first_img0Shares0000Khan wins 2WD NT Class ChampionshipNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Former multiple Safari Rally Coupe des Dames navigator champion Safina Khan is at it again, this time clinching the 2018 KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship 2WD Non Turbo Class title.Safina wrapped up her 2018 championship campaign in second overall position but achieved her fairytale feat after Hamza Anwar failed to meet the 75% requirement as stipulated in the national competition rules. As per the KMSF NCR’s 2018 Clause 10.5, a competitor should have competed in 75% of the events prescribed in the national motorsports calendar to be entitled to be recognized as national champion if he/she has the most number of points that would make them the national champion. If the competitor has not achieved the75% events threshold, then the next driver with the highest number of points but meets this criterion will be declared the national champion.Following this Clause, and the fact that Hamza Anwar only managed 70% of the events as of the belated WKMC Round 4, compared to Safina’s 90%- she becomes the new champion. Safina takes overvghe title from another retired KNRC female navigator Gillian Bailey.Here’s what she had to say in an interview: “It has been a very adrenaline spiked, fun-filled and sensational Autocross Season 2018 for me. I’m overly excited to be the new champion in the class despite my underpowered machine. It hasn’t sunk in yet. We started off in the last quarter of the Autocross 2017 Championship in a small, cute, well-prepared Toyota Vitz which had been previously left to rust in some showroom. My husband (Adil Khan) took the Toyota Vitz and decided to upgrade it into an autocross car set to participate in the 2WD Non-Turbo class. This car was actually meant for my firstborn son, who co-incidentally was by then, almost sitting for his IGCSE Cambridge Exams. So, the decision to make the car an under-powered 1500c.c was a deliberate one, to suit my son and get him accustomed to racing in the Autocross.”Safina competed in the last two autocross events for 2017 to get a feel of the car. Although she found it seriously lacking in speed and sprint, with a 1500 c.c engine and drivetrain, she nevertheless pushed onwith it to get some 2WD experience. “I was at this point pitted against much faster and superior machineswhich were 1800 c.c and even up to 2.6 liters in my class – 2wd Non – turbo challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the NCSBI have charged an individual in the homicide of Timothy Vincent Norris.Charged is Thomas “Tommy” Glen Palmer Jr., 33, listed with a Tignall, GA address.  Palmer is the step son of Timothy Norris.  Palmer is currently being held in Wilkes County, GA on unrelated charges stemming from an armed robbery in Georgia on December 13th.  Jackson County has begun the process to have Palmer extradited back to North Carolina.No further case details are being released at this time.Norris, a 49-year-old Cashiers man, was shot dead inside his home on February 3rd. Tim Norris’ wife, Tami, left their home on Feb. 2 at about 6 p.m. for her job at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. She worked the night shift. She discovered her husband’s body the following morning.last_img read more

first_imgDingaan Thobela established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Former boxing champion Dingaan Thobela is known as “The Rose of Soweto”.(Image: Cara Viereckl, via IOL)Brand South Africa reporterDingaan Thobela has proved himself as one of South Africa’s most talented boxers, although perhaps not the most hardworking fighter. The charismatic Thobela started his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but has since moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms.He has even spoken of possibly campaigning as a heavyweight whether he was serious or not remains to be seen.After an amateur career that saw him win 80 times and lose just three bouts, Thobela’s first professional fight pitted him against Quinton Ryan, a bout he won in four rounds. The slick-punching Thobela was held to a draw in his fourth fight, but proceeded to win 25 fights in a row over the next five years, registering 19 wins by knockout along the way.Dingaan Thobela starts his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but later moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms. (Image: African Ring)Fighting outside South AfricaAs he scored more and more wins, Thobela became increasingly marketable and began to fight outside of South Africa. In 1990, three of his five fights were in the United States and all three ended in victories, two by knockout over Pascual Aranda and Mauricio Aceves who he both disposed of in the fifth round.In 1991, Thobela’s three contests were all won on points, and in 1992 he fought only twice, defeating Tony Foster over eight rounds and stopping Peter Till in nine rounds.At the beginning of February 1993, “The Rose of Soweto” took on Tony Lopez for the WBA lightweight title. Lopez had previously fought twice against South African boxing legend Brian Mitchell. Mitchell, who retired as WBA champion after 13 successful title defences, had fought Lopez in Sacramento on both occasions. The first bout ended in