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Closing Bell TSX advances on earnings news Canadian Natural Resources acquisition

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday amid a major oilpatch acquisition along with earnings disappointments and dividend cuts in the resource sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,119.73 +42.26 0.30%S&P 500 — 1,828.75 -12.01 -0.65%Dow — 16,040.56 -89.84 -0.56%Nasdaq — 4,237.95 -34.83 -0.82%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 42.26 points to 14,119.73 as investors also considered another example of how the U.S. economy is being hit by severe winter weather.The Canadian dollar fell 1.08 cents to 90.24 cents US.New York indexes were lower as the U.S. Commerce Department reported that U.S. housing starts fell by 10% to an annualized rate of 899,000 in January, down 16% from December. In December, construction had fallen almost 5%.“The housing data was soft and, to a certain extent, I think the ongoing weather distortions will probably continue through another month because February hasn’t been any better in the U.S.,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior markets analyst at CMC Markets.The Dow Jones industrials fell 89.84 points to 16,040.56, the Nasdaq was 34.83 points lower at 4,237.95 and the S&P 500 lost 12.01 points to 1,828.75.Markets also reacted negatively to the mid-afternoon release of the minutes from the January meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, where officials decided to further cut back on Fed bond purchases.Officials discussed the need to stress to investors that the Fed’s key short-term interest rate would remain near zero but they couldn’t agree on how to modify their commitment to keep the rate near zero “well past” the time unemployment falls below 6.5%. The rate is now 6.6%.On the earnings front, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) reported a $38.1-million adjusted net loss in the fourth quarter, equal to 13 cents per share as it recognized a $466.8-million impairment loss related to the sale of its coal business. Analysts had expected Sherritt’s adjusted earnings would break even.Sherritt also cut its quarterly cash dividend to one cent from about four cents per share. Its stock fell 41 cents or 11.95% to $3.02.Cargojet (TSX:CJT) shares jumped $3.72 or 25.91% to $18.08 after the cargo carrier was awarded a domestic air cargo network services contract for the Canada Post group of companies, including Purolator’s national air cargo network.The energy sector led advancers, up 1% as the March crude contract in New York gained 88 cents to US$103.31 a barrel.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) jumped $1.45 or 3.7% to C$40.63 as it said that it will pay $3.125 billion in cash to buy conventional oil and gas assets near its core areas in Western Canada in a major land deal with Devon Canada.“And it’s a conventional pickup, which is not a bad thing for them because they have such a big piece of oilsands and this is more conventional oil so it probably balances out their production a bit more,” Cieszynski said.Financials were supportive with the group up 0.57%.The gold sector led decliners, down about 2% as April bullion faded $4 to US$1,320.40 an ounce.The base metals sector was down 0.69% while March copper was unchanged at US$3.29 a pound.TOP STORIESGet ready for house prices to continue to rise in TorontoSafe as houses? Canadians think their homes will fund their retirementCanadian Natural Resources snaps up some of Devon’s Canadian gas assets for $3.13-billionMobilicity creditor turns to court for $1.7M in past payments, pressure builds to find buyerWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 335,000 new claims, down from last week Consumer Price Index (Jan): Economists expect 0.1% rise from month before, 1.6% year over year Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (Feb): Economists expect a reading of 53.6 10 a.m.Leading indicators (Jan): Economists expect 0.3% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESActavis plc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.05 a share Hewlett-Packard Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 84¢ a share Hormel Foods Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ a share Intuit Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ a share Nordstrom Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.34 a share Mohawk Industries, Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.75 a share Newmont Mining Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 44¢ a share Quanta Services, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share Walmart Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.60 a share CANADAAgrium Incorporated Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 85¢ a share Alamos Gold Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 44¢ a share First Quantum Minerals Ltd Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ a share Loblaw Companies Limited Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share Lundin Mining Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 7¢ a share MDC Partners Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 59¢ a share Thompson Creek Metals Co Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 4¢ a share Tim Hortons Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ a share Transalta Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 19¢ a share Transcanada Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 59¢ a share Western Forest Products Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 4¢ a share read more

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India hopes constitutional process in Sri Lanka is respected

