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God made Sachin Tendulkar to play cricket: Dhoni

first_imgEven as an emotional Sachin Tendulkar gets set to play his last World Cup match in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that expectations are nothing new to the batting maestro and the champion batsman won’t get overawed by the situation.Speaking on the eve of the match, Dhoni said that handling the pressure of expectations is what Tendulkar has been doing successfully over the last 21 years and playing the final of the showpiece event at his home ground wouldn’t be something out of the blues for the little master.”When god made Tendulkar, he made him just to play cricket. From the very first ball he ever faced on the international scene, he has looked at giving his 100 per cent. Players have come and players have gone, but Tendulkar has just grown from strength to strength.”It might be a big occasion for every player out in the middle, but if anything, Tendulkar will use the pressure to his advantage. Irrespective of whether he gets the coveted 100 international centuries or not, he has achieved what not many cricketers can dream of. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.Talking of what sets apart the little genius from the other stars to have played the game, Dhoni said: “It definitely has to be his level of dedication towards the game and the intensity with which he has played for the last 21 years. While cricketers have come and gone, he has held fort.advertisement”Even today, he is takes every training session seriously. He would much rather not turn up for training rather than joking around once on the ground. He is not a player to turn up for training just for the sake of it. He has an intent every single time he is on the ground.”Dhoni also feels that it is the master blaster’s knack to get every minute detail in place ahead of a match that sets him apart from the rest.”He comes into the ground and if there is any area which he feels needs to be worked upon, he will work on it and unless he is satisfied with the result, he won’t leave the ground. He doesn’t leave anything for tomorrow.”(On a lighter note) We are blessed that he is a genius and the two or three hour training sessions that we have are enough for him to correct his mistakes, else we might have been stranded on the ground forever,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

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One Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project

first_imgA total of $159 million has been allocated to the Community Based Landslide Risk Management Project in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.             The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities in Jamaica and provide an evidence based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean.             This will be done through the: identification and implementation of community based landslide risk reduction measures for four communities; development of a toolkit and short television programme on Mosaic methodology and its application; enhanced community capacity in disaster preparedness and mitigation; and conducting disaster risk management, hazard mapping and vulnerability assessments.              Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: finalising the toolkit adaptable to Jamaica; engage ‘Design and Supervision Engineers’ for the construction of drainage structures in the four communities; and to conduct workshops.               Physical achievements up to March 2013 include: the first draft of the regional toolkit was revised; the Jamaican toolkit was revised to include community selection, engagement, mapping and training; and four communities have been selected and the schematic drainage plan/micro mitigation has been drafted.             The project is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Government of Jamaica. It is being implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and is expected to be completed by April 2014.last_img read more

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27 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada may not work in emergency

first_imgOTTAWA – More than 40 million fire extinguishers — including some 2.7 million sold in Canada — are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers made by Kidde, according to a notice Thursday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery car wreck.The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.The recalled extinguishers are red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,073.58, down 3.07 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 35 cents, or 5.77 per cent, to $6.42 on 13.3 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Down one cent, or 14.29 per cent, to six cents on 8.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 99 cents, or 5.39 per cent, to $19.35 on 4.4 million shares.Silver Bull Resources Inc. (TSX:SVB). Miner. Up four cents, or 27.59 per cent, to 18.5 cents on 4.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $3.96 on 4.1 million shares.Katanga Mining Ltd. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 10.38 per cent, to 95 cents on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Down 52 cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $41.03 on 458,818 shares. Metro is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario next year as the food retailing industry ramps up e-commerce options for shoppers. The company already offers “click and collect” in seven stores and home delivery service in Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., covering 60 per cent of the population of Quebec, Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said Wednesday.last_img read more

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Iowa businessman confirms revival of Cape Breton call centre that laid off

