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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This should be the start because it would be a waste of effort if we don’t capitalize on it,” said Tiamzon. “And I think we finally had the confidence and it’s like this was the first time that we won since last conference.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend PVL: BanKo Perlas snaps skid, stops Adamson LATEST STORIES And Tiamzon paid instant dividends with a team-high 14 points in their four-set win over Adamson University, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“I guess I’ve been put into the game a little more frequent now and I’m exposed to the game more and to the situation itself,” said Tiamzon as they won their first match in three outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTiamzon was absent in the Perlas Spikers’ first game in the conference and when she returned just in time for their second match she rode the bench the whole time.And now that BanKo Perlas was able to win its first game, Tiamzon hopes they can build off from their victory and improve for the rest of the eliminations. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNicole Tiamzon has had a diminished role as an attacker with BanKo Perlas with other spikers like Ella De Jesus, Amy Ahomiro, and Amanda Villanueva in the lineup.On Sunday, however, the former University of the Philippines stalwart had the opportunity to start the game.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments
The ICC on Monday announced its ODI Team of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend and former captain Clive Lloyd.The announcement was made at a special function ahead of the LG ICC Awards ceremony which is being held this evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Presented in association with FICA, the LG ICC Awards recognise the best international players and officials of the past 12 months. Six countries have been represented in the 12-man line-up and just one player – Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India – four years in a row. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning captain keeps wicket and leads the side and is joined by fellow ICC ODI Team of the Year 2009 members AB de Villiers of South Africa and Shane Watson of Australia.There are four Indians in the side, all of whom were involved in India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April of the year.Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga, who were all part of the side that lost out to Dhoni’s men in the final on 2 April 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, are selected for the team too. Chairman of the LG ICC Awards selection panel, Lloyd said: “This has been an outstanding year for 50-over cricket. I think everyone saw in the ICC Cricket World Cup how exciting this format can be. “The ICC Cricket World Cup was rightly applauded as one of the greatest in history and no one who was in Mumbai will forget that remarkable evening. “The ODI team of the year reflects the success of India with four players selected – Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni and Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj was, of course, the player of the tournament and MS Dhoni, the man of the match in the final, whilst fellow finalists Sri Lanka has three players in the side.” Lloyd was joined on the panel by former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, former England captain Mike Gatting, former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison and former South African bowler Paul Adams. Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made. The ICC ODI Team of the Year was one of two teams selected by the ICC selection panel along with the Test line-up which was announced last month.advertisementICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order) Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)Virender Sehwag (Ind)Kumar Sangakkara (SL)AB de Villiers (SA)Shane Watson (Aus)Yuvraj Singh (Ind)MS Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper/captain)Graeme Swann (Eng)Umar Gul (Pak)Dale Steyn (SA)Zaheer Khan (Ind)12th Man – Lasith Malinga (SL)
The much-younger Pacio, 22, won the gold strap after beating Yoshitaka Naito three months ago on points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacio, one of four current world champions out of Team Lakay, was initially set to face Hayato Suzuki in a rematch but he’s now scheduled to take on another Japanese challenger in Yosuke Saruta on January 19.Saruta was tapped as a replacement for reasons yet to be disclosed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe 31-year-old Saruta has won eight of his last 10 fights.He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alex Silva earlier this month in his ONE Championship debut. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio will be making his first title defense against a different foe in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments
Samsung’s next Note phablet – that could be named the Galaxy Note 6 – is in news again, this time giving a more clearer picture of what could be in store vis–vis internal hardware. Rumour has it that the alleged Note 6 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 823 processor coupled with a whopping 8 gigs of RAM.According to SamMobile – that cites a report coming in from China — the Note 6 will have a 64-bit Kryo 2.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and 8GB of RAM. Further, the phablet is said to sport a 25-megapixel camera on the rear with Spectra 14-bit dual-ISP. We have little or no idea about the Snapdragon 823 right now, but it is being said to be probably a higher clocked variant of the Snapdragon 820.The new report negates previous rumours that the Note 6 will have 6GB RAM. That said the word about the processor is certainly new, as also the camera spec. Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may launch as early as July, Android N expectedPreviously, it was said that Samsung may launch the Note 6 as early as July this year. Moreover, the Note 6 was also said to come with Android N (based TouchWiz UI) out-of-the-box. The phablet is also said to have a 5.8-inch display and IP68 water resistance.The Note 6’s existence is yet to be confirmed by the company, so we suggest you take this piece of information with a grain of salt.Samsung only just launched the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both the phones come with Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM. Both the phones also support expandable storage and water proofing capability.advertisementThe current generation Note 5 features an all metal and glass design and includes the trademark S Pen stylus. The phone comes with a 5.7-inch QHD display and is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. It sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with Optical Image Stabilisation, autofocus and LED flash. There’s also a front-facing 5-megapxiel camera.
