China’s foreign ministry said on Friday that it extended congratulations to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, who won the Nov. 3 election that President Donald Trump has refused to concede.“We respect the choice of the American people. We extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular daily briefing. “We understand the results of the U.S. election will be determined according to U.S. laws and procedures,” he added. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on December 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.Getty Images
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He recalled yesterday that Marley’s life was a short, but well-lived one. “This is the 35th year that we are celebrating the life of Bob Marley. We are pleased to be associated with such a legend, a friend, a prophet and brother, who loved people and tried to always help others,” Campbell pointed out. Queen’s Council Ian Wilkinson, the Master of Ceremony at yesterday’s launch, recalled his fondest memories of seeing Marley as a boy. “In life he was huge; in death he is even bigger,” reasoned Wilkinson. Sponsors Tuff Gong, through the Bob Marley Foundation, delivered their message via manager Alicia Williams, while Tari Lovell, sponsorship manager of Digicel, also gave sponsorship remarks. This year’s Bob Marley One Love football matches will see Entertainers’ Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Referees, and Tuff Gong Invitational teams vie for trophies. There will be two Bob Marley One Love trophies, plus prizes and surprises from sponsors Digicel and the Bob Marley One Love Foundation, among others. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase computers for two basic schools in the inner city, with the organisers hoping to do the same this year. Among persons named to play so far are Reggae Girl Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and teammate Tashana Vincent, plus former Reggae Boyz Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin ‘Pele’ Wilson, Hector Wright, and Durrent Brown. Referees Valdin Ledgister and Keeble Williams will officiate, while Charlie B from France, Nomadz, Aidonia, and Assassin will provide entertainment. International Reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. His boyhood friend, Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, organiser of the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches, is inviting ‘friends in football’ to enjoy a celebration of one of the world’s most universally revered personalities this Ash Wednesday. The media launch was held yesterday at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston. The event will be staged at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens next Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $200 for adults 18 and over, while children under 12 will be able to enter free. Those over the age of 12 will pay $100. Campbell, a former local footballer at Santos and a close friend of Marley, started the memorial event two years after Marley’s passing. 35TH YEAR
Sophomore Grace Talty led the Tigers with 10 points as the Arcata High girls basketball team shook off a slow start to down Justin-Siena 36-34, Wednesday evening in Healdsburg in the first-round of the Redwood Empire Tournament.Arcata fell behind 12-5 after one quarter of play. Jocelyn Bliven, who finished with eight points, scored five of them for the Tigers in the second frame as Arcata’s defense stepped up to hold Justin-Siena to seven second-quarter points.At the break Arcata trailed …
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.”
erin andrews jimmy kimmelErin Andrews, who recently won her lawsuit in the much-publicized stalker trial, was awarded $55 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott, the Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett. It didn’t take long for ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get to the point when Andrews came on as his guest Wednesday night.Kimmel, jokingly, asked Andrews for $1 million. Of course – as we’ve written – she doesn’t have any of that money yet, and she won’t get it all.In all seriousness, it’s great to see Andrews smiling and laughing after the trial. The pictures/video from the ordeal were pretty tough to see.
The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI). Story Highlights This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017. The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017.This was reported by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held on Friday (June 16) at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston.The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the diaspora being undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI).It was also part of activities to observe Diaspora Day celebrated locally and abroad on June 16.Minister Johnson Smith said the money came from in-kind donations in the form of educational materials, inclusive of books and computers.“We truly value the sacrifices that many of them make to their families and communities evidenced by their generous gifts, whether through philanthropic donations or sharing of their time, skills and expertise,” she said.The Minister said that Jamaican nationals overseas have also provided an important niche market for non-traditional products.She said that products, such as yams, sweet potatoes, papaya, dasheen, pumpkin, mangoes, breadfruit, callaloo and ackee are now top agricultural exports to the United Kingdom, United States of America (USA) and Canada.“During the period 2005 to 2015, the USA represented the major market for agricultural exports,” she added.The Foreign Affairs Minister said that the Government is committed to removing the bureaucratic hurdles that hinder investments.She cited the Economic Growth Council, which she said was created “to remove the bureaucratic barriers that exists and encourage innovation and a level of pragmatism in our government processes.”Turning to the study which will highlight the true value of the Diaspora, Minister Johnson Smith said it will enable the government and the private sector to design innovative strategies that are relevant to the Diaspora, taking into account their unique needs and preferences in their respective locations.“It is imperative that we secure empirical data of the current and potential value of the partnership between Jamaica and its Diaspora,” she stated.
