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Bhosale sparks rumours of rapprochement with NCP

first_imgPune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale sparked rumours of rapprochement with the party on Wednesday after he drove NCP president Sharad Pawar from Pune to Satara in his own SUV.Mr. Bhosale, a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, has frequently been vocal against his own party. Mr. Bhosale, however, downplayed the road trip. “Many people are speculating about my journey with Mr. Pawar … I do not care who within the party complains to him … I live in my own style,” he said.Mr. Bhosale was first elected MP in 2009 on an NCP ticket in Satara. He won by more than three lakh votes in both the 2009 and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Soured relationsHowever, relations between him and the NCP top brass are at an all-time low, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been courting him. The BJP is attempting to breach the NCP’s stronghold in the Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur by roping in leaders like Mr. Bhosale.In May, senior BJP leader and State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the party would welcome the NCP MP if he wished to join the party. Mr. Bhosale was earlier with the Congress and then the BJP, before joining the NCP in 2009. He served as the revenue minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena government between 1995 and 1999.Incidentally, Rajya Sabha MP Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, another direct descendant of Shivaji, has already switched political allegiances after being nominated to the upper house with the BJP’s support.last_img read more

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Lassiter finally breaks 3-point shooting funk

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESMarcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do.After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his first trey in the championship series, sinking the opening bucket of the game from the left corner, before making his second one in the second quarter.“When it went in? I didn’t think about it. All great shooters go through it. Ray Allen went through the same thing, Steph Curry went through the same thing, Klay Thompson too. So all I can do is just to keep shooting,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the Fil-Am swingman finished on a 2-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, Lassiter’s 16 points and seven assists were to boost his confidence as he found ways to be effective despite the KaTropa’s defense locked in on him in the Beermen’s 109-97 Game 3 victory.“TNT loves to pressure me from the perimeter. I was just looking for ways for me to attack. They want me out of the offense, so it gives opportunities for other players. I’m just finding ways to attack, be more aggressive tonight and it helped me for tonight’s game,” he said. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Rhodes celebrates birthday leading SMB to crucial win World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lassiter said San Miguel shouldn’t take its foot off the gas pedal as it shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday.“This is a pivotal game. It puts us closer to our final goal, but that doesn’t stop there,” he said. “We still have to come out with the same intensity or even more on Game 4. We want to put more pressure on TNT. Tonight, I think we got an all-around effort from everyone tonight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

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FA Cup: Manchester United, Liverpool move into fourth round

first_imgGoals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku helped Manchester United ease past Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday,Lingard scored his fourth in as many games while substitute Lukaku hit the back of the net at stoppage time at Old Trafford to take United to the fourth round.Lingard, who scored a pair of fine goals in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Burnley followed by another in a 2-0 win at Everton, produced another exquisite finish as he unleashed a first-time shot from 18 metres in the 83rd minute.WATCHLingard hit the post several minutes earlier as Derby looked set to earn a reply after United had missed a string of chances, with Marcus Rashford also hitting the woodwork while visiting keeper Scott Carson produced a barrage of good saves.#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/nqUDEurWPr- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2018Lukaku on the other hand, returning from a head injury, came on at halftime to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Belgian broke away and hit a powerful shot past Carson to put the final nail in the coffin for Derby.LIVERPOOL 2 – 1 EVERTONIt couldn’t have gone any better for Virgil van Dijk on his Liverpool debut.Signed last week for around $100 million, Van Dijk scored an 84th-minute winner against Mersyside rivals Everton to hand Liverool a 2-1 victory.At that price point he is the costliest ddefender in the world and he surely started on the right foot by scoring in front of the Kop stand at Anfield to seal his team’s place in the fourth round.advertisement”What a night. It was thoroughly deserved, it felt amazing to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family,” said Van Dijk.Un-believable! �??� #YNWA pic.twitter.com/7Jha9pAbF9- Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) January 5, 2018″Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player. To score a goal is even more special.”Earlier, after a frenetic start, Liverpool had taken the lead through a 35th minute penalty from James Milner after Everton defender Mason Holgate had pulled down Adam Lallana in the box.But, Liverpool looked to have been frustrated after Gylfi Sigurdsson brought Everton level in the 67th minute after a brilliant counter-attack from Sam Allardyce’s side.But the Dutchman had other ideas.The third round continues across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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We were trying to win it, just lost time: Meg Lanning after Women’s Ashes Test ends in dull draw