a controversial draw and Mitchell left the matter in no doubt the second time around.Controversial lossThobela discovered how difficult it was to win in Lopez’ backyard when he lost on a controversial points decision. Four months later he faced Lopez at Sun City, and this time he captured the title.Thobela made his first defence in October, but came up against a superior fighter in the unbeaten Orzubek Nazarov, who claimed a convincing 12-round decision. Thobela challenged for the title again in March 1994, but Nazarov had his number and won over 12 rounds in a repeat of his previous victory. Later in the year Thobela faced journeyman Karl Taylor in England and was surprisingly knocked out in the eighth round of their contest.In 1995 Thobela got back on track with five victories, all of them by knockout, and added a further two KO victories by June 1996. However, matters went haywire again for “The Rose” when he faced Geoff McCreesh in November. McCreesh, who came into the fight with a record of 15 wins and three losses, mostly against little-known British opponents, stunned Thobela in the second round, sending the South African to the canvas for a huge upset victory.Beaten by a journeymanIn his next fight, in March 1997, Thobela was beaten by American journeyman Willy Wise, who came into the fight with 21 wins – only six by knockout – three losses and four draws. The South African was favoured to win, but Wise secured a points victory.Questions were being asked about Thobela’s commitment, but he secured a big win later in the year, defeating fellow South African Gary Murray on a fourth-round TKO. In 1998 he fought only once, drawing against Carlos Baldomir over 12 rounds. Thobela looked rusty and out of shape and doubts grew about his boxing career.However, he returned for two fights in 1999. He won in seven rounds against Walter Danett, but was beaten on points by Cornelius Carr for the WBF middleweight title.World title winIn early 2000 he won a points decision over Soon Botes to earn a crack at Glen Catley’s WBC super middleweight title. The Briton was heavily favoured to retain his crown, but Thobela, way behind on all three judges’ scorecards, staged a strong finish, dramatically knocking Catley out with only seconds remaining in the bout. He was once again a world champion.As had happened previously, Thobela was unable to defend his world title, losing to Canada’s Dave Hilton on a controversial points decision in Montreal. Shortly afterwards, Hilton was jailed for rape and Thobela was given another crack at the title against Eric Lucas in November 2001. He struggled to make the weight, however, and Lucas dominated the fight before winning on a TKO in the eighth round.Thobela was a natural: a gifted boxer who, at the the height of his career, established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgOriginally posted on the Reach West Blog. Then comes the part where you train to be a professional musician, receive a degree in Vocal Performance & Education, and then find out you have to actually be good at it to make a living. Where after a few years of substitute teaching, you land a part-time job at the Hard Rock Cafe, where you get to look and act however you want — to embody a rock and roller — and then you find out how good you are at training, and run with it. Eventually you become a leading training and development expert, having worked with some of the world’s largest brands, eventually writing an acclaimed workplace book titled Culture That Rocks.This week, Reach West Radio host Kevin W. Grossman has a special episode from the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition featuring Jim Knight, a leading training and development expert, author and sought-after keynote speaker. Listen below.last_img read more

first_imgThe increasing usage of BitTorrent services has been a living nightmare for big industry publishers. The RIAA is one of the most notable opponents of BitTorrent sites due to most users using the service to pirate music among other things. Some of these opponents fail to see the upside to using BitTorrent technology as a great marketing tool. However, a Program Director at the University of Seattle has chosen to use BitTorrent to generate buzz and spread his latest eBook to the masses.Pirate My Book PleaseIn an extensive guest post on TorrentFreak, a well known BitTorrent blog, Dan Morrill told his experience with offering his latest eBook, ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ on popular BitTorrent tracker Mininova. Dan explains that his initial reason for releasing his eBook using BitTorrent was not for marketing purposes, but “to control the release and gather good stats on the process.” We don’t think he could’ve picked a better service. Within the first 24 hours, Morrill’s eBook had been downloaded close to 700 times. Based on the stats he received from Mininova, Morrill was also able to pinpoint the countries in which the eBook was being downloaded the most. Africa ranked high on the list, which is understandable because of the relatively large amount of e-commerce businesses that are set-up in Africa. Morrill was surprised to see India contributing to 5.2% of the overall downloads.Operation BitTorrent a SuccessMorrill rated his overall experience as highly