Tokyo: Striker Mandeep Singh struck a fine hat-trick to help the Indian men’s hockey team beat hosts Japan 6-3 and book a summit clash berth in the Olympic Test Event here on Tuesday. The Indian team bounced back from their 1-2 loss against New Zealand with an impressive display in their third match at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India again face New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday. Mandeep found the target in the 9th, 29th and 30th minutes while Nilakanta Sharma (3rd), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (7th) and Gurjant Singh (41st) were the other scorers for India. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Kentaro Fukuda (25th), Kenta Tanaka (36th) and Kazuma Murata (52nd) scored the goals for Japan. Nilakanta gave India an excellent start through a field goal in the third minute. Buoyed by the early lead, the Indian team put tremendous pressure on the Japan defence as Gurjant Singh took a shot on goal, but saw his effort going wide of the post. However, a penalty corner was awarded to India in the seventh minute which was converted brilliantly by Nilam Sanjeep to help the team take a 2-0 lead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later India continued to take the aggressive approach and Mandeep found the back of the net with an excellent field goal in the ninth minute. Japan tried to make inroads in the last few minutes of the first quarter as they won a penalty corner. Gurinder Singh positioned himself brilliantly and defended the shot on the goal line. India led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. India continued their attacking game in the second quarter with Jarmanpreet Singh taking a shot on goal, but putting it wide of the post. Captain Harmanpreet Singh had a shot on target, but the Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa pulled off a brilliant save. Japan managed to open their account through a field goal through Kentaro Fukuda in the 25th minute, but Mandeep scored two field goals in quick succession to help India take a big 5-1 lead. The Indian vice-captain scored just before the half-time whistle in the 29th and 30th minutes. Japan started the third quarter on an aggressive note. They took a shot on goal, which was blocked out brilliantly by goalkeeper Krishan Pathak. However, the Japanese team kept putting pressure on the Indian defence and found a field goal through Kenta Tanaka in the 36th minute. India did not let the momentum shift towards the Japanese side as forward Gurjant found the back of the net in the 41st minute to make it 6-2 which put the world number 5 side in a dominant position at the end of the third quarter. Japan attacked the Indian defence in the the fourth quarter and scored their third goal through Kazuma Murata in the 52nd minute. India were awarded a penalty corner with five minutes left on the clock, but the shot went wide off the post. India also saved a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match. The win put India in the second spot in the points table and they face toppers New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert on Thursday, August 10th at the Redford Theatre in the Old Redford neighborhood of Detroit to support the historic venue.Showtime is 7:30 PM. Reserved seats, priced $25, $45, $75, and a limited number of gold circle go on sale this Friday, June 23 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or at the Redford Theatre during box office hours.Access Ticketmaster.com link here.Accompanying Jackson Browne at the benefit concert is long-time bandmate and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. All net proceeds raised from the concert will support the Redford Theatre, the Old Redford Re-Development Group and Echopark Guitars in their redevelopment efforts in forming the Old Redford Community Arts Foundation.“We are forming the Old Redford Community Arts Foundation together to help create arts education programs for the community by utilizing the Redford Theatre and eventually, the old Masonic Temple across the street from the theatre with the Old Redford Re-Development Group,” states Gabriel Currie, owner of Echopark Guitars. Tom O’Brien of the Old Redford Re-Development Group explains, “The Redford Theatre is the cornerstone of this neighborhood, so the idea is to build on that and really create a thriving arts & entertainment district.”“For a while now, I’ve been hearing that Detroit is ‘coming back,’ ” says Jackson Browne. “I like the idea of it – Detroit has given us so much – some of my favorite cars, and a lot of my favorite music – Motown, Glenn Frey….When my friend Gabriel Currie told me he was moving his guitar factory to Detroit, I was intrigued – here’s a guy from the same neighborhood in LA that I’m from, and he’s moving to Detroit! Now Detroit will be home to Echopark Guitars, another artistic and technical innovator. Gabriel also told me about the renovation of the Redford Theatre. At the heart of this project is a strong belief in community, and the power of art to motivate and inspire. Let us have live music, and theater, and dance! And let us engage youth on the highest possible level.”The Redford Theatre is located at 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI 48219.For more information, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.
