SIT to probe Neha Shorie murder case

first_imgThe Punjab police on Monday set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of the 36-year-old woman officer who was shot dead at her office last week in Kharar.Neha Shorie, posted as zonal licensing authority with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar, was shot dead by a man who later killed himself as well.The five-member SIT, which will be headed by Inspector General of Police (Rupnagar Range) V. Neeraja, will probe into all the facts and circumstances leading to the incident, said an official statement here.last_img

Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season opener

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The KaTropa tried to fight back in the latter part of the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s 3-pointer cutting the deficit to 11, 82-71.Thompson, however, had a couple of pretty plays down the stretch first with bail-out bank shot right before a brilliant assist to the trailing Kevin Ferrer for the 88-71 lead with 4:26 left in the game.Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra’s offense with 21 points while getting four rebounds and swatting three shots.Greg Slaughter added 15 points and seven boards while Sol Mercado finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the Gin Kings.Roger Pogoy had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar goes to the basket against TNT in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra got off to a good start in its 2019 campaign after rolling past TNT, 90-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup opener Sunday night at Philippine Arena.This wasn’t the first time the two teams opened a PBA season in the same venue as they also played in the first game of the 2014-15 Philippine Cup with the Gin Kings taking the 101-81 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Ginebra had a blistering start in the fourth quarter going on an 18-6 run to take an 81-66 lead after Greg Slaughter’s three-point play with 6:26 left in the game.“The opening game is always tough, you can often times start lethargic and we’re not in great shape,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “We’ve got really good talent, we know what we want to do, but sometimes we get tired.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCone added that it was his team’s versatility that pushed them to the victory especially in the fourth quarter when he didn’t have a legitimate center in the final four minutes of the game and instead relied on wingmen that surrounded Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio.“In the fourth quarter we went small and matched up with the, the versatility of our team is a weapon for our coaching staff,” said Cone. “It’s a long day and we’re glad we got through it.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from troublelast_img read more

Christian man arrested for posting blasphemous messages in Pak

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, May 26 (PTI) A Christian man has been arrested in Pakistans Punjab province for allegedly posting blasphemous messages on his Facebook account.Police said they arrested Liaquat Usman yesterday on a complaint that he hadposted blasphemous material on his Facebook account.According to Usmans wife, aresident of Nabipura Sheikhupura district some 50 kilometers from here, her husband had a fight with some Muslim boys over teasing of girls in the locality.”My husband stopped some boys from teasing girl students. A couple of days ago the boys manhandled Usman. Instead of arresting the boys, police arrested Usman saying a complaint against him has been lodged for committing blasphemy,” she said.Initial investigations showed that the blasphemous messages were posted on the Facebook account of Usman a year ago but the suspect said he did not post them as someone else tagged them (on his account), said police official Sarfraz Khan.”The man who allegedly tagged the blasphemous post on Usmans Facebook account is living abroad,” he said, adding further investigation is underway and an FIR will be registered in the light of its finding.Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim.Two high-profile politicians ? then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti ? were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law.Pakistans tough blasphemy law has attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently misused to settle personal scores. PTI MZ MRJ AKJ MRJadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City did not offer €100m to Lionel Messi, says Pep Guardiola

