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A thousand stars descend on city

first_imgThe biggest delegation to arrive was from Kenya which included 112 members. The Nigerian and Scottish delegations also arrived on Sunday with 69 and 60 members respectively. The number is expected to rise as 100 more are scheduled to arrive from Canada and Norfolk Islands at night.The Isle of Man team at the CWG village.Also, teams from Tanzania, Lesotho, Rwanda, Wales and several other nations arrived.The first team from Canada will check in at the Games Village on Monday and will include the boxers and lawn bowl players.Scott Stevenson, director of sport, Commonwealth Games Canada ( CGC), said the support staff was slated to move in to the Village on Sunday.”Work has progressed far enough and we’re ready to start moving in to the Village,” he said. Stevenson also expressed his satisfaction on the condition of the Village.”The dining hall and the training facilities, are truly exceptional. The residence towers have been a huge challenge for us, but I’m happy to say they too are finally falling into line.”A total of 35 Canadian support staff will move in to the village on Sunday. About 40 athletes and coaches from women’s gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, and men’s field hockey are scheduled to arrive on Monday.CANADA’S SUPPORTGary Lunn, sports minister of Canada called up MS Gill late on Sunday evening to give his support to the Games. “We are not worried by reports in the international media which are often exaggerated. Difficulties do come at large events. We had them in the Vancouver Winter Games. We are confident that you will overcome them. We are coming with full force. I look forward to meeting you in Delhi,” Lunn said.advertisementIn response, Gill assured him that all Indian authorities are working very hard to overcome the shortcomings. “We look forward to welcoming the Canadian contingent very soon,” he said.last_img read more

Shashank Manohar reveals why he resigned as BCCI president

first_imgShashank Manohar’s resignation as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president has left Indian cricket in the lurch. Several within the board felt Manohar should have continued given the current predicament.But Manohar is known to be his own man and decided that enough was enough. (BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur frontrunner to replace Shashank Manohar as president)The Vidharbha Cricket Association veteran was elected for a second term in October 2015, after the BCCI president’s office was left vacant due to the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Manohar had worked hard to earn the tag of ‘Mr Clean’ and that was the kind of image the board needed after years of corruption under N Srinivasan had rocked the country’s most passionately followed game.Back in power, Manohar started delivering rather quickly. Under fire from the Supreme Court, BCCI had to deal with the complex conflict of interest issue that had plagued the board for long.Manohar’s quick reforms Ravi Shastri had to step down as a member of the IPL Governing Council, while Roger Binny, whose son Stuart has represented India, resigned as a selector. Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble had to give up dual posts. BCCI also appointed its first ever CEO, following the suggestions of the RM Lodha panel, which was constituted in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal.As it turns out, it was the same Lodha panel that could have inadvertently forced Manohar’s hands and led him to leave the BCCI. (Reforms will not pull you back: Supreme Court tells BCCI)advertisement”If you recall, I was not very keen to return to the BCCI for a second stint. After Jagmohan Dalmiya’s sudden demise, when board members requested that I lead the BCCI again, I agreed because I felt it was time for me to give back something to the institution that serves Indian cricket,” Manohar told the Times of India.Lodha heat too much to handle”After taking over as the BCCI president for the second time (in October) I did my best and brought in major changes in the organisation. I feel certain portions of the Lodha panel’s recommendations are not in the interests of the board. There is very little I can do in the current scenario. My conscience no longer permits me to continue,” he said.The Lodha committee among other things, wants BCCI to implement the one-state-one-vote recommendation and has suggested an age cap for office bearers. The panel has also recommended banning of advertisements during live cricket matches.The Indian cricket board is fighting a bitter battle in Supreme Court against these recommendations. Some within the board reckoned that if most of the suggestions are implemented, the board president’s role would be merely informal.Manohar’s shock and aweManohar has left the cricketing world in a bit of a daze. His decision to also step down as International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman shocked many but it was obvious. He was the BCCI’s nominee at the ICC and since he would no longer be a part of the BCCI, he could not continue to serve as ICC chairman.However, Manohar will have another shot at becoming the ICC’s first independent chairman. The world governing body will choose its boss in a secret ballot later this month. But the candidates has to be totally independent and they should not hold any positions with their respective national boards.Matter of principle Several quarters felt Manohar could have left the BCCI to prepare a strong ground for himself in the ICC elections. But the 59-year-old put that speculation to rest.  “The whole world knows how powerful the BCCI president’s post is in the global context. Why would I quit a post if I had been angling for it?,” Manohar told ToI. “I could have continued to be the BCCI president as well as the ICC chairman, and not pushed for a change in the global body to have an independent head.”It maybe recalled that Manohar in his capacity as ICC chairman had brought about the change in rules and the decision to hold elections for the top job in the ICC was taken under his leadership.last_img read more

