PVL: Motolite posts first win, keeps BaliPure winless

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Pacifictown-Army bounces back for 3-2 record Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Motolite finally broke through the win column after blasting BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18, Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Motolite Spikers got around to use their formidable roster to score their first win in five matches.Middle spiker Maristela Layug found her groove, scoring eight points to help up Motolite’s usual scorers.The Water Defenders dropped to the bottom of the standings with a 0-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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Josh Hazlewood pleads guilty after abusing umpire during tense Christchurch Test

first_imgAustralian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood pleaded guilty to a dissent charge after launching an expletive-laden tirade when a decision went against him in the second Test versus New Zealand on Tuesday.With New Zealand battling to build a second innings lead in the first session on the fourth day, Hazlewood was convinced he had trapped Kane Williamson lbw only for umpire Ranmore Martinesz to deny the appeal.Captain Steve Smith asked for a review, though ‘hot-spot’ technology showed Williamson, the key wicket the Australians needed in their push for victory, had got a thin inside edge onto his pad, so ball tracking was not examined. (2nd Test: Jackson Bird takes five as Australia close in on victory vs New Zealand)The big screen did not show a clear picture of the hot-spot and Hazlewood exploded, with stump microphones capturing his tirade. Smith then confronted Martinesz mid-pitch.Williamson, who had an earlier lbw verdict overturned, fell for 97 after lunch as the hosts posted a total of 335, giving the visitors a 201-victory target.Australia reached 70 for one at the close of play.The outburst from Hazlewood, and ‘teapot’ impersonation by Smith dominated social media afterwards. The fast bowler pleaded guilty later to showing dissent, a team spokesperson said.”We probably thought it was out, but those 50-50 calls either go your way or they don’t,” said Australia bowler Jackson Bird, who took career-best figures of 5-59.”Test cricket is a hard game and tempers can rise and people can get frustrated sometimes. If we did overstep the line, the match referee and the on field umpires and the ICC are there to adjudicate that.”advertisementTuesday’s incident was the latest where technology has created an issue on the field between the two teams.During the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide last November, third umpire Nigel Llong failed to give Nathan Lyon out despite hot-spot technology showing he had clearly hit the ball before a catch was taken.In the final one-day match in Hamilton earlier this month, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was dismissed after the crowd saw a replay on the big screen that showed he had been caught and bowled by Matt Henry and promptly issued a chorus of boos.Umpires Ian Gould and Derek Walker heard the crowd reaction then asked third umpire Sundaram Ravi for a review, which confirmed the dismissal and prompted an angry reaction from the Australians.In the first test in Wellington, Doug Bracewell bowled Adam Voges for seven only to be called for a no-ball by umpire Richard Illingworth. Replays showed the delivery was legal.Voges went on to score 239 that set up their massive innings and 52 run victory.New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, who was batting with Williamson at the time of the latest incident, said the big screen replays had not been that clear for the players.”I know from the big screen there’s a few bits and pieces (that) are harder to tell,” he said.”I know we’ve been on the end of those where you want a wicket so badly and you want something to happen…and it doesn’t quite go your way.”It’s happened before and it’ll happen again.”last_img read more

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Giannis Vows to Join Greek National Team in 2019 World Cup (Vid & Pics)

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK – “I don’t want to think about (being the) MVP. But, I want to be there for the Greek National Team. I wish I’m fit enough by the end of the season in order to represent Greece,” the Greek super star Giannis Antetokounmpo said to The National Herald’s journalist Christodoulos Athanasatos.Earlier, the “Greek Freak” had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.In an arena that is traditionally painted in the gray and black of the Brooklyn Nets, every visit from Giannis Antetokounmpo morphs the Barclays Center into a sea of blue and white, dotted with Greek flags. The Super League Athletic Academy (SLAA), spearheaded by its director Dimitris Pristouris, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Nets make it so when Giannis visits, it’s Greek Night at the Barclays. There were approximately an astounding 2,500 organized Greeks in attendance for the game.“They are amazing! They support me since the very first day I came to NBA”, Giannis said about the hundreds of Greek-Americans who cheered for him and waved Greek flags at Barclays Center on Monday night.The promise to give the “present” with the “blue-white” in the Mundo-Basket of China, since he is healthy at the end of the season, gave Milwaukee’s Greek star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, immediately after another meeting with the New Hellenes Abroad York at the Barclay’s Center.last_img read more