first_imgReuse this content Football transfer rumours: Lionel Messi to Manchester City on free transfer? Share on Twitter Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Pep Guardiola has denied Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a €100m signing-on fee to leave Barcelona last summer. Messi agreed fresh terms last week to extend his stay until 2021. A report in Spain on Tuesday claimed City tried to lure the 30-year-old with the €100m fee plus a €50m a-year salary. Manchester City news Guardiola, asked about the reputed offer, said: “Lionel Messi has signed a contract one week ago. This was never going to happen; Messi started his career there and he’s going to finish it there. If he wanted to leave he wouldn’t have signed the contract.”Pressed that the report claimed the offer came before Messi agreed new terms, City’s manager said: “It’s not true.”City play Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv on Wednesday night in the final Group F game already through as winners. If they win Guardiola will be the club’s first manager to win all six group games.Yaya Touré, who won the Champions League with Barcelona under Guardiola in 2009, believes City are playing the best football in the competition. “We think we practise the best football in Europe when we go forward, though we find it difficult against some opponents,” Touré said. “We need to play against a big opponent to see where we are. To repeat what I did in 2009 with a different club, in a different club, would be something special.“Teams respect us more now. They feel the way we play and attack. We are in a good moment, full of confidence. If you ask all my team-mates they are all enjoying it.”Guardiola, though, was less emphatic. “We are doing well but that doesn’t mean you will achieve the title,” he said. “In this competition one bad 45 minutes and you are out. That means you can win the title but go out if you are doing well. I’m not concerned if we are playing the best football.” Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Read more Read more Share on Pinterest Guardiola said David Silva may miss Sunday’s derby at Manchester United. “David had a little bit of a problem in the last minutes [against West Ham United on Sunday],” he said. “We made a test after the game and I don’t know if he is able to play on Sunday so that’s why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester.”Asked what the problem was, Guardiola laughed off the question. He confirmed Bernardo Silva would start and said City, winners of their past 20 games, would go for victory against Ukraine’s champions, who are second in the group.“We play for our prestige and to keep our winning mentality,” he said. “We are so happy to be in the last 16 but it will be tough. I saw them play Napoli, their midfield is good, their buildup is perfect. It is a tough game, a tough team.” Kevin De Bruyne disappointed Paul Pogba will miss Manchester derby Pep Guardiolalast_img read more

Higher, faster, stronger, better … is there no end to what humans can do?