IIT Gandhinagar is all set to open its new branch in B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering from this year onwards. The purpose of the introduction of the course is to bring about practical knowledge among students in the field. Students under the curriculum of CSE will get to experience real word problems with the use of applications for projects.Specialisations of the course include:Algorithm designArtificial IntelligenceMachine LearningOperating Systems Data ScienceInformation SecurityIITGN faculty on introduction of new course:A sequence of electives will be available for students in the undergraduate course for specialisationThere will be an interface of these selective courses with fields including medicine, cognitive computing, computational mechanics, computational biology, statistical physics, quantum computing, robotics, internet of things, computational social scienceThe research strength will guide students from other disciplines as wellThe college will try to bring students close to the current frontiers of research in the topics concernedThe B.Tech programmes in CSE will also include supervised readings, expert lectures, industry collaborations and visit, and semester-long project coursesInputs from Prof. Anirben Dasgupta, CSE faculty from IITGNRead: DU Admissions 2016: Sports like water polo, canoeing might fetch you seat in DU Read: TSR Subramanium Committee implements new laws for hostelers in JNU, other universities Click here for more updates form India Today Education
South Africa and England are the perennial underachievers in one-day international cricket, mixing high hopes with high-profile failures in the big tournaments.They’ll have to cope with the favorites’ tag at the eight-team ICC Champions Trophy starting on Thursday.The South Africans are the top-ranked ODI team, with the top-ranked batsman (AB de Villiers) and the top two bowlers (Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir). That should install the Proteas as the outright favorites but it’s been a long and painful trophy drought since winning their only piece of ICC silverware at the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998: Four semifinal defeats in the Champions Trophy to go alongside four semifinal losses in the Cricket World Cups.The English, playing at home and with a new-found enthusiasm for the one-day format under coach Trevor Bayliss, are many people’s tips. Yet they have never won an ICC 50-overs trophy, having been a runners-up three times at the World Cup and lost finals on home soil in the Champions Trophy in 2004 and 2013.Still, it would be a surprise if the two teams didn’t qualify for the semifinals in what should be a competitive tournament played under heightened security after last week’s bomb attack in Manchester, and being held across three locations from June 1-18: The Oval in London; Edgbaston in Birmingham; and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales.India and Australia – ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and teams that regularly deliver on the big stage – are the other likely semifinalists.With its rapid-fire schedule and the strength of its field, the Champions Trophy is arguably the preferred 50-over event for players and fans compared to the Cricket World Cup, which can drag on for six weeks and where many results can be predicted.advertisementPakistan, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka should be competitive, while the rank outsiders, Bangladesh, are capable of causing a shock – as shown in the 2015 World Cup when they beat England to reach the knockout stage.That Bangladesh qualified for the event ahead of the West Indies, the 2004 winners and current T20 world champions, underlines the team’s quality.”This tournament is going to be hard for us, playing a group that is very hard in the conditions,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said of opponents England, Australia and New Zealand. “On your day, you can do anything; we have quality players who can change the game.”Reuters PhotoIndia might be the team to beat. The defending champions have not played an ODI since January and is burdened with expectation, as ever, but has match-sharp players due to the majority of its squad being involved in the T20 Indian Premier League.So high-scoring are modern-day ODIs that the mindset and range of shots are not too dissimilar over the two shorter formats, so the IPL could prove to be ideal preparation for India.And then there’s Virat Kohli, cricket’s superstar player not just in India but beyond. The captain averages nearly 82 in his last 16 ODI innings and top-scored with 43 in the 2013 final, which was reduced to 20 overs because of rain.”We won last time because our fast bowlers did very well, our spinners were strong and our opening batsman did well. They were the main three factors,” Kohli said.”This year, the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature, because that was a very young group four years ago.”GROUP AAustraliaBangladeshEnglandNew ZealandGROUP BIndiaPakistanSouth AfricaSri Lanka
