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At least seven companies investigated in bread pricefixing probe

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Competition Bureau’s investigation into allegations of bread price-fixing includes at least seven companies from bakery wholesalers and discount chains to Canada’s three major grocers, according to court documents.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) admitted Tuesday to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement for over a decade and tipping off the country’s competition watchdog.The Competition Bureau executed search warrants at the offices of a number of grocers earlier this fall, but has said there has been no conclusion of wrongdoing and no charges have been laid.The investigation began on Aug. 11 and was expanded on Oct. 23.The search warrants and information to obtain them were sealed because of concerns by the watchdog that the release of the information might compromise its investigation. However, the affidavits sworn by a Competition Bureau investigator to have them sealed were unsealed by the court this week.According to those affidavits, the regulator is also investigating the alleged involvement of Canada Bread, Walmart, Sobeys (TSX:EMP.A), Metro (TSX:MRU) and Giant Tiger as well as “other persons known and unknown.”“The bureau is collecting facts to determine the precise time frame of, and the participants in, the alleged conspiracy,” Simon Bessette, a senior competition law officer, swore in an affidavit on Oct. 26.“Analyzing the records the bureau obtains from the search warrants sought in the ITO will take time; however, it would only be after such analysis is performed that the bureau would be in a position to determine whether additional investigative steps are required.”“Should details of the bureau’s ongoing investigation be made available to the public, the integrity of the evidence available through further investigative steps and/or court authorizations may be compromised,” Bessette wrote.Metro said in a statement Tuesday that it continues to co-operate with authorities and it has launched an internal investigation.“Based on the information processed to date, we have found no evidence that Metro has violated the Competition Act and we do not believe that the bureau’s investigation will have a material adverse effect on the corporation’s business, results of operations or financial condition,” the statement said.Giant Tiger released a statement Wednesday saying they currently “have no reason to believe that Giant Tiger or any of our employees has violated the Competition Act.”Walmart Canada spokesman Alex Roberton said in an email that the company “takes its legal obligations very seriously.”Canada Bread spokeswoman Sylvia Sicuso said Tuesday that the company and its associates “operate with the highest ethical standards” and neither has been charged with any offences.Giant Tiger, Walmart Canada and Canada Bread all said they are co-operating fully with the investigation.Sobeys Inc. did not respond to a request for comment, but has previously said it is also co-operating.Weston and Loblaw said Tuesday they became aware of an arrangement involving the co-ordination of retail and wholesale prices of some packaged breads from late 2001 until March 2015.The companies said they established an independent compliance office earlier this year and provided training and re-certification to marketing personnel at Weston Bakeries and all merchants and store managers at Loblaw, as well as senior managers at both companies and at parent company George Weston.The employees responsible for the companies’ role in the arrangement are no longer employed there.Loblaw is also offering eligible customers a $25 gift card that can be used at its grocery stores across Canada.The Competition Act prohibits agreements that “prevent or unduly lessen competition or to unreasonably enhance the price of a product,” according to the bureau.That could include agreements between competitors to fix prices, or to restrict production of a product by setting quotas or other means, which would be considered cartel activities. Penalties for price fixing could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment to a maximum term of 14 years, or both.However, the bureau says price-fixing conspiracies are, by their nature, difficult to detect and prove.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version provided incorrect maximum fines and imprisonment terms for price-fixing agreements.last_img read more

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Ban deplores fresh clashes between Cambodia and Thailand urges restraint

23 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is troubled by reports of renewed fighting over the past two days between Cambodian and Thai troops along the two countries’ border, which has reportedly claimed the lives of many people on both sides. He said he had been encouraged by the initial signs of progress in regional efforts to strengthen bilateral mechanisms for dealing with the dispute between the two neighbours and called on both sides to exercise maximum restraint.He urged Cambodia and Thailand to take immediate measures for an effective and verifiable ceasefire.In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he also believes that the dispute cannot be resolved by military means and urged the two countries to engage in serious dialogue to find a lasting solution.Tensions first escalated in July 2008 following the build-up of troops near the Preah Vihear temple, which dates back to the 11th century and is located on the Cambodian side of the border. The Hindu temple was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that same month.Considered an outstanding example of Khmer architecture, the temple consists of a complex of sanctuaries linked by pavements and staircases on an 800-metre-long axis.Early last month, representatives from both sides agreed to a United Nations-sponsored meeting to discuss ways to safeguard the temple, which was damaged in previous border clashes between the South-East Asian neighbours earlier this year. The two sides had agreed to meet again at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 25 May, the agency reported in March.The agreement followed a mission to Cambodia and Thailand by Koïchiro Matsuura, who served as UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Preah Vihear. read more

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As troubles brew in Canada RBI plans to expand Tim Hortons to

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 5:18 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A woman walks pass a Tim Hortons in Toronto on Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR) says it has signed a deal with joint venture partner to take Tim Hortons to Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives As troubles brew in Canada, RBI plans to expand Tim Hortons to Spain Tim Hortons plans to expand to Spain, its fourth venture abroad in recent months, as it tries to overcome lagging sales and an internal revolt from disgruntled franchisees in Canada.Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), the parent company of the coffee-and-doughnut chain, said Wednesday it has signed a deal with a joint venture partner to set up shop in one of the largest cafe markets in Europe.Chief financial officer Josh Kobza said Spain provides an intriguing opportunity for RBI in its quest to be a dominant player in the global coffee industry following forays into Mexico, Britain and the Philippines.“We’re building a lot of momentum in the international business,” Kobza said in an interview.“Some of our other potential partners are starting to see how well the Tims brand is resonating in other countries outside of Canada around the world.”The announcement coincided with RBI’s results that showed same-store sales at Tim Hortons, an important metric in retail measuring sales at locations open for at least a year, fell for the second consecutive quarter.They were down 0.8 per cent from a year ago, driven by falling sales in Canada of baked goods and lunch items, a sign that the Tim Hortons brand may be losing its appeal in the country where it was made famous.During RBI’s earnings conference call, an analyst asked whether the decline had anything to do with the company’s festering dispute with its Canadian and U.S. franchisees. Some franchisees have accused RBI’s head office of penny pinching, driving up their expenses and overall mismanagement — allegations the company has denied.CEO Daniel Schwartz said he didn’t want to speculate on what, if any, impact the franchisee dispute may be having on sales.But the Great White North Franchisee Association, a rogue association of frustrated franchisees, said the results are proof that RBI’s approach isn’t working.“The lacklustre quarterly earnings they announced this morning are just one more indication that RBI needs to adjust the methods they employ in managing the various organizations under their umbrella,” association president David Hughes said in a statement.Tim Hortons also raised prices Wednesday for some breakfast items and hot beverages in select markets. In a statement, it declined to say what prompted the hike but added that it always reviews its prices.For its second quarter ending June 30, RBI, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of US$89.5 million or 37 cents per diluted share. That’s down slightly from a profit of $90.9 million or 38 cents per diluted share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the company earned $241.7 million or 51 cents per share, up from $192.4 million or 41 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled $1.13 billion, up from $1.04 billion a year ago, boosted by the acquisition of Popeyes.Headquartered in Oakville, Ont., RBI, which also owns Burger King, has more than 23,000 restaurants around the world.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