“We will continue to extend our developmental assistance to the friendly people of Sri Lanka,” he added. Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said, “India is closely following the recent political developments in Sri Lanka. As a democracy and a close friendly neighbour, we hope that democratic values and the constitutional process will be respected.” Ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe has insisted that he had a majority in the 225-member legislature and his sacking is illegal. “I have the majority and I remain as the prime minister and I will function as the prime minister,” he said.Mr Rajapaksa later said “the people” had requested his party take over the government and called on Mr Wickremesinghe’s supporters to respect democracy and the rule of law. India has long seen Sri Lanka as part of its area of influence and had been concerned about Mr Rajapaksa’s wooing of China. In recent weeks, both Mr Rajapaksa and Mr Wickremesinghe visited India and met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Colombo Gazette) Two days after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena, India has responded to the development, saying “democratic values” should be respected, NDTV reported.Sri Lanka was plunged in a constitutional crisis after its president gave the post of the prime minister to former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, who was sworn in on Friday night. read more

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Almost 1000 civilians killed in Afghanistan conflict during the first 4 months

“As of 30 April, 1,989 Afghans were injured as a result of the conflict and 978 Afghan civilians killed, throughout the country,” Mr. Bowden said on Sunday, noting that the number of wounded at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul illustrates the devastating impact of the conflict.“The doctors there told me that they are seeing a 50 per cent increase in the number of civilians injured this year compared to the same period last year,” he noted.Speaking at the Second Independent Media and Civil Society Forum in Kabul, the UN envoy, who is also the deputy head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said the intensifying conflict in 2015 is taxing humanitarian capacities. “At this period of increased need, it is particularly disturbing to note that humanitarian aid workers are increasingly becoming targets themselves,” he said, while calling attention to the crucial role civil society plays in holding non-state actors accountable for their actions.“It is through its engagement with the media that civil society can advocate more strongly about the conflict and the resulting humanitarian situation,” he stressed. “The relationship between civil society, media and humanitarian action is strong.”UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and relevant international and local non-governmental organizations to assist in the full implementation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights provisions of the Afghan Constitution and international treaties to which Afghanistan is a State party, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights. read more

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Forget leaves on the line llamas on the line delay trains in

first_imgTrains being cautioned between Hildenborough & Sevenoaks due to sightings of llamas on the line.— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) May 8, 2017 Llamas on the line? Really?— The Condriacs (@thecondriacs) May 8, 2017 Paul Martin: “Llamas on the line between Hildenborough and Sevenoaks ‘Stay calmer when you want to harm a llama, call the llama, farmer’.” Southeastern even got in on the joke, tweeting a mocked up picture with the caption “Llama Del Rey” next one of the animals in a blonde wig.Zoe Paramour tweeted: “Llamas on the line in between Sevenoaks and Hildenborough. Really.Ian Stone said: “At #Sevenoaks this morning the trains have been delayed because…wait for it…there are llamas on the line. Requiring a llama farmer, obvs.” Commuters are used to being delayed but an unusual excuse was made for late running rush hour service this morning – baby llamas on the track.The animals normally more at home in the Andes were spotted roaming about the tracks in Kent on around 8.39am.The llamas seen on the track between Hildenborough and Sevenoaks and a driver of the train announced the reason for the delay.Southeastern trains between the two stations were warned to avoid the camelids and slow down as they passed through.Operator Southeastern tweeted: “Trains being cautioned between Hildenborough & Sevenoaks due to sightings of llamas on the line.”But Twitter users have humorously taken to social media to share their best puns in response to the delays. My train is late because of 8 baby llamas loose on the track. Driver just said “yep, new one for me too” 😆 [ah, the joys of Kent]— cj smith (@cadenzasmith) May 8, 2017 Deborah Mason added: “That Reggie Perrin moment – ‘Llamas on the line at Sevenoaks’ #NotFakeNews made my morning.” Train delays. There are llamas on the line! #MondayMorning #traindelays #Hildenborough #SouthEastern— Jade Holland (@JadeLHolland) May 8, 2017 Domesticated llamas are widely used for their wool, meat and pack animals throughout South America and can get to upto 5.9ft (1.8m) when fully grown.They can weigh between 290 and 440 lb (130 and 200 kg) and at birth, a baby llama – called a cria – can weigh between 20 and 31lb (nine and 14 kg ).Llamas typically live for 15 to 25 years, with some surviving 30 years or more. Kelvin Pinnock tweeted: “Nothing to be a-llama-d about I hope…”Andrew McGill said: “I’m spitting mad about this.”David Rae added: “I think you’ll find they’re alpacas. Easy mistake.”Jim joked: “Llamas on the line. At least southeastern are original with their excuses. Could say they had a bit of di..llama this morning #southeastern.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Children as young as four encouraged to use online selfie apps to appear