AURORA, Ont. – Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) says it’s joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.Magna says the autonomous driving technology will be flexible and adoptable for integration by multiple automakers.BMW says the Aurora, Ont.-based company has long-term experience in integrating complex systems seamlessly onto individual vehicle platforms.Magna has been a contract vehicle manufacturer for the BMW Group for more than 15 years.
NEW YORK — Many small businesses will see their labour costs increase in 2019.Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the rising inflation rate. The minimum is also going up in some major cities, among them Oakland and other California cities.Many owners with minimum-wage workers also give raises to their other employees when there is a government-mandated increase. Bosses need to avert any resentment that could arise when some staffers get a bump-up and others don’t.Pay is also expected to be rising, possibly later in the year, for some salaried workers. The Labor Department is expected to issue early in 2019 its regulations on which employees must be paid overtime, and which are exempt. The Trump administration is rewriting rules written during the Obama administration that would have doubled the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime, to $47,476 from $23,660. An estimated 4.2 million people would have been able to begin earning OT under the rules. The new rules are expected to raise the threshold — the question still is, by how much?The overtime rules are most likely to affect workers with jobs like shift supervisor or assistant manager at restaurants and retailers or manufacturing companies. Many owners have already thought about how to protect their margins from a surge in labour costs. Some have said they plan to give affected staffers raises that would put them above the Labor Department threshold. Others have said they will pay these staffers hourly but limit how many hours a day or week they work.MILEAGE RATES GOING UPThe IRS has raised its standard mileage rate for deducting the cost of using a car for business during 2019; it will be 58 cents per mile, up 3.5 cents from 2018. The standard mileage rate is one of two methods for owners to account for how much they spend when they use a car for business; the second is based on actual expenses. Under that method an owner must calculate the percentage of miles the car is driven for business, and apply that percentage to expenses like lease payments, fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance and depreciation.Under the new tax law, employees cannot claim a deduction for the use of their own cars on behalf of their companies._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
In order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says. On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.Calgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected _ and over-corrected _ very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January. CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.
Ohio State junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) dribbles the ball during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won, 75-60.Four players scored in double figures for the Ohio State women’s basketball team Thursday, as the Buckeyes took down Michigan, 61-50, in Ann Arbor, Mich.OSU (13-9, 3-3) was led in scoring by junior guard Raven Ferguson, who came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-14 shooting.The game started off much like the first meeting between the two squads, which took place on Jan. 5, in Columbus, as the Buckeyes once again shot poorly from the field in the first half – just 28.6 percent.The Buckeyes found their stride in the second half.OSU shot an impressive 60 percent from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes, while holding the Wolverines to 29.4 percent shooting.Despite being outrebounded and turning the ball over 18 times, the Buckeyes’ reserves dominated, as junior guard Maleeka Kynard and Ferguson combined for 28 of OSU’s 30 bench points while Michigan only received six points from their bench.Kynard, who averages just 14.2 minutes per game this season, played a career high 31 minutes and tied a career-high with 12 points in the win.Likely due to her improved play of late, senior center Ashley Adams earned a start over fellow senior center Darryce Moore and was one rebound shy of a double-double, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the Buckeye victory. It was Adams’ eighth start of the season.Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston, who leads the team in scoring this season with 17 points per game, scored just 11 points, seven of which came at the free throw line.Michigan was led in scoring by junior guard Shannon Smith who scored a game-high 17 points.The Buckeyes will attempt to keep the momentum from win over their rival going Sunday, as they are scheduled to play Michigan State (12-7, 4-2) at 12:30 p.m.