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What Analytics Can Teach Us About the Beautiful Game

Sports analytics, no matter the field’s renegade posturing, has now been around long enough to have its own pieces of conventional wisdom. Baseball’s cognoscenti know all about the primacy of on-base percentage over batting average, and they’ve also come to realize once-treasured strategies like bunting and stealing bases are best used sparingly. In basketball, the mid-range jump shot is slowly being phased out as an inefficient relic of antiquity. Spreadsheets are shaming football coaches into rolling the dice more often on fourth downs.But for many American fans tuning into the World Cup this month and next, soccer’s nuggets of analytic insight remain as foreign as the game itself. There are set pieces to orchestrate, attacking strategies to plan, areas of the defense to exploit — and it isn’t always apparent which tactics are best. But analytics has clear advice on how to do some things right.Soccer analytics is very much viewed as a discipline in its infancy. And the sport itself is often described as especially resistant to the pull of number-crunching, whether due to its fluid nature, its sportocratic establishment culture, or a fear that the unsentimentality of data will rob the Beautiful Game of its celebrated elegance.There’s not much truth to that. Off and on, people have been tracking relatively detailed soccer data in some form for more than six decades, up to and including the modern companies that exhaustively log every event on the pitch.That said, WAR isn’t coming to soccer anytime soon. Most attempts to create an all-in-one statistical index for soccer players (like we have for basketball and baseball) have suffered from a distinct lack of transparency1Generally speaking, no formulae for these indices have been released to the public — just vague assurances like this: “The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.” and a noticeable bias toward strikers and other scorers, whose output is most readily quantifiable. There are a number of interesting metrics at fans’ disposal, but no magic algorithm that accounts for a player’s role on his club, the system he plays in, the quality of his teammates and countless other factors. By necessity, even the individual plus/minus ratings ESPN uses for the talent portion of our Soccer Power Index fall prey to this phenomenon — we simply have to be more conservative when assessing the impact of a fullback than of a prolific goal-scorer. That makes it hard to distinguish between the value of, say, Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidić.At the team level, though, the numbers offer more hope. They have the potential to provide soccer with broad strategic conventions comparable to the sabermetric-minded rules of thumb in other sports. None of these is a hard-and-fast decree, but they offer guidelines generated by actual data instead of blind hunches.In “The Numbers Game” by Chris Anderson and David Sally — probably the definitive volume on statistical analysis in soccer — the authors tell the story of Charles Reep, a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander who was tracking play-by-play data for matches and serving as a quantitative consultant for Football League teams as early as the 1950s.Reep’s research was quite groundbreaking for its time, even if it was fatally flawed. The Wing Commander gathered data on how often a given number of successful passes were strung together, and how frequently goals resulted from those sequences, broken down by length. Reep determined that a team’s probability of retaining possession dropped precipitously with each consecutive pass attempt, and that most goals were scored on possessions of fewer than three passes — often originating from quick counterattacks.In Reep’s mind, this meant teams should abandon trying to control possession and maneuvering through the defense with endless passing. Instead, they should focus on getting the ball downfield in as few movements as possible on offense, and applying pressure on defense to generate opportunistic counter-rushes. The numbers seemed to suggest that the long game was the most efficient tactic for soccer success.But subsequent analysis has discredited this way of thinking. Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence-length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer.2As analysts have also recently discovered it to be in hockey. There’s a good relationship3Correlation coefficient in last season’s English Premier League: 0.78. between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession.As for the long ball, it’s proven futile in today’s game. During the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the percentage of a team’s passes classified as “long” by Whoscored.com’s data was very negatively correlated4Correlation coefficient: -0.8. with how many goals it scored.5If you’re concerned that the EPL isn’t representative of worldwide soccer, the numbers are essentially identical in Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A.The same goes for trying to spearhead an offense from the wings instead of attacking up the middle. In their book, Anderson and Sally write about a seminal piece of quantitative analysis on the 1986 World Cup from researcher Mike Hughes: “Successful teams played a passing game through the middle in their own half and approached the other end of the pitch predominantly in the central areas of the field, while the unsuccessful teams played significantly more to the wings.” The numbers from the 2013-14 season in Europe’s “Big Four” leagues6England’s Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. bear this out as well. The percentage of a team’s attacks made up the middle did have a moderately positive7A correlation of 0.32. relationship to its scoring rate relative to the league average, while the relationship between wing attacks and scoring was of the same magnitude and in the negative direction.This, coupled with the fact that corner kicks are surprisingly ineffective at generating goals, is probably related to the negative correlation between a team’s propensity for winning aerial duels8That is, battles for possession strictly on balls played in the air. and its overall goal-scoring rate. By the numbers, it’s a losing bet to count on goals in the air via set pieces — or even off crosses in open play — as a steady way to generate offense, just as it is to rely on the long ball to consistently produce chances. Instead, the statistics seem to support an approach more in line with the artful tiki-taka style exemplified most notably by FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. In soccer, data and aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, just as they aren’t in any other sport.That’s the one bit of analytics wisdom that could stand to become more conventional. For now, though, we have a reasonably good idea of which metrics correlate with a team’s success more than others. Keep those in mind as you gorge on soccer over the next month. read more

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PPPs legal challenge to remove names from AFC backers lists could

