Haryana shooter creates history, is youngest Indian to win World Cup gold

first_imgManu Bhaker, 16, etched her name in the history books by clinching women’s 10m air pistol gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday. She became India’s youngest and probably world’s third youngest shooter to win a World Cup gold. Rifle shooter Gagan Narang and pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat were India’s previous youngest World Cup gold medallists at 23 in 2006 and 2013 respectively. Singapore’s rifle shooter Lindsay Veloso and USA’s shotgunner Vincent Hancock, both aged 15, had won World Cup gold.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

Stags brace for tough stretch, seek to end Final Four drought

first_imgRead Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Our confidence never wanes. So what we have to do is to compose ourselves and continue fighting on,” he said.The Stags are aiming to make the Final Four for the first time since 2013. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Every game we have will be a difficult one because we have a small team. So every game, I’m really pushing the boys to do whatever we could to get the win,” he said.San Sebastian braces for a desperate Arellano squad fighting for survival on Tuesday before wrapping up its elimination round schedule against the upset-seeking Mapua and Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichael Calisaan, however, would rather look at the tough stretch in a positive light.“If we win and we sweep our last three games, we still have a chance,” the senior forward said. “The teams above us will still play each other. So our focus is preparing ourselves for the next games and improving our game.” View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCurrently out of the NCAA Final Four picture, San Sebastian’s path to the playoffs couldn’t be stiffer as the end of the elimination round nears.That’s why coach Egay Macaraya is motivating his players to be at the best of their capablities as the Golden Stags seek to make a belated run in NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mbala: La Salle defense not as good as last yearlast_img read more

Injured Darren Collison misses 1st game after 71 starts for Pacers

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison, right, drives the lane past Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)LOS ANGELES— Darren Collision missed his first game of the season for the Indiana Pacers because of a right quad contusion.The guard had started all 71 games until sitting out Tuesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cory Joseph started in his place. The Pacers bowed to the Clippers, 115-109.Pacers coach Nate McMillan says Collison got hurt Monday night in a 106-98 loss at Portland. He thinks the injury occurred on a drive to the basket, when he got kneed.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, logisticsCollison complained of soreness and didn’t feel that he could play in the second game of the back-to-back.The 10-year veteran out of UCLA is averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 assists. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-MOURINHO 2 LAST

first_imgThen theres Radamel Falcao. The Colombia striker was Then theres Radamel Falcao. The Colombia striker was once one of the most feared goalscorers in the world but since coming to England last season with a loan move to Manchester United, he has become one of the most maligned. He managed four goals last season at United and despite Mourinho gambling on him this season, Falcao is yet to start a game for his new club. Mourinho needlessly embroiled himself in a row with his medical staff on the first day of the season, after Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearns treated Hazard for a knock on the pitch during the 2-2 draw against Swansea. Mourinho was visibly livid at the pair going on to treat Hazard, as their presence forced him to leave the field of play before re-entering for Chelsea, which was already down to 10 men with Courtois sent off. Carneiro and Fearns have not been seen in the Chelsea dugout since as Mourinho revised the duos match day duties. Despite Carneiros actions being supported by the English Football Medical Association, Mourinho has refused to lower his stance that she was wrong to enter the pitch. It was a big off-field distraction for Mourinho, and one that could have easily been avoided. The Portuguese might look at his own mentality as something to change after Chelseas atrocious start. He stormed off during a live interview on British television before the start of the game at Everton on Saturday, saying it was “too long,” before being recorded by the BBC swearing at Everton manager Roberto Martinez after the match. Is it just Chelseas bad form that is causing his unruly behavior? This simple answer is that at Chelsea, it is impossible to know for sure. Owner Roman Abramovich runs the club discreetly but he is impatient for success and a dispute with Mourinho was a factor in his departure the first time around in 2007. Chelsea faces Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge in its opening Champions League encounter on Wednesday, followed by a clash against fierce London rival Arsenal on Saturday. Nothing other than two wins will be acceptable for Mourinho. AP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Robert Lewandowski scores 5 goals in 9 minutes as Bayern Munich rout Wolfsburg 5-1