first_imgThere are a handful of numbers that are imbued with meaning. Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4. Usain Bolt’s 9.58. And now Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:40. Marathon Share on LinkedIn Kipchoge’s extraordinary sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Saturday is one of the greatest sporting achievements – recording a time that has never been achieved before and pushing the limits of human ability, again. It is a time on the fringes of what scientists believe is humanly possible.And yet record-breaking events such as Kipchoge’s seem increasingly common. Last week Simone Biles became the first female gymnast to win a fifth world all-around title, using two signature moves that no other woman has ever achieved.Sarah Thomas swam the English channel four times in a row, 134 miles (215km) in open seas in 54 hours. Dalilah Muhammad broke the 400m hurdles world record twice this year and Sifan Hassan did the same for the 5km and one mile events. In men’s athletics, Geoffrey Kamworor is waiting to hear if his half marathon time of 58:01 will be ratified, while Julien Wanders set a new 5km record in February. And don’t forget the nine men’s swimming world records Adam Peaty and others have set this year. So far.“It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister in 1954,” Kipchoge said afterwards, predicting that others would repeat the feat. “I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours and I can tell people that no human is limited.”Is he right? Where are the limits of human ability? And how close are we to reaching them?Sports scientists generally agree there are theoretical limits. Michael Joyner, a marathon runner and physiologist, published a paper in 1991 examining the three defining elements of a distance runner: VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen a body can take on; running economy, the rate at which the body uses energy; and lactate threshold, the amount of effort a body can maintain before it releases lactic acid – the burn. Yet Bannister also trod a fine line between fair and unfair assistance. His first attempt in 1953 was ruled out because his pacemaker, Chris Brasher – who went on to found the London Marathon – ran the first two laps slowly so that he could set a fast pace in the final half of the race. His record-breaking race might have gone the same way, according to Bannister’s other pacemaker, Chris Chataway, who wrote in 2003 that the publicity after the event meant the athletics authorities “did not have the temerity to question whether Brasher and I had been bona fide competitors. Of course we were not. But we did not flaunt the fact.” The question of assistance is not simply nit-picking, according to Ross Tucker, a sports scientist, who said when he first heard about Kipchoge’s attempt he wondered if they should run downhill, followed by a truck with giant fans to generate a tailwind.“I think it’s gimmicky to the point of annoying,” he said on the Science of Sport podcast last week. “But you had to do something to sidestep the normal physiological limit because these limits are not broken that much in one go.”Perhaps the final limit is inside athlete’s heads. Jo Davies, a sport psychologist, says recent studies have shown athletes can push themselves harder because of their perception of exhaustion. “It’s how we interpret pain or discomfort – does this mean I need to slow down, this is too much, or does it mean ‘this tells me I’m on track – it’s meant to be hard’.”Other research published this year which looked at super-elite athletes – who had won multiple gold medals – found that they were different in several important ways. They had often had a traumatic life experience and had suffered significant setbacks in their performance during their careers, as well as personality traits of ruthlessness, perseverance and perfectionism.So whether or not those limits have been reached, there will be no shortage of people prepared to try to go beyond them.RECORDS TO BEATUSAIN BOLT, sprinter. Ran 100m in 9.58s on 16 August 2009 PAULA RADCLIFFE, runner. Set the marathon women’s record of 2:15:25 in London, 2003 DON BRADMAN, cricketer. Test average from 1928-48 was 99.94 runsJIMMY GREAVES, footballer. Scored 357 top flight goals for Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham in 516 matches from 1957-71. FLORENCE GRIFFTH-JOYNER, sprinter. Ran 10.49s for the 100m in trials and 21.34s in the 200m at the Seoul Olympics. Usain Bolt Simone Biles Share on Messenger Joyner’s calculations predicted that the fastest time anyone would ever be able to run a marathon would be 1:57:58. And a paper this year estimated that human endurance for the fittest athletes was ultimately limited by their metabolisms. An amateur sprint relay team ran a marathon last year in 200m bursts, and they took 1hr 30. Raph Brandon, head of science for England cricket, distinguishes between feats which are constrained by human anatomy, and those which require human determination or skill.“When Bolt ran 9.58 in Berlin 10 years ago, if you analyse the split times, it’s very hard to imagine where the improvement comes from,” said Brandon, who worked with Team GB through three Olympic games until 2014. “The Usain Bolt 100m or the two-hour marathon, they’re in that category.”Multi-day, ultra-endurance events, such as Thomas’s cross-Channel swim, are different, Brandon said.“They need grit, psychology and bloody-mindedness to go that little bit further. Those people will continue to do unique things because you’re not really taking the body to its anatomical limit, it’s more a question of how much you’re prepared to deplete and fatigue yourself.”And there’s a third category, those sporting endeavours that rely on hand-eye coordination: the goal tallies of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the tennis grand slams of Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and the batting of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith or Don Bradman, who trained by hitting a golf ball with a stump against a wall to become the best batsman ever to play Test cricket.“You’ve got to put the right kind of hours in,” Brandon said. “Bradman’s [golf ball is] a nice example. It’s something that overloads your perception and movement control so you can cope with more and more types of delivery bowler and pitch condition. But there are physiological limits to that as well.” Share on Pinterest features Twitter Share on Facebook Read more World records Topics Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Pinterest Pinterest The Observer Reuse this content ‘We went for the moon’: how Eliud Kipchoge made marathon history Facebook Share on Twitter Gymnastics What you see now is little peak points that might be related to equipment, coaching or technologyGary Brickley, sports scientist Share via Email Twitter US gymnast Simone Biles became the first female gymnast to win a fifth world all-around title. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Facebook Sarah Thomas recovers after her epic 215km swim – four times across the channel. Photograph: Channel Swimming Academy/Reuters Sports science Athletics In some sports, far from setting new records, the limit seems to have been reached. The fastest ever baseball pitch was tracked at 105.1mph in 2010, and hasn’t been beaten. Then, only a few pitchers threw the ball so fast; now it’s commonplace – but no one has thrown faster. “I’m not convinced there is a big increase in world records,” said Gary Brickley, a sports scientist at Brighton University. “What you see is little peak points which might be related to some intervention, whether that’s equipment or drugs or coaching, or some technological means of making someone go faster.”Equipment has been a factor for many sports. NFL receivers wear gloves that enable them to make improbable one-handed catches. Football boots have been designed to help players put exactly the right amount of spin on the ball ever since Adidas launched the Predator boot. The GB cycling team swept the board at the Olympics because of their amazing new clothing tech.The line between what is fair and unfair is blurry. Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour run will not be officially recognised – he still holds the official record of 2:01:39 – because he had so much help. The Kenyan ran behind a car which beamed a green laser on to the ground in front of him. Teams of pacemakers, 41 in total, ran in a V-formation to shield him from headwinds. He wore specially designed shoes and the time and date of the event were picked – by the organiser Ineos, the chemical company owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man – only after detailed weather forecasting.last_img read more