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chairmanship: Ramjattan contradicts GrangerJanuary 16, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo condemns PPP/C supporter’s arrest over alleged arson attempt on AFC candidate’s homeNovember 1, 2018In “latest news”Govt becomes illegal if elections not held in March – JagdeoFebruary 7, 2019In “latest news” …says we are fighting for the rights of all Guyanese hereOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoFollowing the dismissal of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C’s) legal challenge against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to have the names of 50 persons who claimed to have been tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators lists to contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) removed, Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo announced that the matter could be taken all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Speaking at his weekly press conference held on Thursday, Jagdeo revealed that the case could have been dismissed if the Police report in the matter had not been heavily doctored.“Now the report is heavily doctored…a Ryan Mohadeo says that Abraham Nagamooto (family member of Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo) went to his home with papers in his hands and told him that he wanted to become the Chairman for Bloomfield/Whim Villages and that he needed a person to support him. Mahadeo asked him if it had anything to do with the upcoming elections and he said no…this is in the Police report. Nagamootoo then asked him to bring himself and his family to sign it which he did and Mohadeo took the paper to his family members and they signed also…so the police conclusion is that at no time was he or his family forced to sign the document” Jagdeo read from the Police report.Questioning the case dismissal, the Opposition leader questioned whether there is a new parameter for forgery.He questioned “So now trickery, forgery, misleading people and deception is not really deception unless you hold the person’s hand and force him to sign the paper…Nagamootoo through trickery said that the document had nothing to do with elections and got Ryan Mohadeo to sign the document…that’s a new parameter for forgery, if you do not hold the persons hand and force him to sign the document then you cannot be committed or charged for forgery any longer”?According to the Opposition Leader,  another case of deception was recorded in the Police report where AFC supporters tricked a number of persons into signing theirs lists by claiming to be conducting Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) registration.“Hemraj Mohadeo, Anita Mohadeo and Parvattie Thomas stated that they knew Abraham Nagamootoo for two years and sometime during the month of September 2018, they were at home when Nagamootoo went and met with them and told them that he was doing registration for the upcoming elections and that he required their ID cards and they have to sign which they all did…here in the report Nagamootoo told them that he was doing registration on behalf of GECOM, is this not trickery?” Jadgeo questioned.According to Jagdeo, the report is replete with examples of deceit, trickery and fraudulent behaviour on the part of AFC members in procuring signatures.He further questioned why investigators in the matter to date failed to question the alleged perpetrators in the matter even as they are being seen publicly on television denying the allegations and questioned why the Police report was not sent to the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice but went directly to Justice Navindra Singh.As such, the former President noted that his Party is seeking legal advice on the report which was ordered by Justice Singh and indicated the case could be challenged all the way to the CCJ.“I am seeking legal advice now both on the Police report itself and on how we pursue this further because we are fighting for the rights of all Guyanese here; this is a test case to us. Whether it is concluded before the elections or not, it is not important for us but we have to get a ruling on this matter all the way maybe to the CCJ” Jagdeo revealed.Fifty persons from the Bloomfield/Whim, Corentyne area voluntarily signed affidavits saying they were deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who fraudulently represented that he was employed by GECOM and that they needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.When brought to the attention of GECOM, it was argued by the Commission that the 51 persons missed a deadline to have such sorted and as such there names could not be removed from the AFC list.PPP were challenging on the grounds that the said decision by GECOM was unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and was in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document filed at the High Court cited the individual’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names were withdrawn, the election in the Local Authority Area would be tainted with “illegality and fraud”.The Party is a subsequent release on the dismissal noted, inter alia, that “no matter how much you turn it or twist it, the bottom line is these AFC candidates have 50 (fifty) persons who are on public record saying to the world that they are not supporting the candidates they are supposed to be backing. Yet the Court refused to interfere with this violation of these persons fundamental right to support a political party of their choice by removing their names from those lists.”Local Government Elections are scheduled to be held on November 12, 2018. (Kizzy Coleman) read more

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The US Armys first smartphone will run Android

first_imgThe US Army has selected Android to power the smartphones it eventually wants to issue to every soldier. Last year, there was question around whether the Army would select the iPhone or Android, but today they made the announcement. The idea here is to use smartphone technology to keep soldiers connected and in constant contact with monitoring personnel at military bases. Even though the program isn’t fully baked yet, they have settled on one thing: Google Android is the way to go.That doesn’t mean that every solider will get a standard issue Droid when they sign up for the service, but it does mean that the hardware the Army eventually chooses to run its smartphones will support Android. The program, called the Joint Battle Command-Platform, is a project between MITRE and the US Army to develop the smartphones that will eventually be strapped to every soldier’s hip.AdChoices广告In fact, “smartphone” may be a bit of a misnomer for what the program aims to create: it’s less of a device that soldiers will be able to spend hours playing Angry Birds on and more of a tiny, portable computer and communications device. The device will only run apps that the Army approves and develops. Among those proposed apps are a mapping suite that will give soldiers situational awareness like where the enemy is and where friendly forces are. The suite would also allow commanders to track where their forces are on the battlefield.The platform also allows for so-called “critical messaging,” which will allow commanders and forces in operation areas to exchange messages quickly and silently. There’s still debate and discussion around how the Army will keep the environment secure, and how the system will work in environments with no infrastructure for connectivity, but the project is still in its early stages.The goal of the project is to develop a mobile platform using commercially available technology that the Army can extend with applications. So far, it looks like Android is the optimal choice for a platform that will work consistently with different hardware components, but is also open enough to give them flexibility when developing applications. No one’s sure what the product of the program will eventually look like, but the Army expects to release its development kit, called the Mobile/Handheld Computing Environment, in July to programmers and partners.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Riverdale Season 3 Ep 19 Recap One Good Fight and No Boxing

