49ers mailbag: Questions pour in after offensive woes in opener

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — A 24-16, season-opening loss has 49ers fans concerned, and rightfully so. Let’s get to this week’s mailbag and answer their prayers, er, questions:Do you see a switch from run first to pass first? (@The_Rhone_1) I see this offense as field-goal first. Regardless of how they get into the red zone, they need touchdowns, all due respect to the golden boot of Robbie Gould. With Fred Warner’s …last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always exciting

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.” last_img read more

CPP Fund posts 116 return thanks partly to last years stock markets

first_imgTORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board achieved an 11.6 per cent rate of return in fiscal 2018, keeping it on track to provide long-term financial support for the country’s largest retirement fund, according to figures released Thursday.The CPP Fund increased its assets by $39.4 billion over the financial year ended March 31, slightly more than the $37.8 billion increase in fiscal 2017 and much better than the $14.3 billion increase in 2016.At the end of March, the CPP Fund had net assets of $356.1 billion, up from $316.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2017 and $278.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2016, which included nine months in calendar 2015.Investment gains have offset shrinking employer and employee contributions, which fell to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2018 from $4.3 billion in fiscal 2017 and $5.2 billion in fiscal 2016.Canada’s chief actuary estimates the CPP Fund can meet its obligations with an average return of 3.9 per cent over 75 years.The investment portfolio’s 10-year real rate of return, which is comparable to the chief actuary’s benchmark estimate, was 6.2 per cent in fiscal 2018 while the five-year rate of return was 10.4 per cent.While CPPIB chief executive officer Mark Machin declined to predict Thursday how investment returns will turn out this year, he said the portfolio actually anticipates that there will be losing years from time to time.“Hopefully, it doesn’t happen this coming year but statistically that’s going to happen at least one year in 10.”Right now “the world still is in synchronized growth in most markets, so that continues to be supportive,” Machin said.Economic growth hasn’t been hurt by the Federal Reserve’s tightening of the U.S. money supply through higher interest rates and other measures, which were offset by a major drop in U.S. government tax rates.“The fiscal stimulus in the U.S. — while it’s a one-off — will have a benefit this year and next. So it’s gone from hyperstimulative conditions to just stimulative conditions in the U.S.,” Machin said in an interview.Nevertheless, Machin acknowledged that higher interest rates may be negative for some of CPPIB’s asset classes.“For example, real estate and infrastructure types of investments can be quite sensitive to rises in interest rates. As well, bonds can be sensitive to a rise in interest rates,” Machin said.He said CPPIB’s best protection against changing market conditions is its broad diversification among a wide rate of asset classes and geographic markets.last_img read more

Thousands of travellers affected in Europe by Ryanair strike

first_imgMADRID – Thousands of travellers in Europe saw their plans disrupted Friday after airline Ryanair cancelled more than 200 flights because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.The budget airline says it had informed passengers of possible disruptions ahead of time, giving them time to adjust.In Tenerife, Spain, hundreds of passengers queued at Ryanair counters and dozens more at the Madrid airport as 86 flights of the low-cost company from or to Spain were cancelled, affecting some 16,000 passengers, according to Spanish unions.The unions blame the Ireland-based company for breaking talks over the company’s ratio of outsourced workers, working conditions and their demand for local contracts instead of Irish ones.In a statement Thursday, the company blamed cabin crews of competitors for organizing the strikes and blocking “significant progress” in labour negotiations.But the Brussels-based European Cabin Crew Association, which says it has more than 35,000 members, supported the walkout over what it described as the airline’s “inflexibility, single-mindedness and unreasonable behaviour.”The association alleged Ryanair was intimidating strikers by threatening them with job losses.As the company and labour groups traded accusations, some passengers left on the ground by the cancellations were galled.“They (Ryanair) sent me a text saying, ‘Have a look at your email.’ I don’t have an email,” said Eddie Hughes from Norfolk, England, at Madrid airport.Spanish cabin crew workers’ unions said cancellations could be increasing throughout the day. Airports in Valencia, Mallorca and Tenerife are the most affected, the unions said.In Portugal, 13 morning flights were cancelled and in the Netherlands, 14 of 22 flights were cancelled.last_img read more