TweetPinShare0 Shares CINCINNATI— For all the talk about big-money contracts for major leaguers, the New York Yankees spent nearly $18.1 million on international amateurs during the last signing period.“All of our top guys really felt that this crop of young kids was the best they’ve seen in years and years and years, so we went out and we grabbed seven of the top 10 or 11 guys,” owner Hal Steinbrenner said. “For that kind of money, I guess if one or two of them works out, you made the right decision.”And it’s not just the Yankees. Boston spent more than $38 million, Arizona topped $10 million and the Los Angeles Angels were just below $9.7 million. And they all incurred hefty tax bills for their global splurging.In all, the 30 clubs committed $160 million to 801 international amateurs from July 2 last year through June 15, up from $95 million in the 2013-14 signing season, according to Major League Baseball. And just this month, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave a $16 million signing bonus to 19-year-old Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez.Teams hope they will follow the path of players already in the higher levels of the minor leagues. Among the international prospects on display at Sunday’s All-Futures Game were Texas outfielder Nomar Mazara ($4.95 million signing bonus), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez ($3 million) and Kansas City infielders Raul Mondesi ($2 million) and Chelsor Cuthbert ($1.35 million).“They are looking all over for those guys, especially in Cuba,” said World team manager Tony Perez, who left Cuba at age 17 to sign with Cincinnati, helped the Reds win a pair of World Series titles and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. “For the agents, they know it’s going to be big money.”Teams can sign international free agents starting July 2 in the year they turn 17 by Sept. 1. Beginning with the 2012-13 signing period, teams were penalized for exceeding their signing bonus pools. Thirteen teams went over their pools for 2014-15, resulting in $71.5 million in tax.Five teams owe most of the money: the Red Sox ($36.1 million), Yankees ($15.9 million), Diamondbacks ($7.9 million), Angels ($7.3 million) and Tampa Bay Rays ($3.4 million). That quintet also lost the right to sign any international player to a bonus of more than $300,000 for 2015-16 and 2016-17.Management may again propose an international draft in bargaining for the labor contract that replaces the current deal, which expires in December 2016.“Unfortunately, I think that the increased flow of talent from Cuba has stressed that system, and it hasn’t done as well in response to that stress,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “It hasn’t quite worked the way that we thought it would.”More than one in four players on big league opening day rosters, 26.5 percent, was born outside the 50 states, according to the commissioner’s office, and the most came from the Dominican Republic (83), Venezuela (65), Cuba (18) and Puerto Rico (13).Among players with minor league contracts, the figure rises to nearly half, 48.8 percent.Cuthbert, who made his big league debut Tuesday, signed with the Royals in 2009 when he was 16. He said the Royals arranged English classes for his first two years, with one-hour sessions two-to-three times a week.“Right now they’re doing such a good job of making Latin players learn English, and I think that’s something that really helps Latin players,” he said. “I can talk to people. Ordering food and stuff like that. That helped me a lot.”While U.S. players are subject to a draft, limiting their option to one team, international players have all 30 organizations to choose fromCuthbert said he picked the Royals because he and his family had a great relationship with Orlando Estevez, Kansas City’s coordinator of Latin American scouting, and Juan Lopez, the Royals’ Nicaragua scout.Mazara, whose bonus was a record for an international player when he signed with Texas as a 16-year-old in 2011, said he didn’t have a choice of team. Mazara said his deal was negotiated by Ivan Noboa, who runs an independent academy in the Dominican Republic.“That was my buscone,” said Mazara, using the baseball term for local trainers who often sign young players in exchange for a percentage of future earnings. “He just told me the last day. I didn’t have a choice.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer
The matches of the first two weeks for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season have been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a press release on the IPL website on Tuesday.The 2019 edition of the IPL will start earlier than most seasons owing to the general elections – the dates of which are yet to be announced by the Election Commission of India.”These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released, the BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates,” said the IPL’s official statement.The released dates may be subject to change. A final confirmation will be made once the dates for the general elections are announced.A total of 17 matches have been announced between March 23 to April 5 across the 8 home venues of the respective eight franchises.All teams will play a minimum of four games in the two-week phase, with Delhi Capitals and RCB competing in five matches each during this time. Every side will play a minimum of two home and two away matches except for Delhi and RCB. While Delhi will compete in three home games, RCB will play an equal number of away encounters.As for the timings of the matches, though BCCI have mentioned double headers for the two