2014 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships

first_imgNew South Wales Hunter Western Hornets Regional Touch is set to embark on one of the biggest tournaments that they have ever had. The 2014 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships will consist of over 100 junior teams battling it out at the annual event.Host club, Nelson Bay Touch Association, along with Hornets are working hard in preparation for this year’s milestone event, with grounds in great condition and facilities ready to go.Clubs will feature in all state age divisions (Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Boys and Girls), with a high attendance rate from many Hornets affiliates. Clubs sending teams to this year’s event include; Maitland, Singleton, Scone, Muswellbrook, Beresfield, Wallsend, Newcastle City, Doyalson Junior, Central Coast, Peninsula Junior, Berkeley Vale and host club Nelson Bay. In addition, the tournament will feature Forster Tuncurry from the Northern Eagles during Saturday’s games.In addition to the teams, there will be in excess of 500 officials, coaching staff and volunteers helping this event run smoothly, with some even travelling from clubs such as Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Coolah and more.Event organisers are very happy with this year’s contingent and are looking forward to another large scale event. While the event is always large, members of the Touch Football community are encouraged each year to attend, with previous attending clubs such as Port Macquarie, Taree and Sydney clubs always taking a lot out of this event in the lead up to the New South Wales Junior State Cup.The event will be held at the Tomaree Sports Complex (Home of Nelson Bay Touch Association) Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay, on Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2014. Tournament highlights include the finals series for all divisions, the Dean McManus (18’s Boys) and Gai Taylor (18’s Girls) perpetual trophies, as well as the annual title of Peter Wilson Memorial Club Champions, all to be announced on the Sunday afternoon.For further information, fixtures and results of the event please visit and stay up-to-date with regular feeds, highlights and photos of the event on our Facebook page – Related LinksPeter Wilson Champslast_img read more

Luxury home sales fell by 60 per cent in the GTA Oakville

first_imgTORONTO – Luxury home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville and Hamilton-Burlington have fallen by almost 60 per cent year-over-year, according to a RE/MAX report.The real estate company says 76 freehold and condominium properties in the GTA sold for more than $3 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, down from 180 sales during the same period last year.In Oakville, six homes in the same price range sold early this year, in comparison to 15 a year ago.Homes priced above $1 million in Hamilton-Burlington saw a 55 per cent drop to 59 homes sold at the start of the year from 133 in 2017.Though RE/MAX says the luxury market’s record-breaking pace from last year has slowed, it is still expecting plenty of activity this year.Already RE/MAX says it has seen increases in luxury home sales in the GTA’s Kingsway/Princess Anne Manor and Rosedale neighbourhoods, where 10 homes have sold so far this year, including the most expensive one for $8.4 million.last_img read more

Sharon Stone appears with wide open cleavage at Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgSidi Ifni- Sharon Stone, the Hollywood star who attended the opening ceremony of the Marrakech Film Festival Friday night, appeared on stage boasting her cleavage. But unlike the past when such look used to stir controversy in Moroccan conservative society, the American actress’ look went unnoticed by Moroccan audience. The pictures taken of her during the festival made her appear as one of the sexiest women on the screen.Director Martin Scorsese, this year’s jury president, awarded the star a lifetime achievement prize.  Sharone Stone was among several foreign artists who are to be honored in this year’s edition of the festival. Wearing a long blue robe at the opening ceremony, more than a fair share of her cleavage stood out. Sharon prides herself on the best films she starred in and the numerous awards she has won worldwide, such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Martin Scorsese was honored to award Stone a prize on Friday night. Sharon expressed her passion for bridging cultures of the world and promoting tolerance, creativity and peace. ‘The Marrakech film festival has given us the opportunity to bring together cultures from around the world to show our creative spirit,” Sharon said.  “I’m grateful to receive this award, “she added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Film captures the loss of black San Franciscans

