Portugal 2 Switzerland 0: European champions overhaul Swiss to reach Russia Dom Farrell 04:39 10/11/17 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo will be at Russia 2018 after Portugal ended Switzerland’s 100 per cent record and qualified via superior goal difference. Portugal secured World Cup qualification at Switzerland’s expense with a rousing 2-0 win in Lisbon.Switzerland headed into the final round of matches in Group B boasting a 100 per cent record but must now tackle a play-off after Fernando Santos’ European champions matched the scoreline they found themselves on the receiving end of in Basle last September.Cheered on by a raucous crowd knowing nothing other than a win would do at Estadio da Luz, Portugal were kept in check by a composed and disciplined Swiss showing until Johan Djourou put into his own goal in the 41st minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pop superstar Madonna was among the home supporters looking for Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire a famous victory but it was playmaker Bernardo Silva who truly got Portugal into the groove.That the Manchester City playmaker has not been an automatic choice at club level since switching to the Premier League was scarcely evident as he performed at the heart of Portugal’s brightest moments, including Andre Silva’s qualification-sealing second.GOOOLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #TudoPorPortugal #PORSUI pic.twitter.com/a5Tt8WMSjh— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) October 10, 2017Santos’ side made much of the early running and Andre Silva’s deflected effort forced Yann Sommer into a sharp sixth-minute save at his near post.However, the hosts’ final ball was a source of understandable frustration and, after Eliseu escaped censure for an untidy challenge on Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic in the area, Portugal needed their talisman to help bring about a clear opening after the half-hour.Ronaldo embarked on a slaloming run across the edge of the Switzerland box and there was fury when referee Cuneyt Cakir remained unmoved as he went to ground under increasingly desperate challenges.Bernardo Silva was alert, as players around him stopped, and gathered the loose ball to draw a fine stop from Sommer, but the Borussia Monchengladbach man was culpable as the European champions took a fortuitous lead four minutes before half-time.Eliseu clipped a low cross into a dangerous area at the near post where Joao Mario and Sommer lunged towards the ball. The goalkeeper pushed it onto Djourou, who could do little about the own goal.Portugal seemed intent on settling the issue during the opening exchanges of the second half and Djourou hurled himself in the way of a rasping Ronaldo drive from 25 yards.Bernardo Silva scampered in from the left to give the Real Madrid hero a clearer opening in the 55th minute but technique uncharacteristically deserted him and he lifted a left-footed effort harmlessly over.It mattered little as Andre Silva smuggled home from close range two minutes later, namesake Bernardo again to the fore, cleverly exchanging passes with Joao Mario to befuddle the Switzerland backline and impishly leaving a goal and qualification on a plate.Seldom seen as an attacking force during the opening hour, Switzerland sprung forward in a belated attempt to salvage a task that had slipped abruptly from their grasp.Xherdan Shaqiri drove at a retreating Portugal backline and his thudding shot was almost touched in by an alert Seferovic in the 67th minute.It was not to be for Vladimir Petkovic’s men, who will at least take their previously unblemished run into the play-offs as seeds.For Ronaldo, who botched a late one-on-one opportunity, it means one more guaranteed shot at football’s greatest prize – a position a certain Argentinian rival would dearly love to have secured. read more
BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)With college football less than two weeks away, publications have been putting out all kinds of “all-time” lists in preparation for the season. Sports Illustrated dropped an interesting one on Monday.SI decided to rank the 10 “greatest” college football programs in history. Some fans are not thrilled with how the list turned out.Alabama checks in at No. 1 – ahead of Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan. There isn’t too much to debate there.The main issue seems to be Oklahoma’s ranking in relation to a few other programs. SI has the Sooners as the 10th-best program of all time – behind Tennessee. They’re also six spots behind their main rival Texas. Here’s the list:10. Oklahoma9. Tennessee8. Penn State7. Nebraska6. Notre Dame5. USC4. Texas3. Michigan2. Ohio State1. AlabamaThe author of the post, Ross Dellenger, made sure to note that it was a collective effort over at SI to put the rankings together.SI just unveiled its 10 greatest programs in college football history. Oklahoma is 10th, behind Tennessee, Nebraska and Texas… https://t.co/oEDlSAXRZm— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 12, 2019For all those on the attack in my mentions, the @si_ncaafb staff as a whole ranked this list. I only wrote the blurb on each team.And, buddy, do I need a drink.. https://t.co/w5PbghYwtT— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 12, 2019Personally, I believe Oklahoma should be in the top five – ahead of Texas. The rankings for Tennessee and Penn State also seem a little high. Other than that, it seems fine.College football fans – what do you think of the list?
