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first_imgIncessant rains for several hours on Tuesday morning wreaked havoc in the Millennium City leading to water-logging in most of the city’s roads and massive traffic jams. The traffic movement on the Gurugram-Delhi expressway was also badly hit at several points due to waterlogging. More than three hours after the rains stopped around 8 a.m., all major intersections of the city – Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Netaji Subhash Chowk, Signature Towers, Atul Kataria Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk– were inundated leading to traffic snarls. The motorists travelling from Jharsa Chowk to HUDA City Centre through Signature Towers had a tough time as they remained stuck for around an hour. “The U-turn towards the HUDA City Centre metro station was completely choked around 11 a.m. and no policeman was seen anywhere nearby. Some motorists then got off their cars to manage the traffic on their own,” said Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 15 Part-II. Similarly, the stretch extending from HUDA City Centre metro station to Netaji Subhash Chowk on Sohna Road also witnessed congestion due to slow moving traffic. “It took me around four hours to reach the Gurugram courts premises from Saket in Delhi. Usually it takes me only an hour,” said Vineet Sethi, a resident of Sainik Farms. The water-logged roads also hit the plying of school buses forcing some of the institutes to declare it a holiday. Besides, the internal roads in Sector 15 Part-II, Sector 14, Sector 23, Sector 24, Sector 46, Sector 29, Sector 44, Sector 45, Sector 46 and DLF areas were also flooded causing inconvenience to the motorists. The Gurugram Police maintained that its personnel were deployed “on each and every point trying to regulate the traffic”.last_img read more

first_imgRio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at Denmark Open, defeating China’s He Bingjiao in straight games in the women’s singles competition of Premier Super Series badminton event here.Sixth seed Sindhu, who is playing her first event after the Rio Olympics, notched up a 21-14, 21-19 victory over Bingjiao in a minute match.This is the fourth meeting between Sindhu and Bingjiao as the Indian had lost twice to the Chinese with the only victory coming in the Malaysia Open in April.After this win, Sindhu will improve her head-to-head record against Bingjiao to 2-3. The 21-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on World No. 12 Sayaka Sato of Japan.Sindhu had reached the finals of the Denmark Open in the last edition.last_img read more

first_imgIt turned out to be a woeful English summer for the Indian cricket team, though captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri may want us to believe it was not so bad after all.Over a month ago, this writer had suggested in a column after the second Test, it may not be a bad idea for Kohli to focus purely on batting and consider relinquishing captaincy.Today, from the serious cricket critic to average fan who fancies himself as an expert, agrees Kohli’s batting was top class but his captaincy was wholly unimaginative. From selection of players to usage of bowlers, field placements and so on, Kohli lacked ideas. By the time the last Test approached, it was as if the team just wanted to return.Back home, Shastri is getting pilloried for his comments. To now suggest lack of warm-up matches was wrong, to say that only one player – Sam Curran – made the difference in England is rubbish. It was a great team effort by England with Alastair Cook signing off in style and fast bowler James Anderson emerging as the highest wicket taker.What happened in England was a disaster. No explanation will help and both Kohli and Shastri have to take the blame. Kohli has taken a break from the Asia Cup and for the next fortnight all talk will be about off-shore cricket set for the ‘greatest rivalry’ between India and Pakistan.Everyone knows what cricket in the Gulf (Sharjah) was in yesteryears. It was cricket plus Bollywood with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikhs loosening purse strings as benefit matches for cricketers from India and Pakistan was the theme. It was then called the CBFS – Cricketers Benefit Fund Series.advertisementThe Asia Cup will be an attempt to portray cricket in Dubai (not Sharjah) as more serious, where it is being played in demanding conditions. The heat in the Emirates has been merciless this time. On Saturday evening, even at local time 6pm the temperature was around 43 degrees Celsius. Reports from weather sites said in the morning, the visibility was down to 1,000 metres.Cricket in Dubai will be fun for many reasons and for the locals and expats from India it will be party time. Given the way cricket is played in the IPL, heat, dust and humidity, conditions may be similar in Dubai. The big difference is instead of a Twenty20 contest, this will be 50-over ODIs. Experts like Sourav Ganguly have predicted Indian stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will do well.For that matter, on tracks which could see runs being scored freely, even Shikhar Dhawan may score. Dhawan was a huge disaster in England and it was only in the last Test one opener, KL Rahul got among runs and smashed a ton.To be sure, today Indian cricket is rudderless. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is a spectator and cricket is being run by the Committee of Administrators (CoA). Instead of setting the house in order, they have got involved in cricketing matters and made it worse. Today, when people are asking does Shastri deserve to be the coach, none has an answer to how Anil Kumble was ejected for no logical reason.The true cricket lover, and there are still many left, is hoping state cricket associations will set their houses in order, the BCCI will hold its elections, and eventually cricket will be run professionally.It would not be an exaggeration to state that all those involved with Indian cricket have their priorities mixed up. The CoA is clueless, the Test captain and coach are groping for ideas and there is no vision.The huge series in Australia awaits us and it will be a compelling watch. All of a sudden, Shastri is talking about wanting warm-up matches Down Under, as if that is a panacea for all the ills that plagued the team in England. Frankly speaking, the Indian bowlers were not so bad, initially in England, it was the batting which lacked frail. Kohli was stand-out but in a full Test series that did not suffice.Will the visionaries of Indian