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Watch: Kuldeep Yadav smears cake on MS Dhoni. Mahi has his revenge

first_imgKuldeep Yadav, who has been with the Indian team for a little over a year, realised you could not get away by smearing birthday cake on MS Dhoni. The former India cricketer celebrated his 37th birthday in England and videos and photos of some happy scenes went viral.In Cardiff, soon after the second T20I between India and England, Dhoni cut a cake in the company of daughter Ziva, wife Sakshi, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and other teammates. While that went well without any cake-smashing, things were not so smooth in Bristol.After the Indian team arrived in South West England for the final T20I of the three-match series, Dhoni was asked to cut another cake. This time Kuldeep was brave enough to smear cake on Dhoni’s face.#TeamIndia has reached Bristol and upon arrival it is time to celebrate#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/298C0Ti9eQBCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2018Suresh Raina, Kuldeep’s Uttar Pradesh teammate and Dhoni’s long-term lietenant at Chennai Super Kings, helped Mahi exact revenge. Raina got hold of Kuldeep and pinned him down so Dhoni could rub some cake on the face of the young left-arm chinaman bowler.After exacting his revenge, Dhoni said on social media, “This is what happens when u keeping bossing around for the whole year and finally youngsters get a chance to give it back.thanks guys for making the day special.”MS Dhoni turns 37: 37 cool facts about Captain CooladvertisementKuldeep has had a sensational tour of the United Kingdom so far. In Ireland, he snared seven wickets from two T20Is before ripping England apart in Manchester with a five-wicket haul. He has repeatedly credited Dhoni and Kohli for his bowling form in India, South Africa and elsehwhere.MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, AnushkaThis has been another birthday for Dhoni to remember. On Friday, he became the third Indian to play 500 international matches – in the process, he joined Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in an elite club.Last year, Dhoni celebrated his birthday in West Indies. Kuldeep had made his ODI debut on the same tour.last_img read more

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Messi or Ronaldo? The Top 20 scorers of 2017

first_imgGoal 50 Messi, Ronaldo & the Top 20 scorers of 2017 Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Ronaldo Messi Split Getty/Goal Goal 50 Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona UEFA Champions League Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 PSG Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund Napoli Roma Lazio Sporting CP Cristiano Ronaldo Harry Kane Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Edin Džeko Robert Lewandowski Stats Ahead of the unveiling of the Goal 50 on Tuesday, we run through the most prolific players from across the globe since the turn of the year On Tuesday, the 2017 Goal 50 will be unveiled, our annual list of the 50 best players in the world.Cristiano Ronaldo claimed last year’s prize and is in contention to retain his crown after firing Real Madrid to a Liga and Champions League double last season.The forward’s goals also played a key role in Portugal’s qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Russia but how many did he actually net in 2017? Interestingly, not as many as Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi has scored more than any other player this year, 51 for club and country combined, to be precise – and in just 56 games to boot.Messi 15/4 to be CL top scorer No. Player Total Games Total Goals 1 Lionel Messi 56 51 2 Robert Lewandowski 46 47 3 Harry Kane 42 45 4 Cristiano Ronaldo 51 45 5 Edinson Cavani 51 44 6 Dragan Boskovic 37 41 7 Jaja Coelho 49 38 8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 45 37 9 Ciro Immobile 47 37 10 Bas Dost 43 35 11 Romelu Lukaku 45 35 12 Edin Dzeko 47 34 13 Dries Mertens 51 33 14 Radamel Falcao 43 32 15 Jonas 40 31 16 Vincent Aboubakar 57 31 17 Albert Prosa 39 30 18 Eran Zahavi 35 28 19 Sergio Aguero 40 28 20 Alexandre Lacazette 42 28 Lewandowski racked up 47 goals in just 46 appearances for Bayern and Poland, meaning he averaged more than a goal a game in 2017.However, the best goals-to-games ratio among our top 20 belongs to the man in third place, Tottenham and England hero Harry Kane, who struck 45 times in only 42 outings.Ronaldo bagged as many goals as the 24-year-old but in nine games more and his inferior average means the Portuguese has to settle for fourth spot.Lionel Messi BarcelonaRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichCristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v TottenhamElsewhere, Edinson Cavani ranks fifth, with 44 goals in 51 matches, which only serves to illustrate that the PSG and Uruguay striker really is in the form of his life.Sixth and seventh place are occupied by two players probably unfamiliar to most readers, Dragan Boskovic and Jaja Coelho, both of whom have scored freely for Bangkok United and Buriram United this year.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes eighth spot, which only makes it all the more mystifying that not one of Europe’s elite made a summer swoop for the prolific Gabon international once it became clear that Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell.Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and Sporting hotshot Bas Dost round off the top 10, with both presently enjoying the most prolific periods of their careers.Elsewhere, Belgium duo Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens are 11th and 13th, respectively, which is a particularly impressive achievement by the latter, given he was only converted into a striker a year ago.Meanwhile, the resurgent Radamel Falcao ranks 14th but there is no room in the top 20 for the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, who was pipped to the final spot on our list by Alexandre Lacazette.The Brazilian scored as many goals as the Frenchman but in more games, so the PSG ace misses out. Will Neymar feature in the Goal 50, though? Find out on Tuesday, when the full list is revealed at 1200 BST!The Goal 50 is an annual award that both recognises and ranks the world’s 50 best footballers of the preceding 12 months. Chief editors and correspondents from Goal’s 37 editions around the world all cast their votes, with candidates judged on their level of consistency over the previous year of action, their big-game performances, footballing legacy and the success of their teams at both club and international level.last_img read more

