Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbean CruisesMiami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises reported record second quarter results and reaffirmed its full year adjusted EPS guidance.The company’s net income for the second quarter of 2018 surged to USD 466.3 million, compared to a net income of USD 369.5 million reported in the same period a year earlier.The company beat the adjusted earnings per share (EPS) guidance for the second quarter by USD 0.39.“Such a high level of favorability is unusual and was driven by a noteworthy confluence of factors including: better than expected revenue from the global brands, better performance from the joint ventures and lower than expected expenses which were driven by timing,” the company explained.Royal Caribbean Cruises said it expects its full year adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 8.70 to USD 8.90 per share, noting that this guidance includes a USD 0.35 negative impact from currency and fuel since the April guidance.The company expects a net yield increase in the range of 2.75% to 3.75% in constant-currency.“While we are frustrated by foreign exchange and fuel rates, we are tickled pink that our business continues to excel and overcome these headwinds,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO.Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said that 2018 “is shaping up to be another year of record earnings,” which is being driven by a strong demand environment and effective cost and capital management.“While it is too early to guide on 2019, it is very encouraging to see these positive trends further supporting a strong book of business for next year.”
Atlantic cod and farmed salmon fish cakes are being served for breakfast Friday, June 4, at the Cunard Centre as the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture helps CBC Radio’s Information Morning celebrate its 40th birthday. The seafood offering has been part of the radio show anniversary for more than 20 years. The fish cakes, prepared by local chefs BeeChoo Char and Matt Pennell, will be available hot-off-the-grill from 6 a.m to 8:45 a.m. Nova Scotia’s fishing and aquaculture industries create good jobs in coastal communities around the province. These sectors help grow the economy by generating more than $1 billion, primarily in exports, every year. “We produce some of the highest quality seafood in the world,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Partnering with CBC Radio’s Information Morning is a great opportunity to reach out to the community, promote our seafood to families in Nova Scotia and talk about the health benefits of adding seafood to diets.” Nova Scotia seafood recipes will be available and staff will answer questions on where to buy, select, handle and cook Atlantic fish and seafood. The curious can check out the aquaculture aquarium containing rainbow trout and Atlantic halibut, and learn more about aquaculture species farmed in Nova Scotia. Visitors can also win tickets to the upcoming Catch the N.S. Seafood Festival being held on June 19-20. For fishcakes and other Nova Scotia seafood recipes, go to www.gov.ns.ca/fish/marketing/recipes/seafood/ .
Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has announced that the release of his film Inshallah with actor Alia Bhatt has been pushed back. Salman took to Twitter late on August 26, where he promised to come out with another film on Eid 2020. “The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!” Details related to the delay have not been disclosed. Inshallah, which also stars Alia, marks the reunion of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman after two decades. The two last worked together in the 1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He also appeared in a cameo in Saawariya.
Islamabad: Pakistan and China on Saturday said the “unilateral” actions by India in Kashmir would further “complicate” the situation, as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here. Qureshi and Wang held delegation-level talks after the Chinese foreign minister arrived here to participate in the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue. The Foreign Office in a statement said the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional matters, particularly the situation in Kashmir. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTensions between India and Pakistan have spiked after New Delhi withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5. Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it. During the meeting, Qureshi and Wang also underscored commonality of views on Afghan peace process. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsQureshi said that Pakistan and China will continue their close coordination and consultation to ensure that peace and stability in the region is maintained. “Wang reaffirmed China’s support and reiterated opposition to any unilateral action as well as the measures that could further complicate the situation, the statement said. Qureshi emphasised that friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and highlighted that “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries is deeply rooted in mutual trust and respect and is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and beyond.” Qureshi said Pakistan will continue to support China on all issues of its core interest, including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. He also highlighted that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has added a new dimension to bilateral ties and contributed immensely to the revitalisation of Pakistan’s economy. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the timely completion of CPEC projects, especially those in Gwadar. Wang highlighted that Pakistan-China relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and strong bonds of friendship.