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. Children as young as four are being encouraged to manipulate their images to be more beautiful through online selfie apps and games which have been condemned as “abhorrent” and damaging to young people’s mental health.FaceTune apps, among the top ranked last year on the Apple store and advertised as suitable for children 4+, enable users to enlarge their eyes, thin their noses and supersize their lips.Games which challenge girls to beautify their image and dress up for a “dream date” were found by researchers to undermine eight and nine-year old girls’ body confidence and self-worth after just 10 minutes playing.Dr Amy Slater, deputy director of the University of West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research who conducted the study, said such gamification of appearance was “abhorrent” and left children feeling they did not measure up to an unattainable ideal image.“These firms are profiting financially off appearance concerns and insecurities,” she said.Dr Jon Goldin, vice chair of the adolescent and child faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “These apps would seem to reinforce and indeed amplify children’s anxieties about how they look, which is reprehensible in my view and detrimental to young people’s mental health.  “Young people have enough challenges and stresses, including about their appearance, without adults designing commercial apps to profit from these and exacerbate their difficulties.”FaceTune and FaceTune2, together downloaded more than 50m times, are two of the most popular among hundreds of “beautification” apps that have exploded on the internet in the past five years.The FaceTune app, available for free on the app store with the 4+ rating, was recently advertised on Instagram with a before and after image of a girl whose nose had been shrunk, captioned “Ever wonder why your friends’ selfies look so good?”The technology of FaceTune2 is now so sophisticated users can use a live-editing tool to tweak their faces before snapping a selfie. Dr Slater said one of the key drivers was celebrity culture.Kylie Jenner’s Instagram filter, launched this this summer to coincide with her cosmetics business hitting almost $1bn in value, allows users to virtually wear seven of her lip colours.“The filter also softly blurs your face, defines and darkens your lashes and adds some serious Kardashian contouring to make for a selfie you’re going to want to post,” drooled Bazaar in a review. read more

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Boart Longyear embarks on global expansion of Mine Water Services

first_imgBoart Longyear has embarked on an expansion of its Mine Water Services to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Over the last 25 years, Boart Longyear Drilling Services has developed and honed an effective reverse circulation method in North America, and, it says, “has established the leading process within the industry while creating the most highly specialised crews in the world. It uses “a unique process which is capable of drilling large diameter holes in the most difficult ground conditions in a single-pass,” said Dale Johnson, Global Director of Drilling Services Operations for Boart Longyear.“Drilling a large diameter borehole in a single-pass versus multiple passes, which can degrade the borehole, improves the likelihood of drilling a straight borehole to target depth successfully. Our unique method of drilling and completing wells provides better overall well efficiency and production-ultimately saving our client’s downtime and money over the life of a well.”Boart Longyear offers a full range of mine and other water services drilling. This includes production, de-watering, re-injection, monitoring, geothermal, and municipal wells. In North America, Boart Longyear also provides pump installation and servicing.“Our documented procedures create reliable and effective large diameter and deep hole drilling systems,” says Johnson. “Our water well services in the mining industry are primarily utilised for monitoring water tables in and around the mine, water supply needed in the mining process and/or lowering water tables to allow safe and efficient mining. We also install piezometers and other instrumentation holes for ground monitoring, and horizontal drains to eliminate perched water causing pressure on mine pit walls.”Boart Longyear has assembled an international strategic operations team that is currently training drill crews from Russia, Kazakhstan and Peru.last_img read more