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Waistcoat sales up as Gareth Southgate sets trend at World Cup

first_imgFor years, football fans have been able to emulate the look of their idols with replica shirts, but this World Cup something different is happening: supporters are rushing to buy replicas of Gareth Southgate’s England waistcoat.Marks & Spencer, which has been the official suit supplier to the England team since 2007, said demand for waistcoats has risen 35% thanks to what they say is “the Gareth Southgate effect”.A full replica suit will set fans back £265. For an additional £25, fans can also pick up the red, white and blue tie that the England manager has been wearing during the tournament in Russia.The suits, which were unveiled to little fanfare back in May, are made of merino wool woven by the Alfred Brown mill in Yorkshire which also supplied the fabric for England’s 2014 World Cup suits, and for the Team GB uniform for the 2012 London Olympics.The trend for adopting more formal wear has been described as “reverse casualisation” – a reaction by a younger generation to their parents opting to wear casual leisurewear into their forties and fifties.The look may not be ideal, however, if the UK’s heatwave continues. Before England’s match with Panama in the heat of Nizhny Novgorod, Southgate joked in an interview that the light-blue shirt he wears on the touchline might be very revealing of just how much he was sweating.The popularity of Southgate’s waistcoat has sealed his reputation as one of the more stylish managers at the 2018 World Cup – although he has not escaped some fashion criticism. The bottom button on a waistcoat is traditionally left undone – apparently a style adopted in deference to rotund monarchs being unable to fasten them – but Southgate has been pictured with all his buttons done up.Despite that, Southgate has greatly improved on his previous highest profile fashion moment for England. The much-maligned “grey” away kit that England wore for the first time in a competitive match at their Euro96 semi-final has become synonymous with the image of a dismayed Southgate after he missed the crucial penalty kick against Germany. World Cup Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Gareth Southgate World Cup 2018 Men’s fashion England’s Gareth Southgate bows his head after missing from the spot during the Euro96 semifinal. Photograph: Lynne Sladky/AP Twitter The grey kit was designed by Umbro in that colour, specifically to go well with blue jeans. With the Southgate-inspired resurgence of the waistcoat, we wait to see what effect this trend may have on future England kit designs. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on Facebook Marks & Spencercenter_img Support The Guardian Pinterest Facebook Retail industry Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn news England Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Wärtsiläs Third Quarter Order Intake Up

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä said that its performance in the third quarter “was satisfactory” as the company reported a rise of 19% in its order intake for the period.While the company ended the quarter with an order intake of EUR 1.35 billion, up from EUR 1.13 billion reported in the same period a year earlier, its net sales increased by 9% to EUR 1.17 billion from EUR 1.07 billion in the corresponding periods.For the nine-month period ended September 30 Wärtsilä’s order intake was up by 15% to EUR 4.13 billion from EUR 3.6 billion seen in the first nine months of 2016. Net sales for the same period increased 7% to EUR 3.47 billion from EUR 3.24 billion.“I am pleased with the continued growth in order intake. In addition to good demand for our power generation solutions, we received an order to build our third LNG terminal in Finland, which will be located in Hamina. The project will provide cleaner fuel for both marine transport applications and local industry,” Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO, said.“A favourable contracting mix in the marine markets supported order intake growth in Marine Solutions,” according to Eskola.He added that the high level of activity in the cruise segment over the past few years “has lengthened delivery times for both yards and equipment suppliers,” while the continued demand for long-term service agreements resulted in order intake growth also for Services.The company’s total order book at the end of the review period was stable at EUR 5.07 billion, compared to EUR 5.02 billion seen a year earlier. The Services order book totalled EUR 1.19 billion, surging by 16% from the same period last year due to increased demand for long-term service agreements. The Energy Solutions order book increased by 10%, while the Marine Solutions order book decreased by 12%.Wärtsilä’s third quarter operating result was EUR 130 million, against EUR 122 million seen in 2016. For the review period January-September 2017 the operating result was EUR 327 million, rising from EUR 301 million.last_img read more