first_img With only three episodes left in this season of Riverdale, the pieces weren’t quite in place before this episode. That’s what last night was all about. Getting everyone where they need to be. These kinds of episodes are necessary, but when done as plainly as this, it comes off just a bit awkward. After last week’s cliffhanger, Jughead and FP run home to find Jelly Bean gone and a note left behind inviting them to a round of Griffins and Gargoyles. How they play will determine whether Jelly Bean comes home or not. Jughead is very pointed in telling Gladys who kidnapped her daughter. It appears adopting the Gargoyles as her own gang had consequences she didn’t foresee. When the three of them are forced to play the game, she is told to divulge a secret. At Jughead’s insistence she reveals to FP that she’s the new Fizzle Rocks dealer in town. FP isn’t happy to hear that. Which means her operation is about to get more complicated.The game goes to some uncomfortable places too. Their next quest is to rob Pop’s and bring back the money. The Gargoyles get the money, they release Jelly Bean. This scene is tonally… strange. The music and comedic banter beforehand implies the show thinks what’s happening is much cooler than it is. It is realistic that the family would joke a bit to lighten the tension, but the tone of this storyline is all over the place as it is. It’s deadly serious, but revolves around a game of dollar store Dungeons and Dragons. This scene is played like a bumbling heist comedy, but they’re targeting a place that holds a lot of meaning for the characters on this show. It’s also a bad idea from the start. Pop’s just had an attempted murder last season. Of course he has a shotgun behind the counter now, and he’s ready to use it. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Draw your swords. #Riverdale starts NOW on The CW! pic.twitter.com/SO7zjUmln8— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) April 25, 2019This was the biggest story of the episode and it just kind of fizzled out here. It had exciting, ridiculous moments, but I had to wonder what the point of any of this was. It didn’t move the Gargoyle King mystery forward in any appreciable way. Its only purpose appears to be to get Gladys out of the way so we don’t have to deal with that loose plot thread for the season’s final three episodes. The way this story ended was also super lame. Half a season of power games between mother and son end with a meek forced confession and FP promising to be real mad about it later. Talk about underwhelming.Meanwhile, oh great. Someone’s accusing Archie of murder again. That storyline worked out so well at the beginning of this season. This time he’s accused of killing Randy Ronson in the ring. He tries telling the doctor about the drugs Randy was on, but Elio denies it. To make things worse, the police are raiding both gyms involved in the fight. So this is where that detour about Mad Dog giving Archie drugs last week was going. I still maintain that it didn’t work in the moment. Introducing a plot thread and forgetting about it instantly doesn’t really get better when you remember it the following week. And of course, Archie kept the drugs. Because he’s a dumbass. Archie’s stupidity is endearing at times. This is not one of those times. Just a little jog in the storm. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/MLYHPYK0ZO— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) April 25, 2019Fortunately they have Veronica on their side. In addition to diner server and speakeasy owner, she’s apparently now a lawyer/publicist/fixer. She drug tests both Mad Dog and Archie, and publicly announces the results (they’re negative, of course). The Ronsons show up real angry and Archie lets them slap him and apologizes for Randy’s death. Because the boy apparently just loves getting himself in legal trouble. God, law offices must board the doors and windows when they see this kid walking by. Not that it ever comes to that. The story soon switches to Elio denying the Ronson family insurance money. So Archie gets his prize money and gives it to them. Veronica also turns Josie’s performance into a benefit for the family. It’s an awfully convenient way to end this. I’d be more annoyed about that, but I definitely don’t want another Archie Andrews murder trial.He almost quits boxing, but Veronica convinces him to get back in the ring. Because her desire to see shirtless boys outweighs the fact that we’re all pretty much over this story. I’m guessing the show needs him to continue boxing for whatever’s coming in the next three episodes. Elio and Hiram meet in the steam room. Just two heterosexual men talking about heterosexual things while naked and glistening. Anyway, nobody’s coming to Elio’s gym ever since the whole death thing. He needs to get back and Archie. And Hiram is on board with that plan despite their truce. Turns out he knows that Archie was there to kill him the night he inadvertently saved his life in the hospital. Who knows what they have planned, but it’ll probably involve more boxing. Thank you, Season 3. And goodnight #riverdale pic.twitter.com/xhZekdh90l— Ashleigh Murray (@iamamurray) April 25, 2019The only good thing to come out of this story was Josie finally getting any semblance of an arc to herself. Unfortunately, it’s in service of saying goodbye, because that’s just how this goes. As soon as a show realizes it needs a character’s exit to mean something they cram a whole arc into part of an episode. So Josie’s dad is performing nearby and she wants to go on tour with him. She invites him to see her perform at the speakeasy. He almost doesn’t make it, but shows up at the last minute. He invites her on tour with him and she goes. Translation: She’s going to be in a spinoff series. Her and Archie’s relationship ends the way we all thought it would, and I’m genuinely looking forward to her next show. Here’s hoping it has more time for her.The most interesting story also gets the least amount of screen time. At this point, I’m only mildly interested in the Gargoyle King storyline, and view whatever’s going on with Archie as obligatory filler. The comics line is named after him, so he has to have something to do. Betty versus an increasingly creepy cult on the other hand makes for consistently good TV. And boy does it get creepy in this episode. She decides to look into Evelyn Evernever’s file. She digs into her past and finds that she’s been enrolling in different schools as a junior every year. She asks an investigator to check that out, and we learn something very interesting, about her. “Evelyn is much older than she appears. 26 to be exact,” the investigator says. OK sure, but isn’t everybody on this show?Lili Reinhart as Betty — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWJokes aside, it turns out Evelyn is actually Edgar’s wife, not his daughter. They move from town to town, Edgar recruiting the adults into the cult and Evelyn works on the kids. Things get even scarier when Betty tries to kidnap her niece back from the Farmies. She enlists Toni to help, but Toni has been sucked into the cult too. She leads Betty to a room where the entire farm is waiting. Once again, she tries confronting her mom with the truth, and once again it has no effect. Alice knows Evelyn is Edgar’s wife and is perfectly happy sharing him. Yeah, all kinds of alarm bells should be going off now. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the FBI shows up in the season finale and burns the farm to the ground.There were definitely enjoyable moments in this episode, but none of the conclusions felt like they had any real weight. Archie starts boxing again for… reasons. Jughead and FP just let Gladys go into hiding. Even after the shock Betty receives, we don’t here anything more about the farm. Instead, the episode tries to cram one more in there. Betty’s dad, while being transferred to the new prison, died in a traffic accident. It feels so tacked on it’s hard to even feel shock. Clearly this is setting up for some big conspiracy to come, but until we see what that is, this is just another out-of-nowhere ending to a storyline that didn’t need it. If I know Riverdale though, this all has to be in service of something. I always hold out hope for things to get wonderfully weird as we approach the finale.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 18 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 17 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 16 Recap Stay on target It’s getting tense during family game night. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/pgzsDAXcjn— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) April 25, 2019Fortunately this story gets more fun as Riverdale remembers what kind of show it is. It finds its absurdity again. The place where everything is completely ridiculous, but (and this is what was missing from the last quest) the internal logic makes sense. Also it’s way more fun than robbing a diner. They have to fight a cyclops, which of course means Gladys has to fight Penny Peabody (now one-eyed after her last encounter) with ninja sai. Why sai? Because their freaking awesome, that’s why. Gladys sustains some injuries in the fight, but she’s not nearly as bad off as Penny who gets a blade directly through her leg. Damn, Gladys. Is there some ninja training facility near Riverdale we haven’t seen? If so, why aren’t we following that story?In any case, Jughead takes his mom to the hospital meaning he is the only one who can complete the last quest. Kurtz tells him to climb inside a storage locker to save Jelly Bean. Jughead does, only for Kurtz to instruct Rickie to kill the princess anyway. Jughead struggles to get the door open, and when it finally does, he sees Kurtz dead on the ground. The Gargoyle King stands over the body. So that raises some interesting questions. Did Kurtz die because he cheated at the game. Someone who dresses up as its main antagonist is sure to take such things pretty seriously. Or does the Gargoyle King have some connection to Jughead we don’t know about? The answers will probably come later. For now, Jelly Bean is safe, and Gladys decides to skip town until things cool down. Without her daughter.last_img read more

