APTN National NewsA group of media outlets, including APTN, is applying to have cameras in the courtroom to record and broadcast during the trial of Raymond Cormier.Cormier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.The 15-year-old girl’s body was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on Aug. 17, 2014.APTN, along with CTV News, Global Winnipeg and CBC Manitoba are seeking permission from the courts to live stream the Cormier’s trial with portions being broadcast on TV and radio.A hearing on whether cameras will be allowed begins June 12 in Winnipeg.Anyone wishing to intervene on the camera access can file a brief with the courts before May email@example.com
OTTAWA – A pair of unexpectedly soft economic reports are creating fresh doubts about the timing of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate hike.For months, experts have been predicting Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to raise his benchmark rate at next month’s meeting. But broadening economic unknowns — mostly linked to trade concerns around U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist agenda — have begun to lead some analysts to wonder if Poloz will stand pat on July 11.And on Friday two reports from Statistics Canada added more uncertainty to the interest rate outlook.One release by the agency found Canada’s annual inflation rose at a pace of 2.2 per cent in May for the second straight month. The number, however, was cooler than market expectations of 2.6 per cent.In the second report, Statistics Canada found that retail sales contracted in April by 1.2 per cent for the reading’s first month-to-month decline since December.“These reports kind of highlight an economy that has slowed pretty significantly from the last year or two,” Robert Kavcic, senior economist for BMO Capital Markets, said in an interview.“Given a lot of the uncertainty out there, and a little bit of a softer tone to this data, I think expectations for a July rate hike have probably come down a little bit.”Royce Mendes of CIBC Capital Markets wrote in a report that Friday’s “bad data” make it even more difficult for the Bank of Canada to hike rates in July. Mendes noted, however, that things could improve before Poloz’s July 11 meeting because more important numbers on gross domestic product and employment are still on the way.Nathan Janzen, RBC senior economist, said the combination of Friday’s figures, somewhat slower economic growth and a deteriorating tone in trade discussions with the U.S. “aren’t all that encouraging” and will make the Bank of Canada’s rate decision closer than previously thought.Ranko Berich, head analyst at Monex Canada and Monex Europe, said the central bank’s July rate decision is “now an unknown factor.”The hunt for clues into Poloz’s thinking will continue next Wednesday when he gives a speech to the chamber of commerce in Victoria, B.C.The May annual inflation number in Friday’s report followed the 2.2 per cent reading for April and 2.3 per cent for March.The main contributors to inflation last month were led by gasoline prices. Compared to a year earlier, they climbed 22.9 per cent in May and helped drive overall energy prices for the month 11.6 per cent higher.Inflation also received a lift because Canadians paid more last month for restaurants, airline tickets and mortgage interest costs.Consumers, however, paid less in May for telephone services, natural gas and digital devices and computers.The report also found the average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile numbers like pump prices, slowed to 1.9 per cent last month.The core readings, which are closely monitored by the central bank, averaged 2.03 per cent in April, which was the strongest pace in six years.On retail trade, the April contraction of 1.2 per cent pulled total sales down to $49.5 billion.The April decrease was mostly due to a 4.3 per cent decline in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers — with new car dealerships reporting a 5.1 per cent drop and used car lots seeing a contraction of 4.1 per cent.Statistics Canada said April’s unusually cool temperatures and bad weather in many parts of the country may have been to blame for the overall decline.The decrease was concentrated in the largest provinces. Sales fell 2.3 per cent in Ontario, while Quebec saw a 2.7 per cent drop.Statistics Canada, however, did release an upward revision to its retail sales data for March. The updated reading shows a 0.8 per cent increase, compared to its preliminary 0.6 per cent estimate.Friday’s reports will help feed the Bank of Canada’s deliberations as its governing council considers its next interest rate decision.For inflation, the bank can use interest rate hikes as a tool to help prevent it from climbing too high. The Bank of Canada tries to keep inflation from moving outside a range of between one and three per cent.Recent inflation readings — including Friday’s — have been hovering just above the two per cent mid-point of the bank’s target range.It’s unlikely, however, to have a significant impact on upcoming rate decisions because governor Poloz has predicted inflation to stay above two per cent for all of 2018. He’s predicted inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019 — in large part due to the temporary effects of higher gas prices and the introduction of minimum wage increases in some provinces.He’s raised the trend-setting interest rate three times since last July, but he hasn’t touched the rate since January. It’s been at 1.25 per cent ever since.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Rabat – More than 500 tons of cannabis were seized in 2013 as part of efforts to fight against drug trafficking led by Morocco, in accordance with its international commitments in this area, said Thursday in Rabat, Minister of Communication, government spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi.The government is driven by a clear desire to fight against drug trafficking, said El Khalfi during a press briefing at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting.According to the minister, there is a progress made in this area, as evidenced by the statistics related to drug seizure operations and the increase of economic development policies for the areas used for this illegal cultivation.