first_imgSubstitute Robert Lewandowski made Bundesliga history on Tuesday after scoring five goals in the space of nine minutes as Bayern Munich came from behind to rout Wolfsburg 5-1 and move top of the standings.Daniel Caligiuri fired the visitors ahead in the 27th, controlling Julian Draxler’s cross with his first touch and then blasting the ball into the corner of the net with his next.Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer almost paid the price for a foray to midfield in the 39th, when he lost the ball to Caligiuri and Josuha Guilavogui tried his luck from distance. The stranded keeper was relieved to see Guilavogui’s long-range punt saved by the left post.Bayern was 1-0 down at the break for the third time in six games this season.But then Lewandowski came on for the second half and changed everything. He equalized in the 51st, put Bayern ahead a minute later, and completed his hat trick three minutes after that when he hit the post, then the goalkeeper and kept going till he scored.Manager Pep Guardiola’s priceless reactionhASHtag_WIN: RT FOXSoccer: Same. #Lewandowski pic.twitter.com/0T56mcbcft prizewinner1984 (@prizewinner1984) September 22, 2015Still he wasn’t done. The Poland striker scored again in the 57th and claimed another goal three minutes after that, when he met Mario Goetze’s cross with a scissor kick into the top corner.He might have claimed a sixth – only for Ricardo Rodriguez to block his effort on the line in the 69th.Lewandowski is the first substitute in the history of the Bundesliga to score five goals in one game.advertisementBayern moved three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund with its sixth win from six games. Dortmund can reclaim the lead if it wins by three goals or more at Hoffenheim on Wednesday.last_img read more

Web of fear: Sam Warburton tells of his arachnophobia

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email He even agreed to attend a meeting in London but got cold feet two days before, fearing he would need hypnotherapy. “I said to them: ‘I can’t go on there.’ I said: ‘I’m not being arrogant, it would be good telly … but for who?’“I’m not doing it,” he told the Cheltenham audience. “I say this now, and then next year ….”Warburton retired, aged 29, having won 79 Test caps. He led Wales to a grand slam and the British Lions to a historic 1-1 Test series draw in New Zealand.Many people imagine he lives a glamorous life but he told the audience he was an ordinary guy who lived on an ordinary street, walked his dog, liked going to his local Indian restaurant and enjoyed binge-watching Friends.“I think they think I’m going to be at Monaco, then I went to Miami and I was doing a shoot with Vogue,” he said. “That’s not what it’s like at all.” Support The Guardian Wales rugby union team Share via Email Cheltenham literature festival Sam Warburton He seems to be hard as nails, is built like a mountain and loves the TV programme I’m a Celebrity, but Sam Warburton will not be appearing on it for one very mundane reason.“Spiders,” the former Wales and British Lions captain told Cheltenham literature festival. “I’ve genuinely gone down from my hotel room in Wales games … and I saw there was this huge spider on the curtain and I don’t know where he’s gone. I can’t go in that room.”Warburton, who announced his retirement from rugby last year, said he had been approached for a number of TV programmes. “I was asked to go on I’m a Celebrity this Christmas and I love that programme. It’s the one thing I watch every time … but I can’t do it.” Televisioncenter_img Read more I’m a Celebrity … Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reality TV Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Update: Hoegh Osaka Self-Floated

first_imgzoom Grounded Hoegh Osaka has self-floated at high water and the intention is to tow her to a holding position in Southampton Water pending a full assessment of her condition, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in the latest update.As informed by the agency, a decision on the next phase of the salvage operation will be made after the assessment.Plans to attempt to refloat Hoegh Osaka were last reported to had been scrapped by the Svitzer salvor team following the completion of calculations last night, which revealed that more water has entered the vessel than previously thought.Based on the salvors assessment, the cargo is still in position.As informed, on one deck plant has moved and caused a slight crack in the hull, allowing for ingress of water below the water line.However, this was rapidly dealt with when discovered by the salvors and there is no evidence of pollution, according to the update.Salvors from Svitzer managed to board the grounded car carrier Hoegh Osaka on Monday, January 5th.Senior national secretary of maritime professionals trade union Nautilus International,  Allan Graveson, voiced the union’s concerns over the safety of car carrier design and operation in a BBC TV interview.According to Graveson, both vehicle and livestock carriers are built “to the edge of safety for commercial reasons.” “There is manifest failure of the regulator that permits the design and operation of ships in this way. Improvements are required and we hope the investigation will examine the root causes of this incident,” he added.Graveson said the skills and experience of the pilot onboard had helped to prevent a major accident after Hoegh Osaka developed a severe list shortly after leaving port.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Justice Minister Encouraged by Federal Talks