The families of eight people killed by an Ontario nurse, as well as one of her surviving victims, lamented a fundamental lack of respect for human life in the province’s long-term care system Monday as they addressed a public inquiry probing the circumstances around the woman’s crimes.In closing submissions at the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer those most impacted by her actions called for an array of changes, from nursing-home staffing levels to coroner protocols, but railed most emphatically against what they saw as a lack of compassion that harmed everyone involved.“The people with needs have a voice. Now that we’re sick, nobody listens,” said Beverly Bertram, who survived one of Wettlaufer’s attacks in August 2016. “If there was a change I would like to see happen, that would be respect given. Respect for individuals regardless of the roles they’ve played or will play in the future.”Wettlaufer, 51, confessed to murdering eight patients and attempting to kill several more over the course of nearly a decade by injecting them with overdoses of insulin at care homes and private residences across the province.Bertram pulled no punches when outlining the effect Wettlaufer’s attack had on her.The 70-year-old said she no longer knows who she is after the attack, adding she is “consumed” by Wettlaufer and her actions.But Bertram also told the inquiry that the same lack of compassion that allowed her fellow victims to die in relative obscurity also harmed their confessed killer, who told investigators about her long-standing struggles with addiction and mental health issues.“She cried for help many times and none was given,” Bertram told the inquiry. “She was not paid attention to, and this is the aftermath of her journey.”The son of one of Wettlaufer’s other victims also emphasized what he described as the system’s lack of compassion, but his emotional remarks were directed at what he perceived as the people and systems that allowed the nurse to prey on patients with impunity for years.“I saw finger-pointing, I saw people throwing each other under the bus, I saw a lack of compassion,” said Arpad Horvath Jr. “For them to just come and put money and reputation in front of human life is pathetic.”Horvath Jr’s father, 75-year-old Arpad Horvath Sr., became the last of Wettlaufer’s victims when he died at a London, Ont. nursing home in 2014.His death came after Wettlaufer had already killed seven residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont. The inquiry heard that her crimes went undetected, and that she likely never would have been caught without her confession to police.The nurse was disciplined several times by her employers at the facility, who ultimately fired her in 2014 due to multiple medication errors.Caressant Care’s closing statements reiterated that the facility never suspected Wettlaufer’s crimes despite her mediocre work performance. The submission also states that the facility believes there were no systemic issues that “facilitated or concealed” the murders.“Given what we know from (Wettlaufer’s) confession about her motives … it is submitted that the crimes that she committed at (Caressant Care in Woodstock) could have been committed in any Ontario’s long-term care homes over the same period,” it said.The public inquiry has heard that complaints about Wettlaufer began at the start of her career in 1995 and continued until her confession in 2016, weeks after the attack on Bertram. Wettlaufer ultimately pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Submissions from the families of Wettlaufer’s victims included a number of recommendations for improvements to the province’s long-term care system.Those included calls for more substantive reference checks at long-term care facilities, overhauls to inspection protocols at the provincial health ministry, and standardization of death investigation practices among Ontario’s coroners.A joint submission made by children of Wettlaufer’s first victim James Silcox, however, expressed open skepticism that those calls would be heeded.“Without radical changes to the collective attitude towards the long-term care system as represented by the government of Ontario, we are not hopeful that the glaring problems unearthed by the inquiry will be solved,” four siblings said in a joint submission.“The inquiry into long-term care has offered an enormous amount of insight into the failure of the province of Ontario to protect our most vulnerable.”The inquiry will continue to hear closing submissions in the coming days, including from the other long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked, the coroner’s office, the Ontario Nurses’ Association, the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
Celebrating a half-century milestone while gearing up to implement an ambitious international plan to eliminate poverty and tackle climate change, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will host its first-ever gala fundraiser, the inaugural Global Goals Gala: A Night for Change.The event will take place at Phillips, 450 Park Avenue in Manhattan, on the evening of Monday, December 5.The host committee includes three current UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and actors Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh. These ambassadors and other influencers will help highlight UNDP’s work around the globe, introduce honorees and appoint a new UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, a high-profile actor/activist whose identity will be kept under wraps until shortly before the event.Beginning with red-carpet arrivals and cocktails at 6:30 pm, the evening will feature celebrity advocates, political heavyweights and global partners helping UNDP mark 50 years of progress for the world. Among those serving on the host committee are Edward Dolman, chairman and CEO of Phillips (gala committee chair); Sir Harold Evans, editor-at-large, Thomson Reuters; Kate Garvey, co-founder of Project Everyone; Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Road Safety; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation.“The United Nations Development Programme has spent the last five decades fighting poverty and protecting our planet,” said Michael O’Neill, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of External Relations. “But we can’t get the job done without our influential supporters and advocates by our side, which is why we are delighted and proud to add another powerful voice to the cause when we appoint a new Goodwill Ambassador on December 5.”The gala will be interactive, giving guests the unique opportunity to experience what UNDP does to improve people’s lives around the globe. Central to this experience will be its work in helping countries achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, they were agreed to by world leaders last year seeking to eliminate poverty and stop climate change by 2030. The gala will culminate with a musical performance by a major recording artist, to be announced.Individual tickets start at $750. Tables and sponsorships are available. Contact Ayesha Marra at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets, to join the host committee or to become a sponsor. For more information on the Global Goals Gala, please visit www.undpgala.org.
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from model code violation cases till his dissents are recorded on orders, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Saturday said members of the panel are not supposed to be “clones” of each other and divergence of views was natural.On a day Lavasa’s decision to recuse from model code of conduct complaints became public, the EC said the ‘full commission’ would meet on May 21 to discuss the issue of dissent and “related matters”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn an unprecedented move, Arora came out with a statement on the differences coming out in open, saying the episode was “unsavoury” and “avoidable”. When contacted, Lavasa said the issue was an “internal matter” and he would like to offer no comment. In his statement, Arora said that in the last meeting of the Commission on May 14, it was “unanimously” decided to form groups to deliberate the issues which arose in the course of conduct of Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Out of the 13 issues/areas which were identified, model code of conduct is one of them,” he said. “The three members of ECI are not expected to be template or clones of each other. There have been so many times in the past when there has been a vast diversion of views as it can and should be. But the same largely remained within the confines of ECI,” Arora said. He said the differences have come out in the past when a former commissioner or CEC has written a book mentioning details. The law governing poll panel’s functioning states that preference should be for a unanimous view, but provide for a majority ruling in the absence of unanimity. In a strongly-worded letter to Arora on May 4, Lavasa is learnt to have said that he is being forced to stay away from the meetings of the full commission since minority decisions are not being recorded. He is learnt to have said that his participation in the meeting is “meaningless” as his dissent remained unrecorded. He had said that his notes on the need for transparency have not been responded to so he has decided to stay away from model code related complaints. He is learnt to have written to the CEC on three occasions. The EC’s legal division had opined that dissent cannot be recorded on decisions as model code violations are not part of a quasi judicial hearing where all the three — the CEC and two fellow commissioners sign. The majority view is conveyed to the parties concerned. The dissent remains recorded in the file only and not made public. Lavasa had dissented in some of the 11 decisions EC took on complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for alleged model code violations. The two were given a clean chit in all the decisions. Arora lamented that the report on Lavasa’s decision not to take part in model code related issues came at a time when the poll watchdog is gearing up for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls and counting of votes.
22 August 2011United Nations staff in Haiti have activated their emergency response systems to prepare for tonight’s expected arrival of Hurricane Irene as it crosses the Caribbean region. Irene was upgraded from a tropical storm and Haitian authorities have issued a “red alert” for the entire country, although the hurricane is expected to hit hardest along the country’s north coast, according to information released today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Working with the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH), OCHA has activated an emergency joint response centre and an expanded joint operation centre.The UN is helping authorities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with a public awareness campaign focused on highly populated areas and on markets, while an evacuation assessment started earlier today.Hurricane Irene, which is also expect to batter the Dominican Republic later today, is currently moving westward, but may turn northward later and head towards the south-eastern United States.Haiti, still fragile after the catastrophic earthquake of January 2010, has been pummelled by numerous hurricanes in recent years, but escaped serious damaged from Tropical Storm Emily at the start of the month.