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — An Iowa-based businessman has confirmed he’s purchased a Cape Breton call centre that laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas.Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. says in a text message to The Canadian Press that the lawyer for the debtors of ServiCom Canada has confirmed the deal is complete.He says to tell the hundreds of Cape Breton call centre workers who were laid off that the “place is theirs again.”On Dec. 6, ServiCom Canada told its 600 employees in Sydney, N.S., it was closing, leaving employees without their last paycheques.Marlowe offered $1.5-million for the idled call centre this week, outbidding two other interested buyers in an auction that was part of bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.He travelled to the region and met with workers on Thursday.“Congratulations to all of the renewed and refreshed workers at The Sydney Call Centre, Inc.,” the new owner wrote in a text, confirming the new name of the revived business.“We’re proud to be part of your family and thank you very much for the classiest of warm welcomes.”The sale comes as a relief to many in the community, as the island has suffered from chronic levels of high unemployment, and the laid-off workers had few options after losing their positions at the call centre.Since the layoffs, the community has banded together to raise money for the workers, with donations flooding in and the Salvation Army providing food and payments for home heating oil and electricity bills.Most of the workers were owed about four weeks in back pay when the call centre abruptly shuttered, a liability that Marlowe’s company said rests with ServiCom.Workers have told The Canadian Press that while the sale is welcome news for the community and the regional economy, the failure to pay workers their last weeks of salary has meant many are owed thousands of dollars. Some laid-off workers who have qualified for employment insurance have said they may go back to school or pursue training rather than return to the call centre.Others have said they’re struggling to pay their regular bills.MCI Canada has already said the call centre expects to reopen as early as Jan. 2, 2019 under its new name. The company had said earlier that MCI will enter a nine-year lease for the shuttered facility.Marlowe said it was clear that the bankruptcy proceedings in the United States were unlikely to produce any money for the workers. He said his company would offer sign-on and retention bonuses, but no figures were mentioned.Marlowe also suggested in his text that one of the managers buy every employee a beer and send Marlowe the bill.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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I can’t cook, I’m a terrible wife: Priyanka Chopra

first_imgLos Angeles: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a terrible wife as she does not know how to cook. Priyanka made an appearance on ABC’s chat show “The View”, where she spoke about tying the knot with American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her featuring in his music video “Sucker” and about her marriage. “I cant cook. I told him that when he proposed… I said listen ‘you are from a good Southern home, you are used to your mom making amazing food (but) you are not marrying that (type of) girl. I can’t cook,” Priyanka said in the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 36-year-old actress confessed that the only thing she knows how to make is eggs. “I am terrible wife in that sense. But the most amazing thing is that, when I told him ‘Babe I cannot cook…’ he said: ‘it’s alright babe, neither can I.'” Priyanka married Nick last year in December in Rajasthan, India. Talking about marriage, she said: “Marriage feels so different, it’s like the family you choose.” Priyanka also discussed about featuring in Jonas brothers’s latest single “Sucker”. It also stars Kevin and his spouse Danielle, as well as Joe and his fiancee and “Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner in the over three-minute video. “It was just a dinner table conversation where we were just talking about video girls and who should be in the video… The boys looked around the table and looked at us,” she said.last_img read more

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Arsenal down 10-man Watford, move into top 4

first_imgLondon: Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four, but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday. Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international. Watford captain Troy Deeney was then shown a straight red card after just 11 minutes, but the Gunners failed to make the most of their man advantage and were fortunate as the hosts twice hit the woodwork. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, Unai Emery’s men held out for a first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season to move ahead of Chelsea on goal difference into fourth. “We didn’t control the match like I wanted,” admitted Emery. “The team was anxious because they could (have) taken some moment. The most important for us is to score the second goal, which we didn’t do.” Arsenal also edge to within a point of north London rivals Tottenham and two clear of Manchester United in the four-way battle for the two remaining Champions League places behind Liverpool and Manchester City. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFA Cup finalists Watford were already shorn of the man who helped book their place at Wembley against Manchester City next month as Gerard Deulofeu missed out through injury and Javi Gracia’s side did themselves little favours early on. Firstly, Foster dallied as Aubameyang closed in to concede a comical opener. “I’ve said sorry to the lads,” said Foster. “I have tried to drag it on to my left and pass it out but before I knew it he (Aubameyang) was bloody on me. “In hindsight, you have to get rid as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z. “I am definitely not a modern goalie. They can’t score from row Z.” And within seconds, Deeney was punished for what the referee saw as an elbow into the face of Lucas Torreira. “If it is a foul I have a doubt, maybe a yellow card but (a) red card, I don’t understand why the referee did it,” argued Watford boss Javi Gracia. However, the 10 men were still causing problems to a defensively vulnerable Arsenal at the other end. Craig Cathcart’s shot was turned onto the post by Bernd Leno and the German goalkeeper was also a full stretch to turn an Etienne Capoue free-kick behind. Emery introduced Mesut Ozil at half-time in an attempt to improve Arsenal’s final ball with so much space to counter-attack into, but to little avail. Alex Iwobi looked to have provided the perfect cross to pick out Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Foster made amends for his earlier error by spreading himself to make a brilliant save from the Armenian. Arsenal’s terrible away record is why they face such a tight battle to secure Champions League football next season. And they could have thrown just a second away league win since November away as Adam Masina crashed a 25-yard strike off the crossbar before Andre Gray miscontrolled Daryl Janmaat’s pass when clean through on Leno. Gray was then denied by a last-ditch challenge from Ainsley Maitland-Niles after rounding Leno, but without the firepower of Deulofeu and Deeney, Watford’s brave effort fell just short.last_img read more

