Hometown fave Tokong advances in 25th Siargao International Surfing

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘’I kept my composure,’’ said Tokong, nicknamed ‘’Marama’’ by his townmates in the charming town of General Luna where the highly-popular Cloud 9 is located.Tokong, member of the Philippine surfing team to this year’s Southeast Asian Games, managed to score 12.75 points, while McCullough, who beat Tokong in last year’s final piled 12.10 points to settle for third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAustralian sensation Thomas Cervi took the top spot in the heat with 13.25 points. The top two finishers in each heat gained passage to the next round.Tokong last won the Siargao International in 2015. To win it again, he needs to beat leading Indonesia surfer Oney Anwar in today’s Round of 16. Anwar beat Tokong in the Round of 32 of this event organized by Siargao Representative Bingo Matugas and the provincial government headed by Governor Francisco Matugas. Others who advanced were Bronson Meydi of Indonesia, who will tackle Elliot Paerata-Reid of New Zealand; Hawaii’s Noah Beschan, who will test Australia’s Callum Robson; while Cervi faces an acid test against Tomas King.The tournament is sanctioned by the World Surf League is also backed up by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Tourism.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH billiards team eyes at least four golds in SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES PH surfer John Mark Tokong. PHOTO/World Surf LeagueSIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte—Hometown favorite John Mark Tokong started strongly to make up for his scrambling finish to advance in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup  Tuesday at world-famous Cloud 9 here.Cheered by a large crowd, the 23-year-old Tokong led in the halfway mark of Heat 3 but needed to repulse the challenge of heavy favorite Skip McCullough of the United States to salvage second place in this tournament which lured the world’s top surfers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Aditi richer with Olympic experience, finishes 41st

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (PTI) Indias teen golfer Aditi Ashok rounded off yet another week with a card of five-over 76 to end her campaign at the 41st spot in the womens golf event at Rio Olympics, here today. Nine of the worlds Top-10 took part in the event making it as strong as any Major and ensuring credibility for the sport, which made a re-appearance at the sporting extravaganza after 112 years. For Aditi to hold her own on first two days when her cards of 68-68 kept her in the Top-8 of the field was indeed a big step for Indian golf at world stage. After a brilliant first two days, Aditi was blown away by the wind on the third when she shot 79. On the final day, the Indian admitted to hitting a couple of bad drives and missing some putts during her 76 and for the first time in four days, she had no birdies and just three bogeys and one double bogey. The 18-year-old, who turned professional only six months ago, finished the week at seven-over 291. Meanwhile, Inbee Park (66-66-70-66) with a total of 16-under 268 outclassed the field by seven strokes to become the first womens individual golf gold medallist since 1904. Lydia Ko (69), the Kiwi of Korea origin, birdied three of the last five holes, including 18th to take silver at 11-under, while Chinas Shanshan Feng (69) at 10-under took the bronze. Park, winner of seven Majors and 17 titles on LPGA and the youngest ever to make the Hall of Fame at 28, almost did not come because she has problems with ligament in injuries on her left thumb. But because this could be her only shot at Olympics and the fact she does not know whether she will still be playing in four years time, prompted Inbee to play this week at Rio and she played brilliantly. Nomura Harukyo shot a flawless six-under 65, American Stacy Lewis, a two-time Major winner, and Korean Yang Hee-Young were tied fourth at nine-under. Aditi said, “The experience has been great staying at the Olympic Village and playing with the best in the world and I really enjoyed playing this golf course, too. It played different every day because of the wind and the conditions, but yeah, I enjoyed it. “With my performance, you know, I could have done better, but you know, Im going to build on this, and the next time I play bigger events, Im sure this experience is going to help me,” she added. On the importance of the week for Indian golf, Aditi added, “I think it was important. Obviously I didnt play as well as I hoped, especially the last two days. But Im sure there has been a lot of attention on me, so womens golf has become a bit popular. Im hoping to see it grow in coming time.” MORE PTI Cor ATK BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Dhoni hits the straps at training along with ODI specialists