SAN FRANCISCO — Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” His tale is a familiar one in affluent U.S. cities.Like his character, Fails is a third-generation San Franciscan whose family lost their home in a once-flourishing African American neighbourhood called the “Harlem of the West.” His relatives scattered as housing prices skyrocketed and he struggles to get by in a city that’s not as black as the one he grew up in.“It’s often like you’re the last black man in the restaurant, the last black man in the barber shop,” Fails, 24, says. “San Francisco feels like a woman that you loved that doesn’t love you back, that you’re trying to get back.”In “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” a 2019 Sundance favourite that opened nationally Friday, Fails is a skateboarder and home caregiver who crashes at night in his best friend Mont’s room at his grandfather’s house in San Francisco.All the while, Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the grand Victorian home he says his grandfather built in the Fillmore District, before his father lost the home to drugs.Black people once migrated to San Francisco, drawn by its reputation for tolerance. But the city shed nearly 3,000 low-income black households, a 17%, decrease, between 2000 and 2015, according to a report by the Urban Displacement Project at the University of California, Berkeley. Many were driven out by rising costs and redevelopment.It’s a decline seen in other major U.S. cities. The African American populations in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago have shrunk since 2000, and Washington, D.C. is no longer a black-majority city.The film won a Sundance directing award for Fails’ childhood friend and collaborator, Joe Talbot. It features another San Francisco native, Danny Glover, as Mont’s grandfather.Talbot, who is white, says it has become that much harder to make ends meet, even in the five years they’ve taken to make the film.San Francisco companies Lyft, Uber and Pinterest have gone public this year, driving up fears that masses of millennial millionaires will take up all the city’s already scarce housing.The median sales price of a house was $1.4 million and the median rent for a one-bedroom was nearly $3,700 in April, according to analytics firm CoreLogic and listing site Zumper. Meanwhile, the city’s one-night count of homeless increased 17% in two years.“I have friends that work three jobs to get by in the shadows of the bigger industries, the big money makers here,” said Talbot, 28.San Francisco never had a large African American population, hitting its peak of 95,000 in the 1970 U.S. Census, or 13%. That figure tumbled to 11% in 1990, and then to just under 8% in 2000.A recent estimate has the black population at a smidge over 5%, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reports. Moreover, the Urban Displacement Project reports San Francisco lost people across all racial groups in the low to middle income groups, gaining only in the extremely poor and high-income households.“All of our concerns about San Francisco becoming a super-exclusionary place have come true,” said the project’s director, Miriam Zuk.Other Bay Area cities have shed black residents as housing costs rise. African Americans made up nearly half of Oakland, birthplace of the Black Panther Party , through the 1980s and part of the 1990s. They are only a quarter of residents today.African Americans started moving to San Francisco in the 19th century, drawn by its reputation for tolerance, writes Albert S. Broussard in “Black San Francisco.” Among those was William Alexander Leidesdorff, who came to San Francisco before it was called San Francisco, and served on its first town council.Migration ramped up in the 1940s, when wartime work lured black people from the South. They moved into homes in the Fillmore vacated by Japanese Americans who were incarcerated by the U.S. government.The “Harlem of the West” flourished with nightclubs, churches and shops catering to African Americans.But waves of redevelopment sapped the neighbourhood and residents left.Virginia Smyly, a board member of the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society, says it’s been difficult for African Americans to hold on to the few homes they were allowed to purchase in the city. Children and grandchildren inherited family homes in the 1980s and 1990s, she said, but sold the property or lost the homes, unable to keep up with taxes and mortgages.Vanishing blacks are only part of the story, she says.“It’s not just African Americans who have disappeared,” she said. “It’s the working class people, people who were in manufacturing and in some service jobs that don’t exist any longer.”In the movie, Jimmie regularly sneaks over to the Victorian to tend to the yard and touch up painting. When the white people who live there move out, he moves in and marvels that he has a home in which to read a newspaper.He’s crushed when the house hits the market at an estimated $4 million, and pleads with a lender at one point for a predatory loan.“That’s not your old house and that’s not your neighbourhood,” his father says.“We built these ships, dredged these canals in the San Francisco they never knew existed,” says Mont’s grandfather. “This is our home.”The making of the movie is a celebration of an older San Francisco, says Talbot, one where kids from different schools and backgrounds became friends.They released a concept trailer to raise money and were inundated with offers from artists wanting to help.“There was a lot of love that got pumped into this,” he said.___Janie Har is a member of The AP’s Race and Ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter @janieharJanie Har, The Associated Press read more