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Manipulation of EVMs the only worry: Pawar

first_imgMumbai: People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the “only worrying factor”, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said here on Tuesday. He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK. “EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors,” TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said. The BJP can get votes only through manipulation, he added. EVMs can be manipulated, hacked and even malfunction, he said. Only 18 countries have so far adopted EVMs, he added. Naidu said the economy, business and agriculture are in a bad shape under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Election Commission is acting like Dhritrashtra. “You press any button, the vote goes to the BJP,” he said. Counting of 50 per cent VVPAT machines is not an unreasonable demand, senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde said.last_img read more

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Lord Tirupati Balaji Brahmotsav Festival Starts in Delhi

first_imgThe Delhi Temple of Shri Venkateswara Swamy Vari, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji will be observing the Annual Brahmotsav Festival from May 15-25, 2019.Spread across 1.2 acres, the Delhi Temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji is located in the heart of New Delhi near Birla Mandir. It is under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and is a replica of the Temple situated at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Brahmotsav, is the most important festival celebrated in Tirumala as it marks Lord Srinivasa’s self-manifestation day by Lord Brahma. The annual Brahmotsav is conducted with the same fervor at the Delhi temple as is done in Tirumala. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDuring the festival, the Utsav-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara (Tirupati Balaji), along with his consorts Padmavati Ammavaru (Mahalakshmi Maa) and Andal Ammavaru (Dharti Maa) is taken out on a procession on different Vahans on the streets around the Temple complex. The major highlights of the festival are Rath Yatra on different Vahans namely Pedda Sesha (seven-headed snake), Chinna Sesha (five-headed snake), Hamsa (swan), Muthya Pupandiri (pearl bower), Simha (lion), Kalpvriksha (wish-fulfing tree), Hanumantha (Hanuman), Sarvabupala (protector of universe), Garuda (eagle), Gaja (elephant), Surya Prabha (sun) and Chandra Prabha (moon). This year 10 vahans have been gifted by ardent devotees to the Delhi Temple of Lord Venkateswara each costing approximately Rs. 2 lacs. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSpecial Pujas such as Abhishek, Kalyan Utasv (Lord Balaji’s marriage), Havan, etc. Mahaprasad will be done daily. The world-famous Tirumala Laddoos will also be available for Rs.100 each. The festival will also feature cultural programmes and special stalls. Praveen Prakash (IAS), Resident Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh and President, LAC, TTD has requested all devotees residing in Delhi and NCR to come forward to join the festivities and support the Delhi Temple Brahmotsav with heart and soul. Devotees may contact the Delhi temple for extending any support and donation.last_img read more

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Can The Packers Keep Winning Without Jordy Nelson

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. read more

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Jesse King finding success everywhere he goes