Braving the high seas to fish has been a way of life for many Jamaicans over the years, particularly those living along the coast. This activity has provided the population with a reliable source of well needed protein, and a livelihood for the many fisherfolk who engage in this practice on a daily basis. However, concerns have been raised about the sustainability of the sector, based on the size and quantity of fish caught, and the methods used by some fisherfolk to catch fish. The concerns are further compounded by the effects of climate change; the destruction or loss of fish habitats; overfishing; pollution; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; and natural events, such as hurricanes. The Government, with assistance from local and international organisations, is on a continuous drive to make the fishing sector a sustainable one. During an address at the recent launch of the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH), in Bluefields, Westmoreland, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that the Ministry, through its Fisheries Division, has put a number of programmes in place to support and safeguard the fishing sector. “We have been working towards the completion of a modern fisheries legislation that provides a contemporary framework for the regulation of the fisheries and aquaculture sub-sectors. Integral to this is the development and refinement of a National Fisheries Policy for Cabinet submission, which embraces the principles and tenets of the Common Fisheries Policy, including the ecosystems approach to fisheries and aquaculture development and management,” he pointed out. Mr. Clarke informed that the policy and supporting legislation are in their final phases of preparation. Additional work is being done through the establishment of a number of fish sanctuaries, 14 of which have already been set up across the island. The C-FISH initiative is one of the collaborative projects that are aimed at making the fishing sector a sustainable one. Through this project, four grants totalling approximately US$400,000 (JA$36 million), from which six of Jamaica’s established fish sanctuaries will benefit, were signed at the C-FISH launch. The money has been provided under the United Kingdom based Department for International Development (DFID) funded C-FISH initiative. The initiative is for four years, with a budget of $302 million, which will support the operations of fish sanctuaries in Jamaica and four other Caribbean countries. The Caribbean Climate Change Centre (CCCC) will spearhead the implementation of the project across the region, while the funds will be channeled through CARIBSAVE Partnership. Project Director, CARIBSAVE Partnership, Dr. Owen Day, in his address at the launch, explained that one of the main reasons why Jamaica was able to benefit from the grant from DFID, is because of the commitment the Government of Jamaica, through its Fisheries Division, has shown towards the development of a sustainable fisheries sector. “The Government of Jamaica and the Fisheries Division have established a network of 14 fish sanctuaries around the island and have put in place laws and policies, and mobilised resources that give the community based organisations the legal mandate and the means to manage these sanctuaries,” he noted. Dr. Day said the Government should be commended for what he described as an “enlightened participatory approach to natural resource management.” The fisheries sector was not spared during the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, suffering damage estimated to be in excess of $90 million. “I have given instructions to the Fisheries Management and Development Fund Board to provide an allocation of $20 million as immediate relief to those in the sector who suffered significantly and for infrastructure clean-up and repairs, where appropriate,” the Minister told the fisherfolk in attendance. Mr. Clarke also noted that over the next three years, the Ministry will be investing some US$8 million in the development of eight agro-parks in six parishes, some of which will be fitted with the requisite infrastructure to ensure sustainable fish production through aquaculture development.
zoom The Board of Directors of Maersk Group has appointed Søren Skou as new Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, replacing Nils S. Andersen, who will leave the group.The changes are effective July 1, 2016.Søren Skou has worked at A.P. Møller – Mærsk since 1983 and for 15 years held various leading positions in Maersk Line, with roles in Copenhagen, New York and Beijing.He has been a member of the Executive Board of A.P. Møller – Mærsk since 2006. In 2012, he was appointed CEO of Maersk Line. Søren Skou will continue to hold this position in addition to his new role of the CEO, the company said.“Søren has strong business acumen and thorough knowledge of the group’s various businesses and has successfully restructured the businesses he has led. The Board of Directors knows Søren as a respected and knowledgeable leader with the ability to adapt quickly to market changes in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the executive management and his employees,” Michael Pram Rasmussen, Chairman of Maersk’s Board of Directors, said.Skou is a graduate of business administration from Copenhagen Business School, and further accomplished an MBA with honours from IMD, Switzerland.
zoom Representatives of exporters and importers from around the world, the European Shippers’ Council and the Global Shippers’ Forum, have joined forces to advance and protect their members’ interests in the face of unprecedented change in the global container shipping industry.The move was made amid shippers’ fears that the contraction of the shipping market into a small number of alliances and the use of vessels with a capacity of over 18,000 TEU will reduce their choice of carrier and the quality of the services delivered as “carriers operating within such arrangements cannot compete among themselves with regard to the agreed capacity, sailing frequency, transit times, ports of call and service level.”In its paper “The Implications of Mega-Ships and Alliances for Competition and Total Supply Chain Efficiency: An Economic Perspective,” Global Shippers’ Forum offered a range of options for national and regional competition authorities on how to approach the regulation and oversight of the new shipping alliances.Namely, the paper states that competition authorities and regulators should ensure sufficient independent competition on key trade routes, given that the emergence of alliances has produced barriers for new entrants and has made it nearly impossible for independent lines to compete on some trades.Additionally, GSF said that competition authorities should repeal existing exemptions from antitrust laws and implement effective monitoring of alliances, including direct intervention to preserve competition where appropriate.“I am delighted that ESC has joined GSF in order to promote and defend shippers’ interests at global level. GSF has made the voice of shippers heard in the UN agencies responsible for the regulation of the maritime sector and supported many of its member associations in advancing more transparent regulation of the container shipping industry in their home markets,” Bob Ballantyne, GSF Chairman, said.