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Mammoet moves significant heavy lifting and transport fleet to Mozambique

first_imgMammoet is moving a significant fleet to Africa to support the growing Mozambique economy. The fleet of specialised equipment and supporting crew of experienced professionals will be located in Mocímboa da Praia town in Cabo Delgado province. The office, which will be centrally managed by Mammoet’s South African office, is geared up to deliver services and solutions for client needs in heavy lifting and transport across the country.Davide Andreani, General Manager of Mammoet South and East Africa explains: ‘Mammoet has worked in Mozambique for quite a while now, albeit on a project basis. The outlook of Mozambique’s economy is positive. Particularly, as capital investments have been growing significantly in the past few years. Mammoet locates its global fleet close to our customers anywhere in the world they need us, in order to serve them swiftly and efficiently. It demonstrates our commitment to be part of, and to contribute to the Mozambique community, working with local people, utilizing the local workforce, training and offering professional development opportunities to help grow our business and the local economy.’Mammoet has been present in Africa for over 50 years, playing an essential role in Africa’s growth story, offering its solutions and expertise in engineered heavy lifting and transport for clients in the power, petrochemical, mining, civil and infrastructure sectors.last_img read more

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Clinton says FBI actions deeply troubling as Trump steps up his attacks

first_img HILLARY CLINTON IS lashing out at the FBI’s handling of a new email review, leading a chorus of Democratic leaders who declared the bureau’s actions just days before the election “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.”Meanwhile, emboldened Republican rival Donald Trump has seized on the reignited email controversy, hoping to raise new doubts about Clinton’s trustworthiness.Rallying supporters in Florida yesterday, Clinton pressed FBI Director James Comey to put out the “full and complete facts” about the review into a cache of recently discovered emails. Clinton backers panned Comey’s letter to Congress about the new emails as severely lacking crucial details.“It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election,” Clinton said. She accused Trump of using the issue to confuse and mislead voters in the final leg of the campaign for the 8 November election.Support for ClintonThe controversy over Clinton’s email practices at the State Department has dogged her for more than a year. The former secretary of state has often been reluctant to weigh in on the matter — and defensive when she’s been pushed to do so.But Clinton’s approach to this latest flare-up is markedly different, underscoring worries that the matter could damage her standing with voters in the election’s final days. Clinton advisers have been rallying Democratic lawmakers and other supporters to her defence, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus.Yesterday, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said there was “no evidence of wrongdoing” in the new email review and “no indication this is even about Hillary.”But Comey, who enraged Republicans in the summer when he announced the FBI would not prosecute Clinton for her loose handling of official email, said the new trove appeared to be “pertinent” to the Clinton email investigation. He did not explain how.Impact on the electionA government official told The Associated Press that the Justice Department had advised the FBI against telling Congress about the new developments in the Clinton investigation because of the potential fallout so close to the election. The official was not authorised to speak publicly about the matter and discussed it on condition of anonymity.Justice officials concluded the letter would be inconsistent with department policy that directs against investigative actions that could be seen as affecting an election or helping a particular candidate, the official said.Landing with a thud, the email issue again threatened to undermine an advantage built by Clinton, the Democratic nominee, over Trump and raised the possibility that the Republican might be able to seize late momentum.JusticeTrump told a crowd in Golden, Colorado, the FBI’s review of Clinton email practices raises “everybody’s deepest hope that justice, as last, can be properly delivered.” His crowd cheered Clinton’s email woes, which Trump has taken to calling the biggest political scandal since Watergate.The FBI is looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-congressman who is separated from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Comey, in his letter to Congress on Friday, said the FBI had recently come upon new emails while pursuing an unrelated case and was reviewing whether they were classified.A person familiar with the investigation, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity, said the device that appears to be at the centre of the new review was not a computer Weiner shared with Abedin.As a result, it was not a device searched for work-related emails at the time of the initial investigation. The person said “this is news to (Abedin)” that her emails would be on a computer belonging to her husband.‘A problem’Trump mused aloud during his rally about whether Clinton was “going to keep Huma,” adding that Abedin has “been a problem.” He hurled insults at Weiner, warning again that the former congressman posed a national security risk because of his access to information through his estranged wife.Abedin, a close Clinton confidant who is a near constant presence in the campaign, was not travelling with Clinton yesterday.Long term, the development all but ensured that, even should Clinton win the White House, she would celebrate a victory under a cloud of investigation. Comey, who was appointed in 2013 to a 10-year term as FBI director, would still be on the job if Clinton wins the White House.Congressional Republicans have already promised years of investigations into Clinton’s private email system. And that’s only one of the email-related episodes facing her in the campaign’s closing days.The tens of thousands of confidential emails from Clinton campaign insiders that were hacked — her campaign blames Russia — and then released by WikiLeaks have provided a steady stream of questions about her policy positions, personnel choices and ties with her husband’s extensive charitable network and post-presidential pursuits.Given a political gift from the FBI, Trump’s challenge now becomes avoiding any big missteps that might overshadow Clinton’s troubles over the campaign’s final days. If history is a guide, that won’t be easy.Read: Clinton ‘confident’ new FBI probe will find she did nothing wrong>Read: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Ireland today> 16,961 Views Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 10:52 AM Share256 Tweet Email1 Clinton says FBI actions ‘deeply troubling’ as Trump steps up his attacks Clinton pressed FBI Director James Comey to put out the “full and complete facts” about the review into a cache of recently discovered emails. 67 Comments Oct 30th 2016, 10:52 AM Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Image: Andrew Harnik/PA Short URL By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Act Up et lAcadémie de médecine en guerre pour légaliser lusage thérapeutique