weekends, there has been confirmation about the continuing with the usual 4PM (afternoon) and 8PM (evening) format or there will be a change in timing.advertisementAnnouncement : The #VIVOIPL schedule for the first two weeks is out. The first match of the 2019 season will be played between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweetsDetails – https://t.co/wCi6dYHlXL pic.twitter.com/TaYdXNKVSxIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 19, 2019Here is the full list of matches that have been announced -March 23: CSK vs RCB (Chennai)March 24: KKR vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Kolkata, AfternoonMumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (Mumbai, Evening)March 25: Rajasthan Royals vs KXIP (Jaipur)March 26: Delhi Capitals vs CSK (Delhi)March 27: KKR vs KXIP (Kolkata)March 28: RCB vs MI (Bengaluru)March 29: Sunrisers vs Rajasthan Royals (Hyderabad)March 30: KXIP vs MI (Mohali, Afternoon)Delhi Capitals vs KKR (Delhi, Evening)March 31: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs RCB (Hyderabad, Afternoon)CSK vs Rajasthan Royals (Chennai, Evening)April 1: KXIP vs Delhi Capitals (Mohali)April 2: Rajasthan Royals vs RCB (Jaipur)April 3: MI vs CSK (Mumbai)April 4: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Delhi)April 5: RCB vs KKR (Bengaluru)Also Read | IPL 2019 schedule for 17 matches out, CSK to take on RCB on March 23Also Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan Singh
There’s a major detour that begins Monday for the bridge spanning the Missouri River connecting Decatur, Nebraska, to western Iowa.The Nebraska Department of Transportation says the bridge will be closed from now through September 11th for structural repairs.Those repairs are resulting in a 75-mile detour that will send traffic onto U.S. Highway 75 to South Sioux City, across the river on U.S. Highway 20 and south on Interstate 29.Another option is for drivers to go south and cross the Missouri River at Blair, Nebraska.
Nigel Boogaard’s own goal helped Sydney FC to a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets that saw Steve Corica’s men draw level on points with second-placed Melbourne Victory in the A-League standings, while leaders Perth Glory were held to a 0-0 draw at Melbourne City.The sixth own goal of Boogaard’s A-League career condemned the Jets to a third consecutive defeat and their fifth in seven matches, while Sydney have now won six of their last seven to heap pressure on the top two.Perth dropped points for only the fourth time this season despite creating the better chances at AAMI Park, where Melbourne City have lost just once this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result leaves Tony Popovic’s Glory four points clear at the top of the table but he will be disappointed not to have made it six.FT | @PerthGloryFC extend their lead to four points at the top of the @ALeague ladder. #ALeague #MCYvPER pic.twitter.com/oEuk0bfDX8 — Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 19, 2019 Sydney went into their clash with Newcastle having bounced back from defeat at Perth with a victory over Adelaide United, and the visitors’ high press played into their hands.With half-time approaching, the Sky Blues piled forward in search of a breakthrough and Alex Brosque was poised to meet Brandon O’Neill’s cross but Boogaard’s outstretched foot turned the ball past Glen Moss and into the Jets net.Meanwhile in Melbourne, Neil Kilkenny gave the hosts an early scare when his swerving drive from the edge of the box drew a good save from the alert Eugene Galekovic.Glory could have snatched three points with eight minutes left on the clock when Andy Keogh teed up Jason Davidson for a shot at goal but the wing-back blasted the ball over the crossbar and the points were shared.
According to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), eyewitnesses on the scene described yesterday’s early morning rebel-led assault on Nyanda – some 20 kilometres northeast of Bunia in the DRC’s volatile Ituri region – which left nine people dead, mostly women and children. When MONUC and the French-led Interim Emergency Multinational Force contingent arrived, residents of the village said several houses were torched and some cattle were stolen. The villagers alleged that armed ethnic Lendu militiamen, accompanied by some civilians, launched the attack from the nearby Lendu village of Loga, under the control of the Forces Nationalistes Intergrationnistes (FNI) armed group. MONUC said the recent attack follows one on Fataki and Bule last week, and the assaults on three other villages – Kasenyi, Drod and Nizi – in the strife-torn region in July, all allegedly carried out by FNI forces. The mission expressly condemned the massacre of 22 people at Nizi, again mostly women and children, as “unspeakable acts of savagery,” and vowed the perpetrators would be brought to justice.In late May, the Security Council authorized the deployment of the international emergency force to help stabilize the situation in the resource rich area, where ethnic clashes between Lendu and Hema clans had killed more than 400 people since late Spring. In mid-July, fighting in remote areas of the northeast, particularly in the Kivius, continued, even as the international community was welcoming the installation of a new power-sharing transitional government in the capital Kinshasa.