cricket plan for the series Down Under or are people looking at what will be the list of core probables for the ICC World Cup next summer in England. Cricket is being played non-stop, the commerce of cricket continues, and people in CoA now perhaps have more memberships in frequent flyer programmes!Yet, for the next fortnight, it will be the Asia Cup tamasha which will dominate headlines in newspapers and India vs Pakistan will be hyped up, as always. It was the same India vs Pakistan at the Asian Games for the hockey bronze medal. Be it hockey or cricket, India vs Pakistan contests are now meaningless.advertisementThere are challenges of Himalayan proportion ahead for Team India in Tests Down Under and the World Cup in England. Maybe, divine forces will intervene and help Indian cricket. That’s a fervent wish.last_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Real Sociedad Ben Hayward 23:25 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona Copa del Rey 11012018 LLUIS GENE Primera División Real Sociedad v Barcelona Real Sociedad Barcelona Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans’ tough trip to Anoeta in the Primera Division this weekend… Barcelona will look to take another step towards winning La Liga as they travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday.Anoeta has been a difficult venue for the Blaugrana in recent years, but Ernesto Valverde’s side travel to San Sebastian unbeaten in the Primera Division and nine points clear of Atletico, with Real Madrid provisionally 14 adrift with a game in hand.Barca, who thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 on Thursday to take their place in the last eight of the Copa del Rey, have 48 points from their 18 games after 15 wins and three draws so far in La Liga this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans’ trip to the Basque Country…BARCELONA INJURIES Defender Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined, while striker Paco Alcacer is doubtful for the game at Anoeta.Recent signing Philippe Coutinho is out for around 20 days with a minor injury and will have to wait for his debut.Coutinho Barcelona presentationBARCELONA SUSPENSIONS Sergio Busquets was suspended for the 3-0 win against Levante last weekend after picking up his fifth booking of the league season in the Clasico victory over Real Madrid before Christmas, but the midfielder returns on Sunday and coach Valverde has no other players banned for the game in San Sebastian.Sergio Busquets Real Madrid Barcelona Supercopa 16082017BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPBusquets will return to the starting line-up after missing the win against Levante last weekend through suspension.Also in midfield, summer signing Ousmane Dembele is set to feature on the right once again, with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi further forward.And in central defence, Valverde is likely to recall Thomas Vermaelen after Javier Mascherano played in the 5-0 win over Celta in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.Yerry Mina, who was signed from Palmeiras this week for €11.8m, is likely to have to wait for his debut, as will the injured Coutinho.Barca possible AnoetaREAL SOCIEDAD TEAM NEWS Real Sociedad beat Sevilla 3-1 in their last Liga game at home, but lost 1-0 to Leganes in the 18th round of matches and coach Eusebio (a former Barca midfielder) admits he is under pressure if results do not improve soon.The Basques are in 12th place after 18 games, with just 23 points (not even half of Barca’s total of 48), although they are only five behind Villarreal in sixth.Defenders Carlos Martinez and Inigo Martinez are both sidelined for the home side, while striker Carlos Vela recently left to join MLS outfit Los Angeles FC.Real Sociedad QbaoTV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Sociedad versus Barcelona kicks off at 20:45 local time at Anoeta on Sunday and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Football from 19:40 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN Sports and kicks off at 14:45 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last seven La Liga games at home against Barcelona (won five, drawn two). Their last defeat at Anoeta against the Blaugrana in this competition was a 2-0 loss in May 2007. Those seven games without a win mark Barcelona’s worst streak as a visitor in La Liga this century. Barcelona are already winter champions with 48 points from their opening 18 games of the season. In 11 of the last 13 seasons that they have led at this stage, the Blaugrana have gone on to win the title (Atletico in 2013-14 and Real Madrid in 2006-07 are the exceptions).  Lionel Messi has scored 14 goals in his 19 games against Real Sociedad in all competitions, but only four of them at Anoeta. The two La Liga players who have provided the most assists to a single team-mate this season are Jordi Alba to Messi and Sergi Roberto to Luis Suarez (with five each).last_img read more

first_imgzoomPhoto vision: HHLA / Hyperloop Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have established a joint venture aimed at developing a system that would enable transporting containers at high speed through a tube to and from the Port of Hamburg.As explained, the goal of the joint venture is to develop and later market a Hyperloop transport system for shipping containers.Initially, plans include the construction of a transfer station for testing purposes at the HHLA terminal in Hamburg and the development of a transport capsule for standard shipping containers.“With the Hyperloop transport system, HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing an additional component of efficient logistic mobility solutions in Germany. As gateway to the future, we want to employ innovative approaches to make a contribution towards relieving the strain on the transport infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities in an even more efficient way,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, commented.“Together, we will develop a complete system, that not only concentrates on speed and efficiency, but also takes into account the issues ports face in daily operation,” Dirk Ahlborn, founder and CEO of HTT, said.“Digitisation and technological developments are increasingly changing our day-to-day work. In order for us to remain a leading global logistics hub in the future, we need new ideas and new business models in the logistics environment, as well as infrastructure projects such as the adjustment of the navigation channel of the river Elbe and the expansion of motorways. It is good when we can develop and test such innovations here in Hamburg,” Michael Westhagemann, Minister for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, noted.Behind the concept of the Hyperloop is the idea of transporting people and goods at high speed through a tube. With the help of magnetic levitation technology, the transport capsules used in the system will be sent through a tunnel, in which there is a partial air vacuum, at speeds reaching or even exceeding 1000 km/h. A test track for transporting people and goods is currently under construction in Toulouse, France. The first test journeys in Europe are set to take place here next year.last_img read more