“Survival of the fittest” – the term coined by biologist Herbert Spencer after reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, enforces that evolution is pivotal to survival. This undeniable fact is relevant not only for living beings, but also for material objects like infrastructure and business. An establishment which moulds its methods to match the evolving mood, survives. Those who can’t are quickly erased. And the world’s most crisis-prone industry, Aviation, bears strong testimony. Also Read – A race against timeLatest has been the crash landing of India’s oldest private airline – Jet Airways – which cancelled all operations on April 19, 2019, for an indefinite period. No one knows if Jet will ever dot the Indian sky again. Like every other business that has shut its shop, Jet Airways too left a trail of despair and incomplete dreams, still hopeful against difficult odds. Back in the 1990s, the meteoric rise of Jet Airways and its owner Naresh Goyal was discussed elaborately through the corridors of Indian Aviation. Goyal created it from scratch and soared high with his airline before the sharp descent began. There was a time when he paid hefty packages to pilots; but since 2018, the airline had been struggling to pay salaries and had reportedly failed to make payments for leased aircraft. Moreover, the company made losses across quarters and its total debt accumulated to Rs 8,00 crore, which, according to few reports, may add up to Rs 11,000 crore. It was not even able to pay airport fees to the authorities. As a result, more than 23,000 employees are now jobless. Also Read – A Golden LootTrouble did not show up suddenly on Jet Airways’ door. It took years of financial mismanagement for it to reach this horrendous fate. Running the company with losses, getting short loans to cover those losses and, despite being a full-service airline, trying to compete with low-cost airlines are a few reasons that led to Jet’s nosedive. Banks too are guilty as they condoned early signs. They kept extending loans to the airline despite knowing that the latter would fail to repay. Additionally, it has also been alleged that the profitable routes, which were once given to Jet by UPA government, were allocated back to Air India by the NDA government. Those prime routes, which once made Jet the ‘King in Indian sky’ and Air India the pauper, has now turned tables. Jet was piled with many miscalculated steps too. One of those would be the acquisition of Air Sahara in 2007 for Rs 1,450 crore, which according to industry experts was overpriced. Experts blame Chairman Naresh Goyal’s management skills too. Until March, he was unable to assign a strategic investor. He has also been accused of making bad investment decisions and failing to address the company’s deteriorating financial predicament while borrowing heavily. Later in the same month, he was forced out and lenders took control of Jet. Recently, Naresh Goyal was not allowed to leave the country as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs issued a lookout notice against him. Despite these hiccups, experts and agencies paint a bright future for the Indian aviation sector. The rise in the working group and middle-class demography has positively affected demand. As per International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Indian aviation sector is poised to become the largest in terms of passengers ferried by 2024. Passenger traffic grew at 16.52 per cent year-on-year to reach 308.75 million in FY18 (financial year 2017-18). During January-March 2019, Indian airlines carried 464.47 lakh passengers, which is 2.53 per cent up from the same period of 2018. Moreover, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry, which accounts for 13-15 per cent of total revenue, may grow over $1.5 billion. Indian aviation sector could see Rs 1 lakh crore worth of investment in the coming five years. As of March 2019, India has 103 operational airports. To handle rising air traffic, the Indian government has envisaged increasing the number to 190-200 by 2040. Even the number of aircraft is expected to grow to 1,100 by 2027 from the current 620. After seeing these data, there remains no doubt that the Indian aviation sector is among the world’s most promising and sound in terms of investment. But what about the current picture which is marred with patches. It seems the façade is deceiving. Though demand has increased, Indian airlines are still not able to recover their operating cost. SpiceJet made a meagre Rs 50 crore profit in the third quarter of FY19. Indian aviation market leader Indigo too made a Q3 profit of Rs 191 crore, 75 per cent less than what it made in the same quarter of 2018. However, it has reported a five-fold jump in its Q4 profit, which stands at Rs 589.60 crore, but credit for this surge goes to the grounding of Jet Airways. And then, there is the hopeless case of state-run Air India, which keeps churning taxpayers’ money to invisible avail. GoAir, Vistara, and Air Asia are not in good shape either. Most are running in losses and their future looks as gloomy as Air India’s and Jet’s. The Indian aviation sector has been plagued by the same issues over years, but for no apparent reason, it has failed to find a concrete solution. They keep blaming fuel prices and rupee depreciation for their own deterioration. It is understood that variables like fuel prices and currency values are beyond any airline’s control. As any of these prices shoot up, airlines make losses. But they could have learned from the past (Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airline bit the dust in 2012 with debt, fuel prices and rupee depreciation being the primary reasons) and prepared for an unseen situation. For example, most IT companies get 80 per cent of their revenue from the overseas market and have devised plans to protect themselves from volatile currency movements. However, no airline company has put a credible currency plan in process to avoid unseen volatility. Most importantly, the price war between airlines is a culprit for their pitfall. Each wants to fill 100 per cent of their seats by offering cheap tickets, which do not even cover their operating costs. They still have not learnt the art of balancing volume and value. They are so focussed on capturing market share that they have completely forgotten to ensure profit. They are literally pulling out passengers from buses and trains to fill their seats for throwaway prices. The government’s apathetic attitude towards the sector is also responsible for its stagnation. They are not even addressing fundamental needs of the sector like tax reduction on fuel, for which airlines have been appealing for a decade. Relatively high taxes make jet fuel in India around 40 per cent more expensive than the rest of the world. The government had once decided to place Aviation Turbine Fuel under GST, but the proposal is still in the pipeline. It could have reduced fuel price significantly. When fuel price is low, an airline can make money even with cheap ticket prices. Experts feel that cumbersome regulation like Route Dispersal Guideline (RDG), which mandate airlines to fly a certain percentage of flights in smaller, unprofitable air routes, drives up costs and introduces inefficiencies. Pilot shortages are also hitting hard on the operational front. According to CAPA Centre for Aviation, there are 7,963 pilots in India. India would need 17,164 additional pilots in the next 10 years. This will lead to wage bill rise, the second biggest cost chunk after fuel. Aviation is a high-cost industry, but the Indian consumer is extremely price sensitive. Airlines will have to keep their ticket price either equal to operating cost or more to keep flying. The government could also help the sector by reducing taxes on ATF or bringing it under GST. It can also reduce airport lending charges and other taxes. It has already done some favour by allowing FDI in the industry. Now, it can look into high rates of MRO charges which cause airlines to head to China for maintenance. The government might do its part, but for real solution, airline companies have to work together. They will have to sort their priorities between value and volume. It is evident from data that passengers are here to stay. They now know the perks of air travel and are getting accustomed to it. So, they must not be too conscious on this front. They might lose a few passengers, yes, but they will at least survive.