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Dambulla, Aug 17 (PTI) Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the centre of attention as Indias ODI specialists enjoyed their first training session, here today. It was an optional session where Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah looked like hitting the right notes ahead of what will be the start of a long limited-overs engagement for the Men in Blue. The spotlight though was on the 36-year-old Dhoni, who now has to fend off questions about his future with alarming regularity. Today, he warmed up by facing different bowlers in the nets, both Indian and local Sri Lankan bowlers. Initially, he looked a bit rusty, given that he has not played competitive cricket for almost a month now. But he shrugged it off easily and played some handsome shots against both the pacers and spinners, warming up for the challenges ahead. Even earlier this past week, chief selector MSK Prasad came to his aid, likening him to Andre Agassi in his latter years. “He played till 36 and won so many Grand Slams,” he had said of the former USA tennis player. Agassis last Grand Slam win came at the 2003 Australian Open, and he finished runners-up at the 2005 US Open, at ages 32 and 35 respectively. In between, he had only two other semi-final appearances. Dhoni had led India to the 2014 World T20 finals in Bangladesh, and then to the semi-finals of both the 2015 ODI World Cup (in Australia-New Zealand) and the 2016 World T20 at home. Then, there are the individual statistics to ponder over. However it is never easy to judge a batsman like Dhoni on form, as he bats lower down the order wherein the impact made is higher than even averages swelled by unbeaten innings. It can be seen in his partnership with Yuvraj Singh at Cuttack against England as both batsmen turned back the clock to hit hundreds or the one against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy encounter at the Oval, where he helped push the score past 300 after the Indian top-order faltered. Yet, there is no denying that the former skipper has looked a pale shadow of his past glorious self on many occasions, the last of which was in West Indies recently, when he scored a painful 54 off 114 in the fourth ODI at Antigua, again as India lost the game by 11 runs. In comparison, an individual athlete to a team sport performance though, Prasad did stretch the analogy a bit. However, it cannot be denied that Dhoni continues to maintain an impactful presence in the Indian dressing room. Much of it is to do with his high standards of fitness, comparable to the youngsters in the Indian squad, certainly miles ahead of the likes of Yuvraj and Suresh Raina. Then there is the element of experience that he brings to the table. He was brilliant withy usage of DRS and even gave inputs about bringing on Jadhav to bowl at vital match situations, an advice which proved valuable against both Lanka and Bangladesh in the semi-final as outlined by Kohli himself. And so, Dhoni returns to the Indian side, looking to answer a few questions about his impending future. PTI CN KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

No sports or outdoor activity in schools till air pollution subsides: Doctors urge Delhi govt

first_imgWith Delhi air pollution reaching hazardous levels, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to the Delhi government urging schools to stop all outdoor sports and activities.   India Today has accessed a copy of the IMA letter addressed to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, in which the National President of IMA, Dr KK Agarwal has expressed grave concern about air pollution in city.Dr KK Aggarwal writes, “Children are more prone to harmful effects of air pollution as their lungs are still growing… Breathing polluted air can hamper the growth of their lungs leading to breathing problems later on in life”.The letter further reads, “As the air quality in Delhi NCR has been recently of hazardous quality, with air quality index ranging from poor to very poor to severe category, we appeal to you to stop all outdoor activities and sports in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on children and immediately issue an advisory in this regard to all schools”.The IMA in the letter has said that when the Air Quality Index crosses 200, time spent outdoors should be restricted. Hence, all outdoor sports, marathons and other outdoor activities in schools should be cancelled.last_img read more