first_imgAustralia retained the urn after the only Test of the 2019’s Women’s Ashes ended in a draw on Sunday after none of the teams were able to force the pace on Day Four.After passing on the follow-on score of 271 after Australia’s first innings of 420 for 8, England declared handing the visitors with a lead of 145 and looked to move the game along, with 81 overs left in the day.Yet by Tea, Australia — who were 280 runs ahead with 41 overs remaining — didn’t give any indication that they would declare and attempt to bowl England out for the win.When the captains shook hands, Australia had motored along to 230/7, with the overall lead standing at 375.It was the manner in which the Test ended in a draw that frustrated the observers and questioning the tactics of Australia.Lanning defended the move, saying there were several considerations that went behind the decision.”We thought about (declaring) and had a good chat about what our options were, and whether we could force a result,” the ICC website quoted Lanning as saying after the match, “but we looked at how many overs were left, especially given how many wickets were falling.”Test cricket’s supposed to be hard and a tough battle, and I think that’s exactly what it was. Both teams were trying to get an advantage. I don’t think it was entirely either team’s fault where we ended up in the game.”At different points, we were trying to win it; we just lost time throughout and it got to a point where we felt we couldn’t win the game,” she added.advertisementEngland coach Mark Robinson refused to question Australia’s approach, saying they were well within their rights to try and save the Test.”We lost two sessions (to rain), which makes it really hard, doesn’t it?” he said.”They’re quite within their rights to close up shop and shut the game down and retain them. Fair play to them. We’ve got to congratulate Australia. They’ve played better cricket than us and they’re the holders of the Ashes again. To Meg, who is an outstanding leader, you say ‘well done’,” he added.Australia have shared points with England after a rain-affected Test, which leaves their overall series lead at 8-2, thanks to their 3-0 win in the ODI series that preceded.England can, at best, draw level on points with Australia from here on, and that is if they win all three matches in the upcoming T20I series beginning Friday.last_img read more

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West Ham target Pablo Fornals after Stanislav Lobotka interest cools

first_imgWest Ham have targeted Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals after cooling their interest in Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka.Manuel Pellegrini is determined to strengthen his midfield and last weekend it emerged that West Ham were exploring the possibility of signing Lobotka from Vigo.West Ham had held discussions with Vigo about a double deal for Lobotka and Maxi Gómez, the highly rated Uruguay forward. They had indicated a willingness to pay in the region of £50m to secure both players. Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp West Ham United Plymouth Argyle news Read more Transfer window Yet while West Ham will continue to monitor Gómez, it is understood Lobotka is more likely to move elsewhere. The Slovakian, who has been compared with Luka Modric, is attracting interest in Italy and Spain.However the West Ham director of football, Mario Husillos, has moved quickly to contact Villarreal about Fornals. Husillos knows the 23-year-old from his time at Málaga and West Ham are thought to be preparing a £24m offer for the Spain international, who plays in a more attacking role than Lobotka.Marseille’s Morgan Sanson also features on West Ham’s shortlist. It is thought the French club would be open to selling the 24-year-old midfielder after failing to qualify for the Champions League.West Ham have also shown an interest in signing Ozan Kabak from Stuttgart but face competition from several German sides for the 19-year-old defender. Bayern Munich are reported to be leading the race for Kabak, who moved to Stuttgart last summer for €11.5m and is available for his release clause of €15m having been voted the Bundesliga’s rookie of the season last week.The Plymouth midfielder Graham Carey has joined CSKA Sofia on a two-year deal after rejecting a contract offer to stay. The 30-year-old scored 49 goals in 197 appearances after joining from Ross County in 2015. Ruben Lameiras is also expected to leave Home Park this summer with Charlton and Swansea both in talks with the Portuguese midfielder after a move to Bordeaux failed to materialise. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Topicslast_img read more

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Rashford gives verdict on Man Utd additions

first_imgManchester United forward Marcus Rashford has delivered his verdict on the club’s new additions, as well as the young players expected to make an impact in the first XI this season, and said he feels he is someone the youngsters can look to emulate.Although the England international is just 21, he has made 111 appearances for the Old Trafford club, plus 32 for his country since breaking into the first team in 2016.Rashford has played with Harry Maguire at international level, the defender having joined for £80 million from Leicester City , but had no experience of Daniel James, or Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and the pair of 21-year-olds have impressed him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Over five, 10 yards, Daniel James is the quickest I’ve seen,” the Manchester-born man told The Times .“It’s a massive strength, you can put everything in front of him.”“Harry [Maguire] brings calmness. Playing with him for England, you feel assured at the back, and for a team that’s massive.”“Naturally [Wan-Bissaka] is an attacker, and they’re always the hardest to get past because they understand what forwards are thinking. That’s what makes him a top defender. His physical abilities are very good. He’s young and with the attributes he has, you can only see him going up and up, and there’s not a better place for him to develop.”Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester United 2019-20Rashford was developed at the United academy and believes that Solksjaer’s commitment to youth will bear fruit.Several players are looking to follow the path trod by Rashford this year, with Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Tahith Chong among those to impress in pre-season.He also says that he hopes to be an inspiration to the players who make the step up this year, as former United greats were for him.“That’s one of the things he (Solskjaer) holds on to very closely”, the striker added. “He always wants to give them opportunity.“I want to make a difference. I’ve experienced Champions Leagues, Europa Leagues, World Cups, so I’m in a great position to offer advice.“I looked up to the likes of [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, [Nicky] Butt coming through the academy and understand these players now look up to me, wearing the No. 10 shirt, scoring important goals. That motivates me.”last_img read more