Jan Egeland, formerly head of the Norwegian Red Cross and a Norwegian state secretary, told a news briefing in New York that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was struggling to maintain a presence in Iraq and would not be deterred.But security conditions were such that OCHA was scaling down its staff there to a fraction of what it was and many humanitarian agencies were cutting back to one international staff, whereas they each had several dozen before, Mr. Egeland said.He noted, however, that the Office had a better response system today than when it was first created in the wake of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and could, within 24 hours, send anywhere in the world a team of qualified and experienced experts to do assessments and then organize relief action. “Being there”, he said, meant not only life-saving services but also being witnesses to what was occurring, protecting local staff, and being able to plan future development and reconstruction. But in Liberia, OCHA had to leave due to the turmoil and it also had to leave during the Afghan crisis, he added.Maintaining a presence was closely linked to the right of access, he continued. In many parts of Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world, OCHA did not have access. Governments often did not do what should be done to provide access. Also, turmoil prevented assistance from reaching the affected. He hoped that issue would receive more attention from Member States and other partners.Mr. Egeland also said a major problem was that most humanitarian emergencies were forgotten and lacked funds. Many of the forgotten disasters, most of them in Africa, got a fraction of what better-known crises received. One of his tasks would be, with the help of the media, to shed light on those crises.People were dying today in many areas because OCHA was not able to do its job and did not have the resources, he added. While he would like to avoid being protected by arms, in some cases, such as in Iraq, humanitarian personnel were totally dependent on armed protection, he added.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,748.15 down 53.08 points):Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 44 cents, or 2.96 per cent, at $15.28 on 7,780,292 shares. The insurer reported improved fourth-quarter profit last week despite a 26 per cent decline in revenue.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Down 13.5 cents, or 23.28 per cent, at 44.5 cents on 7,568,666 shares. The gold producer’s stock has continued to slide since Thursday and closed at its lowest level since 2005.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 75 cents, or 4.54 per cent, at $15.76 on 6,619,513 shares. Forbes reported that Home Depot has switched to Apple’s iPhone from BlackBerry. The home improvement chain ditched about 10,000 BlackBerry smartphones used by its executives.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.40 per cent, at $5 on 6,252,992 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Unchanged at $4.09 on 4,210,415 shares.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Down 66 cents, or 3.04 per cent, at $21.05 on 4,054,558 shares. The uranium company posted an 83 per cent drop in fourth-quarter profits, largely due to a $168-million writedown on the carrying value of its Kintyre project in Australia and lower income from its uranium business. Its revenue was down one per cent to $958 million.TSX Venture Exchange (1,196.31 down 9.50 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down nine cents, or 7.32 per cent, at $1.14 on 10,857,251 shares.Rock Tech Lithium Inc. (TSX:RCK). Metal explorer. Up 1.5 cents, or 60 per cent, at four cents on 7,175,600 shares. The Vancouver-based company announced the resignation of its director without naming a successor and provided an assay update on its Lochaber graphite project in Quebec.Companies reporting major news:Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A). Asset management. Down eight cents, or 0.21 per cent, at $8.74 on 623,272 shares. The company is buying 19 apartment building in three eastern U.S. states from Babcock and Brown Residential for US$414 million. Most of the 4,892 units included in the deal are concentrated in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but some are also in the neighbouring states of South Carolina and Virginia.Valener Inc. (TSX:VNR). Utility company investor. Up 13 cents, or 0.80 per cent, at $16.40 on 64,797 shares. First-quarter results improved 75 per cent to $17.5 million, thanks to higher income from its investment in Gaz Metro, Quebec’s largest natural gas distributor. Revenue jumped to $622.8 million from $536.6 million, helped by acquisitions and cooler temperatures compared with last year.WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 15 cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $21.24 on 272,508 shares. The company’s new Encore regional service will begin with service between Fort St. John, B.C., and the cities of Calgary and Vancouver. The Calgary-based carrier is facing increased competition from Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) which recently announced increased frequencies in Western Canada with its own fleet of Bombardier Q400s, operated by Jazz. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 5:59 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets
More than 80 people in central Nigeria were killed in land disputes between the two sides this week. However, this has been a long-standing issue with similar incidents occurring in other countries in Africa, causing more than 1,000 deaths over the past year alone, according to media reports.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concern over the mounting violence, as well as the resulting banditry, extortion and cattle rustling. “He condemns the resulting loss of life, property and livelihoods, as well as population displacement, which undermines peaceful coexistence between communities in many of the affected countries. It is also detrimental to regional stability,” the statement said. The UN chief urged all concerned governments, regional organizations, civil society and other parties to work together to find solutions to the conflicts. He underlined the readiness and commitment of the UN to support national and regional efforts in this regard.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers ended the New York Giants’ season with a 38-13 blowout on Sunday. As long as one looks no deeper than the final score, one might be tempted to consider the Packers the new NFC favorites.But the wiseguys in Las Vegas aren’t fooled: They watched the game more closely, and made the Packers four-point underdogs at Dallas next weekend. What did they see that the box score didn’t?For one, they saw Packers receiver Jordy Nelson carted off the field with a rib injury: “That’d be a huge loss for us,” Rodgers admitted in his postgame press conference, when asked about Nelson’s potential absence at Dallas. Nelson’s ability to get open and draw coverage sparked a midseason explosion in the Packers’ offensive effectiveness. Without a fully healthy Nelson, the Packers’ second game against the Cowboys this season might go the way their first did, in Week 6 — when according to Football Outsiders, the Packers’ offense posted their second-worst single-game offensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) of the season (-25.1 percent).But the concerns run even deeper than the Packers’ receiver depth: For much of the game, Rodgers and company struggled mightily to score. Before a short punt let them start a drive on the Giants’ 38-yard line with less than four minutes left in the first half, the Packers had been shut out entirely.Rodgers registered the fifth-longest average time to throw of any quarterback in the NFL, per NFL.com this season, and while he was also pressured on 29 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information, he adapted in the pocket and got his throws off. For the season, he had a QBR of 71.8 when pressured — the league average for such plays is 31.5 — with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception.The hard-to-contain combination of top-notch pass protection and elite pocket movement was on display against the Giants, as Rodgers extended plays as long as he needed to to make offense happen: But the mother of invention is necessity, and it quickly became clear Rodgers would have to wait ages for his receivers to get open against the Giants’ excellent secondary — too long, in fact, as Rodgers was sacked five times and forced into an intentional grounding penalty over the course of the game.But after the field-position gift that turned into the Davante Adams touchdown above, and a Hail Mary pass somehow found its way to Packers wideout Randall Cobb 132 seconds later, putting the Packers up 14-6. Before those two drives, the Giants had outgained the Packers 194-7. After halftime, Eli Manning and the Giants were the first to score. With less than 18 minutes left in the game, the Packers led by only one point.Of course, 20 minutes and nine seconds later, the Packers had outgained the Giants 406-365, and outscored them 38-13. Part of that production came from Cobb, who caught five passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns, including that Hail Mary. It was Cobb’s return from two missed games with an ankle injury, it was Cobb’s best statistical game of 2016, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.But the reality of the Packers’ path to the Super Bowl is inescapable: They have to go from Lambeau Field, where the Cowboys already beat them 30-16, to the toasty indoor track of AT&T Stadium. Should they win there, they’ll either have to win a shootout with the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, or a slugfest with the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field.Without Nelson it’s hard to see how the Packers win one, let alone both, of their subsequent contests. Rodgers will need open options against the Cowboys defense — whose fifth-ranked scoring defense allowed just 1.38 more points per game in 2016 than the Giants’ second-ranked scoring defense.Of course, the Packers won’t roll over and forfeit if Nelson isn’t fit to play. But the impression a casual fan might get from the box score is that the Packers are ready to roll over the rest of the NFL — and unless Nelson is healthy enough for defenses to respect, that’s just not true.