India Super League: Noussair El Maimouni stars as ATK beat Delhi Dynamos

first_imgSubstitute Noussair El Maimouni scored the winner in the final few minutes to help ATK register their first victory of the Indian Super League 2018 season on Wednesday.Noussair El Maimouni strike in the 84th minute of the match gave ATK a 2-1 win over Delhi Dynamos.A fine strike from Balwant Singh (20′) gave Steve Coppell’s men the lead before Pritam Kotal equalised nine minutes into the second session.However, ATK had the last laugh as El Maimouni came up with winner in the 84th minute.The teams displayed good energy at the start but the first real chance went to ATK about 10 minutes into the game. Manuel Lanzarote sent in a lovely free-kick which was headed straight to the goalkeeper by Nigerian striker Kalu Uche.Uche then had another opportunity when Vinit Rai gave away the ball to Pronay Halder. The midfielder found the Nigerian striker who eased into the box but saw his shot saved.ATK, however, did not have to wait long to surge ahead. In the 20th minute, Lanzarote exchanged passes with Halder before picking out Balwant Singh on the left wing. The striker shimmied into the box before curling a peach of a strike into the far corner.Dynamos slowly grew into the game but it were ATK who came close to doubling their lead. Komal Thatal went on a surging run down the right but his eventual cross was weak and Balwant could only head it wide.Just minutes into the second half, Delhi could have levelled scores when Kotal rose highest in the box to meet Narayan Das’ corner. However, he could only head over from point-blank range.advertisementBut the hosts did have their equaliser in the 54th minute from another corner. Rene Mihelic whipped one into the far post where Rana Gharami managed to head it back across the box. Kotal, this time around, directed it home from close-range.Once they equalised, Delhi, with their tails up, could have taken the lead. Andrija Kaluderovic sent a first-time shot straight into goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja’s hands before Marti Crespi forced the goalkeeper into a low save.With Delhi dominating the exchanges, Coppell sent in Jayesh Rane and Noussair El Maimouni for Komal Thatal and Uche.With six minutes remaining, the two substitutes combined to hand ATK the winner. Delhi were leaving a lot of spaces as they hunted for a goal and Rane capitalised on a quick counter.He was played clear down the right by Lanzarote and the winger had the presence of mind to cut back and lay it off to Maimouni who swept an accurate finish off the post.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Fifa’s desperate dependence on Russia exposed in flimsy response to IOC ban