I was reluctant but joined NADA panel on request of Rathore: Sehwag

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) His absence from the hearings of a NADA panel raising eyebrows, former India opener Virender Sehwag today said he was reluctant to be a part of the committee and joined only because Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had requested. Sehwag said he always felt that only Olympians should have been on the committee and not cricketers. Sehwag, who was inducted into the six-member Anti Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP) of NADA in November 2017, has not been able to attend any hearing till date. “I feel former Olympians should be a part of the NADA panels rather than cricketers. The sportspersons in Olympic categories are more in sync with working procedure of NADA,” Sehwag told PTI today. “The Olympians know more than someone like me about anti-doping codes. I was initially reluctant about being a part of the panel,” Sehwag, who is known to speak his mind, said. “I have always been a part of BCCI and I have rarely undergone dope tests, save the ICC tournaments that we played. So I have no hesitation in admitting that my knowledge is limited,” Sehwag added. The legendary batsman said that he decided to join the NADA panel only after a request from Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. “It was because of request from the Sports Minister that I gave my consent. He told me that someone of my stature could make a difference,” Sehwag said. He also clarified that during the first two hearings of ADAP, he was not even informed by the NADA about the dates. “I can put it on record that I was not told about the dates of the first two hearings. Then on the third hearing, I couldn’t unfortunately attend as my son was not well,” he informed. However, what has surprised Sehwag is that no one has informed him about ADAP hearings slated in August and September as per NADA website. The panels for all the hearings have been announced and Sehwag’s name is not there. “This I am hearing from you. Now if someone from NADA contacts me now and I can probably confirm my availability. But if I am asked on August 6 about August 10 hearing, it might happen that I have prior commitments,” Sehwag said. He also said that he is unaware about the duration of the panel. “I need to check the duration of the panel, whether it’s one year or two years,” he said. PTI KHS ATATadvertisementlast_img read more

Matip & Lovren fit to start for Reds

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Matip and Lovren fit to start at Leicester Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 23:30 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Joel Matip Liverpool Leicester City Leicester City v Liverpool Premier League Jurgen Klopp makes seven changes to the first 11 from the cup exit at the King Power Stadium as the Reds look to end a four-game winless run Liverpool are able to field their strongest pairing in the heart of defence as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have overcome knocks to start at Leicester City.The centre-backs sat out Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat against the same opposition, which saw the Reds crash out of the Carabao Cup.The former Schalke man nursed tightness in his hamstring from last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Burnley, while the Croatian had a back issue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Emre CanEmre Can, who was also a doubt at the King Power Stadium, starts in midfield with Jurgen Klopp making seven changes to the XI from midweek.Danny Ward, Ragnar Klavan, Andy Robertson, Jon Flanagan, Marko Grujic, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke drop out of the first 11.Simon Mignolet returns in goal with Joe Gomez shifting to right-back and Alberto Moreno returning on the opposite flank.Philippe Coutinho moves into the front three with Klopp opting for more physicality in midfield and holding Daniel Sturridge in reserve.Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, King, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.Substitutes: Hamer, Fuchs, Amartey, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho, Slimani.Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, FirminoSubstitutes: Karius, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ray Wilson obituary