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UN agency appoints Tunisian film star Ambassador against Hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed Tunisian film star Hend Sabry as an “Ambassador against Hunger” to help the agency fight hunger in developing countries around the world, especially in the Middle East region. “I am delighted to be part of WFP’s efforts to help the hungriest people in the world and I will use my profile among film fans to show how even small contributions from individual people can help to ease hunger by feeding hungry children,” said Ms. Sabry. Since February 2009, Ms. Sabry has travelled to Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, and visited people receiving food assistance from WFP to see the impact of the agency’s work on the lives of vulnerable people.The actress’s initial plan includes visiting WFP’s operations in Yemen, where the programme is helping more than 175,000 people affected by the ongoing conflict in the northern part of the country. She is also planning to visit school meal programmes in Egypt and the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as other projects worldwide where WFP is providing meals to some 22 million children – about half of them girls.“Providing proper nutrition to young children is a simple and effective way of saving the next generation, and building a better future for millions,” Ms. Sabry said. Over the past year, the compounding effects of the economic crisis – which followed the 2008 high food price crisis – has pushed the number of hungry people past one billion for the first time in history.“We have realized the power of celebrities in winning the hearts and minds of people and we are confident that Hend will bring the Arab world’s attention to how much hunger and suffering there is in the world,” said Daly Belgasmi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.Among Ms. Sabry’s first roles will be to film a number of public service announcements next week with fellow Ambassador against Hunger and Egyptian film veteran Mahmoud Yassin. 12 January 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed Tunisian film star Hend Sabry as an “Ambassador against Hunger” to help the agency fight hunger in developing countries around the world, especially in the Middle East region. read more

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TSX down as traders look to Fed meeting

The Toronto stock market was lower Friday as traders looked ahead to next week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and hope that the central bank will provide clues as to whether it plans to ease off on some of its economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 34.11 points to 12,243.02.The Canadian dollar was up 0.03 of a cent to 98.4 cents US amid a disappointing update on Canadian manufacturing.Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 2.4 per cent in April to $48.2 billion. It’s the fourth decline in five months and the largest monthly percentage drop since August 2009.The agency says lower sales in the petroleum and coal product and primary metal industries were largely responsible for the decline.U.S. indexes were little changed amid signs of a weakening American manufacturing sector and consumer sentiment.The Dow Jones industrials rose 10.56 points to 15,186.64 as May industrial production was flat. Economists had expected a 0.3 per cent increase after production fell by 0.5 per cent in April.The University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index came in at 82.7, well below expectations that it would remain at a five year high of 84.5.The Nasdaq was down 1.95 points to 3,443.41 and the S&P 500 index edged up 1.37 points to 1,637.73. Concerns about Fed intentions have weighed on markets since late last month. That’s when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the Fed might pull back on its US$85 billion-a-month bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, if economic data improves, especially hiring.The QE program has underpinned a strong rally on U.S. markets.The Fed holds its next regularly scheduled meeting on interest rates next Tuesday and Wednesday and wraps up with a news conference by Bernanke.Hopes for more details were fuelled Thursday by a Wall Street Journal story that suggested Bernanke will likely use next week’s meeting to try to calm market worries that the central bank is in a hurry to moderate its bond purchases.Consumer staples were the biggest gainer as shares in Empire Co. (TSX:EMP.A) continued to charge ahead after the majority owner of grocer Sobey’s announced plans Wednesday to take over rival Canada Safeway for $5.8 billion in cash. Its shares were up $1.98 to $76.75 after jumping 10.59 per cent on Thursday.Utilities were ahead 0.46 per cent following a string of losses. Speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive/interest-rate sensitive sectors such as REITS, utilities, telecom and pipeline stocks.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) gained 47 cents to $32.77. On Thursday, New York regulators cleared the way for Fortis Inc. to buy CH Energy Group, the parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion.Techs were also supportive with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 44 cents to $15.14, adding to a gain of about six per cent Thursday after Societe Generale raised its rating on the stock to “buy” from “sell,” saying channel checks show the Canadian smartphone maker’s new devices are selling well.Telecoms fell 0.5 per cent and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back 29 cents to $44.34.Financials shed 0.33 per cent with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) down 38 cents to $56.85.Commodity prices were higher with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.20 to US$97.89 a barrel. The energy sector was off 0.2 per centThe base metals sector was off 0.16 per cent as July copper was up two cents to US$3.20 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 10 cents to C$17.37.The gold sector was off about 0.7 per cent as August bullion rose $10.20 to US$1,388 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 32 cents to $28.60.Markets have also been weighed down by concerns that the Bank of Japan has done all it is prepared to do to stimulate the Japanese economy.In April, the Bank of Japan announced a massive stimulus in an attempt to get inflation up to two per cent. The euphoria that drove the Nikkei up to five-year highs has been followed by wild fluctuations. The index is now around 20 per cent down from its May 23 peak, leaving the market in bear market territory.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, the regional heavyweight, gained 1.9 per cent in Friday trading, recovering some of its losses after Thursday’s 6.4 per cent plunge .China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 per cent, coming off its lowest close in six months following Thursday’s 2.8 per cent slide. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.4 per cent and Seoul added 0.4 per cent.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.02 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.98 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.6 per cent. read more

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American Express 2Q profits rise 9 beating expectations