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Women to be Trained Under FEMPower Leadership Programme

first_imgA group of girls and women aged 14 and older, are being prepared to take on various leadership roles, through training being offered under the FEMPower Leadership Programme.The programme, which is being undertaken by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), has been created to enhance the capacity of girls and women across the island to take on leadership roles in all spheres, particularly in the areas of political and economic leadership.Some 35 of the 160 females targeted, began their training on Monday, July 15, following an opening ceremony at the Old Hope Road location of MIND, in Kingston.The United Nations Women funded leadership initiative forms part of the Way Out Project, which was envisioned by BWA and developed in partnership with the DRF to promote the sustainable implementation of Jamaica’s National Policy for Gender Equality (NPGE) and to create opportunities for economic and political empowerment of girls and women, while increasing public awareness of the importance of gender equality for national development.Addressing the girls at the opening, Director, Public Service Capability Development, MIND, Ann-Marie Smith, noted that the persons selected to be a part of the programme are seen as potential leaders, who aspire to leadership positions, and have the capacity and potential to create change and to maintain and sustain that change.“You are seen as a select group of persons who are going to help to make a difference, not just for young women in this country, but for the country generally. You have the opportunity to increase our advocacy efforts and to increase your leadership efforts as well,” she said, adding that the girls will also get the opportunity to learn and network with not just their colleagues, but with more experienced persons.Ms. Smith urged the girls to serve as a source of information and inspiration for others who will not get the opportunity to benefit from the programme.The course for Kingston and St Andrew runs from July 15 to 19 for young women between 14 and 18 years old; and July 22 to 26 for adult women 19 and above. Training sessions are to be held in Mandeville and Ocho Rios as well.Training will cover areas, such as strategic planning, decision making, communication, dispute resolution, advocacy, problem solving, coaching and gender mainstreaming.There will be no cost to the participants, who were identified through faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and schools.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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Ocean Cleanup Redeploys Its Plastics Collecting System

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The Ocean Cleanup After tweaking its plastics collecting system over the past four months, The Ocean Cleanup redeployed the revamped System 001/B last week.“After only four months of design, procurement, and assembly, the crew is now on their way to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with the upgraded System 001/B,” the company informed via social media.Being towed by the Maersk’s supply vessel Maersk Transporter, the system is scheduled to arrive at the test site on June 25. After a couple of years of various tests, the system failed two months after being deployed and was towed to Hawaii for inspection and repair. The company earlier explained that the System 001, which was deployed into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in September 2018, needed final fine-tuning before it could start harvesting plastic at full potential.The Ocean Cleanup confirmed many key assumptions of the design, but also encountered two unscheduled learning opportunities during the period – the system did not maintain a sufficient speed, allowing plastic to exit the system, and a stress concentration caused a fatigue fracture in the HDPE floater.In mid-January 2019, the Wilson system completed its 800-mile journey and arrived in Hilo Bay, Hawaii.The latest campaign would test the various modifications that were made to the system.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Budget Bulletin Tax Relief for Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province of Nova Scotia will hold the line on corporate taxes, proceed with promised tax reductions, and introduce new tax relief in 2008 and 2009. These measures will save Nova Scotians $97 million in 2008 and $138 million in 2009. Since 2006, the province has introduced new tax-relief measures that have reduced personal income taxes by more than $30 million. Following are new income tax measures for 2008 and 2009 with the estimated tax relief from the credit in 2008 and the estimated tax relief in 2009 in brackets. Volunteer Firefighters and Ground Search and Rescue Tax Credit, $3.9 million ($5.3 million) Healthy Living Tax Credit, $3.3 million ($8.6 million) Transit Tax Credit, $0 ($1.5 million) Film and Digital Media Tax Credits, $15.5 million ($17.3 million) Basic personal amount and other credits, $32.3 million ($48.4 million) Graduate Tax Credit, $14.3 million ($14.3 million) Large Corporations Tax Reduction, $28 million ($42.8 million) Personal Amounts and CreditsThe 2006-07 budget established a scheduled series of increases in personal income tax credits. The value of these tax credit changes will depend on each family’s individual circumstances. The basic personal amount, a credit against personal income tax, will increase from $7,481 in 2007 to $7,731 in 2008 and by a total of $1,000 through 2010. Other Nova Scotia personal tax credits, such as the spousal, disability, pension and age amounts, are also increasing by 13.8 per cent over four years. For the 2008 taxation year, the growth in these credits will save Nova Scotia taxpayers $32 million, relative to 2006 credits. In 2009, the savings will be $48 million, relative to 2006 credits. Starting in 2011, the basic personal amount, non-refundable tax credits, and personal income tax brackets will be indexed. Graduate Tax CreditsThe Graduate Tax credit introduced in 2006 will increase from $1,000 to $2,000 in 2008. The increased graduate tax credit is expected to save new graduates more than $14 million in taxes for the 2008 tax year. Large Corporations TaxThe province continues to phase in changes to promote a more competitive corporate tax environment. The province’s Large Corporations Tax (LCT) on capital of non-financial institutions will decline from 0.225 per cent to 0.2 per cent on July 1. The tax rate will continue to decline until the elimination of the LCT in 2012. Relative to its peak of 0.3 per cent in 2005, the reduced LCT rate will save Nova Scotia businesses an estimated $28 million in the 2008 tax year and $42.8 million in the 2009 tax year. -30- NOTE: For further 2008-09 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance . Volunteer Firefighters Tax CreditIntroduced in the 2007-08 budget, it will be expanded to include ground search and rescue volunteers. Like volunteer firefighters, ground search and rescue volunteers will be eligible for a $375 refundable tax credit in 2008 and a $500 refundable tax credit in 2009. Program details for ground search and rescue volunteers will be developed this year. The volunteer tax credits will have an estimated value of $3.9 million in 2008 taxation year. The Healthy Living Tax Credit The credit for children’s sport and recreational activities was introduced in 2005, providing a credit on up to $150 in registration fees for eligible children’s fitness activities. The maximum expense was increased to $500 in 2006. Starting in 2009, the Healthy Living Tax Credit for sport and recreational activity registration fees will be extended to all Nova Scotians. The maximum expenditure per individual will be $500, encouraging all Nova Scotians to participate in healthy lifestyles through fitness. Once fully implemented, the expanded tax credit is expected to save Nova Scotians more than $8 million per year. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will soon be extending the list of eligible organizations to include those that provide fitness opportunities for adults. Transit Tax CreditStarting in 2009, the province will match the Federal Transit Tax Credit. This non-refundable tax credit is calculated at the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (8.79 per cent) and deducted from the amount of provincial tax owed. Film and Digital Media Tax CreditsAs announced in the fall, the 2008-09 budget also enhances the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s film and digital media industries by increasing corporate tax credits that support these industries. The base film tax credit for productions beginning after Sept. 30, 2007, will increase to 50 per cent of eligible salaries paid to Nova Scotia labour, up to 25 per cent of total production costs. In addition, the bonus for filming in the eligible geographic area will increase to 10 per cent of eligible salaries, up to five per cent of total production costs. The province’s digital media tax credit will increase to 50 per cent of eligible salaries, up to 25 per cent of total production costs for expenditures after Dec. 31, 2007. In addition, the bonus for producing in the eligible geographic area will increase to 10 per cent of eligible salaries, up to five per cent of total production costs. The province’s film industry and digital media tax credits are worth an estimated $15 million per year. Following are other tax changes in 2008 and 2009 from implementing previously announced tax measures with the estimated tax relief in 2008 and the estimated tax relief in 2009 in brackets.last_img read more