first_imgAct Up et l’Académie de médecine en guerre pour légaliser l’usage thérapeutique du cannabisFrance – Pour soulager leur souffrance, certains malades du sida souhaiteraient pouvoir consommer du cannabis légalement. Un traitement que l’Académie de médecine refuse de manière catégorique. L’association Act Up dénonce ses arguments, qu’elle juge “archaïques”. Selon l’Académie de médecine, le cannabis est “un faux médicament et une vraie drogue” avec des effets secondaires “nombreux”. La quantité du principe actif, le THC (tétrahydrocannabinol), peut considérablement varier d’un produit à l’autre selon l’Académie. Elle est en revanche connue de façon exacte pour les médicaments.Act Up dénonce ces arguments qu’elle qualifie de “préjugés”, ainsi qu’une “position moralisatrice”. De même, l’association s’élève contre la position de l’Académie qui pense que la consommation de cannabis peut mener à une escalade qui pousse les usagers à prendre des drogues de plus en plus puissantes une fois l’effet du cannabis diminué.L’association souhaite donner un accès encadré aux malades du sida afin de réduire leur souffrance et leur éviter de se soigner dans l’illégalité, soulignant que la capacité thérapeutique du cannabis a été “maintes fois prouvée par de nombreuses études et approuvée dans de nombreux pays”. Le 9 juin 2010 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Characters We Hope Return in Avengers 4