satisfying and recommends using BitTorrent as a great content distribution channel for those that don’t mind. The expansion of the BitTorrent network will only increase in the next few years. In doing so, we think this may be a tool that publishers will eventually start taking a lot more seriously than they do now. It’s undeniable that BitTorrent can prove to be an effective marketing tool for a cheap price when used correctly. Nine Inch Nails concluded the same in March of this year when they uploaded part 1 of their 4 part album Ghosts I-IV to numerous BitTorrent sites. It became the #1 most downloaded album on The Pirate Bay, which helped to increase their sales tremendously for the rest of the album. We can only wonder when others will catch on to the effectiveness of using BitTorrent sites to market and distribute content. You can download Dan Morrill’s eBook ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ here. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… corvida 1center_img Tags:#p2p#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgChris Darimont discusses the impact of humans’ unique predatory behavior on the planet, and Catherine Matacic talks with Sarah Crespi about whistled languages, Neolithic massacres, and too many gas giants. Hosted by Sarah Crespi.last_img

first_imgSRH vs KXIPWelcome to the live coverage of the 39th match of the IPL between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. FULL COVERAGERidign high on brilliant batting performances from Wriddhiman Saha (54 off 26), Manan Vohra (47 off 20) Glenn Maxwell (43 off 22) Punjab once again managed to chase a huge total of 206 runs by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Earlier, after being invited to bat first, Hyderabad’s Naman Ojha’s explosive batting (79 off 36) helped SRH reach 205 but they, as a team failed to defend the total. Saha was declared man of the match.  Now Glenn Maxwell coming in to bat after Saha’s departure.7.1 over: Big blow for Punjab, Saha (54 off 26) has been dismissed, stumped by Naman Ojha. Punjab 95/2. 0.2 over: Early jolt to Punjab, Sehwag has been sent back by Bhuvneshwar. Sehwag (4 off 2) c&b Kumar Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag have a tough task ahead. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open Sunrisers bowling attack. After being invited to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to put up a huge total of 205 against the Punjab. Hyderabad’s opening pair Dhawan and Finch gave a steady start and later an explosive innings from Naman Ojha (79 off 36) powered them to a post 200 runs total. Shikhar Dhawan (45 0ff 37) and David Warner (44 of 23) also contributed with their clinical innings.     18.1 over: Davind Warner looking for second but was stopped by Ojha and it’s a run out…David Warner’s (44 off 23) innings comes to an end.18.0 over: Hyderabad 157/2. Naman Ojha (48 off 28) and David Warner (41 off 22) on crease11.1 over: Rishi Dhawan to Shikhar Dhawan….and it’s a wicket…Dhawan caught by Shivam Sharma. Hyderabad losing its second wicket.advertisement10.0 over: Hyderabad 72/1, Shikhar Dhawan (42) and Naman Ojha (3) on crease.8.1 over: Shivam Sharma inflicts the first blow to Hyderabad…Aaron Finch (20 off 23) is going back to pavilion after being bowled out. Thus Hyderabad loses first wicket. 7.5 over: Akshar Patel has been very economical so far and Shikhar Dhawan has punished him with a six.5.0 over: Hyderabad 49/0 with their opening pair- Shikhar Dhawan (27 off 19) and Aaron Finch (16 off 13) firm on crease.0.6 over: End of the first over and Hyderabad 6/0.Hyderabad openers- Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch on the crease to lead charge. Sandeep Sharma will open Punjab’s bowling attack.   Punjab have brought in Manan Vohra and Shivam Sharma into the playing XI. Hyderabad team is unchanged.Toss: KXIP elected to field after winning the toss.Team Profiles:Sunrisers Hyderabad:The last year’s surprise package, Sunrisers Hyderabad, took the IPL by storm after a spectacular fourth rank finish in 2013. The team is led by Team India’s star batsman Shikhar Dhawan while Tom Moody has been appointed as their head coach.The team, who spent Rs 59 crore, was amongst the big spenders in IPL Auction this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad splurged a whopping Rs 5.5 crore for David Warner and Rs 4 crore for Aaron Finch to strengthen their batting-order.Their skipper Shikhar Dhawan brings the much-needed fire-power up in the team’s batting-order. And his partnerships with Warner and Finch will only boost their chances of chasing or posting big totals this season.South African speedster Dale Steyn will lead their bowling attack alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma with the new ball. In the spin department, Sunrisers will count on the in-form Amit Mishra who will be supported by Parveez Rasool and Karan Sharma.In Darren Sammy, Moises Henriques, Irfan Pathan and Jason Holder, Sunrisers Hyderabad boasts of quality all-rounders capable of turning the game around for the team.Kings XI Punjab:In a desperate bid to yield some positive results this season, Kings XI splashed it all to secure some of the biggest names in limited-overs cricket during the IPL Auction this year.Kings XI skipper George Bailey, Virender Sehwag and Shaun Marsh are amongst the mainstays of the team’s batting line-up, while all-rounders Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson are capable of moulding their game in accordance to the situation. Don’t forget the swashbuckling David Miller, who was the star performer for Punjab in 2012.