first_imgNova Scotia’s Justice minister is looking forward to public safety improvements in Nova Scotia following meetings in Ottawa. Justice Minister Murray Scott met with federal Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and Justice Minister Vic Towes on Monday, May 1, to discuss Nova Scotia’s priorities for improving public safety and security. “Our justice system is a shared responsibility and these meetings were an important step in developing a new partnership to fight crime in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “We are committed to tackling this serious issue and I applaud the federal focus on addressing crime.” A key issue raised during the meetings was Nova Scotia’s continued call for changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. “It is critical that judges have the discretion to hold a youth in pre-trial detention and also have more sentencing options when young people are behaving in ways that threaten themselves or others,” said Mr. Scott. “It’s clear from our discussions that there is now federal recognition that change is needed, and they have asked for our specific ideas for improvements.” The ministers also discussed anticipated federal funding for additional municipal police and RCMP officers. “As a province, we have made significant investments in policing, but it’s clear that we need federal co-operation to put even more officers on the street. This is a priority for the province and Nova Scotia municipalities,” said Mr. Scott. “There is now acknowledgment at the federal level that Nova Scotia has unique policing needs, and I will be strongly urging the federal government to consider our input into how any new federal dollars will result in additional officers for Nova Scotia.” Mr. Scott said Nova Scotia has played a lead role in calling for greater provincial involvement in federal policies and laws that influence our province. “I am very encouraged by the response from these ministers and am confident we share a common goal of reducing crime and making our communities safe.”last_img read more

Its just really strange Who is beheading the parking meters of St

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – In Washington, D.C., it was the fabled meter massacre back in the mid-1990s. In 2012, a man from the Bronx was accused of using super glue to thwart paid parking. In Chicago, irate drivers clogged coin slots with expanding foam when fees were hiked in 2009.But now someone — or some people — is vandalizing coin and card-reading meters in St. John’s, N.L., at a truly staggering rate, according to the company that supplies them.“They’ve never seen anything like the vandalism and theft of parking meter heads that we’ve experienced here,” St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said of J.J. MacKay Canada Ltd. — the New Glasgow, N.S.-based company that serves 1,000 municipalities.It appears the weapons of choice were baseball bats and sledge hammers to beat the heads off most of the city’s 1,167 parking machines since they were installed four years ago for about $474 apiece.More than 1,000 meters have been damaged at one time or another since March 2015 in over 90 attacks. At least four people have been charged.This, despite the fact each head typically holds no more than about $15 a day.Chef Todd Perrin, co-owner of Mallard Cottage restaurant, has watched the parking debacle unfold with amazement.“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around a fair bit and I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said in an interview. “It’s not like a random one here or there. It’s almost as though someone is systematically going around trying to destroy every single parking meter in St. John’s.“It’s just really, really strange. In a city that always could use more revenue, it’s a bit of a mind boggler.”The growing price tag for cash-strapped St. John’s city council is almost $1.5 million since 2015 in lost revenue, repairs and replacements.“I’d describe it as extremely frustrating,” Breen said. “To see this amount of destruction happen at a significant cost to taxpayers is very disheartening.”Long stretches of meters in various parts of the city’s downtown sit eerily headless, including one used to deposit empty Tim Hortons cups. All 136 parking spots on Harbour Drive, along the waterfront, are now free after the city decided not to replace those machines, Breen said.Instead, a new cashless system will be tried for that area starting in June. Drivers will pay to park using a smart phone app or a 1-800 number.Other areas will see a mix of new pay stations, meters and permits over the next five years as part of a system overhaul, said St. John’s City Coun. Debbie Hanlon.She blames mental health issues, poverty and drug addiction.“Why else would someone take a baseball bat and beat off the top of a meter for $15? The average person wouldn’t do that.”Hanlon hopes people gloating about free all-day parking downtown will keep this in mind: The $1.5 million lost so far could have gone a long way.“That’s money that could go back in the roads, it could keep our taxes lower, it could improve the downtown. It’s losing money — and that’s unfortunate for all of us.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Jane Goodall Institute Partners With War For The Planet Of The Apes

