for NAHB.For the fourth quarter of 2015, built-for-rent SFR homes accounted for about 3.5 percent of all SFR starts, according to data from the Census Bureau (Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design) and analysis from the National Association of Home Builders. While that market share is higher than the historical average of 2.8 percent, it is more than 2 percentage points lower than the market share at the start of 2013, just three years ago (5.8 percent). Meanwhile, the number of SFR homes built for the purpose of renting ticked up from 25,000 in 2014 to 26,000 in 2015, according to NAHB.“The market for single-family for-sale homes is growing faster,” Dietz said, noting that this was also the custom home market was also experiencing similar movements. “The 2014-2015 volume is higher than, for example, prior years, but market share is falling as the for-sale segment expands.” February 24, 2016 546 Views center_img Census Bureau HUD New Home Sales 2016-02-24 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation (RoundPoint) announced that it has earned the Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Program performer recognition from Fannie Mae. This recognition is given by Fannie Mae to top performing servicers.RoundPoint said that it earned the STAR recognition for two categories: General Servicing and Solution Delivery, based on specific metrics set by Fannie Mae.“We are honored to receive Fannie Mae’s STAR recognition because it acknowledges the tremendous effort put forth by our customer service team to consistently deliver exceptional support,” said Kevin Brungardt, CEO of RoundPoint. “The recognition aligns with our corporate values, our focus on service excellence, and being ‘all things home’ to our customers.”The STAR Program is a performance management and recognition program with a transparent and formal framework that recognizes Fannie Mae’s servicing partners for their competency, capacity, and overall performance.The program was created to measure servicers across key operational and performance areas relative to their peers and to recognize high achievement through STAR designations. It is based on Scorecard metrics related to customer service and foreclosure prevention results and Operational Assessments of the servicer’s processes, policies, and capabilities.Founded in 2007, RoundPoint is a national co-issue servicer, loan subservicer, and residential mortgage lender. As one of the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage servicers, it currently services nearly $90 billion worth of mortgage assets and is authorized to service loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Fannie Mae Lender Lending mortgage Roundpoint Servicer Servicing 2019-04-02 Radhika Ojha April 2, 2019 1,352 Views RoundPoint Recognized as Fannie Mae STAR Performercenter_img Share in Headlines, News, Servicinglast_img read more

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