first_imgShare on Facebook Twitter Ray Wilson, the modest linchpin of England’s 1966 World Cup winners World Cup Oldham Twitter Share on WhatsApp Huddersfield England By 1969, after more than 100 league games for Everton, he had moved to Oldham Athletic in Division Four. But he was there for just a season. He appeared twice in the 1970-71 campaign for Bradford City, where he had a 10-match spell as caretaker manager, but then left football altogether to set up an undertaking business in Huddersfield with his father-in-law.He ran the firm until retirement in 1997 and, perhaps because of his many years in the profession, was noted for his gallows humour. When his old England colleague Cohen was struggling through a bout of cancer in later life, Wilson phoned him to ask how he was getting on. Cohen replied that he was doing just fine, but, detecting a slight air of disappointment in his friend’s voice, asked what the matter was. “Well, I was ringing to offer you a deal,” he replied.Like several other members of the victorious 1966 England team, Wilson had to wait many years before receiving any honour for his achievements, but eventually, in 2000, he was appointed MBE. In 2004 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.He is survived by his wife, Pat, whom he married in 1956, and their two sons, Russell and Neil.• Ray Wilson, footballer, born 17 December 1934; died 16 May 2018 obituaries Pinterest Share on Pinterest Facebook Ray Wilson could do little against the devastating pace of Brazil’s right-winger Garrincha during the 1962 World Cup quarter final. Photograph: Topham Picturepoint/PA Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Topics Ray Wilson, second from left, and Everton players Jimmy Gabriel, Brian Harris and Alex Scott celebrate beating Sheffield Wednesday in the FA cup final, 1966. Photograph: Colorsport/Rex/Shutterstock Thus, in the semi-final against Portugal at Wembley, it was Wilson’s shrewd, long pass to Roger Hunt that set up England’s first goal. Costa Pereira, the Portuguese goalkeeper, raced out desperately, reaching the ball at full stretch, only to play it straight to Bobby Charlton, who promptly sent it into the net. In the final, too, undeterred by an early error when he contrived to clear the ball weakly to the feet of Helmut Haller, who drove it home to give his team the lead, Wilson was eager to join in attacks.He was one of only eight in the 1966 squad who played every match in the finals, and was on the pitch for all 570 minutes of England’s campaign. Such was his prowess that even the supremely self-assured England captain, Bobby Moore, declared that “it was a comfort to play alongside him”. Of the 37 England matches that Wilson and Cohen played together as a full-back partnership, they lost just three.Wilson had also figured in all of England’s games in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, but even he could do little against the remarkable wiles and devastating pace of Brazil’s right-winger, Garrincha, who tormented the England defence in the quarter final, which they lost 3-1.Although at 31 Wilson was the oldest member of the 1966 World Cup squad, he continued to hold off younger challengers for his England place until 1968, when he was still first choice and ever-present in his position at the European Championship in Italy as England finished in third place. However, the third-place play-off match against the USSR in that tournament proved to be Wilson’s last appearance for England, as an increasingly troublesome knee and the emergence of the young Leeds United full-back Terry Cooper combined to bring the curtain down on his international career. Pinterest Reuse this content Ray Wilson, who has died aged 83, had the lowest profile of any player in England’s 1966 World Cup final-winning team, and generally liked to keep it that way. He was a fast, skilled, mobile left-back who was capped for his country 63 times, played in every England game in the 1966 finals, and was one of the best defenders his country has produced. Yet he kept firmly out of the limelight and, unlike most of his peers, made no attempt to make a living from football after retiring from the game – preferring instead to pursue a career as an undertaker.Wilson was an important member of the 1966 World Cup team, not only for his resilient defensive qualities, his pace and his powers of recovery, but for the extra drive he gave to the attack. In the absence of true wingers, he and his right-back partner George Cohen offered the England manager Alf Ramsey some degree of speed and penetration on the flanks. Share on LinkedIn Facebook A Derbyshire man, born in Shirebrook, Wilson became an apprentice railwayman after school, and when Huddersfield Town signed him he was playing as a left-half. He made scant impact in that position – so much so that he was thinking about giving up the game. Called for national service in the army, he was posted to the Middle East and detested it. On his forearm he sported a tattoo that read “Egypt never again”.Once demobilised, he was bedevilled by a series of injuries, but the crucial event in his career was his translation to left-back by Huddersfield’s then manager, Bill Shankly. Having made just half a dozen league appearances in the 1955-56 season in Division Two and only 13 the season after, Wilson became a regular member of the team from 1957-58 onwards, and made his debut for England, against Scotland, as a Second Division player in 1960.In the 1964-65 season, after 266 league appearances for Huddersfield, he was transferred to First Division Everton for what was then the considerable sum of £40,000. In 1966, shortly before the World Cup finals, he was a member of the Everton team that beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup final. He was at Wembley again two years later in the same competition, although that final was lost to West Bromwich Albion. Share on Messenger Evertonlast_img read more