first_imgIn honor of the upcoming release of the new War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox have teamed with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo.Ashley Sullivan, Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, wrote: “The center, currently housing around rescued 150 chimpanzees, represents a place of safety and kindness from humanity – the likes of which many of these chimps have not seen in their early years. Most of the rescued chimpanzees are victims of the illegal entertainment/ “pet” or bushmeat trades, having been orphaned as infants, torn from their forest homes and families. Tchimpounga is their second chance, enabling them to create bonds with other chimpanzees along with their human caretakers, and it is through the shared stories of these beings that we are best able to understand their uniqueness and feel compelled to protect them.”“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” said Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped.”War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and features Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, and Woody Harrelson as The Colonel.“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said War for the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”Read more here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Sends ‘Brotherly’ Message Calming Saudi-Morocco Tension

Rabat – Morocco’s Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported earlier today that King Mohammed VI has sent a message of good wishes and “fraternity” to King Salman of Saudi Arabia.Even as news ran earlier this week that Morocco and its Saudi ally were again on course for tense relations over Saudi Arabia investing in Mauritania to upset Morocco, the Moroccan and Saudi governments are sending mixed messages set to confound.MAP reported that the King’s message was warmly received by the Saudi Monarch, who in turn told Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita, the bearer of the Moroccan royal message, that the Saudi kingdom is poised to uphold the “historical and brotherly” ties with Morocco. Bourita’s Saudi visit was an opportunity to discuss wide-ranging issues in the MENA region, according to MAP. The Moroccan minster’s audience with King Salman was marked by the presence of high-ranking Saudi officials, including the Saudi interior and foreign ministers.Prior to his meeting with the Saudi monarch, Bourita met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known asMBS. The two discussed “bilateral cooperation and the latest developments on the regional scene.”Relations between Rabat and Riyadh have been rocky lately.The two kingdoms’ alliance has been mired in “scandals” as statements from a Saudi news outlet challenged Morocco’s interests on issues, including Western Sahara, that Rabat considers key to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.In Riyadh, meanwhile, Morocco’s apparent withdrawal from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and refusal to take part in the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar did not sit well with the Saudi establishment.But Bourita’s Saudi trip is set to contradict news of seemingly irreconcilable geopolitical disagreements as a result of what some analysts have called the “MBS factor.”The visit may not be enough to counter a perception in Moroccan circles that Saudi Arabia has not been a reliable ally since MBS rose to political prominence. read more

Significant progress made in UN monitoring of peace process in Nepal says

The Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, Ian Martin, also said that the Security Council was fully behind the idea of setting up a new UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), and was also encouraged by the positive developments so far that come as the country has promulgated an interim constitution as well as set up an interim administration.“We have also seen significant progress in moving forward with the UN monitoring of arms and armies. The full advance contingent of 35 UN monitors is now in Nepal. Monitors have been deployed to operate out of offices in Nepalgunj and Kathmandu, and an advance team has gone to Biratnagar to establish an office there,” Mr. Martin said.The registration of Maoist army arms and combatants, which began yesterday at the main cantonment sites in Chitwan and Nawalparasi, has gone smoothly, he said. “Our monitors have also had productive field visits to meet and interact with Nepal Army commanders. We expect that the Nepal Army will be positioned to quickly store an equal number of weapons.”Both the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which signed the peace deal on 21 November, requested assistance from the UN in monitoring the agreement that seeks to end 10-years of civil war that killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.UN arms monitors are being supported by an interim task force of former Nepalese soldiers from the Indian and British armies and, as part of further assistance by the world body, Mr. Martin said the chief electoral adviser had now arrived to help with preparations for this year’s scheduled polls.“Our international electoral assistance team continues to grow with the arrival of Fida Nasrallah, our Chief Electoral Adviser, on Monday. At the invitation of the Chief Election Commissioner, the team is in the process of moving its offices to the Election Commission to enable them to work even more closely with their counterparts.”At the start of the year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report to the Security Council recommended that a small UN political mission comprising unarmed military inspectors, electoral exports, and police and civil administration teams be established to monitor the peace deal. 18 January 2007United Nations monitors have made “significant progress” in overseeing Nepal’s landmark peace deal, which was concluded between the Government and Maoist fighters last year, the top UN envoy to the Himalayan country said today, highlighting in particular the registration of Maoist arms and combatants. read more