first_imgHalifax will host the Canada-wide kickoff of this year’s North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The goal of the week is to focus on the importance of occupational health and safety practices for preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. The kick-off event will start at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 7, at Pier 21 in Halifax. This year’s theme Safety and Health: A Commitment for Life — Start Today, focuses on the need for continual effort to work safely, and the urgency to start today to prevent as many injuries as possible. Keynote speaker Duncan Hawthorne founded the CEO Health and Safety Charter. It is designed to achieve a breakthrough in health and safety performance across Canada by forging an alliance of business and government leaders. To date, more than 150 business leaders have signed the charter. Heads of workers compensation boards from all four Atlantic provinces will sign the charter as part of the event. North American Occupational Safety and Health Week activities have been held in Canada, Mexico and the United States since 1997. In each country, organizations and their members host events and design programs to highlight occupational health and safety in ways that involve community members and safety professionals. In addition to the Canada-wide kickoff, Nova Scotia events include regional flag-raising ceremonies in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College’s Occupational Health and Safety offices, training sessions about fall protection, identification of hazardous materials, colouring contests and a tower rescue demonstration. Another highlight is a symposium and awards ceremony taking place at Nova Scotia Community College’s Akerley campus in Dartmouth on Thursday, May 10. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes speakers, exhibits, and lunch. For more information about all the Nova Scotia events, call 902-426-0860. For more information on North American Occupational Safety and Health Week events across the country, award-winning safety work, or how to work safely, see the website .last_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Route 224 will have a one lane closure for asphalt recycling between Upper Musquodoboit and Sheet Harbour from Burkes Lake to Rock Brook from Friday, July 6 to Saturday, July 21. Pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Work may also be required on Saturdays. -30-last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian Forces Airbus took off on a soggy Saturday evening in Ottawa with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, capping off a whirlwind royal tour to Canada to mark 150 years since Confederation.The newly invested Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada showered the country and its people with praise earlier in the day as Prince Charles helped to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — and to bid farewell to Gov. Gen. David Johnston.The Governor General presented the prince with his insignia during an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall after Charles began the day — the last of his visit to Canada with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall — by sitting down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Later in the day, Charles returned the favour as he acknowledged Johnston’s seven years as the Queen’s representative in Canada and thanked him for his service.“I would like to say a special thank you on your behalf to the Governor General for his seven years of impeccable service as Her Majesty’s representative here in Canada,” Charles told thousands of revellers at Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill.“He has earned great respect and gratitude as a modern nation-builder, whose commitment to the youth of Canada — and to reconciliation — is exemplary.”Charles also paid tribute to Canada’s war dead, recounting his visit to Vimy Ridge earlier this year to mark the 100th anniversary of that devastating battle.“It was a victory led by Canadians, driven by commitment to the power of freedom and democracy,” he said. “Thousands gave of themselves on those fields, far from their homes. That was a gift to all our futures, and one we must never forget.”Charles, too, acknowledged the controversy shrouding the sesquicentennial celebrations, symbolized by a teepee erected on Parliament Hill as a reminder of the oppressive, colonial treatment of Indigenous Peoples throughout the country’s long history.Canada, he said, is a celebrated champion of human rights, peacekeeping and diversity — “with, if I may say so, Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples demonstrating a remarkable determination to forge an ever better society.”Prior to the day’s celebrations, which saw about 25,000 people brave heavy rains to mark the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, Charles and Johnston inspected the ceremonial Guard of Honour together during a proceeding at Ottawa’s peacekeeping monument.The royal couple also became the first visitors to the newly opened Canada History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., where they cut a ceremonial ribbon and met with the Alkhalaf family from Syria, now based in Peterborough, Ont.After emerging from the new hall, Charles and Camilla entered the Grand Hall at the museum and met people lined up to shake their hands, including Amelie Labelle, a 17-year-old puppeteer dressed up in a red blazer, silver tights and red Converse shoes.“It is really, really exciting,” Labelle said. “I didn’t expect to do that today.”Nick and Kyla McCandie Glustien were also on hand to meet the royal couple with their kids Tristan and Adria.“It is Canada’s 150th, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this fabulous country that we are so honoured to be a part of,” Kyla said.The couple also visited the newly opened and renovated National Arts Centre for a ribbon-cutting with a number of guests, and stopped in at Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce company.Finally, the Prince of Wales planted a sugar maple tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall and wished it “good luck” as he touched it. Camilla did the same.The couple then observed a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall before attending a reception.In a statement Saturday evening, Trudeau marked the end of the three-day visit that also included stops in Iqaluit, CFB Trenton and the small eastern Ontario village of Wellington, Ont.Trudeau said the federal government will mark the royal tour by offering a donation of $45,000 to three organizations visited by couple — the Iqaluit Food Centre, the Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Society, and the Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik, a daycare.—Follow @kkirkuplast_img read more