NEW YORK — American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards.The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That’s up from earnings of $1.62 billion, or $1.84 a share, in the same period a year earlier. Analysts were looking for AmEx to earn $2.03 a share, according to FactSet.The improving economy has convinced more U.S. consumers to spend, and take on increasing amounts of credit card debt, which benefits AmEx’s bottom line. Its cardmembers spent $311.7 billion on its cards worldwide in the quarter, up from $296.5 billion a year earlier.Meanwhile individual U.S. cardmember spending rose to $5,445 in the quarter, up from $5,275 in 2018.American Express makes most of its money off of fees it charges merchants to accept their cards. The more money spent by consumers at these merchants, the more AmEx earns in processing fees.AmEx has also been encouraging its customers to carry a balance, even on its traditional cards that typically had to be paid off at the end of each month. The company had $72.6 billion in loans to customers at the end of the second quarter, up from $66.3 billion a year earlier.Other financial companies have been reporting similar gains in their consumer banking businesses. JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, two of American Express’ biggest competitors, both reported higher credit card revenue and interest revenue.Total revenue for the company, net of interest expense, was $10.84 billion, up from $10.00 billion a year earlier.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press read more

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Transfer station to close for repairs

The waste transfer station in Simcoe will be unavailable to haulers and local residents for about a week this fall.The scale at the front entrance is worn out and needs to be replaced.“The weigh scale is an important piece of the operation at the Simcoe Transfer Station, which provides residents a place to dispose of additional waste that cannot be placed at the curb,” Merissa Bokla, Norfolk’s supervisor of waste management, said in a report to Norfolk council Tuesday.“The weigh scale is necessary to ensure Norfolk County recoups costs for the disposal of materials brought to the transfer station through the collection of tipping fees.”Norfolk County planned to spend $50,000 on the project but has since learned that the scale’s in-ground housing also needs to be replaced. At Tuesday’s meeting, Norfolk council increased the budget for the project to $109,000.Jason Godby, Norfolk’s interim general manager of public works, said the housing is deteriorating and will need to be replaced in a few years. Installing a new scale and then re-installing it after the housing project is finished is a needless expense that can be avoided by doing everything at once, he said.Charlotteville Coun. Chris VanPaassen said that is a good idea.“Instead of doing half a job three times, we’ll do it right the first time,” Van Paassen said. “That would be cheaper.”The current equipment is more than 25 years old. The county hopes to get 25 to 30 years out of its replacement.Plans are to switch to a hydraulic weighing mechanism from an electronic one. In her report, Bokla explained that hydraulic equipment doesn’t seize up in cold weather. As well, hydraulic scales are less vulnerable to lightning strikes.“The weigh scale has been hit by lightning, causing extensive damage to equipment and down time which result in lost revenue to the county,” her report says.Bokla added that – during cold spells – the county has had to call in a contractor to de-ice the unit with a hot power wash.The county will serve notice when the project is about to begin. Haulers and residents can hang onto their waste or they can drop it off at the county’s other transfer station at 1180 South Walsingham Road 3, near Port Rowan.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Funding shortfall forces UN to scale back food aid to Syrian refugees

WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva today that in January, her agency had been able to assist 220,000 refugees in 20 camps throughout Turkey, but that last month, it had been forced to reduce that number to 154,000, after having to withdraw from 9 camps. Ms. Byrs said predicting donation amounts is a “real challenge” as it is necessary to know those amounts before informing refugees outside of camps that WFP would launch assistance, but knowing that WFP would require $9 million each month for its assistance to Syrian refugees, a funding shortfall of $71 million in donations is being projected for all of 2015. Since 2011, WFP has been providing food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Turkey through an innovative electronic voucher (e-food card) system, Ms. Byrs said, adding that the system has made it possible for refugees to buy their food in shops like anybody else.“Unfortunately,” she explained, “due to a critical shortage of funding, WFP is unable to provide assistance at the same levels as before.”Ms. Byrs emphasized how important that system is for refugees, saying that Turkey has welcomed the highest number of Syrian refugees, estimated at 1.7 million in 20 camps across the country.Turkey had already spent $4.5 billion to protect and assist the refugees since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, and that since 2011, she said, WFP had injected almost $700 million into the Turkish economy through its e-food card program and large-scale food purchases.WFP’s Syria Crisis emergency response, which provides life-saving food assistance to more than four million Syrians who have been displaced across all 14 governorates of Syria in addition to at least two million Syrian refugees in the Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, in addition to Turkey. Inside Syria, WFP provides food rations, while refugees in the neighbouring countries primarily receive assistance through WFP’s electronic food vouchers programme that allows them to buy the food they need from local shops. read more