UNICEF and partners launch campaign to combat child discrimination in Europe

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners today launched a regional advocacy campaign to create an inclusive environment in which no children in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are left vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse.“Exclusion from basic services and a dignified start in life creates a vicious cycle of disadvantage, with harm passed from one generation to the next in a legacy of poverty, ill health, lack of education, and lack of prospects,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, told representatives of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 27 countries at the launch in Istanbul of the “Leave No Child Out” campaign. Arguing that the exclusion of millions of children in the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS is undermining the development of those nations, Ms. Bellamy said exclusion “undermines stability and democracy and holds societies back economically due to over-burdened public services and lost productivity.” Of the region’s 117 million children, nearly 18 million are living in poverty, often denied basic services and opportunities to which they are entitled, according to UNICEF. Around 1.5 million children are living in public care instead of with their families – around 1 million of them live in institutions. Children belonging to minority groups bear the brunt of discrimination and exclusion. The yearlong campaign will include efforts to raise the issues of exclusion with governments, communities, key institutions and the media. Seven main forms of discrimination and exclusion – poverty, ethnicity, institutionalization, disability, the impact of conflict, gender discrimination and the stigma of HIV/AIDS – will be targeted. Based on the non-discrimination principle of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the campaign follows on the heels of the UNICEF-organized “Say Yes for Children” initiative that gathered 26 million pledges in the region in 2001-2002, identifying “Leave No Child Out” as the number one priority from among ten key issues facing children globally. The Regional Network for Children (RNC) in Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and the Baltic States – an association of non-governmental organizations that work with children in partnership with UNICEF – is spearheading the campaign. read more

Canadians faith in economy and job creation falls sharply survey

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2012 5:28 pm MDT OTTAWA – Global economic turmoil and negative reports at home are taking their toll on the faith of ordinary Canadians and Americans in the economy.Canadians are most gloomy about near-term job prospects and the health of their finances, according to the Conference Board’s latest consumer confidence survey, released Tuesday.The consumer confidence reading for the month shows a fall of 6.8 points to 74, about where it stood in January.It was much the same story south of the border where the Conference Board’s U.S. index dropped for the fourth month in a row to 62 points, also the lowest level since the start of the year.Economists often don’t put a lot of stock in consumer confidence surveys, but Jennifer Lee, a senior economist with the Bank of Montreal, said there is reason to take these results to heart.Canadians and Americans have been bombarded with daily reminders of the intractable nature of the European crisis and reports that businesses are holding back on investment and hiring, Lee said. In this backdrop, it is natural to assume households may also be reluctant to go out on a limb on purchasing decisions, which would further hurt the economy.“I think there is reason for pessimism given that there is so much uncertainty out there,” she said. “We’re still expecting relatively strong growth in emerging markets, but we’ve just downgraded our outlook for Europe.”The Ottawa-based Conference Board’s survey finds the responses on job prospects were among the weakest since early 2009, when the economy was in the depths of the worst recession in decades.About twice as many (28.1 per cent) thought the job market would get worse in the next six months as those (13.9 per cent) who believed it would get better — an 8.4-point deterioration on the issue.“The overall balance of opinion on this question has now been negative for the past 12 months, further evidence that consumer spending in Canada is likely to slow over the coming months,” the think-tank said.As well, only 17.4 per cent said their financial situation had improved in the past six months, while 20.4 per cent said it had worsened — a deterioration of 3.6 points.In Canada, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney has suggested he will lower his outlook for growth in the upcoming monetary policy review in July in light of the economy’s disappointing 1.9 per cent expansion in the first quarter and the continuing slowdown. Statistics Canada will issue the result for gross domestic product performance for April on Friday.In a paper issued Tuesday, Capital Economics said it expects the global slowdown will further depress commodity prices and take the loonie to about 92 cents US by the end of the year — about five cents lower than the current level — and to as low as 86 cents US by the end of 2013.“There are a host of downside risks to the Canadian dollar, including further falls in commodity prices and the diminishing prospect that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates any time soon,” said David Madani, Canadian chief economist with the global economic forecasting group.“What’s more, if Canadian oil prices decline much further, it is difficult to see how this would not upset the domestic economy, putting even more downward pressure on the Canadian dollar.”Somewhat surprisingly, attitudes toward making major purchases remained largely unchanged in June, but actual behaviour belies the answers on this question.Statistics Canada reported last week that retail sales had fallen 0.5 per cent in April, and were down 0.8 per cent in volume terms for the third decline in four months. As well, home purchase growth had slowed notably, with the exception of a few hot spots such as the Toronto condo market.On a regional basis, confidence fell most sharply in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.The declines in confidence in those regions were sharp, with Ontario’s index falling 10.3 points to 59.4, with only 9.2 per cent of respondents saying they expected job growth in six months. The Atlantic Canada index fell 14.7 points to 60, as jobs expectations also fell precipitously.Confidence was also down in the Prairie provinces, but not as much, and fell only marginally in British Columbia and in Quebec. Canadians’ faith in economy and job creation falls sharply: survey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Perpetrators of suicide attacks in Nigeria must be held accountable – UN