“Those who are compelled to flee the Gaza Strip should be able to do so and to find safety and security in other countries according to international law,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement issued yesterday.There has been no large-scale movement out of Gaza because of the Israeli blockade. However, Mr. Guterres urged that “all borders and access routes concerned should be kept open and safe, and Palestinians endeavouring to leave Gaza should not be prevented from doing so.”He called for strict adherence to humanitarian principles in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, where an already dire situation has been made worse by the Israeli offensive which began on 27 December.The UN estimates that Palestinian deaths have reached 500 and are rising, and some 2,500 have been injured in the conflict. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, told reporters yesterday the humanitarian crisis was “increasingly alarming,” with the people of Gaza becoming more cold, hungry, often lacking power, water and other basic services as well as facing the constant threat of bombing and shelling.Amid the worsening humanitarian environment, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been struggling to carry out vital tasks such as distributing food and medical supplies. Mr. Guterres joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials in calling for an immediate halt to the violence and for humanitarian access for fuel and food into Gaza. “It is absolutely imperative that the immediate delivery of humanitarian assistance to the civilian victims of this conflict be facilitated, including access from Egypt and Israel,” he stated, calling on the international community and all humanitarian actors to support UNRWA’s efforts to help the innocent victims.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided some emergency assistance to Egypt’s Red Crescent Society in case it is needed for the care of any Palestinians admitted into Egypt. The refugee agency stands ready to deploy an emergency team and equipment to the area as required.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its concern about the situation of the 840,000 children among Gaza’s population of 1.5 million. In an effort to reduce the suffering faced by children, the agency is delivering urgent supplies of food, fuel and medicine to Gaza hospitals, which are struggling to cope amid a lack of medical staff, drugs, equipment and space to treat wounded civilians.“Being the most vulnerable part of the population, children are the first to be psychologically distressed, the most in need of medical support and the most exposed to injuries among civilians in times of conflict,” UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag said in a statement yesterday. “The number of children in Gaza affected by the loss of a parent, damage to their home, displacement, lack of needed medical equipment and treatment and the interruption of their education is yet to be fully measured. But it is significant,” she stressed.In addition, Queen Rania of Jordan, who is also a UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, has called on governments of the region to protect the children of Gaza, including by contributing to UNRWA’s emergency appeal for $34 million to meet the immediate needs of Gaza’s civilians.The World Food Programme (WFP), for its part, moved 11 truckloads of food into Gaza on Monday as part of efforts to respond to the growing humanitarian needs. Since the latest outbreak of violence, the agency has delivered some 1,600 tons of food into Gaza, where its warehouses are stocked with some 3,700 metric tons – about half their normal capacity. While WFP is continuing to provide food to those in need, current hostilities have made it more difficult for the agency to carry out the distributions. “Even in places where we can open distributions, people are afraid to go and receive the food,” WFP’s Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva. The agency has only been able to distribute food to around 50,000 people – out of a normal caseload of some 265,000 – since the violence began. In addition, WFP has provided canned meat and high-energy biscuits to 13 Gaza hospitals to provide for 6,000 patients and staff for up to one month. 6 January 2009The top United Nations refugee official has stressed that civilians wishing to leave Gaza, where a military operation Israel says it launched in response to Hamas rocket attacks has entered its 11th day, must be allowed to do so, and reminded neighbouring States of their responsibility to provide access to safety for those fleeing the ongoing violence. read more