Approximately 12,000 people have been forced from their homes and 110,000 people, the majority being the poor and vulnerable such as women, children and the elderly, have been affected by the heavy rains, OCHA reported. Seven of the country’s 19 departments have been affected, with three central ones – Durazno, Soriano and Treinta y Tres – suffering the worst.Most of the displaced are currently living in Council shelters and local sports clubs, and most schools in the affected areas have been shut down.Thousands of homes and much of the public infrastructure – such as the water supply, sewer and drainage systems, power and telephone lines, roads, agricultural land and municipal buildings – have been damaged.The OCHA grant, which comes after an official Government request for UN assistance, will be channelled through the world body’s Resident Coordinator in the South American country and will be utilized for the purchase of relief supplies and to provide logistical support for national and local authorities.Of particular concern is the water and sanitation situation in the areas affected by the flooding, with roughly 30,000 people having no access to clean drinking water. There is also an increased risk of waterborne disease spreading in vulnerable communities.Preliminary needs include food, blankets and mattresses for those driven from their homes, as well as chlorine, soap and other cleaning supplies to prevent the spread of disease.With adverse conditions expected to persist in the coming days, the number of people affected by heavy rains is expected to increase, especially as flood waters reach lower-lying areas. 10 May 2007The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today that it is sending an emergency cash grant of $30,000 to Uruguay to aid victims of flooding, the worst the country has seen in half a century.
7 April 2011A judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today warned suspects accused of being involved in post-election violence in Kenya three years ago that arrest warrants could be issued against them if they instigated further unrest through inflammatory speech. Three of six suspects – William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua arap Sang – appeared before the ICC pre-trial chamber in The Hague for the purposes of verifying their identities and to be clearly informed of the crimes which they are alleged to have committed and of their rights under the Rome Statute that established the ICC.“It came to the knowledge of the chamber by way of following some articles in the Kenyan newspapers that there are some movements towards retriggering the violence in the country by way of using some dangerous speeches,” said Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, the presiding judge at today’s hearing.“I would like to remind the suspects – and I’m not referring to anyone in particular but this is a general point to be made to all the suspects – that such type of action could be perceived as a sort of inducement which may constitute the breach of one of the conditions set out in the summonses to appear, namely, to continue committing crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court,” she said.“Accordingly, this might prompt the chamber to replace the summonses to appear with warrants of arrest […],” Judge Trendafilova added.The pre-trial chamber set 1 September as the day when the ICC will begin the confirmation of charges hearing.A confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that each suspect committed each of the crimes they are charged with. If the charges are confirmed, the pre-trial chamber commits the suspect to trial before a trial chamber.Mr. Ruto served as Kenya’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, but is currently suspended from the position, while Mr. Kosgey was Minister of Industrialization and is also suspended. Mr. Sang is a radio presenter.The other three suspects are Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; and Mohamed Hussein Ali, who was Police Commissioner at the time of the violence.More than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections. There were also hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed in six of Kenya’s eight provinces, according to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Tom Koenigs, a German national who has served the UN in Kosovo and Guatemala, as the new head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Mr. Koenigs will replace Jean Arnault of France, who has served in the post since February 2004.The Frankfurt city official served from 1999 to 2002 as Deputy Special Representative for Civil Administration of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and from 2002 as Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).Mr. Koenigs is presently the Commissioner of Environment of Frankfurt as well as a senior member of its city administration, where he has held a variety of posts since 1989. Trained in economics and bank management, he began his political career in 1984 as an assistant to the Green Party’s Parliamentary group in the federal State of Hessen. In other news, the Secretary-General today appointed Poland’s former Prime Minister, Marek Belka, as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).The Secretary-General and the Security Council President also exchanged letters confirming that the mandate of the head of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, Javier Rupérez, will be extended through the end of next year.A separate exchange of letters confirmed that Mohamad Sahnoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, will continue in that post through 31 December 2006.
