first_imgTORONTO  – Mastercard today announced a multi-year deal with Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group to be the official partner of Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows in Canada. Beginning this month, Mastercard will make a suite of offers and benefits available to cardholders, allowing them to experience the magic of Cirque du Soleillike never before.“Mastercard is continually innovating to bring people closer to their passions in new and exciting ways through our Priceless platform,” said Shawna Miller, vice president of Marketing and Communications for Mastercard in Canada. “Our partnership with Cirque du Soleil gives cardholders unparalleled access to creativity, unique entertainment experiences, and the inspiration to Start Something Priceless.”Under the partnership, Mastercard cardholders will have access to Priceless experiences with Cirque du Soleil in Canadaincluding shadowing a Cirque performer backstage, sharing dinner with the crew, and attending Cirque Camp to learn performance and artistic skills. Cardholders will also have access to preferred seating at all shows in Canada, as well as discounts on Canadian touring shows and Las Vegas resident shows. Advertisement Login/Register With: 15% off at Canadian touring shows20% off at Las Vegas resident showsAccess to presale windowsAccess to premiere night ticketsAccess to Mastercard VIP ExperienceMastercard Preferred Seating at shows across CanadaOnly cardholders can access Priceless Cities® experiences in Toronto, Montreal and 42 other Priceless Cities around the globe. To register for the latest news on Priceless Cities and experiences, visit MastercardMastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment GroupOriginally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 190 million spectators with productions presented in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,400 artists, from nearly 50 countries.Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook “Mastercard is known for creating Priceless experiences for its cardholders, and as a world leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil brings wonder and delight to audiences around the world every day,” Richard Davies, Vice President, Corporate Alliances at Cirque du Soleil. “Our partnership is a natural fit and we’re excited to be working with Mastercard to create experiences that entertain, inspire and connect people in meaningful ways.”Benefits available to cardholders under the partnership include:Exclusive Priceless Experiences:Walk in Cirque Shoes: shadow a performer backstage, share dinner with the crew and enjoy a live show from preferred Mastercard seatsCirque Camp: learn Cirque performance and artistic skills, experience a guided tour, and receive a parting gift Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UN experts on enforced disappearances to review 400 cases in current session

1 November 2011The United Nations independent human rights experts on enforced or involuntary disappearances today started reviewing more than 400 cases, including recently submitted information on previous ones, and other communications concerning almost 40 countries. The United Nations independent human rights experts on enforced or involuntary disappearances today started reviewing more than 400 cases, including recently submitted information on previous ones, and other communications concerning almost 40 countries.The five-member UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will hold meetings in Geneva between today and 11 November with government delegations and civil society representatives, as well as with relatives of disappeared persons, to exchange views on individual cases under consideration and on enforced disappearances in general.The Working Group will also examine allegations submitted by sources regarding obstacles encountered in the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.It will also hold discussions on two general comments, its methods of work, as well as on past and potential country visits. In addition, it will adopt its annual report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council during its 19th session in March next year.The Working Group’s current 95th session will last until 11 November.Its Chair-Rapporteur is Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa) and the other members are Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Osman El-Hajjé (Lebanon) and Olivier de Frouville (France).Created in 1980, the working group’s members are independent and report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

Nissans directors say governance reforms to bring job cuts

YOKOHAMA, Japan — The executives charged with strengthening governance at Nissan are saying extensive job cuts are coming, designed to drive a recovery at the Japanese automaker.Nissan’s brand image has been battered by a scandal over alleged financial misconduct by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.Motoo Nagai, a former banker and new outside director overseeing audits, told reporters Wednesday that the job cuts will be under a new “jump” recovery plan. Japanese media have reported Nissan plans to slash 10,000 jobs.The company reported in May that its annual profit nose-dived to less than half of what it earned the previous year.Ghosn led Nissan for two decades and is awaiting trial on allegations he under-reported his future compensation and had Nissan shoulder his investment losses. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