26 January 2011The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling on countries to carefully examine the implications of high food prices and not to take any policy actions that might appear useful in the short term but could have harmful, longer-term effects or even aggravate the situation. The call comes with the agency’s publication today of an updated guide for policy-makers in developing countries, aimed at helping them address the negative impacts of high food prices or to tap into opportunities.“The experience of the 2007/2008 food crisis shows that in some cases, hastily taken decisions by governments to mitigate the impact of the crisis, have actually contributed to or exacerbated the crisis and aggravated its impact on food insecurity,” said the director of FAO’s Policy and Programme Development Support Division, Richard China.He cited the example of export restrictions applied by some surplus food-producing countries, which exacerbated the global food market situation during the 2007/2008 crisis.“FAO strongly advises against such measures, as they often provoke more uncertainty and disruption on world markets and drive prices up further globally, while depressing prices domestically and hence curtailing incentives to produce more food,” Mr. China said.The FAO Food Price Index, a measure of basic food prices at the international level, peaked in December 2010. “With this new price shock only two years after the crisis in 2007/08, there is a serious concern now about implications for food markets in vulnerable countries,” Mr. China added.The guide – formally known as the Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices – stresses that low-income, food-deficit countries have been hit hard by high food prices in recent years. Many of these countries have to pay larger food import bills when food prices are soaring. Almost all countries in Africa are net importers of cereals. The people most affected by higher food prices are net food buyers such as urban residents and small farmers, fishers, foresters, pastoralists and agricultural labourers who do not produce enough food to cover their needs. The poorest among them spend more than 70 to 75 per cent of their income on buying food.Net food-exporters should benefit from high food prices and could experience an improvement in their terms of trade and more income. However, experience of the 2007/2008 food crisis showed that a variety of supply side constraints limited the supply response to higher prices in most developing countries.The FAO guide emphasizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution that can be applied with the same chance of success in every country. The mix of policy and programmatic actions has to be specifically adapted to local conditions and agreed on by key stakeholders in each country. In any case, “care should be taken not to adopt measures that could undermine the existing market,” the guide said. In the medium and long term, only investment in developing countries’ agricultural sectors will result in sustainable increases in productivity, healthy markets, increased resilience to international price spikes and improved food security, said Mr. China.The guide favours community seed production by farmer field schools, farmer groups or cooperatives, to enhance access to both traditional and improved seed varieties at the community level, as well as the use of integrated pest management. It also discusses instruments that can be used to target the food insecurity of the poor, such as safety net programmes based on food or cash transfers. read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market may be in for improved performance following a lacklustre 2012 if the U.S. and Chinese economies revive next year and boost prices for commodities and resource stocks.But much depends on whether Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., can find a compromise to avoid steep tax increases and significant spending cuts that are set to kick in automatically early in 2013.Analysts have warned that the shock of going over the so-called fiscal cliff would halt already tepid global economic growth in its tracks and likely push the U.S. back into recession.There is no in-between on this. It’s either going to be bad or it’s going to be great for the market“This is very much a binary event that we’re watching unfold,” said Andrew Pyle, investment adviser with ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“There is no in-between on this. It’s either going to be bad or it’s going to be great for the market.”The TSX is set to finish 2012 trading with a slight gain of about 3.5% following an 11% slide in 2011.Losses on the resource-heavy Toronto market were highlighted by weakness in the base metals sector, which slid nearly 10% — primarily because of lower demand from China as the government slowed economic growth to bring inflation down from unacceptably high levels.Similarly, the energy sector sustained a drop of about 8% as slowing economic conditions left the world awash in crude oil.Gold stocks were also a significant drag for the Canadian stock markets as miners contended with higher costs for extracting the previous metal. The TSX’s global gold index fell about 19%.The financial sector, another major pillar of the TSX, has fared better. It ends 2012 about 13% higher after the six biggest banks posted record profits — roughly US$30-billion for 2012 on about US$107-billion in revenue, compared with US$25-billion on US$98-billion in revenue in 2011.But analysts warn that growth in Canadian retail banking, a key strength for the sector over the past several years, will likely slow in 2013 amid record consumer debt levels and a cooling housing market.At the same time, market watchers are confident that U.S. lawmakers will arrive at a framework for avoiding the fiscal crisis by the beginning of 2013 deadline although a comprehensive deal on taxes and spending cuts will likely take longer.“We’re of the view that there will be some kind of an agreement and at the end of the day, there will be some tax increases and some spending cuts,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“So you will end up with fiscal drag, which will to some degree likely reduce growth modestly but won’t go over the proverbial cliff.”The eurozone will continue to weigh on global markets. The region’s debt crisis has resulted in recessions for several countries that use the euro as governments in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal deliver tough austerity measures.“For anyone out there that’s expecting a big turnaround in the eurozone or anything in Europe in 2013, they probably will be disappointed,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think it’s going to be a lot more of the same as it relates to Europe and that means slow to no to maybe negative economic growth in the eurozone in 2013.”Even so, there are some real positives for the TSX this year.The drag on the U.S. economy created by whatever agreement lawmakers come to will be offset in part by the housing sector, which is expected to finally start making a contribution to economic growth.“That’s one of the key points,” said Gorman.He pointed to a huge drop in housing inventories, which are now down to 6.1 months from a high of 12 months at the worst of the downturn.He also noted that prices are still off around 30% from the peak reached in 2006 and financing is still ultra-low with a 30-year mortgage going for around 3.5%. Inventories are down quite sharply.AFP/Getty Images “Historically in the U.S. if you look at the history of coming out of recession, housing has historically contributed fully 13% of all US GDP growth,” said Gorman.