Stephen Poloz disagrees with OECD call to hike interest rates next year

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he doesn’t agree with the OECD that he needs to start raising interest rates by the end of next year.The central banker says that while he respects the view of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, different forecasting organizations can use different approaches to predict future economic growth.Poloz says the Bank of Canada’s thinking on the issue is based on its own view of the slack in the Canadian economy and the fact that inflation, at 1.1%, is currently well below where he would like it to be.Last month, Poloz surprised markets by dropping the central bank’s official tightening bias and moved to a more neutral stance, which signals that the bank is as likely to cut as to raise interest rates in the future.Analysts interpreted the move as the bank telling markets it won’t likely start raising borrowing costs until the first or second quarter of 2015.Markets reacted to that assessment by selling off the loonie.The Canadian Press read more

US retail sales up 03 per cent in February sign economy is

US retail sales up 0.3 per cent in February; sign economy is recovering from harsh winter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 per cent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 per cent in January, revised down from the 0.4 per cent decline initially reported. Retail spending also fell 0.3 per cent in December.The increase suggests that consumer spending has started to recover after being tempered by snowstorms and freezing temperatures that blanketed much of the country.Auto sales rose 0.3 per cent. Excluding volatile spending on autos, gas and building supplies, retail sales increased 0.3 per cent from December.Last month’s rebound almost brought retail spending back to its December levels. Purchases at restaurants, online retailers and department stores also improved, although the economy has yet to fully shake off winter’s impact.Over the past 12 months, retail sales have risen a modest 1.5 per cent.The retail report offers a first look at February’s consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 per cent of all economic activity. Many economists came into 2014 projecting that stronger consumer spending would cause growth to accelerate, only to find those estimates frustrated by the freezing weather across much of the country.The February employment report also suggested that the overall economy has recovered momentum. Employers added 175,000 jobs last month after weak gains in the previous two months.But the improvement in retail spending has not led yet to more work at stores. Retailers cut 4,100 workers in February. The losses were concentrated in electronics, department, sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores.Separate sales reports by auto companies indicate that consumer demand may improve in the spring. Consumers bought just under 1.2 million new cars and trucks in February, according to motor vehicle makers. That follows a 3 per cent drop in January— the first year-over-year decline since August 2010.General Motors, Ford and Toyota each reported sales declines for February. The country’s top three automakers said sales began to recover in the second half of last month, when the weather improved.So far this year, new vehicle sales have been on pace to reach a little more than 15 million for the year. In 2014, the industry sold 15.6 million cars and trucks. Economists forecast that auto purchases will approach 16 million this year. read more

On World Day top UN officials call for prompt entry into force

A view of Semipalatinsk Test Site’s ground zero in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan. Remote Semipalatinsk was once the Soviet Union’s primary testing venue for nuclear weapons. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In his message, Mr. Ban also noted that this year marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by the Assembly.“Given the catastrophic risks posed by nuclear weapons to our collective human and environmental security – even our very existence – we must reject this stalemate,” said the UN chief.To date, 183 countries have signed the treaty and 164 have ratified CTBT. For the treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States, have yet to ratify it.“Those States whose ratification is required to bring the treaty into force should not wait for others. Even one ratification can act as a circuit breaker,” Mr. Ban said in his message, calling on all countries and peoples to work for CTBT’s prompt entry into force on the path towards a nuclear-weapon-free world.He also stressed the power of political will that can break longstanding deadlocks, as demonstrated in the adoption of ambitious new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, in his message for the Day, said that CTBT must also be seen as “an important tool in our endeavour to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons,” adding his voice to the call on those States which have not yet done so to sign and ratify CTBT to enable its entry into force.Mr. Lykketoft also noted that moratoriums on nuclear testing have had a positive impact on the international security environment, and he recalled the need for continued systematic and sustained efforts to reduce nuclear weapons globally and fulfil the ultimate objective of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.Mr. Lykketoft noted that to enhance awareness and education about the effects of nuclear test explosions and the need for their cessation, he will convene an informal General Assembly plenary meeting on Wednesday at the UN Headquarters. “Today marks a quarter of a century since the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan, ground zero for more than 450 nuclear tests,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “The victims there are joined by others scattered across Central Asia, North Africa, North America and the South Pacific.”“A prohibition on all nuclear testing will end this poisonous legacy,” Mr. Ban added, noting that it will boost momentum for other disarmament measures by showing that multilateral cooperation is possible, and it will build confidence for other regional security measures, including a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.A prohibition on all nuclear testing will end this poisonous legacyIn 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests through the unanimous adoption of a resolution to that effect. It also called for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution’s adoption also commemorated the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan in 1991. read more