Adnan Kassar, a prominent business leader from Lebanon, being designated the Honorary Chairman of the UN Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance. Photo: UN News/Vibhu MishraThe opening session also saw the designation of Adnan Kassar, a prominent business leader from Lebanon, as the Honorary Chairman of the UN Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance.Today’s agenda at the World Forum also featured addresses by senior Government officials, business leaders, representatives of regional organizations and civil society leaders; a plenary session on the Maritime-Continental Silk Road; a side event on SDGs in Bahrain, which was organized jointly by UNIDO ITPO-Bahrain, UNDP and the UN Global Compact; and the inauguration of the Bahrain Entrepreneurs Exhibition.The day also saw the launch of the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Entrepreneurs Alliance and Action Plan, and the unveiling of the Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance Focal Point.UN News is on location in Manama, Bahrain, covering the Forum and its associated events. Follow @UN_News_Centre and @UNNewsArabic for up to date news and highlights from WEIF 2017.AUDIOBoosting entrepreneur development along the New Silk Road Secretary-General’s message to the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF) plays during its opening session. Photo: UN News/Vibhu MishraAlso speaking at the opening, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, the UNIDO Deputy Director General and Managing Director of External Relations and Field Representation, highlighted the importance of global partnerships for sustainable development.“Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, and promoting impact investment […] is more important today than ever before, as we all work together worldwide towards achieving the 2030 Agenda,” he said, adding:“The role of impact investment and innovation is further highlighted by the SDGs, and especially Goal 9, which seeks to ‘build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’.”In his remarks, Mr. Kuniyoshi highlighted UNIDO’s collaboration with Bahrain on programmes promoting investment and economic empowerment of youth and women through entrepreneurship development and support systems.Further, recalling the Manama Declaration, adopted at the First International Entrepreneurs Investment Forum, in 2015, the senior UNIDO official called for a coordinated and inclusive approaching in promoting entrepreneurship involving all stakeholders, including civil society and academia. Convened under the theme of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through entrepreneurship and innovation, the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF) 2017 seeks to leverage entrepreneurship and creative thinking to strengthen sustainable development around the world.“Inclusive and sustainable industrial development will continue to be a key driver of progress as we support [UN] Member States in this essential work,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, via a video message, to the World Forum.“I commend you for focusing this year’s forum on the SDGs.”Recalling the establishment of UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)’s first Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO-Bahrain) in Manama, in 1996, Mr. Guterres noted that, over the years, the so-called Bahrain model has created more than 16,000 jobs and raised more than $2 billion in investment.“Today, in 52 countries, it continues to advance entrepreneurship and change lives for the better,” he added.Organized by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Bahrain, the World Forum is expected to draw more than 1,000 entrepreneurs; representatives of micro, small and medium enterprises; as well as financial institutions to build and foster partnerships and share best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation.
International Services is looking for volunteers to help non-English speaking students coming to Brock University with their conversation skills.The Conversation Partners Program provides students who have English as an additional language with opportunities to build confidence and to practice and improve their conversation skills by partnering them with volunteers who have English as their first language.The English Conversation Partners Program is also a great way to make new friends on campus. The program is looking for:Volunteers: Current Brock students who have English as their first language who would like to share Canadian culture and in return learn about new cultures.English Conversation Learners: Current Brock students who wish to practice their English conversation skills.The partners meet for one hour per week for face-to-face conversation and are encouraged to go out and explore the region. The time and place will be arranged by the partners.This program will run throughout the school year (September to August). At the end of the year, volunteers are encouraged to submit their hours to the program co-ordinator so the time can be recorded in ExperiencePlus.For more information about the program, click here.