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Invention uses sea water as radio antenna

first_imgWater is a very useful compound. Not only is it required to keep us living organisms alive, it has many practical applications. It can be used for mundane purposes like cooling us off during those hot summer months, or industrial applications, where at high speed water can cut through steel. Now someone has found a new way to make water, specifically sea water, act like a radio antenna.Invented by SPAWAR System Center Pacific, this sea water antenna system uses the power of magnetic induction to let ordinary sea water receive and transmit radio signals. The process works by pumping a stream of sea water through a current probe and depending on the height of the stream; it can be used for UHF, VHF or HF radio frequencies.One application for the sea water antenna could be for military water craft where limited space makes current antenna real estate on a ship very limited Or, the water antenna system could be used commercially for other waterborne craft for normal communications or in emergency situations as a backup antenna, for example. Check the video for more details and practical use examples.More research is being conducted on the sea water antenna as we speak, but something tells us we could be seeing these sea water antenna devices used increasingly fairly soon.Read more at YouTube, via Makelast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img#DESTRUCTIVE GUSTS: A ‘monster’ cyclone is battering Australia with 270km/h gusts.#ON TOPIC: The UK Daily Mail has come under fire this morning for running a ‘moronic’ front page focusing on the legs of Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May.#USA USA USA: Oklahoma residents armed with machine guns are going to be allowed hunt pigs from helicopters.PARTING SHOT Relax and watch the heartwarming moment a Wexford family was reunited with their stolen dog after six months. [DailyEdge] Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Fine Gael confirm confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan, Minister Fitzgerald said she wasn’t aware of scale of garda scandal and two Mountjoy prisoners attacked – it’s the Evening Fix. Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 9:09 PM Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Share7 Tweet Email Short URL By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 28th 2017, 9:09 PM Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3311932 5 Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ieFine Gael have confirmed they’ve confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan, while Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have taken the opposite stance.Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of the garda traffic scandal after senior officers held a press conference last week.The Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) has said his organisation alerted gardaí on two separate occasions to discrepancies in breath test numbers before action was taken.Two inmates in Mountjoy Prison have been injured in an attack this morning.Those who “willfully” waste water will face prosecution under proposed new plans.London will “consider all options” after Easter if talks to reestablish power-sharing fail.34 infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green light by the government.Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Jasmine Scally who is missing from Kildare.Michael Healy-Rae was left in a state of shock after a choking fit turned his hands and lips purple and left him requiring emergency treatment.Dublin could get new eight-storey hotel as vacant “scourge” set to be demolished.Irish adults will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday.An investigation is underway after ‘human waste’ was found in cans at a Coca-Cola plant in AntrimINTERNATIONAL  It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. pic.twitter.com/V3RpFSgfnO— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 13,344 Views last_img read more

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Google Launches Scrollable Magazine Newspaper Aggregator

first_imgFast Flip also has a recommendation engine behind it that tracks reading behavior, suggesting similar content from other sources. “In short, you get fast browsing, natural magazine-style navigation, recommendations from friends and other members of the community and a selection of content that is serendipitous and personalized,” said the announcement.Interestingly, partners heavily favor magazine publishers at this point, including Fast Company, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Esquire, SPIN, and others. There are a few large newspapers—The New York Times, Washington Post—and online-only content sites—Salon, The Daily Beast, Slate—as well.Colin Doody, business development and marketing manager for Fast Company, said he’s pleased with the service so far. Referral traffic has been “significant” though he expects it to calm down after a preliminary review phase.Money isn’t the motivator, he said. Google will get the lion’s share of revenues. “The revenue share is nothing different. It’s based on a 50/50 split and only defined on pages that Fast Company pages get popped up on. Google still captures the majority of the units.”Nevertheless, Doody said his team likes Fast Flip better than Google News, especially for the branding. “We’re big fans of it. I like the fact that there’s branding on it and I know right away what the source is.”Google is essentially testing Fast Flip as an online equivalent of the vented wide-mouth beer can, allowing more readers to consume more content more quickly. “[Fast Flip] also tests our theory that being able to read articles faster means people will read more of them, driving more ad revenue to publishers,” said Google.Publishers were given the choice of submitting a custom RSS feed forspecific content to be picked up by Fast Flip, or having Google crawlcontent as it normally does. Publishers also have a get-out clause,said Doody, and Google can’t make changes to content without priorapproval. Publishers control what content is made available through theservice.Doody is less than enthused about the lack of hyperlinks in the Webpage image, and says there’s about a six or seven hour delay in contentpickup. “But that could be because it’s just day one,” he said.   The product emphasizes interface over search and it’s not hard to imagine scrolling through these pages on a mobile device. Indeed, Google has a version of Fast Flip for Android devices and the iPhone.Fast Flip is another step for Google in capturing content in at-a-glance formats. In late 2008, Google added digitized magazine archives to its books.google.com site. The digital copies are exact replicas—scans—of the original print issues, including ads. Google has launched a news product called Fast Flip—a scrollable collection of thumbnail images of article pages from a current stable of about 40 content partners. Participating publishers will share in contextual ad revenue.Google designed Fast Flip to mimic a “seamless” print reading experience with a faster load time. Image files of Web pages are presented in a scrolling slide-show format, allowing readers to browse article pages without the wait. “What we need instead is a way to flip through articles really fast without unnatural delays, just as we can in print,” said Google in its blog announcement. “The flow should feel seamless and let you rapidly flip forward to the content you like, without the constant wait for things to load.”Clicking on an image takes the reader to that story on the publisher’s Web site. There are no individual links within the page image. Images are too small to read individually in the Fast Flip interface, so readers are encouraged to click through to the site itself.Readers can browse by brand, topic, section, popular, recent and other formats.last_img read more