Then-sophomore midfielder Jesse King (19) advances the ball during a game against Detroit Feb. 9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.Credit: Lantern file photoFor most college athletes, playing beyond their school’s season is unheard of.The same cannot be said about Ohio State’s incoming senior lacrosse midfielder Jesse King.Following a junior season which saw him named a third team All-American and a Tewaaraton Award nominee, King can now add another accolade to that list: Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse champion.Two weeks ago, Canada avenged its pool-play loss to the United States by shutting down the Stars and Stripes, 8-5, to win its third ever gold medal at the World Championships. Canada also won the event in 2006 and 1978.King, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, where he attended Claremont Secondary School, said the importance of the tournament went far beyond just winning the gold medal.“It was pretty amazing,” King said. “My whole family was out watching the (championship) game. They came down and watched all my games which was pretty special for me because at school they don’t get to watch me play very often.”“Winning the gold medal was pretty emotional. It was just kind of like unbelievable and it still hasn’t kicked in right now.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the opportunity King got to learn from the best players in the world will give him a leg up during his final season in Columbus.“Certainly with Jesse being a part of the team currently, having one more year, what an incredible experience to take away for a young man his age to have a world championship under his belt,” Myers said.In his three seasons with the Buckeyes, King has compiled 131 points on 77 goals and 54 assists, good for 17th on OSU’s career points list. Continuing that success with Canada, King recorded one goal and three assists in seven games despite being one of only four current collegiate athletes on the team.Appearing in every game for his country, King provided a physical presence at the midfield position by using his 6-foot, 3-inch frame to ward off defenders, something Myers and erstwhile OSU defenseman Joe Meurer said can be a matchup nightmare.“I think anytime you have a player who is 6-foot-3, 200 plus pounds, can see the field very well, can beat his man, and work just as hard off the ball, there is a lot to think about there,” Myers said.“He is one of the smartest lacrosse players I’ve ever played with,” Meurer said. “His knowledge of the game, his instincts and awareness, I think those three things make him such a dominant player and sets him apart from a lot of other players.”However, before donning the iconic maple leaf, King first had to make the cut from the initial 51 players who were invited to Team Canada’s selection camp which was held on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., from Oct. 11 to 14, 2013.A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by The Canadian Lacrosse Association.Among those invited to camp included reigning Major League Lacrosse MVP Kevin Crowley, attackman John Grant Jr., who is widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, and OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer Logan Schuss.“It was very intimidating,” King said. “I’m going up against guys that I hear about in the news or all over social media about how well they play in the NLL or MLL, and I just kind of moseyed on in and got the opportunity to try out.”Even though more seasoned players, such as Schuss, got cut and Grant Jr. was forced to watch the tournament from the sidelines after his application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption was denied, King played his way onto the 24-man roster that traveled to Denver, Colo., in early July.Then, on July 10, King and his fellow Canadians stepped into the limelight.After an opening ceremony which saw a record 38 nations, including nine first-time nations, Canada took the field for a primetime showdown against arch-rival USA in a clash of lacrosse heavyweights.In what was widely considered a preview of the gold medal game, Canada struck first, jumping on top of the defending champions, 3-0. However, the lead was short-lived.The USA proceeded to score the next eight goals before holding off a late Canadian rally to steal the first game, 10-7.King said after the game the team didn’t hang its head and instead, focused on getting better throughout the tournament with the mindset that they would see the USA again.“You really have to take into perspective that a lot of the guys on the American team, who are unbelievably talented, don’t play the box lacrosse that we play and they have a lot more time to practice together,” King said. “Our first practice together as a team, was four days before that game.”True to his word, King and Team Canada bounced back immediately, rattling off four wins in four days by taking down fellow Blue Division opponents England, the Iroquois Nationals, Japan and Australia.King scored his lone goal of the tournament in Canada’s 12-4 romp over Australia, which saw them finish pool-play with a 4-1 record to earn an automatic berth into the semifinals.There, Canada faced its toughest challenge to date in a rematch against a determined Iroquois Nationals squad.However, just like they had the first time around, Canada managed to slow down the Iroquois’ potent offense to advance to the finals with a 12-6 victory.With the USA’s semifinal win against Australia, the rematch was set. But with the USA coming in undefeated and loaded from top to bottom, experts gave Canada little shot at an upset.Undeterred by the predictions swirling around, Canada came out of the gates swinging, building up some early momentum on the USA as they carried a 3-1 lead into the half.With the USA backed into a corner, Canada held off a late rally that brought the gold medal back to the Great White North with an 8-5 win.King described the whole experience as once in a lifetime, adding that it was a “treat” to get a chance to be around players from countries such as Uganda as well as suiting up with players he admired growing up.“The guys we were talking with, Team Uganda, they’ve been playing for four years and the stick skills that they were able to have in that short amount of time was really outstanding,” King said.As if playing against the world’s best wasn’t enough, King has also been competing for his native Victoria Shamrocks, a Senior A box lacrosse club which plays in the Western Lacrosse Association and competes for the Mann Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of a championship series played between the WLA champion and Major Series Lacrosse champion.Last summer, while playing for the junior Shamrocks, King posted an otherworldly 111 points in 15 games and he hasn’t slowed down since making the jump to the senior level.In 10 games this season, King has tallied 41 points, good for third on the team. Victoria currently sits in first place in the WLA with a 14-2-2 record as they look to win their first Mann Cup since 2005.“I was born in Victoria and I was really fortunate to get drafted by Victoria as well,” King said. “Playing box in the summer, it may not be the same style of lacrosse, but it does translate over to field lacrosse. It makes you smarter, it makes you more aware, it makes you more alert.”Later this month, King will be arriving back in Columbus where he will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the NCAA tournament after failing in 2014 to manufacture back-to-back trips for the first time in 10 years.“Every year, the Ohio State Buckeyes are always contenders, not because we are the most talented, but because we have the grit and the work ethic and we are always willing to do whatever it takes to win,” King said. “I’m very excited to get back on campus, get back in the snake pit and play some games.”Myers said King has developed more and more as a leader every year since coming to OSU, but there is still some work for him to do to get the most out of his game as well as his teammates.“You do that by leading by example, encouraging your teammates while at the same time challenging them to a degree,” Myers said. “I think that Jesse has found a balance at that and he’s done better and better every year.”In January, the talk around Columbus centered around King stepping into that leadership role for Myers and the Buckeyes. Meurer said King has thrived in that role and comes ready to play everyday.“I know us as a team put a lot of pressure on him last year but he handled it really well,” Meurer said. “He brings his lunch pail to work everyday and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”Success hasn’t been uncommon to King as he has been a winner at every level of the game. A true leader on and off the field, fans can only get excited for what’s in store for King and the Buckeye program in 2015. read more