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US existinghome sales climbed 3 per cent in February

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. sales of existing homes rebounded in February after declining for the previous two months, a sign that many Americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes available on the market.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales rose 3 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.54 million. This increase after declining sales in January and December suggests that competition will be heated during the traditional spring home-buying season.“The upward trend in home sales remains intact but there are headwinds in the way,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.The shortage of properties for sale is creating a challenge for would-be homebuyers. As sales listings have steadily declined, prices have been climbing at the same time as a stronger job market has elevated demand — and, also, competition — for purchasing homes. Higher mortgage rates this year might also cause even fewer people to list their homes for sale, which would make the current supply squeeze worse.The median home sales price was $241,700 in February, a 5.9 per cent increase over the past year.Prices are climbing, in part, because the number of sales listings has dropped. The supply of homes for sale declined 8.1 per cent from a year ago to 1.59 million.In February, sales climbed in the South and West but fell in the Northeast and Midwest.First-time buyers appear to face the greatest obstacles from the decline in listings, according to an analysis by the real estate company Trulia. Starter homes have seen the steepest price increases as well as sharp drops in inventory — and a greater proportion of them are fixer-uppers that require additional investment from buyers.Mortgage rates have been rising after President Donald Trump signed tax cuts into law toward the end of last year. The average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.44 per cent last week, up from an average as low as 3.78 per cent in early September, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.Real estate experts warn that higher rates could prompt more existing homeowners to keep their properties off the market, since selling their homes would require them to then buy a new home and pay more in mortgage interest.last_img read more

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Apurvi Chandela is world number 1 in 10 m air rifle

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela Wednesday attained the world number one position in the women’s 10m air rifle event while compatriot Anjum Moudgil rose to number two after consistent performances in recent years. The rifle ace from Jaipur is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country. Chandela shot a world record score of 252.9 to clinch gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in February. She is a gold medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Game and a bronze winner in the next edition at Gold Coast. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIn the 2018 Asian Games, Chandela had won a bronze medal in the 10m mixed rifle event. The shooter took to twitter to share her joy on achieving the feat. “World Number 1 Touched a milestone in my shooting career today,” Chandela wrote on her twitter handle. While the 26-year-old Chandela has already booked a Tokyo Olympics berth, she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a total score of 207.8, at the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Beijing. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersMeanwhile, Moudgil attained the world number two rank in 10m Air Rifle after her mixed team gold at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing. Manu Bhaker is the world number 10 in 25m pistol women category. Among men, Divyansh Singh Panwar’s World Cup exploits in Beijing helped him reach world number four spot in 10m air rifle category. Divyansh won two gold medals at Beijing — 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle mixed team – and also secured his quota at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abhishek Verma, who also won a gold in Beijing, has reached world number three in 10m Air Pistol category. India’s teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary was not far away at world number 6. Anish Bhanwala, another of India’s talented young shooter, secured the 10th spot in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol category.last_img read more