Worlds smallest countries step up to plate for UN AIDS campaign

At a luncheon in New York this week, representatives of the four governments confirmed to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman a $140,000 donation ($35,000 from each), marking the first time they have pooled resources to support the agency and the first time that Monaco and San Marino have become government donors to the agency through earmarked funds.Monaco, the smallest of the four, only measures 1.95 square kilometres, just three times the size of the Washington Mall, the wide promenade leading from the United States Capitol towards the Washington Monument obelisk, and has a population of about 32,000. By contrast, Gabon covers more than 267, 000 square kilometres with a population of some 1.4 million. The contribution is the first donation to UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign that is specifically ear-marked for Gabon.Gabon is stepping up its efforts to address the severe impact of HIV/AIDS on children and recently created a Ministry for AIDS.Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS is a global partnership campaign to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. It provides a platform for urgent and sustained programmes, advocacy and fundraising to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and help halt the spread of the disease. Convened by UNICEF and involving partners from every sector of the global community, the campaign outlines a child-based approach to holding the world to its promises to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. It offers mechanisms for a faster and stronger response by all those who can make a difference from the community level up. read more

Malaysian leader issues call at UN for better understanding of Muslim humiliation

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, addressing the second day of the General Assembly’s annual debate, said this humiliation “is the root cause for the loss of trust and confidence between the Muslim world on one side and the Judeo-Christian civilization on the other side.”He said it was particularly dispiriting that the greatest discord in the world exists between the followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, “who had in fact shared a common beginning, which was the religion of Abraham.”Mr. Badawi called on all sides to strive harder to take part in sincere dialogue, instead of pre-judging the position of certain countries as “evil” or engaging in name-calling.He then focused on the Middle East, where he said recent events across the region – from Palestine and Lebanon to Iraq and Afghanistan – have “helped make what may once have been extremist opinions part of the Muslim mainstream. The Muslim world certainly sees all these as a complicity to humiliate Muslim countries and Muslim societies.”Citing the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories and the armed conflict with Hizbollah in Iran, he said “the actions of Israel in the Middle East are being supported, either openly or tacitly, supposedly in defence of the Judeo-Christian tradition against the spread of radical militant Islam, thus legitimizing all of its actions, no matter how brutal.”Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the President of Maldives, also voiced dismay at “a resurgence of the vilification of Islam and Muslims,” stressing that the religion preaches moderation and not extremism.During his speech, Mr. Gayoom also took up the subject of economic development, noting that recent progress means the Indian Ocean island chain is poised to leave behind its status as a ‘least developed country.’The Maldivian leader said these economic advances have occurred at the same time as “a major political transformation” across the archipelago, especially in the areas of human rights, media freedom and judicial reform.Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa devoted much of his address to the continuing conflict between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which he said “has been terrorizing our people for over two decades.”Mr. Rajapaksa said his Government was willing to talk to the LTTE, either directly or through an intermediary, to try to find a solution to the conflict through dialogue instead of military action.Acknowledging that some of the concerns of minorities in Sri Lanka have “deep roots,” the President said a consultative process has begun to develop constitutional proposals to meet those concerns. read more

Qatar clinch semifinal together with Spain France and Poland

← Previous Story BOOM, BOOM, Salinas – Chilean star scored 29 goals for 24 hours Next Story → Marco Oneto about Chilean handball future: Our master plan – to be on level of Argentina and Brazil For the first time since 2005, when Tunisia made historical success, non-European team are qualified for the semi-finals of the World Championship. Qatar will play for the final against Poland, after Valero Rivera boys beat Germany 26:24…That will be the first couple of semi-final on Friday 18.30 local time, while in the second match will face France against Spain.Croatia vs Poland 22:24 (10:12)A greater will to win and goalkeeper Slawomir Szmal were the keys for the third Polish ticket to a World Championship semi-final since 2007. Croatia did not manage to maintain an intermediate three-goal lead.The first half was largely even, while Poland had the better finish, ahead by two goals. Then the Croats turned the tide, producing a 6:1 series to lead 16:13. Poland struck back, retaking the lead ten minutes before the final buzzer. Still nothing was decided and the Croats even seemed to be on the winners’ way when Zlatko Horvat netted in for a 21:20 lead. But it would be short-lived.Thanks to three unanswered strikes by Chrapkowski, Syprzak and their top scorer Mariusz Jurkiewicz and two spectacular Szmal saves, Poland stormed into the semi-final.Qatar vs Germany 26:24 (18:14)The incredible success story of hosts Qatar continues with their unlikely journey now taking them to the final four. Tonight it was thanks largely to the saves by their goalkeeper duo Danijel Saric and Goran Stojanovic, who pulled the German teeth.The 1:0 start was the Germans’ first and only lead. Shortly after the hosts took full control, forging ahead to leads of 6:3, 13:7 and 16:9. While Zarko Markovic was nearly unstoppable on offence, the Germans also missed too many clear opportunities to change the game’s momentum. But they showed strong morale and character in the second half, narrowing a seven-goal deficit to 19:20.Again Saric, Markovic (six goals in total) and top scorer Rafael Capote (eight goals) took full responsibility, saving the lead for Qatar and supported by the frantic fans on the stands.Germany could not reduce the gap to less than two goals and left the field empty-handed. Their top scorer was Uwe Gensheimer with five goals, while their best player was goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter with 11 saves.Denmark vs Spain 24:25 (11:11)In this rematch of the 2013 World Championship final (won by Spain 35:19), a last-second goal by Joan Canellas decided the most exciting thriller of the quarter-finals. The two sides were even for 60 minutes, taking turns with the lead. And just as the fans were preparing to see extra-time, Cannelas found a gap to score the winning goal with two seconds remaining.No team managed to force ahead to more than a two-goal difference through the entire 60 minutes.The outstanding player of the match was Spanish wing Valero Rivera junior who scored 10 goals from 11 attempts. And like his father Valero sen., will play in the semi-final.Slovenia vs France 23:32 (10:18)Here, the first 13 minutes had already decided the unequal encounter. Thanks to the saves by goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer (18 in total) and the needle-pin counter attacks, France were ahead 7:1 and led 18:10 at the break. When the lead hit double figures for the first time at 20:10, the deal was sealed.Slovenia, a semi-finalist in 2013, reduced the margin briefly at 20:24, which only forced France into once again taking the match seriously.Luka Zvizej (Slovenia) and Daniel Narcisse (France) were the top scorers with six goals each. read more