Condemning violent attacks in Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s restive Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization’s resolve to support the country in its fight against terrorism.According to a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Guterres “reiterated UN’s support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” “[He] hopes that those responsible for this act will be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement added. In the statement, Mr. Guterres also offered his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the Government of Nigeria as well as wished a quick recovery to those injured. According to reports, at least nine people were killed and another 13 were injured when suicide bombers struck locations across the city on 25 and 26 June. Borno state, in northeast Nigeria has been plagued by violent attacks carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group, and Maiduguri (the state capital) has been targeted many times. read more

320 cannabis plants worth €250000 seized in Fermoy

first_img320 cannabis plants worth €250,000 seized in Fermoy Three men are due to appear in court today. Monday 17 Apr 2017, 7:27 AM CANNABIS WORTH AN estimated €250,000 has been seized in Fermoy, Co Cork.A house was searched at Rathealy Road, Fermoy on Saturday as part of a joint operation between gardaí from Fermoy and Portlaoise.During the course of the search gardaí discovered approximately 320 cannabis plants (subject to analysis) with an approximate street value of €250,000.Three men (aged 38, 51 and 55) were arrested and have since been charged in connection with the incident. They are due to appear before a special sitting of Mallow District Court at midday today.Investigations are ongoing.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts. Read: ‘You had to walk through a pub to get to your room, the smell of drink and drugs was disgusting’Read: ‘He’s very brave, he was in surgery for 10 hours’: Tommy Long finally gets scoliosis operation http://jrnl.ie/3343800 Image: Shutterstock/O s s o b u k o No Comments By Órla Ryan Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/O s s o b u k o 9,337 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 17th 2017, 7:27 AM last_img read more

Cork student 21 dies after being struck by car in the Netherlands

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,987 Views Mar 12th 2019, 1:02 PM https://jrnl.ie/4536734 By Cónal Thomas No Comments Share17 Tweet Email3 University College Cork Image: GoogleMapscenter_img AN IRISHWOMAN HAS died in a road traffic collision in the Netherlands. Aoife O’Connell, a 21-year-old Cork student, was struck by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Fort de Bilt area of Utrecht, local Dutch media has reported.Ms O’Connell died at the scene as a result of her injuries. The driver of the car fled the scene but later handed himself into police. Ms O’Connell was a BA (Economics) International Pathway student at University College Cork and was on Erasmus in HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.“UCC wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Aoife O’Connell, who sadly passed away in the Netherlands at the weekend,” a spokesperson for the university said. “UCC is providing support to Aoife’s family and friends at this difficult time”. The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is providing consular assistance at this time.  Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 1:02 PM Image: GoogleMaps University College Cork Short URL Cork student (21) dies after being struck by car in the Netherlands Aoife O’Connell was studying for a BA in Economics in Utrecht.last_img read more