OSU senior forward Sam Thompson rises up for a jump shot during a game against Miami (OH) Dec. 22. OSU won,Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternA struggle to win games away from Columbus might have it dropping in the rankings, but the No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to enjoy its home cooking.OSU (10-2) improved to 10-0 at home — all by double-digit margins — with a 93-55 victory over Miami (Ohio) (3-8) on Monday night.The win followed an 82-74 defeat to then-No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday in Chicago. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said a key for the Buckeyes that was lacking at the United Center is staying strong for the entirety of the game.“We didn’t play tough for 40 minutes. That’s been the key for both of our losses,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to stay tough and keep executing the system for 40 straight minutes, because the film shows when we execute our stuff, no one is able to defend us.”Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop said he believes that games like Monday night’s are important for developing that mindset.“That’s what the non-conference games are for, getting better every game,” Bates-Diop said. “We’re starting to improve on things like executing on offense, getting better at defensive principles, I think that’s going to prepare us for the Big Ten.”Five Buckeyes — Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, sophomore forward Marc Loving, Bates-Diop and freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — scored in double figures. Williams led the team with 18 points.“I just kept my head high,” Williams said. “I knew some opportunities were going to open up. The biggest key for us is getting stops, because when we get stops, I think our transition game is top notch.”Russell knocked down a three-pointer from near the corner just 12 seconds in, giving the Buckeyes a lead that would they would never relinquish. The freshman from Louisville, Ky., followed that up with another triple from almost the identical spot on OSU’s next possession.OSU did not lift its foot off the gas pedal for about 10 minutes afterward, erupting out to a lead that stretched as wide as 34-7.“We’ve got some guys on this team shooting a very high percentage,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Trying to set them up and get them looks is very important, in terms of the best shooters shooting more shots.”Matta cited Loving, who finished with 16 points on four-of-seven shooting, including two-of-three from deep, as one of those shooters.“He’s taking good (shots),” Matta said. “He could probably take some more. The thing is, Marc is taking good shots, and that’s probably the reason why his percentage is pretty high.”However, the RedHawks showed their own ability to go on a run, outscoring OSU, 15-2, from that point over the next four and a half minutes to cut OSU’s lead to 36-22. The run was opened by a thunderous alley-oop dunk by junior forward-center LJ Livingston Jr. just before the under-eight minute media timeout.Matta said OSU’s intensity after timeouts has been something he has monitored all season long.“What happens out of the timeouts, do we let them go on a run, those are the things that we’re after,” he said.OSU made that run short-lived, though, and recovered following another timeout to re-open a 46-24 lead at the half.Nine of the 10 Buckeyes to play in the first half scored, including eight with four points or more. Russell led the way with 10 points on three-of-five shooting, all from 3-point range, followed by Loving with eight points and seven rebounds.Russell and Loving continued to put on a show to begin the second half. The two exchanged baskets to account for the first 11 points of the half for OSU, as the Buckeyes took a 57-26 lead in the second half’s first few minutes.OSU’s zone defense held the RedHawks to 34.4 percent from the field, as well as forcing 19 turnovers.The Buckeyes shot 54.5 percent overall from the field.“We stayed within the offense in terms of what we were doing,” Matta said. “Those are the things that, as you’re trying to make some adjustments defensively, can they carry that forth? I think, from the standpoint of what we were looking for tonight, we got it.”Despite the efficient offense, the Buckeyes only shot 12-of-22 from the free throw line.Fourteen of Williams’ game-high 18 points came in the second half, including four shots in quick succession midway through the stanza, including a stretch where he hit a shot from outside, stole the inbounds pass and converted a lay-up.Livingston led the way off the bench for the RedHawks, playing in the paint to score a career-high 17 points.With 6:45 remaining in the first half, OSU redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee went down on the court with what was later announced as a right ankle sprain. The transfer from Temple was able to get to his feet, but needed assistance to walk off the court. He did not return.Matta said after the game that Lee is “fine,” but could miss some games after the holiday break. He said that due to Lee going home for the break, he may not be able to get the treatment he needs, which could cause him to miss some time.The Buckeyes are set for one final non-conference matchup before opening Big Ten play. That next contest is scheduled against Wright State, with tip set for 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
