OTTAWA – “The Liberals are buying rusted-out fighter jets from Australia even though the defence minister actually said that they would never buy used planes. We know that these 80s-era (planes) are rusted out because a 2012 Australian report said corrosion was so bad that the number of active flying days had to be cut. This is not a bucket of bolts, Mr. Speaker. This is a bucket of rusted-out bolts, Mr. Speaker. Why are they going back on their word?” — Conservative MP Tony Clement, Dec. 12.—Another chapter was added this week to the interminable saga to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets when the Liberal government officially abandoned plans to buy 18 Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, which is in the midst of a bitter trade dispute with Montreal-based Bombardier.Canada will instead purchase 18 used F-18s — similar to the CF-18s the Royal Canadian Air Force is using now, and just as old — as an interim measure to deal with what the Liberals call a critical shortage of jets until they can replace the whole fleet.The Conservatives have been crowing about the second-hand, 30-year-old planes — Ontario MP Tony Clement calls them a “bucket of bolts,” and a rusty one at that.Allowing some room for rhetorical flourish, particularly during the proverbial cut and thrust of question period, are the jets indeed as old, corroded and useless as Clement suggests?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSClement based his assertion on a 2012 report from the Australian National Audit Office, which examined the impact of prolonging the use of the jets beyond 2020, in order to better align with the expected delivery date of the new F-35 stealth fighters produced by U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin.That report pointed out the planes were showing signs of fatigue ahead of schedule, becoming more costly to repair and, yes, getting rusty.“Corrosion is also a significant threat to the continued airworthiness of aged aircraft, over and above the limitations imposed by airframe hours and fatigue,” said the report.The auditor general noted this was not yet affecting the ability to fly, but could put the goal of making it to 2020 at risk.The report also said airframe corrosion was being discovered more often and fixing it was getting more expensive. It also, as Clement emphasized, more than doubled the time the fleet was unavailable to fly.Not all hope was lost, the report concluded — but it would be expensive.“As long as corrosion is effectively managed by Defence so that it does not affect structural integrity, corrosion will remain a matter of budgeting and management rather than a threat to capability.”THE EXPERTSIt turns out military planes are not the only things that begin to show their age.Last year, Australia announced its defence scientists had found a new way to evaluate military aircraft fatigue of military aircraft, said Australian defence expert Peter Layton.That new algorithm, which the Australian Department of Defence described as thoroughly peer-reviewed and tested, showed the situation to be less dire — welcome news to the government, which like Canada had been dealing with its share of delays and controversies surrounding its purchase of F-35s.“They found a new way of measuring fatigue and realized in fact it wasn’t as bad as they thought,” said Layton, a visiting fellow with the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, near Brisbane, Australia.“Clearly, it is true that the jets are not as bad as the auditor’s report said they were,” he said. “That is sort of old news that has been overtaken by events.”There are other factors to consider.Cmdr. Brad Vizard, the defence attache to the Australian High Commission in Ottawa, said the fighter jets have had some major upgrades.“There have been significant investments in the development of structural modifications that have extended the life of the fleet, which has kept them operational and kept them in operations,” said Vizard, noting the Royal Australian Air Force plans to keep flying its remaining planes until 2022.Since the Australian jets are so similar to the CF-18s, the Royal Canadian Air Force could improve them even more. That’s the plan, said Daniel Le Bouthillier, a spokesman for the Department of National Defence.“Canada has invested in the development of additional structural modifications that Australia did not,” Le Bouthillier wrote in an email. “These modifications are currently being applied to Canadian aircraft, but could also be applied to Australian aircraft acquired by Canada, thereby allowing a further life extension.”Le Bouthillier, who said the Canadian government is aware of the 2012 report, noted the Australians have since brought in measures to mitigate the rust — and besides, the Canadian climate has not caused the same issues with rust.Andre Deschamps, a retired lieutenant-general with the Royal Canadian Air Force, said that even if the Australian fighter jets are nearing the end of their lives, they will not be needed for all that long.“A thousand hours should do us,” he said.Tom Lawson, a former chief of defence staff, said it would not be fair to dismiss the usefulness of the Australian planes the way Clement has been doing, given they are still operational.But he also does not entirely blame him.“Certainly there is some point to Clement’s comments in that there fully was an expectation by the government that we were going to get a new interim aircraft en route to a brand new replacement at some point,” said Lawson.Still, he said it would be hard to argue against buying planes so compatible with the current CF-18s as a stopgap.