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Cottages Gardens Launches New Print Publication in San Francisco

first_imgCottages & Gardens Publications, publisher of high-end regional shelter titles, is launching a new magazine for the San Francisco market. The first issue of SFC&G will hit newsstands in the Bay Area in April 2014. The launch marks a 3,000-mile leap for the previously East Coast-focused publisher.Circulation for the new regional magazine will start at 40,000. While frequency is 6 issues per year for the time being, Cottages & Gardens’ CEO & Publication Director Marianne Howatson expresses hope for future growth of their first West Coast edition.”Our magazines always try to reflect the ‘sense of place’ within a region” Howatson says, “and San Francisco is an area which currently has a very vibrant design market.” The new edition for the San Francisco market will soon occupy a section of the Cottages & Gardens website, and although Howatson says that the large glossy magazines simply hold too much content to be compressed onto mobile and tablet platforms as of yet, she revealed that C&G is currently exploring options for a mobile app. In turn, Cottages & Gardens Publications considers event integration to be a strong element of their culture. Howatson says, “We believe in an intimacy with our community and the charities within it-so we will definitely be making an effort towards that [in the new location].”Cottages & Gardens Publications, which currently distributes thick regional magazines to affluent households in Connecticut (CTC&G), New York (NYC&G), and The Hamptons (HC&G), places a focus on luxury interior design. The existing regional editions have delivered content aimed at interior design enthusiasts with an average household income of $880,000. The most recent addition to the upscale publishing group was that of NYC&G, which launched in March 2012.last_img read more

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PM Modi launches BJPs membership drive from Varanasi

first_imgVARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the membership drive of the ruling BJP from his Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday, noting that it will further connect people from all walks of life with the saffron party. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the prime minister also talked about the Union budget 2019-20 and his thoughts on India’s growth trajectory in the coming years. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “From the soil of Kashi, I greet each dedicated worker of the party. Today, I got an opportunity to launch the BJP’s membership campaign from Kashi,” he said, pointing out that it will strengthen the saffron party. The launch of the membership drive coincided with the 118th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Referring to the provisions in the Union budget, Modi said a “new India” was on the threshold of racing ahead. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “It is important to know about the USD 5 trillion economy because some people were casting doubts over the competency of Indians, saying that achieving the target is very difficult,” he added. The prime minister slammed the critics, saying, “These people are professional pessimists.” Earlier, soon after his arrival here on a day-long visit, Modi unveiled a statue of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the airport. Advertise With Us The prime minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president JP Nadda and the state unit chief of the saffron party, Mahendra Nath Pandey. Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were present at the venue as also Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh, a kin of the former prime minister. This is Modi’s second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls held in April-May. He had visited Varanasi on May 27 to thank the voters after winning the Lok Sabha seat for the second consecutive time by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. Modi not only retained his seat, but also saw his victory margin rise by nearly one lakh votes, compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he had defeated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by over three lakh votes. After unveiling the statue of Shastri, the prime minister proceeded to launch a tree-plantation campaign — “Anand Kanan” — in the temple city. He paid tributes to Mookerjee, the Jana Sangh founder, on his 118th birth anniversary, saying his contribution to national integration will always be remembered. In a tweet, Modi described Mookerjee as a great educationist and a bright nationalist thinker.last_img read more

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McDuffie Authors Bill to Honor DC Natives