“In this cycle, there has been no such contribution and 2013 will be the first of any significance.”Gorman also said the U.S. economy will benefit from a strengthening auto sector.China is also expected to be a plus for the TSX resource sector as economic growth in the world’s second-biggest economy finally started to pick up towards the end of 2012.Key manufacturing indexes finally moved into expansion territory and there was also positive factory output, retail sales and electricity consumption figures.“All of these things suggest economic growth could start moving higher as opposed to continuing to slide lower in China, that bodes quite well for the Canadian economy,” Fehr says.“It also bodes well for commodity prices and the resource sector.”After balancing the good and bad expected for 2013, performance on the TSX will be anything but red-hot.“It will be an OK year,” Gorman says.“In Toronto, I think we will probably do 5% plus dividends — so 5%, maybe a touch better.”The Canadian Press read more

LeBron James – The man once mockingly referred to as “LeBronze” following some disappointing some initial international experiences says he wants to add to his gold medal collection.NBA star LeBron James says he’s all in and would relish the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue for the third consecutive Olympics when the Rio Games come around in 2016. James, who was the best player on the American team that won the gold medal at the recently completed London Olympics, will be 31 by the time the next Olympiad arrives, but said he would relish the opportunity to again represent his country.James has yet to formally notify USA Basketball of his intentions, but there will always be room on any U.S. team for the unquestioned best player in the world.The London Olympics were the year’s coup-de-grace for James, who joined some rarified air when he followed icon Michael Jordan as the only players to ever be named the league MVP and win NBA and Olympic championships in the same year.It was the second consecutive gold medal for James, who had helped lead Team USA to gold at the Beijing Games in 2008. His last two experiences marked a far cry from his first in the 2004 Athens Games and the subsequent 2006 World Championships that saw the U.S. finish a disappointing third on both occasions.James was unstoppable in London, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-high 5.6 assists. He totaled 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting while adding seven boards and a team-best four assists in the gold medal victory over Spain. He was even more spectacular in the days before, registering the first triple double in U.S. Olympic history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the quarterfinal victory over Australia. read more

first_imgMs Archer was promoted to the role of stylist the following year and has since joined the royals on numerous foreign tours. Willcocks Nursery School  Chris Jackson and Natasha ArcherCredit:David/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock Ms Archer got to know Mr Jackson on the royal couple’s tour of Australia in April 2014 and they began dating upon their return.They got engaged last September and married at a lavish wedding in France in April.Jackson, who has won numerous awards, began photographing the royals for Getty 13 years ago.Dubbed “golden boy” by the other royal photographers who rib him mercilessly, he is known for his discretion, carefully walking a difficult line between being a member of the “pack” and a trusted member of the inner circle. The morning sessions, running from 9am until 12pm are five days a week while the lunchtime and afternoon sessions take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Chris Jackson and Natasha ArcherCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in a picture that features on their Christmas card this yearCredit:CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY  Chris Jackson and Natasha Archer It is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted because of the “exceptional” organisation of time and the staff’s meticulous planning, which ensures “no time is wasted.”Meanwhile, the Cambridges released a new family photograph that features on their Christmas card. The image was taken by Chris Jackson, who works for Getty Images and has become the family’s favoured photographer for both official and private portraits.Mr Jackson is married to Natasha Archer, the Duchess’s stylist, and together, the couple have become trusted confidantes.While Mr Jackson has captured some of the family’s biggest milestones, from Prince George’s fourth birthday to his first day at school, Ms Archer is credited with persuading the Duchess to try a younger, more glamorous look, not to mention ditching the ubiquitous nude pumps.Ms Archer attended the prestigious Uppingham School before reading Hispanic Studies at Kings College and joining the royal household as a PA in 2007.She was one of the first people to arrive at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital when Prince George was born in July 2013, carrying a hanger bag believed to contain the blue and white polka dot dress the Duchess would later wear when she presented her son to the world.center_img As well as taking the first official portrait pictures of the Duke and Duchess after their wedding and before they went to Canada, he has done a lot of work with Prince Harry on projects including Sentebale in Lesotho, accompanying him during this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto.Mr Jackson is often mistaken for the Duke of Cambridge during royal tours abroad and is known for being well-dressed and having a keen eye for fashion, which provides his rivals the perfect opportunity to have a joke at his expense.Although the epitome of discretion when it comes to the royals, Mr Jackson cannot resist showing off his glamorous wife, publishing scores of photographs of her online, once noting he was “definitely punching above my weight”. Willcocks Nursery School Credit:Kensington Palace Advice on the nursery’s website suggests that lunch club is for children “ready for a longer learning session and for older children to prepare them for big school.” while the afternoon session is aimed at the two and three-year-olds.The daily routine at the nursery, which is based in the church hall at Holy Trinity Church in Kensington, includes prayers and hymns and employs professional dance and French teachers.A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the Duke and Duchess thought Willcocks “an ideal first step” for their daughter and that they were “impressed” by the staff. The Willcocks Nursery SchoolCredit:Zak Hussein/Splash She also noted that when the Cambridges moved back to London from Norfolk it was to enable them to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support.The Duchess’s third baby is due in April and so it is understood the decision will also allow her to spend time bonding with the baby.Willcocks, which has an all-female staff, is described by Tatler as a “hidden gem” that “flies under the radar” and is attended by British children and “chic foreigners” alike, some of whom register their children at birth in order to ensure them a place.  