first_imgFootball politics How awkward it has been for Fifa and its president, Gianni Infantino, ruthlessly plotting a course towards next year’s World Cup in Russia, that the International Olympic Committee banned the country from the Winter Olympics – and the senior minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics altogether – for state‑sponsored doping.The IOC’s decision should mean Fifa has no hiding place from a clear ethical stance on Russia’s appalling violations but it has only shone an unforgiving light on Fifa’s dependence on Russia. Infantino is spending plenty of quality time with Mutko, who is the president of the Russian football association and World Cup organising committee, and they were shoulder to shoulder during the draw last week for a tournament Infantino considers immovable and essential to bring in the dollars. Share on Twitter Infantino denies any wrongdoing and Mutko remains the organiser of Fifa’s next World Cup. The impression lingers that Infantino and Fifa feel deeply reliant on Russia and are terrified of anything that might disturb the peace, or Putin. Borbély may have decided before his removal that the documented evidence against Mutko personally was not strong enough, but after the IOC’s further work and decision, there was no sense of alarm at Fifa HQ, or of eagerness for a further push by the new ethics committee chairs.The 2014 World Cup in Brazil made $4.8bn for Fifa, and Russia 2018 will stuff the Zurich coffers with more. Russia’s state-controlled energy giant Gazprom is also a Fifa sponsor now – as is Qatar Airways, state-controlled company of the 2022 World Cup hosts.Infantino can be imagined grumbling tit was easy enough for the IOC to act strong now, three years after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where the Russian competitors were allegedly doping, but the IOC has long been safely back with the money.Fifa needs Russia to host its prime event and no alternatives are being considered. For Infantino, Mutko is still in the clear, and the show must go on. Read more Barney Ronay McLaren’s report cited the Russian whistleblower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, explaining how state institutions and officials covered up – “saved” – positive tests of athletes. The deputy sports minister, Yuri Nagornykh, also banned by the IOC, was accused of being directly involved.“Deputy minister Nagornykh told [Rodchenkov] that minister of sport Mutko was aware of everything that they were discussing,” McLaren wrote. “Dr Rodchenkov’s evidence is that it is inconceivable minister Mutko was not aware of the doping cover-up scheme.”Mutko is also accused of direct personal involvement in a doping cover-up for “at least one foreign footballer playing in the Russian league”, the report stated. “That ‘save’ decision was made by minister Mutko and not deputy minister Nagornykh.”Following Wada’s call, Fifa’s ethics committee, then chaired by the Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbély, did begin an investigation, senior sources have confirmed, but he was not provided with evidence he considered sufficient to bring any charges.Seventeen months later, Borbély is gone, removed by Infantino, and there is no news of any investigation. Infantino orchestrated the removal in May of Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who chaired the ethics committee’s branch determining sanctions, which was rubber-stamped by the Fifa Council. Both men argued their removal was “incapacitating” Fifa’s ethics process, and that hundreds of cases were continuing.It was revealed soon afterwards Infantino had been under investigation for complaints he interfered in the election of a president at the Confederation of African Football, and for allegedly under-declaring the budget he was given by Uefa, where he was previously general-secretary, to campaign for the Fifa presidency.Miguel Maduro, an internationally renowned Portuguese law professor, was also fired from his chairmanship of Fifa’s governance committee. He revealed that Infantino had interfered with a committee decision to bar Mutko from being on the Fifa council. The governance committee’s decision was based on upholding Fifa’s rule that council appointees must be politically neutral, while Mutko was clearly a senior Russian politician. But Maduro said Infantino believed his own survival was threatened if Mutko was removed, and Fatma Samoura, Fifa’s secretary‑general, came to see Maduro.“The secretary-general made it clear [the Mutko decision] was extremely problematic and we needed to find a solution to declare Mr Mutko eligible,” Maduro told the parliamentary select committee for culture media and sport in September. “She said the World Cup would be a disaster and that as a consequence the continued presidency [of Infantino] would be in question.” Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Vitaly Mutko in spotlight but IOC and Fifa want to escape to shadows Fifa Gianni Infantino Share on Messenger Gary Lineker fronting World Cup draw for Fifa feels like a kind of betrayal Winter Olympics 2018 World Cup Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn features Read more Topics International Olympic Committee Fifa’s statement in response to the IOC’s ban was a tapestry woven around the central issue, which should be alarm over Russia and Mutko. Top, for the avoidance of doubt, was the IOC’s decision having “no impact on the preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup” – for which, by the way, ticket sales are proceeding heartily.Fifa said it “takes its responsibility very seriously” on anti-doping and is “investigating the allegations” made in the devastating report by the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren last year, which exposed Russian state involvement in doping athletes while Mutko was the sports minister. Fifa said it would “impose the appropriate sanction” should “any athlete” be found to have violated anti-doping rules – but that appears to relate solely to footballers, against whom it suggested there was not enough evidence.At the end of the statement was the only oblique reference to Mutko: “When it comes to potential disciplinary or ethical matters concerning specific individuals, it will be up to the respective Fifa bodies to evaluate them.”Reading that, a trusting football supporter, properly concerned about Russia’s monstrous doping programme, would think Fifa’s “respective bodies” will only now begin to look at the McLaren report, and the IOC’s decision, and begin to “evaluate” them.Yet the fact is Wada explicitly called on Fifa’s ethics committee to investigate Mutko’s role, and the allegations relating to football, as long ago as July 2016 when it published McLaren’s report. Mutko denies, in effect, the whole report and dismissed its allegation of state-sponsored doping again last week when he and Vladimir Putin had the world where they wanted it, in Moscow for the draw. Share on Facebook Winter Olympics The 2014 World Cup in Brazil made $4.8bn for Fifa, and Russia 2018 will stuff the Zurich coffers with more. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month ago​Man City midfielder Silva writes to FA over Mendy tweet

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Silva writes to FA over Mendy tweetby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has written to the FA to say he regrets the fact his social media post may have unintentionally caused offence, reports BBC Sport.BBC Sport understands Bernardo personally wrote the letter, which was submitted before Thursday’s 17:00 BST deadline.Team-mate Benjamin Mendy has also written to the FA in support of Bernardo, saying he did not take offence at the posts.Bernardo is adamant he never intended to offend and his posts were not racially motivated. last_img

Hawaii Coach Takes Away Team’s Benches To Make Team Stand

first_imgHawaii's coaches take away team's benches.Twitter/@CBSSportsNetworkHawaii head coach Nick Rolovich just pulled off a power move.Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich hasn’t been too pleased with his team’s performance against Boise State so far on Saturday so he took away the team’s benches:.@HawaiiFootball’s head coach Nick Rolovich was so upset with his team, he took away the benches from the sidelines. https://t.co/e0uH6NsP5z— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 13, 2016Talk about some desperate measures. Some players were lucky enough to grab chairs, but not everyone.Boise State led the Warriors 35-3 at the half and Rolovich was clearly fed up as he told staff members to take away the team’s benches.It’s certainly something you don’t see everyday.Things haven’t necessarily turned around for the Rainbow Warriors since the move by Rolovich, as they trail Boise State 52-13 in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Brooks England Unveils the Limited Pelago Stavanger