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson will lead the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab alongside Sandeep Sharma, Thisara Perera and Lakshmipathy Balaji. Punjab also secured the services of vastly experienced Murali Karthik to spearhead their spin-bowling attack.With the addition of South Africa’s young seamer Beuran Hendricks in the squad, Kings XI can use extra pace to rattle their opponents this season.Five key players from Sunrisers Hyderabad:David Warner: The ‘pocket dynamite’ is currently in the form of his life following a spectacular show against England and South Africa recently. His ability to launch the ball back into the stands at will makes him one the most dangerous opening batsman in limited over cricket. He is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a National team without playing first-class cricket. Warner also became the first cricketer to record centuries in back to back T20 matches. His batting prowess makes him a T20 specialist with over 1200 runs to his name in the shortest version of the game. The explosive southpaw is touted to be one of the most influential players for Hyderabad this season.advertisementDale Steyn: The world’s no. 1 Test and second-ranked ODI bowler has been the backbone of South Africa’s bowling attack over the years now. The South African speedster swings the ball away from the right-hander and at a fair clip. Rarely do opposition openers line up to take the attack to the fiery pacer. Steyn thus is quite economical and as a strike bowler he is the go to man for his captain in need of wickets. In 2013 IPL, he took 19 wickets in 17 games at an economy rate of just over 5 and a half to bolster Sunrisers Hyderabad against their competitors. His ability to bowl with pinpoint accuracy and fierce pace makes him a batsman’s worst nightmare. With 46 wickets to his name, Steyn boasts of 4/9 as his best bowling figures in T20 internationals. The South African Steyn-gun comes to the party more often than not and will be a key player for Sunrisers in the tournament.Shikhar Dhawan: The southpaw from Delhi has got to be a household name by now, thanks to his aggressive batting and twirled moustache. The Indian opener has notched up an average of 41.77 with over 1500 runs including five tons and five half-centuries in ODIs. With an arsenal of traditional strokes and a cover drive that can liven up a dull crowd, Dhawan is just the guy you need to threaten the opposition. With over 300 runs in a mere 10 games, Dhawan was the top-scorer for Hyderabad in the IPL last season. As Hyderabad readies the ship to embark on another high-impact journey this season, their skipper Dhawan will be expected to set the heart racing for their fans once again in the IPL.Amit Mishra: The 30-year-old leg-break bowler from Delhi, Amit Mishra, is a wicket-taking yet economical bowler in the shortest version of cricket. He was impressive in IPL 2008 when he picked up a hat-trick while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. Mishra was the highest wicket-taker for now-defunct Deccan Chargers with 19 wickets in 14 matches in 2012. He was also the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in 17 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad last season. His team will be happy with his superlative performance for India in World T20 and will be hoping he continues his good run in IPL this year.Aaron Finch: The 27-year-old Victoria batsman has turned into a specialist in limited overs cricket for Australia in the recent years. With over 500 runs in T20 internationals, Finch is more than capable of stealing the game away from the opposition. His ability to strike the ball hard and long makes him a consistent run-getter for his team. His knock of 156 runs against England in 2013 witnessed 14 magnanimous sixes. He also slammed 456 runs for the now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL last season. Finch will be crucial in accelerating the innings in dire situations for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.advertisementFive key players from Kings XI Punjab:Mitchell Johnson: The 32-year-old speedster has literally turned into a weapon of mass destruction for Australia, as far as the game of cricket is concerned. With 24 wickets in 17 games, the left-arm seamer was the key in Mumbai Indians triumph in IPL last season. His ability to extract late swing at a ferocious pace makes him one of the most effective bowlers in the world today. His frightening pace and malevolent demeanour has earned him 38 scalps in 30 T20 internationals. Apart from his bowling skills, Johnson is more than just a handy batsman with the ability to clear the fence whenever required. In the format where quick wickets are bound to make an impact almost immediately, Johnson is a must-have weapon in your armory.