The Canadian Press PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — Two people have died, and three are seriously injured following a bus rollover on Vancouver Island.The accident happened on a gravel road between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria said it received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m. local time.Air Force Captain David Burneau said there were 40 people on the bus, all of them believed to be adults, and that three in either critical or very serious condition were flown by helicopter to a Victoria medical centre.Burneau said the JRCC sent two Cormorant helicopters and one Buffalo search and rescue aircraft from 442 Squadron in Comox to help with the rescue effort.He said the Port Alberni Fire Department arranged transport for the rest of the bus passengers to Port Alberni where some were treated for minor injuries.The cause of the crash is under investigation by the RCMP.
LONDON – The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia slammed into Ireland with wind gusts of up to 80 mph (130 kph) on Monday, killing at least three people, grounding planes, shutting schools and causing widespread power outages.Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people to stay indoors until the storm passed. Tens of thousands of homes were without power and the military was placed on standby. Some hurricane-force gusts were reported 30 years to the day after a weather event dubbed the “Great Storm of 1987” battered southern England.“It is a very dangerous storm,” Varadkar said. “The last time there was a storm this severe, 11 lives were lost,” he added, referring to Hurricane Debbie, which hit Ireland in 1961.Although Ophelia has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather warned that the storm is still “unprecedented, with serious life-threatening conditions.”Ireland’s weather service, Met Eireann, described the storm as the most powerful on record to have ever been this far east in the Atlantic.Forecasters warned of flying debris, such as tiles blown from roofs. Large waves around coastal districts tossed sand and rocks onto coastal roads, seafronts and properties.Wind warnings were in place for Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and western parts of England. Planes were grounded at several locations in the British Isles.Some 130 flights were cancelled at Dublin Airport, while flights were also grounded at Manchester Airport. Both Ryanair and Easy Jet cancelled flights at Belfast International Airport, with more cancellations expected. Several flights to British airports were also diverted because of unusual odours on board thought to be associated with the remnants of the storm.Authorities warned anyone with travel plans to contact their airline.In parts of the United Kingdom and in France’s Brittany region, the sky turned an eerie colour as Ophelia’s winds carried a mix of sand from the Sahara and particles from forest fires in Spain and Portugal. On social media, people posted pictures of London landmarks against yellow-orange skies.A non-profit group that provides lifesaving services around the British Isles warned people to stay away from seas and beaches.Matt Crofts, lifesaving manager for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, said coastal waters are “particularly dangerous and unpredictable, with large waves and swells being a major risk.”As tempting as it is to watch crashing surf, it isn’t worth the risk of being struck by large waves that can easily knock weather watchers off their feet, Crofts said.“The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell,” he said.And there is more to come Tuesday. Flights and ferries were cancelled in parts of Scotland, and authorities warned of coastal flooding in the southwest. The government of Ireland said schools and colleges would remain closed, and Northern Ireland’s Education Authority said the same.As the storm moved toward Northern Ireland, workers sealed off the Peace Bridge in Londonderry with tape and sandbags, closing it as a precautionary measure.
Rabat – The number of deaths caused by road accidents recorded in the first five months of 2017 amounted to 1070, a decrease of 6.64 percent compared to the same period in 2016, according the figures from Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water.As the number of deadly accidentsis decreasing, the number of serious injuries caused by road accidents is also dropping. The Ministry report that during the first five months of 2017, 3349 people were seriously injured, a decrease of 2.19 percent compared to 2016.“Road safety indicators for the first five months of 2017 are encouraging. They show a decrease in the number of fatalities, serious injuries and fatal accidents and subsequently the severity of accidents,” said Azzedine Chahidi, head of the Road Safety Division of the Directorate of Road Transport and Road Safety. However, figures show that despite the decrease in fatal road accidents, the total number of accidents on Moroccan roads is increasing. 34,318 accidents were recorded in 2017, an increase of 9.03 percent compared with 2016. The same is true for the lightly wounded, as 44,062 cases suffered from minor injuries in 2017, amounting to an increase of 6.86 percent compared with the same period last year.With the aim of fighting road accidents, the ministry has implemented a six-month emergency action plan with the focus of strengthening roadside controls.This measure, which started onJune22, will continue until the end of the year. “We preferred to extend this operation beyond the summer season because of the Eid Al Adha and back to school which are periods of intense road traffic,” said a statement from the ministry.In addition, the Ministry intends to strengthen the controls at the bus stations. For its part, the National Committee for the Prevention of Road Accidents (CNPAC) has prepared a broad communication campaign to accompany the actions of the ministry.The same source added that at the end of each month, stakeholders including Ministry of Transport, National Security, Royal Gendarmerie, Ministry of the Interior, and CNPAC will holda meeting to discuss the outcomes of the month’s road regulations.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Mr. Ban stressed in a statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, is an independent court set up at the request of the Lebanese Government and with a clear Security Council mandate.“It is an important tool to uncover the truth and end impunity,” he said.On Wednesday, two investigators from the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal and their interpreter were attending a pre-arranged meeting at a doctor’s office in Beirut as part of the investigation when a large group of people “showed up unexpectedly” and violently attacked the three staff, the Office said in a news release.According to the Prosecutor’s Office, several items belonging to the staff were stolen during the attack. The Lebanese army extracted the three staff members and brought them back safely to the Tribunal’s office where they were provided with medical attention. In his statement, the Secretary-General called on all parties to refrain from interfering in the Special Tribunal’s work and from prejudging its outcome.He also underscored the importance of The Hague-based Special Tribunal carrying out its work safely and securely, commending Lebanese authorities for their swift action in opening an inquiry into the Wednesday incident.The Prosecutor’s Office denounced the use of violence, emphasizing that the investigation into the Hariri attack will continue undeterred by Wednesday’s incident.The Tribunal is an independent body that was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing in February 2005 that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. The investigation of the murders is being carried out under the guidance of the Tribunal’s Prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, a Canadian prosecutor and former head of the IIIC. 29 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned this week’s attack against three staff members of the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, calling such acts of interference and intimidation “unacceptable.”