first_img“The Stavanger pays homage to the history of [biking] with its timeless design aesthetic, contemporary specs, and second-to-none quality,” read a companion press release. “Whether you are commuting, gravel grinding, or off in the back-country for a long ride, the double-butted 4130 CrMo steel frame multi-purpose geometry and details make it an excellent all-rounder. The Shimano 105 components and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes make Stavanger reliable and easy to maintain.”With each model hand stamped to commemorate its number in the collection (again, of which only 15 exist), owners won’t have to look far to be reminded of its exclusivity.  Furthermore, since a hand-built, limited-run of anything is hardly ever inexpensive, Brooks England’s Pelago Stavanger is no exception. Though its price tag is situated at a lofty $2,495, the incredibly high quality of the Pelago makes it worth every single penny to prospective buyers. When Brooks England made its official debut way back in 1866, it’s likely the founders had no idea its business would continue to make headlines as far out as 2016.Sure, a company built on manufacturing high-quality bicycle saddles could remain relevant for decades but to continuously outdo itself year in and year out had to always seem a bit far-fetched. Well, if you could believe it, the esteemed manufacturer just lifted the curtain on yet another jaw-dropping release, this time one which pays tribute to the history of cycling — and Brooks Englands’ 150th anniversary.Dubbed the Pelago Stavanger, Brooks’ uber-limited run of this high-end model is as timeless as the company itself, providing owners with the quality the company’s been known for. Featuring a copper-plated fork, hand-numbered copper badge, and fully hand-built in and assembled in Helsinki, Finland, just 15 in total were manufactured. Conceived in cooperation with its Dashing Bikes project collaboration, the Pelago is just one in a long line of releases celebrating the company’s anniversary. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty center_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparellast_img read more

RCMP looking for people involved after eyewitness reports alleged abduction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for information after an eyewitness broke up what appeared to be an attempt to abduct a child on Saturday.The RCMP responded to a call on May 12, after an eyewitness confronted a male who was allegedly trying to take a child from his mother.  The details are limited, but the RCMP are looking to speak with both the woman and the male involved in the incident.According to an eyewitness, a male was allegedly seen taking a 4 to 5-year-old child in the Subway parking lot at 100 street and 97 avenue between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The child began screaming as did the mother, which alerted a nearby witness. The witness allegedly confronted the male and instructed him to put down the child. The male put down the child and left the scene heading on foot towards the North Peace Leisure Pool.  The mother and child also left on foot, heading westbound, towards 102 street.All three are described as being of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.The alleged male suspect is described as being between 25 and 33-years-old, having a five o’clock shadow, with a thick neck and white button-up shirt with black shoes.The female is described as wearing a full purple burqa, with purple bands and between the age of 25 and 30 with a height of 5’4” and 170 pounds.  The child is described as wearing a white shirt with a blue collar and having black medium length hair.Police would like to confirm the wellbeing of the woman and child and would like to speak to anyone involved in this incident as well as anyone having information as to the identity of these persons.Please contact Cst PERDUE at 250-787-8100 with any information. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers tipsters do not have to provide their name, address or telephone number and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest and charge.last_img read more

Huge hashish shipment washes up on Spanish beach

first_imgMADRID- Spanish authorities seized 62 bales containing close to two tonnes of hashish that washed ashore on Monday on a beach in one of Spain’s exclaves in North Africa, police said.Officers on a routine patrol spotted several bales at the Calamocarro beach just outside Ceuta, which lies across the Strait of Gibraltar from mainland Spain and is surrounded by Morocco, police said in a statement.They collected 57 on the beach and another five still floating at sea, each bale weighing about 30 kilos. Police said the drugs may have fallen off a ship when bad weather disrupted maritime traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday.Spain’s proximity to Morocco, a major hashish producer, has made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.Spanish authorities seized 325.5 tonnes of hashish in 2012, the last year for which figures are available, 74 percent of the total amount of hashish seized in Europe that year, according to the interior ministry.last_img read more