5 March 2007The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today called for calm after yesterday’s suicide bombing and shooting on a highway in the east of the country in which civilians are reported to have been killed and injured after a United States convoy was ambushed. “UNAMA is deeply saddened at the wounding and loss of life that has been reported,” mission spokesman Adrian Edwards said. “We would like to appeal to everyone for calm so that the events can be properly looked into and understood.“With any incident like this it’s imperative that the truth about what has happened come out so that lessons can be learned, victims helped, and reoccurrence prevented. UNAMA is seeking proper verification and we hope to make public our findings in due course,” he added.The incident took place on the Torkham-Jalalabad road, near the main eastern city of Jalalabad.
Ambassador Andrey I. Denisov of the Russian Federation, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for August, read out a statement reaffirming support for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).He encouraged the two tribunals to meet the Council’s completion strategy, which calls for the ICTR and ICTY to wind up their investigations by the end of this year, finish all trials at the first instance by 2008, and complete all work by 2010.Welcoming recent commitments by the new Government in Serbia and Montenegro to cooperate with the ICTY, Mr. Denisov said all States should comply, particularly Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republika Srpska within Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of these States have at-large indictees, and the statement named former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic and former Croatian general Ante Gotovina.Referring to the ICTR, Mr. Denisov called for Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of the Congo as States to intensify their cooperation, and named the former businessman Felicien Kabuga as an indictee that should be brought before the court.The statement also said the failure of some UN Member States to pay dues was “having a disruptive effect” on the work of the tribunals. Currently, ICTY has a budget shortfall of over $81.6 million while the ICTR’s funding gap tops $50 million.
Auditor calls OLG’s modernization plan too ambitious, predicts gaming job losses TORONTO – Ontario’s Lottery and Gaming Corp. failed to adequately consult municipalities before promising to increase revenues by building new casinos that it turned out cities don’t want, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk reported Monday.“OLG included projected profits from those casinos without first confirming that new casinos would be accepted, would be considered, in certain municipalities,” said Lysyk. “In fact, large Ontario cities such as Toronto and Ottawa rejected OLG’s proposals for constructing new casinos.”Lysyk issued a special report on OLG’s modernization plan that also criticized the agency and the Liberal government for the “abrupt cancellation” of a program that gave $347 million a year from slot machine revenues to horse racetracks.“The profit estimates should have been more realistic, and the abrupt impact on the horse racing industry could have been mitigated had more people been consulted beforehand,” she said in the report.OLG originally projected it could bring in an additional $4.6 billion in gaming profits between 2013 and 2018 through new casinos and other modernization efforts, a figure it has since revised downward by nearly half to $2.2 billion. However, that’s still too optimistic for the financial watchdog, who puts the figure at $1.8 billion, or about 60 per cent less than the forecast.The Progressive Conservatives said that means the Liberal government faces an even larger problem trying to eliminate an $11.3-billion deficit and balance the books on schedule by 2017-18.“There’s a huge hole in the Liberals’ accounting due to OLG revenues,” said PC finance critic Vic Fedeli.But Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he’d already taken the lower-than-expected revenue hike from OLG into consideration in last year’s budget, and then lowered the figure even more in last fall’s economic statement.The agency is expected to turn over $2 billion to the province this year, and had hoped to increase that by $1.3 billion more each year by 2018, but Sousa put a much lower revenue figure in his budget.“In the provisions of the budget at the time, we lowered them — we didn’t make it as high in what we put forward in our budget projections, and since then we’ve revised them again, and I’ve since revised them even lower to $600 million,” he said.OLG also overstated the number of jobs that would come from its modernization plan by projecting 2,300 new positions would be created, said Lysyk, who warned there would likely be job losses in the end.“OLG projected that all of this expansion was to have created 2,300 net new gaming jobs in the province,” she said. “With the cancellation of a GTA casino factored out of this projection, there may be a loss of 1,000 net new gaming jobs.”In addition, OLG’s hopes of attracting $3.2 billion in private sector capital investment has been reduced to only $940 million, “most of which would be realized from the sale of OLG’s existing gaming assets,” said Lysyk.The auditor also said part of the problem may be changing leadership at OLG, noting it has had five different board chairs and seven different CEOs since 2005, and is now reporting to the fifth cabinet minister to be responsible for the lottery agency.