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Del Piero criticises Buffon reaction

first_imgFormer Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero has criticised the way Gianluigi Buffon handled himself after Real Madrid were awarded a late penalty to knock them out of the Champions LeagueThe Serie A leaders produced a stunning comeback against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu, after losing the first leg 3-0.Yet, despite putting the aggregate scoreline level at 3-3, Juventus’ outstanding progress was undone when referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a late penalty with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring from the spot to put the hosts through to the semi-finals.Buffon himself had been sent off after furiously protesting the penalty decision to Oliver, but instead the Englishman choose to send the legendary Italian goalkeeper with substitute Wojciech Szczesny helpless to prevent Ronaldo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Afterwards Buffon vented his frustrations with the referee and called Oliver “an animal” and claimed that he has a “a trash can in place of a heart”.“When Gigi spoke about the referee… I found it hard to understand, honestly,” Del Piero told Sky (via Football-Italia).“I don’t understand why we should refer to the first leg, that’s how football is and you analyse the moment, whether it’s nice or ugly.“I think in a few days he’ll say different things about the referee than what he said.”last_img read more

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Update Capsized Haitian Sloop

first_img Recommended for you Police release update on capsized sloop Grim reports, migrants drown in attempt to land illegally in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews #HaitianSloopTragedycenter_img 15 bodies found so far in Jan 24 Haitian Sloop tragedy Related Items:#HaitianSloopTragedy, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – A search is still ongoing by Police and Immigration Officers for bodies of persons who may have drowned following the incident of an illegal Haitian Sloop that capsized in rough seas in the Norther Western Point of Providenciales on Tuesday 24th January 2017.So far, officials have discovered a total of 15 bodies consisting of 8 females and 7 males.  Information received was that 69 souls were on board the sloop “Adonai” when it left Cape Rouge in Haiti. One survivor from that ship was captured by Police.  As a result officials so far can only account for 16 persons in total with 53 still outstanding.Persons within the Haitian Community with concerns regarding relatives can contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 for information.  Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of illegal immigrants who may have arrived on this boat is asked to come forward with any information or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station.  Further searches are ongoing.last_img read more

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TCI National Security Council Meeting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2017 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, and the Hon. Premier, Mrs Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, co-chaired a meeting of the TCI National Security Council (NSC) on Monday, 14 August, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales.In attendance as members of the NSC were the Hon. Deputy Premier, Mr Sean Astwood; the Commissioner of Police, Mr James Smith; and the Hon. Acting Attorney-General, Mr Michael Dillon.   The Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Vaden Williams, attended the meeting to cover matters concerning his Ministry.   The Superintendent of HM Prison, Mr Steve Barrett, also attended the meeting to up-date the NSC on the Strategic Development Plan 2017-2025 for HM Prison.At this meeting the NSC:Discussed further the recommendations in the Security Needs Assessment Report for TCI sponsored by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office following initial consideration of the report at its meeting on 28 July.   The NSC discussed implementation of the recommendations and agreed to draw on the report in the context of formulating a National Security Strategy.   Subject to security constraints, the NSC would provide a briefing on the report in due course; Received an up-date by the Deputy Premier on the government’s enforcement drive to deal with illegal migrants in TCI which came into effect on 14 August including on engagement with the public, community groups and the media to explain the measures being implemented; Related Items: Discussed in detail the key security issues facing the nation identified by the Commissioner of Police in the RTCIPF Strategic Plan together with proposed mitigations to address the challenges.   The NSC agreed that tackling crime and the causes of crime in TCI was a cross government responsibility which also needed to involve wider society.   The NSC agreed that a Sub-Committee of the NSC should be formed to bring together relevant government departments and agencies to oversee work on the four pillars in the Strategic Plan of prevention, intervention, enforcement and rehabilitation.   The Sub-Committee would report regularly to the NSC on progress; Received a briefing by the Deputy Premier on recent engagement with business leaders on contributory efforts with government to tackle crime in TCI.Press Release: TCIG Received a presentation by the Superintendent of HM Prison on the Strategic Development Plan for HM Prison for the period 2017-2025.   The Superintendent explained the different phases of the plan and drew attention to works that needed to be undertaken in the short-term under Phase I of the plan to improve security and living and working conditions at the prison.   The NSC agreed that Public Works Department should be tasked to cost the proposed works under Phase I as a matter of priority.   The NSC also noted and welcomed measures proposed in the plan to improve the rehabilitation of offenders which were in line with the government’s priorities; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Neville hails Englands back four after Croatia win