UN agency kicks off food operation ahead of Kyrgyzstans brutal winter

“Winter is a brutal time in Kyrgyzstan. We will be providing food to those who are unable to meet their basic food needs due to the past year’s high food and fuel prices,” said Daly Belgasmi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.Kyrgyzstan, like many other countries around the world, has been impacted by the surge in food prices, which have left many people struggling to feed their families. The price of wheat, for example, has risen by more than 20 per cent and fuel costs have gone up by almost one quarter since the beginning of the year.At the same time, remittances from Kyrgyz working abroad – which can significantly contribute to poor households – have decreased, owing to the current economic slowdown. Over the course of 2008, Kyrgyzstan has also been hit with two droughts, a sequence of locust infestations, hailstorms and spring frosts, all of which have caused serious damage to the country’s agricultural sector.The impact of all of these factors has meant that the poorest are eating less food with less nutritional value, according to Zlatan Milisic, WFP Country Director in neighbouring Tajikistan, who will oversee the emergency operation. Many people are also selling their animals and other family assets. A WFP assessment conducted last month found that one out of every five households is at high nutritional and health risk. The agency’s $8.4 million emergency operation will provide beneficiaries with a ration of wheat flour and oil to help families meet some of their daily nutritional requirements.“We recognise the severity of the situation and are moving fast to meet their needs,” said Mr. Milisic. 25 November 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is launching an emergency operation to help 580,000 vulnerable people this winter in Kyrgyzstan, where many families are struggling as a result of high food prices and the global economic slowdown. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes flat amid weak mining stocks positive earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Friday as mining stocks fell alongside prices for gold and copper.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,816.63 -6.99 -0.1%S&P 500 — 1,502.96 8.14 +0.5%Dow — 13,895.98 70.65 +0.5%Nasdaq — 3,149.71 +19.33 +0.6%The S&P/TSX composite index had started the session off with a modest gain amid an early rise in oil prices and positive U.S. earnings news, but closed down 7.59 points at 12,816.03. The TSX Venture Exchange fell 2.2 points to 1,227.26.The Canadian dollar fell 0.36 of a cent to 99.35 cents US, its lowest level since early August. The tumble came a day after closing below parity with the American currency for the first time since mid-November.The loonie has been under pressure since the Bank of Canada indicated Wednesday that any interest rate increases will likely be further down the road than previously expected because of economic weakness. The dollar had found support in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank could hike rates later this year.Selling pressure on the currency increased Friday amid data showing inflation remained tame late last year. Statistics Canada said that the annual inflation rate was 0.8% in December, the same as in November.Friday’s economic data helped add to the decline in the loonie as weak price pressures mean that the central bank doesn’t have to raise rates to curb high inflation. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.New York’s Dow Jones industrials finished up 70.65 points at 13,895.98, the Nasdaq climbed 19.33 points to 3,149.71 and the S&P 500 index rose 8.14 points to 1,502.96, its first close above 1,500 since late 2007.Other economic data showed that sales of new homes in the U.S. cooled in December compared with November, but sales for the entire year were the best since 2009. New home sales fell 7.3% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000, down from November’s rate of 377,000.For the year, sales rose to 367,000, which is still far below the 700,000 level that economists consider healthy.“November was such a strong month that December might just be the fact that a lot of the growth happened earlier in the year as opposed to later,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial.“So overall, when you look at the U.S. economy, I think you’re seeing some signs of some strength there.”Procter & Gamble stock was up 4.02% to US$73.25 in New York as the maker of Tide and Pampers said quarterly net income more than doubled to US$4.06 billion, or $1.39 per share. Excluding items, it earned $1.22 per share, 11 cents better than analyst forecast. Revenue also beat expectations, rising 2% to $22.18 billion.The world’s largest consumer products maker also said it was boosting its profit outlook.Oilfield services company Halliburton reported a 26% decline in fourth-quarter net income, hit by costs from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, acquisitions and a seasonal slowdown in North America. But adjusted results beat expectations and its shares rose 5.05% to US$39.72.Microsoft stock erased early losses to move ahead 0.9% to $27.88 after the software giant said after the close Thursday that it earned $6.4 billion, or 76 cents per share, in the final three months of the year. That was down 4% from a year earlier. The company’s total revenue rose 3% from last year to $21.5 billion. The earnings were a penny above estimates while revenue fell below analysts’ projections by about $100 million.In Canada, shares in business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) fell 20 cents to C$59.68 after it said Thursday that it earned US$61.1 million in the latest quarter, up from $47.4 million a year ago. Revenue in what was the company’s second quarter grew to $352.2 million, up from $321.5 millionElsewhere in the tech sector, Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) was down 19 cents or 1.07% to $17.61. Its stock has soared about 50% since the beginning of the year — and 12% this week alone — as enthusiasm builds ahead of the unveiling of RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 lineup on Wednesday.The gold sector was the leading TSX decliner, down about 2% as February bullion on the Nymex dropped $13.30 to US$1,656.60 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 42 cents to C$8.58 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back 58 cents to $35.81.The base metals sector edged 0.47% lower with March copper off two cents at US$3.65 a pound. Capstone Mining (TSX:CS) shed eight cents to C$2.49 while Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) declined 10 cents to $5.31.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped seven cents to US$95.88 a barrel.The energy sector was up 0.3% and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 25 cents to C$30.92.In other corporate news, Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP) tumbled 19.24% to $8.69 after it said the startup of a co-generation project at its specialty cellulose mill will be delayed and costs will be 10 to 20% higher than previously forecast. The company also said it expects to resolve “minor technical issues” soon as it continues to ramp up production of dissolving pulp.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) said it is out to slash costs by cutting jobs and exiting high-risk exploration areas. Talisman had already announced it was winding down operations in Peru, where it was not able to establish a big enough resource to make it worth its while. It is likely to do the same in Poland, which has a nascent shale gas industry. Its shares were off 16 cents at $12.04.The TSX ended the week up 0.7%, led by a 5% run-up in the tech sector, reflecting the sharp climb by RIM shares. And positive earnings news helped push the Dow industrials up 1.8%. read more

Rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities must be priority in new

The framework, entitled Global Compact for Migration will set out a range of principles and commitments among governments to enhance coordination on international migration and is due to be adopted in 2018. The Compact is one of the key outcomes of last year’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants.“The new Global Compact is a unique opportunity to address the shortcomings of a migration and refugee system built on policies that lack consideration for persons with disabilities, said Theresia Degener, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Dedicated human and financial resources, she stressed, should be included in the new framework to identify persons with disabilities in reception and detention centres and to provide adequate standards of living and healthcare, including psycho-social support. However, “we are deeply concerned about the precarious situation of persons with disabilities in the current migration crisis,” said Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She added that many countries lack formal procedures to identify migrants and refugees with disabilities and, consequently, fail to provide them with protection and essential services, such as shelter and medical care that are accessible and responsive to their needs.Persons with disabilities face exclusion and discrimination due to a lack of accessibility, including with respect to humanitarian assistance, and denial of reasonable accommodation, according to a joint statement on “Addressing disabilities in large-scale movements of refugees and Migrants”, issued by the Committee on Migrant Workers and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The joint statement further called on Member States to realize the rights of migrants and refugees with disabilities in accordance with their international human rights treaty obligations.“We need to be sure that, when world leaders commit to saving the lives of refugees and migrants […] they don’t forget about persons with disabilities,” said Jose Brillantes, the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of Their Families.On 6 April, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the modalities for negotiations for the next 12 months in the run-up to the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration. read more

US women plan 10city tour in advance of World Cup in France

CHICAGO — The U.S. women’s soccer team has finalized plans for a 10-game “Countdown to the Cup” tour in advance of next year’s World Cup.The team will visit Europe to start the new year, playing France and Spain, before playing eight matches in the United States. The games will serve as preparation for the World Cup in France.The top-ranked Americans are the defending World Cup champions.Opponents on the tour will include Japan, England, Brazil, Australia, Belgium and South Africa, which has made the World Cup field for the first time.The U.S. will learn its opponents for the group stage of the World Cup on Saturday when the draw is held in Paris.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

Prime Suspect in murder of miner who refused to perform oral

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner ‘cold-bloodedly murdered’ for refusing to perform oral sex- PoliceJune 16, 2017In “Crime”24-year-old man is first murder victim of 2016January 1, 2016In “Crime”‘Bandit’ turns self in after robbing, shooting minerSeptember 7, 2017In “Crime” The prime suspect who allegedly killed his colleague after he refused to perform oral sex on him during a drinking spree at Jack and Vieira Backdam, North West District, in June of this year, was on Wednesday nabbed at Mabaruma.40-year-old Orland LaCruz of Pomeroon River was shot once to the neck and died almost immediately.Inews had previously reported that the police were on the hunt for two male suspects.It was reported that the victim (deceased) and the suspects were imbibing inside the camp, when an argument erupted over the refusal of the victim (LaCruz ) to reportedly perform oral sex on one of the suspects who was armed with a shotgun.As a result, the armed suspect loaded the firearm with a cartridge which was allegedly given to him by the other suspect and he shot the victim to the right side of his neck, resulting in his death.The prime suspect is expected to be charged with the capital offence of murder in soon. read more

Womens Junior All Star Team 2014

← Previous Story YOUTH Beach Handball EURO 2014: Hungarian kings and queens! Next Story → Michael Apelgren is new Elverum coach The All Star Team of the 2014 Women’s Junior World Championship:Goalkeeper: Dinah Eckerle (GER)Left wing: Julie Kjaer Larsen (DEN)Pivot: Seonpil Won (KOR)Right wing: Anna Vyakhireva (RUS)Left back: Line Haugsted (DEN)Centre back: Daria Dmitrieva (RUS)Right back: Luca Szekerczes (HUN)Most Valuable Player: Hyojin Lee (KOR)Top scorer: Hyojin Lee (KOR) with 64 goals all star teamhandball all star