“It’s expensive, and a much better way is to just go to competition really fast and save your money, but this is a viable way forward.”THE VERDICTClement said he was not persuaded by the new math — although, he joked, relieved to learn The Canadian Press wasn’t taking him too literally.“I think I’ll trust the Australian auditor general over the Australian government,” he said. “Maybe they are 100-per-cent spin-free in government in Australia, but I certainly doubt it.”Still, when one takes both the upgrades and the new algorithm into account, it might be a bit of a stretch to call them a bucket of bolts.As Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, said Tuesday, the planes are not only ready to fly — they are already flying.“Make no mistake, these aircraft will work fine and those aircraft are very much needed,” he said.For this reason, Clement’s statement contains “a little baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurate.A little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Some baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.A lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Full of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate.SOURCES:— https://www.anao.gov.au/sites/g/files/net616/f/201213%20Audit%20Report%20No%205.pdf— https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/news/2016/03/24/maths-extending-lives-our-f/18-hornets— With files from Lee Berthiaume— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
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Advertisement TORONTO – (March 6, 2018) – Tonight the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards commenced with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming, sponsored by Boat Rocker Media and Eagle Vision, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. Hosted by Canadian Screen Award nominee and co-anchor of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, Miguel Rivas, everything non-fiction, from news shows to sports, documentaries and reality TV, creators, journalists and storytellers were spotlighted to highlight their winning achievements.“What a great way to kick-off Canadian Screen Week, and the Canadian Screen Awards, with tonight’s award gala honouring excellence in Non-Fiction Programming,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “It’s important to recognize those who dedicate their lives to gathering news and information to keep Canadians informed about local and world events. 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We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT). Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement CBC News Network host Heather Hiscox said she shared her best national news anchor trophy, in part, with her morning viewers. (David Donnelly/CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is preparing to sue the state of Washington over a new Washington law targeting oil shipped by rail.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Thursday that requires a lower vapour pressure limit for crude shipped by rail than the industry standard and North Dakota requires. Inslee has made climate change a focus of his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.The Washington bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, says it’s about protecting communities from explosive derailments.North Dakota officials, though, say the Washington law would make Pacific Northwest refineries off-limits to the energy industry in North Dakota, which is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer.Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says a federal lawsuit will be filed within weeks. He has reached out to other oil states about possibly joining as a plaintiff or offering supportive testimony.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
BOSTON — The venture capital arm of one of Canada’s largest pension funds is investing in Hopper, a Cambridge, Mass.,-based online travel planning startup.Hopper says the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Service is leading the latest $12-million investment round that also includes Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture.As well, Derek Smyth, managing director of OMERS Ventures, is joining the Hopper board as a director.The latest investment brings Hopper’s total amount raised to $22 million, including previous investments from Brightspark and Atlas.“It’s really important to OMERS Ventures that we are leading a significant round of financing for a company like Hopper that has the strong potential to be a game-changer in its industry,” Smyth said in a statement.“Hopper’s management team is world-class, with the big data expertise required to completely revolutionize the way customers discover and book their online travel. Hopper is exactly the kind of company we look to partner with over the long term as it disrupts an entire industry.”The company hopes to win customers by simplifying travel planning on the Internet, where it says gathering widely scattered information can be both time-consuming and difficult.“Hopper has already crawled more than half a billion pages of travel data, with plans to double that by the end of the year, making it the largest travel database in the world,” the company said.“This funding round will further the company’s goal of using big data to take the frustration out of trip planning and make travel search smarter.”OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over $55 billion in net assets, providing pension administration services to 420,000 members, one in every 20 workers in Ontario.