“One wonders if stable leadership and governance could have benefited OLG and the gaming industry in Ontario,” wrote Lysyk. “In our opinion, the government and OLG did not do enough preparation and planning before launching an ambitious ‘best-case scenario’ modernization plan.”Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 11:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Trump’s trade actions bring uncertainty to Canadian lumber country by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Logs are unloaded at Murray Brothers Lumber Company woodlot in Madawaska, Ontario on Tuesday April 25, 2017. The United States imposed countervailing duties of up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber imports, opening old wounds in what has been a long-standing trade dispute between the two countries.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick MADAWASKA, Ont. – It didn’t take long for Donald Trump’s new tariffs on softwood lumber to echo in Ontario’s Madawaska Valley — a forestry-dependent area almost exactly 1,000 kilometres due north of the U.S. capital.The unease settling into the region, which is dotted by sawmills vital to the local economy, is not only tied to the U.S. president’s move this week to impose retroactive duties averaging 20 per cent.There are also fears about what might come next from the Trump administration.Some believe another wave of bad news could come in the form of a separate anti-dumping duty on softwood, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement or a proposed border tax on all imported goods.“All of these communities are dependent on the forest-products industry, even if people aren’t working directly in the sawmills or in the bush,” said Ted Murray, vice-president of the 115-year-old Murray Brothers Lumber Company in Madawaska, about 220 kilometres west of Ottawa.“Employees and just regular folks in the community are certainly concerned about this — and not only this trade action but the entire sort of philosophy that the new regime in Washington seems to be putting forward.”Other regions of the country that ship more softwood south of the border may absorb bigger hits from the latest U.S. move in the long-running dispute.But the changes are still expected to hurt the small- and medium-sized companies here, including Murray Brothers despite the firm’s best efforts in recent years to soften the blow.The company, which employs about 100 people, has lowered its inventories and shifted more of its business away from the U.S. market — towards East Asia and the Middle East.However, about 10 per cent of the company’s softwood exports are still shipped to the U.S. and Murray expects the new duty to make such sales “pretty much unprofitable.”For the most part, he expects the bigger lumber companies with investments in the U.S. and the smaller firms with more versatility and lower costs to fare better.Even with the challenges, he doesn’t expect any layoffs at Murray Brothers, where saws buzzed Tuesday and workers stacked fresh shipments of pine boards.It might be a different story for other operations with more exposure to the U.S., Murray said.“In the industry, there will be some fallout, there will be jobs lost,” said Murray, whose grandfather and great-uncle co-founded the company.“Obviously, we’re depending on our government to challenge the tariffs.”Ottawa has condemned the U.S. administration’s move, calling it unfair and baseless. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Trump during a phone call that his government would “vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry,” according to a statement released by his office.Shelley Maika, a second-term councillor in the Township of Madawaska Valley, said Ottawa and the provinces have to step up for the forestry sector.Locally, Maika said the lumber industry is easily the top employer. She added it has endured many challenges, but had begun to rebound in recent years.“Anything negative to that is not going to be good for us and it’s a huge concern,” said Maika, who believes Trump’s actions this week have started to resurrect old anxieties from past softwood disputes.“The issues that that president is bringing forward, of course, (are) definitely going to cause nervousness and uncertainty.”Maika, whose partner works in the lumber industry, also worries that companies will hold back from making investments amid all the unknowns.Outside the local hardware store Tuesday in the Madawaska community of Barry’s Bay, former forestry worker John Artymko noted how international tribunals in the past have ruled in favour of the Canadian system.“Whether it’s political points they’re looking for the in States, I’m not sure — I think any country would take whatever they can get,” Artymko said before heading into the store.“But it puts a lot of strain on people… A lot of stress on families, a lot of stress on communities that doesn’t have to be there and many of them are unwilling pawns, in my mind, for political gains somewhere down the road.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Sony has today issued a very clear warning to anyone thinking about hacking their PS3 or playing pirated games on the console.The following notice was issued via the PlayStation.Blog:Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems. The notice has been issued following the fight Sony has been having to stop the hacking GeoHot and others have done to open up the PlayStation 3 console. With lawsuits ongoing, Sony clearly wanted to make sure everyone knows what will happen if they get caught playing illegal games or circumventing the PS3’s firmware and protection mechanisms.Anyone choosing to do this is also taking a risk. Having PSN access disabled will cut off access to digital downloads initially, but could have further implications in the future depending on what Sony decides to do. If serial keys are introduced for games then a PSN connection may be required and therefore anyone without access can’t play the latest titles. The only option would be to purchase a new PS3 and create a new PSN account we believe.Although Sony is stating what most gamers probably already knew, it seems unusual they would continue to remind people that it is possible to hack the PS3 and play pirate games. Why not stay quiet on the matter and take action when it is identified on a case by case basis?Read more at PlayStation.Blog