Chinese train can hit 310 mph was inspired by ancient sword

first_imgFor those of you business people who commute regularly by train, there is word from China about a new engine that is shattering speed records and promising to get you to your destination in considerably less time.Pictured above is the modified CRH-380A train, built by Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., that is shattering speed records set by its big brother, the CRH-380. Capable of speeds of 310 mph, the CRH-380A travels a neck-breaking 130 mph faster than the CRH-380 making it the fastest train in the world. What is fascinating is the fact that the engine doesn’t use some sort of special maglev track to accomplish these kinds of speeds, just the same old steel rails that have been used since the invention of the locomotive. Said to have been inspired by the shape of an ancient Chinese sword, the CRH-380A achieves its incredible speed by using a power plant that has a maximum power draw of 22,800 kilowatts, double that of the engine in the 380. Along with the larger engine, Sifang engineers lightened the body of the train by creating it out of plastics that are reinforced with carbon fiber. While this doesn’t offer much protection in the case of a crash (not that trains crash often), it certainly cuts down on the weight of the vehicle. Along with carbon fiber, the train was constructed with magnesium alloy and sound dampening materials to cut down on the wind noise for people riding inside of the cabins. The elongated bullet nose at the head of the six-car train also comes into play as it’s engineered to cut down on the total wind resistance of the train. The CRH-380A has been approved by The Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Science and Technology in China for use in January of next year. It will be used for passenger transport as well as studies on the effects of high-speed travel on both the rails and train itself. This puts China well ahead (again) of the US in terms of rail-based transport. The Amtrak Acela, the fastest train in America, tops out at the pedestrian speed of 165 mph. To complete its daily run from Boston to Washington DC it takes the Acela seven hours — if the CRH-380A was placed on the same run, it could complete the trip in a little under three and a half hours. A run time like that would give a serious challenge to air-based shuttles between the two cities.Read more at China Dailylast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img 7,617 Views Aug 31st 2019, 8:45 AM Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 8:45 AM No Comments Source: Shutterstock/Lisovskaya NataliaEVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #SHANE ROSS: Transport Minister Shane Ross has said his fellow Cabinet members should follow his lead and get rid of their petrol and diesel vehicles.2. #MENTAL HEALTH: Concerns have been raised about the impact a recruitment freeze in the HSE is having on the number of full-time mental health posts.3. #BREXIT: Demonstrations are expected across Britain today against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit.4. #HURRICANE: Hurricane Dorian, which is threatening Florida and the Bahamas, has strengthened to category four, the BBC reports. 5. #DOCKLANDS: Over-development in Dublin 8 could “damage communities” as developers from Dublin’s Docklands seek new space to build, planning experts have warned. 6. #TWITTER: Twitter chief Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked yesterday evening, with a series of offensive messages posted from his account. 7. #MURDER: The brother of champion US gymnast Simone Biles has been arrested and charged in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting that left three people dead.8. #DIPLOMATS: The Irish Times reports that the Department of Foreign Affairs plans to hire a private security firm to help protect its diplomatic staff serving in unstable regions. 9. #IRAN: US President Donald Trump has released a photograph of an apparently failed Iranian rocket launch and said that the United States had nothing to do with it. Share Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4790254 By Hayley Halpin The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Merchandise Coordinator at TJ MaxxFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Route Sales Representative at Frito LayFull-Time Member Care Coordinator at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Manufacturing Technician (Electrical) at AMETEKPart-Time Caregiver at Associated Home CareFull-Time Business Account Executive (Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time CNC Machine Operator at Stafford Manufacturing Corp.Full-Time Maintenance Technician at Monogram FoodsFull-Time Marketing Manager at Standard Electric(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Fitbit Charge 3 vs Versa Which is the best fitness tracker