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627 WWE Results Boston Massachusetts The Rock

first_img Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next 6/27 WWE Results: Boston, Massachusetts* Neville def. Kofi Kingston.* Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel def. Heath Slater & Luke Harper.* Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziglger def. Sheamus & King Barrett.* WWE United States Champion John Cena def. NXT Champion Kevin Owens via DQ. Owens gave Cena a low blow to setup the DQ finish.* Bo Dallas cut a promo saying Tom Brady should be fired. The Rock showed up to a huge reaction. Rock talked about filming a movie right now in Boston and offers to shake Bo’s hand. He then gives Bo a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow.* WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella def. Paige & Naomi in a triple threat match.* Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns ended in a double count out.* WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose in a steel cage match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV WhatsApp WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Update on The Dudley Boyz farewell segment on Monday night what happened

first_img August 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm August 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions August 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Alright kids, don’t make me turn this car around. Cena working dark matches does not mean the brand split has failed, it just means they need to find better ways of sending the crowd home happy lol Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Top team of all time? So just by longevity, they should be No. 1? So no Bulldogs, Rockers, Hart Foundation, Demolition, Powers Of Pain, Twin Towers, LOD, Money Inc., Young Bucks, Beer Money, AJ Styles/Daniels, and I’m not even counting any AWA or NWA tag teams from the eighties. So they are the best out of all of those? Wow, ok. Good to see they went out on their own terms. As vastly overrated as I think the Dudleys are, they’re still seasoned vets and a very successful tag team. Hopefully, they don’t wear their bodies out with multiple attempted comebacks. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook August 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Pinterest so brands aren’t separate, didn’t last long Google+ Videos Articles Lol Now Playing Up Next Al79 Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Seth Rollins It’s litterally A DARK MATCH. Because when these venues were booked as the whole roster so to fulfill promises so when you say “didn’t last long” you’ve clearly not read EVERY dark match since the draft as cena has appeared on all of them. Clap clap Update on The Dudley Boyz farewell on Monday nightThe segment on WWE RAW last night featuring The Dudley Boyz farewell was described as being legitimate. According to a report by PWInsider.com, Bubba Ray and D-Von had at one point agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE and then at some point over the last week, both sides decided to part ways. The Dudley’s reportedly received a backstage standing ovation from WWE management and talent when they returned to the backstage area.What happened after RAW in BrooklynWrestleview.com’s own Mike Tedesco was at RAW last night in Brooklyn and sent word that John Cena and WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins and AJ Styles in a post-show bonus match after RAW went off the air.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list resorting to verbal abuse? I’m done caring what u say, not replying to this crap Tyshawn Ganse I took it that what Brad meant by top tag team was number of title reigns (they are the most title rich team) and not necessarily best. He didn’t say best anywhere so that was just my take (he can confirm on his side). Personally, I’m not a fan of The Dudleys and wasn’t even in their early years but if Brad is saying top team meaning most successful title related team, you can’t actually argue that. Best team is of course subjective to everyone’s opinion. Personally, for my money, LOD was the best team, and I loved the 80’s feuds between The Bulldogs and The Harts and there are oh so many teams I personally feel are miles ahead of The Dudleys but I can’t argue their success, and just in case he doesn’t come back to comment just thought I’d share that this may be the perspective. and some really do have an excuse for everything, thought only heel commentators had that skill your life must be pathetic as f*** Tony Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte thanks for the applause but u should save it for the next mistake WWE makes because they don’t think long term Holy s*** you’re not clever. because cena doing a few dark matches before not being advertised on raw it’s a mistake. Man some people really do whine about anything Alexander Kahrs Yeah he got them super high ratings as that character and set off a new Monday night wars..oh wait Twitter Johnm These guys are way past prime. How many standing ovations are they going to get? I remember when TNA did this years ago, had a big tribute, then Bully Ray came back, won the title and left again. These guys are good entertainers, but they are far down the list if best tag teams in my opinion. In ECW and early WWE maybe so, but in the last 10 years or so, just indifferent. August 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm Johnm I agree, kind of what I am getting jumped on for saying below. They are automatically the “best” because they won the title 21 times? Wayne Martin Brian Farmer Al79 Brad Bonesteel August 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm August 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm August 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm August 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm Cena wasn’t the only one working that dark match… AJ and Ambrose were both there, too…. please don’t make everything about Cena. Now Playing Up Next August 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm Wayne Martincenter_img August 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm TheCyberZon Jeremy King Right… August 25, 2016 at 3:31 am August 23, 2016 at 10:42 pm Elbert LuGrand Jr. Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha If you took just the last 10 years of their careers, as you stated, they would still be HoF-worthy in that time period as a team. Add in the rest of their careers and they will go down as probably one of, if not the, top tag team of all time. Aaron David Harwood August 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm a 10th reign as tag champs would have been nice, but really anything they do is icing on an amazing career cake WhatsApp Al79 8x ECW champions–the REAL ECW.9x WWF/E champions.1x WCW champions–if you count that (personally I don’t)1x NWA champions1x time TNA champions2x IWGP championsEven if you don’t count the WCW reign, or their individual titles, that’s still 21 tag team titles spanning 2 decades and 5 major brands with title wins over several big name teams. Add to that, Pro Wrestling Illustrated noted that as an unbreakable achievement up there with Bruno Sammartino’s nearly 8 year long 1st WWWF title reign, Moolah’s 28+ year long Women’s title reign, and the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak. So YEAH, that makes them one of, if not the greatest, tag team of all time.Powers of Pain? Twin Towers? Why not compare them to Power & Glory or the Headbangers or Show Miz? I loved Bubbas run as Bully Ray in TNA. Maybe he’ll come back. Johnm Now Playing Up Next August 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm Only thing truly left for the Dudley’s to do to solidify their legacy is win the ROH tag titles 28 COMMENTS Lol August 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm They were just going to use them as jobbers from now on anyway instead as honored veterans. Happy trails Bubba/Bully Ray & DVon. Next stop, WWE HOF. Tyshawn Ganse Wayne Martin August 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm Tyshawn Ganse August 23, 2016 at 6:02 pm Mic skills? Did I say anything about mic skills? They’re one of, possibly the greatest, because they’re 21x champions spanning 2 decades & 5 major wrestling brands with even PWI acknowledging that achievement as one of the greatest in wrestling history. And if you want to talk tag team matches to watch, any one of the Dudleys’ 3 way WWF/E title matches with the Hardys and Edge & Christian were all spectacular. In fact, the tag title matches involving those 3 teams at Wrestlemanias 16 & 17 were voted Matches of the Year. Even the matches where the Dudleys fought only the Hardys or Edge & Christian were all great. Colby So you just rate on number of titles won and mic skills? Granted ONLY Bubba Ray had the mic skills, which were pretty much unmatched, I’ll give you that. But their wrestling skills as a tag team wouldn’t even be in my top 10. So I suppose if you’re only judging the “greatest” by number of titles coupled with one member being able to talk, I would agree. Can I assume that you are a big fan of Enzo/Big Cass, New Age Outlaws, and other teams that have average wrestling but one guy is great on the mic? Maybe it’s just how I judge wrestling, but if someone asked me for tag team matches to watch, I would say Rockers vs. Brain Busters from ’89, Sabu/Van Dam vs. Shinzaki/Hayabusa from ’98, Harts vs. Bulldogs from ’87, LOD vs. Demolition, and maybe some of the recent matches in ROH and NXT. But the Dudleys I wouldn’t watch for wrestling per say, just for crowd pops and catchphrases. Tyshawn Ganse August 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm Ronda Rousey Could be, but he also said they should go in the HOF because of the last 10 years. The last 10 years, in my opinion were below average. If anything they should go in because of 1995-2005. August 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm August 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm Now Playing Up Next Johnm August 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm because i am 100% correct in all including the abuse about your life…….. enjoy banging your sister TheCyberZon WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions August 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm August 25, 2016 at 1:57 am August 25, 2016 at 2:37 am August 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm Al79 Wayne Martin Al79 August 25, 2016 at 3:28 am August 25, 2016 at 3:51 am WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Comments are closed.last_img read more