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Thisara Perera: The 24-year-old Sri Lankan has turned into one of the most prolific all-rounders in limited-overs cricket lately. His aggressive batting style and ability to pick crucial wickets make him a crucial player for the Lankans. Perera was sensational in his 2013 IPL season after he slammed 233 runs and notched up 19 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a mere 16 games. He is also the only fourth Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs – a feat that came against Pakistan in 2012. With over 300 runs and 22 wickets in T20 internationals, Perera is likely to be one of the impact players for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL.Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.George Bailey: The 31-year-old Australian batsman will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. With over 1400 runs in T20 internationals alongside 12 ODI fifties and two centuries, Bailey is one of the most bankable cricketers in modern-day cricket. The Tasmanian cricketer is an exquisite striker of the ball and capable of employing big shots to change the match within a few overs. His presence in the team will undoubtedly strengthen the middle-order for Kings XI Punjab.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII’ve never really had an NFL team.I was born in Tulsa — which is ambitious enough for the Olympics, but sadly no pro football squad — and raised in Houston during the weird Oilers/Texans thing so I just never really adopted anybody. Those factors plus the fact that I never found the need to really root for anybody not wearing orange and black meant that I was resigned to fantasy rooting.Then Brandon Weeden got drafted to the Browns and Josh Cooper got picked up (and somehow ended up his No. 2 receiver…again) and the Browns seemed like a team you could root for without being called a bandwagon fan. So I adopted them as my adult NFL squad and immediately regretted it when Weeden was almost suffocated by members of our military…Anyway, they kind of stunk last year, but they stunk so much that they became a prime candidate to extend one of the coolest, most unbelievable, streaks in all of sports.For each of the last 10 years at least one NFL team has gone from last place in its division one year to first place the next year. Here are the culprits (via Big Lead).Teams that have done it2003: Carolina Panthers (7-9)/Kansas City Chiefs (8-8)2004: Atlanta Falcons (5-11)/San Diego Chargers (4-12)2005: Chicago Bears (5-11)/New York Giants (6-10)2006: Philadelphia Eagles (6-10)/New Orleans Saints (3-13)/Baltimore Ravens (6-10)2007: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)2008: Miami Dolphins (1-15)2009: New Orleans Saints (8-8)2010: Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)2011: Houston Texans (6-10)2012: Washington Redskins (5-11)And here are your contenders this year and why I think each could or couldn’t.2013 teams trying to do itBills — Do people really think EJ Manuel is good?Jets — LOLBrowns — I really think this is a thing. Weeden will have to be much better than last year but their D is so good. I think they’re one of the three most likely.Jaguars — Do people really think Blaine Gabbert is good?Chiefs — I just don’t feel like an Alex Smith-led team can take down a Peyton Manning-led team for the AFC West.Eagles — Chip Kelly + Michael Vick = ‘splosions.Lions — So many big names (Stafford, Bush, Mega, Fairley, Suh), it’s hard to see them not being good.Panthers — Cam’s the real deal but that division is filthy.Saints — Probably the favorite in Vegas to turn the trick this year.Bucs — Is Josh Freeman the most “wait, I watched that guy in college, he’s a starting QB in the NFL” guy ever?Cardinals — When Carson Palmer is the answer, the question is likely NSFW.The one thing the Browns have going for them is that their division isn’t that great. The Ravens looked inept last night, the Steelers always feel like they’re one bad Roethlisberger decision from obscurity and the Bengals are feisty but not elite. It doesn’t feel like a stretch to think they can win their division like it does for, say, the Cardinals or Jags.I think Weeden has a lot left in the tank and NFL folks will start saying what we were all saying after that 40-yard strike to 81 on the run in that ’09 Colorado game.This dude is good.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img___UK’s May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushedLONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have plunged Brexit into chaos and the U.K. politics into crisis by rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union and leading to a no-confidence vote on her government. The 432 to 202 vote in the House of Commons was widely expected but still devastating for May, whose fragile leadership is now under siege. The no-confidence vote is set for Wednesday.___The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returnsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 per cent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won’t be paid. The Trump administration has promised that taxpayers owed refunds will be paid on time despite the disruption in government services caused by the partial shutdown now in its fourth week.