PORTLAND — State officials warned Monday that if California sea lions continue feeding below Willamette Falls, they could push winter steelhead trout to the brink of extinction.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife highlighted the threat in a population feasibility study. Without federal intervention, they said, there’s an 89 percent probability that least one population of the iconic fish species will go extinct in the near future.“It’s pretty dire,” Shaun Clements, the agency’s senior fish policy adviser said in an interview from a Clackamas County park just down river from the state’s largest waterfall, where sea lions have been setting up shop around the time the trout try to make their trek to spawning grounds up river. “If we don’t deal with this near-term risk, there might not be fish,” he said.The state’s report comes as two Pacific Northwest congressional leaders are trying to give Oregon and Washington broader authority to kill sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. The bill would also apply to the sea lion logjam at Willamette Falls in Oregon City.For years, lawmakers have pushed for more latitude to intervene at Bonneville and prevent sea lions from eating spring Chinook salmon there. But state officials say the threat to steelhead on the Willamette River now poses a much greater risk.
OLYMPIA — Projected revenue for the state of Washington has increased by about $288 million through the middle of 2019.Numbers released Wednesday by the Office of Financial Management show the state’s revenue collection will be up, partly because the state’s economy performed better than expected in June.Total revenue generated for the state’s general fund budget for 2017-2019 is predicted to be about $44 billion.In June lawmakers approved a two year, $43.7 billion state operating budget. It spends $1.8 billion on K-12 public schools over the next two years. That investment is part of a $7.3 billion hike over four years designed to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling that the state had not adequately funded basic education.The budget also adds $618 million for public employee collective bargaining and pay and $102 million in mental health spending.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On December 10th at around 10 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna were notified of a gunshots were heard in related to a disturbance in Anchor Point. He was transported to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer where he was treated for his injury, stabilized, and sent to Anchorage for further treatment. According to the State of Alaska’s Courtview online records, Ospina was previously charged with assault in 2001 and 2005. Soldotna General Investigation Unit is conducting the scene investigation. At the conclusion of this investigation, the case will be turned over to the Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified under Alaska law. The trooper’s name will be released after 72 hours per department policy. While troopers were outside the residence, Fernando Ospina, 47, of Anchor Point opened the door and pointed a rifle at the troopers. Ospina was shot once by a responding trooper. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-anchor-point-ospina-shot-after-pointing-rifle-at-troopers.mp3
US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions reported December quarter profit, which is slightly higher that expected, but lowered its earnings guidance for the current quarter due to slowdown in IT spending by its clients.Cognizant’s net profit rose 17 percent to $423.4 million in the October-December quarter, compared to $362.9 million in the same quarter in 2014. Its revenue increased by about 18 percent to $3.23 billion in the quarter.The New Jersey-based Cognizant estimated its revenues to grow in the range of $13.65 billion to $14.20 billion in 2016. Its forecast is in line with the domestic IT industry body Nasscom’s forecast of 10-12 percent revenue growth for software exports in the next fiscal year.”At a time when major technology shifts are disrupting all industries, clients are looking to a partner like Cognizant to work with them to create the winning business models of tomorrow at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. Our investments in disruptive technologies, new business models and best-in-class delivery uniquely position us to enable clients to drive digital transformation at enterprise scale,” said Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant.However, the company predicted its revenues to come in the range of $3.18 billion to $3.24 billion for the March quarter, indicating that its revenues may drop. Overall, its revenue increased by 21 percent to $12.42 billion in the calendar year 2015, meeting the earnings guidance given by the company.”While digital opportunities significantly expand our addressable market, our rapidly growing consulting, infrastructure and business process services and geographic market expansion, continue to be solid drivers of demand for our services,” said Gordon Coburn, president of Cognizant.