400 jobs for the unemployed through the water metering project

first_imgIRISH WATER’S METERING programme will set aside around 400 jobs for people from small, local businesses, the long term unemployed and graduates.The programme will create up to 2,000 jobs in total, 1,600 installing meters and 400 in Irish Water’s call centre.The installation of water meters will start in July this year and will run until September 2016, during which time over one million meters will be installed in homes across the country, the charges themselves will kick in in 2014.Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan said the jobs will be created with “particular focus on ensuring that skilled workers are given an opportunity to re-enter the workforce and for small businesses to benefit.“Irish water will install 27,000 meters per month, which is a challenging target but deliverable by having local crews working on the ground,” said Minister Hogan. He added that sufficient training would be provided.Irish Water is currently tendering for the provision of over one million meters and boundary boxes, as well as regional management contractors to run the metering programme and a customer call centre. It is expected that contracts will be awarded in May.Read: Water charges will be read digitally >last_img read more

Federal Wildlife Officers Investigating Poached Black Bear Near Skilak Loop

first_imgAccording to a post from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the report came in on Thursday, May 17, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Federal Wildlife Officers (FWO) received a report of a Black Bear that had been poached near the East entrance of Skilak Loop approximately 1/2 mile from Jim’s Landing. Officer Rob Barto and Wildlife Canine Rex responded to the scene and documented a large pool of blood in the middle of the road as well as drags marks from the scene into the woods and drag marks from the woods back to the road where the bear was loaded into a vehicle and transported from the area. According to the post from KNWR, witnesses describe the black bear as weighing approximately 100 pounds and no fear of vehicles or people. FWOs are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact FWO Barto at 907.262.7021. All information will remain confidential. The area the bear was reportedly shot is closed to hunting. Witnesses describe seeing a blue hatch back, similar to a Subaru Outback, as being the vehicle driven by the person who shot the bear as it stood in the middle of the road.last_img read more