Raj BJP made Kovind Prez for keeping quiet on Dalit issues

first_imgNew Delhi: Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party MP Udit Raj, who switched over to the Congress on Wednesday after being denied a ticket from North West Delhi, accused the saffron party of nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the President’s post because he ‘kept quiet’ over Dalit issues.Launching an attack on his former party hours after his exit, the Dalit leader said, “The BJP had refused to give a ticket to Ram Nath Kovind as he kept quiet. So he was made the President.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaj claimed that the BJP replaced him with Punjabi sufi singer Hans Raj Hans because he had raised his voice for Dalits. “I am sure that if I had not raised my voice, then maybe I would have been made the Prime Minister,” he said. The miffed MP said that though his party wanted Dalit votes, it did not want Dalit leaders. “If at all they want a Dalit leader, he should be silent,” Raj said, adding that he wanted to join Congress much earlier, but the circumstances were not favourable. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHailing the schemes of the Congress, Raj said, “It was the contribution of Congress government that was protected by the constitution, but the Modi government changed its status from constitutional to general so that the funds allocated for the upliftment of Dalits could be used for other schemes. The Modi government is totally anti-Dalit.” He also attacked the party’s programmes, saying the Mudra Bank scheme “only benefited drivers and helpers of big businessmen instead of the people who actually needed it”. Raj said that he was ‘hurt’ by the fact that the BJP did not inform him of their decision earlier, leaving him hopeful of a ticket right up to the moment Hans was announced as the candidate. “The BJP uses internal survey to choose its candidates and even though I was deemed most popular, I was refused a ticket because I had supported Dalits in their recent protests,” Raj said. Present on the occasion, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said, “Udit Raj is a dynamic and sincere face of Indian politics. He fought for the rights of Dalits. For the last five years, the Modi government has been an anti-Dalit government.” Welcoming Raj into the grand old party, DPCC president Sheila Dikshit told reporters that they know each other for the last 20 years. “I was surprised when he had joined BJP. Now, he has been freed from BJP. Raj would prove to be helpful in winning more seats in Delhi,” she said. In reply to a question related to the interview of the Prime Minister, Randeep Surjewala said, “Akshay Kumar is a great actor. We all like him, but, Modi is a successful actor and unsuccessful politician who decimated India’s economy. It’s interesting that PM Modi who has made life hell for Indian farmers is now trying to become a better actor than Akshay Kumar.”last_img read more

Frontex Morocco Helps Spain to Stem Illegal Immigration

New York – The most recent report released by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) said that in 2014 Moroccan authorities prevented a total of 90 attempts to climb over the fences of Melilla and Ceuta, involving more than 18,000 illegal sub-Saharan migrants.According to the Africa-Frontex Intelligence Community Joint 2015 Report, cooperation between Morocco and Spain has been key to reducing the number of illegal migrants going from Morocco into Spain through Melilla and Ceuta — two Spanish enclaves in the Moroccan territory.“Most notably, very good operational cooperation between Spain, Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco has significantly reduced the pressure on the route towards the Canary Islands and south of Spain,” reads the report. The reduction in the numbers of the attempts to get into Spain can be explained by the implementation of the readmission agreement between Morocco and Spain, the reinforcement of Moroccan Border Guard Units that are protecting the high fence that was built in Morocco near the border with the Ceuta and Melilla and the “dismantlement of makeshift camps of illegal migrants,” according to the report.One of the routes used by the migrants is the Western Mediterranean route, through the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, in the north coast of Africa. According to Frontex, the “cooperation between Spain and Morocco has since [2005] kept migrant numbers comparatively low on this route.”In 2015, 7,164 immigrants illegally crossed the border by sea and land – in trucks and containers on ferries en route to Almeria and Algeciras – of whom 828 were Moroccans, the third most common nationality of migrants reported of illegally crossing the border.Another route is the Western African route, which connects Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco with the Canary Islands. According to Frontex, the route “was once the busiest illegal entry point for the whole of Europe,” with 31,600 illegal border crossings to the island in 2006. However, since 2007, repatriation agreements and tighter border controls reduced the entries to 874 in 2015. Today, the route has a high return and readmission risk for migrants.In 2014, Morocco prevented a total of 12,267 illegal migrants from reaching Spain by sea. Senegalese made up 41 percent of the migrants, followed by the Malians at 33 percent.The likelihood  for migrants of being returned by EU authorities is much lower from Libya, but those who “cannot afford to travel to Libya opt to go to Morocco,” taking the Algeria-Morocco-Spain route, according to the report. read more