VICTORIA — Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty may be facing years of deficits, but says he’s not about to engage in a public fire sale of General Motors stock for Canadian taxpayers.Ottawa and Ontario contributed $13.7-billion to help bail out North American automakers more than three years ago and combined own about 9% of its common shares, but on Friday during budget consultations in Victoria, Flaherty said it’s not the right time to sell.I don’t think at this time it would be in our interest for the taxpayers of Canada to engage in a fire sale of those sharesTo recoup taxpayers’ money the governments would have to sell their GM shares at twice their current price.Flaherty said when he was in private business he didn’t sell stocks at half their price, but added Ontario is welcome to do what it wants.“I respectfully don’t endorse the idea that we would divest at the current share price,” he said. “Having said that, if the province of Ontario wants to divest, the can ask that they divest. I don’t think at this time it would be in our interest for the taxpayers of Canada to engage in a fire sale of those shares.”The minister’s words follow a report in the Globe and Mail that said Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is calling on Ottawa to unload the shares.In reaction to that report, a spokeswoman for Duncan says Ontario will take action when “time and circumstances are appropriate… to ensure that Ontarians receive the best possible return on their investment.”This is clearly not the time to sell the government’s sharesThe Canadian Auto Workers union on Friday urged the governments to hang on to their stock.“The Conference Board of Canada and Scotiabank have both recently issued reports indicating that auto industry profits in North America are at record highs, and poised to get even stronger,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza.“This is clearly not the time to sell the government’s shares.”The automaker, known derisively as “Government Motors” for taking bailout money to avoid going under in 2008 and 2009, has long wanted the U.S. government to sell its stake and exit the business. But the government, which still owns 500 million GM shares, is waiting for the stock price to rise before making a move. The government is $27-billion in the hole on its investment, and to break even, GM shares would have to sell for $53.
Roads, health clinics and Portuguese language courses are among the priority needs identified by a study conducted by the Government of Angola and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to ensure that the country’s development plans include reintegrating the nearly half a million people who fled during 27 years of civil war. “This is an example of the close cooperation between the government, at the central and provincial levels, and the United Nations in Angola and I am confident that this will help in formulating the appropriate projects,” Dario Carminati, the UNHCR representative in Angola said of the study, which was unveiled yesterday in the capital, Luanda, and surveys the existing resources and needs of seven municipalities with the highest returnee concentration.Since the peace agreement of 2002, more than 360,000 refugees are estimated to have returned to the country, including 123,000 brought by UNHCR, 89,000 who came on their own but received UNHCR assistance on arrival and a further 149,000 who repatriated without any UN help.The agency said in areas destroyed and depopulated by the war, it is essential to have a detailed profile of the local capabilities and needs in order to set priorities for reconstruction. In the municipality of Luau, for example, which was once the capital of Moxico province near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 91 per cent of the population are former refugees.”We have enough material, the fundamental elements, which can serve as a model for our planning,” João Baptista Kussumua, Angolan Minister of Assistance and Social Integration, yesterday told representatives of the provinces and municipalities profiled, who had flown to Luanda for the release of the study.In Bundas municipality, an isolated region near the border with Zambia where returnees make up 90 per cent of the population, reconstruction of the national road linking it to the provincial capital was identified in the study as a priority. The road is now a dirt track, bridges have been destroyed and de-mining of the margins will likely continue for years.There was also a need for health clinics in all parts of the municipality and more lessons in speaking Portuguese, which many refugees returning from Zambia never learned while growing up in their English-speaking country of asylum.