The meeting, which is being cosponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Employers as well as dozens of leading Russian and foreign companies, “will aim to establish in Russia a Global Compact Learning Forum and promote public-private partnership projects,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The opening of the meeting will be addressed by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette.The Compact, which was first proposed at the World Economic Forum in January 1999, and formally launched the following year, is an initiative to involve businesses in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Orders for US long-lasting goods drop 2 per cent in October, signalling caution during shutdown by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2013 6:45 am MDT WASHINGTON – Businesses spent less last month on machinery, computers and most other items, lowering orders for U.S. long-lasting factory goods. The decline suggests companies may have been reluctant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdownThe Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods dropped 2 per cent in October from September. That follows a 4.1 per cent increase in September from August.Durable goods are meant to last at least three years.Demand for commercial aircraft plunged nearly 16 per cent last month, accounting for much of the decline. But orders also fell 1.2 per cent in a closely watched category that excludes volatile transportation and defence orders. That was the second straight drop.Economists pay closer attention to core capital goods because those orders can reflect businesses’ confidence in the economy.Many companies may have held off placing orders in October, awaiting the outcome of a budget impasse that shut down parts of the federal government.However, the report conflicts with a private sector survey released earlier this month that showed companies shrugged off the shutdown and boosted orders.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, said factory activity accelerated for the fifth straight month in October to the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. The survey’s measure of new orders ticked up and production remained strong, though it slowed from the previous month.Other reports have suggested that manufacturing has picked up since the spring. Strong auto sales and a healthier housing market have pushed up demand for steel and other metals, auto parts, furniture and appliances.And factory output rose for the third straight month in October, according to the Federal Reserve, driven higher by greater production of primary metals and furniture.Overseas demand for many goods has also risen as Europe has climbed out of recession, Japan is growing faster and China’s economy has slowed but is still growing at a healthy pace.Changes in aircraft demand can frequently push the overall figure up or down. Aircraft orders soared 59 per cent in September, accounting for most of the total increase in orders that month.Boeing says it received orders for 79 planes last month, down from 127 in September.
Tampa Bay Bucs cornerback Eric Wright will lose $1.706 million because of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.Fox Sports reported several weeks ago that Wright would be suspended for using the drug Adderall.Former Buccaneers starting cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for four games earlier this season. Talib said he took Adderall without a prescription during training camp. Talib served three games of his suspension before the Buccaneers traded him to New England Nov. 1.Wright was one of Tampa Bay’s big free-agent signings in the offseason. But he’s been hampered by an Achilles tendon injury in recent weeks and missed Sunday’s game against Atlanta. The Bucs started undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson in his place.E.J. Biggers took over when Talib was suspended and has remained in the starting lineup, but the Bucs have very little depth beyond that.Wright signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract when he joined the Bucs in March
The new generation of SPECTROLAB OES analysers “delivers the greatest innovation in elemental analysis yet,” says SPECTRO Analytical Instruments. “Stability, flexibility, and analytical functionality combine in a high performance package that is in a class of its own. Available in hybrid PMT/CCD and breakthrough new all-CCD versions, this analyser sets a new standard for process/quality control.“Both the third-generation hybrid and brand-new all-CCD SPECTROLAB models offer excellent optical performance for metals industry applications.“The all-CCD version delivers impressive reproducibility, stability, and speed, along with advantages such as fast, simple iCAL calibration. These make it ideal for time-critical applications such as process control and quality control inspection of incoming/outgoing materials.“The unit’s new Spark Analyzer Pro 64-bit software presents a revolutionary new level of operator interface simplicity. The program includes straightforward, self-explanatory icons and a familiar, ergonomic approach with little learning curve.”SPECTRO has spent more than 30 years developing world leading OES instruments. A host of improvements, enhancements, and groundbreaking technological innovations make its new spectrometer a superior analytical answer for primary metal producers and other critical applications.