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Wednesday as the latest economic snapshot from the U.S. Federal Reserve encouraged hopes for more stimulus from the central bank, even as the report showed a steadily improving economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,009.79 -0.11 0.00%S&P 500 — 1,410.49 +1.19 0.08%Dow — 13,107.48 +4.49 0.03%Nasdaq — 3,081.19 +4.05 0.13%The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 0.11 of a point to 12,009.79, after the latest regional survey by the Fed said the pace of economic growth is expanding. It also pointed to rising retail sales and loan demand, while housing markets are showing signs of improvement across most areas.On the negative side, the Fed’s so-called Beige Book noted that the worst drought in decades is impacting farm output in the Midwest and there was some general softening in the manufacturing area because of weak growth in Europe and Asia.“Add it all up, and the Fed districts were not particularly cheery about what they were hearing on the ground as they compiled this report, with the tone still consistent with the Fed delivering additional stimulus before year end,” said CIBC World Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld.The TSX Venture Exchange was off 12.72 points to 1,229.16.The Canadian dollar was down 0.18 of a cent at 101.06 US cents amid lower prices for oil and metals.New York indexes were listless while traders also took in data showing greater than expected U.S. economic growth and a steadily improving American housing sector.The Dow Jones industrial average was 4.49 points higher at 13,107.48.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 4.05 points at 3,081.19, and the S&P 500 index rose 1.19 points at 1,410.49.Other data showed that the second estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product suggested the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.7%, up from the original reading of 1.5%.Another report said Americans signed the most contracts to buy homes in July than at any other point in the last two years. The National Association of Realtors’ index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes jumped 2.4% in July to 101.7.Traders have high hopes pinned on a speech Friday morning by central bank chairman Ben Bernanke.Expectations for another round of economic stimulus have risen over the past couple of weeks after the minutes from the Fed’s last interest rate meeting Aug. 1 showed more members wanting to see the central bank take more action to revive the economy.And then, last Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Bernanke had written a Republican lawmaker to say there is more the Fed could do to help the economy.Still, there are doubts Bernanke would commit to more stimulus ahead of important data next week, including the latest snapshot of the manufacturing sector and the August non-farm payrolls report at the end of the week. Also, traders hope the European Central Bank will unveil measures on Sept. 6 to lower borrowing costs for the most troubled eurozone countries, such as Spain. The Fed holds its next interest rate announcement Sept. 13.“I think what the ECB does or doesn’t do is much more important because Europe is much more pivotal right now,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“But the Fed’s basically going to do more — it’s just a matter of time.”The base metals sector eased 1% as copper prices declined for a fourth session with September copper dropping two cents to US$3.44 a pound. Capstone Mining shed eight cents to C$2.42 and First Quantum Minerals was down 43 cents to $18.49.Oil price declines accelerated amid data showing a big increase in U.S. crude supplies last week. The Energy Information Administration reported an increase of 3.8 million barrels in crude stockpiles versus an expected decrease of two million barrels. The EIA also reported gasoline inventories down 1.5 million in the week, less than the two million barrels that had been forecast.The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 84 cents to US$95.49 a barrel.The energy sector pulled back 0.7% and Cenovus Energy shed 37 cents to C$32.24 and Suncor Energy fell 36 cents to C$31.10.The gold sector was off about 1% as bullion fell $6.70 to US$1,663 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. lost 59 cents to C$36.72.The telecom sector led advancers as Telus Corp. climbed 86 cents to $64.70.The financial sector was also positive a day after Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank delivered quarterly earnings reports which beat expectations. Royal Bank, CIBC, TD Bank, National Bank post earnings results Thursday. Royal Bank was ahead 43 cents to $54.60 and National Bank gained $1.28 to $75.93.After markets closed, Scotiabank says it has reached an agreement to buy ING Bank of Canada from Netherlands-based parent ING Group for $3.13-billion in cash. The deal is expected to result in a net investment by Scotiabank of $1.9-billion, after deducting the excess capital currently at ING Direct.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Scotiabank to buy ING Bank of Canada for $3.1-billion in cashManulife Financial buys Wellington West from National BankCanadian home prices hit new high, but pace slowingSamsung aims to bounce back with Galaxy Note 2Canada formally reviewing CNOOC’s Nexen bidON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Current account balance (Q2): Economists expect a deficit of $15.3-billion Survey of Employment, payrolls and earnings (June) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 370,000 new claims Personal income and consumption (July): Economists expect 0.3% rise in income, 0.5% gain in spending Chain store sales CORPORATE NEWSCANADARoyal Bank Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.18 a share TD Bank Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.84 CIBC Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.96 National Bank Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.90 Canadian Western Bank Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 57¢ UNITED STATESSAIC Inc. Q2 earnings: Analyst expect 33¢ a share