first_imgStay on target With a single snap of his fingers – I guess this is a spoiler, but if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War at this point, I don’t know what to tell you – Thanos has wiped out half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the greatest heroes of Earth and the known universe are simply gone – Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, the Black Panther, most of the Guardians of the Galaxy – evaporate into dust. We all know that another Avengers movie is on the way next year, and there’s going to be some kind of shenanigans that bring people back. With that in mind, here’s our list of eleven characters we hope the Russo Brothers get on the screen for Infinity War: Part IIKorgOne of the many prisoners of the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok, the stone-skinned alien Korg was voiced by director Taika Waititi. Based on the “stone men from Saturn” that battled the God of Thunder in his first comic book appearance, Korg was a soft-spoken pile of rocks who was quite adept in battle. He was on the ship carrying the surviving Asgardians at the end of that movie, and presumably faced off with Thanos at the beginning of Infinity War off-screen. Given that he’s made of rocks (perishable rocks, sure, but rocks) being vented into deep space probably didn’t bother him much and hopefully he’ll link up with the resistance in Avengers 4.Amadeus ChoSure, he’s just credited as “Computer Nerd” in The Incredible Hulk, but the novelization of the film confirms that Martin Starr’s pizza-loving hacker is indeed Amadeus Cho, the teenage Korean computer genius who ends up becoming a Hulk himself. Yes, Starr is certainly not Korean, but what are we going to do? It’s canon at this point. While the odds of this incredibly minor cameo coming to anything in Avengers 4 are slim at best, Earth is short on heroes – and geniuses – so it might be time to call in the B-team. Being the eighth smartest dude on the planet isn’t that bad, really?Wonder ManThis one’s a little bit of a stretch, but here we go: during the filming of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, a deleted scene involved a movie theater hosting a Simon Williams Film Festival. Williams, as all true Marvel devotees know, is the ionic-energy movie star better known as part-time Avenger Wonder Man. Gunn even brought in actor Nathan Fillion to play Williams for a set of parody movie posters to hang on the theater. That means that, canonically, Wonder Man exists in the MCU and could show up at any time to punch Thanos. Make it happen, boys.Everett RossThe bumbling CIA agent played by Martin Freeman managed to redeem himself over the course of Black Panther, even having a pretty great heroic moment towards the end when he pilots a drone to take out the jets attempting to extract vibranium weapons from the country while taking heavy fire. Interestingly, Ross didn’t show up in Infinity War, either with the Wakandan delegation or with S.H.I.E.L.D, which indicates to us that he might still be out there and ready to serve in whatever capacity he can.Howard The DuckThanos certainly did a number on the Collector’s museum of oddities in his quest for the Reality Stone, but in all the carnage we don’t see what happened to one of his most prized possessions: a bipedal talking duck with a penchant for cigars. Howard showed up in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy but hasn’t been seen since, so there’s a solid chance that he survived and lit out to travel the spaceways. We’re not sure what the master of Quack Fu could do against the Mad Titan and his godlike gauntlet, but surely he can’t do any worse than the Avengers already did, right?Rhomann DeyThe destruction of Xandar, home of the Nova Corps, happens in between movies so Disney didn’t have to shell out for special effects. Of all the Nova Corpsmen that we hope survived Thanos’s attack, though, the top of our list is good ol’ Rhomann Dey. As played by John C. Reilly, he’s the only one of the helmeted space cops with any personality and it’d be a damn shame if he was only in one movie. Let’s pretend that the Nova Corps assigned him to a covert mission on Earth where he took a cover identity as a special correspondent on a small-town local news station… for your health.Darcy LewisThe lesson of the Avengers is that a good team has balance – sure, heavy hitters like the Hulk and Thor might be helpful, but many problems are solved by the miniscule Ant-Man and the Wasp. That’s why one of our dark horse picks for a return in Avengers 4 is none other than political science student Darcy Lewis, last seen in Thor: The Dark World. As an intern for Jane Foster and Erik Selvig, Darcy was the first person to come in contact with the Earth-banished Thunder God (and in fact zapped him with a Tazer). That kind of resourcefulness in the face of danger could come in handy in a depopulated world.The GrandmasterGetting rid of an Elder of the Universe is a tall order – these nigh-immortal aliens have been goofing around the Marvel Universe since the Big Bang and they’ve learned a trick or two. With Thanos dispatching the Collector to claim his Reality Stone, it seems obvious that the other Elders would have a bone to pick with the purple-faced mass murderer. The Grandmaster was one of the best parts about Thor: Ragnarok, and with his nigh-infinite resources he could certainly make his way to Earth. Kevin Feige has said he wants to see Jeff Goldblum back in another Marvel movie, so this could be his chance.Stan LeeA popular MCU fan theory is that every cameo appearance by Stan Lee, the co-father of the Marvel Universe, is interlinked and he’s actually not a doddering old man who gets his blood stolen at all. No, instead he’s the omniscient Uatu the Watcher, the cosmic being tasked with keeping tabs on the Marvel universe from his hideout on the Moon. How else to explain his presence at all of these super-hero throwdowns? Whether he’s actually a bald-headed observer or just an old dude, we hope Stan shows up in Avengers 4 for numerous reasons, not least of which it would prove he’s actually still alive.Ned LeedsWhat’s Ned going to do without his best friend? Honestly, if the sequel to Infinity War is just this guy processing his grief I’m there for it. Superhero action can only go so far. But if they do go the traditional route, every good superhero team needs a guy in the chair, and Ned has plenty of experience playing that role. Every team needs a young point of view character for the kids, and with Peter Parker dissolved to cosmic ash, the Avengers could use a friend who has the whole LEGO Death Star.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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BAHAMAS Viana Gardiner Heads OPM Deliverables Unit