Chris Jackson and Natasha Archer The Willcocks Nursery School They moved back to London from Norfolk in order to increase their workload on behalf of the Queen. And now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have signalled their intention to prioritise their official duties by enrolling their two-year-old daughter at a private nursery full time.Princess Charlotte is to attend the “kind and gentle” Willcocks Nursery School, which is barely half a mile from Kensington Palace, from January, seven hours a day, five days a week.The decision marks a significant departure from the way in which Prince George was introduced to the education system – attending a modestly-priced Montessori nursery school in Norfolk, where most parents get financial help to pay the fees, only part time.By comparison, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte, who has never previously attended any form of nursery or pre-school, would join Willocks, at which annual fees will exceed £16,000 a year, full time.She will be enrolled in their morning school, lunchtime club and afternoon school, attending from 9am until 4pm, taking in her own packed lunch and joining activities including cooking, music and acting.The nursery accommodates 32 children aged between two and three quarters and five, meaning that Charlotte, who turns three in May, will be among the youngest. 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first_imgFifteen months after successfully expanding into Queensland’s heavy haulage marketplace, logistics group Centurion says it has entered its second phase of growth in the state with a contract for one of the Bowen Basin’s largest miners. Centurion was selected by Anglo American as its preferred tenderer for the provision of general transport services for all its operations throughout the Bowen Basin, including its five coal mines in a five year contract.The contract has generated a significant number of jobs in Queensland, mainly in Mackay, as well as a platform for further growth for the company. As part of the contract Centurion is operating major freight consolidation facilities in Brisbane, Mackay and Rockhampton along with direct linehaul services to Anglo American sites.Centurion will run a daily service out of the three consolidation hubs and provide the backbone for the Anglo American supply chain. Centurion’s Chief Executive Justin Cardaci said the business is well placed to effectively service the contract due to its significant industry experience with similar operations in Western Australia.“Centurion has a long and extensive history of providing safe and reliable supply chain solutions to customers operating in the mining industry. Our offering is based on a very well developed mining support solution which has safety at the core and provides visibility tools tailored to client requirements that enable logistics management to be performed in a controlled manner throughout the entire process. This not only enables planning and scheduling to be more precise but also allows operators to remove working capital that is in place to buffer supply chain unknowns.”Cardaci said the development of long-term partnering relationships with clients has enabled Centurion to develop in-house processes and practices that provide real value to its mining, energy and retail customers. Anglo American operates both underground and open cut mines throughout the Bowen Basin producing high quality coking coal. All of these operations require transport and consolidation and welcomes services for goods and equipment originating from suppliers throughout Australia.Cardaci said as part of the new contract Centurion had recruited people locally and the company was committed to supporting the regional communities it was operating in. “We are very pleased to be expanding our offering into the Bowen Basin region as we enter a critical period of growth for our business in Queensland. We have surpassed our expectations in terms of performance for our east coast operations in the past 15 months. Our focus is on continuing to build this business by leveraging our core capabilities and safely and reliably servicing the mining, energy, and retail sectors,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imghigh tides, combined with low atmospheric pressure and high winds over the next few days will give rise to high sea levels and possibly large waves. There may be very localised wave overtopping in parts of Sandymount and Clontarf.It said it will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few days and will issue updates as necessary.As a precautionary measure, the flood gates on the River Dodder are being deployed by DCC.It also noted that it maintains a stock of sandbags at various locations “for strategic purposes” which will be deployed by Drainage staff if required.Read: So what DID cause last year’s flash floods?> MET ÉIREANN HAS warned that heavy rain tonight may lead to localised flooding.In its forecast for this evening, it says that very heavy rain will move into the south of the country early tonight and will spread northwards overnight.It said that the rain may lead to localised flooding, and that temperatures could drop to between 4 – 9 degrees.Yesterday, Dublin City Council warned that:last_img read more