Gold and silver prices gained sharply on Wednesday tracking global cues and heavy buying by Indian jewellers, adding to the bullish sentiments prevailing on the stock markets. The yellow metal spurted Rs. 450 to hit a 30-month high of Rs. 31,550 per 10 gm, while silver prices rose Rs. 750 to Rs. 46,950 per kg.The buoyancy in sentiments led to the biggest daily rise in gold prices since June, aided by lower chances of an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve, leading to higher demand for the safe-haven metal, reported PTI.Silver coins gained Rs. 1,000 to close at Rs. 77,000 for buying and Rs. 78,000 for selling of 100 pieces.Gold prices closed at Rs. 30,950 per 10 gm and silver at Rs. 44,900 per kg on Sept. 1, 2016.In the global market, gold prices in Singapore increased marginally to $1,352.16 per ounce on Wednesday after rising 1.7 percent the previous day. The price of the sovereign gold bond issued in the first tranche and listed on June 13 closed at Rs. 3,160, translating into a gain of 17 percent when compared to the issue price of Rs. 2,684 representing 1 gm of gold.The fifth tranche opened on Sept. 1 and closes on Sept. 9. The Reserve Bank of India has fixed Rs. 3,150 per 1 gm of gold as the issue price, the highest since the first tranche. The minimum investment is 1 gm and the maximum limit is 500 gm.The government launched the sovereign gold bond (SGB) scheme last November as part of an initiative to discourage people from investing in physical gold and unlock the yellow metal lying with households and institutions, mainly temples.Read: Sovereign gold bonds yield 20% return in three months of listingOn Wednesday, The BSE Sensex closed 52 points lower at 28,926 and the NSE Nifty lost 25 points to end at 8,917.State Bank of India, ONGC and ICICI Bank remained the top Sensex gainers, while Asian Paints, Axis Bank and HDFC ended with losses.
Zomato/twitterAs part of cost-cutting initiative, popular food aggregator and delivery app Zomato has laid off around 70-100 employees from its customer support team in the Gurgaon office. The company cited redundancies in the department as the reason for the lay-offs. “Over the last few months, our service quality has improved, and the percentage of orders requiring support has come down significantly creating redundancies for about 1 per cent (60 people) of our workforce,” a statement released by the company read.The statement added that the redundancies were predominantly in the customer support and “also include movements to other departments as part of our internal job placement (IJP) exercise.”It is yet to be ascertained if the employees who were given severance in advance.”What’s happening at (Zomato’s) back end is that they are automating a lot of their customer service functions. Customer support is currently a major cost for both Zomato and Swiggy, and due to high volumes of orders spending Rs 4 to Rs 5 per order is a significantly high cost (in comparison to other costs)…So this (layoffs) is sort of intelligently scrapping away unnecessary spending on human resource,” a source told Live Mint.The lay-offs took place a few months after Zomato’s rival FoodPanda was forced to shut down its delivery services in May. The company also had to let go of 40-50 mid-level employees and terminate the contracts for over 1,500 employees.Over the last few years, food aggregator apps such as Swiggy and Zomato have grown exponentially and created thousands of jobs across the country, including those as delivery executives.Zomato has reportedly hired 230,000 delivery partners. According to reports, the company currently gets 40 million orders a month and is said to have partnered with 130,000 restaurants in 500 cities across the country.
