165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Due to the fires in Griffith Park, the Loreena McKennitt concert schedule at The Greek today has been moved to the Gibson Amphitheatre. The concert will start 8:30 p.m. All Greek Theatre tickets must be exchanged at the Gibson Amphitheatre box office upon entry. The Gibson box office will be open at 5 p.m. The Gibson Amphitheatre, formerly Universal Amphitheatre, is located at 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City, about 7 miles from the Greek Theatre. For more information, call The Greek Theatre at (323) 665-5857 or the Gison Amphitheatre at (818) 622-4440 or visit http://www.hob.com/venues/concerts/gibson/index.asp
Graphic by Gaurav KumraWhip smartSmartphones might be the ‘in’thing, but wearable technology is the future.Here are the most talked about wearable technology on the Web. Twitter tattle: Short and TweetAuthor David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, has published a short story on Twitter. Mitchell penned his new story,The,Graphic by Gaurav KumraWhip smartSmartphones might be the ‘in’thing, but wearable technology is the future.Here are the most talked about wearable technology on the Web.Twitter tattle: Short and TweetAuthor David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, has published a short story on Twitter. Mitchell penned his new story,The Right Sort, in a series of 280 tweets over the course of a week. His latest work chronicles a young boy’s experience after he ingests his mother’s Valium pills.Salman KhanWeb lol: Kicked outActor Salman Khan became the butt of jokes this week when his latest film Kick received some atrocious reviews. People joked about the film on Twitter and Facebook, with netizens saying, “Salman Khan wore a mask because he is ashamed of his own movie”.Net trend: Fifty shades of eroticaThe first trailer for the celluloid version of the best-selling erotica,Fifty Shades of Grey, has left most netizens gasping for breath.While some called it a racier version of The Twilight Saga sans the vampires, comedian Billy Eichner hit the nail when he tweeted: “To all those people who get excited about Fifty Shades of Grey-you guys know about porn, right?”Web Wow: Meet the Indian superheroesDelhi-based artist Raj Kamal has come up with Indian versions of popular superheroes. Some of the new sketches are reminiscent of famous Indian personalities. While his Spiderman sports a turban, the Hulk looks like a Tamil man with the holy ash on his forehead. Kamal’s sketches have been widely shared online.Pixel Perfect: Striking a royal poseadvertisementLooks like the British royal family has a new hobby.While Queen Elizabeth II photobombed a selfie taken by two players at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland,Prince Harry gave a thumbs up sign as officials from New Zealand were taking a selfie.The pictures have been shared online over 8,000 times.Viral videoActor Morgan Freemanand comedian Jimmy Fallon’s highpitched conversation,as they inhaled helium while blowing up balloons,cracked up over 7 million.A video of behind-the-scenes bloopers showing the actors of Game of Thrones season 4 cracking jokes between scenes, made 4.5 million netizens laugh.The members of The Simpsons and the Family Guy will meet in a crossover episode to be aired in September.Asneak peek of the episode wowed over 2.2 million.
The year was 2002 and Hilder had been named in the Australian Mixed Open side for the first time, making her debut on home soil. Fast forward to 2012 and Hilder, who currently has 37 Australian caps to her name, is the most experienced Australian Mixed Open player in the side that will line up against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales from Thursday. A lot has changed since then, having won three World Cup titles as well as getting married and having two children, but the drive to represent her country still remains. Despite her experience, Hilder says she was ‘really nervous’ at the initial camp earlier this month but can’t wait to take on the Kiwis later this week. “I think it’s really exciting to be able to be a part of a team that has got so many debutants. When I was young and just making my debut for Australia at home in Australia it was a big thing, so to be able to be a part of that with all of these ones is awesome as well,” Hilder said. “I’m just stoked to be still playing and running around with 17 and 18-year-olds and enjoying it, I still have the drive to get out there and play.”“At the camp everyone’s so excited and pumped and just playing with different people, but also playing a complete different style of Touch Football to what we played at World Cup is exciting.”The 2012 Trans Tasman Series marks the first time Hilder will represent Australia on home soil since her debut in Coffs Harbour in 2002. Having husband, Troy and children, Ashton (seven) and Nate (three) in the crowd as well as other members of her family will make the event an extra special one for the 36-year-old. “In that time I’ve played two World Cups but obviously the World Cups have been over in South Africa and Scotland so my husband hasn’t even seen me play for Australia. That was one of the big driving forces behind me really wanting to make this team, not only that but my family, my Mum and Dad and sisters are all travelling over as well. Last time they saw me play was actually 10 years ago when it was in Coffs Harbour so it’s going to be special.”It will be a new look Mixed Open side that takes to the field in Mudgee, with only six players from last year’s World Cup winning side returning to represent Australia in the division at the event. The side also sees former Australian Women’s Open assistant coach and 2009 Australian 20’s Boys coach, Micheal Lovett in the head coach role, with experienced Mixed player and coach, Manu Wakely as assistant coach. Despite a short lead in to the Trans Tasman, Hilder says that the feeling in the side is really positive and she is looking forward to the opportunity to play under the guidance of Lovett and Wakely. “Already the dealings I’ve had with Mick…he is really switched on and the direction he’s taking I’m loving already and the