first_imgSky Sports pundit Gary Neville has praised England’s back four for their energy and great understanding after the Three Lions defeated Croatia 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday.Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane helped England complete an incredible second-half comeback to win 2-1 at Wembley and progress to the UEFA Nations League semi-finals, and former international Gary Neville was impressed with their performance at the back.“It was brilliant to watch the back four,” Neville told Sky Sports.“When you are off the ball it’s easy to jog up the pitch after you play it forward, but you saw energy in that back four today and they kept pushing up.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I always remember Gareth when he played for England, he wasn’t the quickest, but he was a front-foot defender and always believed in getting in front, and he has put that into that team.“The back four really impressed me, they are young, they will get better, they are quick, read the game well and are good on the ball. They have got something there.”last_img read more

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Police looking for suspect in assault at MidwayArea Arbys

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying and locating a man who savagely beat a fellow customer at a Midway-area fast-food restaurant in violence apparently sparked by road rage.The assailant, seemingly angry with the other man for cutting him off while they were parking their cars outside the Arby’s in the 3700 block of Midway Drive about 7 p.m. Monday, got into a confrontation with him after they entered the business, according to San Diego police.During an ensuing argument, the enraged man punched the victim eight times in the head, sending him collapsing to the floor. The attacker then stomped on the other man’s head with his feet before leaving the eatery and driving off in a vehicle of unknown type.Medics took the victim to hospital, where he was treated for an orbital fracture, police said.A surveillance camera inside the restaurant captured images of the assailant, a muscular white man about 30 years old with close-cropped hair shaved off completely on the sides of his head. At the time of the assault, he was wearing black shorts, a long-sleeved black Nike-logo shirt and black tennis shoes with white soles.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Police looking for suspect in assault at Midway-Area Arby’slast_img read more

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Man fatally shot outside his San Diego family home

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was fatally shot just outside his family’s home in the Paradise Hills community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.The shooting occurred around 10:35 p.m. Friday outside a home in the 2400 block of Calle Gaviota, said Lt. Anthony Dupree of the San Diego Police Department. Dupree said the shooting victim’s family reported to police that the man went outside the home, and a short time later, relatives heard gunshots.Family members went outside and saw the victim down. A witness reported seeing a man wearing dark clothing running from the area after the shots were heard, Dupree said.Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, he said.The San Diego Police Department asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting to call them at 619-531-2293. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 6, 2019 Man fatally shot outside his San Diego family home KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, July 6, 2019 Updated: 2:34 PMlast_img read more

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Robertson Reports Robocalls Social Media Campaign About Him Are Misleading Mass Fiscal