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BCs Prince Rupert Port expanding to handle an extra 500000 containers

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 1:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C.’s Prince Rupert Port expanding to handle an extra 500,000 containers PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A container terminal at a northern British Columbia port announced an expansion Tuesday that will increase the facility’s capacity by nearly 60 per cent.Maher Terminals said it’s expanding its Fairview Container Terminal at the Prince Rupert Port to handle 1.3 million containers per year, from its current capacity of 850,000 units.Don Krusel, president of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said construction would begin immediately and is expected to be finished by the middle of 2017. He said the expansion will involve a capital investment of more than $200 million.Maher Terminals said the expansion will add a second deep-water ship berth, four cranes, a bigger container yard and more railroad track.Fraser River Pile and Dredge and BEL Contracting will build the new elements.The port authority said container traffic through the facility has increased at a faster pace than at any other port in North America, with 2014 volume 15 per cent higher than 2013.The expansion shows that Maher Terminals and the shipping industry expect the growth in traffic to continue, Krusel said.The Fairview terminal, which opened in 2007, is a main export point for forest products, particularly from northern B.C., destined for Shanghai, Hong Kong and the South Korean city of Busan.Products coming in through the terminal from Asia include apparel, consumer electronics, auto parts and building materials, which are carried mainly by rail throughout North America.Prince Rupert’s port is the second largest on Canada’s West Coast and the closest North American port to Asia. read more

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UN confirms death of four crew members in helicopter accident in eastern

An investigation is under way into the cause of the accident, the mission – known by its French acronym MONUSCO – stated in a news release. The helicopter’s wreckage was located on Sunday, some 20 kilometres west of the city of Bukavu, but severe weather conditions and the difficult terrain hampered the rescue operation. It went missing on Saturday when it was returning to Bukavu after a mission in Shabunda. The death of the crew members, all Russian nationals, was confirmed earlier today when a team from MONUSCO reached the crash site.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sorrow at learning of the death of the crew members. “The Secretary-General offers his sincerest condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and to the Government of the Russian Federation,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO, Roger Meece, expressed his condolences for the death of the four crew members to the Russian Ambassador in DRC. read more

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Despite funding crisis Palestine refugee classrooms set to stay open says UNRWA

“We ran out of money in our emergency appeals for the West Bank and the for the Gaza strip which meant we had unfortunately to lay off a number of staff,” he said.When you lose a job in the Gaza strip it is dramatic because the alternatives are not there, there are no other forms of employment right now.” added Mr. Krähenbühl .The Commissioner also provided updates on the chronic fuel shortages and the continuing power shut downs in hospitals which have left many patients and doctors in the dark in recent months, appealing for “the world to not overlook what’s happening in the region”.“That’s just one of the other dimensions that makes life extremely difficult in Gaza. We have 280,000 boys and girls in Gaza. Over 90% have never left Gaza in their lives. We have 1 million people who depend on food assistance in the strip. You can just imagine how the cumulative effects of all the pressures and tensions that this community lives through, has affected them.”, he told UN News in New York.UNRWA was established by the General Assembly in 1949 to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees in various countries throughout the Middle East. Its services include education, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, health care and emergency assistance. The agency’s 711 schools, provide free basic education for Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. They opened in September for the start of the year, not knowing if they would be able to keep them open until even the end of this month.On Thursday, speaking to UN News in Banat Ar-Rimal school in Gaza, Matthias Schmale, the Head of UNRWA operations in Gaza, said that the agency still has a deficit in its core program budget, “but we are one and a half months away from the end of the year. If we get to the end of December, we know that there are Member States who committed money for next year. So, I can say now that this school year is basically safe.”We have 280 thousand boys and girls in our schools in Gaza. Over 90 per cent never left Gaza in their lives – UNRWA’s Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl UNRWA operations have been hit hard by the United States decision at the beginning of the year to cut back its funding of the Agency by around $300 million. That constituted the largest ever reduction in funding in UNRWA’s history, leading to a severe financial crisis which threatened the existence of many of its critical assistance programmes; forcing cutbacks to its cash-for-work activities; and limiting the provision of assistance to only the mostAlthough the gap is now reduced to $64 million, a strong sign of a collective effort to safeguard its programmes, the difficulties in the region continue. According to Commissioner Pierre Krähenbühl “some donors are focused on the right to education, others concerned with regional stability, some concerned with the multilateral system and how to protect it.”The Commissioner spoke with UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal during a visit to UN Headquarters in New York, where he was reporting to the General Assembly on the situation of Palestine refugees and on the agency’s funding situation. read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 9 November 2012