Activision wants you to play CoD and listen to Snoop Dogg live

first_imgActivision will be holding another Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles this year. Here, attendees will be able to check out the multiplayer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, as well as its first DLC, Zombies in Spaceland. This is already enough for a great show, but Activision will make the whole event even better by having it end with a performance by Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg.The rappers are currently touring together for the High Road Tour, so it makes sense that both would be booked for this event which will be happening live at The Forum in Inglewood. In the past, Activision has hired artists such as Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z for events like Call of Duty XP and E3.We know that Snoop Dogg is an avid gamer, so it is reasonable to assume that he is stoked to be putting on a performance for an event centered around one of his favorite games. This appearance is also interesting because of how Snoop threatened to leave Xbox for PlayStation after Xbox Live went down back in January. Activision and Sony have an exclusivity deal with Call of Duty, so given Snoop’s remarks earlier this year, him performing at this event is somewhat amusing.The event will also host the $2 million Call of Duty World League Championship tournament. On top of live performances and hands-on time with Infinite Warfare and the Modern Warfare remake, attendees can partake in more physical activities. There will be a pinball course modeled after the Nuketown map from Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as a laser tag experience based on Zombies in Spaceland.Call of Duty XP runs from September 2-4. A limited number of tickets are available starting at $50 on the Call of Duty XP website. Those who are unable to attend can check out some of the events on Twitch or YouTube this weekend.last_img read more

Two San Diegobased Navy Seals charged in death of detainee in Iraq

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two San Diego-based U.S. Navy SEALs have been charged in connection with the 2017 execution of a detainee in Iraq.SEAL officials told the Navy Times that Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier faces an Article 32 hearing on suspicion of covering up a string of war crimes allegedly committed by Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.The Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe involves the death of a wounded Islamic State fighter near Mosul, Iraq in May 2017, the Navy Times reported.Prosecutors allege Gallagher stabbed and killed the wounded man, posed for a photograph next to the body and opted to complete his re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse, bringing “discredit upon the armed forces.”Gallagher is also accused of shooting two non-combatants in separate incidents near Mosul, the Navy Times reported.An MCAS Miramar spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.Gallagher was arrested on Sept. 11 and is being detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, under Rules for Court-Martial 305, the Navy Times reported.Portier, who is accused of dereliction of duty, was not present at the time of the alleged killing, the Navy Times reported. He was Gallagher’s platoon leader during the deployment and told investigators he learned about the alleged war crimes only after he was told about them by a special operator first class.“Naval Special Warfare does not comment on specifics of an ongoing investigation in order to preserve its integrity, however all credible allegations of criminal activity are taken extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated,” Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told the Navy Times.Between April and September in and around San Diego, Gallagher allegedly tried to “discourage members of his platoon from reporting his actions while in Iraq during his deployment,” according to the publication. October 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: October 23, 2018 Updated: 11:52 AM Two San Diego-based Navy Seals charged in death of detainee in Iraqlast_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts Nutrition Cooking Seminars in El Salvador with Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgWISHH conducts a training on the inclusion of soy products in local, Salvadoran foods.Throughout the past few months, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) has worked together with a group of women entrepreneurs in El Salvador to educate more women on the nutritional value of soy.The seminars focused on the important nutrition soy-based foods can provide and also taught Salvadoran women how to incorporate soy products, including textured soy protein and soy flour, into local dishes. These women run a small company called Nutravida, that produces and sells soy milk, as well as soy-based foods like cookies, breads and more. The women make their products from U.S. soybeans they purchase from a local importer, and are also running a small restaurant, which sells healthy lunches made with soy to members of the surrounding community.Nutravida’s soy milk is sold in local universities and to local daycare and childcare centers. More than 100 women have been reached through these seminars, all of whom have reported an increased understanding of the nutritional value of soy.last_img read more