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office and a response from the Mass. Fiscal Alliance, the entity behind the social media campaign Robertson believes is misleading.Press Release From State Rep. Dave RobertsonOver the past few days, a number of constituents have called my office or stopped me to discuss a robo-call they had received, or a social media campaign they’d seen, that claimed “an 80 percent tax increase” was supposedly railroaded through a constitutional convention in a secretive manner, supported by me. Perhaps what should have been said instead, which is the true story, is that I voted to approve a ballot question allowing voters to make their opinions heard on raising the tax on income over the million-dollar-a-year mark from 5.1 to 9.1% on the 2022 ballot. That is the honest truth and you can put your faith in it; I voted to let you make your voices heard in the most direct and democratic process imaginable, and to them, that is somehow unforgiveable.Firstly, for those who may not have followed the Fair Share Amendment question, which the special interests group is calling a “tax raise on you,” the proposed amendment is a proposal to tax individuals earning over $1 million dollars a year in income (or 83,000 a month) at 9.1% any earnings over a million dollars. While this is an 80 percent increase it would apply only on dollar one-million-and-one and upwards of income, not at a rate of 80 percent. This money, if approved by the voters is earmarked solely for education and transportation within communities. It cannot be used for pet projects or wasteful spending but rather only towards helping pay off schools, incorporating unincorporated streets, and providing special needs services. Assets would not count. Tewksbury and Wilmington each have about a dozen individuals this would apply to, according to the 2016 Department of Revenue data.So now that you know the truth you, are probably wondering, “Why am I receiving this call if what it’s saying has already happened, has not and will not occur?” That’s a great question. To put it plainly, it’s a blatant use of scare tactics to at misconstrue truth and at worst, deliberately spread misinformation. The initiative that the robo-call concerned, polled popularly in Massachusetts just last year, with WBUR reporting 77% of those in favor of the question at one point. Over 150,000 people signed the initial petition to get the ballot initiative up for a vote in 2018, but the special interest group that paid for the aforementioned robo-callf fought this initiative from ending up on the ballot in 2018. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in their favor, not on legality, but on technicality, saying that such a large question needed to be divided. Even one of the chief plaintiffs in the case stated upon victory “This case was not about whether a graduated income tax is good public policy or bad public policy, it was about how the proponents tried to achieve it.” So now with their temporary victory behind them and popular opinion moving the issue forward, they call up you to make an utterly baseless claim that a tax of 80% is headed to be set on you…Personally I see this as an opportunity to reduce taxes for those in the working and middle classes. Wilmington’s 2016 average income per capita was $43,302 and Tewksbury’s was $39,329 meaning people subject to the tax that this ballot initiative would put in place earn the average yearly income of a local resident’s income in about 2 weeks. By using this state money to offset local costs, our towns can contain our property tax rates and subsequently provide superior services. Others disagree, and have great concerns, and I believe should have a chance to state their case. Hence why I voted for this initiative to appear as a ballot question, and one that could be debated and decided directly by the citizens of the Commonwealth.During my campaign, I pledged myself to always be honest and accessible while in office, and I hope that by telling you the truth on this issue I am doing so. I will always support an opportunity for the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington to make their voices heard on an issue that impacts them directly. I would never support a tax of 80%, nor an increase on the working and middle class folks who are the real job creators. So, in the unlikely event you get a real person from these special interest groups on the phone ask them why they don’t want you to have a direct voice in the future of the state, and why they won’t tell you the straightforward truth. I bet you if you do, you won’t be called again.Response From Mass. Fiscal AllianceWhere to even begin with this? It sounds more like a fairytale than reality. MassFiscal has social media ads on Facebook educating the public on next week’s vote on June 12. I can’t speak to whatever other claims he’s making. Lawmakers will vote to begin the long process of amending the state constitution to add a 80% tax increase to some taxpayers.The graduated income tax is nothing new, in fact, past failed attempts to remove the state constitutional guarantee of equal taxation has failed five times. Below is how Tewksbury and Wilmington voters voted on it during the last three opportunities (the earlier years are not available on the state website).Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states that have a flat tax and it’s one of the main reasons why our state stays relatively economically competitive. Adding a 80% tax increase to our state’s high earners would only drive them out of state, which would then put the state at economic disadvantage. Just look at what happened in Connecticut as proof. Once the constitutional guarantee is removed, which is what Rep. Robertson is advocating for, lawmakers can then tax other tax brackets. If you believe politicians would spend years working to change the state constitution, just so that they can only pass an 80% tax increase on high earners and no one else, then you are truly gullible.Massachusetts taxpayers cannot afford a 80% tax increase, and it’s unfortunate Rep. Robertson is working so hard to change the state constitution that protects taxpayers from tax hike schemes like this.(Editor’s Note: Wilmington Apple has not heard the robocall or seen the social media campaign in question. Please note that Mass. Fiscal Alliance has said it is not associated with any sort of robocall. If you received the robocall in question, please contact wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”last_img read more