first_imgD.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) wants to remember the outstanding work and lives of native Washingtonians of color by erecting statutes of them in each ward in the city.D.C. Council memeber Kenyan McDuffie. (Courtesy Photo)On Sept. 15, McDuffie introduced the “Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017” and announced that a hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Oct. 5. The bill will be considered by the Committee of the Whole chaired by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D).“There are so many statutes on the National Mall and in D.C. that don’t reflect the diversity of the city and the U.S.,” McDuffie told the AFRO. He said that the time to author and push this bill is now “given how divisive our politics are right now with the president using inflammatory language” in the country’s discourse and the ongoing debate over Confederate statutes.The proposed bill would instruct the Commemorative Works Committee to supervise the statute set-up and it would allow the council to sponsor a commemorative work on public space in the city. The bill would have the committee name eight honorees with each ward having one.The honorees would be recommended by residents, industry professionals, academic professionals, and cultural organizations in each ward, according to the bill. The legislation requires a written plan to be submitted to the D.C. Council for review and approval within 60 days after the bill becomes a law.The bill would require a statute in each ward by 2021. In addition, the legislation would make the inaugural statute sponsored by the council as a memorial to Charles Hamilton Houston.Houston was born in the District in 1895 to a prominent Black middle-class family and graduated from Dunbar High School. He graduated as the valedictorian at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1915, served in World War 1, and came back to the District to teach English at Howard University.Houston went on to law school at Harvard University where he became the first Black to be on the editorial board of its law review and graduated with honors in 1923. He eventually became the vice dean and then dean of the Howard University School of Law where he taught and mentored future U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.Houston left the law school to become a litigator for the NAACP and is credited for laying the legal ground work in dismantling legal segregation in the U.S. He died of a heart attack in 1950.Houston was a co-founder of the predominantly Black National Bar Association. McDuffie said it is only right that the District give Houston his due.“He doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves,” the council member said. “Houston laid the legal framework for Thurgood Marshall to end segregation.”In the District, there is a Charles H. Houston Elementary School in Northeast and there is a space at the Howard University School of Law named in his honor.McDuffie’s bill could, as an example, honor native Washingtonians who have achieved tremendous success such as physician Charles Drew, actress Helen Hayes, poet-scholar Sterling Brown, and former senator Edward Brooke. Sandra Seegars, a Ward 8 resident and political activist, likes the spirit of McDuffie’s legislation but has a problem with it. “The bill only pays for statutes for people born in D.C. but what about people who have lived here a long time, like 20 or 30 years,” Seegars told the AFRO. “An excellent example of that is Marion Barry. He wasn’t born here but made great contributions to the city.“His legislation shouldn’t be specific to native Washingtonians only.”McDuffie said he fully supports the work of the Barry Commission that has proposed ways to honor the late four-term District mayor and D.C. council member, which includes a statute of his likeness in the John A. Wilson Building. In response to Seegars, McDuffie said his bill deals only with those outstanding native Washingtonians and noted there are other processes for non-natives to be remembered. “There is nothing in existing law for people like Dr. Dorothy Height and Frederick Douglass to be recognized in statute,” he said.McDuffie said the Commemorative Works Committee will manage the program and be responsible for the cost.D.C. Council member Robert White (D-At Large), a native Washingtonian, is the co-sponsor of the bill and 10 other council members have indicated their support including Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7), Anita Bonds (D-At Large), David Grosso (I-At Large), and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4).McDuffie said it is important for District youth to see noted late residents memorialized. “Young people should be able to see themselves in any of the heroes we honor,” he said.last_img read more

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Huge spider crawling around on Ladysmith womans bed

first_imgIf you’re seeing high numbers of these spiders, it’s probably due to nearby water and heavy breeding.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite This spider looks scary, right? And also dangerous? But guess what, it’s not.This eight-legged creature, which is called a nursery web spider, was found by local resident Bianca Joubert in her bed recently. Strange bedfellows, indeed!Bianca says they have a lot of these spiders in their garden. When she spotted this one on her king-size mattress, she actually thought it was quite beautiful and not scary at all. She took a photo and then released it in a field.Nursery web spiders can usually be seen carrying large egg sacs. They are hunting spiders and prominent around large bodies of water, creeks and streams.Nursery web spiders bear a striking resemblance to the wolf spider, but there are minor differences.They pose no significant threat to humans, but may be seen in the home from time to time.last_img read more

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ExPresident Figueres to cochair new panel for ocean governance

first_imgLONDON – Former Costa Rican President José María Figueres joined other senior politicians on Monday to launch an independent panel that will work towards better management of the world’s oceans, which are facing unprecedented overfishing, pollution and habitat loss.The Global Ocean Commission is spearheaded by Figueres along with former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and South African Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel.The initiative is a collaboration between the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group, Oxford University’s Somerville College, the Dutch environmental awareness group Adessium Foundation, and Oceans 5, a collaboration of philanthropists concerned about the health of the seas.The goal is to place the spotlight on threats to oceans and seas that are outside national jurisdictions. These are regulated by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), a loosely woven treaty that is now 30 years old. Critics say the treaty has become ineffective due to globalized economies and technological advances.The commission will publish recommendations for overhauling ocean governance early next year, when the U.N. General Assembly launches talks on protecting marine biodiversity.“The world urgently needs to find better ways of managing the oceans, to stop abuse of its precious resources and ensure its protection for present and future generations,” Figueres said.“The global ocean is essential to the health and well being of each and every one of us. It provides about half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs about a quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. But we are failing to manage it in ways that reflect its true value,” he added. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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