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… “I don’t think of him as evil, I think of him as Death. And, that’s what he wants — for all of us,” Benioff told EW in an interview. “It’s why he was created and that’s what he’s after.”#NightKing“Fear is for the winter.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019The Night King, who was first introduced in Game of Thrones Season 4, was first played by Richard Brake and then Vladimir Furdik. The undead character has been moving toward Westeros and resurrecting deceased individuals for his creepy fleet. In Season 7, the Night King shocked audiences after he killed one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and then used the zombie-like creature to break down the Wall, which protected Westeros from the Night King’s squad.“We always liked the implication that they weren’t some kind of cosmic evil that had been around since the beginning to time but that the White Walkers had a history — that something that seems legendary and mythological and permanent wasn’t,” Weiss added. “They had a historical cause that was comprehensible like the way the wars on screen we’re seeing unfold are comprehensible. They’re the result of people, or beings, with motivations we can understand.”Probably the most eerie part of the Night King is his silence. He doesn’t talk, which definitely hypes up his mysterious presence on the show. “What’s he going to say?” Benioff asks. “Anything the Night King says diminishes him.”Fans will have to wait for Game of Thrones Season 8, which will premiere on HBO on April 14, to witness what’s driving the Night King beyond the Wall.More on ‘Game of Thrones’ New Season 8 Art Shows Mysterious Iron Throne‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Is a Chilling Final Fight for the LivingAdidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ Sneaker Collaboration The final season of Game of Thrones is almost here, and fans are wondering when the Night King and his Army of the Dead will arrive at Winterfell. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently spoke about the Night King’s purpose and why he is essential to the fantasy series. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 Posted: May 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Navy petty officer who was behind the wheel of a pickup that plummeted over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and landed in Chicano Park, killing four people, was sentenced today to nine years and eight months in prison.The sentence was the maximum available for Richard Anthony Sepolio, 27. He was convicted in February for the Oct. 15, 2016, crash that killed Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jimenez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Joining KUSI to discuss this sentencing is Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Watkins. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Brian Wakins: Sepolio sentenced in fatal Coronado Bridge crashlast_img read more

first_img How Does An Artist Qualify For The Best New Artist GRAMMY Category? Facebook Twitter Take a closer look at the Recording Academy’s qualification rules to determine which artists can be considered in the Best New Artist categoryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2018 – 8:59 am Each year the selection of GRAMMY nominees is the result of careful consideration and voting by Recording Academy members, who must both follow hard-and-fast rules as well as exercise their expert musical judgement. The Best New Artist category highlights newcomers — whether a solo artist, duo or group — but since “new” is a relative term, let’s take a closer look at how making the cut is determined.First of all, eligible artists must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the year’s eligibility period. This speaks to the essence of why Best New Artist is one of the most-anticipated categories each year, honoring exciting new talent in the music world. But sometimes rising stars take a while to reach this point, so numerical limits also help define the criteria for being “new” in this category. The first numerical rule boils eligibility down to the number of an artist’s releases. The minimum required is five singles or tracks or a complete album. The maximum is either three albums or a total of 30 singles or tracks previously released. Having more than this number of releases results in being ineligible even when an artist breaks through into public consciousness and impacts the musical landscape in a given eligibility period.However, even if this numerical release criterion is met, an artist may still be deemed ineligible if the artist achieved previous prominence, meaning the artist came into prominence prior to the current eligibility year.Another numerical limit is that an artist cannot have been considered more than three times previously for Best New Artist. This also applies to solo artists who emerge from having performed as a member in previous groups. That’s right, being previously considered three times either as a solo artist, in a previous band, or some mixture of the two means an artist is not eligible for Best New Artist consideration.For more valuable and illuminating information on all things GRAMMY Awards process, head over to, or reach out to the Awards Help Desk at 877.637.6816, and don’t forget to tune in Feb. 10.See The Full List Of Nominees For The 61st GRAMMY AwardsRead morecenter_img Email Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? how-does-artist-qualify-best-new-artist-grammy-category-0 News last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, March 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington High CATS Fundraiser At The 99The Wilmington High School Choral and Theatre Support Group (WHS CATS) is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to WHS CATS.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)#2) RMLD Homeowner Info Session At LibraryReading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites residential customers to learn about their electric service as well as ways to save energy and money at this free information session at the Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) at 7pm. Topics include:Available energy efficiency programs including rebates and a no-cost home energy assessmentRMLD online tools such as our online Bill Payment System, Online Store, and Customer Rebate PortalPrograms including Solar Choice and Shred the PeakEnergy efficiency tips for the homeAn overview of the home electrical service configuration covering topics such as ownership and safetyThis info session is a great opportunity for both new and experienced homeowners to learn about their electrical service and RMLD programs. RMLD customers who rent are also welcome!Light refreshments will be served, and each attendee will receive a complimentary LED light bulb. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, May 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more