way that he wants the team to work is just unreal and I think he’s going to be really successful as a Mixed coach and I think the Mixed team is in very good hands,” she said. “The style of play Mick wants to play means that I’ve been picked in the link/middle girl spot and he wants us more involved which is awesome and getting to play with the calibre of guys that we’ve got in this side who are so talented and being able to work with them, I’m really looking forward to it and am excited.” Taking part in the Series so close to ANZAC Day and taking part in the ANZAC Day march in Mudgee is something that Hilder describes as ‘extra special’ and is something she is also looking forward to. “It’s going to be special as ANZAC Day is such a special day for Australia and then being able to be part of something special in Mudgee with the ceremony that we are going to be part of and then playing the Trans Tasman afterwards, I’ve never done it before so I think it’s going to make it just that little bit extra special.”The Australian Mixed Open team starts their campaign against New Zealand at 6.30pm on Thursday, 26 April 2012. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
UNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus’ offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been revealed.The Wales international is in demand with his contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer and Gunners’ chiefs having pulled their renewal offer earlier this season.Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already confirmed the Serie A leaders’ interest.And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have already made their offer known to Ramsey.It’s claimed that Ramsey has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £6.3million per year AFTER tax.The Welshman would be handed a base salary of £5million, topped up with another £1.35million if he plays 70 per cent of the club’s matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds can compete against Man City with QSI – Radrizzaniby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United could compete with Manchester City if proposed investment from the Middle East goes through, according to owner Andrea Radrizzani.Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris St-Germain, is one of three parties interested in the club.The company is run by Nasser al-Khelaifi, a friend of Radrizzani.The Italian said a Leeds fan based in America and the owner of an unnamed side in Italy were the other two keen to invest in the Championship club.”The option of Qatar Sports Investments and Nasser (al-Khelaifi) – first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time,” Radrizzani told The Times.”They have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.”
By Rob SmithAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–British Columbia is a tinder keg.All eyes have turned to Ottawa awaiting the federal cabinet to decide the fate of the controversial Prosperity mine.Some observers believe violence could erupt if the federal government approves the mine.Prosperity mine, however, is one of many potential flash points threatening to flare up in B.C.Over the past few months several mega projects have been proposed.It’s a signal to chiefs that the Gordon Campbell government has opened the province for business and set it on a collision course with First Nations.
TORONTO – Canada’s automakers appear to be the big winners from a renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, while steel and aluminum makers and dairy producers have less to celebrate.The breakthrough deal reached Sunday night, that U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to call the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from tariffs, one of the biggest wins in the new deal, said David Adams, president of Global Automakers of Canada.“One of the largest things is just having certainty now in terms of what the trading relationship is, and what the business environment is going to be going forward. Because business desperately needs certainty and uncertainty is anathema to getting things done.”The new deal makes enough Canadian auto exports tariff-free to be a de facto exemption, and gives hopes that metal tariffs could be reversed, said Frederic Bastien, an analyst at Raymond James in a note.“This a victory for Canada because that amount is actually well above what we currently send south of the border. That gives us confidence a side deal on Canadian steel and aluminum can also be reached before the new NAFTA is ratified.”The terms reached between the U.S. and Mexico on higher wage thresholds will also be positive for Canadian producers, said Unifor president Jerry Dias, who welcomed the deal.“The threat of capricious auto tariffs has been lifted, stabilizing future investment” said Dias in a statement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a press conference that the auto sector was a key priority in negotiations.“Protecting our auto industry was one of the core concerns that Canadians had about getting to a deal, and we’re glad to say that we have significant protections.”Steel and aluminum producers, however, came away disappointed with no deal in place to lift the tariffs the U.S. imposed on their products at the end of May.“Certainly disappointed because they didn’t agree on a solution on the 232 sanctions regarding aluminum and steel,” said Jean Simard, CEO of the Aluminium Association of Canada.United Steelworkers Canadian director Ken Neumann was more direct, saying Canada “sold out” steel and aluminum workers by not getting the 25 per cent steel tariffs and 10 per cent aluminum tariffs removed.“It appears Canadian steel and aluminum workers are among those being sacrificed in the concessions made by the Liberal government in this deal,” he said in a statement.Most critical of the deal was the dairy industry, which railed against expanded U.S. access to the domestic dairy market and the elimination of competitive dairy classes.Bruno Letendre, head of the association that represents Quebec’s milk producers, said the concessions are the equivalent of 13 days fewer production for his members.