Toronto market opens lower despite rosy economic data as commodity prices sink

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market opened lower as gold and oil prices lost ground and despite some data painting a relatively rosy picture of the North American economy.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 16.46 points to 12,387.17, while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 2.53 points to 1,173.99.The Canadian dollar was down 0.05 of a cent to 101.15 cents US after Statistics Canada released some positive data on retail sales and payrolls.Statistics Canada said average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $909 in October, up 0.9 per cent from September.On a year-over-year basis, earnings were up 2.8 per cent. That reflected a number of factors, including wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry as well as the average number of hours worked.Statistics Canada also reported retail sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $39.4 billion in October, the fourth straight monthly increase. In volume terms, retail sales increased 0.3 per cent, with eight of 11 subsectors reporting gains.U.S. markets were mixed amid some largely positive messages on the state of the economy. The Dow Jones average shed 1.96 points to 13,250.01, the Nasdaq moved 4.86 points higher and the S&P rose 1.85 points to 1,437.66.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 per cent over the July-September quarter as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.The U.S. Commerce Department’s third and final estimate Thursday of growth for the July-September quarter was revised up from its previous estimate of a 2.7 per cent annual growth rate.However, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. The Labour Department reports that a seasonally adjusted 361,000 people sought unemployment aid the week ended Dec. 15, up from a revised 344,000 the week before.Meanwhile, the U.S. National Association of Realtors is releasing its monthly report on previously occupied homes. Economists predict it will show that sales are hitting levels not seen in more than 2 1/2 years.Meanwhile, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. has signed a friendly agreement to buy NYSE Euronext for about $8.2 billion in cash and stock, a deal that would create an industry giant that includes the New York Stock Exchange and other securities markets.Investors remain focused on budget talks in Washington. Republican lawmakers were advancing a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, but President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.After a week of taking baby steps toward a compromise, Obama threatened Wednesday to veto a new plan floated by John Boehner, speaker of the Republican-controlled Congress, sparking an early sell-off on global markets.Commodity prices were mixed with the February oil contract down 27 cents to US$89.71 a barrel and February gold futures down $18.20 to US$1,649.50 an ounce. Copper prices shed seven cents to US$3.53 a pound.Still, the energy and mining sectors were some of the only sectors on the TSX main index, along with the information technology sector, that were in positive territory.In Canadian corporate news, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) has a firm deal to sell at least 10 of its new CSeries passenger jets to AirBaltic, which has an option to buy an additional 10 planes. The Latvian airline’s firm order has a list value of US$764 million. The deal could be worth up to US$1.57 billion if AirBaltic fully exercises options to buy an additional 10 Bombardier CS300s.It’s the second major order for the new-generation CSeries planes announced this week by the Montreal-based aerospace company. Bombardier said Thursday that an unidentified airline based in the Americas wants to buy 12 to 30 CSeries planes, worth up to US$2.08 billion. Shares added three per cent or 95 cents to $3.66.After markets close Thursday, traders will get the last peek into RIM’s (TSX:RIM) financials before it releases its much anticipated new line of smartphones in the new year. Shares were up 1.3 per cent or 18 cents to $13.67.Analysts will be closely watching the company’s cash volume and subscriber numbers after the BlackBerry-maker surprised in the last quarter with better than expected numbers on both fronts.RIM has already said it expects to report an operating loss in its most recent quarter. Analysts are expecting a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share on revenue of $2.6 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto market opens lower despite rosy economic data as commodity prices sink by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 10:16 am MDT read more

Qatar 2015 – Knockout stage starts on Sunday

Are you ready for the best handball action this year? Here is the schedule of the knock-out stage at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar.EIGHTH-FINALSSunday 25 JanuaryLusail Multipurpose Hall18:30 – Austria vs. Qatar21:00 – Spain vs. TunisiaAli Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena18:30 – Slovenia vs. FYRO Macedonia21:00 – Croatia vs. BrazilMonday 26 JanuaryLusail Multipurpose Hall18:30 – Germany vs. Egypt21:00 – Iceland vs. DenmarkAli Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena18:30 – Poland vs. Sweden21:00 – France vs. ArgentinaPRESIDENT’S CUPMonday 26 JanuaryDuhail Arena13:00 – Chile vs. Iran15:00 – Algeria vs. Saudi Arabia17:00 – Belarus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina19:00 – Czech Republic vs. Russia ← Previous Story Group D: Denmark beat Poland – Argentina send Russia to President Cup Next Story → QATAR 2015: Croatia, Slovenia, Spain and Qatar to quarter-final read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Monday 6 Feb 2017, 4:57 PM The 5 at 5: Monday five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Papuchalka – kaelaimages Short URL No Comments Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3225847 Feb 6th 2017, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Papuchalka – kaelaimages EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #ARREST: Two men have been arrested in Amsterdam after an incident in which another man told police he was threatened in the city’s Rembrandt Square.2. #EXPLOSIVES: A man who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Éireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.  3. #FROZEN: The High Court has continued orders freezing the assets of a woman who a judge ruled must pay her step son more than €500,000 out of a lotto jackpot win.4. #TRUMP: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said that he ‘wouldn’t be keen’ on inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland.5. #DEATH: An Irishman has died in Barcelona, Spain after falling ill on Saturday night. By Cormac Fitzgerald 5,730 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