Listen 00:00 /04:03 – / 16Harvey’s impact can be felt across Greater Houston – it flooded thousands of homes.But it also damaged and destroyed businesses, and among the hardest hit were small businesses, which make up the vast majority of Houston companies.One of them is NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care in Humble, where workers have stripped the office to nothing but its stone walls, glass windows and metal frames.When Harvey hit, the strip mall where the building is located quickly turned into a lake.“We have a camera, so we were watching,” NightLight co-founder Anastasia Gentles said. “And at first it was like, oh, it’s OK, it’s just a flow, we can handle it. And then two hours later I was, like, OK, it’s done.”The water almost reached the ceiling and the mold soon took over the whole place, she said, so they had to rip out everything.The only thing that still reminds of the former children’s practice are some self-glowing stars on the ceiling of one room.“All these were rooms and this was a hallway,” Gentles said as we walked through. “And we had beautiful murals up and everything. They’re all gone.”It’s one of seven NightLight locations across Houston.Reconstruction will probably cost more than $300,000, but luckily they have flood insurance which should cover most of it.But this was their busiest branch, Gentles said, accounting for a quarter of their entire revenue.That revenue has been missing for weeks now because it’s taking a long time to rebuild the Humble office, in part because contractors have been in high demand after Harvey.“Because you can’t even find a pod in this city right now,” Gentles said. “We had to rent a U-Haul, so we had to pay for a U-Haul to sit in the parking lot with our cabinets in there.”She estimates rebuilding will take three to six months so they are currently looking for a temporary location in the area.Until they find one, their 15 employees are commuting to other branches across the metro.And Harvey hasn’t just affected those businesses that were flooded. “A lot of the businesses we work with are restaurants or service industries,” Steve Lawrence, executive director of the University of Houston’s Small Business Development Center, said. “And a lot of things stopped for a week or two, so everybody’s been affected in one way, shape or form, even if they haven’t received sustained flooding by themselves.”So what has the impact been on overall small business productivity in Houston?Small business software company Womply looked at the average revenue of 5,800 Houston businesses before the storm and how it was affected during Harvey and in the 10 days after.“And what we saw was that while there was a pretty dramatic initial decrease in average revenue for local businesses, things rebounded actually fairly quickly,” Womply’s Brad Plothow said, “which was not what we expected.”Revenue plummeted across industries but most returned to 80 to 100 percent of typical daily revenue within a week.The impact and recovery has been very different depending on location, Plothow said.“And there were some industries that were more affected than others, and those are the ones that you might imagine: It’s retail and wholesale, it’s entertainment,” he said. “Interestingly, lodging never dipped below 80 percent of its average revenue.”Plothow attributes that to the many displaced people who needed a place to stay after being flooded out.Overall, he said, it helped that many Houstonians have gone through similar disasters before and are therefore prepared.Steve Lawrence, at the small business development center, seconds that.He cited the case of a local bakery chain that has been flooded several times and got back up each time.“Some people who’ve gone through the experience before know how the system works and how to be able to get through it a little bit faster maybe than some of the new ones,” he said. “But I think every case individually is different, every single case has got its own little quirk that makes it a little bit different than somebody else’s.”So far, the Small Business Administration has approved nearly $20 million in low-interest loans to businesses in Harris County. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Share Monday, June 24, 2019Top afternoon stories:Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows the house where the botched raid occurred on January 28, 2019.HPD Turns Over Files For Probe Of Botched RaidThe Houston Police Department has turned over thousands of files from its narcotics division to the Harris County District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office said Monday prosecutors will review the files as part of an investigation sparked by a January 28 botched drug raid in which two civilians died and five officers were wounded.Last week, the DA’s office warned HPD the department would be served with subpoenas unless it submitted the files by close of business on Monday. Dane Schiller, spokesman for the DA’s office, said “an agreement has been reached for remaining records to be provided next week.”The DA’s Civil Rights and Public Corruption divisions will review the files turned over by the police department. The files focus on the use of confidential informants by narcotics officers.The DA’s office is also asking the Harris County Commissioners Court for approval to hire ten additional employees and funding in the amount of $1.7 million to help in the investigation. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on that request on Tuesday.Gabrielle Keene/Houston Public MediaTexas Gov. Greg Abbott.Economic Development Bill For Northeast Houston VetoedMidtown, Upper Kirby, Spring Branch and other parts of Houston have management districts that boost development in those neighborhoods using commercial property tax revenue. During the 2019 Texas legislative session, Democratic State Sen. Borris Miles proposed creating a management district in Northeast Houston, an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.But Senate Bill 390, the bill that would have created the Northeast Houston management district, was vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott, in a move Miles calls “retaliation.” According to Miles, Abbott vetoed the bill because Miles voted against the confirmation of the governor’s secretary of state nominee. In his veto, Abbott said the bill would have increased taxes for commercial property owners in the district. “Creating districts like these within city limits undermines core principles of protecting taxpayers and promoting transparency, which led to historic achievements this session in Senate Bill 2,” he said.U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol agents conduct an operations check on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle on the Texas border.Border Patrol Finds 4 Dead In South TexasU.S. Border Patrol agents found four bodies Sunday near the Rio Grande in South Texas, including three children and a young woman, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra posted in a tweet Sunday night.Guerra tweeted that the bodies appeared to be 2 infants, a toddler and 20-year-old female.The four bodies were found southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area of Mission, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Rio Grande Valley area accounts for more than 40% of undocumented immigrant apprehensions and is “the busiest sector in the nation.”The deaths follow a surge of unauthorized migration to the U.S. last month, when more than 144,000 people were apprehended or deemed inadmissible to the country.
Popular on Variety SiriusXM took another step towards taking its subscription service past the car Tuesday: The company announced a new student subscription tier that gives eligible college students access to music and talk radio stations on their mobile and connected devices for $4 per month.Some of the content available for this price includes SiriusXM’s more than 200 commercial-free music stations, plus talk channels with comedy, sports, news and more. The package also offers access to personalized radio stations powered by Pandora, complete with the thumbs-up-and-down mechanisms known from the music streamer to further customize the programming.The package effectively gives students the same content available through SiriusXM’s Premier streaming plan, which is $12.99 per month. “Today’s college students grew up listening to SiriusXM in their parent’s car, and now we have a package built just for them,” said SiriusXM vice president Matt Epstein, who is heading the company’s outside the car initiative. ×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 SiriusXM is still best known for its satellite subscription service, but the company has been taking a number of steps to catch up to the streaming age. In September of last year, it acquired music streaming service Pandora for $3.5 billion (the deal officially closed in February). And in April, the company unveiled an $8 streaming plan for consumers without cars.At the time, Epstein told Variety that the rise in smart speakers was one reason for SiriusXM offering streaming-only plans. “Over the past year, we have seen a massive increase in in-home listening,” he said.SiriusXM is now available for streaming on mobile devices, Sonos and other smart speakers as well as streaming devices like Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and select smart TVs.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In his first season with the Cardinals, the 12th-year man out of Howard University posted a career-high five interceptions to go along with 57 tackles. Arizona picked up Bethea’s $1 million roster bonus on Wednesday to retain him through the 2018 season.The award will be formally presented to Bethea on Feb. 10 at the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea has already won a Super Bowl ring in his career. On Wednesday, he entered a class of his own.Bethea was named the inaugural recipient of the Black College Football Pro Player of the Year Award. This will be an annual award given to the top professional football player who attended a Historically Black College and University.“Today, there are about 30 players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities on active NFL rosters. Some of the best players in NFL history are from HBCUs, and it’s exciting to honor today’s stars,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a press release. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) runs back an interception as San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) and ffensive guard Laken Tomlinson (75) pursue during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share