“We’ve been sacrificed,” he said in an interview. “There’s no doubt about that. Supply management has been sacrificed.”The measures will have a “dramatic impact” on dairy farmers and cause the industry to shrink, said Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, in a statement.Ontario and Quebec premiers criticized the dairy concessions as a bad deal for farmers, though Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said at a press conference Monday that they would be made whole.“Our supply managed producers will be fully compensated, because that is the fair thing to do,” she said without providing details on planned compensation.For the general manufacturing sector, the sentiment is one of relief, said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.“It removes that uncertainty that was hanging over the sector, in terms of our access to this North American market, in terms of the rules related to our integrated North American supply chain.”He said he hopes the aluminum and steel tariffs can be resolved shortly, but that the manufacturing industry didn’t lose anything in the new deal.“At a minimum we haven’t lost any ground. Versus a very unpredictable and protectionist U.S. administration, I think Canada did as well as it could.”Markets took the news of the deal in stride, with the S&P/TSX composite index closing 0.2 per cent higher while the loonie posted an average gain of 0.86 of a US cent than Friday.“The markets are reacting positively and with relief but they’re certainly not euphoric by any means. They’re happy but not delighted,” said Doug Porter, chief economist at the Bank of Montreal.The new trade pact is significantly better than an all-out trade war, but won’t be a game changer for Canadian growth, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld.“For the most part, this was a defensive deal for Canada,” he said in an interview.“We had a NAFTA deal that was working reasonably well so we will call it a win because we were able to retain the key parts of the existing NAFTA deal in terms of our access to the U.S. market.”The lifted uncertainty could be enough to prompt more business investment, said RBC senior economist Nathan Janzen in a note.“While it’s possible to conclude that the deal consists largely of tweaks to the old agreement, we believe reduced uncertainty about the U.S.-Canada trade relationship could prompt businesses to put more investment dollars to work and will support exports.”— With files from Linda Nguyen
Council passed a resolution to write a letter to the provincial government outlining their concerns, and to also have the issues brought up at the NCLGA Annual General Meeting in Fort Nelson next month. North Peace Drug Awareness Society acknowledgedThe North Peace Drug Awareness Society was also given an acknowledgement by city council for their nearly 20 years of work in the Fort St. John area. Mayor Lori Ackerman spoke about the Society’s work in running the D.A.R.E. Program in Fort St. John, as well as other various drug awareness and education initiatives. In 2004, the Society was approached to take on the contract of the RCMP’s Police-Based Victim Services Program. Since then, the Society was responsible for 1 – 2 employees who ran the program. Society Chair Rick Ekkel thanked the City for its years of support and partnership in their work with the program.City concerned about cost of new employer health taxFort St. John City Council is going to be collaborating with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the North Central Local Government Association on sending a message to the provincial government that the new Employer Health Tax won’t be cheap to implement. According to a report to Council from Human Resources Rashid Hasan, the City will pay $127,800 in MSP premiums of its employees covered under a collective agreement each for year in 2018 and 2019. For 2019, it is estimated employer health tax of 1.95% will cost the City $396,566 in addition to the estimated MSP premiums of $127,800 – a total cost of $524,366 and a 4.44% increase in the tax rate. In 2020, MSP premiums will be phased out, and the employer health tax is estimated to cost $406,480.75 – a 3.44% increase in the tax rate compared to the rate set for the 2018 budget. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mayor Lori Ackerman proclaimed May to be MS Awareness Month at Monday’s City Council meeting.Sherri Mytopher, who serves as a board member with the MS Society of Canada’s Northern Regional Chapter, gave a brief presentation about the struggles of her and 100,000 other Canadians who live with Multiple Sclerosis every day. According to Mytopher, Canada has one of the highest incidents of MS among developed nations. The MS Society will also be hosting an MS Walk in Fort St. John on Sunday, May 27th at Centennial Park.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – When Chuck Fowler received the call from his mother that their property was on fire he travelled from Mile 58 to do what he could to help.Arriving on the scene, Fowler phoned Enbridge and P&G to advise them of the situation as their line was close. They would then call 911 as they knew they were not in Charlie Lakes Fire District.Trying to find people with water trucks they managed to locate a Vac truck. and started fighting the perimeter of the fire. There was a hoe that was also used to attack the fire as they could not get into the big part of the fire shared Fowler. Fowler goes on to say they tried to contact all residents to move their equipment. “By the grace of God, the fire went on a bit of an angle,” said Fowler “That managed to go between a dump structure and the home on 252 Road.”Fowler went on to say “For whatever reason, the fire angled and went away from the home and saved the residents tank truck.”The fire was reported to start at approximately 3:30 pm, Fowler commends the Forestry’s response time as he said the Bomber was in the air with 10-15 men on site within 40 minutes. “We were grateful,” said Fowler.5-6 Hectares of land were extinguished and controlled and nobody was hurt all within 5 hours which makes a good news story out of a bad news story shared Fowler.To read more on the fire; CLICK HERE