Brookfield Renewable increases quarterly distribution, up to US$1.45 per unit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HAMILTON, Bermuda – Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. (TSX:BEP.UN) announced Friday it is increasing its annual distribution to unitholders to US$1.45 per unit.The move amounts to a quarterly distribution of 36.25 cents per unit, payable on April 30 to all those holding units until the end of the close of the markets on March 31.The company says this is a seven per cent increase over its units in the last year, and meets its annual target of distribution increases of three to five per cent.“We are pleased to start the new year with this distribution increase reflecting the accretive investments and numerous strategic and operating enhancements made across our platform in the last year,” Richard Legault, president and chief executive officer.Launched in November 2011, Brookfield Renewable is a combination of Brookfield Renewable Power Fund and the renewable power assets of Brookfield Renewable Power Inc.The company has a portfolio of 5,300 megawatts of installed capacity, mostly hydro power, in Canada, the United States and Brazil.Brookfield units were up 21 cents at C$30.13 in the early going Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 10:19 am MDT
Despite receiving an endorsement from executive vice president Jim Buss, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown needs his team to make an about-face from a terrible start to the season or he could be fired.Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers, while having publicly expressed support for Brown in the wake of a 1-4 start, are privately anxious about what they have seen – or not seen – of the team so far. The Lakers a six-game homestand against inferior competition. And should the team continue to struggle, it could be Brown’ undoing.The homestand begins Friday night against the Golden State Warriors who’ll be without injured center Andrew Bogut and reserve Brandon Rush. The Lakers will also face Sacramento, San Antonio, Phoenix, Houston and Brooklyn.In Brown’s defense, the Lakers have had a healthy Steve Nash in the lineup for only 1½ of their five games so far because of a leg injury. Dwight Howard continues to rec0ver from the back surgery and Kobe Bryant has also been playing through a foot ailment.All that and still, according to ESPN.com’s source, the team’s hierarchy want to see vast improvement in a short period of time.The Lakers are off to the worst start in the Western Conference despite carrying the league’s largest payroll at just over $100 million, which would trigger an estimated luxury-tax bill at season’s end of nearly $30 million.“I have no problems with Mike Brown at all,” Buss said. “He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.“So either the (new Princeton offensive) system is flawed or something’s going on. Or, like the Triangle, it’s very hard to pick up and understand. I’m not a basketball mind like he is or the players are, and the players are fine with it, so I just have to be patient.”The challenge there is that heading into the season, Buss acknowledged that “this team was built to win now,” raising questions as to how patient the Lakers are willing to be.“You have to give it time to understand (what’s going on),” Buss said. “I don’t know if there’s an actual game total that would make me impatient. I know if we’re 1-15, I don’t think that would be very good. I’m sure that would be a panic button. But at this time, I’m fine with what’s going on. It’s a learning process for the players. As long as everybody is on the same page, I think we’re fine.”After practice Thursday, Bryant admitted that he’s dismayed by the first 1-4 start in his 17-year career but labeled himself as Brown’s “biggest supporter” in the organization.“For us, (belief is) the biggest thing right now, especially while we’re trying to find our way,” Brown said.Said Howard: “Right now, there’s a lot of noise. We’re trying to figure out how to play with each other. We’re trying to figure out where we’re going to get our shots. Everybody is trying to just figure each other out and how we can put this thing together. So once the noise is settled, we can all just have a clear mind. We’ll be fine.”
Home is not very far for a trio of Ohio State men’s lacrosse players. For senior midfielder Scott Lathrop, sophomore defenseman Mark Crawford and freshman defenseman John Hardesty, it is a short drive back to their hometown of Upper Arlington. All three Buckeyes played high school lacrosse for Upper Arlington High School. “Playing there gave me confidence. It gave me drive to continue the success here,” Lathrop said. “I know everybody always wants to win, but it’s nice coming from a program that had that kind of success.” In the case of Upper Arlington, “success” might not be the right word. “Dominance” might be more appropriate. Upper Arlington coach Ted Wolford is entering his 18th season at the helm. He has won 12 state championships as coach. Wolford said the trio of Buckeyes are some of the most loyal kids he has coached. “If you say to yourself, ‘If I were to go into battle, would I want one of those guys in your foxhole with you?’ You would say, without a doubt,” he said. “Any one of those guys would be people that would have your back, people that would be there to support you.” Lathrop, a co-captain for the No. 13/15-ranked Buckeyes, also was a captain when he wore a Golden Bears uniform. “Scott was a captain for us, you know, as well as he is now for Ohio State,” Wolford said. “He was just always a very focused individual that worked very hard.” Wolford said Crawford’s first choice was football and that he chose to play lacrosse late in his high school career. But, Wolford said, that didn’t change the type of character he had. “He definitely had the strongest work ethic in his senior class,” Wolford said. “He’s definitely one of those kids that everybody looked up to because he pushed everybody to improve. There’s not an ounce of ego in him at all.” Just a freshman for the Buckeyes, Hardesty was exposed to high-level competition early in his high school career. Like Lathrop, Hardesty also was a captain for Upper Arlington. “Right from the get-go, he kept coming to us and asking how he could get better,” Wolford said. “He always pushed us as coaches to help him improve his game.” The success of the Upper Arlington program has made it a hot spot for OSU recruiting. Wolford said he already has two players on his team this year who have committed to play for the Buckeyes in the future. Although the three Buckeyes all are in different classes, they share a bond from their time as Golden Bears. “I think the biggest part would just be having that person that you’ve known for two, three or four years in high school, and kind of having that connection already made and bringing it to college,” Crawford said. Despite the three now playing lacrosse for the Buckeyes, Wolford said he still remains in contact with them. “I always try to stick around after games and try to talk to them afterwards and see how they’re doing,” he said. “I want to let them know that I’m very proud of them; I’m very happy with the fact that they’re competing and that they’re doing well both in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors.” OSU has started off the season with three consecutive victories against Detroit Mercy, Mercer and previously No. 3-ranked North Carolina. The Buckeyes suffered their first loss against Massachusetts on Saturday, 11-9. While many of the OSU players come from all over the country, the trio has one advantage that not many other members of the team can say they have. “We share a little bit, I think, because we’re always getting stuff for being so close to home and going home and getting home-cooked meals,” Crawford said. “So we all have to stick together and stay strong.”
It comes after Wimbledon bosses came under fire last year when stars including Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmonds called out the sea of plastic litter left behind by both players and spectators. Extinction Rebellion, the climate change protesters who brought London to a standstill, are planning to ‘wreak havoc’ at the Wimbledon championships by demonstrating over single use plastics. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is understood to be stepping up security after discovering secret plans by environmentalists to disrupt the popular Grand Slam tennis tournament, which starts on Monday. Although plastic straws were banned last year, images emerged of the club’s iconic grass courts strewn with…
An aerial view of Leinster House and the surrounding buildings and amenities (Screenshot/GeoDirectory).MINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has said that Revenue will use the mapping database GeoDirectory to help calculate the value of homes for payment of the local property tax.In response to a parliamentary question last week, Noonan said the Revenue Commissioners will only be valuing properties for the tax where there is a dispute about a valuation provided by a homeowner. Guidance on value assessment is being prepared and will be sent out “as soon as possible”.He said a range of data sources is being analysed to assist in providing valuation guidance including stamp duty records and “other sources of recent property valuations data”.The minister confirmed that the GeoDirectory, produced by Ordinance Survey Ireland and An Post, will also be used.The database provides information on property location and type as well as distance from a series of key amenities and services, including transport, health, education, retail and emergency services.However he said valuation by Revenue is expected to be “in a minority of cases”.“If the property owner approaches the matter honestly, Revenue will accept self-assessed valuations in accordance with the customer service charter,” he said.Related: This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like>Read: You asked, we answered: What you wanted to know about the property tax>More: Property tax: Seller faces €500 fine if they under-declare value of home >
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum revealed how manager Jurgen Klopp helped them bounce back from back-to-back defeats.After starting their opening 21 games unbeaten in this season’s Premier League, Liverpool were handed a first defeat in their first game of 2019 at Manchester City on January 3.The Reds’ morale was handed another blow just four days later when they went crashing out in the third round of the FA Cup to Wolves.But Liverpool have since responded strongly to those setbacks with wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace to help maintain their four-point lead over City at the top of the Premier League.Now Wijnaldum has revealed exactly how Klopp got through to the squad following their disappointing results at the beginning of the new year.“You always learn from a defeat, even more than when you win games because when you win, you don’t see everything you did wrong,” said Wijnaldum on the club website.“When you lose games you analyse them more than when you win. Of course, we learned. Every team learns when they lose a game.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“What I learned the most was that we still need to keep the confidence; in Jurgen, we have a manager who can help us with that.“That’s what he said after the games against City and Wolves – that we must keep the confidence and maybe even work harder than before.“He gave us the feeling that we had to deal with it and work even harder to make it better.”Wijnaldum, who missed the last game against Palace, has made 27 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.The Netherlands international will be aiming to make his return to the team ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Leicester City at Anfield.The match between Liverpool and Leicester will begin at 21:00 (CET).