Kesha Ed Sheeran SZA More To Honor Elton John In GRAMMY Salute

first_img Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John News Facebook 5 Charities Elton John Supports Email All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Tune in to CBS on April 10 to catch “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” featuring an all-star tribute plus special performance of a medley of hits from John himselfNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2018 – 7:00 am How do you celebrate a career as illustrious as that of the great Elton John? With a star-studded concert, of course. “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will air April 10 on CBS and features performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and SZA. 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Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Musicians from multiple genres will perform classic songs from John’s impressive catalog with longtime co-writer Bernie Taupin. Additionally, there will be special appearances by Jon Batiste, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Gayle King, Lucy Liu, Valerie Simpson, and Hailee Steinfeld.The festivities will culminate with a medley of hits performed by John himself, culminating with the event’s title song, “I’m Still Standing” from John’s 1983 album, Too Low For Zero.Here is the full list of performances:”The Bitch Is Back” — Miley Cyrus”Candle In The Wind” — Ed Sheeran”Daniel” — Sam Smith”I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” — Alessia Cara”Your Song” — Lady Gaga”Rocket Man” — Little Big Town”Border Song” — Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — SZA & Shawn Mendes”Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris”We All Fall In Love Sometimes” — Chris Martin”My Father’s Gun” — Miranda Lambert”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — Kesha”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” — John Legend”Bennie And The Jets” — Elton John”Philadelphia Freedom” — Elton John”I’m Still Standing” — Elton John & Ensemble”Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A GRAMMY Salute,” continues the tradition of previous Emmy-winning TV specials presented by CBS, the Recording Academy, and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, including “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute” and “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John 5 Charities Elton John Supports How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for this two-hour concert special, only on CBS.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger All-Stars Unite For GRAMMY Salute To Elton John kesha-ed-sheeran-sza-more-honor-elton-john-grammy-salute 5 Charities Elton John Supports Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Read morelast_img read more

Avengers Endgame postcredit scene explained Spoilers

first_imgAvengers: Endgame posterTwitterAvengers: Endgame movie will release worldwide on April 26. Ahead of its worldwide release, the movie was released in China and fans were left in shock to see that there was no mid-credit or post-credit scenes in the feature. However, there was something else and here we are going to discuss that for all of you.Major spoiler for Avengers: Endgame:The mid-credit and post-credit sequences have become a tradition in Marvel movies. Usually, viewers leave the theaters whenever the end credits start to roll but not the Marvel fans. When an MCU movie ends, fans stick to their seats to enjoy the mid-credit and post-credit sequences. Almost all the times, these mid-credit and post-credit sequences reveal what to expect from the next feature film.For example, in the 2018 release Avengers: Infinity War’s post-credit sequence, we saw Nick Fury sending an SOS to Captain Marvel. This gave us something to look forward to in the following months. Whereas, the mid-credit sequence of Captain Marvel showed Carol Danvers coming back to planet Earth to join the Avengers in their fight against Mad Titan Thanos.But Marvel fans will be disappointed after learning that there are no mid-credit or post-credit sequence in Avengers: Endgame movie. Tom Holland on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramAs we all know, Avengers: Endgame is finally bringing closure to the ongoing Marvel’s phase 3. There were reports that Spider-Man: Far From Home will actually be the end of Phase 3 so fans will be hoping to see something in the end.To the fans’ surprise, when the Avengers: Endgame will release this weekend, they will find an audio stinger at the end, when the Marvel logo appears. The metal hitting metal sounds may suggest that it is Tony Stark who is actually forging his first Iron Man armor — the one he made in the very first Iron Man movie. As of now, that metal hitting metal sound is open to interpretation and fans can even come up with their own theories about it.As of now, we can simply wait for Kevin Feige or other Marvel head to spill the beans about the Avengers: Endgame post-credit scenes. Avengers: Endgame movie has already broken several box-office records in India and China. Movie experts are predicting that it will earn $1 billion within the first week only.last_img read more

Power Rangers Fan Makes Fitting Anime Opening

first_img ‘Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power RangersThe Original ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Should Have Stayed Small If you’ve been following Power Rangers in all their various incarnations, you might be aware that there’s a new comic series going on: Power Rangers: Shattered Grid. It’s spinoff from BOOM! Studios that features many of your favorite Power Rangers from various parts of the Power Rangers lore, even with characters from other spinoffs. It’s a true series for die-hard fans, that’s for sure.Fans are absolutely in love with it, too, as evidenced by this anime-inspired one fan put together using images from the comic and animating them together in an anime-like style that mimics many of the cooler openings from some of your favorite show. With the tagline “No Ranger is Safe,” the series was also followed with a new story: “Beyond the Grid.” The first series originally ran from March 2018 through August 2018, which also happened to be the month of the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers’ original TV debut in 1993.The main story finds the Time Force Rangers heading out to investigate a rift in space, and ends up pulling in characters Katie, Trip, and Lucas. After dealing with the rift, their Megazord explodes and the team has collided with the teams of RPM and Dino Charge. It gets pretty complicated from there on out, but longtime fans will find plenty to enjoy, especially with the anime-styled opening.There has been a rash of anime-styled opening videos like this one from fans over the past few months, and they seem to keep getting better and better. It proves fans know exactly what they want to see out of their favorite franchises, and that many of them are ultra-talented. We can’t wait to see what fans come up with next, and what comes of the Power Rangers franchise. It’s sure changed a lot since we first saw it make its debut.Unleash your inner Megazord now that you’re saturated with Ranger knowledge. You should be reading Boom! Studios’ latest run of Ranger comics. Watch MovieBob’s review of that last film. Stay informed of all Mighty Morphin’ news here with the 25th Anniversary. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Egypt to settle 15 billion owned to oil firms