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After tragedy tranquility returns to Washougal swimming hole

first_imgMike Fisher stood Sunday afternoon on the north side of the Washougal River, wearing flips-flops, a swim suit, sunglasses and a baseball hat while sipping a beverage. Less than two weeks earlier, and just a few steps away, two German tourists were mowed down by a Jeep Grand Cherokee that tore through Sandy Swimming Hole Park.On Sunday, the only reminders of the incident were 12 flower bouquets placed on a chain-link fence at the edge of the swimming hole parking lot.“I don’t see why that one incident should deter people from coming,” Fisher said. “Don’t let it kill the vibe of the place.”The maroon-colored Jeep was headed east June 25 on North Shepherd Road in Washougal when it left the roadway and plowed through a chain-link fence on the west side of the swimming hole, 550 N. Shepherd Road. It then went down a 30-foot embankment and toward the Washougal River before striking Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62, while they sunbathed on the beach, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The Jeep then went up a berm and through a park sign before exiting the park to the east, according to Washougal police. David Croswell, 71, of Washougal was arrested later that evening in connection with the incident.last_img read more

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ARC of Southwest Washington plans gala fundraiser

first_imgClark County — The Arc of Southwest Washington has scheduled its second annual gala fundraiser for 6 p.m., March 31, at its headquarters at 6511 N.E. 18th Street in Vancouver. The event is dubbed “Cinderella’s Sneakers,” and attendees are encouraged to don their best evening wear — and sneakers.The Arc is a longstanding local nonprofit agency that provides education and advocacy for people with disabilities of all sorts. The second annual gala will include live music, wine pourings, dancing and games, food from eight local restaurants, auctions and more.Tickets are $60 each or $100 per couple. To learn more, visit http://arcswwa.org.last_img

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Camas Farmers Market opening Wednesday

first_imgThe Camas Farmer’s Market kicks off its fifth season Wednesday.The market will be open from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 10. The market is in downtown Camas on Fourth Avenue between Northeast Everett and Franklin streets, near City Hall and the Camas Public Library.This year, the market has a new Fresh Match program, which offers customers using EBT cards a free match of up to $5. The market also accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and WIC vouchers.The kickoff of the new season will include a health fair with booths from health and wellness groups. And the new sponsor, Providence Health and Services, will host two special event days this year, June 27 and Aug. 22, that will focus on healthy living activities.last_img