Donna Rae Williams, 51, makes a first appearance in court May 31 on a first-degree murder charge. The YWCA of Clark County’s SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program provides aid to victims. The phone numbers are 360-695-0501 or 800-695-0167.Defense unclear in hammer killingWhether Donna Rae Williams is a domestic violence victim who killed out of fear for her life or a cold-blooded murderer will likely be determined inside a Clark County Superior courtroom. But what is clear about Williams is, when she allegedly struck and killed her husband Mark with a hammer last month, she became a statistical anomaly.In Washington, less than 10 percent of domestic violence homicides between January 1997 and June 2010 resulted from a woman killing a man, according to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.Nationally, women were responsible for just 11 percent of homicides in the U.S. between 1976 and 2005, according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice study. Only 3 percent of male homicide victims between 1976 and 2005 were killed by an intimate partner, the same study revealed.Williams is charged with suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Mark, whom she was married to more than 30 years. She reported his death on Wednesday, May 30, but it is believed, based on statements she made to authorities, that he died May 14 inside their home in the Sifton neighborhood.Williams told detectives she suffered years of verbal abuse and at least one unreported physical assault, according to a probable cause statement. Her husband punched her in the eye the night before she killed him, Williams said. The altercation began when she confronted him about cocaine use, she told detectives.
ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – The “Happiest Place on Earth” was the setting for a not-so-merry demonstration from its workforce, Thursday night.Nearly 38,000 Walt Disney World employees rallied outside of the Orlando-area theme park for about two hours.Demonstrators are pushing for an increase in minimum wage, from $10 to $15 per hour. Participants blocked traffic and chanted, according to local TV station WFTV.Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to break up the rally. Law enforcers dispersed the protesters without incident.A Disney spokesperson said park officials agree with their “cast members” and said they do deserve a raise.Pay negotiations between the employees and the company will continue next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Earlier this month, the team at Atom released Atom 1.34, a free and open source text editor that helps users to commit with a faster diff view and an ability to preview all staged changes. This release comes with improved commit preview, commit message templates and improved diffs. Improvements in Atom 1.34 Commit preview This feature will be highly useful for those who double check the specific changes that are going into each commit. While crafting commit messages, users can now draw inspiration from the diff of their staged changes. Users just have to click the ‘See All Staged Changes’ button above the commit message box, and they will be able to view their staged changes. Improved diffs The GitHub package now renders diff views with a text editor which will improve performance. Users will now be able to render large diffs faster. And the text editor key bindings will now work in diffs. Commit message templates This release now supports commit message templates. Users can now add a template on a per-project basis or globally through the git configuration. Changes in Atom 1.34 Users can view a multi-file diff of all staged changes prior to committing This release comes with added support for commit message template. This version of Atom renders git diff view with a TextEditor. This release comes with Kotlin language syntax highlighting in markdown code blocks. Major bug fixes The previous release had a bug where package searches were throwing uncaught exceptions which has been fixed now. Initially there was an error while running Bracket Matcher which has been fixed now. Users have given mixed reactions to this release. Few of the users think that the team at Atom could have worked on bigger issues related to finder reindexing and Atom-IDE packages. Few users are comparing this release with VSCode. With some users in the favor of VSCode and others supporting Atom 1.34. One user commented on HackerNews, “What makes you stick to Atom? I switched to VSCode due to Atom’s terrible performance when opening huge files.” Another comment on HackerNews, reads, “I was a big fan of Atom, but it’s constant performance problems combined with the fact that even after Atom’s team rewriting huge parts of the project in C++, doing witchcraft and what not, made me switch to VSCode.” Another comment reads, “I’m finding VSCode’s performance starts to fall apart completely where Atom performs the exact same as before.” Few users think that Atom functioned well initially but when it is used as an IDE, it falls flat. One of the users commented, “I used Atom for a couple years and raved about it’s features and package management but when it came to using it as an IDE, it fell short for one reason. It doesn’t have a configurable way to debug across all languages.” According to some users, Atom uses a rendering layer that doesn’t work along with the goal of a text editor, which is to be fast and responsive. While others are liking how this release auto-formats commit messages and make it easier for highlighting merge conflicts. To know more about Atom 1.34, check out the release notes. Read Next YUI 2.8: Rich Text Editor Facebook retires its open source contribution to Nuclide, Atom IDE, and other associated repos Android Studio 3.3 released with support for Navigation Editor, C++ code lint inspections, and more