VANTalks is back with a lineup of local luminaries

first_imgOne day soon, our cars will do all the driving by themselves. Technology will be so intelligent and capable, we’ll be freed up to achieve total fulfillment through artistic creativity, better relationships and renewal of what it means to be citizens and caretakers of the future.Then, we’ll hit the drive-thru. Want Burgerville fries with that future?Eight local thought leaders will bring their unique angles on life, technology and the road ahead to the Kiggins Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on May 24. It’s the second annual VANtalks, a two-hour tour of the cutting-edge ideas and amazing experiences that leaders, innovators and big thinkers right here in Clark County want to share with you.Here’s the lineup of subjects and speakers. The order may change:o “How We Work: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century.” Bruce Elgort, computer technology instructor at Clark College, will outline how AI can help dig real value out of the digital information blizzard.o “Technology Convergence: Shaping the Technologies That Shape Us.” Adriana Vela, founder of NanoTecNexus, will consider how to keep technology working for good, not evil.o “Do You Want Fries with That? How Self-Awareness + Love = Powerful Change.” Jessica Brown, manager at Burgerville, will talk about choosing love as we approach a cultural crossroads.last_img read more

Murray Cantwell urge ICE to end phone call practice

first_imgDemocratic U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington were joined by 141 colleagues from the Senate and House in urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to change a newly unveiled practice they branded “callous, shameless, and completely unjustified.”Reports showed parents separated from their children at the border are being charged up to $8 a minute to speak with those children on the phone.Since the Trump administration began separating parents crossing the border from their children earlier this year, more than 2,400 families have been impacted.“Many of the thousands of mothers and fathers affected by this policy are currently being detained in ICE facilities across the country, hundreds or thousands of miles away from their children,” the letter sent to ICE reads. “Reports and firsthand accounts have indicated that many of these detained parents have been forced to endure weeks without any information as to the location of their children.”If their children are located, parents are reportedly then being charged for telephone calls, some of which are limited to once a week.last_img read more

Is Forest Ridge ripe for revival

first_imgThe Great Recession and its impact on the housing turned many communities upside down and forced thousands of people out of their homes. Vancouver’s Forest Ridge neighborhood was not immune.“Twelve years ago, we had a real community feel, and I miss that,” said Chloe Yager, a longtime Forest Ridge resident. She said the neighborhood transitioned during the housing crisis from one with many homeowners to one with many renters who cycled in and out of the community. As a result, neighborhood ties weakened and property upkeep slipped.“With the housing crisis, we went from a lot of homeowners to renters,” she said. “But we’re gradually getting back to that and seeing more things getting better taken care of.”Yager and a few of her neighbors think the time is right to re-establish the community feel they say Forest Ridge once had. The best way to do it is giving their community something to rally around, and they hope a revived neighborhood association will be the right cause.Now, Yager and a few of her neighbors are putting out the call to Forest Ridge residents to see if they’d be interested in re-activating their association. They’re hosting a meeting 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Henrietta Lacks Health & Bioscience High School, 9105 N.E. Ninth St., Vancouver.last_img read more

Report Isaac Hayden to leave Newcastle United

first_imgIsaac Hayden has reportedly handed in a request to leave Newcastle United as to seal a return to southern England based on “exceptional family reasons”.The 23-year-old, who hails from the Essex city of Chelmsford, joined Newcastle United on a five-year deal in July 2016 after moving from Arsenal in 2016.Hayden established himself last season as a mainstay in Newcastle’s Premier League starting lineup, having helped the Magpies to the Championship title in 2017.As stated by The mirror, however, the former England youth international has handed a transfer request and has spoken face-to-face with Rafael Benitez regarding his decision.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.It is also stated in the report that Hayden has proclaimed his love for the club, its fans and the city, he also declares his respect for Benitez, and that the club is aware of his situation.Hayden is yet to complete his five-year contract with Newcastle contract, with three years left.Hayden who has represented England at the Under 16, 17, Under18, U19, U20 and Under 21 levels of football sure has a great career ahead.last_img read more