SSDs are starting to invade small form-factor PCs and media devices as prices fall, but Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, now a part of Western Digital, is fighting back with a new range of 2.5-inch hard drives for the consumer electronics category. Three new CinemaStar drives have been announced to offer up cheap, quiet storage for a range of devices.The top of the line drive is the new CinemaStar Z7K500. It combines a 7mm drive height with a 6Gb/s SATA connection, 32MB cache, and spins at 7200RPM. Even so, it manages to keep audible sound below 2.4 Bels and power use is typically 1.7W. Storage capacities available include 250GB, 320GB, and 500GB. That may not be a lot of storage space today, but it’s still impressive when you consider Hitachi is only using a single platter inside the drive.Next is the CinemaStar Z5K500, which offers the same 7mm drive height, up to 500GB capacity and an 8MB cache, but only spins at 5400RPM. The advantage of that being it’s a quieter drive (2.0 Bels) with lower power use (1.5W), making it perfect for a DVR solution where you really don’t want any noise coming from the device.HGST has also catered for those devices that need more storage, but can also cope with larger drive dimensions. The CinemaStar C5K1000 is a 9.5mm drive offering between 640GB and 1TB of storage with an 8MB cache and spinning at 5400RPM. It’s not as quiet as the Z5K500 or Z7K500 (2.5 Bels), but still offers up a decent solution if a 3.5-inch drive is just too big to consider.Typically the CinemaStar range is for use in consumer electronics products, but there’s nothing to stop you sourcing one for an upgrade. For example, the C5K1000 would probably work well as a PS3 hard drive replacement.via HGST
Share Tweet Email 1. Dublin are not infallibleDUBLIN WON THE All-Ireland title last year without so much as a glove being laid on them, but they’re set for an altogether sterner test this summer. Dublin failed to reach the league decider for the first time since 2012. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOWhile they remain the outright favourites to claim Sam in 2019 and complete a historic five-in-a-row, three league defeats indicate some chinks are beginning to appear in their armour.Kerry and Tyrone both defeated Jim Gavin’s side with well-thought-out game-plans which saw both counties target Dublin’s full-back line with aerial ball. Gavin insists the panel remains open and his coaching team will be closely monitoring the club championship over the coming weeks for potential additions to the squad. The two obvious candidates for call-ups, should they be interested, are Kilamcud Crokes defender Rory O’Carroll and St Vincent’s star Diarmuid Connolly.The addition of either or both men could restore some of Dublin’s aura, but there’s no doubting their performance levels have dipped from recent seasons. There’s also a good chance Dublin have little physical work done so far in an attempt to keep fresh for the ‘drive for five’. Time will tell. Kevin McLoughlin and Conor Diskin celebrate with the Division 1 trophy. Source: James Crombie/INPHO2. All-Ireland contenders improving2018 was a rare off-year for both Kerry and Mayo, with both sides enduring early exits in the championship. Mayo’s season ended in round 3 of the qualifiers while Kerry were dumped out in the Super 8s. Both regrouped under new management and have freshened up their squads with the introduction of several talented youngsters from successful underage sides. The confidence Mayo will take from lifting national silverware in Croke Park yesterday cannot be underestimated.Having reached the All-Ireland final last September, Tyrone have stepped things up a couple of notches too. They’ve added debutants Ben McDonnell, Michael Cassidy and Brian Kennedy as genuine contenders to break into the starting 15 and brought in a more varied style that’s heavy on kick-passing. Just like Tommy Walsh in Kerry, Cathal McShane’s presence at full-forward appears to be a ploy designed specifically with the Dubs in mind. Then you have Galway, who finished two points off a league final despite playing virtually the entire league without Damien Comer, Ian Burke and the Corofin contingent. Dublin’s competition is growing stronger. Andy McEntee has led the Royals back to the top flight for the first time since 2006. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO3. Leinster counties on the rise while Munster fallThe much-maligned Leinster championship may be making a comeback – of sorts. Next year, five counties from the province will occupy the top two divisions of the league: Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Laois and Westmeath.That’s not to say Dublin’s dominance of the Delaney Cup is not going to end anytime soon. But it is heartening to see the Royals, with their enormous population base, begin to play near their potential.Laois have achieved back-to-back promotions and are constantly improving under John Sugrue, while Westmeath look the move too under new boss Jack Cooney.In contrast, there’s cause for concern in Munster after Tipperary and Cork both suffered the drop to Division 3. Clare are the only side outside of Kerry who’ll feature in the top two tiers in 2020 – and they just about avoided relegation themselves. Galway stopper Ruairi Lavelle. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO4. Goalkeepers taking more responsibilityFor the first time this year we witnessed a goalkeeper scoring from open play in a competitive game. Niall Morgan managed that feat twice for Tyrone in their Division 1 campaign and it’s a sign of the times. Inter-county goalkeepers are becoming more confident in bringing the ball way outfield, with Galway’s Ruairi Lavelle and Monaghan’s Rory Beggan no strangers to forays beyond the 45m line. Many will argue that goalkeepers wandering too far away from their goals puts their team at unnecessary risk, as showcased when Lavelle was caught out on a couple of occasions against Tyrone a fortnight ago. The majority of netminders are happy to go short with a kick-out and receive the ball back immediately, a move pulled off a number of times by Kerry’s Shane Ryan in yesterday’s Division 1 decider. Banning the back-pass to the goalkeeper has been mooted as a potential rule change down the line, but for the moment shot-stoppers are more than happy to become an extra outfield when their teams have possession. Dean McGovern after Leitrim’s Division 4 final loss to Derry on Saturday. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO5. League still mattersIt didn’t matter to the Leitrim support that their first appearance at Croke Park in 13 years came in a league match, it was still a big occasion for the county. Supporters travelled home from all over the world for the game, including a significant number from New York.Despite their defeat to Derry, promotion to the third tier is a major boost for football in the county. It showed that for many counties, the league still holds enormous importance. The lengthy period of time Mayo spent on the Croke Park turf with the Division 1 title displayed that winning a national title is something worth celebrating. Laois and Westmeath will do battle for the Division 3 crown next weekend and it may well turn out to be the highlight of the season for the victors. Or contrast that with Carlow’s dismay at their immediate return to the basement tier. For many sides, the league remains their most important competition.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: The Dubs are beatable and 4 more things we learned from the football league campaign The Dubs are beatable, their rivals are growing in confidence and Leinster counties are on the rise. Subscribe Apr 1st 2019, 5:42 PM 39 Comments 24,875 Views Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM By Kevin O’Brien https://the42.ie/4571187 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Don de gamètes : les donneurs ne seront plus anonymes s’ils le souhaitentFrance – Sur décision du conseil des ministres, l’identité d’un donneur de gamètes sera désormais accessible, si ce dernier le permet.Dans le cadre de la révision des lois de bioéthique par le gouvernement, révision dirigée par la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot, il a été décidé que l’identité des donneurs de gamètes ne serait plus secrète, si ceux-ci consentent à ce que leur identité soit éventuellement révélée un jour.Ainsi, cette nouvelle mesure prévoit un “accès à l’identité du donneur pour les personnes issues d’un don de gamètes” et cela en partie pour “responsabiliser” chaque don, tout en considérant les questions futures de chaque enfant. Parmi les autres mesures proposées, l’AFP explique que désormais, le don croisé d’organes sera possible, ainsi que la congélation ovocytaire ultrarapide. Les couples pacsés pourront bientôt profiter également de l’Assistance médicale à la procréation, qui reste en revanche interdite d’accès aux homosexuels et aux mères célibataires.Le 21 octobre 2010 à 10:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Entomophobics, beware.DailymotionTIME BEETLEFirst appearance: “Turn Left” (2008)—season 4, episode 11Home planet: N/ADoctor: TenthCompanion: Donna Noble, Rose TylerWhat if you could change the past? Turn right instead of left, and alter history?During a festive trip to the planet Shan Shen, Donna reluctantly agrees to have her fortune told. After all, the reading is “free for red hair.”Suspiciously interested not in Donna’s future but her past—specifically, the moments that led to her meeting the Doctor—the medium continues pressing for information as something crawls onto Donna’s back.That something is a Time Beetle.DailymotionAn unsettlingly huge insectoid capable of manipulating time, the creature is described as working for The Trickster, a recurring enemy in The Sarah Jane Adventures, whose M.O. is to alter history by changing pivotal moments.It turns out, without a drenched would-be-bride to talk some sense into a vengeful Doctor in a secret basement under the River Thames, the world would be a very different, much darker place.Donna is thrust into a parallel universe, where the Time Lord drowned in the flood he caused during an encounter with the Empress of the Racnoss in “The Runaway Bride.” Without the time traveler there to stop repeated alien raids (the Titanic’s descent into Buckingham Palace, the American populace being transformed into Adipose, the loss of the Torchwood team defeating the Sontaran invasion), England rapidly descends into a third-world country.One bright spot in this fading earth: the reappearance of Rose Tyler.DailymotionDropping in often to steer Donna and her family away from impending death, the former companion never reveals her identity: “Across too many different realities, trust me—the wrong word in the wrong place can change an entire causal nexus.”All the while, people—friends, co-workers, strangers on the street, even Rose—keep eyeing Donna’s back, constantly looking over her shoulder as if there’s something there that they can’t quite see.Eventually convinced of the coming “darkness” Rose warned her about, Donna agrees to join forces with the blonde time traveler and UNIT to remove the Time Beetle.DailymotionBish bash bosh, Donna finds herself back on Shan Shen, bereft of the beetle, and standing over a cowering fortune teller, stammering “What are you? What will you be?”The Time Beetle, as many Doctor Who villains turn out to be, is not the express bad guy. Rather, this was Davies’ way of introducing The Trickster, played by Paul Marc Davis on Sarah Jane’s spinoff, to Who audiences in what he called “the cheap episode.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.
Nelson: “So, we will go over and make sure that the car seat actually fits in the car and that the child actually fits in the car seat.” Station 1 is located on the corner of Binkley and Wilson Streets right across from Safeway. Brad Nelson the Coordinator of Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids: “Once a month we visit all of the fire stations; Kenai, Nikiski, CES, and we will do a Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Check-up event. What it is if you don’t have a car seat or if your not sure car seat is installed correctly or if you’d just like us to check it out, swing on by and we will check out your car seat.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services personnel will be hosting a Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Car Seat Check event at Station 1, in Soldotna, this afternoon. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., this afternoon. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to register prior to showing up.