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3 teen soccer team members killed 1 injured in North Miami crash

first_imgOfficials said the victims’ parents and coaches have been notified. Their teammates learned about the deaths at the park in Little Haiti where they practice, Saturday evening.“They were hurting, crying, showing their love, expressing their love for their teammates,” said the Rev. Mike Davis, a local pastor.All three victims were enrolled in Miami-Dade public schools. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter to address the tragedy. NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Three members of a youth soccer team from Little Haiti were killed after they were struck by a car while walking to a bus stop in North Miami, sending the driver to the hospital.North Miami Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Northeast 125th Street and 14th Avenue, just west of U.S. 1, at around 5:30 a.m., Saturday.Investigators said a driver lost control and hit the victims near a building as they were walking to a bus stop.“[The driver] went onto the sidewalk and struck the kids,” said North Miami Police spokesperson Natalie Buissereth.Police said the victims were about to head to a youth soccer tournament in Weston at the time.“The children were walking to the bus stop en route to their soccer game,” said Buissereth.Investigators identified the victims as 17-year-old Richecarde Dumay, 15-year-old Lens Desir and 13-year-old Gedeon Desir. In an instant, the lives of three promising young men cut short following a horrific vehicle accident this morning. Devastated over this tragic loss of life and over the pain their loved ones must now endure. Today, the @MDCPS family is in mourning.— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 25, 2019The vehicle involved sustained major damage, while the building sustained minor damages.Paramedics transported the driver of the car to an area hospital in unknown condition. center_img The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Click here to donate to the Little Haiti FC Soccer Club’s GoFundMe campaign.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Apple cuts price of iPhone iPad AirPods in China

first_img • iPhone XR prices iPhone XR (64GB) AU$1,479 China Apple Now playing: Watch this: AU$1,299 reading • Apple cuts price of iPhone, iPad, AirPods in China US 6,199RMB £799 £899 6,699RMB AU$1,229 See All 5:56 Australia $799 7,599RMB $749center_img Apple customers in China who bought a newly discounted product during the past 14 days are eligible to collect a refund for the difference, according to CNBC. Prices for these devices in other regions have not changed. Some third-party retailers in China had already cut iPhone prices after Apple’s sales warning to investors in January. Caixin, which covers business in China, reports that Apple’s decision to lower the prices of some products comes in response to a decrease in the country’s value-added tax rate, from 16 percent to 13 percent, which takes effect today.Though third-party retailers routinely offer deals and promotional pricing on Apple hardware, the company rarely discounts its own products. Last year, however, Apple began offering hundreds of dollars in incentives to customers who traded in an old iPhone when upgrading to an iPhone XS or iPhone XR.  Apple UK Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned that the company’s fiscal first-quarter revenue would be weaker than previously expected. Cook targeted China as the source for the shortfall, a region where sales of iPhones, Macs and iPads have declined. Apple earnings report confirms iPhone slowdown $899 iPhone XR (256GB) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Share your voice Phones Tablets Tech Industry Bluetooth Headsets Wearable Tech 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors iPhone XR (128GB) Post a comment £749 Angela Lang/CNET Apple has cut the prices of some of its most popular products — including the iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac computers — on its online store for Chinese consumers. Though pricing changes vary from product to product, most of the decreases are around 5 percent, according to CNBC, which first reported the news.For example, on Apple’s Chinese website, a new 64GB iPhone XR now starts at 6,199RMB, roughly equivalent to $924. It cost 6,499RMB, or approximately $968, before Monday’s change.   Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019last_img read more

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Its my Brexit agreement or no deal May

first_imgTheresa MayBritish prime minister Theresa May has warned opponents of her blueprint for Brexit that rejecting it means crashing out of the European Union without a deal, an outcome the International Monetary Fund said Monday would have “very large” economic costs.Attempting to assert control over a fractious party and faltering Brexit negotiations, May told the BBC that if rebel lawmakers shoot down a deal between her government and the EU, “the alternative to that will be having no deal.”With just over six months until Britain is due to leave the 28-nation EU on March 29, the two sides still have big gaps to bridge in divorce negotiations, and May’s Conservative government remains divided over how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc after Brexit.May is proposing to keep Britain aligned to EU rules in return for free trade in goods and an open border between the UK’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.EU chiefs have responded by warning that the UK can’t cherry pick aspects of membership in the bloc’s single market without accepting the costs and responsibilities. May is hoping to win EU leaders around to her proposal at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday and Thursday.The two sides hope to strike a deal on divorce terms and the outlines of future trade by November, so that individual member states can approve it before Britain leaves in March.That includes a vote in the British Parliament, where May’s Conservatives don’t have an overall majority and where her Brexit blueprint faces opposition from both pro- and anti-EU lawmakers.May is calculating that, faced with a stark choice between an imperfect agreement and the unknown territory of “no deal,” many lawmakers will grudgingly back her proposals.”I think Parliament will vote for a deal because I think people will see the importance of a deal that maintains a good trading relationship with the EU but also maintains good cooperation in other areas, but gives us the freedom to take the benefits and opportunities of Brexit,” she said in an interview broadcast Monday.That outcome is far from certain. Although the prime minister insists the choice will be between her deal and no deal, pro-EU lawmakers want further negotiations, or even remaining in the bloc, to be options. Anti-Brexit campaigners are also pushing for a public referendum on the divorce agreement.Meanwhile, a “hard Brexit” Conservative faction says leaving without a deal is preferable to May’s proposed terms because it would leave Britain free to strike new trade deals around the world.Ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both quit May’s Cabinet in July out of opposition to her plan. Johnson wrote in Monday’s Daily Telegraph that May’s Brexit negotiations were heading for a “spectacular political car crash” that would leave Britain in “the ditch with a total write-off of Brexit.”Many economists say leaving the EU without a deal would be economically devastating for Britain.IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Monday that “all the likely Brexit scenarios will have costs for the UK economy,” and a no-deal Brexit “would impose very large costs.”In an update on UK economic prospects, the IMF forecast growth of 1.5 percent in 2018 and 2019, down from 1.75 percent in 2016-17.The IMF says that even a good deal would mean new barriers to trade. As part of the EU, Britain currently enjoys the freedom of goods, services, money and people to move across borders with 27 other countries in the region. Brexit will revoke some of those freedoms.Britain has fallen behind other Group of Seven economies since the 2016 vote to leave the EU, with business uncertainty holding back investment and a fall in the value of the pound slowing growth in incomes and consumption, the IMF said.last_img read more