DOWNLOADBusiness Select Committee publishes report on apprenticeshipsVince Cable visits Toyota as new Auris production beginsCBI publishes industrial strategy reportNew £16.5m collaborative R&D fund announcedNew car registrations rise 12.1% in OctoberGovernment announces fourth round of Green Bus FundWeek aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Under Matta Buckeyes rise to prominence

David Lighty, now in his fifth year at Ohio State, has seen just about all there is to see as a college basketball player. He’s played in a National Championship Game; he’s won a National Invitation Tournament title; he’s won the Big Ten twice; he’s played alongside six NBA first-round draft picks; and his 113 wins are the most of any Buckeye basketball player in history. His four-plus years and, going back a little further, coach Thad Matta’s more than six seasons in Columbus, have provided the Buckeye basketball program with a consistent level of success that the school hasn’t seen since the 1960s. And although OSU is, was and may always be a football school, the basketball program is catching up. “Hopefully they’re looking at it as on the uprise,” Lighty said of the public’s perception of OSU basketball. “When you’re Ohio State, of course everyone thinks of the Horseshoe and the great football tradition, but I think it’s kind of starting to become a dual-sport school.” Obviously, the basketball program isn’t yet on par with a football program that has won seven national championships and remains a perennial title contender year in and year out. But there is no denying Matta’s success. When Matta took over the program in 2004, OSU was under NCAA investigation for violations that occurred under former coach Jim O’Brien. The Buckeyes were just 14-16 the year before Matta took over, and when OSU implemented a self-imposed post-season ban for the 2004-05 season. It seemed like a long road for the new coach to restore a once-prominent program. Matta, however, wasted no time. Despite being ineligible for postseason play in Matta’s first season with the program, his Buckeyes grabbed the entire nation’s attention when they upset unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Illinois in the final game of the regular season. The following year, OSU went 26-6 and earned the first of Matta’s now-three Big Ten Championships. Now in Matta’s seventh season as OSU’s coach, his Buckeyes are off to an 18-0 start, the school’s best since 1962, and have ascended to No. 1 in The Associated Press and NCAA/USA Today coaches’ polls. “I think that, when I came here seven years ago, our goal was to build a Top 10 college basketball program,” Matta said. “Not that you’re going to win the thing every year, but be in the hunt. I’m pleased with where we are.” Perhaps more impressive than the consistent success the Buckeyes have had under Matta is the number of different players who have played important roles. Of the six NBA first-round picks who played for Matta at OSU, only Evan Turner played more than one season at the collegiate level. While some — Oden, for instance — seemed like locks to leave after their freshman year from the moment they set foot on campus, others — B.J. Mullens and Kosta Koufos — may have departed for the NBA earlier than expected. With so many changing faces, it might have been easy for Matta to have a down year and simply chalk it up to a seemingly constant state of rebuilding. But as he has made apparent from the beginning of his tenure as OSU coach, a down year is not something he plans to endure, and he certainly isn’t in the business of making excuses. “We’ve won three Big Ten Championships with three completely different basketball teams, playing different styles and different ways,” Matta said. “There’s not a lot of programs that have been hit with the early departures like we have either, but that’s part of it and I’m not making excuses for it. “Probably more, I’m pleased with the kids we have in the program, how they carry themselves and what they’re about.” Though it seems strange to consider him one of those “kids,” considering the amount of time he’s spent with the program, Lighty has provided Matta with a constant presence in a Buckeye uniform that so many players couldn’t. When OSU plays at home against Iowa on Wednesday, Lighty will play his 139th game in a Buckeye uniform, tied for a school record. His 499 career rebounds leave him just one short of becoming only the third player in OSU history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists over the course of his career. Given all that Lighty has accomplished, it’s no coincidence that his career progressed during a period of such success. As Lighty has developed, so has the program, and he said he’s been able to see the evolution. “Going through all the years, I think we’ve been progressing and progressing each year,” Lighty said. “It’s something that you have to work on and you have to build. It’s not just something that’s going to happen in one year.” And with his team being a serious contender for what would be OSU’s first National Championship in more than 50 years, Lighty said the legacy he and his teammates have built has a chance to live long after the end of his collegiate career. “It’s up to us to keep the tradition going and build a legacy of the basketball program, and it’s starting right now,” Lighty said. “As we continue to get better, things will hopefully turn around and we’ll be up there competing with the football program.” read more