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Egypt is seeking to attract Gulf investment into the economy that has been battered by nearly three years of unrest since the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait pledged more than $12 billion dollars in aid to Egypt following the July 3 coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist who succeeded Mubarak after winning the first free presidential elections in the country’s history. The coup followed demonstrations by millions calling for Morsi to leave.The Gulf aid, a mix of grants, cash deposits and oil and gas products, has propped Egypt’s ailing economy and improved its dwindling foreign reserves.El-Beblawi told the conference his government approved settling $1.5 billion it owed to foreign oil firms.Petroleum Ministry spokesman Hamdy Abdel-Aziz said the latest figure for money owed to oil companies stood at $6.2 billion in November.“I hope this is the beginning of restoring confidence that Egypt is serious in protecting investors and settling” its dues, el-Beblawi said.He also said the government is working hard to restore security, which is a cornerstone for a strong economy.El-Beblawi also urged investors to show patience with unrest-hit Egypt. He added that the government is on track to restore political and economic stability, and has realized a “milestone” by completing amendments to the country’s constitution. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CAIRO (AP) – Egypt is committed to pay nearly a quarter of the total arrears it owes foreign oil companies and increase economic growth to 3.5 percent by the end of the fiscal year, in a bid to restore investor confidence in an economy damaged by nearly three years of unrest, the country’s interim prime minister said Wednesday.Hazem el-Beblawi was speaking at an investors’ forum that brought to Cairo businessmen and officials from the Gulf countries. He said the outstanding arrears have weakened exploration and investment in the vital oil sector. “The government is working hard to improve the economy and increase growth rate,” he said. He said the government aims to increase growth rate to 3.5 percent by the end of the current fiscal year. The growth rate was estimated at 2.2 percent last year.Finance Minister Ahmed Galal told the conference that his government also aims to reduce the current budget deficit to 10 percent of the national income. The government had said the deficit had soared to 14 percent by the time Morsi was ousted.The government has been hit by a relentless wave of protests by Morsi supporters, who still resist his removal from office. Other youth protest movements have recently also taken to the streets demonstrating against the newly drafted constitution amendments and a protest law they say stifles any opposition to the government.El-Beblawi said his government is determined to implement the new protest law to prevent “chaos” from unsettling recent achievements.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Double suicide bombing kills hardline rebel leader in Syria

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Tuesday’s attack struck the headquarters of Ahrar al-Sham northwest of the town of Idlib, killing the group’s leader, Abu Abdelrahman Salqeen. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said six others Ahrar al-Sham members also died. The Local Coordination Committees and other activists also reported the attack.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.The attack came few days after a senior member of Ahrar al-Sham published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which he denied espousing al-Qaeda’s ideology and portrayed his group as the moderate Islamist alternative in Syria, allegedly a key to defeating the IS.In September, Ahrar al-Sham’s leader Hassan Abboud was killed along with several other leading members of the group in a similar bombing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img Sponsored Stories BEIRUT (AP) — A double suicide bombing in northern Syria on Tuesday targeted the headquarters of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group, killing its leader and several other high ranking members.The attack marked the second time in less than a year that a bombing takes out the leadership of Ahrar al-Sham, one of the most powerful Islamic groups fighting both President Bashar Assad’s forces and its rival, the Islamic State group, which holds wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Home Prices Rise in 20 US Cities