UK leader deploys ministers to sell Brexit deal to public

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is deploying 30 members of her government throughout the country to rally support for her deal on leaving the European Union.Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Health Secretary Matt Hancock are among the senior ministers who are making appearances around Britain in an effort to win popular support for the agreement and put pressure on lawmakers to approve the deal.May says people in Britain “want us to get on with it,” and that it is important ministers speak with communities to explain how her Brexit deal “works for them.”The House of Commons is scheduled to vote on the plan Tuesday. May has shrugged off calls to postpone the vote despite forecasts that lawmakers are likely to reject it.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Council wont increase the tax rate in 2019

first_imgJoy said, “What is curious is why did BC Assesment increase the property values in the first place and then so quickly revert it back.”Although Commercial buildings were the highest number of rates that changed, Council did not want to punish everyone for a discrepancy that came from B.C. Assessment. Mayor Lori Ackerman said B.C. Assessment may catch on, as Council shared other businesses have the right to file against their property values as well.According to City Staff, in January, each year the BC Assessment Authority provides Local Governments with their projected assessments. Those numbers are used to determine what the annual LEVY will be. The levy is the number of tax dollars the city collects as well as the number used to balance the budget.BC Assessment final numbers are provided to municipalities at the end of the first quarter of the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets — the year. Local governments then finalize their budgets.To watch the Council’s decision, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN – Counc has decided to transfer funds from the City’s tax stabilization reserve rather than increase property taxes.Council agreed unanimously that City staff increase the 2019 Return on Investment Income by $350,000 and transfer $251,514 from the Tax Stabilization Reserve to cover a budget shortfall of $601,514.David Joy, General Manager of corporate services said he received a final report from the B.C. Assessment Office last week.  Assessment appeals doubled from 99 in 2018 to 171 in 2019. The appeals saw the total assessed value of properties drop by $37,249,546 from January.last_img read more

BC Operators asked to bid on northern intercity bus routes

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia, with support from the Federal Government, will be taking steps to ensure that people who live and work in Northern B.C. continue to have access to inter-city bus services.As directed by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, B.C. Transit is conducting a competitive process to extend northern inter-city bus services through to March 31, 2021.According to the Government, the request for proposal aims to select one or more qualified transportation providers to operate on the four routes currently serviced by B.C. Bus North. The Province says the RFP will remain open on BCBid until August 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.Respondents are asked to state conditions that would lead to the inter-city transportation service to operate without government subsidies.All inquiries from interested parties are to be directed to B.C. Transit as outlined in the RFP.For more information, you can visit the BCBid website.last_img read more

CBSE class X result declared; 13 students score 499/500

first_imgNew Delhi: Girls outperformed boys yet again in CBSE class 10 examination, in which the top rank was shared by 13 students with 499 out of 500 marks.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday announced the class 10 results and 91.10 per cent candidates cleared the examination, an improvement of 4.40 per cent since last year. The pass percentage of girls was 92.45 per cent against last year’s 88.67 per cent, while that of boys was 90.14 per cent against last year’s 85.32 per cent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghGirls have done better than boys by 2.31 per cent. The pass percentage of transgender candidates was 94.74 per cent. The second rank was bagged by 25 students who scored 498 out of 500 marks, while the third rank was shared by 59 students who got 497 marks. “Proud of my young friends who have successfully cleared the CBSE Class X examinations. Wishing them the very best for their journey ahead. May these young minds continue making us proud,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated students and also appreciated the hard work and sacrifice put in even by their teachers and parents. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadTrivandrum zone outperformed others in pan India circuit with 99.85 pass percentage, with Chennai coming a close second at 99 per cent and Ajmaer third at 95.89. Delhi’s pass percentage stood at 80.97. While students from Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas had higher than average pass percentages of 99.5 percent and 98.6 percent respectively, students from government and government-aided schools lagged far behind, with pass percentages of just 77 percent and 72 percent respectively. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar congratulated the students and the CBSE for declaring the results in record time. The results have been announced within 38 days of the conclusion of the examination. Last year, it took CBSE 55 days after the end of the exam to declare the results. “CBSE will provide Class 10 digital academic documents (Marksheets, Migration Certificate and Pass Certificate) through its own academic repository ‘Parinam Manjusha’,” official said. A CBSE press release said that, a total of 40, 296 candidates appeared from 98 exam centres in outside India. Out of them, 20, 077 were male candidates and 20, 219 were female candidates while 197 were candidates with special needs. CBSE had conducted the class 10th examination from February 21 to March 29. A total of 18, 27, 472 candidates were registered for the exam release added. The highest number of candidates who registered for Class 10, Class 12 exams and overall were from Delhi. According to the statistics released by the board, 5,69,696 candidates had registered for CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 examinations from Delhi. This year maximum female candidates (2,72,271) appeared from Delhi and the maximum male candidates (3,38,613) appeared from Uttar Pradesh (UP). Twenty four students bagged the second rank in CBSE Class 10 results with 498 marks, while 58 students shared the third spot with 497 marks. Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted that her daughter Zoish scored 82 per cent. Siddhant Pengoriya from Lotus Valley International School in Noida, is among the 13 toppers who all scored 499 out of 500 in the exam. The names of the other toppers, each of whom are from a different school, are Divyansh Wadhwa, Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Ankur Mishra, Vatsal Varshney, Manya, Aryan Jha, Taru Jha, Bhavana Sivadas, Ish Madan among others. With agency inputslast_img read more