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Lisa Borders Steps Down as Head of Times Up Organization

first_imgBy The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Lisa Borders says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time’s Up, the gender equality initiative formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.Borders says in statement Monday that she is stepping aside “with deep regret” due to family issues. She didn’t elaborate.In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, then WNBA president Lisa Borders addresses media members before Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics in Seattle. Borders, former president of the WNBA, who was named the head of Time’s Up last year, says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time’s Up, the gender equality initiative formed in 2018 in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood. Borders says in statement Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that she is stepping aside “with deep regret” due to family issues. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO while the organization conducts an executive search.Borders, former president of the WNBA, was named head of Time’s Up last year.The organization was formed in January 2018 in response to sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in the entertainment industry including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.last_img read more

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Roman Gladiators – 6 Surprising Insights You May Not Have Known

first_imgIt was not great generals. It was not robust emperors. Gladiators were the real superstars of Ancient Rome. These hunky men, enslaved to the business of fighting, were trained to engage in spectacular fights. The Coliseum at night.For the vast and ever-expanding Roman empire, they were an endless resource of happiness and entertainment.Thanks to popular culture, we have a slightly distorted vision of who were the real Gladiators. Time to break down some of the myths.Gladiators did not always fight to the deathTwo ancient Roman warriors face to face in the sand.Gladiatorial combat was clearly a precarious business, but those fighting men down in the arena did not necessarily have to fight themselves to death, especially not if both of them demonstrated great stamina and fighting skills.If a gladiator had to die during every single match, then the ancient Romans would have been terrible leaders of the business, which was a lucrative one.Roman warriors in the Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia.Gladiators took on lengthy preparations and they costed fortunes to train and maintain. Dying was not really an option for someone making a living out of the Coliseum games. A gladiator would pay off if he survived at least ten different combats.The people who owned and managed the gladiators were called lanistae. Under their sponsorship, gladiators were provided with proper food and medicine. They were instructed not to kill, but to inflict a wound to the opponent.Take a closer look here:A majority of gladiators died before reaching 30 years of age, however. Sometimes the lanistae were bribed by noblemen to stage a death on the arena. The money they received compensated for the loss of their men.Ancient Roman soldier.Death rates also seem to have been tied with the overall mood of the empire. On ordinary days during the 1st century A.D., the fights resulted with a winner and a loser who often failed due to an injury or simply because their body gave up. Quite a small fraction of gladiators died during this century.By the end of the next century, death rates soared, as did domestic affairs and conflicts in Rome.Gladiators were able to obtain freedomGladiators in lineAnother myth goes that those who became gladiators were bound to be one for life. This aspect of being a gladiator was also not so black and white.Some of the best gladiators fought their way out to freedom. This was possible after achieving a series of victories in the matches. Those who obtained their freedom sometimes opted to become gladiator trainers themselves.It was also not true that all gladiators were only enslaved people brought from all the different and distant Roman provinces. As the games evolved and as more people realized that fighting gladiator battles can bring them fortune and fame, commoners as well opted to become one.Late 3rd century gladiator mosaic from a private residence in Kourion, Cyprus. Photo by Klaus D. Peter, Wiehl CC BY 3.0 deRoughly a fifth of the gladiators produced in Ancient Rome should have come from the special gladiatorial schools–ludi gladiatori. A major predisposition to enter one of these schools was having a strong body.During training, they were subjected to a special food regime in order to retain the best condition for their body. If they received a wound, they were immediately treated by a medicinal personnel.At the end of the training, they also took an oath which said they will endure the pains of their combats, and that they are ready to be bound, beaten, and eventually slaughtered by their enemy’s sword.A funerary practice paved the way to gladiatorial combatsGladiators from the Zliten mosaicEvidence suggests gladiator games originated from boorish forms of funerary practice.The strange rite was known as munera and dictated that upper-class people enforced their slaves to combat until death.This was done within the frames of the funeral. At the same time appeared also the venationes which engaged men in terrifying beast hunts.The munera practice quickly took momentum and evolved into a form which understood a major public spectacle.  The very first such funerary rite may have happened in 264 B.C. where a nobleman by the name of Brutus Pera instructed his sons in his will that they should host combats during his funeral.Re-enactment of a gladiator fight in the arena of Nîmes. Photo by Culturespaces/Christophe Recoura CC BY-SA 3.0A century later, the munera was so commonplace that one such event is said to have engaged over 70 men who nastily fought for several days over.The earliest gladiators sported traditional Samnite outfit and weapons. As different casts of gladiators evolved, clothes and gear also began to differ, which brings us to the next point.The image of the gladiator was not uniformedGladiators after the fight, José Moreno Carbonero (1882)Classifications are abundant enough. Gladiators were distinguished by their skill as much as for their fighting style. Everything played a role in which category a gladiator can be deemed.Murmillo gladiators were often left to face a thraex or hoplomachus gladiator. The murmillo sported an outfit similar to that of a Roman legionary, and the latter two were Greek-fashioned. Their confrontation would have looked like a fight between a Roman and Greek soldier.Modern re-enactment of a murmillo. Photo by Curiosito -CC BY-SA 3.0There were also those able to fight with two swords simultaneously–the dimachaerus type of gladiator, and those who hopped on a horse when in the battle ring–the equites.On rare days, spectators in the theaters would also see women. Their matches were against other woman, but also sometimes against men. Dwarfs also fought. Any and everyone was used to make a good gladiator show.Animals were rarely fought in arenasPainting from the Amphitheater.Gladiator depictions in pop culture frequently also involve confrontations with all different kinds of beasts, but most of the time, animals were kept aside from combat arenas.Gladiator versus animal fights came quite late in the day. This was because people eventually wanted to see something novel. Animals were there to spice up things when fights got a little bit boring.Roman arena at Arles, inside view. Photo by Jmalik CC BY 2.5While common confrontations included those with lions and tigers, there is one record which testifies the arena was once flooded on intention and the water was filled with creatures like crocodiles and sharks.Combat scenes like this one remain rare, but more frequent were the casual exhibition and killings of animals in the Roman theaters.Vintage engraving showing a man saving a woman from a lion and tiger in the Roman Arena.It was often about species not native to the Italian peninsula such as lions, elephants or giraffes.They were brought from conquered territories, like those in North Africa; were presented to the crowds and then subjected to bloodlust.Gladiators were revered… in quite bizarre waysPollice Verso (“With a Turned Thumb”), an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon GérômeTheir names were written on walls. Their faces portrayed on paintings. Their bodies depicted in sculpture. 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