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – Counsel and Attorney-at-Law, Mrs. Viana Gardiner has been appointed head of the Deliverables Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister.  The announcement was made by Anthony Newbold, Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister during his regular Tuesday Press Briefing at the Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.The appointment of Mrs. Gardiner fulfills a promise made by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis in the last quarter of 2017, to promote good governance and accountability within the various government ministries, agencies, departments and corporations, through the establishment of a Deliverables Unit.The Deliverables Unit will be responsible for tracking projects and initiatives set out and agreed to by the Prime Minister, and establishing timelines for the completion of such projects. The Unit will do the same for projects of various ministers and ministries.  The Deliverables Unit will also assist in the Prime Minister’s push towards a greater “Ease of Doing Business” in The Bahamas.A member of the Board of Directors of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Ms. Gardiner co-chairs the BCCEC’s Ease of Doing Business Division.Press Secretary Newbold said Ms. Gardiner brings a wealth of experience to her new position, having previously served as Director of Trade for the Government of The Bahamas.  In that position, she had carriage of the Government’s international trade policy and promotion including matters related to the Government’s bid to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO); implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between CARIFORUM and the European Union and negotiation of a successor agreement to CARIBCAN. Ms. Gardiner also had responsibility for industry and manufacturing development.Ms. Gardiner currently serves as Deputy Chief of The Bahamas Trade Commission and has previously served as Acting Director of Investments with the Bahamas Investment Authority, Office of the Prime Minister, where she was tasked with the responsibility for encouraging and facilitating foreign direct investments into The Bahamas and investment policy development and promotions.Ms. Gardiner has also previously served as Secretary/Vice Consul to The Bahamas’ High Commission to Canada with emphasis on trade, investment and commercial matters.Release: BISlast_img read more

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Victims family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.But the ex-wife and children of instructor Charles Vacca say they harbor no ill feelings toward the girl and her family. Instead, they feel sorry for the child and want to write her a letter to comfort her.“That’s truly how we feel,” Vacca’s ex-wife, Anamarie, told The Associated Press by phone.Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl when she squeezed the trigger at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and the 39-year-old Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.Anamarie Vacca said she has not spoken to the girl or her parents since the accident Monday, but her children want to write the letter, “knowing their family has to grieve through the same process.”The identities of the girl and her family have not been released.“I know we’re going to let her know to not revolve her life around it,” Anamarie Vacca said about the accident. The family first talked about their feelings toward the girl on NBC’s “Today” show.Groups seeking to reduce gun violence have said it was reckless to let the girl handle such a powerful weapon and are calling for tighter regulations regarding children and guns.last_img read more

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Independent Mortgage Banks Show Production and Profits Down

first_imgIndependent Mortgage Banks Show Production and Profits Down Marina Walsh MBA Mortgage Bankers Association Q1 Quarter 1 Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report 2017-06-06 Staff Writer Share June 6, 2017 580 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Foreclosure, Headlines, News The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report for Q1 of 2017 on Tuesday and disclosed that independent mortgage banks were having a rough start in the first quarter of 2017. Per loan, gains are down and production costs are up, resulting in lower net profits. The first quarter saw a drop in net gains on loans originating during Q1 2017, which fell from $575 per loan originated in Q4 of 2016 to $225 per loan, under 50 percent its previous value. To be fair, volume by count per company was also down from 2,811 loans in Q4 to 1,944 in Q1. The mean production volume was reported to be $455 million per company, a drop of $235 million from the 2016 Q4 value of of $690 million. Average loan balances for first mortgages also fell slightly to $242,949, down from $246,473. Records were both set and broken in the first quarter of 2017. The average pre-tax net production profit set a record low of 10 basis points, down from 24 basis points in Q4 of 2016. Average basis points since 2008, when the Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report first started being published by the MBA, have been 51 basis points. The average pull through rate, which is the difference of loan closings to applications, dropped from a study high of 76 percent as reported at the end of 2016 to 70 percent this quarter. Marina Walsh, MBA’s VP of Industry Analysis, provided her interpretation on the report’s data. “”The drop in overall production volume in the first quarter of 2017 resulted in the highest per-loan production expenses reported since inception of our study in the third quarter of 2008 … While higher production revenues mitigated a portion of the cost increase, production profitability nonetheless declined by more than half the previous quarter.”last_img read more