___JPMorgan misses estimates, caused by trading troublesNEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase is reporting that its fourth-quarter profits jumped sharply from a year earlier but still missed analysts’ estimates because of weakness on its trading desks during the market’s recent bout of volatility.___Hampered by scandals, Wells Fargo’s profits stagnateNEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo’s profits fell slightly in the fourth quarter as the consumer banking giant remains restrained by federal regulators, who put a tight leash on it after years of scandals and missteps. The bank saw its total loans fall slightly from a year ago, and deposits were also down slightly. That’s notable because in a growing economy, a bank the size of Wells Fargo would typically be increasing both deposits and assets, just like its competition.___Federal workers take on odd jobs to make ends meetPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Government workers living without a paycheque are driving for Uber, relying on word of mouth and social networks to find handyman work and odd jobs to help pay the bills during the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The tens of thousands of out-of-work government employees have more options than in past shutdowns given the rise of the so-called “gig economy.” But giving Lyft rides is no substitute for stable work and a steady paycheque.___Going public? For Uber, Lyft and others, shutdown slows IPOsWASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Lane, a securities lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who led the SEC’s corporation finance division in the late 1990s, said some IPOs planned for spring could be delayed until fall if the shutdown persists. For larger companies with ample cash reserves, the problem is manageable, Lane said. But smaller companies that lack deep sources of funding from the private credit markets or from venture capitalists could be hurt.___Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on localNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news. The move comes at a difficult time for the news industry, facing falling profits and print readership. Online ad giants including Google and Facebook itself are partly to blame as they shifted advertising dollars way from print media.___Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctionsWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has met with Republican senators to persuade them to support the Trump administration’s decision to ease sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Mnuchin spoke to senators on Tuesday ahead of a scheduled vote on a resolution that seeks to block the lifting of penalties against the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Deripaska.___China to cut taxes, keep policy flexible to counter slowdownBEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say Beijing plans to slash taxes, step up spending and help resolve financing problems of private and small enterprise to help counter the country’s worst slowdown since the global financial crisis. The officials said Tuesday that Beijing will keep its monetary policy stable but flexible. A deputy central bank governor, Zhu Hexin, said the People’s Bank of China was confident it can keep the value of the Chinese yuan steady. The officials outlined plans for 2019.___The S&P 500 index rose 27.69 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,610.30. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 155.75 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,065.59. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite jumped 117.92 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,023.83. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 12.40 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,445.22.Benchmark U.S. crude added 3.2 per cent to $52.11 a barrel in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, gained 2.8 per cent to $60.64 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline jumped 3.5 per cent to $1.41 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1.1 per cent to $1.87 a gallon and natural gas fell 2.5 per cent to $3.50 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says that it is accepting comments on a discussion paper that is part of a review of the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area.Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester until Tuesday, September 11th, before a new allowable annual cut limit is set.The government says that the discussion paper provides the results of the timber supply analysis, including a base-case harvest forecast. It describes the geography, natural resources and current forest management practices in the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area. The Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area covers nearly 9.9 million hectares in northeast B.C., with almost 706,000 hectares available for timber harvesting.To download a copy of the discussion paper, visit the following Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Timber Supply Review & Allowable Annual Cut webpage: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/forestry/managing-our-forest-resources/timber-supply-review-and-allowable-annual-cut/allowable-annual-cut-timber-supply-areas/fort-nelson-tsalast_img read more