Alaska Railroad train strikes pedestrian at Crown Point

first_imgAn 85-year-old Crown Point man was seriously injured when he was struck by an Alaska Railroad train near the Kenai Peninsula community.Listen nowAlaska State Troopers say Ronald Jackson was struck early Saturday and transported to Anchorage for treatment.Crown Point is 22 miles north of Seward in the Chugach Mountains. The community of about 70 people is between Kenai Lake and Lower Trail Lake.Troopers took a 911 call at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday that Jackson was struck by the train.Investigators say Jackson had been walking on tracks.last_img read more

Demolition of buildings no solution Dr Jandhyala

first_imgVijayawada: Municipal Corporation former Mayor Dr Jandhyala Sankar, in an appeal to the State government, stated that it should give a serious thought for the demolition of some existing buildings on the banks of River Krishna on the ground that they were being constructed illegally.The former Mayor recalled that there were many buildings constructed much earlier than the present ones and most of them have no permissions and it is the same case not only in the city but all over the State. “Those buildings were constructed against rules or violations. It is an ongoing activity by the builders as they think and believe that they can get them regularised by paying fine under Building Regularisation Act or Penalizing Act or a similar one,” he stated. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Talking to The Hans India, the former Mayor also recalled that recently the municipal corporations like Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, have ‘proudly’ and ‘loudly’ announced that they would be collecting more than Rs 10 crore (each Corporation) from the builders as fine for violating the building construction rules. “Interestingly, none appeared to have bothered about the impact of illegal constructions on the environment and public health. Moreover, the town planning officers who were responsible for illegal constructions were never questioned,” he averred. The senior leader pointed out that what action that is being taken upon buildings on the banks of Krishna, is equally applicable to unauthorised constructions in the cities also even though the rules may slightly differ. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us The Mayor also wishes to recall that some time back the Supreme Court gave a ruling that allowing an unauthorised construction to come up is wrong; but demolishing such costly building in a developing country is much worse. The Supreme Court also said, “Let this be one-time affair, regularise the construction by imposing a huge fine and see that such activities are not repeated.” Advertise With Us Subsequently, regularisation of illegal constructions is being continued as one-time affair by giving different name each time, he stated. The former Mayor also said that all over the world, huge buildings have come up on the riverbanks, but they have taken care that the rivers are not polluted with their solid or liquid wastes. In view of the circumstances, the former Mayor appealed to the government not to demolish the buildings on the riverbanks or elsewhere by taking necessary steps and see that strict rules were followed in future to prevent such activities.last_img read more

LV Prasad Eye Institutes Ramayamma International Eye Bank

first_imgBanjara Hills: Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB), a global leader in eye banking which was set up at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in 1989 celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday. RIEB is the largest eye bank anywhere in the world outside the US. Since its inception, RIEB has focused on setting high-quality standards and being innovative, while rapidly increasing its supply of transplantable corneas. RIEB has actively promoted and supported the networking and development of eye banks throughout India, and other parts of Asia and the developing world. RIEB has been recognized by Sight Life as a ‘Global Centre of Excellence.’ Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “From harvesting, just 20 corneas in its first year in 1989 to 78,642 corneas this year, RIEB has chartered a phenomenal growth for a country like India where traditionally, there has always been a lot of pessimism about organ transplantation. The dedicated team at LVPEI has contributed to the evolution of modern eye banking and specialized cornea care in India. We aim to create more milestones in the coming years towards our mission of alleviating avoidable blindness in India and the world,” said Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder, and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute. Corneal disease is a major cause of blindness in India. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Corneal transplantation, using healthy corneas donated by individuals upon their death, is the only way to rehabilitate the majority of those with corneal blindness. India has the largest burden of corneal blindness in the world, requiring high-quality eye banking system to restore vision to these persons so they can lead optimally productive lives. LVPEI innovated a three-tier model of eye banking for India over twenty-five years ago to cater to the needs.last_img read more