Brock Media Clips for Thursday Aug 17

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Canadian culture may fight rise of white power movement: In the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Sociology Professor Kevin Gosine spoke to the St. Catharines Standard about how Canada’s social justice values have prevented alt-right movements from growing. The story appeared in all Postmedia Niagara dailies and weeklies.Herod: The market force that is Brock University: Brock’s growth in recent decades was at the centre of a St. Catharines Standard column about proposed new student housing in Thorold. The story appeared in all Postmedia Niagara dailies and weeklies.Cyclones add pair of rookie forwards: Former Brock University hockey player Andrew Radjenovic was featured on after being signed to the Cincinnati Cyclones, the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.Researchers tackling allergies and climate change receive CFI funding: Federal funding received by Brock professors Adam MacNeil and Kevin Turner for separate projects on allergies and climate change was featured in a story on Erie Media’s website.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

The Apple Online Store sale has started in Australia

first_imgAs Australia always starts a new day before anyone else, they also get the Black Friday sales first too. And the Apple Online Store sale is no exception with discounted prices already showing up in the Australian store.The discounts are as follows (these are Australian dollar prices):AdChoices广告iMac – was $1,449, now $1,328 ($121 saving)MacBook Pro – was $1,449, now $1,328 ($121 saving)13″ MacBook Air – was $1,559, now $1,478 ($121 saving)iPod nano – was $199, now $184 ($15 saving, but varies based on model)iPad – was $628, now $578 ($51 saving)iPod touch – was $289, now $264 ($25 saving, but varies based on model)There’s free shipping on all discounted products too.As well as the gadgets Apple has discounted loads of accessory lines for iPhone, iPad, your home office, sound, portable charging, and Mac gift ideas including software and the M-Audio KeyStudio 49 keyboard.You can check out the full range of offers on the Apple Online Store Australia.via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionIt’s safe to assume that whatever Apple Australia does is going to be repeated in the U.S. and Europe. So let’s break the discounts down into rounded percentages for the main devices everyone wants:iMac – 8% offMacBook Pro – 8% off13″ MacBook Air – 8% offiPod nano – 8% offiPad – 8% offiPod touch – 9% offSo nearly 8% across the board, but the savings vary depending on the model bought in the case of the iPod touch and the iPod nano.Is that discount enough to get you to buy an Apple device tomorrow?last_img read more

Motorcyclist dies after collision with 4×4 in Tipperary

first_img 6 Comments Short URL Friday 28 Apr 2017, 3:53 PM GARDAÍ IN NENAGH are appealing for witnesses to a crash that left a man dead.The fatal collision happened at Annagh Cross, Co Tipperary at around 12.30pm today. The 53-year-old man was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a 4×4 vehicle on the R438 at Annagh Cross near Birr. He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel but was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the 4×4 was uninjured.The road is closed to traffic and local diversions are in place while Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examine the scene. The local coroner has been notified.Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station 067-50450 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. 18,901 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Share Tweet Email File Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img File Apr 28th 2017, 3:53 PM By Paul Hosford Motorcyclist dies after collision with 4×4 in Tipperary The driver of the 4×4 was uninjured. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La légendaire tortue de Hanoï pourra enfin être soignée

first_imgLa légendaire tortue de Hanoï pourra enfin être soignéeAprès plusieurs tentatives, la tortue du lac Hoan Kiem de Hanoï a enfin été attrapée. Le légendaire animal, symbole vivant de l’indépendance du Vietnam présentait depuis quelques temps des blessures et avait besoin d’ être soignée.Des milliers de Vietnamiens étaient là dimanche, pour assister à la capture de la tortue du lac Hoan Kiem. L’animal de plus de 200 kg, nécessitait de soins après avoir été blessée par les hameçons des pêcheurs et par des petites tortues de Floride apparues au cours des dernières années dans le lac. À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortueFace à l’état inquiétant de l’animal, les autorités de la capitale ont constitué un “conseil pour le soin de la tortue” chapeauté par un éminent vétérinaire. Une première tentative de capture le 8 mars, s’est achevée par la fuite de l’animal qui a réussi à déchiré le filet. Une nouvelle équipe de 50 personnes a été réunie pour, cette fois, parvenir à la mettre en cage. La tortue sera à présent conduite dans une île où elle pourra être examinée et soignée. Tim McCormack, du Asian Turtle Program précise à l’AFP qu’il s’agit de “l’un des animaux les plus menacés dans le monde et on en sait très peu sur elle”. Il pense que le reptile a certainement plus de 100 ans. Il s’agit en outre d’un des quatre spécimens de “Rafetus Swinhoei” connus (les deux autres se trouvent en Chine et le troisième vit dans un autre lac vietnamien).La tortue est, aux yeux des Vietnamiens, le symbole de l’indépendance du pays. Selon la légende, le roi Le Loi avait une épée magique dont il s’était servi pour chasser les envahisseurs chinois du Vietnam, au XVème siècle. Lors d’une promenade au bord du lac, la tortue lui aurait subtilisé la fameuse épée afin de la conserver jusqu’à ce que le pays en ait une nouvelle fois besoin. Le 4 avril 2011 à 16:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Davie mobile home destroyed in fire