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Color touchscreen 9:27 Yes Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa Fitbit Charge 3 See It Abt Electronics $159 Yes Yes Yes Yes $169 Battery life Up to 50m CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Monochrome touchscreen See it $199 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Fitbit Fitness Apple Yes No Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money Fitbit Charge 3: See it at AmazonFitbit Versa: See it at AmazonCharge 3 is sleek, but Versa is more like an actual watchThe Charge 3 looks similar to many of Fitbit’s previous trackers. It’s a thin band with a physical button on the side.Both have touchscreens, although the Charge 3 has a monochrome display compared to the Versa’s color LCD. You can swipe across from the sides of the display to access fitness tracking features or settings. To go back, press the side of the Charge 3. The Versa has three physical buttons that let you go back, start or stop activities, and make selections.You can change the watch faces on both in the Fitbit app. But the Charge 3 has fewer watch faces to choose from than the Versa, which has plenty of third-party options.Change the straps with this toggle on the Versa (left) and button on the Charge 3 (right). Angela Lang/CNET I found it hard to see the display on the Charge 3 in direct sunlight, regardless of the brightness setting selected (you can choose between auto or normal brightness). For me, the Versa was easier to see outdoors and you get an extra brightness setting to choose from.To change up the look of your Fitbit, each offers interchangeable straps. The Charge 3 has quick release buttons at the back, while the Versa uses a small metal bar that you have to toggle to change the strap. It’s a lot easier to swap the straps out on the Charge 3 than it is the Versa, especially if you’re looking for a quick change.Each display is coated in Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches and bumps.Winner: Tie, depending on which size you preferFitness tracking features are similar on bothBoth Fitbits have an optical heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, female health tracking and water resistance to 50 meters. Neither has GPS built-in. Instead, they use connected GPS. So if you want to track your route, pace and elevation during an outdoor workout, you’ll need to take your phone with you.img-0172-2Check out your previous workouts from the Fitbit app. You can also tap into each one to see a breakdown of heart rate zones and calories. Tracking a run will also show a breakdown of your average pace. Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET They both have automatic workout detection, and you can set goal-based exercises to get a notification once you pass a set distance, time or calorie goal.The Charge 3 lets you put six different workout shortcuts on the exercise screen, while the Versa gives you space for seven shortcuts. You can choose from 19 workout types from the Fitbit app (run, hike, walk, swim, bike, spinning, pilates, interval workout, golf, elliptical, weights, workout, treadmill, stairclimber, yoga, tennis, kickboxing, circuit training, martial arts, bootcamp). Both give you reminders to move, prompting you to complete a number of steps an hour to “win”.I found the fabric and plastic Fitbit straps fairly comfortable to work out with during a run or sweaty Pilates session.Thanks to its larger screen, the Versa gives you more metrics from your workout once you complete your exercise routine. It’s also the only one that lets you go back and view your past few workouts from the watch face, rather than diving into the Fitbit app itself.The Versa has lots of third-party apps available (which we’ll cover in the next section) which makes it easier if you prefer to track your workout in a different app. During workouts, I found the Charge 3 often gave a higher reading on my heart rate than the Versa. During an outdoor run, it said my maximum heart rate was over 200 beats per minute. From using previous heart rate trackers and smartwatches (and comparing with the Versa), running at the same intensity on the same route never gave me a max heart rate over 190.The Versa comes with the Coach app. A bit like a personal trainer on your wrist, it runs you through a sequence of moves with quick visual cues on the screen. It’s a nice extra if you want to squeeze in a quick workout. For similar workouts on the Charge 3, you’ll need to use the Fitbit Coach app on your phone.Fitbit metrics don’t sync to Apple Health, so keep this in mind if you are an iOS user who likes to consolidate data in one app.Winner: VersaBoth have smartwatch features, but the Versa does moreIt’s easy to get notifications mirrored from your phone on each Fitbit, and they both work with iOS and Android. That being said, you’ll only be able to respond to notifications if it’s tied to Android. You can customize quick responses to messages from the Fitbit app.Fitbit Pay is a mobile wallet that lets you tap to pay with NFC at compatible terminals. It’s only available if you buy the special edition of both (which does come at a premium).fitbit-charge-versa-4 Angela Lang/CNET The Versa is the only one that can store music. It has space for around 300 songs, but the process to get those tunes onto the watch is cumbersome. You need to download a desktop app then make sure the Versa and your computer are on the same Wi-Fi network to start the transfer.If you prefer a streaming service, the only two options available are Pandora and Deezer, as long as you have a subscription. There is a third-party Spotify app available, but it is only to control playback from your phone.There are also many more third-party apps available on the Versa than there were when it first launched. Here’s a list of some of our favorites. The Charge 3 doesn’t have third-party apps at the time of writing.As the Versa was released in April 2018, a new edition of the watch potentially called Fitbit Versa 2 may be around the corner. We don’t have any insider information, but we’d love to see on-board GPS and Fitbit Pay integrated into the new version.Winner: VersaBattery life is stellar on the Charge 3There’s no contest here. You’ll get around six to seven full days on the Charge 3 before you need to juice it up, while the Versa gives you around four full days. Each has a proprietary clip-in charger. If you’re coming from the Charge 2, the cable for the Charge 3 is different.Winner: Charge 3What about price?At the time of writing, the Charge 3 costs $150 for the regular edition and $20 more gets you the special edition with Fitbit Pay and extra bands. The Versa is $200 and the special edition, also with Fitbit Pay, costs $30 more. Since the Versa was released almost a year ago, it has been discounted several times to a price that’s pretty comparable to the Charge 3 (the cheapest we’ve seen it in the past is $90).So comparing the Charge 3 and the Versa on price isn’t always straightforward, as you can get them for around the same price at certain times of the year.Winner: TieWhich is the best Fitbit for me?If you want Fitbit’s top of the line fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor and without too many bells and whistles, get the Charge 3. The battery will last you a long time and you’ll get notifications mirrored from your phone.If you’re looking for a smartwatch with a big screen, more robust fitness tracking on the watch itself, and the added bonus of a personal trainer on your wrist, get the Versa. No Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose reading • Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker? Water resistance Wearable Tech News • Fitbit Versa 2 could be coming next month Yes Yes How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $169 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It When it comes to fitness trackers, there are plenty of Fitbit options to choose from. For pure fitness trackers, there’s the Alta HR and Charge 3, or for smartwatches, the Ionic and Versa. Here’s how two of the most popular Fitbits, the Charge 3 and the Versa, compare on everything from fitness features to getting notifications from your phone. Music storage Up to 50m Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See All Fitbit Versa Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart Four days Up to 1 week Adjustable straps Dell Apple Women’s health tracking Even though the Versa was released in early 2018 and the Charge 3 came out toward the end of the same year, Fitbit OS 3.0 gave each device very similar fitness tracking features. See It Display Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Share your voice Sleep tracking 8 Comments • Third-party apps Fitbit Versalast_img read more