Little has been said about the 2010 Ohio State women’s basketball class, but OSU made quite a catch.Coach Jim Foster has made a habit of recruiting players that complement the team perfectly while recruiting both highly touted and predominantly unknown players.His recruiting success and judgment of players is hard to refute since he came to OSU eight years ago. His OSU resume already includes six Big Ten regular season titles, two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances.Four seniors leave the team after this season, but every starter will return. Amy Scullion: Salem, Ohio (Salem H.S.)Scullion is ranked as the No. 43 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 95 out of 99.She is ranked No. 2 at her position by the Collegiate Girl’s Basketball Report, a highly regarded National Scouting Service for women’s basketball. The Report also called Scullion a player who possesses athleticism that OSU has yet to see.Standing 6 feet tall and being very athletic made Scallion a multi-sport player. She plays volleyball as well as basketball and most say that volleyball is actually her best sport.She said she would have played volleyball for Team USA over the summer if she had not chosen to play basketball at OSU.Scullion told multiple sources that she chose OSU because of the program’s success and how they are seemingly “stockpiling” talent.Martina Ellerbe: Teaneck, N.J. (St. Mary’s H.S.)Ellerbe is ranked as the No. 108 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 93 out of 99. ESPN classifies her as a player who could contribute as a freshman and eventually start for a top national program.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and classified as a forward. She has the ability to beat women as tall as her off the dribble, much like center Jantel Lavender.Ellerbe is also a great rebounder with strong hands. In a game against the No. 13 team in New Jersey earlier this season, Ellerbe scored 26 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked six shots.Her defense is also a great attribute. She has great timing for blocking shots and has quick feet for being as tall as she is, which lets her guard players smaller than her.Ellerbe is not just a basketball player — she is an excellent student. She is carrying a 3.9 GPA in St. Mary’s advanced studies program and has received various academic athlete honors.Ashley Adams: Siloam Springs, Ariz. (Siloam Springs H.S.)Adams is ranked the No. 116 recruit in the nation by ESPN with a grade of 92. She will be able to make immediate contributions as a freshman if needed and has the potential to start for a top tier program, according to ESPN. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall makes her the tallest player in this class and the tallest on OSU’s roster next year. She is expected to be a center or a forward at OSU.Adams is also said to have great vision and an ability to pass the ball very well from the post.Adams led Siloam Springs to the championship game her junior year while averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game.Darryce Moore: Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman H.S.)Moore was given a grade of 89 by ESPN. She is ranked the No. 14 center in the nation by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The report also called Moore a player who has the capability to burst onto the national scene unexpectedly.She is 6 feet 2 inches tall and very strong in the post, which allows her to get position to get rebounds. Moore’s brother, J.T. Moore, is in the OSU football recruiting class of 2010 and was the first commitment for the class.
Ohio State freshman forward Jaedon Ledee (23) dunks the ball during the second half of the game against South Carolina State on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorDefying expectations has become somewhat of a trend for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes entered the 2018-19 campaign with unflattering predictions from media outlets, with most estimating the team to be among the bottom half of the Big Ten conference.Yet, Monday, in the latest updated of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Buckeyes sit at No. 23 in the rankings, ahead of No. 24 Purdue and No. 25 Wisconsin. Among conference teams, Ohio State sits behind only No. 9 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State.In the second season under head coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State has jumped out to a 4-0 start, with wins coming against Cincinnati and Creighton. Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament in its first season under Holtmann, finishing in the final poll before Selection Sunday as the No. 17 team in the country and receiving an at-large bid to be a No. 5 seed in the West region. The Buckeyes beat South Dakota State in the first round, but were eliminated by Gonzaga in the second.Despite the success, Ohio State was not expected to repeat in 2018-19, losing reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, as well as captain Jae’Sean Tate and guard Kam Williams, all of whom were starters. However, the Buckeyes have been carried by strong early season performances from senior guard C.J. Jackson, as well as freshman guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, with sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson leading the team in rebounds thus far.The Buckeyes will compete for the first time in the 2018-19 season as a ranked team at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Samford at the Schottenstein Center. The team will then face Cleveland State at 8 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena, in a game Ohio State has already announced will be sold out.
When Oracle acquired Sun there were a lot of questions raised about the future of certain products. Oracle has already demonstrated it sees Java patents as something to defend and is locked in a battle with Google over Android.Questions are also being asked about the future of OpenOffice.org: the free alternative to Microsoft Office. Although it seems to be business as usual for the office suite, 33 developers left the project and started work on an alternative open source version. It’s for those of us who want another office suite alternative free of the Oracle link. That alternative is called LibreOffice.Today LibreOffice gets its first stable release at v3.3. The release is the result of four months of hard work and a developer base that has grown from 20 to over 100. As LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice.org, you can expect to find all of the features offered in v3.3 of Oracle’s office suite. But LibreOffice also has a number of unique features including:Ability to import and work with SVG filesSimple way to format title pages and numbering in WriterMore helpful Navigation Tool for WriterImproved ergonomics for sheet and cell management in CalcMicrosoft Works and Lotus Word Pro document import filtersPDF importSlide-show presenter consoleImproved report builderImproved WordPerfect importerLibreOffice is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with a download between 148- 215MB depending on your platform.Read more at LibreOfficeMatthew’s OpinionLibreOffice looks to be the equivalent of OpenOffice.org but free from the control of Oracle. That’s going to be improtant for a lot of users, and now we have a stable release with an integrated Windows installer I expect a lot of people will be making the switch.Personally, I’m going to install LibreOffice, but keep OpenOffice.org on my machine for the moment. That way if LibreOffice doesn’t perform as well as I expected I have a fallback. What I do appreciate is the Microsoft Works import filters. I regularly get sent .wps documents which I have yet to open successfully in OpenOffice. Now it should be a simple mouse click.There is another benefit to LibreOffice existing: competition. We now have two free office suites competing with Microsoft Office alongside the always-improving Google Docs. That should mean more features and speedier development as each development team try to keep up or produce something better than the competing suites.