first_img Home prices in U.S. cities saw year-over-year increases, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released today. Bothe the 10-City and 20-City composites saw gains in January compared to December. The 10-City composite gained 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 percent seen in December. Data released today for January 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. However, monthly data reveal slowing increases and seasonal weakness.“The combination of low interest rates and strong consumer confidence based on solid job growth, cheap oil and low inflation continue to support further increases in home prices” said David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee for S&P Dow Jones Indices.The 20- City Composite gained 4.6 percent year-over-year, compared to a 4.4 percent increase in December. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 4.5 percent annual gain in January 2015 versus a 4.6 percent increase in December 2014. Denver and Miami reported the highest year-over-year gains, as prices increased by 8.4 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, over the last 12 months.“Regional patterns in recent months continue: strength in the west and southwest paced by Denver and Dallas with results ahead of the national index in the California cities, the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas. The northeast and Midwest are mostly weaker than the national index,” he said.Fourteen cities reported higher price increases in the year ended January 2015 over the year ended December 2014. Chicago led the way with a reported increase of 2.5 percent, up 11 basis points from December. Six cities reported declines, with San Francisco leading the declining annual returns with a reported rate of 7.9 percent, down from 9.4 percent annually.The National index declined for the fifth consecutive month in January, reporting a -0.1 percent change for the month. Both the 10- and 20-City Composites reported virtually flat month-over-month changes. Of the nine cities that reported increases, Charlotte, Miami, and San Diego led all cities in January with increases of 0.7 percent. San Francisco reported the largest decrease of all 20 cities, with a monthover-month decrease of -0.9 percent. Seattle and Washington D.C. reported decreases of -0.5 percent. Unusually cold and wet weather may have weakened activity in some cities.“Despite price gains, the housing market faces some difficulties. Home prices are rising roughly twice as fast as wages, putting pressure on potential homebuyers and heightening the risk that any uptick in interest rates could be a major setback, Blitzer said. “Moreover, the new home sector is weak; residential construction is still below its pre-crisis peak. Any time before 2008 that housing starts were as low as the current rate of one million, the economy was in a recession.” David Blitzer S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index U.S. home prices 2015-03-31 Samantha Guzman Home Prices Rise in 20 U.S. Cities March 31, 2015 466 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Sharelast_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Larry Fitzgerald stands on the wrong side of history when it comes to the 2012 season. The Arizona Cardinals’ star wideout is the only Pro Bowler in the league this season to catch passes from four different quarterbacks.While he might be the answer to a meaningless statistic at season’s end, there has been nothing trivial about his subsequent drop-off in production through Arizona’s first 15 games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But that satisfaction wasn’t limited to the Valley.Fitzgerald’s second 100-yard receiving day of the season caught the eye of the folks over at, who had this to say about Arizona’s poorly-utilized offensive weapon:Fitzgerald Still One of the BestHe hasn’t complained at all this season, but the revolving door of quarterbacking ineptitude has clearly affected Fitzgerald in a way it never has before, and there have been games where he hasn’t looked the force we know he can be. In this game he took the opportunity to remind everybody that he can still be amongst the toughest men in the NFL to cover. The Cardinals sent it his way 12 times and he caught eight passes for 111 yards, snagging six of those passes against Charles Tillman, the man that can hold Megatron quiet when the two meet. Fitzgerald made leaping grabs that we have been used to seeing him for years, and ran with purpose despite the failings of those around him. We can only hope for his sake the Cardinals find an answer at quarterback, because he is far too special a talent to waste.Since it came in a losing effort, Fitzgerald’s big day might be as meaningless as the opening stat of him catching passes from four different quarterbacks. But in a year filled with negative headlines, it’s nice once in a while to reflect on the performances that remind us that even during a season to forget, the Cardinals still have plenty of talent as they begin to focus their collective attention on 2013. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact With only a trip to San Francisco Sunday left on the Cardinals’ schedule, Fitzgerald remains on pace to have his worst statistical season since 2006, when he played just 13 games. Although he leads the team in receptions (69) and receiving yards (785), Fitzgerald’s average yards per catch (11.4) is the lowest its been since 2008 and his first down completions (44) are the fewest he’s accumulated since his rookie campaign in 2004. However, the most eye-opening aspect of his season, are the lack of trips the former Pittsburgh standout has made to the end zone. Fitzgerald hasn’t scored a touchdown since Arizona’s 31-17 loss at Green Bay in Week 9 and currently has a career-low four touchdowns in 2012.At 29 years of age, it’s safe to say Fitzgerald’s skills are not yet in decline. If anything, he is likely still in his prime. And while the organization and its fans have been victimized as a whole by the constant quarterback shuffle this season, no individual has been affected more so than No. 11.Fitzgerald has been a good soldier all season, failing to take the bait when given the opportunity to vent his criticism over the team’s poor quarterback play. So while it only lasted for 60 minutes, Fitzgerald’s eight-catch performance for 111 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 16 loss to the Chicago Bears gave everybody a temporary sense of satisfaction.last_img read more