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Global Markets Asian shares pause near eightmonth high dollar weakens

first_imgAsian markets outside India trade higher on 21 OctoberReuters file [Representational Image]Asian stocks held near eight-month highs on Thursday and the dollar slipped again on expectations global interest rates will stay lower for longer after a dovish turn by the European Central Bank and milder than expected U.S. inflation.The British pound was little changed after European leaders agreed to extend the deadline for the UK to leave the union to the end of October, averting a potential crash out of the bloc on Friday with no divorce deal.But investors’ risk appetite was generally capped by U.S. threats earlier this week to slap tariffs on goods from the European Union.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan paused after four straight days of gains but held near its highest since last August.Japan’s Nikkei eased 0.2 per cent as the yen strengthened.Overnight, European and U.S. shares gained. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 added 0.35 per cent, the Nasdaq climbed 0.7 per cent while the Dow was barely changed.[.N]”There were big worries last year that central banks globally are moving towards policy tightening. Those fears have reversed now,” said Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP.”There have also been easings in Asia. That is a reasonably positive backdrop for equities,” Oliver added.”The complication is the growth slowdown.”On Wednesday, the European Central Bank (ECB) kept its loose policy stance and warned that threats to global economic growth remained. The ECB has already pushed back its first post-crisis interest rate hike, and President Mario Draghi raised the prospect of more support for the struggling eurozone economy if its slowdown persisted.In response, European bank stocks declined and the yield on Germany’s benchmark 10-year bond fell to a one-week low of negative 0.039 per cent.Separately, data showed U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March but underlying inflation remained benign against a backdrop of slowing global economic growth.Minutes from a March 19-20 meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers showed they agreed to be patient about any changes to its interest rate policy as they saw the U.S. economy weathering a global slowdown without a recession in the next few years.U.S. Treasury yields slipped in response, reinforcing expectations that the Fed would hold rates steady or possibly cut them by the end of the year.However, AMP’s Oliver said some encouraging economic signs were now emerging, helped by the “great retreat” on policy by global central banks, fiscal stimulus in China and progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday the United States and China have largely agreed on a mechanism to ensure that both sides stick to the deal, including establishing new “enforcement offices.”Investors will next focus on inflation data from China at 0130 GMT. A weak number could raise fears of deflation spreading across the world, while a pick-up could add to optimism that government support measures are slowly beginning to percolate through the economy.In currencies, the dollar index fell for a fourth straight day to 96.909. The euro was barely changed at $1.1278 while the Japanese yen paused after three days of gains at 111.03.Sterling traded at $1.3095, unchanged on the day and staying in a triangle holding pattern between $1.2945 and $1.3380 during the past month or so.In commodities, Brent futures eased 14 cents to $71.59 a barrel. U.S. crude dipped 24 cents to $64.37.Gold hovered near a two-week top on Thursday at $1,307.795 an ounce as investors fretted about the global economy and trade tensions.last_img read more

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Tata Group still derives 80 of profit from just 20 of its

first_imgTata Group still derives 80% of its profits from only 20% of the companies in the group even as its chairman Cyrus Mistry tries to build more profitable units to trim down reliance on some companies for earning profits.India’s largest business house still earns a major chunk of its profits from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Steel and Tata Motors, even though it owns about 100 companies. TCS and Tata Motors contribute to more than 90% of the profit earned by the group. While the standalone profit of Tata Sons trebled to Rs 9,062 crore in the last fiscal year ending March 2015, its consolidated profit rose 5% to Rs 19,180 crore. A sharp rise in the standalone profit was due to higher dividend from TCS, which posted 3.6% increase in profit for FY15.The Mumbai-based software major TCS handed out a dividend of Rs 15,474 crore to its shareholders last fiscal year, replacing state-owned miner Coal India as the highest dividend payer in the country.Tata Sons, which has a stake of 74% in TCS, was given a dividend Rs 11,450 crore, more than twice it earned in the previous fiscal year, 2013-14. The dividend was also slightly more than revenues earned by pharma giant Cipla in FY15.However, its consolidated profit in the last fiscal year was weighed down by stagnant growth of Tata Motors and Rs 3,925 crore loss incurred by Tata Steel.”Some of the Tata group companies have been under pressure owing to industry issues such as steel,” The Economic Times quoted AS Thiyagarajan, Singapore-based senior managing director at Aquarius Investment Advisors, as saying.”So, while there may not be overnight changes visible in terms of performance of other companies, the fact that Mistry is focused on consolidating and strengthening the performance of other group companies will help in the long term,” he said.Meanwhile, the market capitalisation of the 26 listed companies of Tata group has seen an increase of 46% to Rs 7.21 lakh crore since Mistry became the chairman of Tata Sons in December 2012.At an internal meeting held recently, Mistry reportedly stated that the group will focus on “building strength” over the next five years apart from “reconfiguring and reconstructing group businesses to be more resilient.””There are concerns that more companies in the group ought to be stronger and leaders in their respective sectors and the focus is to commit investments and focus towards that,” a senior Tata group executive said.last_img read more

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