Découverte : deux nouvelles exoplanètes de la taille de Saturne découvertes à 2.000 années-lumière de la TerreEspace – Une équipe d’astrophysiciens utilisant le télescope spatial américain Kepler a découvert deux, voire trois nouvelles exoplanètes orbitant autour d’une étoile de la taille de notre Soleil. Découverts à plus de 2.000 années-lumière de la Terre, les deux premiers astres, formellement identifiés, ont une taille comparable à la planète Saturne, deuxième plus grande planète de notre système solaire. Baptisées Kepler-9b et Kepler-9c, elles présentent des périodes de révolution de respectivement 19,2 et 38,9 jours. Anecdote remarquable : les fortes interactions gravitationnelles existant entre ces deux géantes influent sur la durée de cette rotation autour de leur étoile, laquelle n’est de ce fait pas constante. Les différences observées vont de 4 minutes pour Kepler-9b à 39 minutes pour Kepler-9c. À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteSelon les astrophysiciens, ce nouveau système exoplanétaire pourrait compter un troisième astre, d’une taille comparable à celle de la Terre. Celui-ci évoluerait sur une orbite plus proche de son étoile. Cette découverte a été rendu possible grâce au télescope spatial Kepler, lancé en 2009. Orbitant depuis autour du Soleil, ce détecteur de planètes extra-solaires observe l’éclat d’une centaine de milliers d’étoiles des constellations du Cygne et de la Lyre, et identifie les exoplanètes lorsqu’elles passent devant l’une de ces étoiles grâce à la variation d’intensité lumineuse alors engendrée. Mercredi dernier, Maxisciences vous faisait part de la découverte du plus grand système exoplanétaire connu, à 127 années-lumière de notre planète (voir article). Cette découverte, publiée dans l’édition en ligne de la prestigieuse revue scientifique Science, porte à seize le nombre de systèmes incluant au minimum trois planètes, si l’existence de la petite sœur de Kepler-9b et 9c est confirmée. Le 27 août 2010 à 13:41 • Emmanuel Perrin
WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Upcoming WWE schedule for 9/1-9/7A look at the upcoming WWE schedule from September 1-September 7, 2017.* WWE live event in Wichita, Kansas tonight (September 1)* WWE live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday (September 2)* WWE live event in Moline, Illinois on Saturday (September 2)* WWE live event in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday (September 3)* WWE live event in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Sunday (September 3)* Monday Night RAW live in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday (September 4)* WWE live event in Rochester, Minnesota on Monday (September 4)* Smackdown Live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Tuesday (September 5)* NXT live event in Rochester, New York on Thursday (September 7)As always, Wrestleview.com is seeking live reports from those attending.You can send all live reports to: AdamMartin@wrestleview.com.Triple H talks Ric Flair on ESPNESPN has posted more clips of Triple H talking about Ric Flair and Ronda Rousey. Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Triple H Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince Mcmahon Videos Articles Facebook Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp Google+ WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Videos Articles
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on speculation that Philippe Coutinho could make a sensational return to the club.Coutinho left the Reds to join Barcelona last January in a deal thought to be around £140million, after spending five years at Anfield.The 26-year-old has seen his game time for the Catalan club reduce drastically over the last few weeks, but he is said to be determined to turn things around with the Spanish champions and is enjoying his lifestyle in Spain.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Brazil international became a fans’ favourite at Liverpool but Klopp has ruled out Liverpool making a move for Coutinho.“That is something I don’t want to talk about. I would not say it is a potential transfer or a likely one,’ the Reds boss said, according to the Metro.“Nothing to say. Whatever I say would open more stories and there is no story. Phil is at Barcelona and as I know he fits really well and everything is fine.”