MYANMAR’S REFORMIST PRESIDENT granted a pardon today to people convicted of or charged with a variety of political offences, an apparent effort to fulfil his pledge to free all political prisoners by the end of this year.It wasn’t immediately clear how many people are covered by President Thein Sein’s pardon, which was announced on state television.The pardon covers people convicted of or charged with unlawful association, high treason, contempt of government and violation of the peaceful assembly law.In addition to freeing those convicted of such crimes, the decree halted all ongoing trials and investigations on those charges.The pardon may not cover all prisoners“There are about 40 remaining political prisoners and 200 activists who are facing trial under political charges, but it is difficult to guess how many will enjoy the pardon this time,” said Ye Aung, a former political prisoner and member of the government’s political prisoner scrutinising committee.Technically, the pardon may not cover all prisoners the committee lists as political detainees because some were convicted of other crimes, such as murder and desertion.Ye Aung said only when it is learned who has actually been freed will it be clear whether all political prisoners were covered.Since Thein Sein became president, he has freed about 1,300 political prisoners, Ye Aung said.Thein Sein, a former general who became an elected president in 2011 after five decades of repressive military rule, instituted political and financial reforms to lift the country’s sagging economy. It had faced sanctions from Western nations — most now lifted — because of its poor human rights record and undemocratic rule.A benchmark used by Western nationsThe release of political detainees is a benchmark used by Western nations to judge Thein Sein’s administration. Previous releases have been a major factor in decisions by those nations to ease sanctions.“The president is implementing his promise to free all political prisoners and we welcome the announcement,” said Ye Aung, who had been imprisoned under the previous military junta for eight years. “The government does not use the word prisoners of conscience in its announcement but all the laws mentioned in the announcement are those that are used against activists and dissidents.”Ye Aung said that during Thein Sein’s administration, many activists had been charged under a section of the Peaceful Assembly Law that carries a maximum one-year prison term for those who stage protests without official permission, and for disturbing public tranquillity, which carries a maximum two-year jail term.Read: Denis O’Brien’s company fails to win Myanmar phone licenceRead: From Burma to Croke Park… all in support of the Cork hurlers
Yes (6062) 79 Comments Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 9:48 AM Share Tweet Email A FORMER TOP policeman in Australia has said that concerns that the opening of a Dublin drug injecting centre could lead to an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour may be unfounded.Advocates say that safe injection facilities (SIFs) reduce the harm associated with injecting drug use. They are supervised spaces where people can inject drugs in a clean and hygienic setting off the street.It is understood that plans for a pilot supervised injecting room in the capital are at an advanced stage, and that the issue will be dealt with in this Dáil term.After the introduction of such a centre in Sydney, it made a huge difference to crime rates in the area.Pat Paroz, the former Commander of Drug and Alcohol Coordination for the New South Wales Police, told TheJournal.ie: “Most of the trends in property theft and violent crime went down from when the injecting centre was introduced.”So, what do you think? Should Dublin open a drug injecting centre? Poll: Should Dublin open a drug injecting centre? Advocates say such facilities reduce the harm associated with injecting drug use. Poll Results: No (2332) 16,076 Views http://jrnl.ie/3198165 Image: Shutterstock/Einar Muoni By Sean Murray Jan 21st 2017, 9:48 AM YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote Image: Shutterstock/Einar Muoni Short URL No interest/No opinion (313) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Couve will get Cruised again this summer.July 21 has been announced as this year’s date for the massive cool-car festival that’s been seizing the streets of downtown Vancouver annually for the past decade.Organizer and downtown merchant Bryan Shull of Trap Door Brewing is now on the hunt for sponsors for the free event. Visit the new website — cruisethecouve.net — for details. Depending on how deeply you want to dig into your pocket, your business can get featured in advertisements, posters, T-shirts, event maps and more. You can see your logo in lights on the Kiggins Theatre’s big screen; you can even sponsor a whole street where a car-show-within-the-cruise will be staged.Even though the event is always free to attend or participate in, it cost about $20,000 to put on last year, Shull said. This year he expects that tab — for such necessaries as portable bathrooms, extra police coverage for the day and liability insurance — to rise.