If all schools in a district qualify for a waiver, the entire district will also get a waiver from state ratings this year unless they receive the top rating. Districts will also receive waivers if 10 percent or more of their student body is enrolled in a school that received a waiver. A 2015 state law requires the state to sanction school districts that have failing schools for more than four years by taking over the school district or forcibly shutting down the low-performing schools. School districts with waivers for their chronically failing campuses this year will also get a break from state sanctions, Morath said.Houston ISD has 10 schools that are chronically low-performing in state ratings and is depending on a Hurricane Harvey waiver to avoid state sanctions next year.But the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that four of those 10 schools would likely not qualify for waivers, which would trigger state sanctions if they receive failing state ratings this year.Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, released a statement Wednesday promising to “vigorously analyze” Morath’s proposal. He represents Mading Elementary School, which has been rated failing for four years — and might not meet the any of the criteria for a waiver.“I will encourage Mading to individually appeal to TEA the denial of a Harvey Waiver and would give the same advice to any other Harvey-affected school that does not meet the proposed criteria,” he said in the statement.Houston ISD officials put out a statement saying they expect to do well on state tests this year. “Despite the challenges we have faced this school year, our data shows that our students performed well on state assessments,” the statement reads. “We will receive final scores in August, and any appeal decisions by November.”Schools and districts that don’t automatically receive a waiver under Morath’s criteria can appeal. Morath said more schools and districts will be eligible for waivers from state ratings than from previous storms. After Hurricane Ike, schools could only receive waivers if they were closed for 10 or more days. Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneTexas Education Commissioner Mike Morath released details on how districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey can be exempted from state ratings.Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Wednesday released the criteria he will use to decide how to waive state ratings for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey, more than nine months after it made landfall.Schools impacted by Harvey that are set to receive failing state ratings this year, based largely on standardized tests, will instead get a waiver or a “not rated” label — if they meet Morath’s criteria. But school administrators have repeatedly asked Morath to waive state ratings for all schools in the disaster area, instead of just the percentage that meet his criteria, arguing the mental health and academic impacts of the storm apply to all students and teachers in the region.According to the released rules, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered for a waiver: The school has 10 percent or more enrolled students who were displaced or homeless due to Hurricane Harvey. The school reported 10 percent or more teachers homeless due to the hurricane.The school was closed for 10 or more class days post-Harvey.The school had to hold classes in a different location or share a campus, at least through winter break, due to hurricane-related damages.
Women who drink about an extra litre-and-a-half of water daily are nearly 50 per cent less likely to suffer from bladder infections, especially in premenopausal stages, a new study has found.According to researchers from the University of Texas in the US, more fluids help to reduce bacteria and limit the ability of bacteria to attach to the bladder.”The study is important because more than half of all women report having bladder infections, which are one of the most common infections in women,” said Yair Lotan, Professor of Urology with the Simmons Cancer Center at the varsity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the team focussed on 140 women with recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI), who typically drank fewer than 1.5 liters of fluid (about six 8-ounce glasses) a day. For 12 months, they asked half of these women to continue their usual fluid intake and asked the other half to drink an additional 1.5 litres of water daily.The findings revealed that 93 per cent of the women who drank an additional 1.5 litres of water daily had two or fewer episodes of cystitis – a type of UTI – while 88 per cent of women in the control group had three or more episodes.Further, Lotan noted that more than a quarter of women experience a secondary infection within six months of an initial infection and 44 to 77 per cent will have a recurrence within a year.The increased consumption of fluid could also help reduce the use of antibiotics as such infections are typically treated with antibiotics,Lotan said.
Kolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has proposed mandatory reservation of 20 percent space in big housing complexes to charge electric vehicles.The NKDA is bringing changes in the building rules incorporating the new provision. Plots measuring more than two hectares will be bought under the purview of the new law. It may be mentioned that 10 AC slow-charging points have been installed by NKDA at various parts in New Town between October 2018- July 2019 and revenue worth Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRs 19,450 have been generated as a result. In addition, the Indian Oil COCO (Company Owned, Company Operated) fuel pump also has two charging facilities. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has proposed eight new DC fast chargers at locations including Eco Park Gate 1, Eco Park Gate 4, Tata Medical Centre, Eco Space and Axis Mall. A high-level meeting was held between senior officials of NKDA headed by Debashis Sen its chairman and EESL last week to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding to install additional electric vehicle charging stations in New Town. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt has been decided that NKDA/HIDCO will give permission to install the DC Fast Charging Units to EESL. The installations will be made by EESL. NKDA/HIDCO will arrange for power connections. Revenue earned through charging will be shared with NKDA/HIDCO. Vehicles will pay parking charges as applicable. Hidco is operating three electric buses and three more are being planned to put in service and for this, charging stations with high speed DC chargers are installed at three locations of New Town. “Charge Anxiety”, which is panic-striken condition that charge will be exhausted on road before reaching the destination or next charging point, often affects users of electric vehicles. Sen, who uses EV (E2O) for over a year, told the officials of EESL how he had to keep an eye on the charge dial while on road. To encourage people to use more and more EVs to reduce air pollution and global warming, it is necessary to have EV chargers at frequent intervals.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Reuters Samsung Electronics Co Ltd teased the market with hints of a new version of its Gear smartwatch on Friday, the same day that rival Apple Inc’s long-awaited wearable devices went on sale.The South Korean tech giant’s official blog post showed images of smartwatch with a round face — which would be a first for Samsung – and naming several partners, including Baidu Inc, Yelp Inc and CNN.Samsung also said it would release a wearable software development kit for third-party developers ahead of the launch.The blog post came as the Apple Watch went on sale without the fanfare typical of the U.S. firm’s major product rollouts.Apple’s offering is still expected to sell much better than any rival products to date. Researcher IHS expects shipments of more than 19 million Apple Watches this year, more than five times the number of all smartwatches shipped globally in 2014.Samsung has launched six smartwatches since 2013 to build an early lead in the nascent market, but sales have been modest. IHS estimates that Samsung accounted for nearly 1 million of the 3.6 million smartwatches shipped globally last year.The South Korean firm gave no other details on the new Gear smartwatch, such as when it may start selling, though the head of the firm’s mobile business said earlier in April that Samsung would launch products in the near future.(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Tony Munroe and Christopher Cushing) Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 24, 2015 2 min read