Tags Share your voice Now departing, track 10A Amtrak 14, Coast Starlight to Seattle, pulls into Union Station early. Nine coaches driven by two locomotives. At the front is a GE P42DC, the so-called Genesis Series I. It’s an aerodynamic model built in June 2001. Inside is a 175.2-liter turbocharged V-16 that produces 4,250 hp. Behind that is a “Pepsi Can” GE Dash 8-32BWH. These look far older, but date from only 10 years earlier. I’m not positive, but I assume this one is for head-end power, and maybe for a bit of extra kick for some of the mountains up north. It’s a huge beast of a thing, and standing next to it, loud. Amusingly, both of these trains, despite their much larger prime mover displacements, have less power than the new Siemens Charger.Goodbye for now, palm trees. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET We leave on-time at 10:10. I’m excited to learn I’ll have my cabin to myself. Santee, the attendant for my car, is delightful. She answers all my questions about the train, then informs me that my fears of delay are well-founded: Snowmageddon up north is causing havoc. The Coast Starlight ahead of us, the one that left yesterday, has been stuck for hours and might not make it through. The one headed south had to head back to Seattle, which isn’t as bad as what could happen in the mountains. We’ll know more later, she tells me, but if it stays this way we might only get to Sacramento. With SeaTac closed, my trip to Seattle is in jeopardy. Hour 2: Of stowaways and downed treesApparently, we had a stowaway. I missed it, but it’s amazing how fast info makes its way around a train. Someone had tried hiding in one of the empty sleeper cabins, was found and kicked off at Oxnard. I thought that only happened in the movies. Lunch is served. Having paid for a sleeper cabin, all meals are included. The menu isn’t huge, but there’s good variety. I had chilaquiles. Not bad, actually. We slow to a stop just outside of Santa Barbara, and the conductor comes on the PA. There’s a tree down on the tracks ahead. We have to wait for a crew to come inspect if there’s any damage. My phone decides to commiserate with the tree, and with a full charge, dies. This is… concerning. Read more Europe has long been the home to the romantic ideal of overnight trains. Few of these routes remain, however, and those that do are often far truncated from what they once were. Several companies, like OBB, have started offering updated trains and overnight routes for the romance and charm. Technology has progressed though that many of these trains are so fast that you board late at night, and get off early in the morning. There’s little time to enjoy just being on the train. That’s something that Amtrak’s remaining long routes still offer and are rapidly becoming one of the few places where such multiday train routes exist anywhere. Two standouts, if you’re curious, are the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Scotland, and the NightJet from Venice to Vienna. Incredible service and food for the former, gorgeous cabins for the latter. Night trains elsewhere in Italy are a mess. Loud, uncomfortable and I don’t just hate them because I got robbed on one. OK, also that. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Hour 27 to 34: Mountains outside, civilization insideLunch. I’m a little disappointed the menu is the same. No worries, I try something different. The burger is… fine.As gorgeous as the lounge is, I’m drawn back to my cabin. Santee has converted the bed back to a sofa, and the view out is sublime. There’s more and more snow as we go farther north. The sun breaks through once in a while, though more and more it’s hidden behind clouds and dustings of snow. As we crawl our way through mountainous national forest in central Oregon, the view turns a bit boring for the first time. Tall, skinny pine trees grip steep slopes as the track carves its way along mountainsides. Thick and green, one tree looks the same as another. The only sign of civilization is an occasional muddy logging road partially covered in snow. It’s still relaxing, however, and I have plenty of work I can do. And by work I mean nap. The excellent “Land & Sea” combo, of a Black Angus steak, crab cake and a Bernaise sauce. I had it for dinner both nights. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Are US trains really that bad? It’s complicated Trains not planes? The Green New Deal’s rail controversy explained Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen? Read more Read more As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel. The last two cars are coach. These seats are still quite large by airline standards. There are more people here than in business class, but even still it seems most have two seats to themselves. The best part is getting all the way to the back. The door at the rear of the train, what would otherwise have connected you with another car, has a window letting you see the track as it disappears into the distance. I return to the lounge car because, well, wouldn’t you? As I approach, something seems afoot. You know how you can tell, from a distance, when something’s up with a group of people? Well this is what I see when I approach the lounge car. Lots of people with phones, out, twisting in seats. As I get closer, many are leaning towards the right-side windows. On platform next to the train, in the isolated station of Lompoc, a tall blond man is being instructed by two police officers to put down his bag. It seems, I find out, that this gentleman had seemed a bit off, imbibed more than he could process, and had been creating a ruckus. Well off you go. One passenger lighter, we continue north. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Hour 8 to 14: Eat, chat, sleep, snowDinner. I’m seated with a couple from Phoenix, who flew to LA just to take this train. It’s her gift to him for his birthday. They prove to be excellent dinner companions.It’s midnight. I make one last sweep through the cars. The train feels different at night. The lights are dimmed, and most people are in their cabins. A few night owls populate the lounge car, working or watching movies, the lights from their laptops illuminating their faces. I spy a few more people, curled up on the sofas and floor, probably finding more comfort than the coach seats farther back. We stop for a while in Oakland, my guess is to take on fuel for the journey through the mountains in the northern part of the state. By the time I’m in bed and turn off my light, we’ve set off. I fall asleep to the quiet repetitious rumbles of wheels on rails. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET I awake to snow-covered trees and mist-covered mountains. We’re still in California. It’s a long state, but we’ve progressed far enough north, and increased in enough elevation, that there’s snow. Wilted snow that’s clearly seen some rain and melt, but snow none the less. Like Fluff that’s been in hot chocolate a little too long. It’s also the first I’ve seen in many years. Despite all my travels, I typically avoid the cold and snow. Four winters in Ithaca, New York were enough for this lifetime.I skip breakfast and instead, stay bundled in bed, staring out the window and writing these words.Hour 24: The joy of taking it slowYou’d think I’d be going a bit stir crazy having been on the train for a day, and yet, I’m not at all. The constantly changing and gorgeous scenery outside, the comfy and cozy cabin, I could stay here for days. Santee comes by to give me an update. We have dodged a bullet. The train ahead of us couldn’t get past Redding, so they turned around, but due to flooding had gotten stuck in Salinas. Amtrak had been out all night with snow removal equipment, so our train had already made it through the problem section with no issues. In fact, she told me this with the sun shining on the mountains and valleys of Shasta-Trinity National Forest right where we would have gotten stuck. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET We’re still going to be late, the question is by how much, and will I be able to get into my hotel. There’s no cell service in most of the mountains and valleys along the route, and the train’s internet connects via cell towers. I resolve to call when I can. Hour 26: Across the state lineAs we pass into Oregon, 26 hours after we left LA, I’m reminded of other long train journeys I’ve taken, of which this is about to become the longest. Eleven others, across three continents, reveal that I’m a bit of a fan. The five in China were a blur, not least for the excellent companions, but mostly due to the copious amounts of $2 Chinese wine we all imbibed. That was six years ago. These days you’d be able to do many of those same journeys in just a few hours. A trip from southern Thailand to Bangkok was a surprise: comfortable beds and delicious foods. From steam to Shinkansen: The massive machines of the Kyoto Railway Museum Charger into the future: Inside Amtrak’s new 4,400 hp locomotive 15 Ride a hidden train below the streets of London Why take a train when I could fly in a few hours? It’s all about the adventure. Long distance rail travel in the US is never going to compete with the speed of flying, and for me that’s not the point. It’s travel as an end in itself, a journey through the class and romance of an earlier age. When you consider the price of airfare, a hotel, transport to and from airports, and in the case of the sleeper cars, food too, there’s only a few hundred dollar premium to take the train. I hope for an increasingly rare travel experience: an opportunity to relax and enjoy the ride. I’m going the wrong way. It’s 8 a.m., the beginning of a 1,377-mile, 2,216 km journey north by northwest, and I’m going south by southeast. At least I’m on the train. Well, a train, and one I had to run to catch. This is not a good start. Why do I keep doing this to myself? I’m headed to LA’s Union Station to catch the Coast Starlight, Amtrak’s long-distance cruiser that should, with any luck, deposit me at King Street Station in Seattle sometime tomorrow night. Hopefully it’s on time. I have a busy week planned and the hotel I booked turned out not to be a hotel, and I’m unsure if I’ll be able to check in after 9 p.m. The train is scheduled to arrive at 8. I wouldn’t be optimistic about that arrival time even if Seattle hadn’t just been deluged by early February snow. At dinner I’m once again joined by the Arizona couple. We discuss, among many things, the colorful characters we’ve met on this adventure. A shared experience and confined quarters do wonders to even the most chronic introverts (i.e. me). They mention they’ve never been to Portland, so we resolve to hop off for a few minutes when we arrive. According to the conductor, we’ve got 30 minutes to explore. No problem. Plenty of time. What could go wrong? Hour 35: Portland, brieflyPortland Union Station is a beautiful, and old, train station. My friends and I jump off and into the cold. They’re from Phoenix. I live in LA. It’s in the 30s (3 to 5 degrees Celsius) and that’s cold to us. I’m a genius and leave my jacket in my cabin. We start exploring, heading through the hall and outside the station to take some photos of the 123-year-old building. I can’t see the train. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET “One of the earliest ‘train’ movies I remember,” I tell my new friends, “is Silver Streak. Classic. Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder. I remember being scared about how he gets left behind by the train. Even now I –” I’m interrupted by the station’s PA. “Last call for the Coast Starlight to Seattle. Last call. If you’re not on board when the doors close, you’ll be sleeping here.” Seriously? It hasn’t been more than 5 minutes. What happened to 30? What was I just saying. We three sprint through the station, around benches and barriers. I’m the first to get through the gate and see our train. I frantically wave at the closest conductor. He’s standing there, unfazed by my flailing gibbon-like approach. “What happened to 30 minutes?” I ask breathlessly when I get within earshot. He shrugs.The train leaves… 15 minutes later. So it goes. Hour 36 to 38:45: The end of the lineI fight to stay awake. I’m ready to arrive. I’m not sick of the experience, but I’m ready for it to be done. I think this is partly due to the fact that we were supposed to arrive several hours ago, and partly due to the fact that we are arriving. I’d happily spend another night on the train, but since I’m not, and I can’t fall asleep or get too comfortable. We finally arrive in Seattle, 15 minutes shy of 39 hours after we left LA. I bid my friends goodbye and walk the block to my hotel. I’d gotten a message to the hotel, and as I was told, I was greeted at the entrance by the poor guy who had to come in at 1 a.m. to let me in. I feel OK, though, because he tells me I’m not even the last to arrive. I fall asleep immediately. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET The price of adventure Everyone I spoke to on the Coast Starlight loved the experience. Most were interested in trying another of Amtrak’s long routes. I splurged a bit, getting the most expensive cabin on the train. Prices vary, but I paid $880 (roughly £665 or AU$1,235). Other days it’s as low as $700. However, if I were to do it again, I’d get one of the roomettes, which cost as low as $378. Adding a second person to either adds around $124, which is roughly the average price of the coach and business class seats. Though it’s not clear on the website, unless you book with another person you’ll get the room to yourself.Amtrak gets a lot of grief, some justified, some not. I’ve certainly had my fair share of issues on the Pacific Surfliner. But this trip was entirely delightful. Even stories from people who got trapped headed south on this route a few days after my trip, talked of how great the other passengers and crew were on their very extended delay.If a train adventure like this seems like something you’d enjoy, I think you probably would. If it’s not in the budget right now, or you want to see more, check out the gallery above. I also created and saved an extensive Story on my Instagram during the trip. Hour 3 to 4: Tree (and phone) looking upThe crew arrives, but determines the tree is too large to move themselves. They need to call in a tree removal service. I’m convinced now that even if we make it to Seattle it’s going to be after 9 p.m., and without my phone I have no way to let the hotel know I’m still coming. I ponder how cold King Street Station will be.We start moving again. I decide to take a picture of the offending tree… and fall asleep instead. Later, I’m able to resurrect my phone. I assumed some combination of buttons would force a reset, and on the Pixel 2 that’s holding the power and volume down buttons for about eight seconds. Deep in the Santa Ynez mountains with no internet and no way to research how to fix my phone, I’m lucky that intuition (OK, guesswork) solved the problem. It shows no signs of additional issues, so I assume it was just flustered and needed to be turned off and back on again. Don’t we all, sometimes. Maybe I’ll be able to get into my hotel after all. It’s all about the lounge car. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Hour 5 to 7: Walking tourAs lovely as my cabin is, I decide to go for a wander. We’re south of San Luis Obispo now, the tail end of the Pacific Surfliner route. The Coast Starlight typically has nine coaches. Up front, behind the two locomotives, is a baggage car. Then there are three double-decker sleeper cars, the first is for the crew. These all have a mix of full suites like mine, and the smaller roomettes. There are also Family Bedrooms that swap the shower and toilet for two additional beds. The roomettes are especially adorable. They’re small rooms with two seats facing each other. These fold together to form the lower bunk, with the upper bunk folding down from above. For couples I bet this is a great way to travel for not a lot of money.Next in line is the dining car (reservations only) then the business class car. These seats are a bit larger than what you’d find in the business class on a smaller or older aircraft, but with significantly more legroom. It wasn’t crowded, and almost everyone had two seats to themselves. Then there’s the lounge car. It’s a stunner: Huge windows, with curve-over skylights. It’s exactly what you’d hope for on a train like this. Perfect for relaxing, watching the scenery scroll by, and waiting for Hercule Poirot. I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I’m not dead. Here’s what it’s like to travel 8 hours across Japan by train 39 Photos By the Coast Starlight: 39 hours from LA to Seattle 1:10 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Culture
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