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. Tom Lorains, who farms a 17th Century holding in Newlands Valley, near Keswick, and who helped lobby for Unesco status, said: “We’re in a constant battle with extreme conservationists such as George Monbiot who want to turn the Lake District into a sea of trees and get rid of farming.”Mr Lorains said cutting the number of sheep in the area to allow more trees to grow would instead lead to the rapid spread of damaging bracken and a fall in bio-diversity.He said: “We currently farm with the environment and by preserving hedges and stone walls we protect wildlife and insect habitat. Where sheep numbers on the fells have been reduced over the past 15 years bracken has taken over and nothing can survive beneath it. You can see it choking the tree saplings that have been planted.”Mr Lorains, who took over High Snab Farm after studying agriculture in his native Derbyshire, was part of the Lake District National Park Partnership which applied for World Heritage Status, placing it alongside sites like the Grand Canyon, the Serengeti and the Redwoods National Park.As part of the designation Unesco said it hopes the impact of tourism on the area will be monitored and conservation efforts increased.“We hope that World Heritage Status will protect the Lake District and what is now the traditional hill farming landscape of the fells,” said Mr Lorains. Its dramatic landscape has inspired writers down the ages and drawn thousands of visitors every year hoping to find solace amid the area’s hillsides, crags and verdant valleys.But moves to protect the appearance of the Lake District for future generations have led to a bitter exchange between the area’s farmers and a radical wing of the environmental movement.The arguments intensified after the Lake District was designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco earlier this month, in a bid to protect the centuries old landscape shaped by hill farming.The move was condemned by some environmentalist, such as the writer George Monbiot, who accused Unesco of trying to turn the Lake District into a “a 230,000 hectare Beatrix Potter-themed sheep museum”.Mr Monbiot said World Heritage Status would reinforce the area’s appearance as a “sheep-wrecked wet desert” and make it harder to reintroduce a greater diversity of plant and wildlife.But Lakeland hill farmers have now hit back, claiming the “rewilding” vision of some environmentalists would leave the area covered in bracken, to the exclusion of everything else. Under a Natural England scheme hill farmers have been subsidised to cut their flocks so trees can be reintroduced to the fells.While he backs moves to replant trees in some areas he warns that sheep numbers should not be cut further.“Without farming the area’s economy would suffer terribly. So much local employment depends on it, from casual farm labourers to contractors and feed merchants and all their money is spent locally,” he said.By contrast environmentalists such as Mr Monbiot have argued that current farming practice has damaged the eco-system of the Lake District, with sheep grazing preventing the growth of new trees and streams and rivers dredged for the benefit of farmers.“World Heritage Status would lock the Lake District into its current, shocking state, ensuring that recovery becomes almost impossible,” he has said. Early morning sun falls on Lake Buttermere in the Lake DistrictCredit:Simon Bradfield A view of Lake Windermere from Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District, where a wooden stile allows walkers and hikers to traverse the dry stone wallCredit:James Ennis/Moment RF
AT&T-Mobile? They’ll have plenty of time to figure out what to name the new company as this deal moves through court (though, to be totally honest, I’d imagine the T-Mobile name would really stick around). Odds are that the government will be keeping a pretty tight eye on AT&T’s bid to buy T-Mobile–the combination of two of the big four wireless carriers is the sort of thing that immediate raises antitrust concerns everywhere.Just ahead of CTIA, AT&T unveiled its plans to buy T-Mobile for a combo of stock and cash valued at around $39 billion. Both companies have reportedly green lit the acquisition. AT&T, it seems, is certainly aware of the aforementioned concerns, using the opportunity to let it be known why it thinks the government should be totally psyched about such a merger between two telecom giants. Said AT&T CTO Randall Stephenson, This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future. It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth. For the sake of further preemption, the company added in the press release, “The U.S. wireless industry is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world and will remain so after this deal. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where a large majority of consumers can choose from five or more wireless providers in their local market.”
Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on target Within a couple of hours, the dog was reunited with his family, who is now “working hard to find how Max was taken and how he ended up hanging from that box,” the shelter wrote in a Facebook post. “Thanks to the quick actions by David and the power of a microchip, we were able to get Max back home safely to his family.”Dee Vaughn, Max’s owner, invited Fredman to his home on Monday to thank him for helping his dog earlier that day.“Thank you, David, so much,” Vaughn told Fredman. “You stopped what you were doing to turn around and save my dog’s life.”More on Geek.com:Florida Man Pries Alligator’s Jaws Open to Rescue Dog, Gets BittenFirefighters Rescue Pit Bull From House Fire in AlabamaWatch: Cute German Shepherd Sets Off Home Security Camera A Missouri driver rescued a dog tied to an electrical cord on the side of a highway overpass on Monday.David Fredman was commuting to work on Interstate 70 in Independence, Missouri, when he noticed the canine, Fox News reported. The electrical cord looked like it was strangling the dog, so he decided to pull over and help rescue it.“I saw what looked like a dog that was being hung over the side of some sort of power box. The cord was definitely strangling him,” Fredman told Fox 4 KC News. “His feet were touching the ground, but they were barely touching the ground. He was trying to whip his head left and right but could barely move it.”Fredman called 911 and then grabbed his knife to free the dog, who was struggling to breathe with the electrical cord around his neck.“The way I found him, I just couldn’t believe somebody would do that to an animal at all,” he added. “As soon as I cut him down, he couldn’t breathe. He was trying to breathe. I tried get him to walk. He couldn’t walk.”Fredman then brought the canine to KC Pet Project, a Kansas City-based animal shelter. During an examination, KC Pet Project noticed that the dog was microchipped and that his owner was looking for him after he disappeared from his home roughly a mile away from where he was found on Aug. 5.