RelatedFlybe becomes Cardiff Airport’s busiest airlineFlybe has emerged as the busiest airline operating from Cardiff AirportFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London GatwickFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London Gatwick Flybe has confirmed that it will “move quickly” to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by bmibaby’s decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flight.The regional airline has said that it wants to increase capacity on the route, particularly after bmibaby’s announcement comes into effect on March 29th.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said that the news that bmibaby had cancelled its flight between Cardiff and Glasgow “should not really come as a surprise”.”We look forward to welcoming our new customers on this important route and again reaffirm our determination to serving the people of Wales and to becoming Cardiff’s number one airline” he said.Flybe has announced a special promotion on its existing flight between the two cities by reducing ticket prices by up to 50 percent.Flybe, Europe’s largest regional carrier recently won the 2009 Regional Airline of the Year award from US publication Air Transport World. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros.Studio estimates on Sunday say the Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga-led film brought in $53.5 million from 3,876 North American theatres. Internationally, it banked $77.5 million for a massive $131 million global debut. The movie, a spinoff of a character seen in “The Conjuring 2” and set in 1952 Romania, cost only $22 million to produce.Before “The Nun,” the largest opening in the “Conjuring” universe, which includes the “Annabelle” films, was “The Conjuring’s” $41.8 million launch.“The subject in the title ‘The Nun,’ just gets a bigger broader audience,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution.Opening weekend audiences were heavily Hispanic (35 per cent), according to exit polls, and significantly higher than other films in the series. “The Conjuring,” for instance, attracted a 17 per cent Hispanic audience.This marks the fifth consecutive weekend that a Warner Bros. movie has held first place domestically, following in the successful footsteps of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Meg.” It’s also the fourth that the studio has held the first and second place spots which is the first time this has happened in the industry in over 25 years. The last time was in 1989 when Universal Pictures had “Sea of Love,” ”Uncle Buck” and “Parenthood.”“The calendar has 12 months and 52 weeks,” Goldstein said of the industry-leading streak. “We had gotten a fair amount of criticism for what our release schedule looked like in the summer, but I kept on saying it’s not about summer, it’s about the whole year.”“The Nun” effectively scared “Crazy Rich Asians” into second place for the first time in its four-week run. The rom-com added $13.6 million, bringing its total North American earning to $136.2 million.Third place went to the R-rated Jennifer Garner revenge movie “Peppermint,” from STXFilms, which debuted on par with expectations to $13.3 million.“‘Peppermint’ was a movie that was meant to give a completely different option to ‘The Nun,’” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “‘The Nun’ was just this overwhelming juggernaut.”And holdovers rounded out the top five with “The Meg” in fourth with $6 million and “Searching” in fifth with $4.5 million.Despite “The Nun’s” strong performance, the weekend is down nearly 30 per cent from last year when “It” scored a record-breaking opening, but the year overall is still up 9.5 per cent.“Look out,” Dergarabedian said. “This could be the biggest box office year ever.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”The Nun,” $53.5 million ($77.5 million international).2.”Crazy Rich Asians,” $13.6 million ($5.6 million international).3.”Peppermint,” $13.3 million ($1.4 million international).4.”The Meg,” $6 million ($11.3 million international).5.”Searching,” $4.5 million ($7.5 million international).6.”Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $3.8 million ($38.6 million international).7.”Christopher Robin,” $3.2 million ($2.5 million international).8.”Operation Finale,” $3 million.9.”BlacKkKlansman,”$2.6 million ($3.7 million international).10. “Alpha,” $2.5 million ($6.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “The Nun,” $77.5 million.2. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $38.6 million.3. “The Meg,” $11.3 million.4. “Searching,” $7.5 million.5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $7 million.6. “The Equalizer 2,” $6.5 million.7. “Alpha,” $6.3 million.8. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $5.9 million.9. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $5.8 million.10. “Incredibles 2,” $5.7 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ box office streak continues by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2018 9:46 am PDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email