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Arians isnt the only one who Niklas has impressed

first_imgArians isn’t the only one who Niklas has impressed in camp.“First, maturity and I don’t mean that in a negative way,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I just think he’s matured into the position of tight end. He was an ex-defensive player that moved to tight end, and he’s just such a specimen, kind of, where do you put him? But he’s found a home at tight end. He’s really come along. He understands his assignments. He catches the ball. He’s such a big target you can kind of throw the ball anywhere and he can kind of box guys out and use his body. He’s made strides in using his body and getting his body in-between the ball and defender. But I don’t think he’s hit a ceiling. I think he’s just going to continue to develop. He’s had some bad luck injury-wise, and he’s finally been healthy. The longer he stays healthy, the better and better he gets.”Listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, Niklas is still early in his development. He began his career at Notre Dame as a linebacker, before making the switch to tight end as a sophomore. A year later, Niklas was named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.Niklas, who turns 24 next month, has also been working on his long snapping here in camp because “you can only dress one snapper, so you have to have another guy ready just in case,” according to Arians. Offensive linemen Evan Boehm and Earl Watford, plus defensive tackle Josh Mauro, have also been spotted long snapping post-practice.Niklas said his only experience snapping the football came while he was growing up “just kind of messing around with friends. I wouldn’t say I’m quite at Mike Leach’s level, but I might be halfway there” referring to the Cardinals’ recently-retired long snapper.“As they say everyone can snap, so I’m just trying to add something to my repertoire,” he added, smiling.Of course, the key for Niklas to keep smiling — knock on wood — is to remain healthy.“Don’t, you’re trying to jinx him,” Arians said. – / 24 This season — knock on wood — nothing.“It’s been the best,” Niklas said, referring to his health. “Nothing is worse than going to camp and not being able to practice, so I’m just so thankful to be out there every day and be with the guys and just continue to develop as a player.”In two seasons, Niklas has caught seven passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were scored last season in Week 11 at Cleveland. He has played in 23 games, with four starts.The Cardinals chose Niklas with the 52nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, making him their highest drafted tight end since 1989, when the team chose Auburn’s Walter Reeves with the 40th selection.“He’s made a really nice move. He’s looking like the player we drafted and wanted,” Arians said. “He had all those injuries and had bad luck — and knock on wood I didn’t jinx him. He’s where I want him to be right now. He’s blocking extremely well, catching the ball well; understands what he’s trying to do much better.”Told of Arians’ comments, Niklas displayed a large smile.“To hear a compliment from a coach like B.A., it means a lot. It means I’m stepping in the right direction,” he said. “That was nice of him to say, and I look forward to continuing to improve.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas catches a pass during training camp Aug. 9. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. – Knock on wood.It’s a subject Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians would prefer not to talk about: Troy Niklas’ health.Thus far in training camp, Niklas, a third-year tight end, has started and finished each of the 10 practices. That hasn’t always been the case.As a rookie, a broken hand in OTAs limited at the start of camp. Then, last season, he opened camp on the physically unable to perform list after offseason ankle surgery and a subsequent hamstring injury suffered while working out. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Finance Minister comments on Italian budget

first_img“We have a very clear set of rules in the European economic governance”, stressed Cyprus Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades, called by CNA to comment on the deviation of the Italian budget from its structural fiscal target – an issue not on the Eurogroup agenda, but very persistant on the sidelines of today`s meeting in Luxemburg.“We have a very clear set of rules in the European economic governance,” he pointed out.The Minister before entering the meeting stated that “there are clear rules in the European economic governance which every member state has an obligation to respect”, noting that “compliance with the rules is crucial because the stability of the eurozone depends on that”.“Having said that, I would however not like to comment in advance on the financial planning of any particular state,” he added.Concerning the new ESM rules and the change in terms for the so-called precautionary support programs, the Minister stressed that “what worries me is that we continue to discuss an issue and shift the decision-making from one Eurogroup to the next Eurogroup.” “I think it is imperative to finalize the decisions” stressed the Minister.CNAYou May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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Sacek developed a c

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