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie mobile home was reduced to rubble after a devastating fire, Saturday.Officials said the double-wide home was destroyed after flames broke out in a neighborhood near State Road 84 and Bright Road.Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed before the flames were put out.Fortunately, the home was empty at the time.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

School bus crashes into home in Hialeah

first_imgA view inside the home revealed debris scattered across the living room and the gaping hole left in the front of the house. The bus crashed just feet from their Christmas tree.Juan Garcia, a neighbor, said this is the third time he’s seen something like this on the street. “Still, from the last accident, they had the fences fall down on the sidewalk,” Garcia said. “I’ve lived in this house for 14 years. I see a lot of accidents.”The cost of repairs remains unknown, but for now it does not seem the family will have to leave their home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have responded after a school bus crashed into a home in Hialeah, Monday.Authorities could be seen by 7Skyforce HD taking photos of the scene, located at 46th Street and West 12th Avenue.According to Hialeah Fire Rescue, 30 kids were on board the Maria Elana School bus at the time.Eight of the children were evaluated by fire rescue at the scene. However, there were no serious injuries, and no one was transported to the hospital.Manuel Garcia said he, his daughter and his grandkids all live in the home. The family had left for the day before they were called back to see the residence.“Everybody left actually like 10 minutes before,” said family friend Rafael Acevedo. “The neighbors called them and everybody came back to see what happened. The city inspectors were here, and actually, right now, they don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s the problem. You see it’s a mess. They gotta clean it up. We’re waiting to see what happens.”According to fire rescue, there was a two-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection at around 9 a.m., and the bus driver swerved to avoid hitting the cars. The bus has since been towed away. last_img read more

Facebook removes Russian Iranian accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior

first_imgThese operated in multiple countries and pretended to be local people, media groups and political organizations. They posted stories on current events, mostly sourced from Iranian state media and focused on political tensions. Facebook previously took down accounts linked to Iran back in January and last August.The majority of the accounts — 1,907 — were linked to Russia and posted spam, with some engaged in deceptive behavior. It removed 212 accounts tied to Macedonia and Kosovo.Gleicher noted that Facebook didn’t find links between the misinformation efforts in each nation, but they used similar tactics.”In each case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action,” he wrote. 0 9 Photos Share your voice Facebook Facebook took down thousands of accounts linked to deceptive behavior, it said Tuesday. Getty Images Facebook removed thousands of accounts from Russia, Iran, Macedonia and Kosovo for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” it said Tuesday.The effort was spread across 2,632 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram, Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s cybersecurity policy boss, said in a blog post.Most of the coordinated inauthentic behavior — which is how Facebook describes misinformation campaigns designed to widen political divides — came from the 513 accounts tied to Iran. center_img Post a comment The nine types of Facebook ads that Russian trolls paid for Security Internet Services Tagslast_img read more

Bad weather alert for Houston

first_img Share Accuweather has activated a significant weather alert  for the South Harris County area and South Houston until 2 p.m.Other areas included are Pasadena, Eastern Pearland, League City, Baytown, Texas City,Friendswood, La Porte, Deer Park, Alvin, Dickinson, La Marque, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Webster,Hitchcock, Beach City and Kemah.Torrential rainfall is also occurring with the storm, and may leadto localized flooding. last_img