“Police presence was the most expensive, and the city paid for about half of it last year. That’s a big expense, and we hope for the same deal this year,” Shull said.Second generationThis is the second generation of Vancouver’s big car cruise, which began under a different name in 2009. It was the brainchild of Phil Medina, a Clark County cruiser who spent his high school weekends continuing his parents’ grand tradition of piloting vintage vehicles up and down prominent local streets, including Highway 99 in Hazel Dell as well hot spots in Longview and Portland. Medina eventually decided to cruise back to downtown Vancouver and its Main Street “gut”; all car enthusiasts and clubs were welcomed to a Saturday extravaganza in mid-July called Cruisin’ the Gut, and many thousands turned out. Medina, local merchants and the city of Vancouver were all amazed.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar reckons tonight’s Champions League game against Napoli will be like a finalPSG head to the Stadio San Paolo needing to avoid defeat, at least, in order to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.Currently, PSG are in third place and a point adrift of Napoli with leaders Liverpool visiting Red Star Belgrade.And Neymar, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015, is well aware there is no margin for error in Italy tonight.“It’s a very difficult match, it will be a final for us,” said Neymar on his YouTube.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“We know we have to win this game and we hope to have a good match to get a great result.“Again, we must approach it as if it were the last game of our lives.”Neymar has managed 12 goals and six assists in 14 appearances across all competitions for PSG this season.Meanwhile, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel refused to confirm Edinson Cavani for the Group C game.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A police chase on the streets of South Florida ended with two teens in custody.Police were investigating a burglary near Southwest 63rd Street and 11th Street in West Miami when the two teens took off in a car.The driver led officers on a pursuit but eventually lost control of the vehicle.Officials managed to then arrest the two 17-year-olds inside the vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
UAA guard Suki Wiggs drives toward the net against San Jose State’s Gary Williams, Jr. during the 2015 Great Alaska Shootout. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)The GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament tips off this week in Anchorage. This is the tournament’s 39th year, but a 40th is not guaranteed as the university grapples with a shrinking budget.Listen NowThe University of Alaska Anchorage’s women’s basketball team will open up its tournament Tuesday against Portland.The Seawolves are coming off a second-place finish at last season’s Division II National ChampionshipsAnd UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett said even with several new players, the team’s expectations are high.“I think what the secret is gonna be now is getting them all to mesh and play together like the team last year,” Hackett said. “But I think this team is equally as close right now.”Teams from Missouri State University and Southern California round out the women’s field.The UAA men’s basketball team will face the University of Buffalo on Wednesday in the first round.Overall, Hackett said this year’s field is the best he’s seen during his tenure.“I think all around we have five or six teams playing in the tournament this year that won 20 games or more last year,” Hackett said.Drake University, Iona College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Oakland University, U.C. Davis and Weber State are also competing for the men’s Shootout title.Hackett said ESPN’s decision following the 2007 tournament to part ways with the Great Alaska Shootout has made recruiting teams difficult, despite the Shootout’s current national television contract with the CBS Sports Network.“There’s a lot of people that watch it, but it’s difficult to get some teams to think about coming to Anchorage just because it’s so far north and they have so many other options,” Hackett said.This year, Hackett said there are 42 preseason tournaments teams can choose from.Kackett said another limiting factor in convincing teams to travel to Alaska is how much the Shootout pays.