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Certains dinosaures se nourrissaient bien doiseaux

first_imgCertains dinosaures se nourrissaient bien d’oiseauxPubliant leur étude dans PNAS, des chercheurs chinois ont découvert les restes fossilisés d’un oiseau insérés dans ceux d’un dinosaure, le premier ayant été dévoré par le second : de précieuses indications sur le régime alimentaire de certains de ces reptiles, et sur leurs mœurs parfois arboricoles.Déterminer comment les dinosaures vivaient comporte évidemment une part de spéculation. Certaines découvertes ne laissent en revanche, aucun doute et apportent de précieuses informations. C’est ainsi le cas de celle qu’a faite Jingmai O’Connor, Zhonghe Zhou et Xing Xu, chercheurs à l’Académie des Sciences chinoise. À lire aussiRequin, lac et dinosaures, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 9 juilletEn effet, ces scientifiques ont trouvé une preuve étonnante du fait que certains dinosaures mangeaient des oiseaux : ils ont découvert en Chine les restes d’un volatile emprisonné dans ‘l’estomac’ d’un reptile prédateur, tous deux fossilisés. Les os de cet oiseau de petite taille, appartenant au groupe (éteint) des Enantiornithes, se sont conservés à l’intérieur de la cage thoracique d’un Microraptor – un dinosaure ressemblant lui-même à un oiseau. Or, jusqu’ici, si les chercheurs avaient déjà émis une telle hypothèse, c’est la première fois qu’ils trouvent une preuve réelle avec ces deux fossiles datant du Crétacé (65 à 145 millions d’années). Par ailleurs, la proie étant connue des paléontologues pour avoir eu des mœurs arboricoles, les découvreurs en concluent qu’il devait en être de même pour le prédateur.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 17:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg va rendre Facebook plus transparent

first_imgMark Zuckerberg va rendre Facebook “plus transparent”Facebook est dans le collimateur des autorités américaines et européennes vis-à-vis de l’utilisation qu’il fait des données utilisateurs. Mark Zuckerberg a souhaité répondre directement, via son blog, à ses attaques.L’Europe a décidé de s’attaquer frontalement à Facebook. Lui reprochant une utilisation abusive des données personnelles collectées avec des publicités ciblées sans l’accord des utilisateurs, l’U.E. prépare une modification imminente de la directive européenne 95/46/CE sur la protection des données personnelles. Outre-Atlantique, la Federal Trade Commission a signé un accord avec le réseau social pour effectuer des audits annuels sur ce point sensible, et ce durant 20 ans rappelle Clubic.Mark Zuckerberg a donc décidé de répondre aux différentes critiques émises contre le réseau social. Le fondateur de Facebook a pris la plume et a rédigé un long billet sur son blog afin d’expliquer en détail les erreurs commises et les solutions que l’entreprise va mettre en œuvre dans les prochains mois. Le jeune PDG reconnait en préambule “quelques erreurs” durant l’année, notamment la refonte des paramètres de confidentialité des utilisateurs, un empilage de fonctions incompréhensible au fil des mois. A la décharge de Facebook, il est vrai que cela a été entièrement revu et est beaucoup clair désormais. “Malheureusement ces erreurs au cours de nos développements ont souvent fait de l’ombre aux efforts et améliorations que nous avons faits et que nous continuons à développer”, ajoute t-il toutefois.À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologique”Facebook a toujours cherché à être transparent sur les informations que vous partagez avec nous et nous avons mené la danse sur Internet dans la mise en place d’outils permettant aux utilisateurs de voir et de contrôler facilement les contenus qu’ils partagent en ligne. Mais nous pouvons toujours faire mieux. Je m’engage à ce que Facebook devienne le leader en termes de transparence et de contrôle de la confidentialité”, conclue Zuckerberg, qui compte prendre les devants avant de se retrouver poursuivi par les autorités européennes, comme le fut Microsoft dans d’autres circonstances.Hormis ces belles promesses, Facebook accueille deux nouveaux cadres assignés à des postes concernant la confidentialité. L’avocate Erin Egan au poste de responsable de la confidentialité, secteur vie privée rejoint la société, ainsi qu’un responsable pour le secteur produit, Michael Richter. “Ces deux fonctions renforceront les processus qui garantissent que le contrôle de la confidentialité fait bien partie des produits et politiques de Facebook”, ajoute Mark Zuckerberg, visiblement enclin à faire des efforts, même s’il ne seront pas visibles avant plusieurs mois.Le 30 novembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vintage Shelf Election and the Joy of Hating a Character