“We have to pay a guarantee to get teams here, and they range from $40,000-70,000, depending on distance and quality,” Hackett said. “So yeah, we have to pay, but by comparison, other tournaments are paying $150,000 or $200,000 to teams to come.”Those numbers are specific to the men’s teams. Hackett said the guarantee for the women’s side of the tournament typically ranges from $15,000 to $20,000 per team.“Depends on who’s here,” Hackett said. “If we got a team like Connecticut and if we had them come we’d have to probably pay them a little bit more, but paying them more we are gonna draw more people to see Connecticut or Florida State or someone like that.”“But the women’s teams have been a little bit less because, to be honest, the women’s teams haven’t demanded that higher amount, so who knows, in the future they may.”Whether it’s $15,000 or $70,000, that guarantee needs to at least cover a team’s travel expenses – including airfare, hotels, and meals.Hackett expects the Shootout to bring in around $450,000 in revenue this year, with the rest of the money for the tournament’s $775,000 tab coming out of the athletic department’s budget.Even though the tournament doesn’t break even from ticket sales and sponsorships, Hackett said the economic impact stretches beyond the university.“There are probably 150-200 rooms being rented during Thanksgiving week due in large measure because of the Shootout,” Hackett said. “All those people are eating in restaurants.”The tournament is entering its 39th year and has evolved into a cornerstone of Alaska’s sports scene, but with declining state funding and budgetary belt tightening across the university, Hackett said a 40th is not a guarantee.“Our economy in Alaska is hitting everybody, so we’re gonna do everything we can to keep this around, and everything is on the table,” Hackett said.The future of the Shootout should become more clear during the upcoming Legislative session, as lawmakers finalize the state budget.But, for this year, the tournament is a go.The women’s tournament tips off Tuesday, and the men’s opens Wednesday.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowSullivan wants 28 more interceptors at Ft. GreelyLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The missile defense system based at Fort Greely has a spotty test record, but Sen. Dan Sullivan says he has confidence it can shield the nation. He is one of the Senate’s biggest boosters of missile defense and says Congress should add more interceptors to the Alaska site.As Fairbanks police deal with spike in violent crime, low pay complicates filling vacanciesTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks Police Department remains understaffed, despite a recently approved hiring bonus. Police Chief Eric Jewkes told City Council members this week the substandard pay is driving high turnover and making recruiting difficult.Two murders occur within two hours; Anchorage police say they’re unrelatedCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage logged its 17th and 18th homicides of the year in less than two hours Wednesday night.Nearly 30 people hurt in Skagway tour accidentAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesNearly 30 people were injured Wednesday on a tour in Skagway. The future of an oil state: What’s next for Alaska?Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageWhen the giant oil field at Prudhoe Bay was discovered in 1968, it held more oil than anyone in Alaska had dared to imagine. But today, Prudhoe and the other legacy fields on the North Slope aren’t producing oil like they used to. That’s an economic problem for the state — but it’s also an engineering problem.What’s next for Nunavut Alaska? A voteChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelAfter last week’s Nunavut Alaska Constitutional Convention, concerns were raised in the community about what comes next.Global warming makes expedition to ice-locked North Pole possibleEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaTwo specially-equipped sailboats are attempting a voyage that’s never been done before – a trip to the North Pole. Led by a British explorer, the international crew has moved the boats from their home in Sitka up to Nome, where they’re hoping to launch for their journey to the Pole this weekend. Melting sea ice in the Arctic could make their voyage possible for the first time in history.Wild Alaska salmon not on menus in China…yetElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAbout a third of the salmon caught in Alaska gets shipped to China for processing. But a recent consumer study suggests that at least some of that wild salmon should stay in the Chinese markets.
YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch The CEO called out three new programs targeting television ad budgets announced earlier this week: a new ability to target YouTube ads to “light TV viewers”; targeting ads on connected-TV devices; and plans to start selling local inventory on YouTube TV channels as part of the Google Preferred program, with those spots to begin running in Q4 2018.YouTube didn’t make any announcements about YouTube Red originals, which makes sense, given that YouTube Red is an advertising-free subscription service.Nearly 4,200 people attended YouTube’s Brandcast at Radio City — max capacity for the venue. It hosted a post-preso party at the Rockefeller Center plaza and ice-skating rink. Kyncl also announced YouTube is working with actor Will Smith, who on Sept. 25 (Smith’s 50th birthday) will bungee-jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon for a charity fundraising event — a stunt dubbed “The Jump Off,” which will be live-streamed on YouTube. Smith’s Grand Canyon leap will be produced in partnership with Westbrook Entertainment. The news drew gasps from the audience. Smith launched his YouTube channel in December, and already has 1.8 million subscribers.In addition, Kyncl said YouTube has reached a deal with the NBA to bring LeBron James’ “Best Shot” docu-series about high-school basketball players to the NBA’s YouTube channel. YouTube also has ordered an original series with “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra, called “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing,” in which she interviews people around the world on the best advice they have to offer. And he said “Training Days,” in which comedian-actor Jack Whitehall trains with the world’s top soccer players, will debut May 9 on Whitehall’s YouTube channel ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Sponsored by Wendy’s in the U.S., it’s executive produced by James Corden and Fulwell 73.But the elephant in the room was Madison Avenue’s concern about the brand safety of YouTube, which Wojcicki addressed briefly at the start of the event. She said YouTube is committed to investing in solutions to the problem. Over the past year, YouTube has been roiled by multiple scandals in which marketers discovered their ads running against hate speech and other objectionable content.“It is critically important to me, and to everyone at YouTube, that we grow responsibly,” she said. “There is not a playbook for how open platforms operate at our scale. But the way I think about it is, it’s critical that we are on the right side of history.”Wojcicki didn’t offer any details about new steps YouTube will take to ameliorate the situation, aside from rehashing what it has already announced in response to the crisis. Changes in the last few months have included YouTube’s pledge to manually reviewing the ad-friendliness of every video included in Google Preferred, which comprises the top 5% of the most-popular YouTube channels, as well as selling stricter requirements before creators are eligible to earn ad revenue. YouTube now has 1.8 billion logged-in users each month — and with that huge scale comes huge responsibilities, CEO Susan Wojcicki said at YouTube’s Brandcast event for advertisers Thursday.At the event, held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the company announced several content pacts. It’s renewing three deals out of the seven ad-supported original shows it announced last year: Season 2 of Kevin Hart’s “What the Fit?” comedy celebrity-fitness reality series Lionsgate and Hart’s Laugh Out Loud; a new untitled show from Demi Lovato in which she’ll raise awareness for issues she’s passionate about; and a second season of The Slow Mo Guys’ “The Super Slow Show.”Chief business officer Robert Kyncl said YouTube has renewed its exclusive live-streaming deal with the Coachella music festival for an additional three years. And, he said, YouTube will now make ad inventory on all official music videos on YouTube available through Google Preferred, its premium advertising program, in partnership with Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Vevo. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Will Smith on the Challenges of Taking on Robin Williams’ Genie for ‘Aladdin’ On stage, Wojcicki reiterated that Google will boost the size of its content-reviewing team to more than 10,000 employees by the end of 2018 (it’s not clear how big that team is today), in conjunction with enhancements in machine-learning systems to take down offending content.“Together we will usher in the next era of entertainment and information,” Wojcicki told the crowd of media buyers and marketing execs.A good portion of YouTube’s Brandcast was taken up by performances, including by music stars Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello, and a short set by OK Go, which is known for its viral videos. YouTube also brought out digital stars Anna Akana and Tyler Oakley to talk about their lives as YouTube creators.Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” also made an appearance, explaining the genesis of “Between the Scenes,” the digital companion show on YouTube in which he interacts directly with fans. “YouTube has no boundaries, and that’s how I connect,” said the South African-born comedian-writer-host.Noah threw out several barbed jokes about Donald Trump, saying he can envision Trump leaving the White House after two years and then bragging about it in the Rose Garden: “Folks, I did it half the time!” Noah said, in a not-terrific Trump impersonation.Kyncl said the seven ad-supported YouTube originals greenlit last year garnered more than 700 million views to date. That included Katy Perry’s 96-hour live-streamed special. Shows not renewed under the initiative: Ellen DeGeneres’ behind-the-scenes series tied to her daytime TV show; Rhett & Link’s expanded “Good Mythical Morning,” which will revert to its original shorter format in August; and singing competition “Best.Cover.Ever” from Ryan Seacrest and Endemol Shine North America.During her section of the presentation, Wojcicki highlighted the growth of YouTube viewing on TV. She noted that more than half of U.S. consumers 18-49 are “light TV viewers” –- who don’t subscribe to TV or watch less than the average American, according to Nielsen. But 90% of that demo watches YouTube. Popular on Variety Related