first_imgStay on target Vintage Shelf: ‘Ronin’ Is an Action Masterpiece That Earns I…Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing… Likability is no substitute for understandability when it comes to crafting character. So often it feels that film discourse mistakes the former for the latter and disregards the latter when the former is present. It feels like once or twice a month Film And TV Twitter will lobby the same criticism at a new blockbuster or the returning season of a TV show, that being that, “______ was so unlikable!” as though it’s a failure on the part of the writers. Very rarely is it considered that the idea that the unlikability they’re referencing is intentional.Likability is overrated. I don’t need to like a character to understand them, and personally I find that I’m actually far more prone to like a character — even if they’re acting a damn fool — if I can understand why they’re acting a damn fool. When I blew through Stranger Things 3 last week it never bothered me that Hopper and Joyce were acting like a couple of dumbasses throughout those eight episodes because it seemed abundantly clear to me not only that I was supposed to notice that they were acting like a couple of dumbasses, but also why they were acting like a couple of dumbasses. Their behavior tracked with my understanding of who these people are three seasons into this show and, as a result, not only was I not annoyed by the constant bickering; I was pretty actively amused by it.Anyways, 10 minutes into Criterion’s beautiful restoration of Alexander Payne’s 1999 high school movie/political dramedy Election (see it on Amazon) I realized every member of the core cast just totally sucks. Utter drags. Real garbage heap, scum of the earth, asslords of trash mountain types.I hated them. But I also couldn’t help but love them.I hated Tracy Flick long before she revealed herself to be a Republican. Once a character singlehandedly defines an archetype it feels like there’s very little left for a writer to say about them but, oh man, there’s so much to say about Tracy Flick even if it’s all repetition.Like, four line readings into her performance as Tracy you know exactly why Reese Witherspoon became one of the great performers of her generation. It’s actually wild to realize that Elle Woods of Legally Blonde actually happened after Tracy considering the ways in which Tracy feels like Elle’s Negaverse doppelganger. Tracy is all of the relentless determination and hard work that makes Elle such a vital role model almost two decades after she first graced screens without any of the warmth or compassion. In their place is a ruthlessness, a predatory cunning far more resembling a recurring character on Veep than a high school overachiever. I feel like a marker of a great character is if you react to them the same way the characters around them do and the moment when Tracy tells Matthew Broderick’s Mr. McAllister that she knows he’s failed in his efforts to conceive a child with his wife I made a face I can only describe as Just Saw The Red Wedding For The First Time-esque.Matthew Broderick in ‘Election.’ (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures)A character like Tracy would age far more poorly in a less thoughtful movie. The way she’s written deftly avoids the out-and-out misogyny that can come with painting ambitious women as evil harpies. Election instead gives you about 700 reasons to hate Tracy that are far more significant than the fact that she’s a know-it-all who feels that it’s her destiny to be class president. Her reaction to Chris Klein’s Paul entering the race as her primary competitor is actually pretty justified (Paul is a very amiable idiot, but more on him later) and likely resonates with any woman or POC who has had to watch an under-qualified white dude fail upwards. No, the real venom comes out in her reaction to Tammy entering the race.Tammy’s entrance into the race is an act of aggression against her oblivious brother and when the time comes to give her campaign speech in front of the entire student body she, rather than offering reasons they should vote for her, denounces the very concept of student government as arcane and useless before encouraging students to not vote at all. She’s met with thunderous applause.(Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures)Tracy, predictably, is outraged by this (she throws some nasty language Tammy’s way via internal monologue). However, it’s notable that Tracy is every bit part of the problem Tammy has pointed out. We never actually learn anything about Tracy’s policy or goals throughout her campaign. She’s a player in the theatre of politics and you can’t help but wonder if part of the reason she’s so eager to prove Tammy wrong is because she knows Tammy is right.The other side of the Tracy coin is Broderick’s Mr. McAllister. Early on in the first act, he’s recounting Tracy’s affair with his best friend and fellow teacher Dave Novotny (oh, forgot to mention the part where Tracy had an affair with a teacher). Despite their friendship, McAllister professes that Dave is something of an overgrown man-child – hence the affair with a student. McAllister, in doing this, seems to look to distance himself from Dave’s immaturity and toxicity. He then spends the entire rest of the movie showing us just how similar the two of them are.(Photo Credit: Criterion Collection)From his wholly inappropriate grudge against Tracy to the affair he instigates with Dave’s ex-wife, McAllister is a worm. The only difference between him and Dave is that McAllister is smart enough to put some effort into pretending he’s not. We know exactly who he is from his first scene in which he callously throws out his coworkers’ refrigerated lunches to make room for his own in the fridge (an event that proves his undoing, but I’ll avoid spoiling that for now).That said, Tracy and McAllister’s imperfections, however egregious, are still grounded. They’re awful, yeah, but they’re realistically awful, so much so that some of the film’s inherent humor comes in the fact that we’ve all probably known — or at one point been — a Tracy or a Mr. McAllister. That they’re recognizably human stops us from tuning out of their story, if only so that we can see them get their eventual comeuppance.Payne’s direction shows us just how repugnant McAllister and Tracy are early into the movie. The closest thing we have to likable characters are Paul and Tammy, both of whom are still rife with imperfection (Paul is the only legitimately good-hearted and well-intentioned character in the movie but he’s still an unqualified doofus who should recognize that he has no place in this presidential race). Our emotional tether is not meant to be a character but rather a vague semblance of justice, a world in which Tracy and McAllister get what they deserve.And they do. The film’s closing scenes depict the rivals as having ended up in hells so quiet they hardly realize they aren’t in heaven.Not every intentionally-unlikable character is going to be crafted with the same care Payne put into Tracy Flick and Mr. McAllister. Still, watching Election is a nice reminder that it’s far more important to understand a character than it is to like them.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: There’s More to ‘The Hunger’ Than Just Sex, Vampires, and BowieVintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely AwesomeVintage Shelf: Revisiting Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’last_img read more

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